Had it not been for her efforts, the society here would have disintegrated with forests depleted and men falling prey to alcohol. ‪#‎UnsungIndians‬
Kalawati Devi Rawat has waged a long battle to improve the lives of village women in the hills of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

UBA Pro Basketball League Season 2, Hyderabad Leg- Day 3

UBA Pro Basketball League Season 2, Hyderabad Leg- Day 3 Punjab Steelers and Delhi Capitals win final North Division League games
Hyderabad, 25th March 2016: The second and final leg of the United Basketball Alliance (UBA) Pro Basketball League 2016, underway at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium saw Punjab Steelers comfortably beat Haryana Gold in their final north division league match. Later in the evening, Delhi Capitals beat Mumbai Challengers to end the league stages as the best team in the North division.

The evening also saw the appearance of Telugu film actor Akhil Akkineni, who was the chief guest on the occasion. “It is great to see UBA here [in Hyderabad]. I went to a basketball game in the US once and I can see that UBA has set up a similar league here,” said the actor.

Delhi Capitals bt Mumbai Challengers 104-94

Teams from two of India’s biggest cities, Mumbai Challengers and Delhi Capitals, squared off against each other today in their last league stage game. Delhi Capitals hold the best record in the tournament (5-1) and was looking to maintain their top position in the northern division. The Challengers, with a 4-2 record, were gunning for the top spot in their group to ensure a direct qualification to the semifinals.

With their starting centre Ramesh sitting out this game, Delhi began the game with forward Yudhvir Singh in the frontcourt along with Smithin Setu. The move immediately paid off for Delhi, as Yudhvir scored 6 quick points in the first quarter. Guard Vinay Kaushik continued his MVP calibre run driving aggressively to the basket. For the Challengers, point guard Prudhvi Reddy found his touch from long range in the first period and swingman Karan Pal Singh came off the bench to knock down consecutive triples. The first quarter ended with Delhi up 28 to 20.

Vinay Kaushik continued his momentum into the second quarter, fearlessly driving to the basket and earning his points at the freethrow line. Mumbai, however, continued plugging away into Delhi’s lead. Centre Gagandeep Singh used his size and dexterity to finish at the basket. Shooting guard Ranbir Singh knocked down two huge triples to further cut into Delhi’s lead in the second quarter. But a couple of timely triples from young guard Sunil Rathee off the bench helped maintain the Capitals’ lead with the halftime score at 50 to 40.

In the third quarter, athletic forward Nikhil Dahiya (20 points and 11 rebounds) caught fire for Mumbai knocking down turnaround jumpers and grabbing second chance points. Mumbai centre Gagandeep remained consistent producing points from the post. Unfortunately, however, Delhi brought out its X-factor, forward Satyajeet, from the bench, who unexpectedly put up 12 points in the third quarter alone. His off-the-ball movement ensured that he was always in the right place at the right time to find easy buckets. He even ended the third quarter with a spectacular two-handed dunk at the buzzer to give the Capitals a huge momentum boost going into the fourth.

Mumbai did make an attempted comeback in the fourth quarter with some huge triples from point guard Prudhvi Reddy (17 points). But it was too little too late, as Delhi kept finding its way to the basket, shooting above 50% from the field against a non-existent Mumbai defense down the stretch. Delhi ended up hitting the century mark and finished the league stages on the top of their group. They now get a direct entry into the semifinals, while Mumbai will have to cross a playoff hurdle first.

Delhi Capitals (Vinay Kaushik 22pts 10rbs, Yudhvir Singh 14pts 11rbs, Satyajeet 13pts, Sachin Sharma 12pts 5asts) bt Mumbai Challengers (Gagandeep Singh 24pts, Nikhil Dahiya 20pts 11rbs, Karan Pal Singh 20pts, Prudhvi Reddy 17pts 4asts) 104-94(28-20, 22-20, 24-23, 30-31)

Punjab Steelers bt Haryana Gold 87-65

The winless Haryana Gold who have lost all their six games had only pride left to play for in this tournament as they took on the Punjab Steelers today in Hyderabad in the last league stage game for both teams. Punjab has only won two games and was desperate to improve their record in the push for a semifinal spot.

Punjab opened the game on a 7-0 run in the first couple of minutes and maintained a fast paced offensive style going in the early minutes orchestrated by international point guard Akilan Pari. Playing tight defense with active hands, Punjab forced Haryana turnovers that led to easy transition buckets. Punjab centre Gurvinder Gill and forward Kaushal did a good job of protecting the rim, making life difficult for Haryana’s slashers. The first quarter ended with the Steelers up 21 to 8.

In the second quarter, Punjab continued their surge taking advantage of Haryana’s poor transition defense. Veteran guard Amrit Pal Singh kept leaking out on the break to hit open layups in transition, while point guard Akilan had 6 assists in the first half itself. Steelers’ centre Gurvinder Gill used his athleticism to find his way to the basket on his way to 11 points. The Steelers raced to a 20-point lead in the second quarter and entered halftime up 42 to 20. As the game entered the third quarter, Haryana guards Himanshu Sharma and Vikas (15 points) ignited their team, converting defense to offense for some quick buckets. Forward Deepak Rathee (12 points) also contributed in the third quarter using his big body to create space and knock down shots in the paint.

But Haryana’s hopes of a comeback were dampened by Punjab’s strong fourth quarter. Reigning MVP Ravi Bhardwaj (14 points) showed up for the Steelers in the final period hitting tough shots from the paint overpowering Gold centre Jaskaran. Haryana were forced to guard him from the perimeter as well after he knocked down a triple early in the fourth. Ravi and the Punjab bench carried the Steelers through the rest of the game as they cruised to a blowout 87-65 victory, ending their league stage campaign on a winning note. Haryana Gold end their nightmarish tournament with another loss and will have a lot of work to do before the next season begins.

Punjab Steelers (Ravi Bhardwaj 14pts, Amrit Pal Singh 14pts, Gurvinder Gill 11pts 10rbs) bt Haryana Gold (Jaskaran 19pts 13rbs, Vikas Mor 15pts, Deepak Rathee 12pts) 87-65 (21-8, 21-12, 18-25, 27-20)

About the UBA Pro Basketball League

The UBA Pro Basketball League is structured on a league cum knockout basis. Season 2 is being held in two phases: 18 to 28 Feb in Pune (Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex) followed by 23 March to 3 April in Hyderabad (Gachibowli Stadium). There are eight teams in total divided into two divisions: Pune Peshwas, Delhi Capitals, Haryana Gold, Punjab Steelers (North division) and Chennai Slam, Mumbai Challengers, Bengaluru Beast and Hyderabad Sky (South division).  Chennai Slam won the inaugural season last year with Pune Peshwas finishing second.
For more information, visit: www.ubaindia.in/. Facebook:www.facebook.com/ubaindia/. Twitter:  @ubaindia

About United Basketball Alliance India Pvt. Ltd.

The United Basketball Alliance (UBA India) is a next-generation sports branding company. Its main objective is to make sport brands mean something to their sport viewers. To do that, UBA helps brands connect with viewers by providing insight-driven ideas across all media platforms. With respect to its Pro Basketball League, UBA India has already secured primetime television broadcasting arrangements with the Ten Sports Network, and is securing corporate sponsorships for tournament play, and creating merchandising opportunities.

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4th National Conference on Energy Security March 30, 2016 – FICCI, New Delhi

Today at 12:18 PM

Dear Sir/Madam,
Sub: Seminar on Managing Copyright in Publishing: The Need for Awareness and Outreach
March 31, 2016 at 1600 hrs | FICCI, New Delhi
Greetings from FICCI !
I am pleased to inform you that FICCI and DIPP, Govt. of India are organising a seminar on “Managing Copyright in Publishing: The Need for Awareness and Outreach” on March 31, 2016, at FICCI, Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi.Mr. Francis Gurry, Director General, WIPO, has kindly consented to deliver the Keynote Address during the Inaugural Session of this prog.  Mr. Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India will deliver Special Address during the prog.
The book publishing sector has proved to be indispensable to education, cultural identity, diversity and knowledge of the country. The sector continues to be a key driver of growth and intellectual property. With the transition to digital devices, there is a greater need to leverage IP to generate new revenue streams for publishers. Counterfeit and piracy are global problems that affect a number of sectors. Their effects are the most distressing in the book publishing sector, as this sector is directly connected with intellectual property and creative industries. There is a need to heighten copyright protection in publishing as it will encourage innovation and development of knowledge-based industries in the country.
Keeping in view the importance of managing copyright in the age of digital information sharing, the seminar will bring publishers, copyright holders, legal experts and policymakers to discuss the issues pertaining to piracy and counterfeit in publishing.
It is our pleasure to invite you to join us for this seminar. Please feel free to circulate the information to your colleagues in case they might be interested in attending the programme.
Look forward to your kind confirmation.
Thank you and with regards,
Yours sincerely,
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Industry’s Voice for Policy Change
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Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) elected a new international executive council at a warmly contested election, conducted electronically for the first time, where 208 of the 223 international delegates from 21 countries cast votes, electing Mr. Niraj Baxi of Silicon Valley (USA) as its President. Other elected officers are: Mr. Noel Lal (Sydney, Australia) as Executive Vice President, Mr. Ram Gadhavi (New Jersey, USA) Vice President, Dr. Rajeev Mehta (USA), Dr. Pradip Sewoke (France), Mrs. Suman Kapoor (New Zealand), and Mr. Rajidre Tiwari (The Netherland) as International Coordinators. The election process was supervised by GOPIO Chairman Inder Singh who will continue in that position.
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Photo above: GOPIO 2016 Officers: From top left clockwise, Niraj Baxi, Noel Lal, Ram Gadhavi, Dr. Rajeev Mehta, Dr. Pradip Sewoke, Suman Kapoor, Rajendre Tiwari, GOPIO Chairman Inder Singh
Formed in 1989 at the First Global Convention of People of Indian Origin, GOPIO has now reached most countries with a sizable Indian Diaspora population. Past GOPIO elections were generally held at its biennial conventions wherein only a fraction of the international delegates could participate. However, with new technologies being available, the present election was held electronically with a record participation by 93% of the international delegates.
With India at the threshold of accepting new technologies and business investment, the new team has come up with a motto, “GOPIO Means Business” so as to attract Indian Diaspora entrepreneurs and businessmen to take more interest in investing in India in all spheres, in business, philanthropy, education healthcare and social causes.
“With an investment and business friendly government in India, we see a lot opportunity for the Indian Diaspora to invest and actively participate in India’s development,” said President Niraj Baxi.
GOPIO Executive Vice President Noel Lal said that GOPIO would reach out all countries where we have the Diaspora presence.
Vice President Ram Gadhavi who has brought Gujarati Diaspora writers on a common platform in the US, plans to extend it to all Indian writers on a global GOPIO forum.
GOPIO Founder President Dr. Thomas Abraham, who also serves as the Executive Trustee of GOPIO Foundation said that GOPIO will increase its social and philanthropic activities in India as well as in countries with a large Indian Diaspora population.
Baxi further said that he would work towards making GOPIO the voice of any and all NRIs and PIOs and would take initiatives in growing GOPIO all countries and regions of the world.
“In all our internal and external activities, we want to bring about fairness, transparency and accountability; there are many challenges that lie ahead of us and we need good wishes and continued hard work from everyone,” Baxi continued.
GOPIO elected officers are as follows:
President – Niraj Baxi (Silicon Valley, CA, USA)
In 1984, Niraj visited various countries, becoming the first emissary of the National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA), which sponsored the First Global Convention of People of Indian Origin in 1989. He coordinated NFIA and GOPIO organized the 90th Anniversary of Gadar in San Francisco. Niraj has served as Regional Vice President of GOPIO. Niraj has served in several positions at NFIA and became its President in 2003. He is also active in many civic, political and community service Associations. Professionally, Niraj is a third generation insurance and financial services professional.
Executive Vice President – Noel Lal (Sydney, Australia)

Originally from Fiji, Noel came into GOPIO at the 2000 GOPIO Convention in Zurich, Switzerland. Noel served as the Regional VP and International Coordinator for the Oceania region. Noel is also a current Trustee of the Foundation for Educating Needy Children in Fiji. A Justice of Peace in Australia, Noel is an engineer by profession is currently the Managing Director of South Pacific Engineering Pty Ltd.

Vice President – Ram Gadhavi (Wayne, New Jersey, USA) 

For four decades, Ram Gadhavi has been involved in various community activities, starting with the India Cultural Society of NJ where he served as its Chairman, helped build the Gandhi Mandir, was Secretary/President of the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA of CT, NJ & NY) where he organized the 1st India Day Parade, President of Gujarati Literary Academy of NA, Secretary of Bharatiya Vidyà Bhavan (USA), and as founding Co-Convener of the first GOPIO Convention in 1989. A chemical engineering project manager of Lummus Co., Ram, after retirement, started a home building and re-modelling company.

International Coordinator for North America – Dr. Rajeev Mehta (Piscataway, New Jersey, USA)
Dr. Rajeev Mehta is the Founder President of GOPIO-Central Jersey (and served in this capacity 2008 to 2012). He also served as Co-chair of the GOPIO Health Council (2010-2014), Co-Convener of the 2011 GOPIO International Biennial Convention held in New Jersey, and Chair of GOPIO Health Council 2014 onward. He has organized several health camps on behalf of GOPIO Central Jersey. He is a researcher, clinician and professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey.
International Coordinator for Europe – Dr. Pradip Sewoke (Belfort. France)?

Founder and President of GOPIO Belfort and Borders of East France (Switzerland, Germany), Pradip attended GOPIO International Convention in New Delhi and New York. Support the development of GOPIO Chapters in the francophone countries (Europe, Canada, Africa, Islands of Mauritius, Reunion, Antilles, etc.). Professionally, Pradip is an interventional cardiologist and Co-Director at Diaconat Clinic, Mulhouse, France.
International Coordinator for Oceania – Suman Kapoor (Waikato, New Zealand)
A founder President of GOPIO’s first chapter in New Zealand, Suman served as chairperson of GOPIO’s Women’s Council and Cultural council. She was conferred Uttar Pradesh NRI Samman Award in Jan 2016 and several other awards including Bharat Gaurav, Hind Rattan and NRI of the year (Times Now). She has been often referred to as GOPIO LADY in her local community, is very widely traveled globally and has participated in International conferences including PBDs in India, Europe, Australia, Fiji, etc.
International Coordinator-at-Large – Rajindre Tewari (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Rajindre served as Chapter president of GOPIO-Amsterdam followed by Country Coordinator, then EU coordinator, and later served as International Coordinator for Europe in the GOPIO Executive Council 2012 onward. Rajindre Tewari is the MD of an Investment Company with a strong focus on private equity & emerging market investments and chairs the India Business Council of the Dutch Council for Trade. As a Dutch PIO with roots in UP, he studied in Delhi, Antwerpen and Leiden, and comes from a family that was performing Seva for generations.
GOPIO is a non-partisan, non-sectarian and secular global organization with 65 chapters, over 200 life members in over 24 countries. It actively promotes the interests of people of Indian origin worldwide by monitoring and addressing current critical issues of concern, and by enhancing cooperation and communication between groups of Indians living in various countries.
The new GOPIO team seeks your suggestions and participation. If you have an issue of our Diaspora community to be taken up by, please bring it to our attention. We are are here to serve you. Please contact GOPIO President Niraj Baxi at email president@gopio.net or 408-307-9845 or visit www.gopio.net


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