Election for premier of Russia is underway, Putin party to get to majority and other parties are making unique effort to garner votes .
The general election is underway in Russia with 450 seats in the lower chamber of the parliament up for grabs. Russians are also casting ballots in dozens of regional and municipal elections in what is called Single Election Day on Sunday.
Polling stations are open from 8:00am to 8:00pm local time in each region. Nationwide voting takes about 22 hours, as there is a 10-hour lag time between the Far East regions and the westernmost territory of Kaliningrad Region. Over 370 stations in Russian embassies and consulates provide the opportunity to vote for Russian citizens in 145 other nations.
Early results are expected after the polling stations close in Kaliningrad Region at 5:00pm GMT. By Monday morning, 99 percent of the ballots are expected to be counted, providing an accurate picture of how Russia’s next parliament will be composed.Some irregularities were reported in several regions. In Moscow, several dozen people were detained for campaigning on the eve of Election Day, which is forbidden in Russia. In Altay Region, the police are investigating reported fraud involving people trying to cast multiple ballots at several polling stations.RT News
FIBA Asia Challenge 2016- India run Japan close in first 5-8 Classification Game; to face Taipei tom
India did well in matching Japan in three out of the four quarters, before the Asian giants prevailed 77-66. India will look to end its FIBA Asia Challenge 2016 on a good note with a final 7-8 classification vs Taipei tomorrow at 3 pm.
New Delhi/Bengaluru, 17th September 2016: India took on Asian heavyweights Japan in the first of its 5-8 classification games at the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016. The tournament is underway at the Twelve Thousand People Sport Hall, Azadi Sports Complex in Tehran, Iran.
India did well in almost matching Japan in three of the four quarters, before the Asian giants prevailed 77-66. India will look to end its FIBA Asia Challenge 2016 on a good note with a final 7-8 classification vs Taipei tomorrow at 3 pm.
India shot poorly at the start and ended up 8 points behind Japan after the first 10 minutes. The next three quarters proved much more equal, as India led by captain centre Amritpal Singh began crashing the offensive glass. Amritpal would end with yet another double double of 22 points and 14 rebounds, with Amjyot pitching in with 18. For every run that India made though, Japan proved equal to the task to secure the 11 point win. Japan now faces China in the 5-6 classification match tomorrow.
Coming to the semifinals, Iran will take on Jordan, while Korea will face Iraq, a team that had stunned China in the quarterfinals.
Results on 17/9/2016
Japan (Ira Brown 20, Makoto Heijima 19, Ryusei Shinoyama 12) bt India (Amritpal Singh 22 pts & 14 reb, Amjyot Singh 18 pts) 77-66 (22-14, 18-19, 20-18, 17-15]
About the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016
The FIBA Asia Challenge was previously known as the FIBA Asia Cup. It is the first step in the qualification process for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup (formerly known as “FIBA Asia Championship”).
The top 5 teams will earn for their respective sub-zones an extra berth at the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, which will be the first inter-continental tournament featuring teams from both Asia and Oceania (i.e. Australia & New Zealand). The top teams from the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup qualify to play the 2017 New Competition System, from where 7 teams will progress to the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge will be held at the Twelve Thousand People Sport Hall, located in the north & south of the main street of the Azadi Sport Complex. Host Iran is the defending champion.
The initial round of the tournament will be played in a round robin format. The 12 participating teams have been divided into 4 groups of 3 teams each, and each team will play the 2 teams that are in the same group as them.
Preliminary Round Grouping
Group A: China, Jordan, Kazakhstan
Group B: Philippines, India, Chinese Taipei
Group C: Iran, Qatar, Iraq
Group D: Japan, Korea, Thailand
All 12 preliminary round teams will advance to the second round, where they will be divided into 2 teams of 6 each. Each team will then play the 3 new teams in its group. The top 4 teams from each of the second round groups will then move on quarter-finals, followed by the semifinals and finals.
India’s Tournament Schedule (all times IST)
7 to 8 Classification
vs Chinese Taipei, 18th September 2016- 3:00 pm onwards
The final 12 members of the squad who will represent India at the FIBA Asia Challenge were selected at the end of a nearly one-month long training camp held at NMAM Institute of Technology (NITTE) in Karkala, Udupi district of coastal Karnataka.
While the Indian side remains largely unchanged from last month’s 38th William Jones Cup International Basketball Tournament, there are a couple of key changes. Veteran swingman and defensive stopper Yadwinder Singh returns to the team, and is expected to provide much needed versatility on both ends of the floor in terms of matchups. Also, teenager Hariram Ragupathy, one of the stars from India’s historic 8th place finish at the 2016 FIBA Asia U18 Championship, makes his debut into the senior team.
A small ceremony was held at the NITTE campus to bid farewell to the Indian squad, which was attended by Mr Chander Mukhi Sharma, Secretary General of BFI.
“On behalf of BFI I convey my sincere thanks to NITTE University management, who for the last two years have been continuously providing us all the training facilities for the Indian team. This is my first visit here, but this is one of the best campus facilities I have seen,” said Mr Sharma.
Addressing the departing contingent, he said, “Ultimately, it is the outcome of your efforts which will benefit basketball in India. You are the players who are icons for all other players in the country. So I wish you all the success and that you put up a performance that is even better than in all the previous championships that you have attended.”
Senior Men’s Squad for the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016
Family Name(s)/Last Name
First Name(s)/Given Name
Place of Birth(City and State)
Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy)
Height (cm)(ft & inches)
190 (6’ 3’’)
195 (6’ 5’’)
207 (6’ 9.5’’)
198 (6’ 6’’)
203 (6’ 8”)
207 (6’ 9”)
203 (6’ 8”)
186 (6’ 1”)
180 (5’ 10’’)
182 (5’ 11’’)
*PG – Point Guard / Feeder, G – Guard, F – Forward, G/F – Wing, PF – Power Forward, C – Centre, PF/C – Post
13) Coach: Sat Prakash Yadav
14) Coach: C. V. Sunny
15) Physiotherapist: Nikhil N. P.
16) Manager: Shaktikumar Mahipatsinh Gohil
17) FIBA Commissioner: Norman Swaroop Issac
18) FIBA Referee: Atanu Banerjee
About Basketball Federation of India
The Basketball Federation of India or BFI is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI has been involved in conducting camps, clinics, events, and training sessions at its academies for the development of basketball. BFI came into being in 1935 and took complete control over Indian basketball in 1950. Prior to that time, the Indian Olympic Association handled the conduct of Indian basketball championships. Since 1950, the BFI has been conducting various such championships, from the grassroots to senior team participation in international tournaments. In addition, the BFI has been responsible for the establishment of strong sub-junior and junior level programs. The BFI has to its credit produced several international players of repute, among them 17 have been bestowed with the honour of Arjuna Awards. Earlier in June 2015, 19-year-old Satnam Singh Bhamara made history by becoming the first Indian national to be drafted by an NBA team, when he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks. More information atwww.basketballfederationindia.org
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