Thursday, November 11, 2010

The largest embezzlement in Indian history

With reference to the 2G spectrum misappropriation discussed in previous post(s), the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its report to Mrs. President, submitted on Nov. 10, has indicted Mr. A. Raja (still a Telecom Minister) causing the grave loss of ` 140, 000 crore or $33 billion to the Indian Govt.

Mr. Raja has deliberately altered the rules and regulations to benefit the mobile service operators (sic). As informed in previous posts, 9 firms were issued licences, bundled with start up of 2G spectrum, in January 2008 at Rs 1,658 crore for pan-India operations.

The Telecom Ministry is still vindicating Mr. Raja with the clarification that he followed 1999 Rules for disbursing spectrum. How could anyone (I'd rather restrain myself from using any vulgar term here) still justify the disbursement with such an idiotic explanation ?

The UPA govt., after being extremely successful on foreign policy, has largely failed at the implementation of the various schemes (MNREGA, Mid-day Meal) and handling of its supporting parties.

Mr. Raja, after the exposing of 2G spectrum misappropriation, is still enjoying the privileges as a Minister. Is it not the failure of govt or we should think of it as a lack of articulation skills of Mr. Prime Minister?
Where's the so-called Youth Leader of the govt., is he short of ideas or cannot accept the mistakes of his govt. or he's still not able to understand the exposé ?
He alleges Bihar govt of misusing of Central funds but when Nitish Kumar challenges him for a live debate, he replies nothing.
Is this how, the youth of India is going to transform the country ? It is disheartening to see the Gandhians ruling the country for more than a century and there isn't a leader who can lead the country.

Why does Mr. R. Gandhi went dumb in front of the media? Has he not gained sufficient understanding of the country even after passing 40 years ?

There's no one to answer it yet, and i look hopefully at Baba Ramdev. ;)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Germany auctions 4G

After the fill-up of coffers, thanks to 3G & WBA auctions in India which would reduce the fiscal deficit from 5.5 to 5% , we'll have private players fighting for a new &interesting tariff war from next year beginning, in the meantime, Germany has recently auctioned its 4G spectrum in 224 rounds of bidding for over 6 weeks and become the 1st European country to do so.

Although the auction's total revenue of nearly 4.4 billion euros was a welcome windfall for German state coffers, it fell far short of the 50 billion euros generated from the sale of 3G frequencies in 2000. (Remember , India fetch  $15.4 Bn from 3G auctions )

It is interesting to see here that ,close to DSL speed auctioning (3G), fetched 12 times a decade ago. This can be attributed to factors, most importantly, to the technology neutral market in mobile communications in developed countries in Europe .
Also, the revenue on investment isn't as alluring as it was a decade ago, infact only 4 existing operators purchased the spectrum with Vodafone spent 1.42 Bn Euros,Telefonica's O2 1.38 billion euros, Deutsche Telekom 1.3 billion euros and Royal KPN's E-Plus 283.6 million euros.
Also, newer regulations such as operators must first build networks that cover 90 percent of the population in villages with a population of not more than 5,000 inhabitants.

Its interesting to see how events get unfolded in India in the next decade.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

National (India) Frequency Allocation Table

While strolling through the Internet, i stumbled upon Wireless Planning & Co-ordination Wing of Deptt of Telecommunication, Govt of India.

It contains an exhaustive allocation of radio & other spectrum in the country as effective from 2002.
I suppose, it could benefit any of the stroller here.

here is the link .

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Promising a bettter tomorrow: Infosys 2009-10 Annual Report

Until now, I was bewildered at how does Indian Companies particularly IT giants recovered so rapidly from recession period apart from looking at number of surveys highlighting hiring spree, clientele, etcetra but i never trusted the sources.

I was eagerly waiting for the official document by some IT company & when world's largest postal service Indian Post delivered Annual Report Infosys 2009-10, a optimistic smile prevailed through, as i unpack the 100% recycled report, looking at its front cover of the cover featuring a blue background on 2/3rd part & white clouds concentrated on right bottom corner with the title saying  "Building Tomorrow's Enterprise" .


While grabbing the last year's report from the dust-filled Kota-stone made rack, i can feel the big difference of IT giant in the Post recession period from the very first look.

Last year's report front cover was totally white with some statistics about the company in the right half of the cover & the title was ostensibly, "Enhancing Trust" .

Well, its not good to judge Book by its cover but you can ostensibly perceive the mood of official documents.

The company net profit after tax dipped by Rs 16 cr to 5803 cr.

I hadn't yet read the report yet but i can feel the difference & my conviction that the Indian IT market is lethal by global ups & downs has been apparently proved wrong.

I'll post next (a) few reads on the same topic. Your comments are invaluable to me.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What's inside Radio wave spectrum

If you've read the previous blog(s), you must've questions regarding the other radio wave spectrum that exist & provide us with ubiquitous & essential information, entertainment, etcetra, from around the globe .
If you don't have the above question(s), then also you can sneak into the image below as it will provide you with insight into the airy waves around our environment .



If you've questions regarding understanding of above spectrum details, you can ping me & i'll surely reply to the best of my knowledge.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

2G Spectrum Scandal : Raja(s) uncovered

A pioneer media journalism by The Pioneer uncovering the Raja(s) who will soon be "Ranks", the beggar .
Read the full report here .

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Great 2G spectrum swindle


Mr. A.Raja, Union Minister for Telecommunication, has been alleged with the one of the biggest scam in the history of India, causing an estimated loss Rs. 60,000cr to the Govt. of India.

The Minister claims that there is no truth in the allegations against him.
He says that whatever procedure was followed in the year 2001 has been adopted by him as well. But there were mere 50 lakh subscribers in the year 2001 compared to 37.5 crore mobile phone users by the end of March 2008.
The logic provided by Mr.Raja can be understood even by a 5 year old boy.
Nevertheless, PM and his fellows are handicapped at sacking The Minister since DMK chief,
M. Karunanidhi intimidate them of withdrawing the support as goggled` Karunanidhi explains that "Raja is a Dalit. That is why dominant forces are levelling malicious charges against him".

Here's the 2G spectrum auctioned in Oct. 2008.

New list of Operators who bid for spectrum -->

Govt raises close to Rs 10K cr by selling spectrum to the above mentioned companies. Now, there is a twist-in-the-tale,
Out of the companies mentioned above, the two companies Swan Telecom (not shown in above table) and Unitech do not have any prior experience in the business of mobile phone, broadband or related services. Swan Telecom has obtained Spectrum license to operate in 14 circles for an amount of 1500 crore while Unitech has obtained license to operate in 22 circles by paying 1600 crore respectively.

Within a matter of six months these two companies have sold majority of their stake to foreign companies. It had sold 45% of its shares for a whopping amount of 4050 Crore to a company called Etisalat which is based out of UAE due to which the valuation of Swan Telecom had increased to Rs. 9990.56 crore. Unitech had sold 60% of its stares to a Norway based company Telenor for Rs. 6120 crore due to which the valuation of Unitech had increased to a monstrous amount of 10,731 crore. Just by leveraging their ability to acquire Spectrum license, Swan Telecom and Unitech had made massive 700% return on their investment within a matter of six months.
Raja’s ministry made Rs. 10,772.65 crore by selling 2G license to 9 companies whereas Swan Telecom and Unitech just by selling half of their stake had proved the fact that their license is worth more than 20,000 crore. If we consider the market value of these two companies, the Government by selling license to these nine companies should have generated 70, 022.42 crore as license fee. In that way our country has incurred a loss of over Rs. 60, 000 crore.

( Stats taken from various resources )

Friday, May 21, 2010

3G spectrum auctions gains 67718.95 cr, wireless broadband auction eagerly awaited

After hapless 4 years of frenetic delays in bidding process, DoT finally transparently auctioned the 3G airwaves of 2.1 GHz .

In the case of the 3G Auction, the Government has decided to auction upto 20 MHz
of paired spectrum in the 2.1GHz band in the telecom service areas where 25 MHz or more paired spectrum is available.

The actual amount of available spectrum in blocks of 2X5 MHz will be allocated, with one block being reserved for BSNL/ MTNL.

India's fiscal deficit was at a 16-year high of 6.9% of GDP in the last fiscal year, and it has set a target to cut that to 5.5% this year & watching the frenzied income of 2.1 GHz bidding process, Broadband wireless access & 800 MHz spectrum may bring down deficit to 4.9%.
It is expected that auctioning of aforesaid spectrum could raise a combined Rs 92,100Cr from selling the rights to its airwaves, Morgan Stanley says.

The official document may be downloaded from the DOT website here .

 
If somebody found the content helpful, your comment will let me know that i am not talking to myself :).
Upcoming will be content related to 2G scam.

Miscellaneous But Sports

As there are still 20 days for the greatest extravaganza on the planet which is expected to be witnessed by hundreds of millions.
I let my blogging policy to be loosened a bit & go for Amendment 1 and dilute the sports content.

My selective reads (courtesy ET )-->

India-born Scottish who invented the ATM dies at 84

After Facebook, Pakistan shuts down YouTube

I-T dept needs 30,000 more employees

Monday, May 17, 2010

One of the best Int T20 match i've ever seen

However, England won ICC World T20 2010 beating Australia comprehensively with 3 overs & 7 wickets to spare, it was semi-final between Aus & Pak which was the limelight of this tournament.

Never-say-die attitude of Australian team as a whole was reflected in the body language (i am not expert, but i can atleast compare with my insufficient grey cells) of all guys including their physiotherapist .

Mike Hussey in his rare display of agony & emotions single-handedly took the match from the throat of Pakistanis. Most of Pakistani fans would've shocked when going through newspapers in the morning as they might have slept believing that they will win the late-night telecast match.

As power cut prevalent in most parts of the country( i think we'rnt alone here), i had had to quit here :).

Also, India & South Korea were declared joint winner of Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Cup 2010 in the much anticipated match between previous champions & Asian Cup winner respectively.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Set your date with the finals

 

Azlan Shah Hockey 2010 Final
India v/s Korea                     -->     12:35 GMT or 18:05 IST
Official Site
 

 


Team Played Points
1                                                  India 6 13
2                                                  Korea 6 11
3                                                  Australia 6 11
4                                                  Malaysia 6 11
5                                                  Pakistan 6 8
6                                                  China 6 4
7                                                  Egypt 6 0

Hockey guns back with a Bang ! Booked place in consecutive finals of Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey

IPOH, Malaysia — India will defend the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup against Asian champions South Korea in the Sunday final after world champions Australia narrowly missed the cut.
The Indians qualified when they topped the group with 13 points after thrashing Egypt 7-1 in Ipoh, Malaysia.
Indian defender Dhananjay Mandip scored the first hat-trick of the tournament in the 34, 40 and 42nd minutes while Rajpal Singh (44), Rupinder Pal Singh (48), Tushar Khandker (49) and Sarvanjit Singh (70) were the other scorers.
Egypt's goal in the 68th minute was scored by Ahmed Abdul El Hakim.

The Indians were followed by three teams on 11 points each after the last group action. South Korea in the end had the better goal difference compared to Australia and Malaysia to make the final.

The Koreans had gone into their match against Pakistan knowing only a two-goal margin would be enough.
And they managed it -- only just -- defeating Pakistan 4-2 in a match which turned chaotic in the last four minutes when the Pakistanis received two red cards and conceded a controversial penalty stroke.
"The umpiring is the worst I have seen and the decisions were just atrocious," said Pakistan skipper Mohamed Imran, sent off for arguing with the officials.
"It was clearly not a penalty stroke and the umpire gave it. But that is not the only occasion where the umpires made a mistake," he said.
"We spent money and time to come here and to be undone by shoddy umpiring decisions is unacceptable. This is wrong and my players were in tears after the game."
Pakistan scored their goals through Mohamed Zubair and Mohamed Imran in the 32nd and 57th minutes. The goalscorers for the Koreans were Lee Nam-Yong in the 38 and 46th minutes and Nam Hyun-Woo in the 66 and 68th minutes.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

A brief sneak into power consumption of my PC

A study of power consumption of my PC which consists primarily of the following parts -->

a) LG W1942S 19-inch Widescreen LCD monitor --> 36 W (max)
( Verification --> http://www.cyberindian.net/2008/07/27/lg-w1942s-19-inch-lcd-monitor )

b) Dual Core CPU 1.8 Ghz ---> 75W apprx

Compare processor consumption here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-cpu-power-consumption,1750-9.html )
(http://ark.intel.com/ProductCollection.aspx?familyId=26547 )

c) Intel® 945GC Express Chipset
--> 22 W

http://ark.intel.com/chipset.aspx?familyID=28994


A motley of devices in PC consumes about 175-200W/hr amounting to
1 unit power consumption for 5 hours
or, 4.8 units for 24 hrs

Just have a thought how much your bill could be if you use your PC 12 hr/day
when 1 unit equals Rs.5

A close to Rs.350 a month.

With the above facts, you can made a plan & consume less electricity from now & hence contributing towards greener planet.

Check out yours or planet k bare me na socho to apne pese hi bacha lo.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Aussies won 12th Hero Honda WC 2010 for the 2nd time denying German the hat-trick of WC

First things first -->

Gold Medal Winner      Australia
Silver Medal Winner    Germany
Bronze Medal Winner  Nederlands

Fair Play Trophy          New Zealand

Best GoalKeeper          Guss Vogels (Nederlands)


Defender of the Tournament    Max Mueller (Germany)

Top Scorer                   Luke Doerner (Aus) and Taekama (Nederlands)


Player of the Tournament   Guss Vogels (Nederlands)



Thursday, March 11, 2010

Germans outstanding performance takes them through the finals

Germany's younger team professional performance in their 11th semi-final outing of the Hero Honda 12th Hockey World Cup 2010 beat England convincingly by 4-1 and gave them chance to create history by winning third consecutive World Cup.
There seems to be a problem in turf in the left side of first-half of English side, which gave Germans many hit-ins. England conceded penalty corner in 5' and half metre up drag flick by Montag wasn't thwarted by above 6 feet England goalkeeper, James Fair gave them 1-0 up and an added pressure.

England made some exquisite moves inside German's castle but even dives by English captain , Middleton can't convert it.

Then, a beautifully executed reverse flick goal was held foul by referee for obstructing German goalkeeper by another Englishmen.
Then, Oliver Kann fantastic finish in 11' gave Germans authoritative lead .
Although, after 15' of play,there was 54% penetration in German's half by Englishmen,they were held by astute German defense line.

Englishmen,Robert Smith's lightning drag flick in 17' penalty corner between the legs of goalkeeper was the lone goal of the match.

English captain, Middleton's desperate dive to thwart cross in the 21' mishandled the ball and gave Germany another penalty corner.
Continuing his superb performance in the match,James Fair stopped the drag-flick by ground and then a flying rebound was acrobatically stopped to squander the  goal attempt beautifully.

Germans got another penalty corner in 31' and they didn't squander it this time with the amalgamation of  superb design and fantastic execution left Englishment dumbed and gave German's well deserved 3-1 lead in the first half. The goal was scored by Haner.

In the 2nd half, left side turf smoothing problem gave couple of hit-ins to Enland.
German players demostrated impeccable stick skills and relentless man marking didn't allow Englishmen to enter into their arena.
Germans build on counter attacks and only leave England full backs without men.

England paced their attacks but with astute defense line, they were unable to capitalize on the goal. They have 57% ball attacks in 20' of 2nd half.

Germans strategy to goal on counter attacks proved to their side in this match. In the 24' video referral by Germans gave them another penalty corner, which converted 2 off 4 this match, Linus Butt scored on rebound in consecutive penalty corner and gave them 4-1 lead which remains until completion.

For the first time four times champions Pakistan finished last at a Hockey World Cup after they were beaten 2-3 by Canada in the 11th-12th place play-off at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here earlier in the day.


Germans will play the winner of Netherland v/s Aus match ( 2035 hrs today ) on 13 March 1805 hrs IST.


India will face off with Argentina for 7th position tomorrow @ 0605hrs IST

Monday, March 8, 2010

India again failed to prove their mettle

Although stadium was not jam packed but the delhites witnessed some terrific game of hockey with their home team vying for 7th-8th position, this was a match with real ups & downs and a good demonstration of modern hockey by both the teams but left SA in despair with match drawn as 3-3 and they will face-off with last team of Pool 'A' for 9-10th position.

Both teams made an attacking start but due to defender,Bharat Chikara's blunder to trap the ball while running towards penalty circle & Lloyd Norris-Jones put the visitors ahead, before the Indians raised the tempo with strikes by recently substituted Sarwanjeet Singh in 17th min . India failed to trap the ball during penalty corner, both by Shivender Singh in 11th and 21th minute, and thus squandered.
But Diwakar Ram pushed the ball in 24' from the 70 deg to the left of top of the circle and thus doubled the lead.
The score remains constant for the rest of the half.

Second half turned more pacy when 3rd minute goal by Ross levelled the game. The match will be memorized due to contoversial video referral by the referees, the SA made attack inside India's circle but ball touched Vikram's hands and captured by indians to made a goal in counter-attack. The other half umpire signed it as legitimate goal but SA players made a referral for the hands touch in india's half after a considerable amount of time.
Since, video referral system didn't made clear distinction for the amount of time after which appeal can be made,the referee refers it to 3rd umpire and discards the goal & hence gave SA penalty corner .
SA didn't waste it and took the lead in 11' .
Prabhjot failed to left his mark, instead played disastrously, and once again waste the opportunityto equalize.
India made desperate attempt to equalize with some controversies being downturned by  video referrals, left players infuriated.
But India got the chance and Shivender pushed inside the goal in second attempt from the close range and hence earning important 1 point for the host as they will play with the 4th best team in Pool A for the 7-8th position.


Ind and SA share same points but India is ahead due to better goal difference.Pakistan remains at bottom , spain acquiring 3rd spot and Aus on top with England below it.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Graded payment a joke on the players. --HT


Here’s a thought for the next time you go out for a family dinner at a nice restaurant and pick up the Rs 5000 tab without demur — that’s how much a hockey player will get paid for playing for India.
And no, this isn’t a not-so-funny joke. The only time an India player will get more? Like on Thursday, when they lost to Spain 2-4 in a World Cup game. The exception to the Rs. 5000 match fee is for the quadrennial mega events — the Olympics and the World Cup — and for the annual Champions Trophy, if India make it. Then it’s Rs. 10,000 per game.
The Hindustan Times first broke the news of the new system of gradation and match fees mooted by Hockey India on Thursday. This system also gives a player in the top pay bracket (called A*) --- those with 150+ India caps --- an additional 50% of the match fee per game.
This means the maximum a top player who plays all 45 to 50 India games in a year (unlikely, but for the sake of hypothesis we will take that figure for the maximum number of games possible in an Olympic or World Cup year and pretend injuries etc do not happen) will earn for representing the country is between Rs. 3.37 to 3.75 lakh. Most will earn far less.
This incidentally — even though the comparison is not quite fair given how much the Indian cricket board rakes in — is approximately how much a cricketer earns by playing a single Test and ODI. Cricketers get about Rs. 1.6 lakh for a one-dayer and 2 lakh per Test.
The country’s top shooters get between Rs six to 18 lakh per year for the next four years as per the graded system offered by Sahara India, who sponsor shooting. Sahara also sponsor boxing and wrestling, resulting in a variable graded system that sees them getting between Rs two to 13 lakh per year for the next four years.
“Right now we have limited funding, so we are offering a limited amount. But as we get more sponsorship money we will definitely increase the match fee,” said a Hockey India official.
But while some say that it’s “better than nothing”, others bemoan the lack of any marketing strategy or planning by the hockey association. “India have won both the hockey and cricket World Cups once each. But see the difference in the status of both games. If there is no money in hockey, the fault lies within us. We failed to market the sport properly,” said the 1975 World Cup winning team member Col. Harcharan Singh.
“By giving Rs 10,000 (for World Cup games) Hockey India is humiliating players. It is in no way sufficient for a tournament like the World Cup, the players get to play in such tournaments only once in four years and if they miss any match, they won't even get that,” said former national coach and Olympian Joaquim Carvalho.
Terming it less than the “laundry money” spent by administrators on foreign tours, Carvalho added, "The federation gets grants from the government for sending teams to these competitions, they have a sponsor, they should market the game better and pay the players better. I think match fees should be at least Rs 50,000.”
Moreover, due to incessant infighting, the federation lost a golden opportunity to pay its players more. A senior Hockey India official confirmed that Hero Honda was willing to sponsor the team for Rs 13 crore per year but due to a previous agreement between the Indian Hockey Federation and Sahara India (in which rights were sold very cheap) and the issue dragging in the Calcutta High Court; the multi-crore deal could not be finalised.
Sahara gets to sponsor the team (men and women) for a comparatively low Rs three crore a year.




Here’s a thought for the next time you go out for a family dinner at a nice restaurant and pick up the Rs 5000 tab without demur — that’s how much a hockey player will get paid for playing for India.
And no, this isn’t a not-so-funny joke. The only time an India player will get more? Like on Thursday, when they lost to Spain 2-4 in a World Cup game. The exception to the Rs. 5000 match fee is for the quadrennial mega events — the Olympics and the World Cup — and for the annual Champions Trophy, if India make it. Then it’s Rs. 10,000 per game.
The Hindustan Times first broke the news of the new system of gradation and match fees mooted by Hockey India on Thursday. This system also gives a player in the top pay bracket (called A*) --- those with 150+ India caps --- an additional 50% of the match fee per game.
This means the maximum a top player who plays all 45 to 50 India games in a year (unlikely, but for the sake of hypothesis we will take that figure for the maximum number of games possible in an Olympic or World Cup year and pretend injuries etc do not happen) will earn for representing the country is between Rs. 3.37 to 3.75 lakh. Most will earn far less.
This incidentally — even though the comparison is not quite fair given how much the Indian cricket board rakes in — is approximately how much a cricketer earns by playing a single Test and ODI. Cricketers get about Rs. 1.6 lakh for a one-dayer and 2 lakh per Test.
The country’s top shooters get between Rs six to 18 lakh per year for the next four years as per the graded system offered by Sahara India, who sponsor shooting. Sahara also sponsor boxing and wrestling, resulting in a variable graded system that sees them getting between Rs two to 13 lakh per year for the next four years.
“Right now we have limited funding, so we are offering a limited amount. But as we get more sponsorship money we will definitely increase the match fee,” said a Hockey India official.
But while some say that it’s “better than nothing”, others bemoan the lack of any marketing strategy or planning by the hockey association. “India have won both the hockey and cricket World Cups once each. But see the difference in the status of both games. If there is no money in hockey, the fault lies within us. We failed to market the sport properly,” said the 1975 World Cup winning team member Col. Harcharan Singh.
“By giving Rs 10,000 (for World Cup games) Hockey India is humiliating players. It is in no way sufficient for a tournament like the World Cup, the players get to play in such tournaments only once in four years and if they miss any match, they won't even get that,” said former national coach and Olympian Joaquim Carvalho.
Terming it less than the “laundry money” spent by administrators on foreign tours, Carvalho added, "The federation gets grants from the government for sending teams to these competitions, they have a sponsor, they should market the game better and pay the players better. I think match fees should be at least Rs 50,000.”
Moreover, due to incessant infighting, the federation lost a golden opportunity to pay its players more. A senior Hockey India official confirmed that Hero Honda was willing to sponsor the team for Rs 13 crore per year but due to a previous agreement between the Indian Hockey Federation and Sahara India (in which rights were sold very cheap) and the issue dragging in the Calcutta High Court; the multi-crore deal could not be finalised.
Sahara gets to sponsor the team (men and women) for a comparatively low Rs three crore a year.

India loses hope for semis

Once again lethargic forwards lead India to another tragic defeat by 2-3 from England. The superb stops by goalkeeper,Adrian D' Souza left in vain as India missed the penalty corners, some easy shots ( the one in last minute by Rajpal)
and failure in ball collection.
Gurbaj Singh performed well but Prabhjot,Tushar were nowhere in the scene and master-boy Shivender failed to felt his presence.
Indians reduced to 10 men for last 4 minutes and then to 9 before 2 minutes to the end and the last minute chance to equalise went lost.
India down by 0-1 in the first half put on 2 more goals to make it 0-3, Gurwinder Singh Chandi and skipper Rajpal Singh scored in the 54th and 58th minute respectively to cut down the lead to 2-3 for India and gave Indians fans chance to stand on their feets.
But failed to execution in crucial moments left fans in despair.
We should remember that India finished 11th in the last World Cup in Monchengladbach. Also England's lethal performance continues to dodge oppositions and getting their best start-up in any World Cup & hence become the first team to book berth in semis.

Lets see if India wins over SA,which crashed Pak 4-3 earlier, & Spain semis chances looks gray as they were overturned by Aus 2-0 in the classic presentation of modern Hockey.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Coach Brasa calls Shivendra's three-match ban harsh. --courtesy Yahoo!ndia

Indian hockey coach Jose Brasa Monday minced no words in expressing his anguish at World Cup tournament director Ken Read's decision to hand a three-match suspension to forward Shivendra Singh for 'deliberately' hitting a Pakistani player, calling the ruling 'harsh' and 'unfortunate'.
Brasa said it has made things difficult for his team ahead of Tuesday's tie against tournament favourites Australia.

The Spaniard also said he did not agree with Read that Shivendra 'deliberately' hit Pakistani midfielder Fareed Ahmed.

'It was a normal movement of the stick. He was guiding the ball and it was not intentional. I have seen the video. And he was penalised for three matches which is half the World Cup. There was no complaint from the umpires and even the Pakistan team did not report it. The tournament director has the power, but penalising him for three matches is too harsh,' Brasa told reporters.

'I have never seen any player being suspended for three matches. Not even in the Olympics or the World Cup.'

Brasa said after the suspension the team has been reduced to 15 players and 'it will be a difficult task for players to grapple with the problem'.

'It will be demanding on the players physically because now we are one player less. We have to see that we maintain the intensity throughout the match. It will be difficult for me to make substitutions.'

When told of Read's comments that it would serve as an example for other teams, Brasa said: 'Why is the Indian team being presented as an example? Why not any other team? There was a lot of physical play in the other two matches on the opening day, but no player from any other team was warned.'

'I am angry and sad and so are the players.'

'But they have to get over it quickly as we play Australia Tuesday. They are a very good side. We have beaten Pakistan, but the players now need to focus on their next match.'

Incidentally, tournament director Read is also an Australian.

Asked whether he was optimistic that the suspension would be reduced after their appeal, Brasa said: 'I expect it to be reduced.'

A three-member committee, which will include International Hockey Federation chief Leandro Negre, will hear India's appeal Tuesday.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Day 2: Germany splits points against South Koreans

In the second encounter of the day, world no. 1 Germany just managed to split points with the top Asian team, South Koreans.
Koreans stunned Germans with their superb reverse strokes & some great moves in the first half of the match.
Hyun Hye-sung put the fast Koreans 1-0 up through a penalty corner in the third minute and
Nam Yong Lee scored in the 14th minute with the exquisite reverse stroke from the top of the goal semi-circle to score from the 1 feet space between goal-post & keeper, which left German goal keeper,Welhon in sprain.

In the very next minute, another goal restricted to Koreans by the electronic save by German keeper,who seem to be in right position.

Koreans demonstrated some really brilliant hockey & made remarkable moves which left less experienced German side in hurry who squandered five penalty corners in the first half.

Max Mueller boys made flurry of attacks from the very start of 2nd half but all efforts went in vain by leopord Koreans .
German non-sporadic efforts yield in the 50th minute as Fuchs scored an opportunistic goal with sliding deflection of the ball from the middle of the goal area. Koreans video referral went in vain as TV Umpire adjudged it as non-dangerous.

Benjamin Wess scored the equaliser in 57 minute from the rebound of the penalty corner.
Although Korean forwards didn't capitalise on some good moves & Koreans haplessly drew the match.



In the first encounter of Pool A,Veteran Ryan Archibald scored a stunning field goal with four minutes left to give New Zealand a dramatic victory over Canada after trailing 2-1 at half time.

Netherlands lands 3-0 defeat  to Argentina.



Here's the list of World Men's Hockey Rankings as on 14 Dec. '09

India vanquished Pakistan in an electric match



India unexpectedly thrashed experienced Pakistani side beating them 4-1, with a healthy margin of 3 goals, hence getting an important goal margin.

With 19,000 stadium-packed crowd roaring India jeetega, it seems The God must have paid ears to them & it surely turns out to be. When couple of drag flicks of Sohail Abbas returned from the goal post, God was playing as a 12th man.

Only 12th man didn't helped India, Rajpal's guys put tremendous effort in the field & some astute substitutions by coach Brasa turns these quotes real during the match.

God helps those who helps themselves.
& if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. 
                                                          --Benjamin Franklin


From the beginning, Indians made some quick moves into the D-zone but failed to capitalize the chances due to strong Pakistan defence, with some of the most experienced guys standing with captain Zeeshan Ahmed & brilliant saves by goal-keeper.
But Shivendra Singh found the net in the 27th minute with the rebound & crowd erupted in joy.



Then, Sandeep Singh drag-flicked in the last minute of the first half.

With india dominating the first half, pakistanis feel the pressure of the game but with superb defence, they failed to enter into the castle.

The Indians started from where they left in the first half and made it 3-0 two minutes into the second half when veteran forward Prabhjot Singh scored.
Sandeep once again cheered the crowd in the 57th minute converting another penalty corner.

The great effort was put by all the guys & they deserved this victory.



Earlier, in the first encounter of this World Cup, Spain beat SA 4-2 and England shunned Australia, with their great defence, defeating them 3-2.

The credit is due to England goal-keeper,Fair who made acrobatic saves to restrict Australia to 2 goals.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Fir dil do Hockey ko

Hello all,
You all must be knowing, this is the year of Sports,terrorism & numerous threats, here in India & the world alike.
Winter Olympics (Vancouver,Canada) heading for completion, Hockey World Cup is becoming ready, then for all business interested people IPL is coming & then pack your bags for SA 'cuz FIFA '10 is here, and from the point-of-view of ours  CommonWealth in October, 2010 (notify here, if i lost something ).

For all those who are prejudiced & those who are unwilling for our Hockey, this place is what-it-is-to-be 'cuz for the next 17 days this place will be filled with hockey.
After surveying a lot of individuals for disliking hockey, i came to following conclusions--
1. cuz' nothing competes cricket.
2. i don't know the rules ( since i'm such a turd ;-) ).
3. i don't wanna modify synapses( refer: Neural networks by Simon Haykin ) in my brain ( or i'm unwilling to learn hockey )

Always be prepared to accept education from wherever
you find it. Always continue to learn new things.
"For the LORD
gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and
understanding." Proverbs 2:6 (NIV)
 

or  ye to apna game h yar.



If you still have arguments to not to follow, do comment.


-->For all those who are not acquainted with game, the playing criteria on FIH site can be found. 

--> For all those who don't know the rules, you can refer to full documentation here ( 63 page official document,363 KB )



After an unfortunate period of high tides, we finally got hold of the world cup & strong security arrangements are made to ensure its smooth functioning.



The teams are divided into two pools of the best 12 teams in the world fighting for this Cup held every 4 years.
For the next 14 days, reserve your space & time from 1635 hrs to 2135 hrs, if you're in Delhi or nearby, then take out time for watching in this stadium & the ticket cost begins from mere Rs. 100, buy online
Pool A:  Germany, Netherlands, Korea, New Zealand, Canada, Argentina
Pool B:  Australia, Spain, England, Pakistan, India, South Africa

Two teams, from each of the pool, will be fighting for the semis spot.

Hockey World Cup Schedule 2010

All matches wll be played in Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Delhi
Sunday February 28:
16:35 Pool B South Africa vs Spain
18:35 B Australia vs England
20:35 B India vs Pakistan
Monday March 1:
16:35 A New Zealand vs Canada
18:35 A Germany vs Korea
20:35 A Netherlands vs Argentina
Tuesday March 2:
16:35 B South Africa vs England
18:35 B Pakistan vs Spain
20:35 B India vs Australia
Wednesday March 3:
16:35 A Canada vs Germany
18:35 A Argentina vs Korea
20:35 A New Zealand vs Netherlands
Thursday March 4:
16:35 B South Africa vs Australia
18:35 B England vs Pakistan
20:35 B India vs Spain
Friday March 5:
16:35 A Korea vs New Zealand
18:35 A Netherlands vs Canada
20:35 A Germany vs Argentina
Saturday March 6:
16:35 B Australia vs Spain
18:35 B South Africa vs Pakistan
20:35 B India vs England
Sunday March 7:
16:35 A Korea vs Canada
18:35 A New Zealand vs Argentina
20:35 A Germany vs Netherlands
Monday March 8:
16:35 B Spain vs England
18:35 B Australia vs Pakistan
20:35 B India vs South Africa
Tuesday March 9:
16:35 A Germany vs New Zealand
18:35 A Netherlands vs Korea
20:35 A Canada vs Argentina
Wednesday March 10: Rest Day.
Thursday March 11:
15:35 Classification.11-12 6th Pool A vs 6th Pool B
18:05 Semi-final 1st Pool A vs 2nd Pool B
20:35 Semi-final 1st Pool B vs 2nd Pool A
Friday March 12:
15:35 Clas. 9-10 5th Pool A vs 5th Pool B
18:05 Clas. 7-8 4th Pool A vs 4th Pool B
20:35 Clas. 5-6 3rd Pool A vs 3rd Pool B.
Saturday March 13:
15:35 Bronze medal match
18:05 Final


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