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THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CHAMPIONS

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CHAMPIONS

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CHAMPIONS Leading sports accessories manufacturer Adidas have an interesting punch line "Impossible is Nothing" which is very much relevant in sporting world. Since in sport after setting a record or for that matter setting a world record even the individual or the team believes that the record could be broken and records are meant to be broken. So when Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth set his world record in 100 m race in just 9.72 sec- onds, nobody has imagined it could be broken so soon by the same man. Bolt improved…
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THE LANGUAGE LOGJAM

THE LANGUAGE LOGJAM

THE LANGUAGE LOGJAM The changes in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil services exam have stirred up considerable controversy across the country. Various political parties and linguistic groups have expressed their displeasure, citing concerns about fairness, bias, and linguistic discrimination. Among the changes, the introduction of English as a compulsory paper and the superior status given to Hindi have attracted the most criticism. Let us delve into the reasons behind this resentment and explore the implications of these modifications. One crucial change in the UPSC civil services exam is the introduction of English as a compulsory paper. Previously, this…
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THE FEDEX JUGGERNAUT

THE FEDEX JUGGERNAUT

In the British Prime Minister- David Cameron, Football star David Beckham, Tennis star Rod Laver and many other dignitaries, Great Britain hoped something great from this player. Andy Murray did his best. He battled both his countries expectation as well as his own form. Yet, Great Britain's biggest dream remained unfulfilled. It proved so near yet so far for British fans in the Wimbledon. On a rainy Sunday, they witnessed Roger Federer defeating Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in four sets, much to the dismay of a partisan Centre court forward. A day of history and records Both Murray and…
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TEST CRICKET’S BATTLE FOR SUPREMACY

TEST CRICKET’S BATTLE FOR SUPREMACY

TEST CRICKET'S BATTLE FOR SUPREMACY Things didn't go well for the Indian cricket team in the Boxing Day test match in Australia. This meant that Indians won't be enjoying the New Year as much as the Australians. However, one thing that would cheer the fans and administrators across the globe is the presence of a full house throughout the test match. In fact, the overall match attendance was a whopping 184,051, surpassing the previous record for Australia-India matches in Australia, which was 181,053 during the Sydney Test of 2004. This confirms that test cricket is still popular and not dying…
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TEST CRICKET: ALIVE AND KICKING

TEST CRICKET: ALIVE AND KICKING

TEST CRICKET: ALIVE AND KICKING Things didn't go well for the Indians in the Boxing Day test in Australia. It meant Indians won't be enjoying New Year as much as the Australians would. However, one thing would cheer the fans and ad- ministrators all across the glove is the presence of full house throughout the test match. In fact, overall match attendance was whipping 184,051 which beats the previous record for Australia-India matches in Australia of 181,053 during the Sydney Test of 2003/04. This confirms test cricket is still popular and not dying a slow death. Indeed 2011 was one…
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Sports Bill

Sports Bill

Sports Bill, A Potential Catalyst for a Brighter Future in Indian Sports In India, sports administration has often been handled in a subpar manner, lacking vision and passion for the development of sports. Recently, Sports Minister Ajay Maken introduced a sports bill, which, despite receiving mixed reviews, holds the potential to transform the landscape of Indian sports if properly drafted and legislated. What India needs urgently are individuals with a deep understanding of sports and a genuine passion for its development leading the sports administrations. Unfortunately, some past instances have shown mismanagement of funds and corruption within sports organizations. Overcoming…
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Reservation

Reservation

Reservation The release of the movie "Aarakshan" has reignited the long-standing debate around the reservation system in India. However, this time the focus is on the ban imposed by the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Andhra Pradesh, citing law and order concerns. While the intensity of the current debate is relatively lower than what was witnessed in 2006 and the early 1990s, the issue of reservation remains a contentious topic in the country. The reservation system in India has been a subject of discussion even before its formal inception in the constitution. Leaders like Gandhi and Ambedkar, who fought…
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LOOKING BEYOND FORMULA ONE

LOOKING BEYOND FORMULA ONE

LOOKING BEYOND FORMULA ONE 95,000 spectators and almost 527 mil- lion total global television audience watching India's inaugural Grand Prix in New Delhi meant opening a new chapter in India's sporting history. Till now such kind of statistics only relate to one sport in India- Cricket. Many would call it un- necessary hype as Formula One is always regarded as elitist sport, like the golf. Secondly, FI is always dominated by European drivers and Asians have contributed little in this sport. Irrespective of these arguments the recent trends in FI suggest, more and more investments are pouring in Asian markets.…
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Looking beyond Bharat Ratna

Looking beyond Bharat Ratna

Looking beyond Bharat Ratna We Indians are emotional beings when it comes to hero worship. Recently, we seem to have lost our sense of humor over a cartoon on Ambedkar. Are we also missing a few things while celebrating Anand's victory and the Bharat Ratna issue? Let us rewind to when Anand started playing chess. He had very little technical support, such as computers and software, while his European and Russian counterparts enjoyed advanced technical aides. India never had the kind of chess culture that Russia had, despite inventing the game. Consequently, Vishy never had strong support staff and had…
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LESSONS FROM THE LONDON OLYMPICS

LESSONS FROM THE LONDON OLYMPICS

LESSONS FROM THE LONDON OLYMPICS The greatest show on earth is over, and it is time to celebrate and introspect what happened in the London Olympics. India finished with six medals, doubling their tally from the Beijing Olympics in 2008 but slipped to 55th position compared to 50th in Beijing. Since gold medals are the yardstick in deciding a country's ranking, India slipped a couple of places, despite statistically having their best show in a single edition of the Olympics. The much-improved result allowed Ajay Maken (sports minister) to be cautiously optimistic and hope for 25 medals by the 2020…
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