10 01 2015
Friday, 9 January
With the people of Delhi eagerly awaiting the date of elections, the Prime Minister has finally found time to address the residents of the national capital, though his government has been controlling the city since seven months.
These seven months have seen price-rise, power cuts, communal tension and the national capital has been left neglected by the BJP’s central government.
The BJP had made certain big promises to the people of Delhi during the Lok Sabha elections and it was the only party which had brought out a Delhi specific manifesto in this election.
The Aam Aadmi Party is reminding the Prime Minister and his party the BJP, their forgotten promises for Delhi
1) Full statehood :
BJP has been promising full statehood this since 1993 in all its manifestoes for Delhi. It was in power in Delhi between1993-98 and at the centre between 1998 and May 2004. It did not do anything except mere lip service.
- For the Delhi Vidhan Sabha elections last year the BJP again promised full statehood for Delhi, but strangely it has been silent since it came to power at the Centre in May 2014.
BJP’s chief ministerial candidate last year and now the union minister, Dr Harshvardhan had tweeted on 1 March 2014 ;“Delhi will be granted full statehood when BJP will come to power at the Centre.”
The BJP government, however, made a u-turn which is evident from the reply given by the minister of state for home, Mr Kiren Rijiju in the Rajya Sabha on 16 July 2014, it is reproduced below:
In a written reply to a question asked by Rajya Sabha member Vijay Goel, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said, “At present, no proposal is under consideration of the Union government to accord statehood to Delhi.”
People of Delhi want to know what is the BJP’s stand currently on this issue ?
2) ELECTRICITY RATES : BJP had promised 30% reduction in electricity tariffs, both during the 2013 Vidhan Sabha elections and Lok Sabha elections this year.
What happened to BJP’s promise ?
- Power minister Piyush Goyal promised inverter free Delhi in two year. What has been done till now ?
- When will the BJP get the audit of private power distribution companies done in Delhi ?
3) Regularisation of unauthorised colonies :
- Since when can people get their registries done ? Housing Loans ? Basic amenities ?
4) WATER : Since when will Haryana start giving Delhi its due share ?
5) MCD : When will MCD start functioning as an honest organisation ?
6) WOMEN SECURITY : When will Delhi Police be accountable to people of Delhi ?
7) When will the Centre notify the SIT recommended by the AAP government to bring out the truth of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots?
The AAP will raise these issues prominently during its campaign and will make the people aware about the BJP’s deception with the people of Delhi (ENDS)
AAP Media cell
10 01 2015
10 01 2015
Mumbai 09th January 2015: In its endeavor to promote Toronto as a preferred MICE destination, Tourism Toronto recently hosted an exclusive VIP invitee thanksgiving dinner for its travel trade partners & select corporate companies in Mumbai. The objective of this event was to get them all together for a fun filled evening as well as garner further interest for Toronto as a MICE destination along with its wide offerings and various attractions.
The function was attended by close to 70 travel trade partners and corporate firms specifically handling India’s MICE traffic. Tourism Toronto provided information on various attractions including the newly introduced Edge Walk at the CN Tower, various Indian restaurants, venues for seminars and meetings, shopping centers, premium lodging options and heritage locations that feature in the city.
The dinner was a huge success with a custom themed d飯r using the Canadian colors, effective networking and very positive feedback from the attendees.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Sudarshana Kar, Account Manager, Tourism Toronto, said, “The thanksgiving dinner provided a wonderful opportunity to bring everyone together who have contributed in building the brand in India. We are very thankful to our friends from the travel fraternity and corporate world for gracing the occasion with their presence and showing immense support towards Toronto in the past one year. We hope to receive their continued support in 2015.”
About Tourism Toronto: Tourism Toronto, Toronto’s Convention and Visitors Association, is an industry association of more than 1,100 members established to sell and market the greater Toronto region as a remarkable destination for tourists, convention delegates and business travelers around the globe. Tourism Toronto operates in partnership with the Greater Toronto Hotel Association and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
10 01 2015
Gopalakrishnan R, Chennai, 8th -9th January 2015: The UBA South Zone Inter University Basketball Tournament 2014-15 concluded earlier today in Sathyabama University, Chennai. 84 teams took part in this mammoth regional event organised by Sathyabama University under the management of Universal Basketball Alliance of India and the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
The UBA South Zone event ran from 3rd to 9th January. In an exciting finals match city rivals University of Madras and hosts Sathyabama University battled for top honours. Madras University led in the first quarter, but backed by a roaring crowd, Sathyabama fought back to take a 45-40 lead at halftime. The third quarter saw a furious rally by Madras Univeristy led by its centre Jeevanatham who is also on the senior Tamil Nadu state team that reached the finals of the just concluded 65th Senior National Championship in Bhilwara, Rajasthan. In the fourth quarter, the hosts took back a slender lead through some excellent clutch play by Delhi & Haryana player Rakesh. On the other side, for Madras University, junior international player Karthikeyan came back from an ankle injury to repeatedly go to the foul line. But Sathyabama players kept their cool down the stretch to win a tense game 84-80.
The top four teams that qualified from the South Zone for the All India Tournament in the order of their seeding are as follows:
- Sathyabama University, Chennai
- Madras University, Chennai
- Bharathiar University, Coimbatore
- Jain University, Bengaluru
The top teams from the other three zones that will arrive shortly to Sathyabama University for the All India Tournament from 12th to 19th January 2015 are as follows:
- Punjab University, Chandigarh
- Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
- University of Delhi, Delhi
- Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
- Mahatma Gandhi Kasi Vidyapeeth University, Varanasi
- Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur
- Burdwan University, Burdwan
- Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanshal University, Jaunpur
- Bharati Vidya Peet University, Pune
- University of Rajasthan, Jaipur
- Savitribai Phule University, Pune
- Shivaji University, Kolhapur
Apart from the lively organisation of the event by the students at Sathyabama University (desi hip-hop music between quarters, a huge LED screen showcasing top 10 NBA plays of high fliers like Blake Griffin, and a sizeable local college crowd to watch the teams play) what stood out was the timely conduct of the matches, faultless keeping of the digital scoreboards and the top class indoor court. If this is how the South Zone rounds have been conducted, the National Championship promises to be a blast.
South Zone Results from 8th- 9th January 2015
Sathyabama University, Chennai (Vimalraj 19, Rakesh 16 pts & 13 rbs, Muin Bek 16 pts & 13 rbs, Prem 15 pts & 10 rbs) bt Madras University, Chennai (P Jeevanatham 22 pts & 18 rbs, S Karthikeyan 18, GA Anto 13) 84-80 [20-25, 25-15, 20-22, 19-18]
3rd and 4th Place Match
Bharathiar University, Coimbatore (Manivanan 30, Gopi 30) bt Jain University, Bengaluru (Visu Palani 30, Michael 20 pts & 10 rbs, Yashas Ramesh 18) 118-100 [31-23, 31-21, 28-40, 28-16]
Semifinal League (last two matches held on 8-1-15)
1) Madras University, Chennai (P Jeevanatham 27 pts & 15 rbs, A Aravind 13, P Vinoth 12) bt Jain University, Bengaluru (Visu Palani 31 pts & 11 rbs, Michael 15 pts & 12 rbs, PReetham 10, Vinoth 10) 102-77 [26-17, 20-22, 31-13, 25-25]
2) Sathyabama University, Chennai (Munbak 26, Rakesh 25, Arun Prasanth 16) bt Bharathiar University, Coimbatore (R Manivanan 20, M Gopi 16, R Shanmugam 14) 87-74 [18-12, 15-15, 22-21, 32-26]
About Association of Indian Universities (AIU)
The idea of bringing together all the universities on a common platform emerged from the deliberations of a Conference of the Vice Chancellors of Universities convened by Lord Reading, the then Viceroy of India at Shimla in 1924. The Inter-University Board (IUB) of India was subsequently formed on March 23, 1925, with the view of promoting university activities, especially by way of sharing information and co-operation in the field of education, culture, sports and allied areas. The Inter-University Board acquired a legal status with its registration in 1967 as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. In 1973, it assumed its present name: The Association of Indian Universities (AIU). The membership includes traditional universities, open universities, professional universities, Institutes of National Importance and deemed-to-be universities. In addition, there is a provision of granting of Associate Membership to universities of neighbouring countries.
About the All India University Championships
The Association of Indian Universities (“AIU”) Annual Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournament is a large Pan-India basketball tournament. The winning team is crowned the number one university basketball team in India. The Tournament is structured similar to the NCAA Basketball tournament in the United States. It is broken down into regional series which are held in each of four regions in India — The South Zone, the North Zone, the East Zone, and the West Zone. The teams in each region compete in regional tournaments, and the four winning teams from each region play in the final Tournament – The Inter Zonal Tournament.
About Universal Basketball Alliance of India (UBA)
The Universal Basketball Alliance of India, LLC (“UBA”) has acquired the broadcast, merchandise and sponsorship rights to the existing, and self-governing Indian University Basketball Program. The UBA is currently securing television broadcasting arrangements, securing corporate sponsorships for tournament play, and creating merchandising opportunities.
UBA will focus its attention on the AIU and popularizing its All India Inter Zonal Tournament as an entertainment product for Indian viewers to enjoy for generations to come, just as Collegiate Basketball is in the United States.
10 01 2015
Implementation of Basel III Capital Regulations in India – Revised Framework for Leverage Ratio
An underlying cause of the global financial crisis was the build-up of excessive on- and off-balance sheet leverage in the banking system. In many cases, banks built up excessive leverage while apparently maintaining strong risk-based capital ratios. During the most severe part of the crisis, the banking sector was forced by the market to reduce its leverage in a manner that amplified downward pressure on asset prices. This deleveraging process exacerbated the feedback loop between losses, falling bank capital and contraction in credit availability. Therefore, under Basel III, a simple, transparent, non-risk based leverage ratio has been introduced. The leverage ratio is calibrated to act as a credible supplementary measure to the risk based capital requirements and is intended to achieve the following objectives.
- Constrain the build-up of leverage in the banking sector to avoid destabilising deleveraging processes which can damage the broader financial system and the economy;
- Reinforce the risk-based requirements with a simple, non-risk based “backstop” measure.
Definition and minimum requirement– The Basel III leverage ratio is defined as the capital measure (the numerator) divided by the exposure measure (the denominator). The Basel Committee will use the revised framework for testing a minimum Tier 1 leverage ratio of 3% during the parallel run period up to January 1, 2017. The Basel Committee will continue to track the impact of using either Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) or total regulatory capital as the capital measure for the leverage ratio. Currently, Indian banking system is operating at a leverage ratio of more than 4.5%. The final minimum leverage ratio will be stipulated taking into consideration the final rules prescribed by the Basel Committee by end-2017. During this period, Reserve Bank will monitor individual banks against an indicative leverage ratio of 4.5%.
10 01 2015
10-13 January 2015
REVISED MEDIA ALERT
Sunday, 11 January 2015, 7:15 a.m. sharp
Visit to Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad
PHOTO-OP + UN SECRETARY-GENERAL will make remarks; No Q&A
–Open to all accredited media
–Accredited photographers and media persons please contact Mr. Mahesh Rana, Joint Director, Information Department, Ahmedabad, Mobile: 0-9978405783; firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note revised timing for SG’s visit to Sabarmati Ashram: 7:15 a.m.