Sunday, February 5, 2017

Experts View on Union Budget 2017-18

Union Budget 2017 Analysis
Steadying the ship
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes in The Indian Express that through this budget the government is trying to steady the ship after the demonetisation shock, explaining how it ‘is an exercise in forward-looking but cautious prudence’.
Jaitley’s budget takes the Left-of-centre space from the Opposition
Rajiv Kumar
In an article in Hindustan Times, Rajiv Kumar writes that the budget is what the ‘doctor ordered for the economy’, as it addresses the critical tasks of ‘generating employment, promoting private investment, pushing up consumption, improving delivery of subsidies and public services’.
A Budget for sustainable growth
Rajiv Kumar
in The Hindu, Rajiv Kumar further writes on how the budget fulfills the three principle goals of reviving domestic investment; generating employment opportunities; and cleansing the economy of black money flows.
A status quo budget for the social sector
Yamini Aiyar
Yamini Aiyar writes in Livemint and in a Hindi article in Amar Ujala that the budget has maintained the status quo, as far as social sector schemes are concerned, and has been ‘remarkably silent’ on restructuring the ‘financing architecture for social policy post the 14th Finance Commission’.
Status quo for majority of social sector schemes
Avani Kapur
Avani Kapur reiterates this in another article in Deccan Herald, writing that despite riding high on expectations, Budget 2017 did not offer any major changes in majority of social sector schemes.
When it Comes to Education, the Budget’s Attention Deficit Continues
Kiran Bhatty
Kiran Bhatty writes in The Wire that the ‘attention deficit’ towards education remains unchanged in this year’s budget.
Times Now – Budget 2017 Analysis (Video)
Rajiv Kumar
On a Times Now panel, Rajiv Kumar provides a detailed analysis of Budget 2017.
CNN News18 – Budget Impact (Video)
Sanjaya Baru
Appearing on CNN News18, Sanjaya Baru discusses how the budget needs to be supplimented with a more efficient tax administration in order to ‘widen the tax net’.
Accountability Initiative Budget Briefs: Social Sector Analysis
Find the complete set of budget briefs by Accountability Initiative analysing 7 social sector schemes for 2017-18, along with an animated video explaining the complexity of fund-flow, as well as a series of 6 short learning videos, which break down how to analyse the budget.

Day 5 release of T20 World cup for the Blind .

Here sharing Day 5 release of T20 World cup for the Blind .
IndusInd Indian Team registered its 4th win in the T20 World Cup for Blind with a convincing win against South Africa at MCA BKC Ground Mumbai. India CAB won the match by 9 wickets. South Africa won the toss and elected to bat. In the first innings, South Africa scored 157 runs in 20 overs at the loss of 8 wickets in which David Landry scored 42(41) not out. Ganesh Babubhai Mundkar took 2 wickets by giving 14 runs and was declared as Man of the Match.

In the second innings, India chased the target of 157 runs in just 13.5 overs. India scored 158 runs at the loss of 1 wicket in whichMuhammed Farhan scored 59(35) not out including fantastic 9 Boundaries and 1 Sixer, Jafar Iqbal 54(39) not out including 1 Boundary, and Durga Rao 19(11) including 3 boundaries. Ephraim Mathabo was able to pick up 1 wicket of Durga Rao.

Bollywood Celebrities like Anupam Kher, Atul Kulkarni, IndusInd Bank officials and Bank of Baroda officials were present during the match and also tried playing cricket blindfolded during the Presentation Ceremony. Anupam Kher has also quoted “It was a pleasure & an honour to meet the Blind Cricket Team of India. They beat S. Africa by 9wkts. So inspiring. Jai Ho.” Via his Twitter Handle
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N K Sagar,Government of Jharkhand in its endeavor

Dear Mr. N K Sagar ,

Government of Jharkhand in its endeavor to promote industrial activity in the State and establish Jharkhand as one of the prime investment destination of eastern India has taken numerous steps towards improvement of overall investment climate. We have successfully implemented the framework of ‘Ease of Doing Business’ and have devised business friendly policies which have been instrumental in significantly reforming Jharkhand’s business climate.
The State of Jharkhand is also working towards creating awareness among existing and prospective investors / entrepreneurs and taking a step forward, to showcase and deliberate various investment opportunities and key business reforms carried out in the recent past. To attract investments, the State of Jharkhand is organizing its maiden “Momentum Jharkhand: Global Investors’ Summit” in Ranchi on 16-17 February 2017 with the support of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
Alongside the Global Investors Summit, we are also organizing a Trade Exhibition on 16-17 February 2017 at Khelgaon, Ranchi.
I am pleased to cordially invite you to “Momentum Jharkhand: Global Investors’ Summit 2017 & Trade Exhibition” and also attend the Sectorial Seminar on IT/ ITeS and ESDM on 17 February 2017 at 1030-1230 Hrs in Khelgaon, Ranchi. The event brochure is attached for your reference.
This enthusiastic event is a gathering of thousands of “thoughtful, iconoclastic doers” from throughout the globe who share a common interest in practical solutions pertaining to “Momentum Jharkhand” for further sustainable development through global innovation, strategic inklings and knowledge sharing.
You may visit the website for registration and regular updates. For more details please contactMr. Amish Mangla, M: +91-9868892726; E: or Ms. Sonia Ray, M: +91 9836089945; E:;

I look forward to your confirmation at

Yours Sincerely,
Director (IT)
Department of IT & e-Governance
GIS Team,
Ernst & Young, Knowledge Partner to Government of Jharkhand


New Delhi, 4th February, 2017: Today during the 19th edition of National School of Drama’s International Drama Festival Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2017, 5 plays were performed including Subhadeep Guha’s Multilingual Long March; Ajit Das’s Odia play Bheti; Surya Mohan Kulshreshtha’sBhagvadajjukeeyam in HindiNSD Repertory Company’s Aadha Chand in Hindi directed by Ms. Tripurari Sharma and a foreign play in Russian byVladimir Baicher Chekov- Chaika. These plays were well appreciated by students, theatre aficionados, litterateurs and theatre lovers.

Today, during the Meet the Director at National School of Drama Manohar Teli, Director of the play Sankraman as well as the sole performer, who alone sports all the three characters said, I present the story of inner tension and conflict between a father and his son due to their age gap. I was born in a farmer’s family and all of the characters were present around me. My personal life has been a great inspiration behind this play. Generation gap is a big problem nowadays and after watching the play my son had tears in his eyes and now he tries to fill this gap. That is my biggest win.” He further added, “I read this story in 1998 and I liked the theme. Also, it is not easy to maintain a theater group in Mumbai, so I found it easy to do the solo performance comparatively. I learned the text of the story while jogging or doing other course of life and work on my voice modulation. I show my preparations to the friends whose feedback matter to me.”

Also, Tanveer Akhtar, the director of Gabarghichoran Ke Mai explained, “This play ‘Gabarghichoran Ke Mai’ is not written by Bhikhari Thakur in this form. In fact, I merged his ‘Bidesiya’ and ‘Ghabargichor’ to evolve this new one. He was a very strong person who had the courage to say such things in his times that we still feel shy to communicate.” Responding to a query about giving more appeal on emotional theme than on social contradiction, he said, “Being from IPTA does not mean to be always politically or socially vocal. I stayed with the essence of the theme that is emotional. I feel that even IPTA should be granted that liberty and should not be demanded for raising social issues only.”

Hema Singh, who plays the titular role of Gadal, was asked about her chemistry with the lead actor to which she responded, “Me and Suresh Sharma know each other since our school days and have worked together as freelancers back in the days. We both had a very good understanding of each other’s role which in turn helped us in creating an element of chemistry which for the characters is constantly changing.” Suresh Sharma, the lead actor of Gadal Gunda while being enquired on his preparation said, “The process for me for the preparations for the role was quite easy because of the strong relationship and a deep connect between the characters of the play. Even though I didn’t have much time for the preparations because of my hectic schedule, as an actor I put sensation and sentimentality in my body language and vocals which reflects my ‘inner to outer’ approach to the message which is delivered to the audience.”

Sudheer Rikhari, Director of Gadal Gunda says, “As an actor, I used to think that the job of a director is very easy and has not much to do but when you get into the shoes of a director then only you understand what are the responsibilities of a director, it is impossible to replace Late Prem Matiyani sir and this a tributary performance to him.”

Bharat Rang Mahotsav
The Bharat Rang Mahotsav was started around two decades ago by the NSD in order to contribute to the growth and development of theatre across the country with the aim of providing a platform for theatre performances and interaction. From being a national festival that presented the work of some of the most creative theatre workers in India, it has grown into an international event, hosting theatre companies from around the world, and is today acknowledged as the largest theatre festival of Asia dedicated solely to theatre. In addition to the national and international performances that are staged during the Festival, the fare also includes exhibitions, installations, interactive sessions with directors and performers for the general public and professionals, a vibrant theatre café, open forums and meetings and a shorter festival in another city to which some of the productions travel. For further information please visit :

National School of Drama
The National School of Drama is one of the foremost theatre training institutions in the world and the only one of its kind in India. It was set up by the Sangeet Natak Akademi as one of its constituent units in 1959. In 1975, it became an independent entity and was registered as an autonomous organization under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, fully financed by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Training in the School is highly intensive and is based on a thorough, comprehensive, carefully planned syllabus which covers every aspect of theatre and in which theory is related to practice. As a part of their training, students are required to produce plays which are then performed before the public. For further information please visit :

adidas launches its first urban football centre in India

adidas launches its first urban football centre in India – “The BASE, Plaadidas launches its first urban football ceza”

New Delhi, February 04, 2017: adidas announces the launch of its first ever urban football destination in India- the Base – Plaza in Chattarpur, New Delhi; to promote the sport at a grass-root level and provide football enthusiasts a world class football experience. The BASE has been designed keeping in mind the needs of the new age urban footballer and aims at redefining their playing experience. To kick off the inauguration today, present at the occasion were ace Indian cricketers and adidas athletes Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul along with former Nigerian FIFA World Cup player, Rabiu Afolabi.
Spread across a sprawling 2.5 acres, the Base features two pitches – A natural pitch of 24,000 sq. ft. which can be split up into two small pitches for 5/6-a-side football and an artificial pitch of 9,000 sq. ft. Theartificial pitch is made of the finest quality FIFA Recommended artificial turf and is ideal for professional and semi-professional use. It uses innovative 3D Rootzone technology with a face yarn of 10,000 denier XP + Slit Film, and 5,000 denier polylon as secondary fibre. This technology reduces strain on players’ knees and ankles, allowing them to move swiftly and quickly across the pitch, thereby minimizing the risk of injuries. Each pitch has an individual Ace and X style dugout to ensure a stadium-like atmosphere for the urban football creators

Introducing international technology and innovation to the football creators and aspiring talent for the first time in India, adidas unveiled the miCoach Smart Ball. The smart ball’s unique sensor technology allows these creators to fine-tune their technique with instant feedback on attributes such as power, spin, strike and target.
Commenting on the launch, Hrishikesh ShendeDirector Football, adidas India, says, “Football in India is growing rapidly with many young players aspiring to turn professional. We are extremely delighted to provide a world-class facility for the next generation of footballers. the BASE in Delhi will become a focal point of grassroots football and we are looking to take the concept to other metros this year.”
To further substantiate and celebrate the spirit of the sport, adidas offers an immersive football experience that encapsulates technology, innovation and artistic illustrations, further bringing an international sporting and uber urban experience to Indian football creators. the BASE has five graffiti walls extending over 3,000 sq. ft. highlighting the brand’s iconic association with the sport through interesting street-art that celebrates its rich heritage in world football. From Adolf Dassler – Founder of adidas and the 1954 ‘Miracle of Bern’ World Cup winning team of West Germany on one wall to a wall with artistic representation of Legends vs Current all-stars on the other. One wall illustrates the brand’s global icon and world’s celebrated footballer- Lionel Messi. A brilliant montage of Manchester United greats – both legends and playing stars feature on the fourth wall. The fifth wall has a classic artwork of the Base itself. The arena also has giant installation of the adidas Fracas (Euro 2016 Knockout-round Official Match Ball).

Present at the launch, Rohit Sharma, says, “adidas has been taking many significant initiatives to promote football in India. “the BASE” is a top-notch facility built to international standards and is ideal for young footballers to enjoy their football and nurture their skills. I am a die-hard football fan myself and my love for Real Madrid makes the sport extremely close to my heart. As an athlete, I am very glad to be a part of such an initiative by adidas and invite all young football creators and lovers to experience this fantastic facility.”

Also present at the occasion, KL Rahul, says, “Football is my passion and Manchester United is the team I have been rooting for ever since I was introduced to the sport. I play football regularly in the off-season and during warm up before matches.  I have had the chance to tour “the BASE” and experience its facilities, which are second to none in India. It is indeed a great platform for young football creators and fans  to experience the beautiful game in a thoroughly beautiful setting ”

Speaking on the launch and the growth of Indian football, former Nigerian World Cup and Champions League player, Rabiu Afolabi, says, “Football is like second nature and even after my retirement, I have been closely involved with the sport through football coaching and scouting for talent at junior levels. I am extremely honoured to be a part of adidas’ initiative to promote football in India. I strongly believe that the young talent in India has immense potential to make a mark on global football map and I look forward to my close involvement with the players through adidas.”  Representing Nigeria in the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and 2010, Afolabi also played a vital role for the country in the semis of the 1999 African Youth Championship by scoring two goals and taking the team to the finals. He has also been a first-team player for top European Clubs like Standard Liege and Napoli.

Additionally, the BASE includes a variety of unique features made to give the footballers a 365-day 24×7 immersive football experience. The carefully designed walking paths allow easy and convenient movement for players as well as audience around the venue without disturbing the pitches. Other facilities include washrooms and changing rooms that are placed strategically to allow easy access from either pitches, F&B areas that have been created to cater to one’s energizing needs and a parking space for 150 cars.
With the launch of the Base, adidas strengthens its commitment to nurture football in India and build new avenues to inspire the youth. In the recent past, adidas held the FC Bayern Youth Cup India 2017 where legendary footballer Paul Breitner picked 10 best players to partake in the World Finals as Team India. Another initiative by the brand among many was the #FirstNeverFollows challenge wherein 5 players out of 8,200 consumers were selected by FC Pune City’s coaches and offered a week-long professional trial by the club, with the option of further extending a professional contract based on their performances during this week-long trial. 
Located in the heart of the Capital city, only 2 kms from Chattarpur Metro Station, the BASE is certainly set to become the Mecca for football creators and fans in Delhi-NCR and India.

Notes to editors:
About adidas Football
adidas is the global leader in football. It is the official sponsor / official partner of the most important football tournaments in the world, such as the FIFA World Cup™, the FIFA Confederations Cup, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA European Championships. adidas also sponsors some of the world’s top clubs including FC Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea and AC Milan. Some of the world’s best players also on the adidas roster are Leo Messi, Gareth Bale, Thomas Müller, Luis Suárez, James Rodríguez, Diego Costa and Mesut Özil.

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