All posts by Newsroom24x7 Network is headed by Lalit Shastri. He is is an Indian journalist, columnist, wildlife film maker and environmentalist. He has headed the Madhya Pradesh Bureau of The Hindu and The Asian Age - two of India's leading English newspapers - for more than 20 years. He had quit a corporate job to investigate the causes leading to the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster. He also covered extensively from ground zero for The Hindu, the riots that followed the demolition of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya and repeated attacks by Naxalite-Maoists in the Central Indian States of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

Rahul Dravid appointed Head Coach of Senior Indian Cricket team

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Rahul Dravid is the new head coach of the senior Indian cricket team.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced the appointment of former captain Rahul Dravid as the head coach and said that he will take charge from the upcoming home series against New Zealand, starting with the T20Is from November 17.

Dravid will take over from Ravi Shastri, whose tenure comes to an end after the ongoing T20 World Cup. The decision to appoint Dravid was taken by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising former wicketkeeper Ms Sulakshana Naik and former pacer RP Singh.

“The BCCI welcomes Rahul Dravid as the Head Coach of India’s senior men’s team. Rahul has had an illustrious playing career and is one of the greats of the game. He has also served Indian cricket as Head of National Cricket Academy (NCA) with distinction. Rahul’s effort at the NCA has nurtured several young cricketing talents who have gone on to represent the country at the international stage. I am hopeful that his new stint will take Indian cricket to new heights,” said BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.

“It is an absolute honour to be appointed as the new Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team and I am really looking forward to this role. Under Mr Shastri, the team has done very well, and I hope to work with the team to take this forward. Having worked closely with most of the boys either at NCA, U19 and India A setup, I know they have the passion and desire to improve every day. There are some marquee multi-team events in the next two years, and I look forward to working with the players and the support staff to achieve our potential,” Dravid said in a statement.

“There is no better person than Rahul Dravid and I am delighted to see him being appointed as the Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team. With two World Cups scheduled to take place in the next two years, it is important to have a seamless transition, and the former India captain is the right man for the job. Having provided the much-needed direction to NCA and overseen the progression of the boys at India U-19 and India A level, we believe this is also a natural progression for him as a coach. I have no doubt that under him, the Indian team will dominate in all formats. The Board will soon make appointments of other coaching staff, who will support the Head Coach in jointly achieving our targets,” said BCCI secretary Jay Shah in a release.

The Board hailed Ravi Shastri ( Head Coach), B. Arun (Bowling Coach), R. Sridhar (Fielding Coach) and Vikram Rathour (Batting Coach) on a successful tenure.

“Under Shastri, the Indian Cricket Team adopted a bold and fearless approach and performed creditably both in-home and away conditions. India climbed to the top position in the Test format and made it to the final of the inaugural World Test Championship in England.

“India became the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia (2018-19) and followed it with another series win in 2020-21. India was also the first team to win all 5 T20Is in a bilateral series when it blanked New Zealand 5-0. Under Mr Shastri and his team’s guidance, India won all their seven Test series at home,” the release added


Let’s move together, let’s all interact together and everyone’s minds should also be one: PM Modi at COP26

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Glasgow: Delivering the national address at COP26 Summit here on Prime Minister Narenda Modi quoted from the ancient Sanskrit scriptures and said: “Let’s move together, let’s all interact together and everyone’s minds should also be one”.

PM’s address: Today I am representing amid you, the land which gave this mantra thousands of years ago-

सम्-व-दद्वम् ,
सम् वो मानसि जानताम्।

Today in the 21st century, this mantra has become more important, has become more relevant.

सम्-गच्छ-ध्वम् – That is, let’s move together सम्-व-दद्वम् – That is, let’s all interact together and सम् वो मनानसि जानताम् – That is, everyone’s minds should also be one.


When I first came to Paris for the Climate Summit, it was not my intention to add one promise to the many promises being made in the world. I came with a concern, for the whole of humanity. I came as a representative of a culture that gave the message of ‘Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah’ means that everyone should be happy.

And so, for me the event in Paris was not a summit, it was a sentiment, a commitment. And India was not making those promises to the world, but those promises, 125 crore Indians, were making to themselves.

And I am happy that a developing country like India, which is working to lift crores of people out of poverty, which is working day and night on the Ease of Living for crores of people, despite having 17 percent of the world’s population today, whose responsibility in emissions has been only 5 percent, still India has left no stone unturned to show that it has fulfilled its obligation.

Today the whole world believes that India is the only big economy, which has delivered in letter and spirit on the Paris Commitment. We are making every effort with determination, working hard, and showing results.


Today, when I have come among you, I have also brought India’s track record. My words are not just words, they are cheers of bright future for the future generations. Today India is at number four in the world in installed renewable energy capacity. India’s non-fossil fuel energy has increased by more than 25% in the last 7 years.And now it has reached 40 percent of our energy mix.


Passengers numbering more than the entire population of the world, travel by Indian Railways every year. This huge railway system has set itself a target of making itself ‘Net Zero’ by 2030.This initiative alone will lead to a reduction of 60 million tonnes of emissions annually. Similarly, our massive LED bulb campaign is reducing emissions by 40 million tonnes annually. Today, India is working fast on many such initiatives with a strong will.

Along with this, India has also given institutional solutions to cooperate with the world at the international level. As a revolutionary step in solar power, we initiated the International Solar Alliance. We have created a coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure for climate adaptation. This is a sensitive and vital initiative to save crores of lives.


I would like to draw your attention to one more important topic. Today the world is recognizing that lifestyle has a big role in climate change. I propose to you today a One-Word Movement.

This One-Word , in the context of climate, can become the basic foundation of One World. This is a word- LIFE…L, I, F, E, i.e. Lifestyle For Environment Today there is a need for all of us to come together, together with collective participation, to take Lifestyle For Environment (LIFE) forward as a campaign.

This can become a mass movement of Environmental Conscious Life Style. What is needed today is MindFul and Deliberate Utilization, instead of Mindless and Destructive Consumption. These movements together can set goals that can revolutionize many sectors such and diverse areas such as fishing, agriculture, wellness, Dietary Choices, Packaging, Housing, Hospatility, Tourism, Clothing, Fashion, Water management and Energy.

These are topics where each of us has to make Conscious choices everyday. These daily choices of billions of people around the world will take the fight against climate change, billions of steps forward every day.

And I consider it as a movement on every ground whether on economic grounds, on scientific grounds, on the basis of the experiences of the past century, it meets every criterion. This is the path of self-realization. This is the only way to benefit.


In the midst of this global brainstorming on climate change, on behalf of India, I would like to present five nectar elements, Panchamrit, to deal with this challenge.

First- India will reach its non-fossil energy capacity to 500 GW by 2030.

Second- India will meet 50 percent of its energy requirements from renewable energy by 2030.

Third- India will reduce the total projected carbon emissions by one billion tonnes from now onwards till 2030.

Fourth- By 2030, India will reduce the carbon intensity of its economy by less than 45 percent.

And fifth- by the year 2070, India will achieve the target of Net Zero. These panchamrits will be an unprecedented contribution of India to climate action.


We all know this truth that the promises made till date regarding climate finance have proved to be hollow. While we all are raising our ambitions on climate action, the world ambitions on climate finance cannot remain the same as they were at the time of the Paris Agreement.

Today, when India has resolved to move forward with a new commitment and a new energy, So in such times, the transfer of climate finance and low cost climate technologies becomes more important. India expects developed countries to provide climate finance of $1 trillion at the earliest. Today it is necessary that as we track the progress made in climate mitigation, we should also track climate finance.

The proper justice would be that the countries which do not live up to their promises made on climate finance, must be pressured too.


Today India is moving forward on the subject of climate with great courage and great ambition. India also understands the suffering of all other developing countries, shares them, and will continue to express their expectations.

For many developing countries, climate change is looming large over their existence. We have to take big steps today to save the world. This is the need of the hour and this will also prove the relevance of this forum. I am confident that the decisions taken in Glasgow will save the future of our future generations, giving them the gift of a secure and prosperous life.

Speaker Sir, I took more time, I apologize to you, but I consider it as my duty to raise the voice of developing countries. That’s why I have emphasized on that too. I once again thank you very much.


BJP retains Khandwa, Congess wrests Mandi, Shiv Sena bags Dadra Nagar Haveli

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New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata party has retained its Lok Sabha seat of Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh, the Shiv Sena has won the Dadra and Nagar Haveli Parliamentary seat and the Congress has wrested the Mandi Lok Sabha seat in Himachal Pradesh from the BJP in the By-elections.

In Himachal Pradesh, Congress candidate Pratibha Singh, who is the wife of former Chief Minister late Virbhadra Singh, defeated BJP nominee Brig Kushal Chand Thakur in the Lok Sabha by-election in Mandi by a narrow margin. Pratibha Singh got 3,69,565 votes, while Thakur’s 3,62,075 votes.

Mandi is the home turf of Himachal Chief Minister Jaiam Singh Thakur, who said Congress took advantage of inflation and won this seat.

In the by-election to the klandwa Parliamentary constituency in Madhya Pradesh, Gyaneshwar Patil of BJP defeated Congress nominee Rajnarayan Singh Purni. Patil bagged 6,32,455 votes, while Purni got 5,50,315 votes.

In Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Shiv Sena candidate Delkar Kalaben Mohanbhai bagged 1,18,035 votes and defeated BJP nominee Gavit Maheshbhai, who got 66,766 votes.

In the Assembly by-elections held to fill 30 seats in 14 states, Congress won 8 seats, BJP 7, JDU 2, TMC 4, United Peoples Party — Liberal 2, INLD 1, TRS 1, National People’s Party (NPP) 2, United Democratic Party (U DP) 1, Mizo National Front (MNF) 1 and the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) got 1 seat.

BJP emerged victorious in Telangana where former Minister Eatala Rajender won the by-election to Huzurabad Assembly constituency by a margin of 23,855 votes against ruling TRS candidate Gellu Srinivas Yadav, a students’ leader of TRS.

Of the 8 Assembly seats, for which polling was held, Congress won three in Himachal Pradesh, two in Rajasthan and one each in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh are ruled by the BJP.

The TMC bagged all the four Assembly seats, where elections were held, in West Bengal, a state where it is in power. The United Peoples Party — Liberal bagged two Assembly seats in Assam, INLD won 1 seat in Haryana, NPP got two seats in Meghalaya, where UDP got 1 seat. MNF got one seat in Mizoram and NDPP won one seat in Nagaland.

Akash Kumar confirms India’s first medal at  AIBA  Boxing World Championships

Harpal Singh Bedi

Shiv Thapa in blue

New Delhi:   Putting up a fearless and attacking display Akash Kumar stunned Rio Olympic silver medallist Yoel Finol of Venezuela 5-0 in the 54 Kg category quarter-final and confirmed a  medal for India at the  AIBA  Boxing world championships in Belgrade, Serbia on Tuesday.

Earlier  veteran Shiva Thapa (63.5kg) drew on his vast experience and demonstrated his wide range of skills to reach the quarter-finals  of the tournament

Thapa, a five-time medallist at the Asian Boxing Championships and bronze medallist at the 2015 World Championships, defeated France’s Lounes Hamraoui 4-1 in a highly entertaining bout. 

The Indian was at his deceptive best, combining feints with heavy punches. He moved fluidly and never allowed his opponent to find rhythm in the first two rounds.

While Hamraoui was more aggressive in the next two rounds, Thapa was equal to the task. He played on his own terms to record a convincing win.

Thapa, who will take on Turkey’s Kerem Oezmen in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, is one win away from becoming the first Indian male boxer to claim two World Championships medals.

 However, four Indian pugilists crashed out after suffering defeats in the pre-quarterfinals. Rohit Mor (57kg) lost 1-4 to Kazakhstan’s Serik Temirzhanov, while Akash (67 kg) went down 0-5 to Cuba’s Kevin Brown.

Sumit (75kg) fought valiantly against Cuba’s Yoenlis Hernandez, but that wasn’t enough as he ended up losing 0-5.

Asian silver-medallist Deepak (51 kg) also bowed out of his maiden World Championships, losing his bout to Tokyo Olympic Bronze medallist Saken Bibssinov of Kazakhstan.

 The Indian boxers still in the fray are I,Nishant Dev (71kg)  who will face Russia’s Vadim Musaev, while Narender Berwal (+92kg) will take on Azerbaijan’s Mahammad Abdullayev.

The 2021 Asian Champion, Sanjeet (92kg), a quarter-finalist at the 2019 World Championships, will be up against Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine.