ATDC organizes golf tournament near Jorhat

Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) organizes golf tournament  to bring Assam on tourist map  in the state with a tourney near Jorhat. The corporation is organizing the Assam Tourism Invitational Golf Meet at the scenic Kaziranga Golf Resort in Jorhat district. The day long tournament will feature 80 golfers with eight from abroad teeing off at the 18-hole course. The idea of the meet is to promote the hotspots in the state among domestic and foreign tourists through golf.

The golf meet is expected to give boost to the Assam International Trade and Industrial Fair in Jorhat that is underway from today. Over 10 countries are taking part in the fair organized by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Government of Assam, in association with the Federation of Federation of Industry & Commerce of North Eastern Region. Assam Tourism Development Corporation is also one of the partners in the fair. The scheduling of the two events, that is golf and trade fair has been done in a manner that more and more people may come to the venue.

Centrally located and being close the oil fields and the tea estates, Jorhat serves as the base for tourism to places like Kaziranga National Park and the world’s largest river island Majuli.

Smit Singh’s Skeet Double Helps Punjab Pip Maharashtra to Second Place in the 35th National Games Shooting Medals Tally

New Delhi, 08 Feb 2015: Smit Singh of Punjab, bagged a Golden Double in the Men’s Skeet, on the concluding day of the Shooting competitions, here at the Kerala Police Academy Range at Ramavarmapuram, on day nine of the 35th National Games, to help Punjab edge out Maharashtra and finish second in the Shooting Medals Tally. Smit won the individual Gold with a combined finals score of 28 with the more fancied Mairaj Ahmed Khan of U.P finishing second with an identical combined score, but losing out on a low score of 13 in the final round. Angad Vir Singh Bajwa of Punjab won the Bronze with a combined score of 27.

Smit and Angad also teamed up with Karam Sukhbir Singh to help Punjab bag the Men’s Team Gold in Skeet. Their finals tally of 329 was better than the 327 that the troika of Parampal Singh Guron, Rajpal Singh Kocchar and Mohd. Hamza Shiekh of Chattisgarh managed to win the Silver Medal. The Services Team finished in Bronze Medal position in the event.

Services comfortably finished on top of the 35th National Games Shooting Medals Tally with a total haul of 26 medals, including 15 Gold, four Silver and seven Bronze Medals. Punjab won a total of 15 medals from the Shooting ranges including seven Gold, six Silver and two Bronze Medals. Maharashtra finished third with 13 Medals including six Gold, three Silver and four Bronze.

Paes-Hingis won Australian Open mixed-doubles title,

1 02 2015

Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Leander Paes of India celebrate

Paes has won 15th Grand Slam title. Paes and Swiss ace Martina Hingis Martina Hingis won the Australian Open mixed-doubles title, in Melbourne on Sunday.The seventh seed Indo-Swiss pair turned back the clock to serve past third seeds Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-3 in the one hour and 2 minutes battle at the Rod Laver Arena.Paes clinched his seventh mixed doubles crown, Hingis, who came out of retirement for the second time a couple of years back, collected her 11th doubles Slam apart from her five singles titles.

Cairn Juniors Hockey Cup 2015 enters day four

GBSSS, Begumpur and SBV, Ashok Nagar

New Delhi, January 18, 2015: The inaugural Cairn Juniors Hockey Cup 2015, being played at the Shivaji Stadium in the city entered day four today. In a junior’s (U-17) match GBSSS, Khanpur beat GBSSS, Saket J Block 1-0 in a closely contested game. Khanpur took an early lead in the 7th minute and it was enough for them. Saket J block did try to make a comeback and created few opportunities nut failed to find the back of the net. Kalvinder Singh scored the winning goal for GBSSS, Khanpur.

In another juniors game SS Mota Singh, Janakpuri thrashed DTEA, Mandir Marg 7-0 in a one sided game. The boys from Janakpuri took the lead in the 14th minute and there was no stopping them from thereon, as they completed a comprehensive victory. Harnoor and Amandeep scored two goals each, whereas Rahul,Deep and Prabjhas scored a goal apiece.

In the third game in the junior category Anglo-Arabic SSS, Ajmeri Gate and GBSSS, Ashok Vihar played a goalless draw.

In the last game in the junior category GBSSS, Saket J beat SBV, Janakpuri 2-0. Sushil scored the first goal in the 9th minute and Sonu doubled the lead in the 43rd minute.

In a sub junior (U-14) match GBSSS, Begumpur and SBV, Ashok Nagar played a thrilling draw. SBV took the lead in the 16th minute and doubled the lead in the 19th minute. The Begumpur boys made a remarkable comeback and scored three goals in the next 25 minutes to take a 3-2 lead, however SBV scored in the dying minutes of the game to level the score at 3-3. Ganesh socred two goals and Manish scored one for SBV. Kishan Kashyap scored a couple and Mohan scored one for GBSSS, Begumpur.

In another sub junior game VCS Agriculture, Khera Kheri completed a comfortable victory over SBV, Ashok Nagar as they beat them 4-0. Manish scored the first goal in the opening minute of the game.  Captain Sunny, Suraj and Sushil scored the other three goals for VCS Agriculture School.

Schedule Day 4 – January 19

Junior category (Under 17)

11.30 hrs

Modern School, Barakhamba Road


Army Public School, Daula Kuan

13.00 hrs

GBSSS, Saket J


Delhi Police Public School

14.30 hrs

SS Mota Singh, Janakpuri



15.30 hrs

SBV, Ashok Vihar


GBSSS, Mahrauli


Sub Junior Category (Under 14)


GBSSS, Mb road


SBV,Ashok Nagar

Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the third time


Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for 2014, earning the title of world’s best football player for a third time. The Portugal captain beat Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and four-time winner Lionel Messi in a vote of national team captains and coaches from FIFA’s 209 member countries, plus selected journalists.

Ronaldo retained football’s highest individual honour after scoring 61 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal last year. His record tally of 17 in a Champions League season helped his club win an unprecedented 10th European Cup title.

In the women’s award, Germany midfielder Nadine Kessler beat Marta of Brazil and United States forward Abby Wambach.

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Talk by Authors on RIVERS RUN BACK at the American Center Library

5 01 2015


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RIVERS RUN BACK reveals many aspects of Indian and North American Culture, as seen through the lens of the marriage of Shankar Chatterjee, a social anthropologist from Allahabad and Marilyn Benson, an artist from New York. They raise their daughters in Vancouver, where their fates intertwine with that of a master criminal who falls in love with one sister while seeking to destroy the other. Their family fragments. But the end, events conspire to lead them back to India, where they find healing and wholeness.

Also- here is the link to the essay on our cross-cultural collaboration that Joyce wrote for the Los Angeles Review of Books- 

Speaker’s Bio:

Arindam Roy’s career in journalism spans 33 years. He was the Managing Editor of a Citizen Journalism portal, Merinews, and was in senior editorial positions in several publications. As correspondent and bureau chief, he has written extensively for the Times of India, Associated Press and multiple news outlets. He is the co-author of Kumbh: Confluence of Faith, (Times of India and DIPR, UP State Govt., 2013); Allahabad: Where the Rivers Meet (Marg, Mumbai) and Kumbh Mela: Pellgrinaggio Indianao (Jaco, Italy). He lives in Allahabad and is the Head: Business Strategy & Corporate Communications, at AH Wheeler & Co., Allahabad.

Joyce Yarrow, co-author of Rivers Run Back, is a Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her published novels include Ask the Dead and The Last Matryoshka. Her poems, stories, and essays have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Four Quarters Magazine, Vox Populi, Inkwell Journal, Whistling Shade, Descant, and Weber: The Contemporary West.
Joyce has lectured on The Place of Place in Mystery Writing at the Allahabad Museum, the University of Allahabad, and at writing conferences throughout the Pacific Northwest. Raised in the Southeast Bronx, Ms.Yarrow resides with her husband and son in Seattle.

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Tamil Nadu vs Uttarakhand men & Chhattisgarh vs Delhi women

5 01 2015

Bhilwara, Rajasthan: In the last semi-final match of the day, Tamil Nadu men’s sustained scoring through four quarters saw them beat Services 86-73 to enter the finals of the 65th Senior National Basketball Championship 2014-15.

The teams exchanged the lead as many as 14 times through the first 25 minutes of the game, but in the last quarter and a half, Services faltered time and again to hand the defending champions a 13 point win. Veteran international point guard from Services Sambhaji Kadam battled hard to stay in the match, but his injury troubles over the last year and a half meant that he had to frequently be taken out of the match. Without Kadam’s no-look passing wizardry, and with fellow international guard Joginder Singh being ineffective, the weight of scoring fell on India international Narender Grewal. But Grewal’s valiant double double of 29 points and 11 rebounds barely allowed Services to match Tamil Nadu’s scoring runs.

For Tamil Nadu, internationals Amjyot Singh (power forward), Prasanna Venkatesh (small forward) and Akilan Pari (point guard) played as per their reputation. Captain Amjyot Singh led from the front yet again with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Akilan was the source of numerous highlight plays that included a half court buzzer beater at the end of the second quarter. On his part, Venkatesh came good with some timely three pointers. The scores were tied at 60 each at the end of the third quarter, but Tamil Nadu went on a 26-13 scoring spree in the last 10 minutes to seal its second straight finals berth.

Chhatttisgarh topple Railways yet again

In a fascinating match between two high quality teams, defending champions Chhattisgarh came out aggressively in the first half to take a double digit lead at halftime. Indian Railways though fought back late in the third quarter thanks to international Rajapriyadarshini leading from the front. Rajapriya was able to repeatedly drive past the much taller Poonam Chaturvedi, Chhattisgarh’s 6ft 9 inch centre who would end the match with 27 pts and 13 rebounds.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Indian Railway took a slender four point lead only to watch it slip away as Chhattisgarh mounted another run of its own to take the match 83-79. Chaturvedi was particularly effective late in the fourth quarter with multiple And 1 plays, and her teammates did well to lob the ball to her deep inside the paint over the outstretched arms of the Railways frontline. This is the second time in two years that Chhattisgarh has toppled powerhouse Railways. Last year it had beaten the Railway women in the finals to end its decade long run as national champions.

Uttarakhand eases into the finals

The first men’s semi-final between Uttarakhand and Haryana threw no surprises as the Uttarakhand men continued their winning ways to advance to the final of the 65th Senior National Basketball Championship 2014-15. The Haryana men exceeded all expectations by reaching the semi-final of the tournament but their amazing run ended today as they punched above their weight against the strong Uttarakhand team. Led by the guard play of current India international Vishesh Bhrighuvanshi and former India captain Riyazuddin, Uttarakhand pulled away after the first quarter with numerous transition buckets. Vishesh put up a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Point guard Riyazuddin had 18 points and found his teammates on timely occasions to end up with 7 assists. Haryana were undersized against the Uttarakhand line-up and were outrebounded 40 to 29 in team rebounds. Uttarakhand’s 7-foot centre Amrit Man was another key factor for his team – he had 16 points and 13 rebounds in the game. Haryana’s main contributor was its point guard Himanshu S. who kept them in the game with his 3-point shooting. He ended up with 19 points. Uttarakhand is now through to the finals to be played tomorrow against the winner of the second men’s semi-final between Tamil Nadu and Services.

Delhi Women beat Kerala

An inspired Delhi side is through to the finals after beating Kerala in the 65th Senior National Basketball Championship 2014-15 that is underway in Bhilwara, Rajasthan. The balanced attack of Delhi saw crisp ball movement and excellent spacing that opened up easy and numerous scoring opportunities for the team from the national capital. Kerala features as many as four international stars in Poojamol KS, Stephy Nixon, Jeena PS and Neenumol, but tonight the stronger team on paper was outdone by the Delhi women. The three ‘Singh Sisters’ of Prashanti Singh, Pratima Singh and Akanksha Singh, along with fellow internationals Raspreet Sidhu and Preeti Kumari kept their composure to maintain a slender single digit lead all the way to the final buzzer. Jeena PS’s double double for Kerala of 18 points and 12 rebounds was in vain.

Punjab men’;s downward spiral continues

Getting yourself motivated to play placement matches can be tricky, especially if your team has Championship winning aspirations. The erstwhile fancied Punjab men’s team which got knocked out in the quarterfinals yesterday by the unheralded Haryana side failed to move beyond second gear in an insipid 31-44 loss to Kerala men.

In other placement matches, Karnataka showed professionalism in going all out against Railways winning a high scoring contest 83-80. Speedy guard Anil Kumar top scored with 21 points for the winners. Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu women too won their placement matches against close competitors Telangana and Karnataka respectively.

Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu will now face each other in the placement match for 5th & 6th positions later this afternoon, and in the men’s section Karnataka will face off against southern opponents Kerala. Punjab vs Railways men and Telangana vs Karnataka women will be the other placement matches played later today for the 7th & 8th positions.

Results from 4-1-2015



1)      Delhi (Pratima Singh 17, Raspreet Sidhu 15, Vinti 15) bt Kerala (Jeena PS 18 pts & 12 rbs, Neenumol PS 12) 71-63 [9-11, 17-14, 22-20, 23-18]

2)      Chhattisgarh (Poonam Chaturvedi 27 pts & 13 rbs, Sharanjeet Kaur 16, Sangeeta Kaur 15) bt Indian Railway (R Rajapriyadarshini 35 pts & 16 rbs, Anju Lakra 20) 83-79 [24-13, 22-19, 16-27, 21-20]


1)      Uttarakhand (Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 26 pts & 10 rbs, Amritpal Singh 16 pts & 13 rbs, Riyazuddin 18) bt Haryana (Himanshu S 19, D Rathee 15, Hemant S 10) 86-64 [23-18, 26-16, 17-10, 20-20]

2)      Tamil Nadu (Amjyot Singh 29 pts & 13 rbs, A Arvind 22) bt Services (Narender Grewal 29 pts & 11 rbs, Sambhaji Kadam 12) 86-73 [21-19, 19-20, 20-21, 26-13]

Placement Matches for 5th & 6th Positions


Maharashtra (Sruthi Menon 30, Krittika Divadkar 22, Mugdha A 12) bt Tamil Nadu (Divya K 13, Keerthi 12, Divya D 11) 82-68 [16-12, 19-13, 25-18, 22-25]


Karnataka (Anil Kumar 18, Dhiraj Shetty 10) bt Kerala (Jomon Jose 15, Ajeeth Sugunan 8) 45-32 [13-11, 7-4, 12-11, 13-6]

Placement Matches for 7th & 8th Positions


Karnataka (Bhandavya 21, Svitha 20, Navneetha 13) bt Telangana (Suganya 24, Aishwarya N 10) 70-56 [13-17, 20-10, 15-21, 22-18]


Indian Railways (Kamran Khan 17, Abhishek 7, Partha Sarthi S 7) bt Punjab (Arshdeep 8, Amritpal 6) 47-25 [19-10, 16-4, 9-8, 3-3]

Placement Matches for 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Positions

*Winning teams will play later this afternoon to decide 5th & 6th positions, while losing teams will play later this afternoon for the 7th & 8th positions


1)      Maharashtra (Sruthi Menon 16, Amruta Bhuskute 15) bt Telangana (Gayathri 17, Suganya 11) 48-45 [20-8, 4-17, 5-11, 19-9]

2)      Tamil Nadu (Divya 22, Sunitha Suren 12) bt Karnataka (Svitha 23) 59-51 [15-12, 10-10, 15-13, 19-16]


1)      Karnataka (Anil Kumar 31, Arvind A 13) bt Railways (Prakash Mishra 24, Samir 24) 83-80 [21-26, 20-10, 20-15, 22-29]

2)      Kerala (Manoj R 15, Basil Philip 11, Jomon Jose 10) bt Punjab (Arshpreet Bhullar 14, Rajvir Singh 8) 44-31 [12-6, 6-6, 15-10, 11-9, 11-9]

Placement Matches for 9th & 10th Place


Madhya Pradesh (Monica G 20, Nima Doma Bhutia 13 pts & 16 rbs, Madhu S 11 pts & 12 rbs) bt Punjab (Kirandeep Kaur 27) 68-56 [25-20, 24-18, 12-17, 7-1]


Delhi (Ajay S 22 pts & 13 rbs, Happy 20, Yatan S 18 pts & 16 rbs, Manprit S 18) Telangana (LS Reddy 31, SG Patil 21, Vijay Kumar M 15) 98-79 [25-25, 16-23, 28-16, 29-15]

Loser’s Knockout Finals (Women’s Level 2)

Assam (Anju S 28 pts & 20 rbs, Sagarika M 13 pts & 15 rbs) bt Bihar (Priyanka A 17, Sravanthi GS 14, Kritika R 12) 59-54 [12-11, 11-14, 19-9, 17-20]

Pending Men’s Quarterfinal Match Result from 3-1-2015

Services (Narender Kumar Grewal 19, Ramesh Kumar 19, Jairam Jat 14, Dalip Kumar 11) bt Railways (Harmandeep Singh 13, Kamran Khan 11, Hirender Singh 10) 97-62 [26-14, 25-12, 23-14, 23-22]

Saina Nehwal disappointed



Olympic Bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal has been left disappointed after the Sports Ministry decided to reject her application for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award this year, citing norms.

Badminton Association of India had recommended Saina’s name for the award to the Sports Ministry in August last year but the ministry picked two-time Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar as it felt he is a more deserving candidate. Saina said, she felt bad about it as Sports Ministry did not send her name to the Home Ministry, while Sushil Kumar’s name was sent as a special case.