Thursday, March 23, 2017


Oil India Limited (OIL) leads the 37th PSPB Inter Unit Golf Tournament
New Delhi, March 23: Public Sector Units like GAIL (India) Ltd, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL), Oiland Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGCL), Oil India Ltd. (OIL), Bharat Petroleum Ltd. (BPCL), Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd., EIL, IOCL–AOD, Petronet LNG and NRL are participating in the event. Top Amateur Golfers of the Petroleum and Gas Industries have turned up for the tournament.
The “Inaugural Ceremony” was conducted by the Chief guest, Mr. B C Tripathi, Chairman & Managing Director, GAIL in the presence of all the teams at Noida Golf Course. He formally opened the event on 23 March 2017.
The Top 5 Gross Scorers leading the game after 1st Round are as follows:
1. Oil India Ltd. (OIL) Team A – Simarjeet Singh, Yuvraj Sandhu, Harimohan Singh, Varun Parikh and Kshitish Naveed Kaul.
2. ONGC Ltd. Team A – Aadil Bedi, Tapendep Ghai, Dhruv Sheoran, Sunit Chawrasia and Jaiveer Atwal
3. Oil India Ltd. (OIL) Team B – H S Kang, Tvesa Malik, IL Aalaap, Anant Ahlawat and PP Dutta
4. Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) Team A – Amandeep Singh Bath, U. Deka, R.G Baruah, Diksha Dagar and Sarthak Chhiber
5. GAIL Team A – V N Dutt, A K Sharma, Durgesh Singh, Yashas Chandra and Anshul Patel
The Skill Challenge” gave away the titles as follows:
Putting Winner – Kshitish Naveed Kaul (OIL)
Longest Drive (Ladies) – Tvesa Malik (OIL)
Longest Drive (Gents) – Anshul Patel (GAIL)
Stable Ford Winning Team – Sandeep Deb (AOD) and K Deka (OIL)
The closing ceremony, along with prize distribution, will be held on March 24, 2017.
PSPB with the help of its member organizations, over the last three decades, has been encouraging, developing, supervising, coordinating and organizing various sports events, in particular, to bring sporting glory and honor to the country. Besides, the organization has always provided its best support to the players and thereby securing medals and laurels at various sporting events across the international and national sporting arena.
For further details/queries, please contact:
Raveena Newatia,
SLW Golf Management.
Handphone: 858709718



Kolkata, March 23, 2017: Shamim Khan’s near-flawless short-game helped him surge ahead by three shots in the penultimate round of the Kolkata Classic 2017 even as his driving woes continued at the Rs. 40 lakh event.

The Delhi-based professional, known for his effortless golf swing, struck the day’s joint best score of four-under-68 at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) to take his total to 10-under-206. He thus moved up one spot from overnight second.

Mhow-based Mukesh Kumar, on the other hand, conceded his overnight lead and slipped to second after an even-par-72 that saw him struggle on the greens. Mukesh’s three-day total stood at seven-under-209.

Kolkata’s Shankar Das made significant gains on day three, moving up 11 places to tied third as a result of his 68 which was the joint best score of the day along with Shamim’s round.

Shankar shared the third position along with Sri Lankan Mithun Perera (70) at four-under-212 on a day that witnessed just 11 under-par rounds.

Pre-tournament favourite SSP Chawrasia of Kolkata signed a card of 72 to be tied for fifth at three-under-213 along with Sanjeev Kumar (70) of Lucknow and Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh (71).

Shamim Khan (70-68-68) was erratic off the tee yet again but that didn’t stop him from producing a second straight 68 that handed him a valuable three-stroke advantage.

Despite finding just six out of 14 fairways on Thursday, the 38-year-old Shamim continued his rise in the tournament with an eagle, three birdies and a bogey. The highlight of his round was the eagle on the par-5 fourth where he holed out from 110 yards. He also sank a couple of birdie putts from 20 to 25 feet.

Shamim, a winner of 12 professional titles, came up with three stupendous par-saves as well that made his round all the more special.

Shamim said, “I’ve been low on confidence because of my poor driving but my approach shots, chipping and putting have been the saving grace. I made some excellent par-saves from difficult positions today.

“I’ve never won at the RCGC before so that is a motivating factor for me this week. In the final round, the priority would be to make a steady start by hitting maximum fairways and greens. That would get my confidence going. I can then play as per the demand of the situation.

“With the experienced Mukesh, Shankar and Mithun behind me, a poor start could see my lead disappear quickly. So I have to play some conservative golf to begin with, in order to force the others to do the catching up.”

Mukesh Kumar (69-68-72) just couldn’t find the hole from short-range from the first to the fifth. He thus ended up dropping three strokes on that stretch.

However, Mukesh revived his round with some accurate hitting that led to birdies on the sixth, 10th, 15th and 16th. The 51-year-old finally conceded a three-shot lead to Shamim when he found the hazard on the 17th for a bogey against the run of play.

Mukesh said, “I wish I had made just one birdie on the first five holes. That would’ve changed the course of the day. Nonetheless, I’m happy that I fought back well from the sixth onwards.

“My ball-striking has kept me in the contest so far but I have to sink those short putts in order to have a chance in the final round. I don’t have the option of sitting back in round four, I have to play aggressively from the word go and apply pressure on Shamim.”

Shankar Das was the highest-placed local professional in tied third. He was having a quiet day with pars till the seventh, but an astounding approach on the eighth set up a tap-in birdie for him. Shankar’s round took off thereafter as he went on to add an eagle and two birdies against a lone bogey.

SSP Chawrasia made an incredible four birdies on his last five holes to card a 72 which meant he closed the day in tied fifth, seven strokes off the lead.

Among the other prominent names, Chikkarangappa (76) was tied 10th at one-under-215, Rashid Khan (71) was tied 19th at two-over-218 and PGTI Order of Merit leader Ajeetesh Sandhu (72) was tied 24th at three-over-219.


Maharashtra Budget 2017-18: 14% cut in housing budget
Only 9% fund utilised from the previous allocation
Faulty framework to address the housing problem

Slums under threat of eviction immediately after BMC elections
Mumbai | 22nd March, 2017: The current allocation of fund for housing for fiscal year 2017-18 by Maharashtra has seen 14% cut against the previously allocated fund. Maharashtra government could only use 9% of the previously allocated fund for housing. While at the same time local authorities in Mumbai, have started evicting those very slums who were promised basic amenities before the BMC election. The cut in the current housing budget, the underutilisation of the previous fund and the eviction drive only suggest the indifference of the government towards a grave housing problem.
The table below explains the cut in the current budget and the underutilisation of the previous budget:

Housing Budget
Table 1: Budget figures                                                                                                                                 Amount in Rs. Crores
Budget Estimates
Revised Estimates
 Budget Estimates
per capita Rs.61.5394.88287.71243.90
percent of Govt Expenditure0.350.451.321.06
percent of GSDP0.

The allocations to housing department in year 2017-18 have been cut by almost 14% as compared with the revised estimates of 2016-17.
Table 2: Expenditure on housing in year 2016-17 as on 20 March 2017                     Amount in Rs. Crores
Yearly BudgetApril-March
Major HeadBudgetedReleased%ReceivedBEAMS ExpenditureActual Expenditure
in Treasury
% of Actual Expenditure
in Treasury

As on 20 March 2017, the housing department has spent only 8.58% of its budgeted funds. This gross underspending will surely reflect through all the flagship programs and schemes under housing.
Source: JHA

The mechanism set by the Maharashtra government to solve housing problem will only cater to the need of the few needy people while a large chunk of people will be still facing the same problem.  The Maharashtra draft housing policy has estimated a shortage of 19 lakh housing units. The government aims to construct these units by the year 2022 in accordance with the Central ’Housing For All’ scheme. However, the slow peace with which the government is working to complete the aims tells a different story. Not even a single house unit is built under the Housing For All scheme in period of almost three years.

The rules formulated by the Maharashtra Government to implement the Central HFA scheme are such that it will provide housing to those who can happily spare Rs. 8,000-10,000 per month as EMI for the housing obtained under this scheme. While it has emerged from the survey being conducted by the Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan in various slums in Mumbai-where the most of the housing shortage is calculated- that there is a huge population which earn less than 8,000-10,000 per month. These are the slums which are not protected by the government and are not eligible for alternative housing. These slums are now being evicted immediately after BMC election.

A major slum in Char Bunglows called Siddharth Nagar was under threat of eviction today but due to people’s pressure, it has been stopped temporarily. Had pressure was not built, more than 600 families would have been made homeless. During the election campaign several political parties promised of all the basic amenities in this settlement. BMC even sanctioned water connection and community toilets to this settlement very recently. Around 300 children going in the local DN Nagar BMC schooling are have their exams going on. Before the Hosuing For All scheme is implemented, several thousand are being made homeless. This is precisely because a scheme cannot guarantee protection of right but a law. Hence a separate law is needed to protect housing rights and ensure every needy person a security of minimum housing and livelihood.

The eviction drive going on in Mumbai at different places, which are mostly going unreported, only suggests that the Maharashtra government has realised that it cannot meet the target of 19 lakh housing units by 2022 nor it can cater to each needy household, hence they are trying to get rid of their responsibility by simply evicting people. We condemn this tacit policy of the government to address the housing problem and demand practical policy to solve housing problem.

A detailed note on assessing Central-Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Hosuing For All is attached herewith.

Neha Jaimati            Dashrath Yadav       Jamil Akhtar             Uday Mohite Shanta Vhavan

Bilal Khan      Medha Patkar


France at First Habitat International Film Festival

New Delhi
Friday, 24 March – Tuesday, 4 April 2017
New Delhi, 22 March 2017

The Embassy of France is pleased to present three acclaimed films for the very first Habitat International Film Festival, to be held from 24 March to 4 April 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

The film festival will be inaugurated with acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning The Salesman, a film co-produced by French production houses Arte France Cinéma and Memento Films.
France’s second offering is the touching Swiss-French animation film on a group of children in a foster home, My Life as a Zucchinibased on French author Gilles Paris’ novel adapted for the screen by award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker Céline Sciamma.
The third is a critically lauded romantic comedy with a realistic French take, In Bed with Victoria,the opening film of Critics’ Week at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Actress Virginie Efira won the Magritte Award for Best Actress, with the film receiving six nominations for the Cesar, France’s national cinema awards. One cast member also won an unusual award: the Palm Dog.
France at Habitat International Film Festival 2017

The Salesman24 March, 6.30 pmStein Auditorium
My Life as a Zucchini31 March, 6.30 pmStein Auditorium
In Bed with Victoria1 April, 9.00 pmStein Auditorium

Press Contact: Danial Nathan
E: T: +91-9205-352-456 M : +91 9911382365 www.ifindia.inInstitut Français India. 2, Dr. A.P.J Kalam Road (formerly Aurangzeb Road), New Delhi

Press Section, Embassy of France: / (011) 4319-6135

The Salesman (Iran-France / Persian/ 2016/ 125 mins)
Dir. Asghar Farhadi
24th March | 6.30 PM
Stein Auditorium

Synopsis: Forced out of their apartment due to dangerous work on a neighbouring building, Emad and Rana move into a new flat in the center of Tehran. An incident linked to the previous tenant will dramatically change the young couple’s life.
Suitable for 18 years and above.
Academy Awards, USA 2017Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year – Iran
Golden Globes, USA 2017Nominated for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Cannes Film Festival 2016Best Actor – Shahab Hosseini
Best Screenplay – Asghar Farhadi 
Nominated – Palme d’Or – Asghar Farhadi
My Life as a Zucchini (Switzerland- France/ French/ 2016/ 66 Mins)
Dir. Claude Barras

31st March | 6.30 PM
Stein Auditorium
Synopsis:  Zucchini is a rather unusual nickname for a 9-year-old boy whose unique story is surprisingly universal. After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a kind police officer Raymond, who accompanies Zucchini to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first Zucchini struggles to find his place in this strange, at times, hostile environment. Yet with Raymond’s help and his new found friends, he eventually learns to trust, finds true love and at last a new family of his own.
Suitable for 11 years and above.
Academy Awards, USA 2017Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Golden Globes, USA 2017Nominated for Best Motion Picture – Animated
Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2016Audience Award for Best Feature
Cristal Award for Best Feature
Cannes Film Festival 2016Nominated for Golden Camera – Claude Barras
César Awards, France 2017Best Adapted Screenplay – Céline Sciamma
Nominated  for Best Original Music – Sophie Hunger
Nominated for Best Animated Film
European Film Awards 2016Best Animated Feature Film – Claude Barras
Lumiere Awards, France 2017Best Screenplay – Céline Sciamma
Best Animated Film – Claude Barras
Nominated for Best Music – Sophie Hunger

In Bed with Victoria (France / French/ 2016/ 97 Mins)
Dir. Justine Triet
1st April | 9.00 PM
Stein Auditorium
Synopsis: Late 30-something Victoria is a beautiful Parisian criminal lawyer who also happens to be a self-involved workaholic sex-addict. She attends a wedding party where she encounters her ex-husband, a former drug dealer, and her sexy loser friend Vincent. Feeling completely torn apart by the pressure from all sides, she is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Eventually, however, Victoria rediscovers her own desires and experiences love again.
Suitable for 18 years and above.
Cannes Film Festival 2016
Palm Dog – Jury Prize for Jacques, a French Dalmatian
Magritte Award for Best Actress 2016Virginie Efira for Victoria
César Awards Nominations, France 2017
  1. Best Actress, Virginie Efira
  2. Best Supporting Actor, Vincent Lacoste
  3. Best Supporting Actor, Melvil Poupaud
  4. Best Original Screenplay, Justine Triet
  5. Best Film, Emmanuel Chaumet (producer) & Justine Triet (director)
Lumiere Awards Nomination, France 2017
Best Actress, Virginie Efira
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