Pro Wrestling League Season 2 to hit the mat from 2nd January 2017


 Olympic medalist Erica Wiebe, Mariya Stadnik along with Odunayo & Yana Rattigan welcomes the announcement on new dates 


New Delhi, November 30: Pro Wrestling League Season 2 announced the new dates of the league re-slated from 2nd to 19th  January 2017. ProSportify in association with Wrestling Federation of India today announced the rescheduled dates for Season 2 that would witness Delhi as the host city for all the matches from January 2nd, 2017 until January 19, 2017.

The announcement on rescheduling is heartily welcomed by the international players and Olympic Medalists, Erica Wiebe, Mariya Stadnik, Commonwealth Gold Medalist Odunayo and Silver Medalist Yana Rattigan as they get an opportunity to celebrate Christmas. “I’m very happy with the new dates. We would be having ample time to be here with our family on Christmas”, reiterates Olympic Gold Medalist, Erica Wiebe of Canada.

“Despite challenges, we take pride in hosting this mega wrestling event that features the largest pool of Olympians and World Champions and we promise the participation of top players of the world in large numbers. I’m very certain that wrestling enthusiasts would welcome the move despite all the challenges that have come our way,” said Sh. Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, President, WFI.

“While the season is rescheduled by a fortnight, the ethos and high standards we have achieved in season 1 remain intact. Our focus is on the top medalist and quality players with greater fan experience as our distinguishing factor.  We aim to surpass high expectations of wrestling fans worldwide.” added, Mr. Kartikeya Sharma, Founder & Promoter, ProSportify.

The six teams participating this year will be from Delhi, Mumbai, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Jaipur. The second edition will follow the same format as of the inaugural season with each team comprising of 9 players – 5 men, 4 women; 5 Indian and 4 international wrestlers. The tournament will feature a total of 18 ties – 15 in the league phase, two semi-finals and a grand finale.

About a dozen of Olympic medalist including Olympic & World Champion Vladimir Khinchegashvili, three time Olympic medalist Mariya Stadnik, World Champion Oksana Herhel and Olympic champion Erica Wiebe would be the attraction of this league. Amongst them, Yogeshwar Dutt, Sakshi Malik and Sandeep Tomar will be the center of attraction. Apart from that, star player of season 1’s winning team and Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist and Olympian, Odunayo Adekuoroye, along with Olympian Vasilisa Marzaliuk & CWG medalist Yana Rattigan joins the bandwagon with Phogat sisters, World Champion Bajrang Punia  and former Asian Champion Amit Dhankar as star attractions in the second edition of Pro Wrestling League.


Director-General condemns murder of journalist Dharmendra Singh in the Indian State of Bihar

Paris, 29 November—The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called for an investigation into the killing of journalist Dharmendra Singh in the town of Sasaram in Bihar on 12 November.

“I condemn the murder of Dharmendra Singh,” said the Director-General “Every assassination of a journalist is a setback for freedom of expression, freedom of information, and rule of law. It is in the interest of society as a whole that the authorities investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice.”

Three unidentified gunmen shot Dharmendra Singh, a reporter for the national Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar, on 12 November in the town of Sasaram.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.


Ninth Qualifier ​(East Delhi Round) of ​ the seventh annual International Robotronics Challenge




(East Delhi Round) of

the seventh annual International Robotronics Challenge (popularly known as

 IRC League) was successfully held at

Indirapuram Public School, Crossings Republik, Ghaziabad






The programme started with the lighting of the lamp by Mrs. Sushma Negi, Principal, Ms. Sudha Sivadas, the Headmistress
 followed by welcome song and Ganesh vandana by the students.

The event saw participation

of 5


 teams from



different Schools.

More than 200 students from reputed schools of Noida, Delhi, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Meerut participated in the event enthusiastically.

The theme of this season of IRC League is





The event witnessed teams vying to win while making an ardent effort , through their Robots, to combat issues that are bothering our world currently or will bring progress to our shores, starting with Interplanetary travel to solving everyday near and far problems, such as deforestation or waste management system to make our lives better.

The International Robotronics Championship was organized by

Avishkaar Box

as a qualifier round.  The winning team from the junior level, Middle level and senior level would be representing their school in the national round.  The winners from the national round will represent their


 in the International Chapter scheduled to be organised at Beijing in 2017

WINNING TEAMS at Indirapuram Public School, Ghaziabad


Junior Level :

Step By Step Noida

Middle Level : 

Bluebells Model School, Gurgaon

Senior Level:

The Shri Ram School, Vasant Vihar

Foreign Funding: BJP and INC withdraw their appeals in the Supreme Court

29th November,’16

New Delhi: The Special Leave Petitions (SLPs) filed by BJP and INC were “dismissed as withdrawn: today by the Supreme Court after both the parties conjointly told the Apex Court about their decision to withdraw the SLPs they had filed in the year 2014. This decision to withdraw the appeals came after both the parties had sought time from the Supreme Court to clarify the effect of the amendment brought this year to the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 in their matter. BJP and INC had filed these appeals against a Delhi High Court verdict which held them prima facie guilty of accepting foreign funds and violating the provisions of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA). BJP and INC had accepted donations from Vedanta and its subsidiaries, registered in England and Wales for the period up to the year 2009.

The Delhi High Court in its judgment dated 28th March, 2014 had directed the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Election Commission of India (ECI) to take action against the two parties within six months. The judgment was announced on a petition filed in public interest by Mr. EAS Sharma, Former Secretary, Government of India, and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) in Delhi High Court in January 2013. The petitioners had asserted that there is a blatant violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 FCRA) and Representation of People’s Act, 1951 by these two major National political parties.

(For the High Court’s judgment, please click here)

With the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss these appeals as withdrawn by the parties, the onus is now on the Government to act. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) should abide by the High Court’s ruling and take action against these parties within six months as the Delhi High Court’s order of March 2014 is now legally binding and final.

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Over 1,000 Ongo Enabled TABCab Taxis in Mumbai Now Powered by Visa

Over 1,000 Ongo Enabled TABCab Taxis in Mumbai Now Powered by Visa


  • 1,000 TABCab Taxis will receive digital payments through mVisa, the ‘QR code based Visa solution’ currently offered by 6 banks and 1 non-FI player
  • Marks the expansion of Visa’s innovative mobile payment solution to a new category
  • Consumers can avail promotional offer of 50% cashback (up to Rs 200)


National , November, 30, 2016: mVisa, a Quick Response (QR) code-based mobile solution by Visa, will now support payments to over 1,000 TABCab taxis powered by Ongo.  The announcement marks the expansion of mVisa to a new category (taxi) after success with merchants like TataSky, Idea, Pizza Hut and others.


Using mVisa, customers will be able to pay their fare through their respective bank’s mobile banking app by scanning the driver’s QR code displayed as a badge or a sticker in the taxi. The driver will receive a payment notification either through an SMS or on the Ongo app (for smartphone users). The service is currently available on the following apps – Axis Bank Mobile Banking App, Bank of Baroda M CLIP App, Bank of India mVisa App, HDFC Bank PayZapp, Pockets by ICICI Bank, State Bank Anywhere App and Udio Payments App.


Consumers can also be eligible for an attractive promotional offer. For every mVisa transaction, the consumer gets 50% cashback (up to Rs 200). This offer is valid till 31st Dec 2016.


Powered by India Transact Services Limited. (ITSL), a fully owned subsidiary of AGS Transact Technologies Limited, the Ongo app was launched in September 2015 to enable mobile based P2M (Person to Merchant) transactions for autorickshaws and taxis in Mumbai. With the introduction of mVisa, Ongo enabled taxi drivers will now be able to receive cashless payments.


T.R. Ramachandran, Group Country Manager, India and South Asia, Visa, said, “With the exponential growth in internet and mobile penetration in India, mobile based payment solutions are rapidly picking up. We are excited by the increasing acceptance for mVisa and believe QR codes as a payment method will play a crucial role in development of digital payments as they are supported by the full range of smartphones, including low cost models. mVisa presents an opportunity to electronify everyday spends, and public transport is an important category that we are solving for.”


Ravi B Goyal, Chairman & Managing Director, AGS Transact Technologies Limited, added, “In line with Ongo’s vision to create and deliver an alternate transactions ecosystem, we are consistently working towards developing mobility-based payment solutions that encourage alternative transactions ecosystem. Our partnership with Visa will help us further fuel the company’s vision where paying or getting paid digitally becomes the first choice for consumers and merchants.”


Visa, the global leader in payments technology and payment solution provider AGSTTL-ITSL, aim to maximise the integration of mobile based payments to Mumbai’s local transportation as well as small merchants, working closely with government authorities, trade and merchant bodies and partners.


mVisa is a payment service that allows consumers to use their mobile phones to make cashless purchases. Users securely link their Visa debit, credit or prepaid account to the mVisa application and make purchases by scanning an mVisa Quick Response (QR) code at a retailer and initiating a transfer of funds from their card to the retailer’s account. mVisa eliminates the need to carry cash by providing customers a more convenient and secure way to pay.


About Visa

Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks – VisaNet – that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information,


About India Transact Services Limited

India Transact Services Ltd. (ITSL), a fully owned subsidiary of AGS Transact Technologies Ltd., is an Omni-channel merchant payment solutions company providing cutting-edge technology and innovative payment solutions. ITSL aims to consistently simplify the process of Transacting, Merchant Acquisition and Value Added Services.


ITSL offers a host of products and services including payment processing platform for routing commercial and retail payments between buyers and sellers across the country. The company is also an independent Service organization providing services   like distribution, merchant enrollment, training, activation, field support, transaction switching, network, reconciliation, settlement, and fraud & chargeback management. ITSL’s unique Value Added Services enables merchants to run their own Loyalty Program through Prepaid and Reward Cards.





British Council in association with Rage Productions Mumbai and Royal Court Theatre London bring to you a specially curated showcase of original plays written by playwrights from Writers’ Bloc – the unique skills development programme which, during the last 15 years, has trained over 50 young Indian playwrights and premiered 41 plays

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British Council

in association with Rage Productions and Royal Court Theatre


Writers’ Bloc Showcase

A specially curated session of original plays by Indian Playwrights from Writers’ Bloc

You are cordially invited to attend the staged readings of the plays and

interact with Playwrights and Directors



Time: 7.00 pm

Written by Sagar Deshmukh, Directed by Pradeep Vaiddya

Produced by Aasakta Kalamanch (Pune)



Time: 7.00 pm

Written by Asad Hussain, Directed by Rajit Kapur


British Council

901, Tower 1, One Indiabulls Centre,

841, Senapati Bapat Marg

Elphinstone Road, West, Mumbai

Media RSVP:

Hemchandra Shetty

Genesis Burson Marsteller

Mobile : 7045085430

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Centre for Policy Analysis invites you for a “Conversation” on the Idea Of India

Centre for Policy Analysis invites you for a “Conversation” on the Idea Of India on December 6, 2016 at 6 PM. at the India International Centre, Kamaladevi Block.
The Participants include Syeda Hameed, Achin Vanaik, Manoj Jha, Harsh Mander, John Dayal and Hartosh Singh Bal.
CPA Will be releasing a report titled “Kashmir: A Paradise Lost? Report of the Current Situation in Kashmir”.
Tea will be served at 5.30 PM

Plane carrying Brazilian football team crashed in Colombia


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A plane carrying finalists for the South American football championship has reportedly disappeared in Colombian airspace. It was traveling to Medellin airport and reportedly had 80 passengers on board.It was reportedly carrying 72 passengers and 9 crew members en route to the Copa Sudamericana finals. The plane reported electrical problems.
The Plane carrying,Brazil’s Chapecoense Real football team has crashed near the Colombian city of Medellin.Mayor of La Ceja reports that at least 25 people have been killed in the crash.Jackson Follmann is a player surviving, transferred to a center care of Rionegro, Antioquia. Further reports say there are at least six survivors.

Medellin’s international airport said on its Twitter account that the aircraft had departed from Bolivia.

“It’s a tragedy of huge proportions,” Gutierrez told Blu Radio on his way to the site in a mountainous area outside the city where the chartered aircraft is believed to have crashed shortly before midnight local time.

Medellin’s airport confirmed that the aircraft, which departed from Bolivia, was transporting the Chapecoense soccer team from southern Brazil, which was scheduled to play the Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin.

Several local outlets are claiming the plane crash-landed in the town of La Union, and that at least 10 injured people are being evacuated from the scene.The plane crashed at around 10:15pm local time in Cerro Gordo in the municipality of La Union, according to Mi Oriente.Thus South American Cup final suspended after plane crash. Mayor of La Ceja reports that at least 25 people have been killed in the crash

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