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5 days ago

Pro Wrestling League (PWL) Season 2 returns with a Bang

The Biggest Olympic league in the world and much acclaimed Pro Wrestling League (PWL), in association with Wrestling Federation of India, launched last year, is back in Season 2 with “Double Dhamaka”.  World’s biggest Olympic sports league and the longest running LIVE TV show surpassed the television presence of many televised leagues and garnered millions of eyeballs.

The Second season of the league is set to kick-start from December 15, 2016.  PWL today announced numerous additions in the second season featuring 8 teams instead of 6 with an increase in players’ pool to 80 from the initial draft of 54.  From 18 days, the multi-city league moves on to a month-long second edition of Pro Wrestling League (PWL). 

Speaking of the overwhelming response and growth of Pro Wrestling League (PWL), Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, President, Wrestling Federation of India emphasized, “Wrestling as a sport has contributed towards the growth of sporting fabric of India. With sterling performances in the last three Olympics for India, wrestling followers are now becoming more vocal & visible. While local ‘Dangals’ enjoyed unprecedented live spectators, data suggests that on TV, wrestling emerged as the most watched Olympic sport for Indian audience in the last 12 months. The growth is a result of hard work and progressive outlook of our officials across the country.  I thank state units and the professional team of ProSportify (Commercial Partners of PWL) for doing a commendable job in such a short span”. 

He added, “Pro Wrestling League had direct impact on recent Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik, as she got an opportunity to study, share & compete alongside the best wrestlers in the world during PWL.”

Kartikeya Sharma, Founder & Promoter, ProSportify, reiterated, “We’ve created a friendly format for TV viewing sports fans whilst keeping the ethos, mat rules and rich tradition of the game intact.  Additionally, our three innovations worked heavily in PWL’s favour.  Essentially, converting an individual sport into a Team Game with boys & girls representing the same team. Secondly, an introduction of ‘Toss’& subsequently ‘Player Blocking’ added a sense of suspense, excitement & drama in the competitive fast-paced game”.  He further added, “Wrestling is deeply rooted in Indian cultural ethos and is the biggest sporting export from India to the world. We were privileged to enthuse over 3 crore sports fans every day in Season 1 and promise to surpass our stellar performance in Year 2.”

Pleased to reiterate on Sony’s commitment to sports investments,

Rajesh Kaul, President- Sports & Distribution, Sony Pictures Network said, “At Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN),we are committed to bringing the best of International sports as well as supporting domestic sports leagues. Given India’s affinity towards wrestling which is ingrained in our culture, the PWL garnered impressive viewership in its inaugural year on our network and earned the distinction of being one of the top three domestic leagues in India. SPN’s association with PWL for its second season not only promises to engage viewers with the top International and domestic wrestlers but also will give upcoming talent a prestigious platform to showcase their skills”

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2 weeks ago

Exchange4media News Next 2014

Stage is set for the sixth edition of exchange4media News Next 2014. The conference will include some of the best minds in the new television business, both globally and in India. News Next this year will delve into debates such as ad regulation and FDI in media, along with a host of other key issues concerning the broadcast space today. The Conference is being held in New Delhi on January 18, 2014.

One of the most respected names in the media fraternity, Rizwan Khan, international journalist and television host, will deliver the special address. Khan has built up a global reputation in the course of his career spanning over 25 years and is known for his high-profile interviews of world leaders, business icons and film celebrities.

News Next 2014 will provide a platform both to news broadcasters and brand custodians to deliberate issues pertaining to the industry. From contextual issues like the advertising cap regulation by TRAI, FDI recommendations and the digitisation progress, there is much to be discussed on the credibility of news itself.

Some of the other speakers at the conference include Alok Agrawal, Chief Executive Officer, Zee Media Corporation; Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief and News Anchor, Times Now; Ashish Bagga, CEO, India Today Group; Chintamani Rao, Strategic Marketing and Media Advisor; (Hony) Brig Dr Arvind Lal, CMD, Lal Pathlabs; Deepak Chaurasia, Editor-in-Chief, India News; Dilshad Master, Co-Founder, FarInto Traveller; Jagat Dave, Managing Director, Ambit Corporate Finance; Kartikeya Sharma, Founder, iTV Network; Sanjeev Srivastava, Editor-in-Chief, Focus Television Network; Simon Spanswick, Founder-Director, Association of International Broadcasting (AIB); and Uday Varma, Former Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

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3 months ago

India News-ISGF Smart, Secure and Sustainable city conclave kicks off

The Global Summit on Smart, Secure and Sustainable Cities is a summit where decision makers, industry and other stakeholders from around the world will gather to discuss these issues. The focus for this year’s summit will be on the “Opportunities and Challenges in India” in the context of smart cities, energy, water and waste management. The Summit is brought to you by India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), a PPP initiative of the Ministry of Power, Government of India, along with India News, the country’s leading Hindi News channel, and Knowledge Partner, Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI), the oldest private power association of India.

India News in collaboration with India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) kickstarted the Smart India summit in Harte and Garter, Windson, Royal Berkshire, UK in the propitious presence of Navtej Sarna, the Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

During the event, while deliberating upon the need to instigate smart city planning, Mr Sarna spoke about the hindrances for a smart, secure and sustainable city.

"It’s a good idea to do this conference and if you take a look at the program, it has all the aspects of what we are going to call smart cities, has been taken care off, whether its water, environment, technology or health aspects," said Sarna.

Member of the counselling unit of Bharatiya Janatya Party (BJP) and former Cabinet Minister, Murli Manohar Joshi, who was also present in the summit, applauded the endeavour of iTV network Founder & Promoter Kartikeya Sharma, for organising such an event. Mr Joshi talked about obligation of smart populist for smart cities. He also said there was a need to focus on Infrastructure, education and health facilities.

Kartikeya Sharma also discussed about transforming India and spoke of orchestrating all efforts to transform India.

British Parliamentarians, spokesmen of British Government and chief of all national global organisation working in the field of infrastructure will be present in the convention that will last till July 20.

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3 months ago

One of the longest marathons in Asia has been flagged off from India Gate

One of the longest marathons in Asia has been flagged off from India Gate

It is one of the longest and most challenging marathons in Asia. It will test the resilience of even the most experienced of the pack. The 1480 km long run, India’s first multi-city marathon features fifteen of the best ultra-marathoners from across four continents. Truly a pan-India event, The Great India Run will pass through the states of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, finally culminating at Mumbai in Maharasthra on the 6th of August.

It was flagged off in a gala ceremony at the Iconic Amar Jawan Jyoti in India Gate.

The event kicked off with a warm up session of the participating 15 ultra runners followed by flagging off the ultra run and 5k fun run. In a celebration of sport, Honorable Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel, Khel Ratna Anju Bobby George, and Gul Panag who is the Co-Founder of MobieFit Technologies, an avid runner and a fitness advocate were present.

Arun Bhardwaj led the team of 14 ultra runners at India Gate while three of the runners simultaneously flagged off the event from Ghaziabad.

Silvassa also falls on the special route through which Milind Soman will – pass through on his 570 km stretch from Ahmedabad to Mumbai. With the spirit of the run in mind, proceeds from the Fun runs that have been organised will go to the Go Sports Foundation to support the dreams of the country's future Olympians. “It's a proud day for us to launch India's first multi city marathon event which features -some of the exceptional runners from the world. TGIR is definitely not for the faint-hearted, as participants will be facing the additional challenge of running through the wee hours, climatic conditions etc.

 I'd also like to thank Shri Vijay Goel ji for gracing the occasion with his presence, and Anju Bobby George who has been an inspiration to the youth of the nation,” said Kartikeya Sharma, Founder and Promoter iTV Network.

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3 months ago

The Great India Run flagged off

The Great India Run, India's first multi city marathon, is all set to flag off after a ceremony at the Amar Jawan Jyoti from the capital early on Sunday morning.

Sports Minister Vijay Goel, Khel Ratna Anju Bobby George, ProSportify CMD Kartikeya Sharma and actor Gul Panag were present during the 'Great India Run', India's first multi-city marathon at India Gate in New Delhi on July 17, 2016.

The 'Great India Run', which is going to be an annual event and is being organised this year just ahead of the Rio Olympics, is an attempt at inspiring the people of the country to get fit. To propagate this message, the run will also see a five kilometre 'Fun Run' at every pit stop (Ghaziabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Silvassa and Mumbai) for beginners to inspire them to take up running as a regular activity in their life.

“The aim of this endeavor is to urge our countrymen to actively focus on their fitness and well-being. Through The Great India Run we also aim to showcase what phenomenal milestones a disciplined runner can achieve,” said Gul Panag.

In an attempt to promote the culture of running in India and to motivate our athletes for the upcoming Rio Olympics, NewsX and ProSportify is organising the ‘The Great India Run'.

The first multi-city ultra marathon will see 12 elite marathoners traversing through six states, 2 Indian landmarks and cover a distance of 1,480 kms from Delhi to Mumbai in 21 days. It's going to be a world record attempt and we hope that the participant’s will break it.

3 months ago

Hey, iPhone 7 with 32 GB Storage

Hey, iPhone 7 with 32 GB Storage

The base-price iPhone 7, according to a recent report by The Wall Street Journal, will have an amount of storage that will make it usable. Not great, not amazing, not best in class, but usable. How exciting is that?

Well, it depends on your expectations.

If you expect the iPhone 7, the latest and greatest Apple will have to offer, to finally catch up with every other post-2014 phone out there (even the Chinese ones which cost less than half the iPhone's price), then go celebrate.

I expect the iPhone 7 to be among the best phones out there, and to achieve that, Apple would finally have to do something unexpected — even if it's so simple as jumping from 16GB base storage to 64GB for the cheapest option.

At this point some of you may be dismissively waving your hand, thinking you can never please these tech journalists. But hear me out.

Apple first introduced a 16GB iPhone in February 2008. Remember 2008? George W. Bush was still president of the U.S., USB sticks still came in 256MB sizes and smartphones were a new thing. And that was the first-generation iPhone, upgraded a year after launch, mainly to accommodate users' ever-increasing hunger for storage.

In 2012, with the release of the iPhone 5, Apple introduced 16GB as the base storage option. It was followed by iPhone 5S and 5C, then iPhones 6 and 6 Plus, then iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and finally with the iPhone SE — all of which started with 16GB of base storage.

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4 months ago

NewsX, India News enter US

Leading Indian English news channel NewsX and Hindi news channel India News, sister concerns of The Sunday Guardian, have made an entry into the United States.

The announcement was made on Thursday by iTV Network (which includes NewsX, India News and The Sunday Guardian) founder and promoter Kartikeya Sharma at the 10th Maryland India Business Round Table Awards in Maryland, where he was given the prestigious Maryland India Business Round Table award for his contribution to the Indian-American community.

At the function, Maryland legislator, Congressman Elijah Cummings read out a letter sent by US President Barack Obama celebrating India and US cooperation and wishing success. Congressman Elijah congratulated Mr Kartikeya Sharma for his contribution in advancing the cultural relations between American-Indian communities.

The award was given in the presence of Maryland Senator Susan Lee. At the award ceremony, Mr Kartikeya Sharma announced the debut of NewsX and India News in the American media landscape saying, “We hope to have a long and prosperous relationship with the state of Maryland and will use it as a gateway for our operations in USA.”

4 months ago

iTV Network receives the prestigious India Business Roundtable Awards

In a first for an Indian news channel, Kartikeya Sharma, Founder & Promoter, iTV Network, received the prestigious Maryland India Business Roundtable Awards for his network's contribution to the Indian diaspora.

US representative for Maryland, Elijah Cummings, read out the letter from Barack Obama addressed to Kartikeya Sharma and presented the award.

The occasion was the 10th anniversary of the Indian Business Roundtable where Mr Kartikeya Sharma announced that the iTV Network will be going global and NewsX, India News will be catered to the Indian diaspora through Maryland in the United States.