Saturday, November 19, 2016

2nd Konark International Cyclothon

2nd Konark International Cyclothon which will be held from December 17 to December 31, 2016. As a curtain raiser to this mega event, CRESPAI along with ROOTS OF ORISSA FOUNDATION is organising a National Cycling Expedition – LET’S PEDAL 2016 on November 19th (Saturday) to create awareness about the health risks associated with Air pollution in the Delhi/NCR region, considering the present alarming pollution level in the national capital.
The armless paracyclist Mr. Jagwinder Singh is here to support this cause tomorrow and the day after (November 18th & 19th) along with other patrons from sports achievers to Corporate heads, NGOs, Academicians, Environmentalists etc. Other renowned names who would be participating in this Let’s Pedal Cycling Expedition 2016 are Minister of State for Finance and ex-IAS officer Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Indian Sprinter Ms. Dutee Chand, Mr. Sudhir Kumar Dash CA and Qualified Lawyer, Social Philanthropist, former educationist, entrepreneur, a renowned industrial consultant,  founder trustee of the Roots of Odisha Foundation and Executive member of SELAR (Society for Ethical, Legal Action and Reforms) and CRESPAI (Confederation of Renewable Energy Service Providers Association of India).
Agenda_November 19th (Saturday)
·         Flag off by Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal and Ms Dutee Chand at Track and trail, Ghitorni, MG Road between 6.30-7am
·         Pass Qutub Minar
·         Reach India Gate by 8 and have a drive around Rajpath with Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal also cycling with others
·         Felicitation at India Gate
·         Refreshments
Jagwinder Singh(25) of Patran in Patiala district in Punjab, who doesn’t have arms since childhood, has won several medals in cycling and drawing. A drawing teacher Jagwinder can cook food with the help of his feet. He can also even work on a laptop. Jagwinder Singh won the state gold medal in Paracycling organised by the Chandigarh Association in 2014. He bagged bronze in the International Cyclothon held in Odisha in 2015. He completed the 212 kilometre cyclothon in 9 hours and 15 minutes, organised by the Green Biker Association, Patiala, in 2014. He was awarded a gold medal for his artworks by the Indian Council for Child Welfare in 2000. Worried about people like him who have to quit their dreams due to lack of facilities, Jagwinder urged the state governments to take steps for nurturing their talents so that they could live with dignity. Jagwinder will urge the people in Delhi/NCR to use cycles for better health and to make Delhi/NCR a pollution-free city.
Please do let me know if you would be interested in interviewing the world Renowned disabled paracyclist Mr. Jagwinder Singh and the other ambassadors for this noble cause.
Attached is the invite for your reference.
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Sagarika Dutta
+91 9582996648

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Team Hamamatsu ft. Amjyot Singh finishes 6th in FIBA 3×3 All-Stars

  • Indian basketball player Amjyot Singh had competed as a member of Team Hamamatsu (Japan) in the 3×3 FIBA World Tour Finals last month. Subsequently, Amjyot was named as the highest ranked 3×3 player in the rest of the world category.
  • This achievement qualified him and Team Hamamatsu to participate in the season ending FIBA 3×3 All-Stars tournament that took place on 18thNovember in Doha, Qatar.
  • Hamamatsu finished 6th out of the 8 participating teams.

Bengaluru/Doha, 19th November, 2016: Team Hamamatsu (Japan) featuring India international Amjyot Singh, Indian origin players Bikramjit Gill (Canada) and Inderbir Singh Gill (United States) and Chihiro Ikeda (Japan) finished 6th in the FIBA 3×3 All-Stars event that took place in Doha, Qatar late last night.
The season ending All-Stars event is held in a direct knockout format beginning with the quarterfinals, in which Hamamatsu was beaten 11-21 by hosts Doha. Two time defending champs Novi Sad Al Wahda, UAE completed a three-peat, beating current 3×3 World Tour Finals winners Ljubljana (Slovenia) 21-12 in the finals.
Reigning #1 3×3 pro player in the world, Dusan Domovic Bulut of Novi Sad was named the most valuable player (MVP).

About the FIBA 3×3 All-Stars

General Selection Criteria

The FIBA 3×3 All Stars is the season-ending event of 3×3 basketball and rewards the top players in the FIBA 3×3 Individual World Ranking from all around the world.
It sees 8 teams meet, starring the:
#1 player in Europe
#1 player in the Americas
#1 player in Qatar
#1 player in the rest of the world
#1 team at the FIBA 3×3 World Tour
3 Guest teams: FISU 3×3 World University League Winners, Dew NBA 3x winner and an All-Star Filipino team
For more details visit:×3/all-stars

List of participating teams this year

  1. Novi Sad Al Wahda, UAE (qualified based on the fact that Dusan Domovic Bulut is the #1 player in Europe)
  2. Saskatoon, Canada (qualified based on the fact that Nolan Brudehl  is the #1 player in Americas)
  3. Doha, Qatar (qualified based on the fact that Erfan Ali Saeed  is the #1 player in Qatar)
  4. Hamamatsu, Japan (qualified based on the fact that Amjyot Singh  is the #1 player in the rest of the world)
  5. Ljubljana, Slovenia (#1 team at the FIBA 3×3 World Tour)
  6. NY Harlem NBA, USA (Dew NBA 3X Tour Winners)
  7. McGill U, Canada (winners of FISU 3×3 World University League)
  8. Manila, Philippines (All-Star Filipino team)
For more details on the upcoming 2016 All-Stars visit: 

Past edition details

Three editions have been held so far.
2013: Brezovica, Kosovo (Winners)
2014: Novi Sad Al Wahda, Serbia (Winners)
2015: Novi Sad At Wahda, UAE (Winners)

Hamamatsu’s Road to the All-Stars

The road to the FIBA 3×3 All-Stars is long and arduous, involving a series of regional qualification rounds, leading up to the World Tour Finals, from where only the best of the best make it to the All-Stars stage.
During the initial regional rounds, Hamamatsu continuously grew from strength to strength, finishing 6th in the Utsunomiya leg followed by a third place finish in the Beijing, China leg.
Based on these results, Hamamatsu qualified to the World Tour Finals as the 11th ranked team out of the 12 participating teams. Once the tournament began, Hamamatsu cruised into the knockout rounds after going undefeated in its two preliminary league round games. In the elimination rounds, the side first outclassed favoured Chicago before memorably stunning two time defending champions Novi Sad in the semis. It was only in the finals that Hamamatsu faltered, literally falling short against Ljubljana from Slovenia, who were the tallest side in the tournament. The Indian-heavy side ended up winning USD 20,000 for its second place effort.

About 3×3 Basketball – Basic Rules

  • Four members per team. Three active players on court at all times, with one rolling substitute.
  • Played using only one half of a traditional basketball court.
  • 12 second shot clock
  • Match duration:10 minutes (with stoppages for dead ball situations and freethrows)
  • The team which scores 21 points or more within the match duration, wins the game. If neither team is able to reach 21 points, then the team with the higher points after the conclusion of 10 minutes is declared the winner.
  • Scoring:
o   Traditional three point shots from behind the arc will be awarded 2 points.
o   Every shot inside the arc is awarded 1 point.
o   Every successful freethrow is awarded 1 point.
o   If the scores are tied, then an extra period of time is played. Here the first team to score 2 points in overtime wins the game.
  • Following each successful field goal or made free throw, a player from the non-scoring team will resume the game by dribbling or passing the ball from inside the court directly underneath the basket (not from behind the end line) to a place on the court behind the arc.
  • If the defensive team steals or blocks the ball, it must return the ball behind the arc (by passing or dribbling).
For full text of latest official FIBA 3×3 rules, visit:×3%20Rules%20of%20the%20game%202016%20text.pdf

About Amjyot Singh Gill

The 6ft 9inch Gill made the entire Indian sports fraternity take notice when he slammed home a powerful two handed alley-oop dunk during India’s historic win over China in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup. Since then, the 24-year-old “Sultan of Swat” has grown from strength to strength. As a “stretch four” Amjyot is a matchup nightmare, able to post up, rebound, block shots, handle the ball and score from the outside.
The versatile power forward went on a scoring spree during India’s memorable quarterfinal run in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship for Men, proving himself to be among Asia’s finest hoopsters. 2016 proved to be an equally significant year, as he, along with fellow Punjab baller, Amritpal Singh, made the brave decision of moving to Japan. The duo led their Tokyo Excellence team to the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) Championship. Amjyot in particular, averaged 13.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game over 35 games, playing 21 minutes per game.
Most recently, Amjyot had starred at the FIBA Asia Challenge, posting tournament high numbers in various key statistical categories. Amjyot was number 1 overall in freethrow shooting (90.3%) hitting 28/31 freethrows. His 8.3 rpg was 3rd among forwards and 8th overall. His 2 double doubles (i.e. when a player crossed double digits in any two statistical categories in a single game) was 3rd among forwards and 7th overall. His 12.8 ppg was 6th best among forwards. His .6 blocks per game is 3rd best among forwards. His +14.1 effpg is 6th best among forwards. His 2.4 apg is 5th best among forwards. His 37% from the field is 10th among forwards.

About Pursuit

Amjyot Singh Gill is represented by Pursuit, India’s leading basketball talent management and scouting entity. Pursuit’s aim is to find and create the right opportunities for budding athletes with the talent and potential to succeed at the international level. Through its grassroots network, Pursuit is able to spot athletic talent from a young age and help them along their playing careers, whether in India or abroad. Pursuit is headed by Vishnu Ravi Shankar and is India’s pre-eminent and pioneering basketball scouting and talent management agency.
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Modi Government is committed to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill says the BJP HRD minister”

New Delhi,17 November 2016
The Women’s Reservation Bill (WRB) is still languishing in the Lok Sabha after 20 years of struggle to pass it into law. The Modi government has made a commitment to pass the bill, and after two and half years of governance, it is time for the administration to make good on this promise. With a favorable political composition in parliament and weakened opposition, the conditions are strong for the bill to be passed into law under this government. Women’s rights advocates are renewing their calls for the bill to be passed and are pushing for it to be tabled for consideration during the winter session of Parliament. This week, a delegation lof women’s orgnanisations approached Shri Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker of the Lok Sabha and Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar and secured their support for moving the bill forward.
In the last two decades, the WRB has been introduced and re-introduced in both houses of the parliament multiple times. While it passed the Rajya Sabha in 2010, the bill faced opposition to passage within the Lok Sabha, particularly from the Samajwadi Party (SP), which believes the WRB would weaken representation for other minorities and underrepresented groups. Today, SP has far fewer votes than in previous governments to impede the bill. Additionally, consensus has grown for measures that would ensure representation of minorities and underrepresented groups under the final form of the bill.
Reservations are a proven strategy to increase women’s engagement in government. 33.3 per cent seats in panchayat elections have been reserved for women already. India’s experience with women’s reservation at the panchayat level has been very encouraging on this front. The 73rd Amendment reserves 33 percent of seats in panchayat elections for women with many states increasing the reservation to a full 50 percent at this level. A million women are being elected to the panchayats in the country every five years. This is the largest mobilization of women in public life in the world.
Yet, as the world’s largest democracy India still falls woefully behind other countries in its representation of women at the higher levels of political office. Despite a modest increase from 28 women MPs (5.3%) in 1980 to the current day, only 12% of parliament is composed of women MP’s. The Inter-Parliamentary Union ranks India 144th out of 186 countries on the measure of women’s representation in parliament. India is outranked by many countries including some with far worse records on other human rights issues, including Iraq, China, Rwanda, Tunisia and even its neighbors Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. When the Prime Minister says he wants ‘women-led’ development, it is impossible for this to occur without a stronger voice for women at the top: in state and national governance.
In a misogynistic society where women are still subjected to objectification and sexual innuendos in all walks of life, the WRB becomes all the more important to give women a voice in policy that directly affects their lives. Women’s current struggle to gain access to the Shani Shingnapur Temple for the right to pray is only the latest example of the discrimination fifty percent of the population regularly experiences. Twelve percent representation for women out of the total membership of parliament is a sad commentary on the equality of representation in parliament and insufficient to effect change at the national level. India is trying to fill in the huge gender gap, and passing of the Women’s Reservation Bill is an important step toward achieving a more gender balanced society.
This week, the Minister of HRD Prakash Javadekar conveyed unanimous support to the women’s delegation lead by Dr Ranjana Kumari and including: Women Power Connect, the Centre for Social Research, Oxfam India, Swastik Mahila Samiti, the Joint Women’s Porgramme, Justice Seekers, all India Women’s Conference, Forum for Women Leaders, Rashtriya Dalit Mahila Andolan, CBCI, Ja Ki Baat and the Pink and Blue Foundation. The delegation urged the government to table the bill in the winter session of the parliament as further delay over passing of the bill will be a matter of serious concern not only to women, but also to all those who genuinely seek women to be empowered. In another round of discussions, Shri Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, showed complete support for the bill and solidarity with its supporters.
It is time for the government to come together in a clear majority to ensure that the bill is passed and women are better represented in national and state government.
Various organisations have been demanding the passage of Women Reservation Bill. One of the most prominent name in this battle has been of Dr RANJANA KUMARI director of Centre For Social Research who has been vociferously seeking the tabling of the bill for the longest time.

Honey Baisoya makes it back-to-back titles

Honey Baisoya makes it back-to-back titles after comfortable nine-stroke win at IndianOil Servo Masters 2016 
Sweeps North-Eastern leg, moves into second in Rolex Ranking 
Digboi, Assam, November 19, 2016: Delhi’s Honey Baisoya made it back-to-back wins on the PGTI after marching to a comfortable nine-stroke triumph at the IndianOil Servo Masters Golf 2016 at the Digboi Golf Links on Saturday.
Baisoya posted a clinical two-under-70 in the final round to end up with a winning tournament total of 20-under-268. The 20-year-old, who won in Shillong last week, thus swept the north-eastern leg of PGTI’s 2016 season.
Delhi’s Kapil Kumar, Honey’s cousin, was a distant runner-up at the Rs. 35 lakh event after his last round of one-over-73 took his tournament tally to 11-under-277. 
Honey Baisoya (67-67-64-70), the overnight leader by six shots, was in total control in the fourth round despite his early bogeys on the first and fourth. The birdie from 15 feet on the seventh set the stage for Honey’s win. An aggressive drive on the 12thearned him another shot before his decisive hat-trick of birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th.
Baisoya birdied the 14th after making eagles on it in the first three rounds. He was thus seven-under for the week on his favourite hole. He finally closed the tournament with a bogey on the 18th to win by nine shots.
Honey bagged the winner’s cheque worth Rs. 5,25,000 and as a result moved up from fifth place to second position in the Rolex Ranking. His earnings for the season stand at Rs. 23,90,145. Bengaluru’s Chikkarangappa S continues to lead the rankings with season’s earnings of Rs. 24,06,640.
Honey said, “It’s terrific to win two events in two weeks. This phase is all the more special because I’ve finally achieved success after struggling for the first three years after turning professional. It’s not only the wins but also the good scores that I’ve been shooting for the past few weeks that have boosted my confidence.
“I began the day with a little bit of pressure due to the expectation of winning. But after a poor front-nine, I got my game back on track with a very good birdie on the 12th which is a tough hole. I just kept the intensity going from there on with three straight birdies from the 14th to the 16th.
“Having moved up to second place in the rankings, I now want to perform even better in the last three events of the season.”
Baisoya has now joined Ashok Kumar as the only other player to win his first two titles on the PGTI in consecutive events. The other golfers who have back-to-back wins on the PGTI (but not their first two wins) are Gaganjeet Bhullar, Shamim Khan, Anirban Lahiri and Mithun Perera.

The 24-year-old Kapil Kumar (66-69-69-73) couldn’t take advantage of cousin Honey’s early errors as he made three birdies and three bogeys on the front-nine to make the turn at even-par.  Kapil, who was striking it well on Saturday, added a lone birdie on the back-nine at the expense of two bogeys to end up with a 73.

Kapil, still looking for his maiden win, said, “It’s a great result for me. I’ve been playing well but Honey has been in top form so it wasn’t easy catching up with him today. I’ll take a lot of positives from this performance as it’s my best finish so far.”

Bengaluru’s Udayan Mane shot a 69 in round four to take third place at seven-under-281. Mukesh Kumar (71) of Mhow was a further stroke back in fourth place.

Last year’s champion Shankar Das of Kolkata grabbed a share of fifth place along with Gurgaon’s Manu Gandas and Jamshedpur’s Karan Taunk at four-under-284.

Leading scores after Round 4 (72 holes):
268: Honey Baisoya (67-67-64-70)
277: Kapil Kumar (66-69-69-73)
281: Udayan Mane (67-72-73-69)
282: Mukesh Kumar (69-69-73-71)

Aster Medcity inks momentous MOU with iconic American institution

Collaboration with the Thomas Jefferson University to give access to best global healthcare expertise
In an important step that will allow Indian doctors access to the best of global healthcare knowledge and expertise, Aster Medcity today inked a momentous MOU with the Thomas Jefferson University (TJU), an iconic American institution with a rich tradition dating back to 1824. The MOU embraces a range of collaborative processes opening up tremendous opportunity to equip healthcare professionals through learning, research and imbibing best global practices for the benefit of the patients. Aster Medcity and the Thomas Jefferson University will initiate this relationship with the Multi-Organ Transplant programme.

Dr. Azad Moopen, Chairman and Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare said, “The Aster Multi-Organ Transplant programme has already made a mark in a short period since the first liver transplant at Aster Medcity in November 2015. We now embark upon an exciting new stage of our journey with this collaboration with the Thomas Jefferson University. We look forward to our partnership adding a new dimension to Aster Multi-Organ Transplant program with access to global best practices in the field of organ transplants enhancing the quality of care.”

The Thomas Jefferson University is the largest free-standing health sciences university in Philadelphia with the flagship Sidney Kimmel Medical College known as one of the largest private medical colleges in USA. The University also has colleges for Health Professions like Occupational Therapy, Nursing, and Pharmacy. The University is known for its innovations with the Jefferson College of Population Health being the first such designated college in the USA. The Transplant Institute at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College is being designated an Aetna Institute of Excellence™ Transplant Facility for liver and kidney transplants and an Independence Blue Cross Blue Distinction Center for Transplants® for liver transplants. It performs hundreds of single organ transplant procedures and scores of dual organ transplants annually with a survival rate that surpasses the national US average.

Dr. Cataldo Doria, the Nicoletti Family Professor of Transplant Surgery at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Director, Jefferson Transplant Institute and Director, Division of Transplantation specialises in multi-organ transplant surgery. Dr. Doria is a pioneer in performing robotic assisted liver resection and has innovated several procedures including a ‘bloodless’ technique to perform liver resections. Speaking at the signing of the MOU, he said, “We are glad to have this opportunity to associate with one of India’s premiere healthcare institutions. In a short time, Aster Medcity has shown its expertise in multi-organ transplant. We look forward to interacting and collaborating with Aster’s team of transplant surgeons who have performed landmark surgeries including the first split liver transplant, first simultaneous pancreas kidney transplant and first simultaneous liver kidney transplant.”
The MOU will also extend to other areas including Knowledge Transfer through organising symposia, conferences and short courses; Training and Education through Institutional exchange programs, joint study groups and joint publications; Validation of protocols used in treatment regimens including various parameters like diagnosis, treatment and support infrastructure; and Clinical Research.
Dr. Azad Moopen added, “While the collaboration in the initial stage is with our Multi-Organ Transplant program, we will soon be extending this to the Bone Marrow Transplant unit. Over a period of time, we will extend the collaboration to encompass the other institutions of our group.”
“The signing of this MOU will facilitate bi directional learning with joint collaborative models that will benefit patient communities in both the countries . We will be leveraging on this relationship to ensure that our key personnel are deployed within the TJU system for advanced training such that on their return back to Kochi our patients will be given the benefit of a clinical and support team that has been trained in one of the finest centers in the world”, said Dr. Harish Pillai, CEO – Aster Medcity and Cluster Head, Kerala – Aster DM Healthcare.
The MOU was signed in the presence of delegates from the Thomas Jefferson University including Mr. John Ekarius, EVP & Chief of Staff; Ms. Janice Marini,  Vice President for University Affairs;  Dr. Cataldo Doria, Professor of Transplant Surgery at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Director, Jefferson Transplant Institute and Director, Division of Transplantation and Dr. Richard J. Derman,  Director, Global Health Research .
Warm Regards,
Sujoy Kumar Chowdhury
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