PM declares 44th Chess Olympiad open

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi declared open the 44th Chess Olympiad at JLN Indoor Stadium, Chennai today. Shri R N Ravi, Governor Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Shri M. K. Stalin, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports;  Shri Anurag Singh Thakur and Union Minister of State for Information&Broadcasting Shri L Murugan, President of International Chess Federation (FIDE), Mr Arkady Dvorkovich were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister welcomed all the players and chess lovers from all over the world to India. He noted the significance of the time of the event as it falls during the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. He added that the most prestigious tournament in chess has come to India, the home of chess.

The Prime Minister noted that the 44th Chess Olympiad has been a tournament of many firsts and records. This is the first time the Chess Olympiad is being held in the place of origin of chess, India. It is coming to Asia for the first time in 3 decades. It has the highest ever number of countries participating. It has the highest ever number of teams participating. It has the highest number of entries in the women’s section. The first ever Torch Relay of the Chess Olympiad started this time, he said.

The Prime Minister highlighted that Tamil Nadu has a strong historical connection with chess. This is why it is a chess powerhouse for India. It has produced many of India’s chess grandmasters. It is home to the finest minds, vibrant culture and the oldest language in the world, Tamil.

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During his address Union Minister Shri Anurag Thakur said that India is the land where the game of chess originated and it’s a pride moment for us to see India hosting this prestigious event for the first time in the history. Union Minister added that 40 days ago, the first ever torch relay of the Chess Olympiad was handed over to the Prime Minister, who then handed it over to our chess legend Vishwanathan Anand. Torch Relay travelled to 75 icon places as the country celebrates 75th years of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahostav.

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Shri Thakursaid that Prime Minister has shown his unwavering support for the sports and sports persons.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s support and passion inspires all of us to work towards the betterment of sports and make India a global sporting nation. Currently more than 300 infrastructures projects which cost Rs 2700 crores are under construction. Shri Thakur also highlighted how Khelo India scheme helped in nurturing young athletes.

Being the host, India is set to field 20 players – their biggest ever contingent – at the 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad. India is entitled to field 2 teams each in the Open and Women’s category. Over 2000 participants will be representing at the event from 188 countries, highest in the history of the Chess Olympiad. The 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad is bringheld in Chennai from July 28 to August 10, 2022.



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NTPC declares Q3/ 9M FY22 Unaudited Results

The Country’s largest power generator- NTPC Ltd., with a present group installed capacity of 67,757.42 MW, declared the unaudited financial results for Q3/9M FY22 on 29 January 2022.

NTPC group has recorded gross generation of 87.92 Billion Units in Q3 FY22 and 264.70 Billion Units in 9M FY22 as against 76.53 Billion Units and 222.41 Billion Units during the previous corresponding periods of last year registering an increase of 14.88% and 19.01% respectively. On standalone basis, the gross generation of NTPC for Q3 FY22 was 72.70 Billion Units and in 9M FY22 was 219.26 Billion Units as compared to 65.42 Billion Units and 193.28 Billion Units in the corresponding previous periods registering an increase of 11.13% and 13.44% respectively. Coal stations achieved a Plant Load Factor of 68.95% as against National Average of 57.02% during the 9M FY22.

On standalone basis, Total Income was ₹ 29,837.13 crore in Q3 FY22 and ₹ 85,912.38 crore in 9M FY22 as against ₹ 25,268.56 crore and ₹ 75,312.89 crore during the previous corresponding periods of last year. PAT was ₹ 4,131.99 crore in Q3 FY22 and ₹ 10,489.53 crore in 9M FY22 as against ₹ 3,315.34 crore and ₹ 9,290.30 crore during the previous corresponding periods of last year, registering an increase of 24.63% and 12.91% respectively.

On consolidated basis, Total Income was ₹ 33,783.62 crore in Q3 FY22 and ₹ 97,269.89 crore in 9M FY22 as against ₹ 28,387.27 crore and ₹ 83,859.59 crore during the previous corresponding periods of last year. PAT was ₹ 4,626.11 crore in Q3 FY22 and ₹ 11,760.78 crore in 9M FY22 as against ₹ 3,876.36 crore and ₹ 10,319.91 crore during the previous corresponding periods of last year, registering an increase of 19.34% and 13.96% respectively.

The Board of Directors has approved an interim dividend for FY22 @ 40% of paid-up share capital i.e. ₹ 4/- per equity share of face value of ₹10/- each.



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Ricoh declares June as Global SDGs Action Month

Global common activities

  • SDGs World Tour (for employees)
    Showcase weekly online the social and SDG contribution activities throughout the Ricoh Group global companies.
  • SDGs Action—Start from what you can do (at an organization level)
    Each Ricoh Group company plans and implements various SDGs activities and shares the outcomes within the Ricoh Group.
  • Smile for SDGs Action (for all organizations)
    Recognize those teams who demonstrated exceptional ideas in implementing SDGs activities.

Activities at each company
1. Ricoh Japan

  • Set activity themes, targets, and implement the three categories that contribute to the SDGs: “Digitization of the workplace,” “Provision of digital services,” and “Reinforcement of internal business process.”

2. Ricoh USA

  • Wear green for World Environment Day (observed on June 4) to raise awareness.
  • Celebrate Pride Month via Webinar in partnership with Ricoh Canada (June 17).
  • Launch a new People, Planet, and Prosperity Award program, and annual SDG Spotlight Award.

3. Ricoh Latin America

  • Wear green for “The Green Challenge” (June 4th to June 30th).
  • “The Green Lunch” is a series of one-hour sessions every Friday in June on “Everything you want to know about the SDGs” with discussions, Q&A, feedback, resource sharing, training materials.

4. Ricoh Europe

  • Collect and share photos of activities that employees have undertaken during the COVID-19 impact and sustainable recovery.

5. Ricoh Asia Pacific

  • Declare Eco Action Pledge related to SDGs and ocean plastics will be offset for every organization, school, and individual pledge received.
  • Distribute seeds to the community in support of Singapore’s 30-by-30 vision.

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