the “Michibiki” No.2 satellite.
- The draw for the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 was conducted yesterday at Le Royal Hotel Dbayeh, Lebanon. The ceremony also included the unveiling of a newly designed trophy, the official logo, and the official mascot.
- The tournament will feature sixteen teams and be played in Lebanon from 8thto 20th August 2017.
- The group stages of the tournament comprise four groups of four teams each. Each team will play the other teams in its group once, and the top three teams from each group will advance to the second phase.
- India has been drawn in Group A along with Iran, Jordan, and Syria. Iran and Jordan are ranked 25thand 28th respectively in the FIBA rankings, and both teams put in strong performances at the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016.
- India (WR 53) stands a good chance of progressing to the second phase if the team beats Syria, which is 72ndin the FIBA rankings, nineteen spots below India.
- In the second phase, the twelve teams that advance will be divided into two groups of six each. After playing each of the other teams in its group once, the top four teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals.
- For the first time, the tournament also includes Oceanian powerhouses Australia and New Zealand.
INDIA PLACED IN TOUGH GROUP
PROVISIONAL ESTIMATES OF NATIONAL INCOME, 2016-17
Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from MOSPI
Note: PE pertains to Provisional Estimates
Real GDP growth at 7.1% at 2011-12 prices is in line with expectations vis-à-vis impact of demonetization on various sectors of the economy such as mining, manufacturing, construction and trade sectors. We look forward to a good GDP growth with three major positive developments taking place in the current year i.e positive effect of demonetization, implementation of GST and low inflationary expectations vis-à-vis IMD forecasts a good monsoon.
Growth is expected to be at around 8% in 2017-18. The growth rate of agriculture and allied sector at 4.9% in 2016-17 is inspiring and we expect more reforms to come in the sector to strengthen the growth further in a sustainable trajectory. Focus on food processing sector would help in creation of employment opportunities, increase in rural incomes and will boost the manufacturing growth. Reforms in the construction sector for ease of doing business would go a long way to improve India ’s business environment, attract investments and to absorb unskilled, semiskilled and skilled workforce.
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- 3 – This year’s Finals will mark the first time that two teams will meet for the NBA title for a third consecutive season in the league’s 71-year history.
- 61 – The series between the Cavaliers and Warriors will be the first time in 61 years that teams in any major North American professional sport league will meet for the third straight time with a championship on the line.
- 4 – Across the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL, Cavaliers-Warriors marks the fourth time that two teams will play for a championship for the third year in a row (NFL – Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions, 1952-54; MLB – New York Yankees vs. New York Giants, 1921-23; NHL – Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadians, 1954-56).
- 11 – The two teams feature a combined 11 players who have been named All-Stars, the most in a Finals series since the 1983 matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Philadelphia 76ers.
- 12 – The Warriors are the first team in NBA history to win their first 12 games in a single postseason.
- 7 – Four-time Kia NBA MVP LeBron James of Cleveland is set to become the seventh player in NBA history to play in The Finals in seven consecutive seasons.
- The other players to accomplish the feat played for the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and 1960s: Bill Russell (10 straight Finals appearances), Tom Heinsohn (nine), K.C. Jones (eight), Sam Jones (nine), Frank Ramsey (eight) and Bob Cousy (seven).
- 30 – Two-time Kia NBA MVP Stephen Curry’s No. 30 again leads the list of most popular NBA jerseys. This marks the second straight regular season that the Warriors’ guard has earned top honors.
- 1,000 – Golden State and Cleveland are two of the three franchises (along with the Houston Rockets) to make 1,000 three-pointers in an NBA regular season.
- The Warriors converted 1,077 three-pointers last season, which is the second-highest single-season total in NBA history. The Cavaliers hit 1,067 threes this season, which is the third-highest mark ever. (Houston holds the record after connecting on 1,181 threes this season.)
- 2 – Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue is looking to become the second head coach in NBA history to win championships in each of his first two seasons. The only coach to do it is John Kundla (Minneapolis Lakers, 1949 and 1950).
- 9 – Mark Jackson will serve as a Finals analyst for the ninth time, the most by any African-American analyst in history for a nationally televised Finals.
- 8 – This year will mark the eighth time that the team of Mike Breen, Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy and Doris Burke has called a Finals together.
- 21 – NBA TV’s studio analysts on site have appeared in 21 Finals (Shaquille O’Neal: 6; Kevin McHale: 5; Isiah Thomas: 3; Kenny Smith: 2; Brent Barry: 2; Charles Barkley: 1; Steve Smith: 1; Dennis Scott: 1).
- 90 – Live At The Finals, NBA TV’s 90-minute pregame show, will air each game day during The Finals.
- 1.3B – The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world with more than 1.3 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team and player platforms.
- 90M – LeBron James is the most-followed NBA player on social media with 90 million followers combined across Facebook (23.1 million), Twitter (36.4 million) and Instagram (30.5 million).
- 265 – More than 265 international media members from more than 35 countries and territories will be onsite to cover The Finals.
- 16 – Sixteen international television and radio networks from Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Middle East, Philippines, Poland, Spain and Taiwan will provide live onsite commentary.
- 14 – Fourteen television networks will broadcast The Finals remotely for the first time: GreatSports Channel (China), DAZN (Germany), LeSports (Hong Kong), DAZN (Japan), Kwesé Sports (Pan-Africa), NBA TV – MEO (Portugal),Russiabasket.ru (Russia), Eleven Sports Network (Singapore), Aftonbladet.se (Sweden), Elevensportsnetwork.tw (Taiwan), AIS Play (Thailand), NBA TV – Turkcell TV (Turkey), S Spor (Turkey) and VTVcab (Vietnam).
- 1,089 and 1,090 – Westlake Middle School and Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland at East Tech High School will be the 1,089th and 1,090st places created through NBA Cares where kids and families can live, learn or play in 36 countries and territories.