Sunday, July 31, 2016

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The Great India Run: Runners prevail against all odds to reach Silvassa

SIlvassa, 31st July: The Great India Run, India’s first multi-city marathon is set to enter its final stopover Silvassa today. The event conceptualised by ProSportify in association with MobieFit Technologies has been a true test of endurance, grit and determination for the 15 ultra runners participating in the same.
The run, which initially aimed to cover a distance of 1480 km between Delhi and Mumbai in 20 days, is running pleasantly ahead of schedule, now finishing in Mumbai on the 4th rather than the 6th of August.

Monday morning will see The Great India Run flag off from Forest Depot in Khanvel, Silvassa at 6 AM. Present to grace the occasion will be Shri Nitin Kumar Jindal Deputy Director Tourism, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, ultra runners who have been running from Delhi from 17th July and Icon Runner Milind Soman who flagged off the run from Ahmedabad on 27th July.  The locals will be seen running through picturesque land of Silvassa along with the runners by participating in 5k fun run. The proceeds from these runs will go to the GoSports Foundation in order to help future Olympians of the country make it on the biggest stage of them all.

The Great India Run has traversed the fields and deserts of Northern India and will now move onto the hills and forests of Western India. With an aim of spreading a message of fitness, the run features runners from the most diverse of continents such as Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.

The Great India Run that features Icon runner Milind Soman along with strong elite field of 15 ultra runners-Arun Bhardwaj, David Bredo, Yuri Esperson, Siddharth Choudhary, Meenal Kotak, Ranjana Deopa, Sreekanth Reddi, Melanie Delainey, Dinesh Heda, Joginder Chandna, Pia Hansson, Sunil Sharma, Shweta Sharma, Kaushal Chauhan, and Dhanaee Kumar has seen an excellent team atmosphere. Speaking ahead of the event, Milind Soman said, “The weather hasn’t been so great, I was expecting some rains on the way. However, it’s been a great journey so far and I am excited to run through Silvassa for the first time.”

From Silvassa, the runners enter the last stage of The Great India Run and aim to reach Mumbai on 4th August. While they have suffered injuries and been affected due to adverse weather, it has been their grit and determination which has kept them going. Their only goal is now to keep the momentum going for the finish in Mumbai.

Speaking prior to the event, Ultra Runner Arun Bhardwaj echoed these sentiments, “This run has been an excellent test of our willpower and fortitude. There’s no denying that a run like this makes us challenge ourselves and also serves to motivate and inspire those around us. I think through The Great India Run, even if we’ve inspired one person to run, we’ve achieved our goal.”

A support staff of 40 people along with two Ambulances, a Nutrition Vehicle with nutritionist on board, two Physiotherapists and two Masseurs has supported the team throughout.
For more information, please contact: 
Abhoy Chattopadhyay: +91-9811325251
Siddharth Sharma: +91-9810851030

Saturday, July 30, 2016



LavKush Ramlila Committee cordially invites
You to attend the cover of Press conference and to share
with you the uniqueness of the 
(to announce the big news of Bollywood actors turning on the Ramlila stage in different characters)
To be addressed by:
Manoj Tiwari (M.P & Bhojpuri actor)
Ravi Kishen
Claudia Ciesla (model & actor)
Ali Khan (‘Khudagawah’ movie fame)
Supriya Karnik (‘Mujhse Shadi Krogi’, ‘Welcome’ film fame)
Time   :  11:15 a.m.
Date    : 31st July (Sunday)
Venue :
 Constitution Club of India, Deputy Speaker Hall, Rafi Marg
You are requested to send correspondents/photographers/camera crew for the Press Conference.

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Journalists holding a protest rally in Karachi

Electronic and print media journalists are holding a rally at 4pm on II Chundrigar Road today (Saturday) in protest against the illegal disruption of Geo TV in Karachi. Protesting journalists will later march to the Karachi Press Club where a protest meeting will be held.
Civil society and journalists across the country have condemned the disruption of Geo News position on TV cable network in Karachi.
Supreme Court Bar Association’s former president Asma Jahangir has said that this is not the first time such treatment has been meted out to Geo News
She said the Supreme Court, Lahore High Court and Islamabad High Court have already given their verdicts, directing Pemra to take action against those who indulge in such unlawful activities.
Pemra had given this commitment in the courts that it would monitor the cable operators and take action against such cable networks, she added. It is a violation of the law and Pemra should take action in this regard, she said.
Senior analyst Imtiaz Alam, who is also the secretary general of South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) said that pushing Geo to last numbers on cable was an attack on the independence of the media. It is like exploiting the organization economically so that it is closed down ultimately.
He said in a statement that Geo and Jang Group is again under attack as Geo broadcasts have been placed in the oblivion of tail Enders — a typical method of throwing you out of the market and denying people’s right to know.
Geo and Jang had come under attack two years earlier- but it survived despite incurring huge losses that have not yet been covered. It’s again being financially strangulated by curtailing its outreach in Karachi and elsewhere.
The management was and is under tremendous pressure to compromise its freedom of expression and editorial autonomy. It is being pressurized to change its stance over the issues of democracy, fundamental rights and policy issues. Unfortunately, the elected governments are not taking a firm stand against the unlawful encroachments and diminishing of media freedom. If the politicians think that democracy will survive after the muzzling of press freedom, they live in fool’s paradise.
Commenting on pushing Geo to last numbers on cable, central convenor of Council of All Pakistan Press Clubs Arshad Ansari said that all journalists were with Geo News, because the channel did not terminate even a single worker despite facing curbs and problems.
Senior analyst Najam Sethi said that the timing of the current attack was very dangerous. Doing such a thing with Geo shows that a conspiracy is being hatched against the channel and gagging Geo is like silencing the biggest voice of the media, he added.
Former president of PFUJ Pervaiz Shaukat said that pushing Geo to last numbers was an attack on the independence of the media, and it would affect thousands of journalists.
Islamabad High Court Bar President Tariq Mehmood Jehangiri said disruption Geo position on cable network was a violation of Article 19 of the Constitution and an attack on the press freedom. He said everyone has the right to freedom of expression and it is an injustice to the most famous channel of Pakistan. He said it is the economic murder of the media workers, and journalists across Pakistan would protest against it.
Former president of PFUJ Afzal Butt appealed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take action against those responsible for this injustice to Geo channel.
Barrister Salahuddin said that clearly mentions that all the news channels would be placed in a single group and the cable operators changing their position was a violation of that.
Karachi Press Club President Fazil Jamili said journalists had protested against a similar attempt in the past and they would support Geo again at every forum.
Senior analyst Hamid Mir said those who did not have the guts to talk openly and those who lacked logic wanted to impose their agenda through a conspiracy and baseless allegations.
Senior journalist Iftikhar Ahmed said one could not support democracy and present people’s problems and desires in this manner.
Lahore Press Club Secretary Shadaab Riaz said there was no justification to place the country’s largest TV channel at the last numbers, which was tantamount to animosity to the channel and journalists.
LPC President Shahbaz Mian said that was a curb on freedom of expression. Although Pemra existed, it lacked the desired reputation and that’s why cable operators had become a mafia, he said.
Shahzeb Khanzada said the cable operators were a power which was used to manipulate the position of TV channels and used to blackmail Geo.
He said the court should be moved and complaints filed with Pemra if Geo was involved in something wrong.
National Press Club President Shakil Anjum said others would also face the same situation currently being faced by Geo and therefore everyone should unite and work together for the purpose.
Senior analyst Suhail Warraich said although there was a Constitution and democracy in the country, the actions being taken against Geo were against the law, Constitution and democracy.
Senior journalist Talat Hussain said if there’s anyone having any case against Geo, then a forum was available to fight the matter. The Jang Group representative stated that a judicial commission could be formed in case anyone had any material, Talat added.
Senior analyst Idrees Bakhtiar described the move as an attack on press freedom. He said such moves had never been practiced in any democratic country, as he demanded a probe into why Geo was being shut.
Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) President Ali Raza Alvi said that Geo was continuously under attack, which was a violation of the press freedom.
RIUJ General Secretary Bilal Dar said that it was strange that attacks on the press freedom were continuing, though a democratic government was in place in the country.
The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), along with the Geo administration, would move the Supreme Court of Pakistan if Geo News was not restored to its original position.
Chairman of the Free Legal Aid Committee of the PBC, Ch Ishtiaq Ahmad Khan, said that those who loved yellow journalism were mistaken to believe that they would get something by using such tactics against Geo and Jang group. He said throwing Pakistan’s most popular channel on the last numbers was worst discrimination and violation of the basics provisions of the Constitution.
Another PBC leader, Shuaib Shaheen, said the freedom of media was being curbed in a technical way by throwing the channel on last number so that no one could find it on cable. PBC member Muhammad Aaqil lauded the step taken by the Pemra chairman, and advised the government to support it.
Islamabad High Court Bar Association Chairman Tariq Mehmood Jehangiri said the action against Geo violated Article 19 of the Constitution as it curbed freedom of expression. He demanded formation of an independent commission to probe the issue.
Islamabad District Bar Association President Syed Muhammad Tayyab said that the bar stood by Geo and demanded the prime minister take strict notice of the issue.
Human Rights Welfare Trust Chairman Kokab Iqbal urged the Supreme Court to take notice of the situation.
Jamaat-e-Islami leaders Sirajul Haq, Liaquat Baloch and Amirul Azeem said the move was a violation of the court orders and Pemra laws.

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