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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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World cup: Belgium knock favourite Brazil out to book semis berth

Kazan, July 7 ( agencies):Five-time World Cup winners Brazil were on Friday knocked out of the FIFA World Cup 2018 after an own goal from Fernandinho and a stunning Kevin de Bruyne strike handed Belgium a two-goal lead, from which the Selecao couldn't recover.

Having halved the deficit on the 76th minute mark with a Renato Augusto header, Tite's Brazil; who were the final South American side remaining in the competition after France defeated Uruguay earlier today; failed to force extra-time with The Red Devils advancing to the semi-finals round of the World Cup for just the second time in their history.

This was also Brazil's fourth successive World Cup campaign that was ended by a European opponent, having previously lost to France, Netherlands and quite unforgettably to Germany in 2006, 2010 and 2014 respectively.

The Selecao started the game on a strong note, wining two corners that should have been capitalised on as early nerves from the Belgians allowed, first Thiago Silva, then Paulinho to have to have an attempt on goal.

While Paulinho scuffed his effort wide of the target, Silva was close to scoring with his tame effort striking the post.

Against the run of play, however, Martinez's men soon drew first blood from their set-piece. Eden Hazard's delivery from a corner was met by Vincent Kompany, with a decisive deflection from Manchester City teammate Fernandinho helping the ball past goalkeeper Alisson.

Brazil's star attackers, particularly PSG star Neymar, were ineffective going forward in the rest of the first-half, with the World No. 2 dearly missing the services of a suspended Casemiro in breaking up Belgium's potent attacks, with Romelu Lukaku running riot across the Brazil half.

His contributions soon resulted in a goal as after a strong charge through Brazil's midfield, he squared the ball to de Bruyne just outside the box, with the Manchester City playmaker unleashing the sweetest of strikes across Alisson to double the Red Devil's lead, with just 30 minutes of the 90 played.

The lead could have been further extended in the first half itself, with another Belgian counter attack, this time led by Hazard, however the Brazilian defence managed to snuff out the danger. Soon after, Alisson was forced to make a brilliant save from a de Bruyne free kick to keep Belgium from seeing off Brazil inside the first half.

The Selecao mounted significant pressure on Belgium in the after the break in hopes of finding their way back into the contest, although, an organised Belgian backline not only kept Brazil at bay, but also helped in launching several counter-attacks.

They were breached, however, with goalkeeper Thibaut Cortois having to retrieve the ball from his net with 30 minutes of the second half elapsed, after a delicious Philippe Coutinho cross was nodded in by substitute Augusto.

Martinez brought on a couple of defensive substitutes late on to close out the win, which they successfully did, although Brazil came close to forcing an extra half an hour in the dying minutes.

Neymar was left unmarked outside the area, from where he unleashed a curler destined for the top corner, and only a match-winning save from Courtois kept it, and Brazil, out of goal, and out of the semis.

Having knocked out one World Cup favourites, Belgium will have to repeat their heroics from today to topple another favourite, France, with Les Bleus awaiting them in the first semi-final fixture on Tuesday to book their place in the Final of the FIFA World Cup 2018.

 

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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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