Wednesday, January 11, 2017

World Bank drops India’s growth rate to 7 %

World Bank has decelerated India’s growth for 2016-17 fiscal to 7 per cent from its previous estimate of 7.6 percent. In its latest report, the World Bank said, immediate withdrawal of a large volume of currency in circulation and subsequent replacement with new notes in November contributed to slowing growth.
It said, the country would regain momentum in the following years with 7.6 and 7.8 per cent growth. The Bank said, various reform initiatives are expected to unlock domestic supply bottlenecks and raise productivity.
According to the report, India maintains the distinction of being the fastest growing emerging market economies of the world, bypassing China.

Sixteen Indians in Final Stage of Asian Tour Qualifying School

Bangkok, Thailand, January 10, 2017: Sixteen Indian golfers will compete at the Final Stage of the Asian Tour’s Qualifying School which will be held at the Suvarnabhumi Golf & Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand, from January 11 – 14, 2017.

The Final Stage is scheduled to be played over 72 holes (four rounds). A maximum field of 264 players will play two rounds. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the leading 80 players and ties who will then play two further rounds. At the conclusion of 72 holes, the leading 35 players (+ ties) will earn their Tour cards for the 2017 season.

The 16 Indians in the fray (15 professionals and one amateur), who will be setting their sights on an Asian Tour card for 2017, are former Asian Tour winners Himmat Rai and C Muniyappa, Sujjan Singh, a former winner on the Asian Development Tour, Ashok Kumar, a two-time PGTI Order of Merit champion, as well as Khalin Joshi, Honey Baisoya, Ajeetesh Sandhu, M Dharma, Udayan Mane, Deepinder Singh Kullar, Gaurav Pratap Singh, 2016 PGTI Emerging Player of the Year Aman Raj, Veer Ahlawat, Manu Gandas, Abhijit Singh Chadha and amateur Arjun Prasad.

Arjun Prasad, the lone Indian amateur in the field, is also the only Indian player to earn his place in the Final Stage after progressing from the First Stage of Qualifying.

While Himmat Rai, C Muniyappa, Sujjan Singh and Abhijit Singh Chadha will look to regain their Tour card, all the others will contend for their first full card in Asia.

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To be addressed by:
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Time   :  1 p.m
Date    : 11th January (Wednesday)
Venue :
 The Cladriges, 12 Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road (Aurangzeb Road), New Delhi 110011

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Sagarmala – Sailing towards a Vibrant Gujarat

10th January, 2017: Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State, Shipping, Road Transport &Highways, inaugurated the state- of -the -art exhibition display of Sagarmala, Ministry of Shipping at Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit, 2017, today. The central focus of the 8th edition of the Global Summit organized by Government of Gujarat is “Sustainable Economic and Social Development”.
Gujarat has been at the forefront of the maritime development in India. Under the Sagarmala Programme, More than 40 projects with estimated cost of approximately INR 85,000 Crore have been identified across the four pillars of Port Modernization & New Port Development, Port Connectivity Enhancement, Port-led-Industrial Development and Coastal Community Development
  1. A)    Port modernization:  Projects have been identified for capacity augmentation at existing ports especially Kandla to meet the future growth in cargo volumes. These include mechanization of cargo handling process, development of multi-purpose berth and setting up of barge and coastal jetty to name a few.
  2. b)     Port connectivity: For enhancing port-connectivity to hinterland and creating optimal mode of evacuation to/from ports connectivity projects have been identified. These include
  • Port- rail connectivity projects including connection of western DFC to Hazira, Pipva&Mundra; providing broad Gauge Rail linkages to Old Bedi Port and other internal rail connectivity projects for Kandla port.
  • Port-road connectivity projects like constructing alternative road from Bhavnagar to Sosiya – Alang Ship Recycling Yard and other internal port road connectivity projects
  • Freight expressway:  connecting Sarkhej in Ahmedabad to Mundra and Pipvav
  • Expansion of Salaya Mathura Pipeline
  1. C) Port led- industrialization: To leverage the ports for aiding industrialization and facilitating export oriented manufacturing in the state 7 projects have been identified. These include:
  • Building major industrial clusters like petrochemical cluster, Cement cluster, an export based apparel cluster in Saurashtra; an auto cluster in Sanand; a marble based furniture hub in Kutch and a Maritime cluster in Gujarat
  • Development of a coastal economic unit (CEU) at Kandla
  1. D) Coastal community development: To ensure sustainable socio-economic development in the State, projects have identified for development of coastal community. These include:
  • Development of Gujarat Maritime University
  • Dredging of Ro – Pax Ferry Services between Gogha and Dahej in Gulf of Cambay
  • Training Program for skill development/capacity building of workers involved in ship recycling activities at Alang
  • Dedicated coastal berth for passenger/cargo by sea at Porbandar Port

Sagarmala, an initiative taken by the Ministry of Shipping is one of the strategic plan to promote port led development in India.  It aims to leverage India’s 7,500 km long coastline, 14,500 km of potentially navigable waterways and strategic location on key international maritime trade routes. Sagarmala will also boost development of coastal economy, save logistic costs, balance modal mix for cargo movement, leading to growth in manufacturing sector and facilitating ease of doing business.

Akash Modi’s 70 gives him first round lead at Pre Qualifying I

Kensville Golf & Country Club, Ahmedabad, January 10, 2017: Mumbai-based amateur Akash Modi fired a two-under-70 to take the lead in round one of the PGTI’s Pre Qualifying I for the 2017 season being held at the Kensville Golf & Country Club near Ahmedabad.

Akash posted four birdies and two bogeys in his opening round.

Delhi’s Ikramuddin Shah and Bengaluru-based amateur Jaibir Singh shot scores of one-under-71 to be tied for second.

Ahmedabad-based Arshpreet Thind, a former winner on the PGTI Feeder Tour, was among the seven players bunched in tied fourth at even-par-72.

The top 37 players (+ ties) will qualify from Pre Qualifying I, a 36-hole event, for the Final Qualifying Stage.

Criminologist demands a separate Government Portfolio for Organized Crime Cases: PIL (SC)

Criminologist Snehil Dhall files all his research reports due to increasing number of Organized Crime and distorted government structure.
Mumbai: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed by Criminologist Snehil Dhall (27) against the Union of India and other 46 parties (i.e. Chief Secretary of every State, UT and specific central ministries) for not implementing United Nations Transnational Organized Crime Recommendation (UNTOC) and Financial Action Task Force (FATF). As per his findings only 12 States (Goa, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura and West Bengal) and seven Union Territories have acknowledged of receiving the ratification of UNTOC, whereas, other states haven’t even bothered to acknowledge the same since past 5 years. He has also demanded separate legal structure for handing Organized Crime by providing few case studies of his research at various levels.

These case studies have concerns of Transnational, National, State and Local security due to which the issue of grassroot intelligence and security is to extreme condition. His various researches were reported to concern officials but they were ignored due to lack of subject knowledge. Subsequently, he decided to appeal with Honorable Supreme Court by compiling all kinds of Organized Crime laws and their limitations which are created for various purposes at different jurisdictions. He has demanded the Court to Issue a Writ in the nature of mandamus directing the Respondents to make an effective, proper, advanced, unified and coordinated mechanism / structure; special laws, rules,  courts, police and law enforcement agencies, intelligence and such other(s) including Government (Centre and / or State) departments, ministries etc. without any territorial, federal, jurisdictional technicalities to tackle TransNational Organized Crimes and such other crimes effectively which may further include setup of Victim Support Centre to deal with Crime Education for every citizen regardless of their sex, gender, religion, age, nationality and also handle the consultancy support to manage Organized Crime case, help in registering of the offenses; and personnel with Subject Expertise should be considered for technical jobs. The same has been admitted in the Honorable Supreme Court under the Dairy No. 32267/2016.

The reference of the research case studies are as follows:
  1. Criminal knowledge of underage kids from every financial background.
  2. Fake Interpol and National Security threats from retire government officials.
  3. Money Laundering by Lions Club International & Rotary Club International through unaccounted format.
  4. ‘Nation without States’ concept of handing separatist ideas in a foreign land and defining the difference between Terrorist & Freedom Fights through legitimate Political Parties in Western Countries.
  5. Focuses on regulating Virtual Government, Virtual Terrorist Groups and Virtual Platforms in operation.
  6. Regulation on Media for not reporting news of any unregistered organization which supports an indirect legitimacy.
  7. Outrage committed by Religious Gurus i.e. Men & Women Modesty; Commercialization of sentiments.
  8. Reduction of Age limited. The age of Criminal Responsibility should be Age 8 years old and Criminal Prosecution should be Age 12 or 16 years.
  9. Implementation of same laws of Physical and Virtual kind. Case Reference of illegal activities committed by virtual property owners like Just Dial.
  10. Financial Blacklisting of Banks and Financial Institutes for Frauds and mistakes committed by them similar to what SEBI does to Individuals.
  11. Identity theft to be taken under serious offense.
  12. Expertise based work to be allotted only to the specific Subject Expert

For Supreme Court Details: Adv Mareesh Sahay +91-98990-00923 
Thank You
Criminologist Snehil Dhall
+91-98217-29876 (India); +91-22-6610-0399;

Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh women inch closer to Level 1

67th Senior National Basketball Championship

11.01.2017 07:44:05 – Day 4 of the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship for Men and Women 2017
( – Puducherry, 10th January 2017: The 67th Senior National Basketball Championship marched on to Day 4 with a slate on interesting matchups on the cards. To begin the day, defending champions Indian Railways women continued their unbeaten run with a drubbing of the Punjab team. Guard Madhu Kumari led the way with 26 points, as Railways strolled to a 93-33 victory.
Telangana women also maintained their winning ways with a comfortable triumph against Maharashtra (61-42). Their versatile core lineup all contributed in double digits, as they led from start to finish. Karnataka women improved to 2-0 this tournament with a 70-43 victory against Haryana. Karnataka’s international player Bhandavya Gowda top scored with 27 points.
In the Level 1 men’s games, last year’s finalists Uttarakhand stamped their class in their win against Chhattisgarh. After beginning with a 17-0 start, Uttarakhand were on automatic the rest of the way as they sauntered to a 65-36 win. Superstar Vishesh Bhriguvanshi scored a game-high 21 points, which included a spectacular baseline alley-oop dunk.
In the second half of the day, the Delhi women bounced back with a resounding win after consecutive losses thus far in the tournament. With four scorers in double digits, Delhi blew out Rajasthan for an 82-40 win. The other level 2 women’s team to look out for is Karnataka, who won their third straight game today, beating Uttarakhand 55-11. The Madhya Pradesh women have also moved closer to qualifying to Level 1 with a thrilling 69-68 win against Uttar Pradesh. Southpaw Sakshi Pandey top scored for MP with 22 points.
Home team Puducherry men fell to Bihar (53-39), who were led by point guard and IMG Academy product Sanjeev Kumar’s 23 points. The Rajasthan men won a nail-biter against Delhi with an 88-86, in a game that was decided in extra time. Delhi’s young stars Rachit (22 points) and Vishal (24 points) were bright sparks for their team today, but Rajasthan edged past Delhi, outscoring them 11 to 9 in the extra time period.
The clash of heavyweights in men’s Group B saw Tamil Nadu winning the battle against Indian Railways 80 to 62. Tamil Nadu’s big three of Akilan Pari (18 points), Rikin Pethani (19 points) and Prasanna Venkatesh (13 points) led the way in a composed effort. Railways big man Palpreet Singh managed to put in 19 points in a losing effort.
Results from 10th January 2017 up to 8 pm
Level 1:
Group A:
1. Indian Railways (Madhu Kumari 26, Sruthi Menon 18, Libina MJ 12) bt Punjab (Aakarshan Sandhu 7, Harpreet Kaur 6) 93-33 (37-7, 11-11, 23-5, 22-10)
2. Telangana (Ramya 16, Rachana 14, Suganya 12) bt Maharashtra (Shireen Limaye 16, Sakshi 12) 61-42 (20-12, 11-17, 16-5, 14-8)
Group B:
1. Delhi (Neha Joshi 16, Monica 15, Raspreet Sidhu 15, Vinti 11) bt Rajasthan (Nisha 13, Kamlesh 11) 82-40 (17-5, 20-6, 21-22 24-7)
Level 2:
Group C:
1. Karnataka (Bhandavya 27, Saprita 16, Bhoomika 10) bt Haryana (Meenu 18, Alisha 10, Antim 8) 70-43 (22-17, 28-12, 6-9, 14-5)
2. Gujarat (Nidhi 21, Krupa 14, Arti 12) bt Uttarakhand (Bhawana 8, Shalu 6) 57-19 (10-1, 21-9, 10-3, 16-6)
3. Karnataka (Bhoomika 11, Supriya 9, Bhandavya 8) bt Uttarakhand (Priya 4) 55-11 (21-4, 15-0, 11-6, 8-1)
Group D:
1. Himachal Pradesh (Jyotika 18, Poonam 10) bt Goa (Charmaine 10) 43-17 (15-7, 11-4, 8-2, 9-4)
2. Madhya Pradesh (Sakshi Pandey 22, Nima Doma 14, Namrata Huda 10) bt Uttar Pradesh (Vaishnavi Yadav 14, Shivani 14, Kavya 12) 69-68 (21-19, 9-12, 17-14, 22-28)
Group E:
1. Chandigarh (Yogitha 17, Kirthi 16, Pooja 10) bt Tripura (Anamika 10) 50-19 (10-7, 12-2, 13-5, 15-5)
2. Jammu and Kashmir (Pearl 21) bt Bihar (Kritika 7) 28-13 (4-0, 3-5, 13-7, 8-1)
Group F:
1. Odisha (Rajshree 14, Jayashree 14, Urvasi 12) bt Andhra Pradesh (BPS Jyothi 10, P. Lakshmi 8) 52-32 (13-10, 8-16, 17-0, 14-6)
Level 1:
Group B:
1. Uttarakhand (Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 21, Trideep Rai 9, Amritpal Singh 8) bt Chhattisgarh (Rajesh 14) 65-36 (25-7, 18-12, 14-6, 8-11)
2. Tamil Nadu (Rikin Pethani 19, Akilan Pari 18, Prasanna Venkatesh 13) bt Indian Railways (Palpreet Singh 19, Vijender Kumar 11, Gagandeep Singh 11) 80-62 (28-16, 15-19, 21-14, 16-13)
Level 2:
Group C:
1. Chandigarh (Jatin 15, Sahil 11) bt Goa (Mahir Amir 6) 50-28 (12-4, 12-8, 16-7, 10-9)
2. Rajasthan (Mod Singh 17, Loon Singh 17, B. Singh 13, Abhimanyu Singh 12) bt Delhi (Vishal Kumar Gupta 24, Rachit 22) 88-86 (25-22, 15-17, 19-19, 18-11, Extra time 11-9)
3. Goa (Daniel Vas 11, Roger 10, Shielton 10, Dekence Gavali 10) bt Sikkim (Abhishek 18, Gaurav 12) 60-42 (14-9, 6-9, 16-9, 24-15)
Group D:
1. Puducherry (Poovana 31, Achuthan 18, Vinod 10) bt Tripura (Ratandeep 25) 75-32 (16-12, 19-9, 24-5, 16-6)
2. Bihar (Sanjeev Kumar 23, Deepak Kumar 12, Vishnu Kumar 11) bt Puducherry (Achuthan 20) 53-39 (21-4, 16-8, 15-11, 1-16)
Group E:
1. Odisha (K. Sravan Kumar 20, Sahid Khan 18, Sashikanta Mohanty 13, Ashok Kumar Nayak 13) bt Uttar Pradesh (Atal Rai 18, Bhagyansh Gulati 18) 74-54 (19-11, 21-10, 17-16, 17-17)
2. Jammu and Kashmir (Kunal 11, Ranbir 11) bt Arunachal Pradesh (Mohit 7) 49-21 (11-3, 15-7, 16-4, 7-7)
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
Senior Nationals format & significance
Info on winners and runners up from all the past Senior Nationals
Previous (66th edition) consolidated results & final standings
65th edition consolidated results & final standings
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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