Beyoncé partners with UNICEF to bring safe water to children in remote areas of Burundi

NEW ORLEANS, 30 June 2017 – Global entertainer and humanitarian Beyoncé has teamed up with UNICEF through her BeyGOOD philanthropic arm to announce the launch of BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, a multi-year partnership to provide safe water to the most vulnerable children in Burundi. The partnership will support programmes to improve water, sanitation and basic hygiene practices in the hardest-to-reach areas of the landlocked East African nation.

The water crisis in Burundi is a crisis for children. When children have to rely on unsafe water, they become weak, malnourished and susceptible to water-borne diseases, which are among the leading causes of death in children under five. The lack of water also forces children to miss out on school to walk for miles in search of wells. The burden of fetching water falls disproportionately on girls, who risk attacks along their journeys.

“Access to water is a fundamental right. When you give children clean and safe water, you don’t just give them life, you give them health, an education, and a brighter future. I am committed to helping drive lasting solutions to the water crisis in Burundi,” said Beyoncé.

“Addressing the global water crisis is one of the defining challenges of our time, and the children of Burundi are among the most vulnerable,” said Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of UNICEF USA. “This unique partnership combines UNICEF’s decades of expertise in providing clean water to children in Burundi and around the world with the power and influence of the entertainment world to bring about social change. We are grateful to Beyoncé and BeyGOOD for joining forces with UNICEF, to highlight this critical issue to new audiences.”

“BEYGOOD4BURUNDI is a continuation of the work that Beyoncé, her family and Parkwood Entertainment are doing to address water crises around the world, including right here in the state of Louisiana and in Michigan,” said Ivy McGregor, ‎Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Parkwood Entertainment, who traveled to Burundi earlier this year. “In Burundi I saw myself, my sisters and my mother in the strength of the women and young sisters travelling miles to carry water for their families. Today young girls in the ‘Heart of Africa’ are given the gift of hope for a brighter tomorrow through our multi-year partnership with UNICEF and commitment to support safe water access solutions.”

The first phase of the partnership includes the construction of new wells equipped with hand pumps, hygiene education and the improvement of water and sanitation facilities in schools in four priority regions, including Bukemba and Giharo in Rutana Province and Kinyinya and Nyabitsinda in Ruyigui Province. In these rural communities, children are chronically malnourished and more than 65 percent of the population use unsafe water sources. Children and families have to walk long distances to water collection points, and even then the water access rate is extremely low.

Further announcements related to the initiative will be made on 20 November 2017, when the world comes together to celebrate World Children’s Day – and give a voice and global platform to the most vulnerable and hardest to reach children on the planet.

More than 100 million people have gained access to water, sanitation and hygiene services with the support of UNICEF in the last three years. With over 70 years of field-tested experience and a network that spans the globe, UNICEF has unequalled expertise in providing immediate, lifesaving relief as well as driving long-term, sustainable solutions to the biggest development challenges facing the world’s children.
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Washington DC, USA on June 25, 2017.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his Government is committed to take tough action against firms helping in hiding black money without being concerned about its political implications.
The Prime Minister speaking at the foundation day function of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in New Delhi last evening said, three lakh companies have come under scanner post demonetisation and more than one lakh companies have been de-registered by the Registrar of Companies. Mr Modi said, large number of shell companies have been identified against whom action is being initiated.
The Prime Minister emphasised it would become more difficult for people stashing illicit funds in Swiss banks once automatic tax information exchange regime begins between India and Switzerland. He said it is surprising that in a huge country like India, there are only 32 lakh people who claim to have income above ten lakh rupees per annum.
Mr Modi urged the CAs to take the lead in the journey towards India’s economic growth. He called upon Chartered Accountants to advice their clients to pay their taxes honestly.
The Prime Minister said the money which government receives as taxes are spent on public welfare and development of the country. He said the foundation day of the ICAI coincides with the launch of GST which intends to weed out black money from the system. He said the CAs will have to play a major role following implementation of Insolvency and Bankrupcy Code. He termed the CAs as Charter of Accuracy and Compliance of Authenticity.
Earlier, addressing the gathering, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said government has rationalised the taxation system and made it online. He said India has become most favored destination for FDI and 90 percent FDI is coming through automatic route. He said now subsidies are going directly to bank accounts of beneficiaries through financial inclusion.
Mr Jaitley said government tried to make the country’s economy formalised and digital through demonetisation. The Finance Minister also said there is no need to worry about GST as it is joint decision of Centre and state governments.
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Mr. Naresh Kumar Sagar interacting with the panelists during Press MeetJuly02, 2017 (C) Ravinder Singh
Delhi Police claimed reduction in crime in New Delhi district but DP story was at the bottom of page 2 of June29 of TOI – stories above it related to Protests at Jantar Mantar, regarding attacks on Minorities & Dalits, Italian Tourist Abducted in Pre-Paid Taxi, A person Batters to death, many hundreds Thefts, Stalking, Murders, Eve Teasing, Cheating that couldn’t be covered by TOI  – should also include Senior Citizens, victims of Crimes, False cases registered by DP and Avoid Registering Crimes.

was in a Patiala House Court on May30, 2017 in connection with 66A case instituted much after Supreme Court of India declared it as Unconstitutional in April2015 –
– Was Horrified to notice Delhi Police took keen interest in ‘Proclaimed Offender’ case tens of thousands of s138 Cases were registered for Check Bounce in Case of Vodafone Telephone bills – amount ranging from Rs.500 to Rs.2000 and Consumers in avoiding arrest hide somewhere and DP declare them as Proclaimed Offenders, are required to seek bail worth Rs.10,000 for personal and Rs.10,000 for guarantors plus many more thousand Advocate cost.

Italian Tourist hired PRE-PAID TAXI from Delhi Airport on June20 – top security zone to Paharganj Hotel another High Security Zone that reported Terrorist Attack also – was Abducted and taken to Chandigarh – she escaped on her own in 6 days* – no Credit to Delhi Police. [Her family in Italy Must be Enquiring From Embassy – Police Has No Idea.]

*No TRACKING of Delhi Taxi passing through CCTVs at Toll Plazas, Mobile Phone Tracking of Taxi Driver, No Call Details or GPS Tracking – Delhi Police Had No Verified Numbers.
— No Mobile Phone, Registration and GPS Numbers inside Autos & Taxis.

Delhi Airport has High Resolution CCTV Cameras – Every Vehicle entering or leaving is Captured and Photographed and ‘Number Plate’ – in addition to PRE-PAID Booking – Delhi Police didn’t Notice – NO REPORTING OF ‘TAXI’ INVOLVED IN ABDUCTION FOR 6 DAYS – Taxis are expected to be back in 2 hours in Peak Hours, 1 hour at night. 

Even Pre-Paid Taxis Owners-Drivers at Delhi AIRPORT are ‘NOT POLICE VERIFIED’, when
All 5 Lakh Drivers & Owners of Commercial Vehicles Should Be VERIFIED ANNUALLY.
Delhi Police Fails to Prevent STREET CRIMES as all Police Officers own Two Wheelers or Cars besides – Mob Attacks Even in CCTV Camera Zones. CCTV Cameras are mostly Don’t Work or Monitors Used to Watch Films & Movies.

DP & Railway Stations has CCTV – Delhi Police ‘Couldn’t IDENTIFY DAILY PASSENGERS’ from CCTV, Footage of some Office gave the main lead.

Except VIP Security, Delhi Police to WORK Under Delhi Government Control.
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A 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck Japan’s northernmost Hokkaido island. Japan Meteorological agency said earthquake hit Abira settlement late yesterday, while Iburi province suffered from 5-magnitude quakes within 7 points scale used in Japan. According to local authorities, one woman was injured in the earthquake after she fell down and broke her ribs. Traffic was temporarily blocked in the affected area.
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7._Shri.S.C.Varshney__Chief_Commissioner_GST___John_Joseph__Chief_Commissioner_Navasheva___Rajeev_Ta_1467628Service Tax Department & Government of India hosted a press meet announcing the arrival of GST. 
The press meet saw the presence of Chief Commissioner CGST Mumbai Zone-S.C. Varshney, Additional Commissioner CCO- S.C. Gangar, Deputy Commissioner CCO- S.K. Mishra, Commissioner Mumbai Cebtral- K.C. Gupta, Joint Commissioner Mumbai Central- Pankaj Kumar, Additional Commissioner Mumbai South- K.K. Gupta, Commissioner Mumbai East- Piyusha Patnaik
Additional Commissioner Mumbai East- Nilkhanth Shelke, Commissioner Mumbai West- Sandeep Puri
Additional Commissioner Mumbai- Manpreet Arya, Commissioner Audit 2-Suresh Krishnani
Additional Commissioner 2- A.K. Goyal, Commissioner Audit 3 – Shanbhoo Nath, Additional Commissioner- Manisha Goyal.
Ushering into Saturday, Service Tax Department & Government of India announced the arrival of the Goods and Services Tax ( GST) in India. All the dignitaries Sushil Solanki , Nihal Kothari , Shouvik Roy,Ashish Pednekar (speakers) spoke about GST, India’s biggest-ever tax reform, which will bring in place a single tax system that some analysts predict will be bigger than that of the European Union.
Service Tax Department & Government of India kicked off proceedings, delivering a short address in which they called GST an “important achievement for the entire country.” “The old India was economically fragmented, the new India will create one tax, one market and for one nation”.
Addressing the gathering, Chief Commissioner CGST Mumbai Zone-S.C. Varshney
said the introduction of GST is a moment of precedent for the country “I had always believed that GST was a matter of time and was happy when it was enacted and I gave assent to the Constitution amendment last year,” he said.
GST is expected to check tax evasion and broaden tax base. In the new regime, all filings will be done only through electronic mode to ensure non-intrusive administration. This will minimise taxpayers’ physical interaction with the tax officials.
The GST regime seeks to reduce rates of over 50 per cent of items of daily use and charge others at much lower rate of 5 per cent, 12 per cent and 18 per cent.
A higher tax rate is imposed on luxury and sin goods at 28 per cent in the new regime. Certain services like telephone, banking and insurance are expected to feel the pinch of higher taxes.
GST also promises taxpayers a refund against their sales within 60 days. Similarly, exporters will get refund within seven days. For protection of consumer rights, the new law provides anti-profiteering provisions. In a departure from the normal practice, the GST will be administered together by the Centre and the states.
Complications, however, are expected, and the general consensus is that it will take at least a month before GST’s true impact is realised.
Though even critics of the roll out agree that in the long run, GST will benefit the Indian economy.
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34th Youth National Basketball Championship Day 2- UP boys bt Punjab; Hosts Telangana boys open with win
Bengaluru, 2nd July 2017:  The 34th Youth National Basketball Championship for Boys and Girls entered Day 2 today at the Indoor Stadium, Gachibowli in Hyderabad.

The Championship is being organized by the Hyderabad District Basketball Association under the aegis of the Telangana Basketball Association and the Basketball Federation of India.

Maharashtra, UP and Telangana boys post wins

A short while ago, Maharashtra boys beat Chhattisgarh by 1 point, 54-53. This was after they upset Tamil Nadu yesterday 69-67. Maharashtra is now 2-0 and is the top placed team in Group B, with 2 matches still to be played. Just like in the game against Tamil Nadu yesterday, yet again, it was Maharashtra’s captain Tanay Thatte who came through for his side. Tanay’s match-high 25 points also included two clutch freethrows in the final few seconds that secured the win.

In a significant league encounter this morning, last year’s runners up Uttar Pradesh continued to shine at the U16 level this year too, beating Punjab 68-62. UP (1-0) and Punjab (1-1) are both teams favoured to reach the decisive stages of the Championship so this clash between these strong teams was an excellent appetizer for things to come. Punjab centre Princepal Singh, who is already dominating at the National U18 level and only last month helped his state win the Junior National Championship had 21 points today, but it paled in comparison to UP’s Priyhanshu who scorched his way to 42 game winning points. Scores were tied at the end of the first quarter and remained almost neck and neck going into the halfime. Q3 saw UP pull ahead thanks to 5 straight points by Priyhanshu and by the start of the fourth period UP was up by 8 points, 54-46. Punjab’s Akashdeep Sharma hit 5 threes to complement Princeipal, but eventually it was UP that secured the W.

Earlier in the morning, hosts Telangana boys opened with a lopsided 59-10 win over Puducherry in lower Level 2 action. Telangana will need to top its Group F and finish among the top two Level 2 teams in order to progress to the knockout stages.

In girls’ Level 1 play, Kerala overcame the disappointment of yesterday’s loss to Karnataka by beating Uttar Pradesh 69-48. Balanced scoring by Kerala, with 4 players posting 15 points or more made it hard for UP to contain their talented opponents.

Results from Day 2 (2nd July 2017) until 12:30 pm


Level 1
Group B
  1. Kerala (Anmariya Johny 17, Sandra KA 16, Aparna Sadasivan 15, Anagha Nair 15) bt Uttar Pradesh (Vartika Kushwaha 23, Muniba Ali 16) 69-48 [14-16, 13-12, 22-10, 20-10]

Level 2
Group C
  1. Haryana (Suman 17, Ritika 9) bt Goa (Kimeron Vas 8, Naomi Nunes 7) 36-15 [3-3, 13-5, 8-4, 12-3]
Group D
  1. West Bengal (Jyothi Routh 22, Liza Deb 19) bt Chandigarh (Tarini Boprai 31, Nilisha 6) 61-50 [21-12, 13-14, 13-16, 14-8]
  2. Uttarakhand (Divyangana 14, Kamaljit 12) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Chitreshi 4, Ananya 4) 22-8 [2-5, 10-3, 5-0, 5-0]
Group E
  1. Delhi (Khushi 11) bt Bihar (Kushi Prakhar 2) 43-2 [10-2, 17-0, 14-0, 2-0]
Group F
  1. Andhra Pradesh (P Sathya Sai 21) bt Assam (Lakshmi Kachari 6) 35-14 [15-6, 5-1, 6-4, 9-3]
  2. Odisha (Lipramayee 18) bt Puducherry (Monisha 4) 39-21 [8-2, 12-11, 12-4, 7-4]


Level 1
Group B
  1. Uttar Pradesh (Priyhanshu 42, Shubham Karwasara 9) bt Punjab (Princepal Singh 21, Akashdeep Sharma 17) 68-62 [12-12, 18-17, 24-17, 14-16]
  2. Maharashtra (Tanay Thatte 25, Om Pawar 14, Arjun Yadav 4) bt Chhattisgarh (Ayushman Singh 16, Govind 15, Ritesh Yadav 9) 54-53 [17-21, 10-9, 9-11, 18-12]

Level 2
Group C
  1. Telangana (Vinay Kothari 11, Vighneshwar 11, Sumant Marni 10) bt Puducherry (P Pavithran 6) 59-10 [22-4, 17-0, 14-4, 6-2]- This match was originally scheduled to be played on 1st July but was subsequently postponed.
Group E
  1. Madhya Pradesh bt Tripura walkover*

Results from Day 1 (1st July 2017) after 7:00 pm


Level 1
Group B
  1. Karnataka (Grishma N 17, Sanjana Ramesh 11) bt Kerala (Aparna Sadasivan 11, Sandra K A 9) 52-45 [14-6, 13-18, 12-10, 13-11]

Level 2
Group C
  1. Assam (Lakshmi Kachari 12, Shinjini Basu 7) bt Puducherry (Monisha K 5) 34-24 [6-2, 6-7, 10-10, 12-5]
  2. Chandigarh (Jaismeen Kaur 10, Tarini Boprai 4) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Chitresh Gupta 3) 21-3 [12-0, 6-0, 3-0, 0-3]

Level 1
Group B
  1. Maharashtra (Tanay Thatte 38, Kamlesh Rajbhar 13) bt Tamil Nadu (Gokul V 31, Dhanush G 9, Lokeswaran M 8) 69-67 [16-11, 21-19, 18-23, 14-14]

Level 2
Group D
  1. Gujarat (Rushal Khoilya 22, Rishadh Chaudhary 20, Bhavya Upadhyay 9) bt Uttarakhand (Ansh Saini 19, Arin Singh 7) 62-37 [11-4, 16-14, 21-14, 14-5]
  2. Bihar (V Naga Durga 14, S Nayeem 13, J Amruth Raj 11, M Mani Kanta 10) bt Jharkhand (Sushant Deep 11, Prabhat Kr M 10, Varun Raipat 7) 57-34 [14-11, 10-3, 8-11, 25-9]
Group E
  1. Assam bt Tripura walkover*
Group F
  1. Andhra Pradesh (V N Durga Prasad 22, M Manikanta 17, A S Pavan Kumar 10) bt Goa (Jeshua Pinto 6) 73-16 [29-6, 11-4, 16-6, 17-0]
*The Tripura boys team has withdrawn itself from the Championship.

About the 34th Youth National Basketball Championship

The Championship is featuring 25 boys’ and 25 girls’ teams in the U16 age group, from various Indian States and Union territories, and is being played in a league cum knockout format.

The matches are being played at the Indoor Stadium, Gachibowli, Hyderabad from 1st to 8th July.

The teams are grouped into two levels –Level 1 features the top 10 teams from the previous championship divided into two groups of five teams each (Group A and B), while Level 2 features the remaining teams divided into four groups (Group C, D, E, F).

In the league stages, all the teams play each of the other teams in their group once. The top three teams from each of the groups in Level 1 advance directly to the quarterfinals, while the fourth placed teams play pre-quarterfinal games against the top two teams from Level 2.

The competition is expected to be fierce beyond the immediate prospect of glory, because the teams that finish last in each of the groups in Level 1 are relegated to Level 2 for the next edition of the tournament, while the Level 2 teams that qualified for the pre-quarterfinals will replace them in Level 1 in the next edition.

Over the years, this Championship has provided a platform for the country’s best players in the U16 category to showcase their talents. This allows selectors to identify and shortlist the most promising players and coaches to parachute into national team training camps with an eye towards participation in international events.

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, 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.


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