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Magic of ‘Indian of decade’ in danger of slipping away

Narendra Modi is my choice for ‘Indian Man of the Decade’. He won two Lok Sabha elections for the BJP single-handedly. You may say that he was aided by a superb propaganda machine and a huge war chest manufactured by electoral bonds, not forgetting the army of committed RSS workers whose discipline is legendary. But Mr Modi’s oratorical skills, his communication abilities and his innate political sense make him simply unbeatable at the moment!

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FIFA World Cup: Spain ready to thrill the world

Agartala, June 03, 2018: With a potent mix of hungry youngsters and seasoned veterans who have already triumphed at international tournaments, Spain boast all the ingredients to re-establish themselves as the best team in the world in Russia and reclaim the crown they won in 2010.

Spain were seemingly invincible for four years with three successive tournament wins playing mouth-watering football, but since winning Euro 2012 they have flopped in their last two tournaments under coach Vicente del Bosque.

His successor Julen Lopetegui, a stalwart of the national teams youth programme, has helped to re-ignite their attacking verve and restored the belief they can conquer the world again.

Spain tore their way through their World Cup qualifying group, winning nine out of 10 games while scoring 36 times and outclassing nearest challengers Italy 3-0.

In their last friendly outing, they blew away 2014 World Cup finalists Argentina with a stunning 6-1 win.

Weaknesses are hard to find in Spain’s squad, which is packed with players from La Liga heavyweights Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid and outstanding Premier League performers such as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Manchester City playmaker David Silva.

Silva, midfield puppet master Andres Iniesta and captain Sergio Ramos have been in the team since the Euro 2008 triumph while Barcelona pairing Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique have been around since the 2010 World Cup win in South Africa.

Then there are the next generation of players such as Atletico’s Koke, Real’s Isco and Dani Carvajal, Valencia forward Rodrigo and Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara as well as De Gea who won the under-21 European Championship in 2013 with Lopetegui as coach.

Spain have been handed a tough draw. European champions Portugal are first up in Group B - a match which is likely to decide who will finish top. They also face Iran and Morocco.

Previous tournaments: Spain have played in 14 World Cups and qualified for every edition since 1978. They have won it once, beating the Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 final in South Africa with an extra-time strike from Andres Iniesta.

Before then they had reached the quarter-finals in 1934, 1986, 1994 and 2002 but lost every time. As holders they suffered a shock elimination from the group stage in 2014.

Key players:

Isco: Lopetegui knows how to get the best out of the Real Madrid playmaker. He can play across midfield, behind the striker or even as a deep lying centre-forward and ran riot in impressive wins over Italy and Argentina.

Andres Iniesta: The Barcelona veteran has conducted Spain’s all-powerful midfield for more than a decade and was the heartbeat of their world dominance between 2008 and 2012.

Still as masterful on the ball as ever at 34 years of age, he will be looking for one last hurrah in Russia before quitting international football and leaving Barca.

Sergio Ramos: The centre back and captain has developed a win-at-all-costs mentality and knows exactly how to manage the biggest games. An unforgiving opponent for attackers due to his physical presence and never-say-die attitude, Ramos’s experience of four Champions League finals with Real Madrid and five major tournaments will be vital to Spain’s hopes.

FIFA ranking: 8 (till June 7)

Fixture

June 15: Portugal vs Spain at Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

June 20: Iran vs Spain at Kazan Arena, Kazan

June 25: Spain vs Moroccoat Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

Spain squad: 

Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga 

Defenders: Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nacho Monreal, Dani Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez, Alvaro Odriozola

Midfielders: Thiago Alcantara, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Marco Asensio, Koke, Saul Niguez, David Silva, Lucas Vazquez, Isco 

Forwards: Diego Costa, Iago Aspas, Rodrigo 

 

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Mamata Banerjee holds anti-CAA rally in Siliguri; calls PM Modi 'Pakistan's ambassador'

KOLKATA, Jan 4,2019: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed a rally in Siliguri, on Friday,  while protesting against the newly formed Citizenship Amendment Act. During her address, Mamata slammed the Narendra Modi government and said that everyone in this government speaks differently, they are full of confusion. 

Mamata who is on her two days visit to Siliguri, led five kilometers march with the party workers to protest against CAA-NRC in the city.

Mamata said, ''BJP leaders keep asking people to go to Pakistan. Is PM Modi ambassador of Pakistan? They only talk about Pakistan, on everything they say, go to Pakistan, have you forgotten India.''  She added, ''Why should we discuss Pakistan, India is our place.''

Mamata said, ''When they say your name should be in the voter list, they forget that they don't even write the name properly in the list. If these people write your name properly then they are writing your father's name incorrectly, your wife's name is written properly, then they write the name of your children wrong.'' She added, ''They should first, carefully check the voter list.''

Lashing out at the Modi-led government Mamata said, ''The Home Minister says one thing, the Prime Minister speaks one thing and Ravi Shankar Prasad says one thing, none of this is fine, they are confused among themselves. They should stop torturing students. How many more people will die? How many abuses do we keep on agitating until the CAB withdraws.''

Mamata further stated that she will hold a similar rally in Darjeeling on January 22 and requested people to join her movement to save democracy. 

She urged people to join hands with her saying, ''I am fighting against #NationalRegisterOfCitizens and #CitizenshipAmendmentAct, join hands with me, requesting all people to come forward to save our democracy.''

 

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At 67,385, India has highest number of babies born globally on New Year’s Day

New Delhi, Jan 02,2020:Nearly 4,00,000 babies were born around the world on New Year’s Day with India recording the highest number of these births worldwide at 67,385, the UN children’s agency said.

An estimated 3,92,078 babies were born around the world on New Year’s Day, according to UNICEF. Of this, an estimated 67,385 babies were born in India, the most globally. China comes in second with 46,299 births.

“The beginning of a new year and a new decade is an opportunity to reflect on our hopes and aspirations not only for our future, but the future of those who will come after us,” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said.

“As the calendar flips each January, we are reminded of all the possibility and potential of each child embarking on her or his life’s journey—if they are just given that chance.”

Fiji in the Pacific most likely delivered 2020’s first baby, while the US, the last of the New Year’s Day. Globally, over half of these births were estimated to have taken place in eight countries—India (67,385), China (46,299), Nigeria (26,039), Pakistan (16,787), Indonesia (13,020), United States of America (10,452), Democratic Republic of Congo (10,247) and Ethiopia (8,493).

ach January, UNICEF celebrates babies born on New Year’s Day, an auspicious day for childbirth around the world, it said. However, for millions of newborns around the world, the day of their birth is far less auspicious.

In 2018, 2.5 million newborns died in just their first month of life; about a third of them on the first day of life. Among those children, most died from preventable causes such as premature birth, complications during delivery, and infections like sepsis. In addition, more than 2.5 million babies are born dead each year.

UNICEF said that over the past three decades, the world had seen remarkable progress in child survival, cutting the number of children worldwide who die before their fifth birthday by more than half. But there has been slower progress for newborns. Babies dying in the first month accounted for 47 per cent of all deaths among children under five in 2018, up from 40 per cent in 1990.

UNICEF’s Every Child Alive campaign calls for immediate investment in health workers with the right training, who are equipped with the right medicines to ensure every mother and newborn is cared for by a safe pair of hands to prevent and treat complications during pregnancy, delivery and birth.

“Too many mothers and newborns are not being cared for by a trained and equipped midwife or nurse, and the results are devastating,” said Fore. “We can ensure that millions of babies survive their first day and live into this decade and beyond if every one of them is born into a safe pair of hands.”

India is projected to surpass China as the world’s most populous country around 2027. According to UN estimates, India is expected to add nearly 273 million people between 2019 and 2050, while the population of Nigeria is projected to grow by 200 million. Together, these two countries could account for 23 per cent of the global population increase to 2050.

China, with 1.43 billion people in 2019, and India, with 1.37 billion, have long been the two most populous countries of the world, comprising 19 and 18 per cent, respectively, of the global total in 2019. Through the end of the century, India is estimated to remain the world’s most populous country with nearly 1.5 billion inhabitants, followed by China with just under 1.1 billion, Nigeria with 733 million, the US with 434 million, and Pakistan with 403 million inhabitants.  ( input from PTI)

 

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Loved Rajinikanth’s hair in 'Murattu Kalai'? Meet the wig maker behind the look

Veteran wig maker B Natesan takes us through the process of making one, and why he feels his is a thankless profession

“Your hair determines your beauty. Without it, you’re nothing but a naked soul,” says wig maker B Natesan (60). He is sitting crossed legged at his tiny shop, adjacent to Kodambakkam bridge, and reflecting on the popular opinion that baldness or the lack hair might lower a person’s self-esteem.

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