GAIL The Fastest Indian – Finals – GAIL Voice

17 01 2015

GAIL The Fastest Indian – Finals – GAIL Voice

GAIL The Fastest Indian – FinalsPosted: 16 Jan 2015 02:30 AM PST

New Delhi, January 16, 2014: The first edition of ‘GAIL-The Fastest Indian’, India’s most ambitious sports talent hunt with an aim to identify Olympic medal winners in Athletics, today reached its crescendo in the presence of Hon’ble Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Padma Shri Milkha Singh, GAIL Chairman and Managing Director Shri B C Tripathi and other dignitaries.

The grand finale of the event, which has traversed through 19 cities across the country from Guwahati to Ahmedabad, Kochi to Chandigarh, was held today at The Thyagaraj Sports Complex, Delhi. … boys and girls in different categories emerged winners. During the league stage, the GAIL-TFI engaged over 5,000 boys and girls in the age group of 12-14 years across the country in last 4 months.

The winners will now be groomed with an aim of making them next “Milkha of India” and securing medals for the country in 2020 Tokyo Olympics. They will be provided specialized training from renowned national and international sports trainers as well as complete scholarship up to post-graduation. Besides, Flying Sikh of India, Shri Milkha Singh, who is also the principal mentor of the event, will be providing his valuable guidance to the winners.

Commenting on the event, Hon’ble Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said, “I’m very happy to be associated with GAIL-The Fastest Indian event. Talent in our country is raw and has to be refined. GAIL’s quest to identify the fastest Indian has unearthed untapped resources of talent across the country and I compliment the company for the initiative. Our best wishes with the winners of the event and hope that they will win medals and laurels for the country in coming years, including a medal in 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”

Speaking on the occasion, Padma Shri Milkha Singh, principal mentor of the event, said, “GAIL – The Fastest Indian has now reached its ultimate destination, I am very happy that we now have Talented Young Athletes who will be thoroughly trained and groomed for the Tokyo Olympic 2020.  This project was the need of the hour; it has helped in finding many bright talents from the length and breadth of this country.”

GAIL Chairman and Managing Director Shri B C Tripathi said,”GAIL is a brand associated with energy, youthfulness and growth. We are India’s youngest “Maharatna” company and we aspire to continue our quest of unearthing several such raw talents. GAIL-The Fastest Indian’s first edition has culminated today but it is just the beginning of a journey. We are committed to make it an annual event, so that young children of our country can utilize their talent to optimum levels and continue to receive specialized trainings.”

The winners of the league stages held at 19 cities across the country are listed in the tournament website ( .The leader board on the website reflects the talent that resides within the country.

The best runners from across the country as displayed on the leader board were given the chance to compete for the ultimate title of “GAIL-The Fastest Indian” during the grand finale. Top 8 participants on the leader board in each category (100m, 200m, 400m for boys and girls)) then participated in the finals to become “GAIL-The Fastest Indian” in their respective categories.

Principal partner of the event, GAIL India Limited – India’s no-1 natural gas company, conceived the idea of finding the best athletics talent in the country and walked extra mile to make the event a grand success. The talent hunt matches with GAIL’s vision of unearthing the unpolished diamonds from the not-so-heard places of the country and providing them proper training and equal opportunities. The GAIL support would help them in bringing so many laurels and appreciations, including medals, for themselves and the country.

The other partners who made this dream possible include IFIM Business School (Academic partner) which is providing scholarships, Anglian Medal Hunt (Technical Partner), (Digital media partner), Croma (Promotions partner), Fox Mandal (Knowledge partner), iCONGO(social justice partner), (Official partner),  Yi (Out Reach partner) and Unibic (official cookie partner).

GAIL Information on fire incident in South Delhi Information Update: 1745 hrs on 16/1/2015

17 01 2015

GAIL Information on fire incident in South Delhi

Information Update: 1745 hrs on 16/1/2015

New Delhi, January 16, 2015. Restoration work of the damaged pipeline section where a fire had broken out today morning in South Delhi is proceeding at a fast pace. The pipeline section has been purged with nitrogen and thus the area has been made safe for undertaking repair work. The restoration work is expected to be complete in next 24 hours.

Supply to domestic consumers has not been affected. All consumers including Maruti plant are receiving normal gas supplies, except some commercial and industrial consumers of IGL and a few CNG stations.

The affected pipeline was protected and covered by a steel casing pipe and located almost at a depth of 1.75 meters. Besides, there were pipeline warning markers in close vicinity. In spite of all this protection, the third party drilling activity, undertaken without any prior intimation / permission of GAIL, punctured the pipeline causing leakage and fire.

GAIL is also once again taking up with all civic agencies reiterating the advice that no digging work should be undertaken by them or their contractors without taking permission from GAIL. As a long term pre-emptive measure, GAIL would undertake awareness activities to educate and sensitize the general public about the safety aspects related to gas pipelines.

Sahil Sagar and Md Nazim are joint leaders after round one of Pre Qualifying II

17 01 2015

Eagleton – The Golf Resort, Bangalore, January 16, 2015: Sahil Sagar of Gurgaon and Bangladesh’s Md Nazim fired matching scores of six-under-66 to be the joint leaders after round one of the PGTI’s Pre Qualifying II for the 2015 season being held at Eagleton – The Golf Resort near Bangalore.


While Sagar made eight birdies against a double-bogey in his opening round, Nazim produced seven birdies and a bogey.


K Raghav Bhandari of Chandigarh was in third place at five-under-67. His round featured six birdies and a bogey.


The top 35 players (+ ties) will qualify from Pre Qualifying II, a 36-hole event, for the Final Qualifying Stage.

AAP announces its blueprint for resettlement colonies

17 01 2015


  • Ownership rights will be transferred to plot owners from govt

Friday, January 16, 2015

Aam Aadmi Party on Friday presented its vision for around 15 lakh residents of 45 resettlement colonies in Delhi.

It is shocking that the problems of resettlement colonies have remained unsolved since many decades.

In 1958, the government had appointed a committee to investigate the problems of growth and existence of jhuggies in urban Delhi. During the next several years about 45 resettlement colonies were developed by DDA, established mostly during the 1970s.

Many such committees, notifications, solutions and schemes have been constituted repeatedly but none of the problems of Delhi’s resettlement colonies have ever been solved.

And yet, legally these properties continue to be under the ownership of Government of India and the occupants have no claim of these properties. While the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) was formed to give free-hold rights to the owners, this has still remained a distant dream.
Former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal made the following announcements at the event :

  • Occupants of land pay lakhs of rupees to get hold of their own land! AAP will simplify procedures.
  • In resettlement colonies, free hold rights/ ownership of land will be granted to occupants in three months.
  • Original allottees will receive ownership of their plots within one month for just Rs. 10,000.
  • Other land occupants who are not original allottees will receive their plots in less than Rs. 50,000.
  • The cumbersome multi-page form will be simplified into a single page form

The AAP leaders also underlined the fact that sanitation and sewer facilities do not exist in half of resettlement colonies. This issue will also be given priority.



AAP Media cell

TCS to sponsor top 2 male & female runners for NYC Marathon

17 01 2015

Mumbai: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has quite a long history with marathons globally and has been specially associated with the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon. This year TCS announced a special initiative to raise the bar for marathon running in India, which would be beneficial for Indian athletes.

Vivek Singh, Jt. MD. Procam International said “I am very delighted with the way Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon has revolutionized running as a sport in India and reached its 12 edition, being successful beyond our dreams. This would not have been possible without the support of AFI &our partners like TCS.”


“TCS is very proud to be associated with the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in the city of Mumbai, that’s where our (TCS) headquarters is, and we are associated with this marathon for the last eight years or so. It has been a very proud moment for us. There is a lot of participation in the marathon and if you look at TCS itself, from long distance running point of view, our CEO Natrajan Chandrasekaran is an avid runner and has participated in multiple marathons. Apart from that there are many others from TCS who are definitely taking interest and will be participating in this marathon,” said Mr. Ajoy Mukherjee, Executive Vice-President and Global Head of Human Resources of TCS at a media briefing on Friday.


“I am pleased to announce that the Elite Indian runners, basically the top two male and female runners will be sponsored to participate in the TCS New York City Marathon in November. TCS will ensure that the athletes will be put through a specific program under the supervision of the Athletic federation of India (AFI),” Mukherjee further announced.


Adille Sumariwalla, President AFI,  said, “I am really pleased by this announcement. Running is now growing and transforming into a mass movement in India. I would like to thank Procam for convincing TCS to sponsor our Indian athletes to participate in the NYC Marathon. It would be great opportunity for our athletes to compete with the best in the world and in different conditions which are not the same here,” Sumariwalla mentioned.

7 UBA All India Inter University Basketball Tournament for Men Day 5-

17 01 2015

#7 UBA All India Inter University Basketball Tournament for Men Day 5- Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune & University of Madras, Chennai join Jain Bengaluru and Sathyabama in semis

Chennai, 16th January 2015: Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune beat Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi earlier this evening to go through to the semifinals of the UBA All India Inter University Basketball Tournament for Men 2014-15. The Delhi team got off to a good start with their best player, Manu Babu, driving past the Pune defence with relative ease to finish at the rim. Jamia’s big man, Harsh Malik, contributed with points in the paint for his team, bruising his way against the Pune defence.

The second quarter, however, belonged to Bharati Vidyapeeth as they tightened their defence and forced turnovers against the Jamia team. Pune’s Kapil Gaikwad and their captain, Akshay Bhosale, were the main contributors draining shots from the inside and outside. Pune’s excellent ball movement was on full display as they managed to find the open man on the offensive end. On the other hand, Jamia’s offense came majorly from isolation plays from Manu Babu who had 30 points and Harsh Malik who had 22 points and 13 rebounds in the game. The contrast in the offensive styles was apparent in the number of team assists – Jamia had only 2 total assists, while Bharati Vidyapeeth had 17 total assists in the game.

There were only three points separating the teams at the end of three quarters with Bharati Vidyapeeth leading 64 to 61. The Pune team pulled away in the fourth and held their nerve and the lead despite a furious late comeback attempt by Jamia. Pune’s Kapil Gaikwad ended up with a game-high 35 points and he also had 11 rebounds. Captain Akshay Bhosle had 23 points and 8 rebounds, while Pune’s point guard had a good all-round game with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Bharati Vidyapeeth registered a 94-84 victory and will face the home team, Sathyabama University, in the semi-finals to be held this Sunday.

In the last quarterfinal of the tournament, University of Madras comprehensively beat Bharathiar University, Coimbatore in a one-sided affair. Familiar with Bharathiar’s game having already beaten them earlier in the South Zone rounds, Madras had no trouble outscoring their state opponents in each of the four quarters, but their main takeaway came from their defensive work in the second quarter when they restricted Bharathiar to just five points. Centre Jeevanatham P, who is also on the senior Tamil Nadu state team, dominated proceedings on both ends of the floor for Madras University, notching up a double double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. To the delight of the crowd, he also had an in-game dunk.

University of Madras, Chennai will now face Jain University, Bengaluru, while Bharati Vidyapeet, Pune will take on Sathyabama University, Chennai, in the semifinals that will be played on 18th January 2015.

Quarterfinal Results

University of Madras, Chennai (Jeevanatham P 16 pts & 14 rbs, S Karthickeyan 19, Navin Raj 13) bt Bharathiar University, Coimbatore (Kasi 17, Mani 12 pts & 12 rbs, Gopi 11 pts & 11 rbs) 85-57 [21-17, 21-5, 22-16, 21-19]

Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune (Kapil Gaikwad 35 pts & 11 rbs, Akshay Bhosale 23 pts, Sarfaraz Irani 14 pts 10 rbs 6 asts, Gautam Daddikar 12 pts & 12 rbs) bt Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi (Manu Babu 30, Harsh Malik 22 pts & 13 rbs, Sagar Siwach 11 pts & 13 rbs, Ankur Tomar 13) 94-84 [15-23, 26-14, 23-24, 30-23]

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.

The top four teams that have qualified from each of the four zones are as follows:

South Zone

  1. Sathyabama University, Chennai
  2. Madras University, Chennai
  3. Bharathiar University, Coimbatore
  4. Jain University, Bengaluru

North Zone

  1. Punjab University, Chandigarh
  2. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
  3. University of Delhi, Delhi
  4. Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

East Zone

  1. Mahatma Gandhi Kasi Vidyapeeth University, Varanasi
  2. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur
  3. Burdwan University, Burdwan
  4. Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanshal University, Jaunpur

West Zone

  1. Bharati Vidya Peet University, Pune
  2. University of Rajasthan, Jaipur
  3. Savitribai Phule University, Pune
  4. Shivaji University, Kolhapur

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.

Gionee Smartphones Partners with North East’s Biggest Football Club Shillong Lajong

17 01 2015


With increasing popularity of soccer in India, Gionee plans to promote the                                                   spirit of the game


Shillong, January 16, 2015: Gionee, a leading global design and manufacturer of mobile devices today announced its association with North east India’s favourite and ever popular soccer club Shillong Lajong for the 2015 I-League season. Shillong Lajong FC is the biggest Club in the North East and with this association Gionee plans to spread and promote the spirit of the beautiful game across North East and further to other parts of the country. Shillong Lajong FC has served as the nursery for potential football talent in the country and Gionee is completely committed to the cause. Gionee with the partnership would be working towards taking the game of football along with the club to every household in North East.


Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Larsing Ming Sawyan, Managing Director, Shillong Lajong FC said, “We are proud to tie-up with Gionee Smartphones and we believe the association will act as an impetus for the Club to achieve our objective of harnessing football talent in the North East. The region is a reservoir of football talent and through our association we aim to continue identifying and developing budding footballers and leave an indelible mark in the football arena of the country.”


Excited about the association Mr. Timir Baran Acharyya, DGM, Gionee Smartphones said “Soccer in India has been increasingly getting popular amongst all age groups and to help promote the spirit of the game. We are extremely delighted to partner with Shillong Lajong FC who have emerged as a strong team at the I League over years. Gionee within 2 years has gained immense popularity especially among the youngsters. Football is one of the most popular sport in the North East and we wanted to connect with the youth through their passion and this association advocates our line of thought. We hope to establish an enduring association and wish the team the very best for the competition”

Shillong Lajong has been one of the most professionally managed club in the country and have constantly embarked on ensuring commercial viability to back its on field success. The clubs home games in Shillong sees record turn-outs and their social media channels constantly engage their fans. They are the 3rd biggest Indian Football Club page on Facebook and have merchandise offerings for their fans.


About Gionee
Established in 2002, Gionee Communication Equipment Co. Ltd is a hi-tech company engaging in mobile device designing, R&D, manufacturing, sales in international markets, and mobile internet application services. Today, Gionee sells over 23 million handsets per year worldwide and ranks No.10 in the world by smartphone market share.

Application of Equality Before Law in India,

17 01 2015

Application of Equality Before Law in India, The Constitutional Mandate and Present Trend in association with Democratic People’s Lawyers Association and Citizen’s Forum for Rule of Law. This programme will be held at Indian Law Institute, Bhagwan Dass Road (Opposite Supreme Court of India) New Delhi on
17th of January, 2015.from 2:00. to 5:00 p.m.


You are requested to attend.


Yours sincerely


(Iqbal Husain)

Programme Officer IOS



Symposium on ‘Internet and Human Rights in India’

17 01 2015

Symposium on ‘Internet and Human Rights in India’ on Saturday evening (17th January, 2014) from 5:00 pm onwards at Conference Room- II, India International Centre. The symposium consists of two panels on: Surveillance & Databases: Experiences & Privacy Concerns and Unpacking the Intermediary Liability Debate in India.

This is an event that we are co-hosting with the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers, the UNESCO Chair on Freedom of Communication and Information at the University of Hamburg, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Hans Bredow Institute, University of Hamburg.

The concept note for the event can be found here. Additional details about the event are given below and a detailed schedule is attached to this email.

I do hope that you will join us for this event tomorrow We also invite you to join us for dinner after sessions.



Chinmayi Arun | Research Director
Centre for Communication Governance | National Law University, Delhi | Sector-14, Dwarka, New Delhi – 110078 | Cell: (+91) 971-770-2630 | Fax: (+91) 11-280-34256 | . | Twitter: @chinmayiarun

Symposium on Human Rights & the Internet in India


Surveillance & Databases: Experiences & Privacy Concerns


Unpacking the Intermediary Liability Debate in India

5:00 p.m., 17th January 2015

Organised by

Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers

UNESCO Chair on Freedom of Communication and Information at the University of Hamburg

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)

Hans Bredow Institute, University of Hamburg


Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi


Conference Room – II | India International Centre | Max Muller Marg | Lodhi Estate New Delhi

Pakistan After the Peshawar Massacre

17 01 2015

Centre for Policy Research is delighted to invite you to a talk on:

 Pakistan After the Peshawar Massacre


 Prof. Anatol Lieven,


School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Qatar

Monday, 19 January 2015

11:30 am -1:00 pm

3rd floor Conference Room,
Center for Policy Research, Dharma Marg,
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

About the Speaker: Prof Anatol Lieven is a professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar, visiting professor in the War Studies Department of King’s College London, and a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC. His recent book, Pakistan: A Hard Country, was published in April 2011 by Penguin and was selected by the Daily Telegraph as one of the ‘2011 Books of Year’. A new edition of another of his books, America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism, was published in 2012.

He spent most of his career as a British journalist in South Asia and the former Soviet Union, and is author of several books on the latter region, including Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power? and Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry; and The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence (which won the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing and the Yale University Press Governor’s Award).

A line of confirmation in this regard will be appreciated.

With regards,

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on Sunday

17 01 2015

Lalita Babbar & Karan Singh confident of defending titles at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on Sunday


Mumbai: Lalita Babar and Karan Singh, the women and men’s winners last year sounded very excited on their prospects of defending their crowns at this year’s Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, which will be flagged off on Sunday, January 18. The two were also very thrilled about the announcement made by TCS to sponsor the Indian (male and female) Elite runners who finish in the first and second positions.

The 25-year-old Lalita, three times winner of the Mumbai Marathon, said that she would like to first focus on the Mumbai Marathon before thinking about the New York race. “First I want to do well in the Mumbai Marathon and only after that I will think about New York. I have trained hard and I am confident of another good performance here on Sunday,” Lalita stated.

Lalita pointed out that the weather would also be a major factor.

Karan Singh from the Army Institute of Sports, Pune, who won in a time of 2:24.08 last year, said that he, too, has prepared well and is determined to retain his title. “After the Asian Games last September, I have trained for the last couple of months and hope to do well to win again and with a better timing” said Karan. 

When informed that Ram Singh Yadav, winner of the 2012 Mumbai Marathon would also be in the fray this year Karan said that it would be good for the race. “It’s nice that Yadav will also be running here in Mumbai. He will be a strong competitor which is good for the event,” he added.

Meanwhile, AFI President, Adille Sumariwalla mentioned that this event would be a pre-qualification event for the World Championships in Beijing to be held in August this year. “The Mumbai Marathon will be the pre-qualification event for the Indian athletes who will be participating in the World Athletic Championships to be held in Beijing in August,” said Sumariwalla.

“The qualification timing for men is 2:18 and 2:44 for women,” he added.

Mr. Paco Borao, President of AIMS (Association of International Marathons & Distance Races), was pleased to come to India for the Mumbai marathon. “Running a marathon is a good sport for everyone and it’s easily accessible to anyone. Running is simple, you don’t require much equipment and all that is needed is a good pair of running shoes. The sport is growing and people are happy running,” said Borao, who is here in Mumbai on his first visit.

Rashpal Singh of Sikh Regiment, Jabalpur Centre who finished second last year, said that he will put up a better performance this time. “I am happy to run this Mumbai Marathon and I hope to win this race and break the previous record of 2:16.59 secs set in 2012 by Ram Singh Yadav,” said Rashpal.

Another strong contender for the men’s title is Ratiram Saini from Rajasthan who is keen to make a mark in Mumbai Marathon. “This is my first marathon run and will give it my best shot. I have set goals and my target is to register my name in the record books,” said a modest Saini.

Meanwhile, O.P. Jaisha from Kerala, a veteran Indian athlete is keen to make an attempt on winning the women’s event. “I have participated in the 5,000 metres before but I will be running the Marathon for the first time. I will go flat out and try to finish at the top,” mentioned Jaisha.


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