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India, Australia renew rivalry in World Cup semis
An undefeated India will face their biggest challenge of the cricket World Cup when they take on co-hosts and four-time champions Australia in the latter's backyard at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here on Thursday.
 
There has been a lot of talk about the match ever since the two teams made the last four during the previous week. Australian players have been playing mind games that their much touted pacers will deliver "short stuff" to Indian batsman, who are traditionally more comfortable playing off their pads.
 
Looking at the mind games being played by Australia and the calm displayed by the Indians, it gives one an idea how the two teams are preparing for the clash.
 
The Aussies also have not stopped short of reminding the defending champions of their dismal tour Down Under this Australian summer. 
 
India lost the Test series 0-2 and did not even win a single match in the One-Day International (ODI) tri-series, also involving England.
 
However, come Thursday, the co-hosts will be facing the same men but with a different mentality and attitude. This Indian team is on a seven-match winning-streak, shoving aside everything that has come their way. It won't be the same easy run that Australia had this summer.
 
The World No.1 side, on the other hand, have lost a match in this tournament, against New Zealand. The quarterfinal against Pakistan also showed that their batting order is brittle, something that Indian pacers would like to exploit.
 
India's bowling has been the main reason for their success in the tournament. Pacers Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma have been brilliant. 
 
They have done nothing extraordinary, just stuck to the basics by bowling on good line-and-length with accuracy and consistency.
 
The SCG wicket traditionally is slower in comparison to other pitches in Australia. The track could also prove to be friendly for Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been one of the best spinners of the tournament. The offie could prove to be the difference in the semifinal clash.
 
When it comes to the batting, the top order has struck for India. When they failed, the lower order came good, especially while chasing. 
 
So the bottom line is that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's top-six batsmen have shown their class and ability to get runs and they should be able to cope with the much touted Australian pace attack.
 
Don't forget Rohit Sharma scored his double century against Australia and also a hundred in the tri-series before the World Cup.
 
The only thing that makes the match 50-50 is that Australia are playing at home. But they are not exactly happy that they are playing at the SCG and the stadium would be a blue of humanity.
 
For people who believe in statistics, they will easily bet their money on Australia. The co-hosts have won 12 of their 13 ODIs against India at the historic ground. 
 
Also, Australia have never lost in the semifinals of the World Cup, having won five and tied one.
 
But come Thursday, it will be the on-field performances and not stats that will matter.

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Odisha monk campaigns to save indigenous cow
A monk in Odisha has launched a campaign to save the state's native cow breeds that are on the brink of extinction.
 
Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, the spiritual leader of the Kriya Yoga of Prajnana Mission, has kept over 150 cows of Odisha's indigenous varieties at his ashrams and urges others, especially farmers, to follow suit.
 
Prajnanananda, 55, said he stayed three years ago in Rajasthan where such conservation had proved successful.
 
After returning to Odisha, he started collecting native varieties cows and nurturing them.
 
"Initially we started with a few. Later the number gradually increased," said the saffron-robed who has travelled widely around the world to promote Kriya Yoga -- a spiritual form of yoga.
 
"The milk we consume today from hybrid cow is type A1 which can contribute to diseases. But the milk of the native cow is type A2 which is good for health," Prajnanananda told IANS, seated in Hariharananda Gurukulam, an ashram near Puri city.
 
Situated in the natural surrounding of forests, about 60 km from Bhubaneswar, the ashram houses over 50 cows and calves, mostly of Odisha's indigenous varieties as well as over 200 stray cattle.
 
The milk produced by the cows cater to the daily needs of hundreds of ashram inmates and regular visitors.
 
The Hariharananda Balashram, the Prajnana Mission's another religious centre in Kendrapada district, his birthplace, also houses about 85 cows and calves.
 
Spread over about 10 acres, the ashram also runs a residential school which has 500 children, mostly orphans. They get quality education free of charge up to Class 10.
 
The students, staff and other inmates consume milk produced by the ashram cows.
 
The holy man, who has written and translated numerous books on spiritual topics, said the forested areas in the ashram complex provide the domestic animals the natural grazing fields.
 
He said efforts were under way to collect more such cows.
 
"From time immemorial the cow has been the backbone of our agrarian economy," he told IANS. "The milk, curd, ghee, cow dung and cow urine of the native cows have medicinal properties."
 
He lamented that their use has been almost lost.
 
Prajnanananda has been organising meetings across the state in recent years, motivating farmers to go for and protect the indigenous cow. "Many of them have started preserving the native varieties," he said.
 
"We plan to set up six 'goshala' (cow shelters) in Odisha to preserve the native cows and bulls," he said.
 
The native cow's population in Odisha was 13,144,359 in 2003. This fell to 10,315,499 according to the livestock census of 2012, the most recent.
 
Although the state has several native cow breeds, only four have been listed in the National Registry by the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resource (NBAGR).
 
Prajnanananda, who was an economics professor at the Ravenshaw College in Cuttack before becoming a monk in 1995, said most native cows have evolved naturally through adaptation to Odisha's agro-ecological conditions.
 
They derive their names from the place of their origin or on the basis of prominent characteristics.
 
One species seen in Malkangiri district stands less than one metre tall -- and is not found anywhere else in the world.
 
Another species seen in Jajpur district gives high yield and has greater immunity to a host of livestock diseases.

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Modi's defining trait is determination, says British author
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's defining trait is determination and an absolute commitment to success, says British author Lance Price, noting that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader has the potential to transform India's politics.
 
Price, whose book "The Modi effect: Inside Narendra Modi's campaign to transform India" (Hodder & Stoughton; pp 352; 25 pounds (hardcover); 14.99 pounds (paperback), was released earlier this month, said that Modi had been "a very successful" front man for India.
 
Modi's "defining trait is determination and an absolute commitment to success for himself and for his country", Price told IANS in an interview, adding: "I think perhaps the one defining thing about him is (not) to consider a failure as an option. That is something successful leaders have in common."
 
He said that Modi was a remarkable leader "who deserves to be compared alongside some of the greatest in the world" in the way he focussed on what he had to do to win the April-May 2014 general election for the BJP.
 
Price, who has presented a copy of his book to Modi, said it is not often that there is a political leader who changes the weather and manages to achieve quite a radical transformation in his country's politics.
 
"It is a bit early to say whether that has been achieved. Over the next few years we will discover whether that is the case. But the potential is there," said Price, a former BBC correspondent and a former director of communications of the Labour Party.
 
"He has been very successful as a frontman, if you like, for India. There is real eagerness not only to know about him as a man but also about India. It has come at a time when people are looking at India as a powerhouse. Its prospects for growth seem to be very encouraging," Price said.
 
He said that Modi's single biggest challenge was "to maximise the potential of India as a growing economy".
 
The author, who had talked to Modi "at length" for the book, said the BJP leader was determined to be a successful as prime minister.
 
"I have to say this is a foreigner's perspective but I think Mr. Modi is his own man and he will make his own decisions based on what he thinks is right for the country," said Price, who is a writer, broadcaster and commentator.
 
Price said that Modi, like any good politician, knows that secret to success is in changes that affect the everyday lives of the people.
 
Thus, while Modi had spent a long time as a "pracharak" of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the BJP's ideological mentor, he has made great efforts in recent years to position himself as a development-oriented politician. He said that the RSS, like many other organisations in a democracy, has a right to influence politicians.
 
"Everybody has a right to try to influence politicians and governments and I am sure the RSS is not alone in that. How much he will listen to them and will be influenced by them, only time will tell," Price noted.
 
He also said that whether one agreed with Modi's politics or his ideological background, he deserved the victory in the last general election.
 
"Whether it is oratorical skills, the ability to inspire his followers, the communication skills, the organisational skills - all those elements go together to make him a successful politician. Modi has so many of those qualities," Price told IANS.
 
He said it was possible for the BJP to do better in the 2019 general election, but this would depend on the performance of the Modi government and the circumstances at the time.
 
"But if you look at (February assembly) election result in Delhi, it shows that the BJP bandwagon does not roll on relentlessly and can be stopped. It will also depend on whether the other parties, the Congress in particular, learn the lessons of their mistakes," he said.
 
(The Congress won a mere 44 seats in the general election to the BJP's 282 of the 543 elected seats in the Lok Sabha. The Congress was wiped out in the Delhi assembly polls, with the three-year-old Aam Aadmi party winning 67 of the 70 seats and the BJP the remaining three.)
 
Price said he wrote the book as people outside India did not know much about Modi before his elevation as prime minister.
 
"One of the reasons I wanted to write a book was that there was real appetite outside India to know more about him, his background," Price said, adding he wanted to to bring the West up-to-date about Modi, his ambitions for India and why he did so well in the campaign.
 
Price also said Modi was a "new guy on the world stage" and was making "a big impression."
 
"You saw (this) in the way he was received in America, in Australia. He really (has) drawn attention to himself, asked people to look at India afresh as a result of his election."
 
Price also noted that there had been a series of visits by foreign leaders to India since the Modi government assumed office last May, adding that the attention given by US President Barack Obama to India has been "quite exceptional."

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CHANDU CHARTIST

2 years ago


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CHANDU CHARTIST

2 years ago


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LALIT SHAH

2 years ago

Champooso ka tota nahi
How many uneducated in Gujarat ?
No light water health services in Gujarat where Modi rule 13 years
Author must visit Gujarat each and every part and study actual vikash model than write real story of FEKU land broker

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