#4: 65th Senior National Basketball :Kerala and Tamil back on top

Bhilwara, Rajasthan: After losing their opening encounter against the star studded Uttarakhand (ONGC) side yesterday, Tamil Nadu men bounced back with a statement 92-62 win over Indian Railways. The Tamil Nadu outfit saw multiple players in double digits in this balanced attack that netted them nearly 100 points. International guard Prakash Mishra found himself to be the lone warrior for the Railways, but his 19 points couldn’t prevent the 30 point drubbing at the hands of the defending men’s champions.

Finally playing to their potential, Kerala women surprised defending champions Chhattisgarh winning a tense game 68-65. The Kerala women’s starting five featured four international players Stephy Nixon (centre), Poojamol KS (forward), Jeena PS (forward) and Neenumol (small forward). Kerala’s excellent defense in the first half restricted Chhattisgarh to just 10 points in the second quarter, and combined with their steady scoring had them leading by nearly 20 points going into second half. 6ft 10 inch Chhattisgarh centre Poonam Chaturvedi was mostly ineffective thanks to the terrific man marking and boxing out by rival centre, Stephy Nixon.

But true to its style, the never-say-die Chhattisgarh outfit fought back in the second half, thanks mostly to the outside shooting of Sharanjeet that including a three pointer with less than a minute remaining that tied the game at 65-65. Luckily for Kerala, teen sensation Poojamol drove the baseline and converted the two pointer despite getting fouled to take Kerala back in the clear by two points. Poojamol would calmly convert from the foulline to carry her side to its second straight victory.

Hosts Rajasthan teams fell to their second straight defeats. While the women lost to Odisha in the lower Level match, the men suffered a moral sapping loss to a young and resurgent Karnataka outfit. Rajasthan men were neck and neck for most of the match until the final few minutes, where Karnataka ran away to a 14 point win. This year’s Karnataka team bears a markedly younger and more athletic look having opted for youth over experience. The strategy seems to be working fine for Karnataka as they raced away to this back to back win. Karnakata centre Arvind in particular has been the star performer with numerous in game dunks that underlines his position as one of the most athletic basketballers in the nation. In this match he had 29 points to go with his 14 rebounds.

Afternoon & Early Evening Results from 30-12-2014

Level 1

Men

1)      Tamil Nadu (A Arvind 24, Amjyot Singh 16, Pratham Singh 13) bt Indian Railways (Prakash Mishra 19, Hirender Singh 12) 92-62 [32-20, 24-13, 20-15, 16-14]

2)      Karnataka (Arvind A 29 pts and 14 rbs, MR Bhat 17) bt Rajasthan (Vinod M 35, Harshvardhan 16, Anil Kumar 13, Niraj K 11) 84-70 [24-20, 21-20, 14-16, 25-14]

Women

1)      Kerala (Stephy Nixon 19, Poojamol 17, Jeena PS 15) bt Chhattisgarh (Aakanksha 18, Poonam Chaturvedi 17, Sharanjeet 15) 68-65 [20-14, 22-10, 15-16, 11-25]

Level 2

Women

1)      Odisha (Jayashree 16, Namrata 14, Roli 13, Urbasi 10) bt Rajasthan (Anita Meena 14, Nisa Sharma 27) 62-58 [22-9, 12-15, 11-14, 17-20]

2)      Telangana (M Gayathri 17, Purnima M 14, Aishwarya 13) bt Assam (Annat George 15, Shilpi Gehlot 8, Anju Sidharthan 8) 59-40 [16-8, 22-8, 8-10, 13-14]

3)      Bihar (Priyanka 16, GS Sharwani 14) bt Uttarakhand (Siwani 12) 55-33 [11-11, 21-7, 6-7, 17-8]

4)      West Bengal (S Devi 16, P Kumari 9) bt Gujarat (Fatema Masvi 8) 50-20 [35-2, 6-6, 5-5, 6-7]

Men

1)      Jammu & Kashmir (Shubham Sharma 19, Iqbal Singh 17) bt Goa (Anjul Punia 7, Brendon Mascarenhas) 63-23 [25-7, 17-2, 6-8, 15-6]

2)      Maharashtra (Amit Gholot 25, R Kalbhor 23) bt Assam ( P Kumar 23, Pankaj Rathee 12) 79-59 [22-18, 18-13, 14-19, 25-9]

3)      Madhya Pradesh (HS Tomar 17, A Banigiri 16, Syed A Ali 10) bt Odisha (Sashi 11, Ashok 10) 66-59 [16-15, 9-17, 22-7, 19-20]

4)      Bihar (Manvendra 15, Yogesh Kumar 14) bt Puducherry (Prabhakar 30, Harikrishna 8) 46-41 [3-12, 9-9, 14-10, 20-10]

About the 65th Senior National Basketball Championship 2014

The 65th Senior National Basketball Championship 2014 is being held in Bhilwara, Rajasthan. The Championship is being organised by the Bhilwara District Basketball Association in collaboration with the Rajasthan State Basketball Association under the aegis of Basketball Federation of India and IMG-Reliance. Matches are being held at the Sukhodia Indoor Stadium and the two outdoor courts at the Nagar Parishad complex. 27 men’s teams and 24 women’s teams are participating in this event that will be played in a league-cum-knockout format. For this year’s edition, Tamil Nadu men and Chhattisgarh women are the defending champions.

The teams have been divided into two levels: the upper Level 1 and lower level 2. Level 1 teams have further been split into two groups (A and B) while Level 2 teams have been split into four groups. The top four teams from each Level 1 group and the top team from each of the four Level 2 groups will qualify for the knockout stages. A separate knockout tournament (called “Losers Knockouts”) will also be held for the 2nd and 3rd placed teams from each of the four lower level groups that will be knocked out of the main tournament.

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Venezuelan economy enters recession, inflation tops 63%

31 12 2014

The Venezuelan economy has entered recession, after contracting for the third consecutive quarter. The Central Bank announced that the economy had shrank by 2.3 per cent in the third quarter of the year.

President Nicolas Maduro said the Venezuelan economy had been affected by political instability and dropping oil prices in international markets. He accused the United States of flooding the markets with oil as part of an economic war against Russia.

The central bank also said inflation had reached 63.6 per cent in the 12 months to November, one of the highest rates in the world. Mr Maduro announced a number of measures to boost economic growth and control inflation, including reforms to Venezuela’s currency control system.





#NutRage in the family:

31 12 2014

 

 





MS Dhoni’s retirement from Tests

31 12 2014

 

Dec 31,

Most of cricketers around the world has expressed surprise on the way MSD has resign, many called it an end of Dhoni cloud in BCCI.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, abbreviated MSD, who scored big name in Indian cricket and is famous for his enforced  decisions and opinions to many out of ethical context.His stellar confidence, iconic team mates at his disposal and his naive, cricketing batting limited technique  helped him to take chances to win laurels for Team Dhoni.

Lately as team talent slipped so MSD fell into his own trap. A man responsible for injecting his own team members finally get from Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif the good wish to bring him luck ahead of his career.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni surprised cricketing world with his sudden announcement of retirement from Test cricket. Cricketers from across the world reacted with surprise and lavished praise on Dhoni’s decision to call it quit from the longer format. Teammates, friends and critics poured their hearts out on social media praising his decision.

Expressing views on Twitter, retired batting legend, Sachin Tendulkar, also a long-time teammate, congratulated him on his Test career and encouraged Dhoni to retain 2015 World Cup. In a Tweet former Indian Cricket team Test captain Anil Kumble boasted his test career and said well done to retire as a captain. will miss unique persona like M S Dhoni.

का क्रिकेट को योगदान आदरयोग्य है। वह सम्मानित खिलाड़ी हैं और लाखों खेल प्रेमियों को प्रेरित करते हैं: सर्बानंद सोनोवाल, खेल मंत्री

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Akhilesh Yadav : On a road trip from Safai to Lucknow,

31 12 2014

On a road trip from Safai to Lucknow, stopping and meeting lots of people as well as old party workers.
I am so thankful for the warmth that they are expressing. Enjoying khullar coffee with my daughter in Tirwa, Kannauj.

Fadnavis government trims security of top Cong, NCP politicians

31 12 2014

Fadnavis government trims security of top Cong, NCP politicians and their kin; including former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan
Fadnavis government trims security of top Cong, NCP politicians and their kin; including former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan





Quake of M6.1 – MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES

31 12 2014

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.1
Date-Time
  • 29 Dec 2014 09:29:41 UTC
  • 29 Dec 2014 17:29:42 near epicenter
  • 29 Dec 2014 13:29:41 standard time in your timezone
Location 8.602N 121.504E
Depth 37 km
Distances
  • 112 km (69 mi) SSE of Cagayancillo, Philippines
  • 143 km (88 mi) NW of Titay, Philippines
  • 149 km (92 mi) NW of Ipil, Philippines
  • 152 km (94 mi) SW of Asia, Philippines
  • 666 km (412 mi) S of Manila, Philippines





DMRC Airport Line Not Serving Airline Passengers No Amenities

31 12 2014

December30, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.com

DMRC Airport line which cost over $1.4b at 2010 exchange rate is Worst
in Passenger Amenities. Airline Passengers carry many suitcases but
there is no Trolley for them. Due to following deficiencies even
Airline or Airport Staff don’t use Airport Line. Not more than 10
Airline Passengers per train use Airport Line.

But worst of all Domestic Terminal 1 which is supposed to carry BULK
of Domestic airline passengers – 95% is not Connected by Delhi Metro
Airport Line.

As given in the arrival schedule of an airline from Dubai which is
just 2h30m flying distance arrival and departure could vary as much as
2 hours – 8:41 hrs and 10:35 hrs so Airport Line Could have reduced
congestion at airport due relatives arriving hours ahead of Exit of
their foreign or NRI guests and Zip through passengers to Dhaula Kuan
in 10 minutes.

Stations on the route are Copy of the conventional stations in layout
– Airline Passengers with luggage have to undergo Shifting of Luggage
at Ground, Mid Level and Platform level at all stations.

Instead of 5-8 Lifts of 20 People or 2 Tone Capacity, two for each
coach there is probably only one on 1 tone capacity.

At Dhaula Kuan which is on Interstate Bus Terminal and gate way to
West Delhi & South Delhi – no Cab Service and Porters are available
and In fact there is no Unloading Platform for Cabs to Load & Unload
Luggage. Shivaji Stadium and New Delhi stations of Airport line are in
congested areas difficult to reach and Aero City station is basically
one end of airport itself suitable for Five Star Hotels around it
without connection to other public transport.

No Arrival & Departure Info is provided in Delhi Metro Airport Line or
stations.

There is gauge difference also – Airport line is Standard Gauge 1.435m
whereas rest of DMRC lines have Broad Gauge lines 1.676m – due to this
Deficiency Trains of Airport Lines can’t operate on rest of DMRC
sections. Changeover is required at Dwarka Sector 21 to access
Noida-Vaishali line.

More Blunders – REMEDIES

DMRC now wants to extend this Lame Duck Line to Huda City Center in
Gurgaon. ‘The line is to be extended beyond Dwarka Sector 21 to IFFCO
Chowk in Gurgaon. The 12 km extension will have a 1.5-kilometre-long
(0.93 mi) underground section, while the rest will be elevated.’

1. Convert Airport Line to Broad Gauge and Directly Connect with Blue
Line 2. Connect Airport Line to Domestic Airport which is just 1 or
1.5 km. 3. Extension to Huda Center to have more Stations. 4. Add more
stations to Airport Lines and Changeover to other Metro Line
Crossings, Two Existing & Two Upcoming Lines. 5. Charge normal Fare &
allow use of Smart Card.

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857

Shankar Das’ sensational win at McLeod Russel Tour Championship

30 12 2014

Local lad Shankar Das’ sensational win at McLeod Russel Tour Championship earns him Rolex Player of the Year title

Gaganjeet Bhullar, Abhinav Lohan are joint runners-up; Shubhankar shoots rare ‘albatross’

Kolkata, December 28, 2014: Kolkata’s Shankar Das won the Rs. 1.5 crore McLeod Russel Tour Championship after his final round of three-under-69 at his home course, the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC). Shankar as a result of his win also topped the Rolex Rankings and bagged the Rolex Player of the Year title for 2014. Das totaled 16-under-272 for the week to register the biggest win of his career.

Kapurthala’s Gaganjeet Bhullar and Abhinav Lohan of the DLF Golf & Country Club, Gurgaon, were joint runners-up at 13-under-275 as they fired matching scores of 68 in round four.

Shankar Das (68-70-65-69), who started the final round with a two-shot lead, came out a determined man on Sunday. Shankar’s burning desire to win in front of his home crowd for the first time was reflected in his solid start as he birdied the first hole from 20 feet. Das, who was also in search of the Rolex Rankings crown, carried on the good work with another birdie on the fourth.

The three-putt bogey on the 11th didn’t dampen Shankar’s spirits as he hit an outstanding tee shot on the par-3 13th and thereafter sank a 12-footer for birdie. The ever-smiling Shankar once again seemed unfazed after the dropped shot on the 14th as he came back stronger with birdies on the 15th and 16th thanks to some excellent wedge shots. The 31-year-old made pars on the last two holes to seal a comfortable three-shot win and take home his fifth tournament trophy. Das thus earned a handsome pay cheque of Rs. 23,77,500, the highest ever for a domestic tournament in India.

Shankar, who was ranked third in the money list at the start of the week, finished with total earnings of Rs. 54,32,067 for the 2014 season and therefore overhauled Bangalore’s Chikkarangappa S in the race for the Rolex Player of the Year. Chikkarangappa, who finished fourth at this week’s event, ended the year with total earnings of Rs. 47,15,336 to claim second place in the Rolex Rankings for the second year running.

 

“This is definitely the biggest win of my career. It’s helped me become number one on the PGTI for the first time. It’s also great to win on my home turf for the first time. The overwhelming support from the RCGC members, my family and friends through this week played a huge role in my performance. It’s been a tough time for my family this year. I missed about four tournaments midway through the season due to my mother’s poor health. However, I came back stronger on the tour with some good performances and top-5 finishes. It’s great to end the year with a win, my first in over 15 months. I will now aim to use my country spot to good effect on the Asian Tour next year,” said a beaming Shankar.

He added, “I didn’t bother too much about the leaderboard today and focused on playing a good round. I was lucky to get off to a good start with a birdie on the first. The birdie on the fourth really set up the round for me as my confidence was soaring by then. The best shot of the day was the tee shot on the 13th where I successfully negotiated a tough pin position.”

Gaganjeet Bhullar came into his own on the final day with a 68 that featured five birdies and a bogey. Bhullar did mount a challenge with a hat-trick of birdies on the back-nine but Shankar’s late charge on the 15th and 16th put paid to Gaganjeet’s title hopes.

Abhinav Lohan also mixed five birdies with a lone bogey on Sunday to end up in joint second along with Bhullar. Lohan, as a result, climbed from 16th to seventh position in the final Rolex Rankings.

Bangalore’s Chikkarangappa, who required a runner-up finish to seal the Rolex Rankings title, claimed fourth position at 12-under-276 after his final round of 69 and thus ended up in second position in the money list.

Delhi’s Shamim Khan finished a further stroke behind Chikka in fifth place. Shamim made five consecutive birdies from the 13th to the 17th during his fourth round effort of 71.

Gurgaon-based Shubhankar Sharma, the leader in the first two rounds, fired an incredible albatross on the par-5 fourth during his final round of 70. He holed his four-iron second shot from 224 yards to achieve the rare feat. This was only the fourth albatross on the PGTI. Sharma secured sixth place in the tournament as he totaled eight-under-280 for the week.

“It was unbelievable. I didn’t see the ball go in but I only realized I had made an albatross when I was walking up to the green and my playing partner Anura Rohana informed me that my ball was in the hole,” said a delighted Shubhankar.

Kolkata’s SSP Chowrasia shared seventh spot with Sri Lankan K Prabagaran at seven-undeer-281.

Arjun Atwal, another local favourite, ended ninth at six-under-282 in his maiden event on the PGTI. He shot a final round of 72.

The 2013 Rolex Rankings champion Rashid Khan of Delhi, who equaled the course record of 63 earlier in the week, was tied 10th at four-under-284 along with Sri Lankans Anura Rohana and Mithun Perera and Delhi’s Vinod Kumar.

Kolkata golfer Rahil Gangjee was joint 20th at one-under-287.

Jamshedpur’s Karan Taunk, who finished tied 61st this week, won the 2014 PGTI Emerging Player of the Year title for recording the highest earnings among the rookies this season. Taunk’s earnings for 2014 stood at Rs. 5,83,095. Sanjeev Kumar of Lucknow finished second in the Emerging Player list with season’s earnings of Rs. 4,70,281.





Names of three more AAP candidates for Delhi assembly

30 12 2014

Names of three more AAP candidates for Delhi assembly elections

From: Media Cell AAP <mediacellaap@gmail.com> Mon, 29 Dec ’14 7:01p

To: undisclosed-recipients:;

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Monday, 29 December 2014

The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday announced the names of three more candidates for the coming Delhi assembly elections. With these three names, the AAP has so far declared its 62 candidates for the 70-member assembly :

Ajesh Yadav                        Badli

Avtar Singh                         Kalkaji

Adv Charanji Lal Gupta      Rohini

Thanks

 

Regards,

AAP Media cell





Make RAIL Better

30 12 2014

“Easily invite Friends/Fam…” in [Make Railways Better]
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TERROR AT 32,000 FT

30 12 2014

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Sustainable Infrastructure for Natural Gas

30 12 2014


Posted: 29 Dec 2014

A study by IHS Energy shows that India was the fourth largest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2013. (Japan, South Korea and China – in that order – were the largest.)

India’s infrastructure for transport of natural gas to meet the domestic demand has never been adequate. The present pipeline is not enough to keep pace with the supply surge through increased domestic production, LNG imports and gas imports.

LNG imports are expected to account for much of the gas supply; its increase will depend on the pace of expansion in regasification terminal capacities and pipeline infrastructure connecting gas to markets.

TotalGasAvailab
Source: Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board

The geographical distribution of existing pipelines continues to remain uneven as states closer to gas sources devour the benefits of higher utilisation and local development of the market. Of the 12,144 km of gas pipelines in India, around 60% is concentrated in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan.

Region % of gas pipeline network % of consumption States with favorable infrastructure States lacking pipeline infrastructure
Western 40 53 Gujarat, Maharashtra Goa
Northern 20 26 Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand
Central 13 3 Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh
Southern 16 14 Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh Kerala, Karnataka
Eastern NIL NIL NIL Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha
North Eastern 10 4 Assam, Tripura Meghalaya, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland

Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board

Though the government has promised to expand the pipeline network by 15,000 km to complete the grid, the situation is not encouraging. Only 17% of the targeted 15,918 km in the 12th Five Year plan (2012-17) is complete; another 4,000 km is a work in progress. Projects related to 6,200 km of pipelines are in various stages of bidding, while the fate of the final 3,700 km is unclear.

It’s likely, then, that supplies will improve by 2017 via LNG terminals and domestic sources but India won’t have the infrastructure to transport gas to its eastern and central regions.

A major hurdle is the tariff structure. The uneven development of pipeline infrastructure is the result of different tariffs to transport the same amount of gas across the same distance in different parts of the country. Manish Aggarwal, partner and head of energy and natural resources at KPMG India, told Livemint.com: “Many delays are due to issues with local clearances, project coordination and centre-state conflicts because of the project’s impact on farmers.”

Ideally, for a slowly evolving market like India, a uniform pipeline tariff – also known as ‘postalised tariff’ – for all customers, irrespective of their distance from the gas field, is prudent. This may have a further positive impact through greater investment in deep-water projects for domestic gas exploration and increased competition for LNG imports.





HRD ministry is lying on IIT Delhi director’s resignation

29 12 2014

 

From: Media Cell AAP  Sun, 28 Dec ’14 7:02p

To: undisclosed-recipients:;

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Sunday, December 28

The HRD ministry is misleading the country on the issue of the resignation of the director of IIT Delhi.

It is extremely shocking that the BJP central government’s unjustified political interference is trampling the autonomy of the top institutions for professional and technical education.

The Aam Aadmi Party challenges the human resources development (HRD) minister to answer the following two questions :

1)      Is it not a fact that she had recently summoned the IIT Delhi director ?
2)      Is it not a fact that impolite language was used against such a senior professor and is it also not fact that he was humiliated in that meeting ?

The BJP’s central government has wreaked havoc in the institutions of  excellence in the country during last seven months. Ranging from the removal of the Chief Vigilance Officer of AIIMS to the shocking resignation of the IIT Delhi director, the entire government appears hell bent on imposing its dangerous agenda on the nation.

The HRD ministry in particular, appears to have made it a habit to create a controversy on a weekly basis.

Beginning with its shoddy handling on the FYUP course in Delhi University to abrupt change in the third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas and the confusion on keeping Christmas day as a working day, the ministry has shown itself in a poor light on a regular basis.

The AAP is of the clear view that even in case there was any issue related to the functioning of IIT Delhi, the HRD ministry had no right to interfere in the functioning of this autonomous institution and the matter should have been referred to its board of governors.

The AAP will strongly oppose any attempts to undermine the autonomy of institutions of higher, professional and technical education for political purposes. (ENDS)

Regards

AAP Media Cell





130th Foundation Day Celebrations ‪#‎INC130‬

29 12 2014

Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh and Smt. Sonia Gandhi distributing sweets to children during 130th Foundation Day Celebrations ‪#‎INC130‬
Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh and Smt. Sonia Gandhi distributing sweets to children during 130th Foundation Day Celebrations #INC130





AIRASIA INDONESIA FLIGHT QZ8501

29 12 2014


Earlier in Surabaya, the management of AirAsia along with the Governor of East Java, National Search and Rescue Agency of Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS), Airport Authority of Indonesia, Airport Operator (Angkasa Pura I) met with the members of the families to update them on the latest developments and reconfirmed their commitment to providing assistance in every possible way.
Sunu Widyatmoko, CEO of AirAsia Indonesia said, “We are deeply shocked and saddened by this incident. We are cooperating with the relevant authorities to the fullest extent to determine the cause of this incident. In the meantime, our main priority is keeping the families of our passengers and colleagues informed on the latest developments.”
“We will do everything possible to support them as the investigation continues and have already mobilized a support team to help take care of their immediate needs, including accommodation and travel arrangements. A briefing center has also been set up in Surabaya for the families.”
For the families in Singapore, there is also an emergency briefing room at Changi International Airport Terminal Two, where AirAsia Indonesia will be providing regular updates. 
We have also established an Emergency Call Centre that is available for those seeking information about relatives or friends who may have been on board the flight. The number is +622129270811.
At this time, search and rescue operations are being conducted, under the guidance of National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS). AirAsia Indonesia is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.
The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were 155 passengers on board, with 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots and 4 cabin crewand one engineer on board.
The captain in command had a total of 20,537 flying hours of which, 6,100 flying hours were with AirAsia Indonesia on the Airbus A320. The first office officer had a total of 2,275 flying hours with AirAsia Indonesia.
We will release further information as soon as it becomes available and our thoughts and prayers are with those on board QZ8501.
Note to Editors: We ask that members of the news media do not call the AirAsia Emergency Call Centre, as this line is reserved for family members seeking information about those who may have been on board. For media enquiries please call +622129270831.





Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Meeting with Officials of Ministry of Labour

29 12 2014

Press Invitation

Shri Bandaru Dattatraya

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge)

Meeting with

Officials of Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. Of India

To review the labour reforms and to decide the roadmap

On 29.12.2014 at 04.30 PM

at

“Sahyadri Guest House”, B. G. Kher Road, Walkeshwar,

Malabar Hill, Mumbai – 400 006.

RSVP: Praful Sawant – 9004662466

Followd by Hi-tea





Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Set to Re-Launch the Eden Roc Miami Beach in 2015

29 12 2014

Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Set to Re-Launch the Eden Roc Miami Beach in 2015 with a Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

 

Mumbai, 29th December, 2014: Nobu Hotels and Eden Roc Miami Beach announced today the 2015 vision and plans for the Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach to open during the second half of 2015.  Chef Nobu, Academy award-winner Robert DeNiro andHollywood producer Meir Teper are the masterminds behind the much anticipated Nobu Hotel project. This is the second U.S. hotel under the Nobu Hospitality brand and shall encompass the largest Nobu Restaurant and Bar Lounge in the world.

 

The Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach is part of the multi-million dollar vision to revitalize and re-launch the Eden Roc name and property. Similar to the highly successful Nobu hotel at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, the property will represent the same key principles as Nobu restaurants; a perfect balance of luxury, fun, craft and theater.

 

The new Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel will feature a “hotel within a hotel concept” with Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach will feature 210 guest rooms; a signature Nobu restaurant and bar; an additional new beach front restaurant concept; new banquet and catering menus; unique in-room dining offerings; 20,000 square feet of spa and fitness facilities; over 70,000 square feet of re-energized and stylish meeting and event space; and two luxurious pools.  The 15th floor Penthouse suites will feature panoramic views of the city with inspiration drawn from the Villa at the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace. Guests of the Nobu Hotel will enjoy a VIP entrance to the Nobu Hotel Pool and lounge with views over the beach and sea.  The guest rooms will be located in the hotel’s legendary tower and offer the imaginative, energized and sophisticated environment exclusive to Nobu Hotels.

 

David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group is leading the design of the project’s interiors ensuring the Morris Lapidus ethos is preserved and the renowned name of the Eden Roc Miami Beach is re-launched. Rockwell’s vision for the Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach is to use lush and natural materials, fused with contemporary style in a modern setting with elegant touches with inspiration drawn from both Japan and also the spectacular beach location. The art of fusion is a core thread of the Nobu brand and one that will be used throughout the project, adding layers of Nobu’s lively, fun and luxurious aesthetic while paying homage to Eden Roc’s classic heritage.

 

Owners and brand visionaries Chef Nobu, Robert DeNiro and Meir Teper are passionate to reenergize the property through the global appeal of Nobu Hospitality, welcoming guests both locally and from all over the world. Robert DeNiro himself has fond memories of staying at the Eden Roc in the past.

 

“We are excited to be putting the plans in place for the creation of an exceptional, luxury property at the iconic Eden Roc.” said Trevor Horwell, Chief Executive of Nobu Hospitality.  “We welcome being a partner with the ownership of the Eden Roc in bringing the halo effect of the Nobu brand to the Eden Roc to recreate and relaunch this iconic property.  Chef Nobu, Robert DeNiro and Meir Teper are passionate to create a property that will intertwine fun and luxury to offer guests from around the world a unique and exciting Miamiexperience.”

 

“Becoming a true partner with Nobu Hospitality will allow our guests a diversified, energized and luxurious hotel experience, establishing our hotel as the paramount property of Miami.” said Diego Ardid, Eden Roc LLLP. “We look forward to working with Nobu Hospitality on the enactment of major renovation plans to welcoming guests to the new Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach next year.”

 

About Nobu Hospitality
Recently named one of luxury’s 25 Most Innovative Brands by Robb Report, Nobu Hospitality is ranked among an elite selection of global luxury hospitality brands.  The natural growth of the Nobu luxury brand built on service, image and hospitality, offers the complete spectrum of hotel and restaurant management for unique projects around the world.  With operations spanning five continents, the Nobu brand thrives in the world’s capitals as the destination lifestyle experience.  The first Nobu Hotel opened in 2013 as a boutique hotel within Caesars Palace Las Vegas and was subsequently named one of the Hottest New Hotels of 2013 by CNN Travel and Top North America Hotel Opening in 2013 by Luxury Travel Advisor.  In 2014, the Nobu Hotel City of Dreams Manila will open followed by Nobu Hotels in Riyadh, Chicago, London Shoreditch, Eden Roc Miami Beach, Bahrain amongst other global locations.  Nobu is strategically focused on further expanding its global portfolio of Nobu Hotels through a solid development pipeline.www.NobuHospitality.com

Pakistani forces kill Taliban commander behind Peshawar school massacre

Pakistani security forces have killed a Taliban commander who allegedly facilitated the Peshawar school massacre, which left 150 people dead, AFP said. The militant was reportedly killed Thursday night in a gunfight with security forces in the restive Khyber tribal region. “Commander Saddam was a dreaded terrorist, who was killed in an exchange of fire with the security forces in Jamrud town,” top local administration official Shahab Ali Shah said in Peshawar.

Russia’s NATO envoy says Arctic should be zone ‘free of military activity’

The Arctic should remain a zone with a minimum of military activity, RIA Novosti quoted Russia’s permanent representative to NATO as saying on Friday. There are no direct military risks today in the region, according to Aleksandr Grushko. Speaking in Brussels, he said that “Cold War” rhetoric should be put aside. “We are carefully watching how NATO is turning its focus to the Arctic region,” he said, adding that “the less influence from military and political organizations in that region, the better it will be for solving tasks set before the Arctic states.”

Normalcy in Assam’s violence hit areas

28 12 2014

 

Dec 28,

In Assam, situation is limping back to normalcy in violence hit areas. Curfew has been lifted at Kokrajhar municipal area. It has also been relaxed from 7 to 8 hours in Sonitpur , Udalguri and Baska districts. Inspector General of Police, L R Bishnoi said that 55 persons have been arrested in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts for allegedly involving in arson and violence. He said that miscreants torched down 453 houses and 57 market shades in Lower Assam.

Meanwhile, operation is on against Bodo militants involved in recent massacre in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur district. Security forces have also launched operation at vulnerable reserve forest areas.

Relief materials and medical care are being given at relief camps. Over 1 lakh 20 thousand people have taken shelter at over 80 relief camps. But a section of inmates alleged that they were not getting proper relief items.

AIR correspondent reports, miscreants torched down 453 houses and 57 market shades in Lower Assam. Counter insurgency operation is on against Bodo militants involved in recent massacre. Security forces have also launched operation at vulnerable reserve forest areas. Meanwhile, relief materials and medical care are being given at relief camps. Over 1 lakh 20 thousand people have taken shelter at over 80 relief camps. But a section o

 





AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore goes missing

28 12 2014

 
An AirAsia flight with 162 people aboard went missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore today after losing contact with air traffic controllers. There were unconfirmed reports that an aircraft has crashed in the waters off East Belitung, off the east coast of Sumatra. However, the details of the aircraft were not known.A transport official said, Flight QZ8501 lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control just after 07:24 am local time. Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said aircraft was in the Indonesian Flight Information Region when contact was lost, 42 minutes after takeoff. There were no Indian nationals on board. An Indonesian transport official confirmed that seven crew and 155 passengers were on board. The plane took off from Surabaya (Indonesia) at 5.20 am local time and was scheduled to land at Singapore’s Changi Airport at 8.30 am.

Indonesian Transport Ministry official Hadi Mustofa said, the plane had asked for an unusual route before it lost contact, local media reported. Air Asia said the pilot had requested deviation from its flight plan because of bad weather. Indonesian TV channels said there were 149 Indonesians, three Koreans, one Singaporean, one Briton and one Malaysian on board.

A statement on AirAsia’s Face book page said, at the present there is no further information regarding the status of the passengers and crew members on board, but all parties will be informed as more information becomes available. Search and rescue operations are in progress and Air Asia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service, the statement said. Malaysia has also offered assistance in the search operation.

AirAsia is popular in the region as a budget carrier. It has about 100 destinations, with subsidiaries in several Asian countries. The loss of contact with the AirAsia plane comes nearly10 months after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370, which dropped off radar over Southeast Asia on March 8. Searchers are yet to find any debris from Flight MH 370,which officials believe crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.





Raghubar Das takes oath as J’khand CM

28 12 2014

Raghubar Das takes oath as J’khand CM; Stalemate continues on Govt formation in J&K

Dec 28,

Senior BJP leader Raghubar Das took oath as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand today. Governor Sayyed Ahmed administered him the oath of office and secrecy at the Morhabadi ground in Ranchi. The 59-year-old BJP leader, is the first non-tribal Chief Minister of the state. BJP MLAs CP Singh, Neelkanth Singh Munda and Louis Marandi and AJSU MLA Chandra Prakash Choudhri also took oath as Ministers.

AIR correspondent reports, BJP leader Raghubar Das is now the 10th Chief Minister of Jharkhand, and incidentally the first non-tribal Chief Minister in the state’s 14 years history. The new Cabinet is meeting today late afternoon to kick start the new phase. The swearing-in ceremony witnessed positive signs for the new government as ex- Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Arjun Munda and Babulal Marandi were also present at the Birsa Munda football Stadium of Ranchi. The task before the new government is enormous in terms of the priorities set by new Chief Minster himself, and people will keenly observe the functioning of this government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah were to attend the swearing in ceremony. But dense fog in Delhi forced them to cancel their visit to Jharkhand. In his tweets, Prime Minister congratulated the people of Jharkhand after getting an absolute majority in state elections held recently. Mr Modi said the people have voted for stability and wished that Jharkhand scales new heights of progress in the coming year. The Prime minister also extended his wishes to Raghubar Das on taking over as Jharkhand’s new Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, stalemate continues on Government formation in Jammu and Kashmir on the sixth day today with nothing concrete happening even as back door talks between leaders of various parties are going on. Meanwhile, looking for the “best deal”, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asserted that it is in no hurry to enter an alliance either with Bharatiya Janta Party at the cost of its ideology or with National Conference (NC) against the aspirations of people of the state. Reiterating that the party is looking at the implications of the possible alliance options, PDP spokesman Nayeem Akhtar said that in this scenario, Party wants to go ahead with due deliberations within the party and then decide the best deal for the state, a deal which would enable it to deliver both on political and developmental fronts. AIR Srinagar Correspondent reports that the continuing political stalemate over the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir may force imposition of Governor’s rule by January 20, 2015 when the Assembly will get automatically dissolved after the end of its six year term.

AIR correspondent reports, while exploring the prospects of forging an alliance with the BJP, PDP has reportedly sought assurances from BJP on certain issues mainly safeguarding Article 370 and revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). According to PDP Chief Spokesperson, Naeem Akhtar, it is not a question of forming a government only saying that the party will take its own time in carrying the best deal for Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, PDP also does not seem enthused to the option of a “grand alliance” with National Conference as according to PDP Chief Spokesman National Conference created a mess in the state during its six-year rule.





Congress celebrates its 130th Foundation Day

28 12 2014

 

Congress today celebrated its130th Foundation Day. Congress President Sonia Gandhi presided over the function at the AICC headquarters in the national capital where she unfurled the party flag. However, Vice President Rahul Gandhi was not present at the function.

The event was attended by senior Congress leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AK Antony, Ambika Soni, Motilal Vora and Ghulam Nabi Azad. The Indian National Congress was founded on this day in1885. The first session of the party was held at Mumbai between December 28 and December 31, and was attended by 72members.

 





Croatia new Prez as per opinion poll Ivo Josipovic

28 12 2014

Dec 28
Voters in Croatia are choosing a new president as the country struggles with the prolonged economic crisis. The incumbent, Ivo Josipovic, is one of four candidates. Opinion poll show Mr Josipovic in lead, but is not expected to win more than 50 per cent of the vote making a run-off likely. The president has a largely ceremonial role, but has a say in foreign policy and is head of the army.

Croatia is the newest member of the European Union, joining in July last year.





Egypt Parliamentary elections to be held in March 2015

28 12 2014

 

Dec 28,

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has reiterated that parliamentary elections will be held in March 2015. His remarks came while receiving Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo at the presidential headquarters in Cairo yesterday.

Al Sissi ratified the electoral constituencies law clearing the decks for parliamentary elections a few days ago. Parliamentary elections represent the final stage of the post-30 June political road map, following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Shankar Das surges ahead with timely 65;

Shankar Das surges ahead with timely 65; Throws hat in the ring for Rolex Player of the Year title.

Rashid Khan two shots off the lead in second place

 

Kolkata, December 27, 2014: Shankar Das of Kolkata fired a timely seven-under-65 to surge ahead in round three of the Rs. 1.5 crore McLeod Russel Tour Championship at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) on Saturday. Shankar’;s three-day total now stands at 13-under-203 and he enjoys a two-shot lead over his nearest rival Rashid Khan of Delhi who shot a 71 in the third round. Delhi’;s Shamim Khan lies third at 10-under-206.

Shankar’;s third round effort, the day’s joint best score, meant he too emerged as a strong contender in the Rolex Rankings race besides Rashid Khan and Chikkarangappa. Das is currently placed third in the Rolex Rankings.

Shankar Das (68-70-65), who was overnight tied sixth, shot his best score of the week on day three as he came up with an eagle and eight birdies against three bogeys. Das, playing at his home course, began his day on a bright note with an eight-foot birdie conversion on the first. He then stumbled with bogeys on the second and third due to some errors in judgment. The 31-year-old turned the tide in his favour with an eagle on the par-5 fourth where he found the green in two shots and sank a 10-footer.

 

Shankar, a winner of four titles, then went on a birdie-spree on the sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th after landing it within six feet on all four occasions. His approach from 150 yards stopped within a whisker of the hole on the eighth. The bogey on the 14th was a minor blip as Shankar produced a fine chip shot on the 15th and two 25-footers on the 16th and 18th to earn three more birdies.

 

“The bogeys early on were disappointing. On the second, I didn’t go by my gut feeling as far as club-selection is concerned and ended up with a poor tee shot. I then hit a half-hearted shot on the third. The eagle on the fourth was the turning point for me. I knew I could pick up the pace from there on. I then almost sank putts at will and fired a near-perfect approach on the eighth,” said Shankar, who has posted seven top-5s on the PGTI in 2014.

 

He added, “I know I’m in contention for the Rolex Player of the Year but I won’t let that distract me from my primary target of winning this event. Even though I’ve done well in most events this year, I haven’t won anything. There’s a burning desire to notch my first victory in over a year. That thought will motivate me in the final round.

 

“I love the support I’ve been receiving on the course this week. Both my kids have walked the course with me on all three days. Today they were joined by my nephews and nieces as well. The RCGC members and my friends are also constantly cheering me on. The tremendous crowd support did wonders for my confidence today. I’d love to win my first event at my home course in front of my family and friends,” said Shankar.

 

Rashid Khan (71-63-71), who matched the course record in round two with a superb 63, had a relatively quieter day on Saturday as he carded a 71. Rashid, however, hung on to his overnight second position at 11-under-205. He continues to be in the reckoning in the Rolex Rankings race.

 

Khan had a forgettable start as he bogeyed the first and then found the water hazard to drop another shot on the third. He did pick up five birdies thereafter but the double-bogey on the 16th, where he found the hazard, put paid to his efforts.

 

Rashid, still a contender in the Rolex Rankings, said, “I had a poor start just like round one. I did recover after that but the double-bogey did the damage. A good start will be the key to my chances in the final round as two shots is not a big lead.”

 

Shamim Khan returned a 69 to be placed third at 10-under-206.

 

Abhinav Lohan’s 65, the day’s joint best score along with Shankar’s round, catapulted him from overnight tied 14th to tied fourth at nine-under-207. The Faridabad-based professional had a run of five consecutive birdies from the 12th to the 16th.

 

Bangalore’s Chikkarangappa S kept himself in the hunt for the Rolex Rankings title with a 72 that helped him join Lohan in tied fourth place.

 

Gaganjeet Bhullar of Kapurthala also took a share of fourth position after his round of 70.

 

Sri Lankan Mithun Perera (68) occupied seventh place at seven-under-209 while the Kolkata duo of SSP Chowrasia (68) and Arjun Atwal (72) were a further shot back in joint eighth along with overnight leader Shubhankar Sharma (77) of Gurgaon.

 

Rahil Gangjee (72), another local lad, is in 11th place at five-under-211.

 

Rolex Rankings: Shankar Das throws his hat in the ring

 

With Shankar Das taking the third round lead, it’s now clearly a three-way race for the Rolex Player of the Year title between Chikkarangappa, Shankar Das and Rashid Khan. The equation for the three golfers to guarantee themselves the Rolex Rankings crown is as follows: Second-ranked Chikkarangappa needs to finish at least runner-up at the McLeod Russel Tour Championship while both third-ranked Shankar Das and fourth-ranked Rashid Khan need to win the Rs. 1.5 crore event and at the same time hope Chikkarangappa doesn’t finish runner-up.