Thursday, June 22, 2017


  • India finish 4th at the BRICS Games 2017, after losing to Russia and South Africa, concluding their exposure tournament in China.
  • The team was lacking in size in the absence of star centre Amritpal Singh, which resulted in them being outrebounded by heavyweights Russia and China.
  • Forwards Amjyot Singh Gill and Rikin Pethani performed consistently in the tournament, averaging 26 and 14.3 ppg respectively.
  • The team benefitted greatly from the practice afforded by this tournament before the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon, but will be nervously waiting on the fitness of captain Vishesh Bhriguvanshi and veteran small forward Yadwinder Singh.
Bengaluru, 22nd June 2017: India completed their participation at the BRICS Games after posting losses against Russia (19th June) and South Africa (20th June). The Games were held from 17th to 20thJune in Guangzhou, China.

Against Russia, India continued to struggle in the paint in the absence of their starting big man Amritpal Singh, and were outrebounded 54 – 34. Amjyot Singh Gill top scored with 20 points.

The Indian team put up a much stronger fight against South Africa, in what was essentially a contest for third place, after each team had lost their previous games against China and Russia.

The Indian team began the game quick off the blocks, and held a 12 point lead at the end of the first quarter. South Africa clawed back quickly, and the game was tied 33-33 going into half time. The teams continued to trade baskets right until the end of the third quarter, with neither team able to break the deadlock. But South Africa put on the afterburners in the fourth quarter, outscoring India 31-18 and taking the last spot on the podium. Amjyot Singh Gill put in another strong performance with 32 points that included 4 treys from beyond the arc.

The Indian team benefitted greatly from the practice afforded by this tournament before the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon. India’s participation also provided excellent exposure to its younger players like Jeevanantham Pandi, Muin Bek, Arshpreet Bhullar and Ravi Bhardwaj, who gained valuable international on-court experience. Another key silver lining was the performances of Amjyot Singh Gill and Rikin Pethani, who averaged 26 and 14.3 ppg respectively. Gill performed consistently in the tournament, playing all but one minute of all three games in the tournament, and leading the scoring for the Indian team in each of those games.

On the flipside, India will be nervously waiting on the fitness of captain Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (who suffered an ACL injury in the first game of the tournament against China) and veteran small forward Yadwinder Singh (back injury). Both stars are being evaluated to determine their availability moving forward.

The hosts China finished the tournament as runners-up, as they were beaten by Russia 53-58 on the final day of the tournament.

19th June 2017: Russia (Ivlev Vladimir 17 pts; Zakharov Denis 14 pts) bt India (Amjyot Singh Gill 20 pts; Rikin Pethani 13pts, Jeevanantham Pandi 12 pts) 88 – 58 [22-26, 13-23, 14-20, 9-19]

20th June 2017: South Africa (Fumani Marhanele 21 pts; Thabo Sithole 18 pts) bt India (Amjyot Singh Gill 32 pts; Rikin Pethani 18 pts, 11 reb) 88 – 75 [21-9, 12-24, 24-24, 18-31]

About the BRICS Games 2017

The BRICS Games 2017 is a tournament played among the BRICS countries with a view to developing sports exchange and cooperation, and promoting mutual friendship among BRICS countries. The host country of BRICS summit organizes the annual BRICS games and as China is all set to host the summit in September this year, they are given the responsibility of organizing the games. The choices of the games differ each year and are selected in consultation with the member countries. The 2017 BRICS Games were held from 17-20 June 2017 in Guangzhou, China at the Tianhe Sports Gymnasium.

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
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Ministry of Mines Invites Science and Technology Project Proposals

New Delhi, June 22, 2017

Projects are invited from Academic Institutions, Universities, National Institutes and R&D Institution recognized by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India, for upto 3 years duration in the following thrust areas which have direct bearing on mineral sector, applied and sustainable aspect of mining and industrial applications:


The broad thrust areas for supporting Research in Mining are given below:
  1. Prospecting/exploration for strategic rare and rare earth
  2. Development of new technology for mineral exploration and mining on land and deep sea to locate and exploit new mineral
  • Research in mining methods. This includes rock mechanics, mine designing, mining equipments, energy conservation, environmental protection and mine
  1. Improve efficiency in process, operations, recovery of by-products and reduction in specification and consumption
  2. Research in metallurgy and mineral beneficiation techniques to utilize lower grade and finer size
  3. Extraction of value added products from mine waste, plant tailings etc.
  • Development of new alloys and metal related products,
  • Evolve low capital and energy saving processing
  1. Production of materials of high
  2. Cooperative research among organizations associated with the mineral

3.                  Scientific and Technical Merit and relevance to Industry

All organization should follow the instructions given below before submitting the project proposals to the Ministry:-

  1. the proposal should be relevant to the overall mandate of mining, exploration, minerals, metals value addition, waste and environmental impact of mining and metallurgical processing
  2. b) industry inputs and participation
  1. Originality in terms of concept, method, innovation, or in application;
  2. development of    new    methods,     synthesis     of    advanced materials,
  3. process improvements and innovation,
  4. design of apparatus and other research tools,
  5. process development       for     waste/secondary/low        grade materials recovery,


  1. zero waste mining, large data analysis and simulation modeling
  2. nature of study as experimental, modeling/simulation and both
  3. There must be a clear enunciation of objectives and deliverable in the proposal
  4. detailing of research methodology, design of experiments, chosen methods of analysis appropriate and
  5. intended/potential application area has to be made clear in the proposal, industry relevance, industry participation if appropriate
  6. potential scalability to pilot plant and later on plant levels
  7. what are the techno economic benefits (at least rough estimates).

Science & Technology (S&T) projects are funded through grant-in- aid by the Ministry of Mines through the process of project evaluation by Project Evaluation and Review Committee (PERC) and recommended projects are approved by the Standing Scientific Advisory Group (SSAG) constituted by the Ministry.

Projects can be submitted to the Section Officer, (Metal-IV section), Room No. 528, Block 11, 5th Floor, CGO Complex, Ministry  of Mines, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110001 (Phone No.-011-24364196 in the prescribed proforma by 15th July 2017 alongwith soft copy of the project proposal in MS word format (not more than 3 MB) to the E- mail . The details of terms and conditions and the prescribed proforma are available at the website www.mines.nic.inThose projects, which are shortlisted shall be directed to present their
proposal either in Delhi or any other city. The Grants-in-aid will be governed by Government of India terms and conditions as amended from time to tim
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Dear Sagar Media Inc,
Insia writes, “I was 10 when I was sexually abused. Over the years, I met many more survivors… One of them was my husband.”
She adds, “Boys of all ages, and of all backgrounds, across locations and states, report that they have experienced sexual abuse… Then why were their stories never told? Many a time, I have also come across people who refuse to believe that boys can get raped.”
Sign her petition asking the Ministry of Women and Child Development to conduct an in-depth study on male child abuse so that it can be tackled effectively.

Target- Maneka Gandhi, Minister for Women and Child Development: Order an in-depth study on male child sexual abuse in India #EndTheIsolation

insia dariwala 
mumbai, India
 I was 10 when I was sexually abused. Men who I had dearly trusted had violated me. The violation became a part of my life. It continued.
Later on, as I grew up confused about love, men, and the pain inside me, I realised, what happened to me, was called ‘Child Sexual Abuse.’
The knowing should have freed me. Instead, it sent me deeper into isolation. I carried my world in my head, and for some time it did work in protecting me, but in the process also alienated people around me.
As a filmmaker, stories became my refuge. They moved, inspired, and had the power to bring together strangers.
Over the years, I met many more survivors living a life of penance for a crime they had not committed. One of them was my husband.
“I was sexually abused at the age of 5, by a trusted caretaker. The abuse went on for a month. Most times it lasted for a few minutes. The memories though, live in me forever.”
My husband and I have lived through an extremely painful process of coming to terms with our abuse. His, and the other stories I had heard from friends I knew, made me realise that even men can get sexually abused. Millions of men are living an isolated life of pain endured as children. Then why were their stories never told?
The government’s 2007 study on child abuse reports that a shocking 53.2% of children say they have experienced one or more form of sexual abuse. Of this number, 52.9% are boys. Boys of all ages, and of all backgrounds, across locations and states, report that they have experienced sexual abuse.
It is quite unfortunate that while on one hand, a girl’s sexual abuse is scorned, and looked at as a serious crime, most men are pressurised by society to pass off their sexual abuse as a rite of passage.
Sexual exploitation by older boys is often misinterpreted as Sexual Exploration and hence younger boys feel obligated to hide it.
Many a time, I have also come across people who refuse to believe that boys can get raped.
Men are ridiculed, their sexual orientation is questioned, and the pressure to live up to the façade of society’s macho image, weighs in so heavy, that ultimately the only way out, is to live a life within.
There is hardly any attention given to male child sexual abuse by the government. As a mother of a 17 year old boy, I strongly believe that no male is born aggressive, violent, or insensitive to women. It is an acquired behaviour, learnt from the people around them.
That’s why I started this petition asking the Women and Child Development Minister, Maneka Gandhi to do an in-depth study on male child sexual abuse.
A study on this topic might help us get insights on how we can prevent the use of violence in this society.
It might also help us curb the growth of sexual violence in men at its onset.
Research will help shed light on male mindsets, and certain hidden aspects of the long term effects of sexual abuse on men.
 The POCSO laws might merely act as a platform to punish sexual predators, but conviction rates are extremely low.
What about the numerous cases out there, which are not yet addressed? What about the millions of boys, who have lived with the pain, and perhaps gone on to unleash their pain on other helpless victims? Why is it that till date we have invested so much in the cure but so little in prevention? 
Sign my petition and ask the Women & Child development ministry to take the first step to end sexual violence against children & *women.

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Indeed grand gesture by the Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma’s residence in Akbar Road will be the new temporary address of BJP’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind.
Ram Nath Kovind will be staying at the expansive 10 Akbar Road bungalow in the heart of Lutyens Delhi for about a month till the presidential election on July 17, top sources said.
Septuagenarian  and choice of PM Modi appears certain to be the next president, had earlier been allocated 144 North Avenue as Bihar governor. After his resignation as governor, top authorities in the Centre decided he should move to a bigger bungalow for security reasons, the sources added.
Interestingly, this is not Sharma’s first tryst with presidents, former, would be and present.
The Union culture and tourism minister had earlier been allocated 10 Rajaji Marg, the residence of former president A P J Abdul Kalam, but was asked to leave it for President Pranab Mukherjee who will be moving to the bungalow after his retirement.
Kovind was picked as the ruling National Democratic Alliance’s candidate for president earlier this week. He has already got backing from several non-NDA parties, including the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and both factions of the AIADMK.
Ram Nath Kovind born 1 October 1945 is an Indian politician and the NDA candidate for President of India. Kovind is a Dalit leader and member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was Governor of Bihar from 2015 to 2017.
On 19 June 2017, BJP party president Amit Shah declared Kovind the NDA candidate for the post of President of India.
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NEW DELHI, Jun 21: Exposed for their sins of omission and commission towards the Panth while in power for ten long years, the Badals and their stooges must now drop their miserably failed attempts to re-brand themselves as proponents of the Sikh cause, SADD president Paramjit Singh Sarna warned Wednesday.
S. Sarna’s comments came in response to petty criticism that sycophants of the ousted CM have launched over chief minister Amarinder Singh’s honest talk about atrocities against the Sikhs during the unrest in Punjab.
During the launch of a book recently, Capt Singh boldly disclosed how a group of 21 suspected Sikh insurgents were killed in fake shootouts after he negotiated their surrender during the Chandra Shekhar government.
“Capt Singh called a spade a spade. His audacious disclosure sheds new light on New Delhi’s Punjab policy during Chandra Shekhar’s seven-month government. It’s a highly precious historical record revealed by an elected leader,” noted the SADD chief. “Afflicted with a perpetually low IQ and abject slave mentality, stooges of the Badals have, however, sought to drag Sri Akal Takht Sahib into an issue of state policy,” S. Sarna observed.
He cautioned supporters of the former chief minister against resorting to political crossdressing.
“It’s like living in an idiot’s paradise if they believe the Panth cannot see through their turncoat posturing. They are the worst adversaries of the Sikh cause when in power. When out of it, they try to rediscover their lost ground in Sikhi,” the SADD president said.
He held the Badals and their loyalists squarely responsible for annihilating the institutional prestige of Sri Akal Takht Sahib with their trivial actions.
“I advise them to introspect what all their party and their top leaders have done to Sikhi whenever they got power. The Panth will not allow you to mess up with community affairs any more with your shenanigans,” warned S. Sarna.
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