Wednesday, July 19, 2017


In the Hockey World League Semi-finals tournament, Indian eves lost to England 4-1 in the quarterfinals in Johannesburg, South Africa. India were down by 2 goals to Nil at the end of second quarter.
India, placed in Pool-B, made it to last-8 after registering a single win, two losses and a draw.
In the other quarterfinals today US beat Japan One-Nil and Argentina defeated Ireland 2-1. Germany will face South Africa later this evening.
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Indonesian government has banned Hizbut Tahrir, an organisation that wants to establish a global caliphate. Director General of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights,Freddy Haris, said Hizbut’s legal status had been revoked to protect national unity.
The decree signed last week by President Joko Widodo gives the government an unfettered power to ban organisations deemed against the constitution and the official state ideology known as Pancasila, which enshrines democracy and social justice.
Haris said, Hizbut’s activities were against Pancasila and the soul of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.
The measures follow months of sectarian tensions in the world’s most populous Muslim nation that shook the government and undermined Indonesia’s reputation for practising a moderate form of Islam.
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Heather Knight and Danielle Hazell toast their victory, England v South Africa, Women’s World Cup, Bristol, July 18, 2017/ICC
BRISTOL: Sarah Taylor struck a vital half-century to help England book a place in the Women´s World Cup final as they beat South Africa by two wickets at Bristol on Tuesday.
Taylor, back in an England shirt for this tournament after a year out of the game, hit 54 off 76 balls to give England control of the match before a mini collapse created a nail-biting finish.
Yet England, set 219 to win, held their nerve to complete their second highest successful run chase in World Cup history, built on the third-wicket partnership of 78 between Taylor and England captain Heather Knight.
The result bodes well for England as they go in search of their first piece of silverware in eight years, having won both previous World Cups they hosted.
Sarah Taylor and Heather Knight celebrate victory/ICC
Earlier, South Africa pair Laura Wolvaardt and Mignon du Preez recorded half-centuries as they reached 218 for six, after captain Dane van Niekerk elected to bat first with sunny blue skies overhead.
England did make an early breakthrough when Anya Shrubsole bowled Lizelle Lee for 7, having had an lbw decision against the powerful opener reversed on review the previous over.
But teenager Wolvaardt took charge and laid the foundations for South Africa´s innings, scoring her fourth half-century of the tournament, which came off 81 balls and included six fours.
Taylor produced a spectacular piece of wicketkeeping to remove Trisha Chetty, stumping her off a legside wide from Nat Sciver before Wolvaardt consolidated with Du Preez to the tune of 77 for the third wicket.
Wolvaardt eventually fell to Knight, bowled off the England skipper´s second delivery of the match, prior to new bat Marizanne Kapp being run out by Shrubsole three balls later in the same over.
Van Niekerk departed in similar fashion following quick work by Sciver in the field, and then Jenny Gunn had Chloe Tryon caught and bowled.
Du Preez, who top-scored with 76, and Sune Luus kept the score ticking over to ensure a challenging total was posed.
South Africa were inconsolable after their semi-final loss/ICC
South Africa, the lowest ranked side to reach the knockout rounds of the tournament, experienced a difficult start to the second innings as they struggled with their lines.
Ayabonga Khaka found it easier going, though, and accounted for both openers, as Du Preez caught Lauren Winfield and Khaka sent Tammy Beaumont´s bails flying.
Taylor showed her intent straight away with the bat and looked in supreme form before being run out by Van Niekerk four runs after reaching her half-century.
That dismissal saw England lose three wickets in 12 deliveries, as Knight pulled a full toss to Wolvaardt for 30 and Luus bowled Sciver round her legs on three, to bring South Africa back in the match.
Moseline Daniels then dismantled Katherine Brunt´s stumps, Fran Wilson departed ramping Kapp, and Laura Marsh was bowled by Ismail to leave the hosts needing two off three balls.
But Shrubsole smashed her first delivery for four to win it and take England through to a sell-out Lord´s final — against either defending champions Australia or India — on Sunday.
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United States slapped new economic sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile programme. US said Tehran’s malign activities in the Middle East undercut any positive contributions coming from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord.
The measures signalled that the administration of President Donald Trump was seeking to put more pressure on Iran while keeping in place an agreement between Tehran and six world powers to curb its nuclear programme in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.
The US government yesterday said it was targeting 18 entities and people for supporting what is said was illicit Iranian actors or transnational criminal activity. Those sanctioned had backed Iran’s military or Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps by developing drones and military equipment, producing and maintaining boats, and procuring electronic components.
The Treasury Department said others had orchestrated the theft of US and Western software programs sold to Iran’s government.
The State Department said in a statement that the US remains deeply concerned about Iran’s malign activities across the Middle East which undermine regional stability, security, and prosperity.
On Monday, the Trump administration said Iran was complying with the nuclear agreement but it was also in default of the spirit of the accord and Washington would look for ways to strengthen it.
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France, bill to toughen security laws has cleared its first hurdle when the conservative-dominated Senate approved the legislation by a majority. Senators backed a first reading of the bill. The text will now be handed to the Lower House, the National Assembly, for debate in October.
The new laws, a campaign pledge of President Emmanuel Macron, will replace a state of emergency imposed after the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead.
Some of them will become permanent under the proposed law, a move rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch say is draconian.
Under the state of emergency, authorities have the power to place people under house arrest, order house searches and ban public gatherings without the prior approval of a judge. The measures were extended for a sixth time on July 6.
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DHFL Maharashtra United ride on Harmeet’s twin wins against RP-SG Mavericks

Chennai, July 18, 2017
: Harmeet Desai scored two victories to put DHFL Maharashtra United in control (9-3 lead) over RP-SG Mavericks after four matches on Day six of the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis at the Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.
Harmeet put his team ahead with a stunning 2-1 (11-6, 9-11, 11-6) win over Austrian world No. 23 Stefan Fegerl of RP-SG Mavericks in the men’s singles (Foreign v Indian), the day’s first match.
Harmeet, ranked 79 in the world, got off to the flying before the Austrian derailed him in the second game.

The Surat-born, however, lifted his game in the decider, finishing with a flourish by winning three straight points.

Veteran Fu Yu extended DHFL Maharashtra United’s lead to 4-2 with a 2-1 (11-3, 11-6, 9-11) over Archana Girish Kamath of RP-SG Mavericks in the women’s singles (Foreign v Indian).

Fu Yu, the China bornstrongly and inspiringly to take the third game to win her team a point.

In a tense mixed doubles (Foreign/Indian pair), Harmeet and Liu Jia (Austria) pulled DHFL Maharashtra United further ahead on points (lead 6-3), with a close 2-1 (10-11, 11-7, 11-10) win over A Sharath Kamal/ Sofia Polcanova (Austria) of RP-SG Mavericks.

It appeared like there was no stopping DHFL Maharashtra United on this day as Portuguese world No 48 Joao Monteiro upset higher-ranked Fegerl 3-0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-9) in the men’s singles (Foreign player category) to hand his team a 9-3 lead after four matches.

At the end of four matches: RP-SG Mavericks 3-9 DHFL Maharashtra United
MS – Stefan Fegerl lost to Harmeet Desai 1-2 (6-11, 11-9, 6-11)
WS – Archana Kamath lost to Fu Yu 1-2 (3-11, 6-11, 11-9)
MD – Sharath Kamal/ Sofia Polcanova lost to Harmeet Desai/ Liu Jia 1-2 (11-10, 7-11, 10-11)
MS – Stefan Fegerl lost to Joao Monteiro 0-3 (3-11, 4-11, 9-11)
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7th MSME Convention
The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Challenges & Opportunities for SME’s
27-28th July 2017, New Delhi

All India Management Association (AIMA) has been spearheading its efforts to enhance the competitiveness of MSMEs through Entrepreneurial capacity building programmes and has been conducting MSME Conventions to address these issues and more. These Conventions have been held previously in Delhi, Chennai, Guwahati and Ahmedabad and have helped MSMEs to come together, appreciate their place and role in the national economy, and formulate an agenda for progress.
Now, the 7th  AIMA-MSME Convention   is scheduled to be held on 27-28th July, 2017 at the India Habitat Centre, in New Delhi, will focus on the theme – “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Challenges & Opportunities for SMEs”. While the 3rd Industrial Revolution, rooted in Information Technology and data synthesis, radically changed industries globally, the 4th Industrial Revolution is taking it a step further,  bringing the digital and physical world together and accelerating change. Described as the immeasurable influx of new innovations-from the higher form of artificial intelligence, cost efficient 3D printing , autonomous vehicles, nanotechnology, advances in medical science-the 4th Industrial Revolution brings together these disruptive elements. These disruptive technological elements will impact enterprises beyond manufacturing and systems . MSME’s in particular stand to face new challenges and emerging opportunities in the new disruptive global economic order.

Mr. Kalraj Mishra
, Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has  been invited to deliver the Inaugural Address.
The eminent speakers invited include Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman,  The Hero Enterprise and President, AIMA;  Ms. Mia Mikic, Director, Trade ,Investment & Innovation Division, UN-ESCAP; Mr. S N Tripathi, Additional Secretary & Development Commissioner, Ministry of MSME; Dr. J S Juneja, former CMD, NSIC Ltd; Mr. Ravindranath, CMD, NSIC Ltd; Dr P Arora ,Head, CHORD, Department of Science & Technology; Mr. Prahlad Kakkar, Brand Guru;  Mr. Vinod Kumar, President, India SME Forum; MrM. Anil Kumar, Founder Director, SLN Technologies;  Mr. Amit Agarwal, Country Manager ,Amazon; Mr. Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, CEO & MD, Bandhan Bank; Mr Ouseph  Padickakudi, UNIDO; Mr. Shankar Lal, Lead Procurement Specialist, World Bank ; Dr. Ravi P Singh, Secretary General, Quality Council of India; Mr. Ramesh Vishvakarma, Vice President, Polycab Industries Ltd; Mr. Sanjay Goel, Chief General Manager ,SIDBI; Mr. Madhav Lal, former Secretary, Ministry of MSME amongst others.
The Convention will have participation from manufacturing and services industry, investors, budding entrepreneurs, representatives from Government, banks, financial institutions, credit rating agencies, media and academia from all over the Country. The Convention will feature some of the best minds and professionals as speakers and participants who will share their experiences.
I am writing to invite you to kindly attend and benefit from the deliberations.

Please send your confirmation  to Mr. Arun Kapoor , Deputy Director (9811575262) at
I look forward to your positive response.
Warm regards,
Dr Raj Agrawal
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