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.

100 crore vaccinations are not just a figure but a reflection of the strength of the country: Prime Minister Modi

Newsroom24x7 Netwok

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the vaccination centre at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital as India achieves 100 crore vaccination mark, in New Delhi on October 21, 2021.

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi onFriday 22 October lauded the difficult but remarkable feat of administering 100 crore vaccine doses and attributed this achievement to the dedication of 130 crore countrymen and said this success is the success of India and the success of every countryman.

Addressing the nation Modi said 100 crore vaccinations are not just a figure, but a reflection of the strength of the country, it is the creation of a new chapter of history. This is a picture of a new India that sets difficult goals and knows how to achieve them.

The Prime Minister noted that today many people are comparing India’s vaccination program with other countries of the world. He said the speed with which India crossed the 100 crore mark, 1 billion, is also being appreciated. However, he pointed out, in this analysis the point of beginning for India is often missed. He said developed countries had decades of expertise in researching and developing vaccines. India mostly depended on vaccines made by these countries. He said for this reason when the biggest pandemic of the century struck, various questions were raised about India’s ability to fight the global pandemic. Questions like, from where will India get the money to buy so many vaccines from other countries? When will India get the vaccine? Will the people of India get the vaccine or not? Will India be able to vaccinate enough people to stop the pandemic from spreading? Were answered by achieving this feat of administering 100 crore vaccinations. He stressed that India has not only administered 100 crore vaccine doses to its citizens but has also done that free of cost. He said the acceptance that India enjoys in the world as a pharma hub will be further strengthened.

The Prime Minister said at the beginning of the Corona pandemic, people were anxious that it would be very difficult to fight this pandemic in a democracy like India. Questions were also raised whether so much restraint and so much discipline work here? He said that for us, democracy means taking everyone along – Sabka Saath. The country started the campaign of ‘Free Vaccine and Vaccine for Everyone’. Vaccinations were given to Poor-rich, Rural-urban alike. He remarked that the country has only one mantra that if the disease does not discriminate, then there cannot be any discrimination in the vaccination. He said that’s why it was ensured that the VIP culture of entitlement does not dominate the vaccination campaign.

The Prime Minister said questions were raised that most of the people in India would not go to the vaccination centre to get vaccinated. Vaccine hesitancy remains a major challenge even today in many major developed countries of the world. But the people of India have answered it by taking 100 crore vaccine doses. He said a campaign is ‘everybody’s effort’ and if everyone’s efforts are synergized, the results are amazing. He said that the Government made public participation the first line of defence in the country’s fight against the pandemic.

The Prime Minister said India’s entire vaccination program is born in the womb of science, has grown on scientific grounds and has reached all four directions through scientific methods. He said it is a matter of pride for all of us that the entire vaccination program of India has been Science born, Science driven and Science-based. He said that before the vaccine was made and until the vaccine was administered, the entire campaign was based on a scientific approach. The challenge was also a need to scale up the production. After that, distribution to different states and timely delivery of vaccines to far-flung areas. But, with scientific methods and new innovations, the country has found solutions to these challenges. Resources were increased with extraordinary speed. He said the Cowin platform, made in India, not only gave convenience to the common people but also made the work of our medical staff easier.

The Prime Minister said experts and many agencies from home and abroad are very positive about India’s economy. Today not only are record investments coming in Indian companies but new employment opportunities are also being created for the youth. With record investment in start-ups, unicorns are being made. New energy is also visible in the housing sector. He said many reforms and initiatives taken in the last few months, will play a big role in making India’s economy grow faster. He said during the pandemic, the agriculture sector kept our economy strong. Today government procurement of food grains is happening at a record level. The money is going directly into the bank accounts of the farmers.

The Prime Minister insisted the people on buying every little thing, which is Made in India, which was made by the hard work of an Indian. He said that this will be possible only with the efforts of everyone. Just like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a mass movement, in the same way, buying things made in India, buying things made by Indians, being Vocal for Local has to be put into practice.

The Prime Minister said the country knows how to set big goals and achieve them. But, for this, we need to be constantly careful. He stressed that no matter how good the cover is, no matter how modern the armour is, even if armour gives a complete guarantee of protection, weapons are not given up while the battle is on. Similarly, he said there is no reason to get careless. He requested the people to celebrate our festivals with utmost care.

Jaismine, Basumatary chalk out easy victories to move into the second round ​of  ​5th Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships

Harpal Singh Bedi

Hissar: Defending champion Assam’s Pwilao Basumatary and   Asian Championship bronze medallist Jaismine recorded easy victories in the 60kg category of the 5th Elite Women’s National Boxing Championships at St Joseph’s International School here on  Friday.

Basumatary showcased a ruthless display of power boxing and nimble-footedness as she thrashed  Karnataka’s Theertha Lakshmi while Haryana’s  Jasmine beat  Chhattisgarh’s Rajbala  5-0.

Jaismine was time and again caught her opponent on the wrong foot, Basumatary went on the attack from the word go, hitting Theertha Lakshmi with powerful jabs before the referee stopped play Gujarat’s Hardeek Kaur Gill (60kg) also put up a flawless display against Ladakh’s Rigzen Tsomo before winning the contest 5-0. 

Meanwhile, Maharashtra pugilists continued their good show in the ongoing championship as Laxmee Mehra outpunched Sikkim’s Sarmila Rai to win her 63kg opening round bout by Referee Stopping the Contest (RSC).

Chandigarh’s Neema was another pugilist who was in top form in the 63kg category, beating Neha Kasnyal of Uttarakhand 4-1.

Shruti Yadav of Madhya Pradesh gave a tactical masterclass against Chandigarh’s Anju in the opening round of 66kg category, winning by a comfortable margin of 5-0. Anju had no answer to Yadav’s jabs and shots aimed at the head, as Day 2 ended on an electrifying note.

The gold and silver medallists will earn themselves a place in the national coaching camp. However, the remaining two names for the camp in each category will be selected on the basis of performances in the selection trials, which will take place right after the Nationals.

Forty-nine bouts were contested on Day 2 of the championship in which  320 pugilists from 36 states/union territories/boards from across the country are taking part. The tournament is being hosted by the Boxing Federation of India association with the Haryana Boxing Sangh. 


Amateur Avani claims  the second title of Hero WPGT season; Amandeep finishes second

Harpal  Singh Bedi

Avani Prashanth in action at Panchkula

Panchkula: Bengaluru’s  Avani Prashanth played even-par last round to win her second title of the season as she held off the favourite  Amandeep Drall by a shot to claim the 11th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Panchkula Golf Club here on Friday. 

 Avani totalled 2-under 214, while Amandeep aggregated 1-under 215.

 Pranavi Urs (76), Jahanvi Bakshi (73) and Vani Kapoor (73) were tied for third place at 4-over 219. Seher Atwal (75) was sixth at 221 and Rhea Jha (73) was seventh.

Saaniya Sharma, amateur Kriti Chowhan and Hitaashee Bakshi occupied the eighth to 10th places.

Amateur Avani, who is playing both the Hero WPGT circuit and the amateur Tours won the third leg in Mumbai and was also runner-up at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram in the eighth leg and was again second in the 10th leg last week in Chandigarh. So, the win today was even sweeter.

Amandeep Drall continues to lead the Hero Order of Merit, while Vani Kapoor remains second.

Amandeep has now won Rs.15,01,900, while Vani has amassed Rs.13,00,500 and Jahanvi became the third player to cross the Rs.10 lakh mark as she has earned Rs.10,67,733. Hitaashee, Seher and Saaniya are fourth, fifth and sixth.

Meanwhile, Avani’s 66 in the second round, as also that of Saaniya Sharma were confirmed as the Ladies scoring record at the Panchkula Golf Club.

Starting the final day one shot behind Avani, the experienced Amandeep bridged that narrow gap with a birdie on the second hole. However, a dropped shot on Par-5 fifth gave the lead back to Avani, who parred the first six holes.

Avani landed her first birdie on the seventh but gave away that gain on the next hole. So, when the players reached the turn, Avani was still one ahead. The others had been way behind, and the contest was now between Avani and Amandeep.

On the back nine, while Avani birdied 11th and 12th, Amandeep birdied 11th and bogeyed 12th. That meant Avani was now three shots clear.

There was another twist as Avani dropped shots on Par-3 13th and Par-4 15th, while Amandeep birdied 15th to pull level with the young amateur.

With two holes left, it was now about holding nerves. Amandeep bogeyed the 17th, while Avani parred the 17th and 18th and won the title.

Pranavi had a disappointing final day as she bogeyed first and then double-bogeyed Par-5 seventh. On the back nine, she had three bogeys in a row on 15th, 16th and 17th. Her two birdies of the day were on fifth and sixth as she carded 76 and fell into a tie for third with Vani Kapoor and Jahanvi.

Saaniya ,who opened with 79 and then had a superb 66 in the second round to set a ladies course record jointly with amateur Avani, who also shot 66 in the second round, once again went to 78 in the final round to fall to eighth.


It is  going to be a very  tough Junior Hockey World Cup  says Chief Coach Graham Reid

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi:  It is going to be a very tough Junior World Hockey Cup, scheduled at Bhubaneswar from 24 November, predicted Indian Chief Coach Graham Reid.

Reid, who is overseeing the team’s training, feels that the players are excited to compete with the world’s best teams on home ground in Bhubaneswar.

“There is definitely a lot of excitement among the players and there is some anxiousness too as we are yet to pick the final team that will be played in the Junior World Cup. But having said that, the players are all very upbeat and are looking forward to playing in Bhubaneswar as they have heard a lot about the venue from their senior compatriots,”  Reid  told Hockey India

India Colts are grouped in Pool B along with France, Canada, and Poland. They will open their campaign on 24th November against France. the hosts will play their second pool B match on 25th November against Canada and will play Poland in their third pool match on 27th November.

Talking about the pool stage and the teams India is grouped with, Reid coach of the Indian Team which to won an Olympic Bronze Medal in Tokyo, said, “No team can be taken lightly in an event like the World Cup. I always tell the players to take it one match at a time and not get ahead of overselves  at any point in the tournament until we have achieved what we have set out for. 

‘What is important for us is to get some good practice matches in Bhubaneswar so the players get a feel of the pitch and I am talking to coaches of some European teams to see if we can play friendlies with them when they arrive “

Commenting on Reid’s remarks, Coach BJ Kariappa who has been with the Colts team since 2017 opined that this is a talented bunch and is ready to put up a good challenge. 

“The good thing about our preparations is that both Junior and Senior Men are housed in the same campus here in SAI, Bengaluru. So, we get to play a lot of internal matches with the Senior Team and the energy within the group is great and each one is pushing the other player to perform on a daily basis. This group has some really talented players with good skills. I believe we are ready for the challenge in Bhubaneswar.” 

The other 15 teams in the fray at the  Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar are Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, and the United States.