DR NARINDER DHRUV BATRA AMONGST OFFICIAL CANDIDATES FOR FIH PRESIDENT
The Hockey India President looks at this as an opportunity to bring in fresh ideas that could bring a positive change to world hockey
New Delhi, 7 September 2016: Hockey India President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, who is also an Executive Board Member of FIH since 2014 and Vice President of the Asian Hockey Federation, is now also one of the final three candidates for the election for the post of FIH President.
The elections for the FIH President’s post will be held at the FIH Congress on 12th November 2016 as the incumbent President Leandro Negre finishes his 8 years as President of FIH.
The other candidates who are running for the FIH President post includes:
1. David Balbirnie (Ireland)
2. Ken Read (Australia)
Since his involvement with Hockey India as Treasurer in 2009 and then it’s Secretary General in 2010 followed by the top job as its President in 2014, Dr Batra has created a system that has brought professionalism to the sport and is responsible for bringing revolutionary changes in Hockey India which is evident in the recent upswing in the national teams performances and the quality of hockey events which are being played in India.
Dr. Batra a former hockey player has been actively involved in hockey administration over the past two decades and since then is on a mission to take world hockey to greater echelons. He set the precedence with the introduction of the Hockey India League (HIL) in 2013 where top-class players from across the globe showcase their skills in India in the month long tournament. The model has been successful in getting the right kind of exposure for India players, garnering interest from corporate sponsors and increasing the viewership and fan following for hockey in India as well as globally. The league has successfully completed four editions and has set a benchmark for other non-cricketing sports in India.
Dr Batra is also responsible for successfully hosting several key global FIH events in India starting from the Men’s World Cup in 2010 in which 12 international teams participated. Hockey India, under his leadership, also organized the Olympic Qualifiers in India in February 2012 for both men and women, where the Indian Men team qualified for Olympics after a gap of eight years. India has also hosted the FIH World League Round 2, 2013 (men and women), FIH Junior Men World Cup 2013, FIH World League Final (men) 2014, FIH Champions Trophy (men) 2014, FIH World League Round 2 (women) 2015, FIH World League Final (men) 2015. Currently India looks forward to hosting the Junior Men’s World Cup in December 2016. The ability to be involved in and deliver on several international FIH events as well as building a strong international hockey league with HIL gives him the right kind of experience to be able to take on a role requiring grit and vision.
“Hockey India has recommended by name and I have filed my nomination with an aim to serve the sport that I am deeply passionate about. I feel there is more that we can do at a global level to garner the kind of support hockey requires and deserves. I would see this opportunity to bring in fresh ideas that could change the way the sport is positioned and perceived world over.” stated Dr Narinder Batra.
As the Hockey India President, Dr Batra has taken a keen interest in developing hockey at the grassroots and has revived more than 50 tournaments for men and women in the domestic circuit which are now being organized on an annual basis. FIH has earlier recognized his efforts in developing hockey by being awarded the FIH Presidents Award in 2014.
Mumbai, 8th September, 2016: Rhätische Bahn (RHB) in partnership with Turkish Airlines recently hosted a familiarisation trip to Davos Klosters and Engadin St. Moritz in Switzerland for leading travel agents based in Delhi. The objective of the FAM was to increase visibility for luxury destinations like Davos Klosters and Engadin St. Moritz, along with the scenic Bernina Express train journey.
Make My Trip, Yatra, TUI, Flight Shop, Ottila International, Experiential Travel, Thomas Cook and Ambe World Travels participated in the FAM. The group spent 6 nights in the Graubünden region; 3 nights each in Davos & St. Moritz. They visited Europe’s highest brewery – Monstein, Clavadeler Alp where they experienced the art of cheese making, a scooter ride along the Sertig Valley and attended a music show led by the regional band from Davos “orgalifründä Rinerhorn”. In St. Moritz the group was taken on a food safari night at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, one of the highlights of during their stay. The itinerary also included hotel inspections such as that of Da Primo Hotel, Intercontinental Davos, Arabella Hotel Walduus Davos , Turmhotel Victoria, Swiss Mountain Hotel Ameron in Davos, Badrutt’s Palace and other 3-4 star properties in St. Moritz, to famirialise the trade with budgeted options in the luxury destination.
Speaking on the occasion Ms. Sonal Salian, Market Manager, Rhätische Bahn India said“The FAM trip was a great opportunity to showcase the Bernina Express, Davos Klosters and Engadin St. Moritz. Our trade partners were able to not only visit different attractions but also gain knowledge of the infrastructural offerings such as hotels, restaurants and local transport. To meet the demand of the discerning Indian luxury traveller, we highlighted experiential activities that Indians must include on their next Swiss holiday!”
About Rhaetian Railway:
The Rhaetian Railway (German: Rhätische Bahn, Italian: Ferrovia Retica, Romansh: Viafier Retica, abbreviated RhB) is a Swiss transport company, owning the largest network of all the private railways in Switzerland. The company operates most of the railways in the Swiss canton of Graubünden as the Swiss federal railway company SBB-CFF-FFS extend only a few kilometres over the cantonal border to the capital at Chur. Almost the entire network is in Graubünden and can be explored with Bernina Express, Bernina Express Bus and Glacier Express. In 2008 the fascinating Albula – Bernina line was recognized officially as UNESCO World Heritage. www.rhb.ch
New Delhi, September 2016: It was a glamorous night at Vivanta by Taj, Dwarka when 11 men from all across the country celebrated glam, fashion and competition at the grand event of Mr. India Manhunt International.
Powered by MIBQ pageants and directed by Bir Kaur Dhillon & Rose Khaira’s WOWW Foundation,the event was organised to promote and acknowledge; new faces for the male modelling and fashion industry.
Bir shortlisted 11 potential candidates who further battled for the coveted title of Mr. India Manhunt International in a four day long event showcasing their talent, persona, flair and confidence that further lead them to reach the Grand Finale of the pageant.
The shortlisted contestants were mentored by S A Anand (grooming coach) and Ketan Bhatia along with the fitness guru Tarun Gill on the following aspects
• Time Management & Self Assessment
• Fitness & Nutrition
• Confidence Building
• Ramp Walk & Self Presentation
• Personality Development
Contestants were evaluated during the course of the pageant through personal interviews and various recreational activities, out of which Treasure Hunt was enjoyed the most by the boys. They also had one on one interaction session with Jamal Sheikh and Rajit Kapoor which helped them boost their moral and confidence for the judgement day.
The event was well organised and directed by HP Gill, director of The Rock Events. The judging panel comprised of renowned fashion designer Rohit Kamra, Bir Kaur Dhillon, Jamal Sheikh (Editor of lifestyle magazine, Brunch), Sanjay Sahu, Umang Monga (owner, Harrison locks), Vikram Berry, Anurag Batra (Chairman and editor in chief, Business World) and HP Gill.
Bir Kaur Dhillon said, “It’s not only about cameras and being famous it is more for self realization. And I am really happy to see the improvement in the boys in these four days.”
Mr. Jamal Sheikh from Men’s health Magazine said, “You can’t win this pageant with just six pack abs but a personality is the thing a person should have along with the right values.”
Mr. Anurag Batra, Chairman and editor in Chief of Exchange4media said, “If you dream of something you will definitely get it. I am looking for a dreamer with an over all personality, as a dreamer can change the whole world.”
The criteria for selection was based on the sub contests designed to test the candidates in a variety of ways through a series of challenging events, competitions and other rounds that gave the pageant winners in categories like Mr. Talented, Mr. Fitness and Mr. Intelligent to name a few.
As the event progressed judges announced their decision and awarded the coveted titles to Gurmehar Grewal from Chandigarh as Mr. India Manhunt 2016 who will be travelling to China for the battle of Mr. India Manhunt International, followed by Eklavya Sood from Solan, Himachal Pradesh & Alester D’souza from Mangalore, Karnataka as first and second runners up respectively.
Along with the medals and the certificates, winners were awarded with amazing bicycles from HERO Cycles and they were also gifted world’s thinnest phones from Micromax.
The stylings and the direction to the show was given by Ketan Bhatia and to add the panache to the night, contestants were seen wearing Rohit Kamra’s collection which caught the fancy of all and made everyone mesmerized, he created the modern maharaja look of the contestants.
Tarun Gill, Fitness Trainer was very happy as he could mentor the boys to gain confidence and helped with the overall personality development.
Suchismita Sahoo who did photo session with the boys; gave them tips for photo shoots. Elvis, the creative director – was delighted to see his vision become reality. He & his team members including Alan Reeve and Christopher Dass who took care of the photography department were overall very excited along with the students of VIDM- Institute of Design and Management who helped managing the event.
Special thanks to Vivanta by Taj for their excellent services and support as venue partners.
New Delhi, September 7, 2016: Hamdard Laboratories India, over a 100 year old iconicFMCG company, and one of the largest and trustworthy names in the realm of health,wellness & beauty enters the ready-to-serve beverage segment with the launch of‘RoohAfza Fusion’, a brand extension of its flagship brand RoohAfza in New Delhitoday. RoohAfza Fusion is based on a unique concept that is being launched for the first time inIndia. The product offers a fusion of pure fruit juice with RoohAfza. Fueled by the ambition to innovate & delight the consumers, the launch of RoohAfza Fusion is in line with themassive transformation that is happening at Hamdard Laboratories.
To suit varying taste palates & offering a variety to the discerning consumer, RoohAfzaFusion is available in five exciting flavors namely Refreshing Lemon, Delicious Orange,Juicy Mango, Exciting Pineapple & Orange and Luscious Litchi. RoohAfza is an iconic brand that was introduced in the year 1907 and has been thecountry’s favorite drink for generations. RoohAfza’s taste, fragrance, colour and goodnessremains unsurpassed even after 100 years of its creation. An exceptionally appropriatesummer drink as well as a great additive for mocktails and desserts, RoohAfza also hasgreat nutritional and therapeutic value as it helps in maintaining and adjusting the body’swater level; keeping one active and energetic. Speaking at the launch, Mr. Mansoor Ali, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Hamdard said“RoohAfza is one of the oldest, heritage brands in India. It wouldn’t be wrong to term thebrand as “The Drink of India”. In the last few years, there has been a perceivable growth inthe popularity of instant or ready to serve juice based beverages. Ready to serve drinks arereally popular amongst children and youth, and this is the TG which is driving growths inthe overall consumption of this category. There has been a perceivable change inconsumption patterns, especially in the youth who are now turning to natural, herbalproducts which are perceived as more healthy. RoohAfza sits naturally on this positioning,and Fusion is hence a natural extension in the format that connects with the youth and theupwardly mobile. Fusion extends the brand to new consumers, while retaining our existingusers and offering them an exciting variation of their favourite RoohAfza in fruit flavours. Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Amit Aneja, AGM Marketing, Hamdard said ‘Juice based drinkshappen to be the fastest growing segment under the soft drinks category & is projected togrow by 2.5 times of its current size by 2020. So with RoohAfza Fusion we are entering theright segment at the right time & with such a novel concept we are confident that RoohAfzaFusion will surely prove to be a category shaker’Keeping the intrinsic qualities of RoohAfza intact, RoohAfza Fusion will be available inmodern Tetra pak aseptic packaging which is known to preserve both the taste & flavor ofthe product & will be offered at a convenient price point of Rs 20 for 200ml pack.Speaking at the launch, Mr. Kandarp Singh, MD of Tetra Pak South Asia Markets, said’ “‘Fusion’is special in that it marries the traditional goodness of RoohAfza with the health and taste ofdifferent fruits to create a brand new beverage experience. We are especially proud to havepartnered Hamdard in offering consumers its first breakaway ready-to-drink on-the-goproduct in its 100-year history – using a unique and world-class processing and packagingtechnology to give consumers a great all-year round drinking experience in a modern andconvenient packaging.”
About Hamdard Laboratories India:Established in 1906 by Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed as a small Unani clinic, Hamdard is aprogressive, research based, health and wellness organization with a focus on developinginnovative and natural solutions for the masses based on Unani system of medicine.Hamdard India has a wide portfolio of over 500 natural and herb based products and isamongst the leading Health & Wellness companies in India. Hamdard India is themanufacturer and exporter of the world’s largest range of Unani medicines; exporting tomore than 22 countries across the globe. Hamdard’s area of expertise include lifestyledisease management, weight management, skin and hair care, gastro care, men’s health,women’s health, cough and cold wellness products and Unani medicines. The top brandsare RoohAfza, Safi, Roghan Badam Shirin, Sualin, Joshina, and Cinkara. With over 100years of service to health and humanity, Hamdard has today become synonymous with‘integrity’ and ‘high quality’ and stands as a mission committed to serve and benefit thesociety at large
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