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PGTI marks its 10th anniversary with adoption of anti-doping rules

Indian professional golfers will now come under the ambit of international anti-doping rules as the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), ‘the official sanctioning body of professional golf in India’, which marks 10 years of its inception today (24th September, 2016), recently took the initial steps in implementing the international doping guidelines.
With anti-doping regulations and framework already being in place on most of the international golf tours, Indian golfers playing at the international stage had already been subject to the said rules and procedure in the past.  
As golf became part of the Olympic fold with the 2016 Games in Rio, the need for having an anti-doping structure on the PGTI tour became even more imperative.
The PGTI’s objective of enforcing international anti-doping rules on its tour has been to provide a level-playing field to all professionals and conform to global standards in this sphere.
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Highlights from the local media of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka September 23rd , 2016 | Volume: 2 - 10/9US welcomes peace accord signing between Afghan govt and Hezb-e-IslamiKhaama Press | 22nd SeptemberThe US Embassy in Kabul welcomed the signing of peace agreement between the Afghan government and Hezb-e-Islami led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. “We welcome today’s accord negotiated and concluded by the Government of Afghanistan and Hizb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) as a step in bringing the conflict in Afghanistan to a peaceful end,” a statement by US Embassy said. Bangladesh ratifies Paris climate deal
Bdnews 24 | 22nd September
Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali handed over the Instrument of Ratification of the Agreement to Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters in New York, the foreign ministry said. Bangladesh has now become one of the first countries to have made the deal officially valid. “It reflects the firm commitment of Bangladesh and the visionary…
Asian dynamics of India and France signing mega jet deals :SEPTEMBER 23, 2016EDIT With this signing of mega fighter jet deals the balance of power will shift in favor of India with its immediate conflicting neighbors. India and France today inked the deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets. The deals encourages the technology transfer in phases and jets to be assembled in India to garner employments and other immediate benefits.
This Defence deal was signed in New Delhi in the presence of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his French counterpart Jean Yves Le Drian. The aircraft will be equipped with latest missiles and weapon system. The 7.8 billion Euro deal is crucial for the Indian Air Force and is expected to give India the dominant status in the air. The features that make the Rafale a strategic weapon is its Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Meteor air-to-air missile with a range in excess of 150 kilometre. During the Kargil war, India had used a BVR having 50 kilometre range. The delivery …
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“SDGs: Agenda 2030 and Civil Society Organizations engagement in India”SEPTEMBER 23, 2016EDIT
25th September 2016 will see the mark of the 1st anniversary of 193 countries signing the “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” with the principle ‘Leave No One Behind’.  Framed within the UN human rights and development paradigms, the 17 goals and 169 targets cover important strategies and action for promoting the 5Ps – people, peace, prosperity, partnerships and planet. When compared to the Millennium Development Goals that ended in 2015, the SDGs were the result of a large participatory and consultative process and member state negotiated manner giving due importance to human rights and environmental issues.  To mark the first year anniversary, a number of high-level events and side events are taking place from 19 to 23 September in the United Nation at New York.
At the national level, the government has recognized the NITI Aayog as the nodal agency. The N…