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No game or sport has 'National Game' status, says Sports Ministry

The Sports Ministry has made it clear that it has not declared any sports as national game whereas the web portal of Government has posted an article glorifying field hockey under the heading 'National Game'  

New Delhi: We may be assuming Hockey, the game which fetched six consecutive Olympic gold medals, to be our national game but the fact is none of the games or sports played in the country, including cricket, has the status of 'national game', reports PTI. 
In a reply to a Right to Information (RTI) application, the Sports Ministry has made it clear that it has not declared any sports as national game whereas the web portal of Government '' has posted an article glorifying field hockey under the heading National Game.
The curiosity about national symbols drove Lucknow-based 10-year-old Aishwarya Parashar to file an RTI application to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) seeking certified copies of orders related to declaration of National anthem, song, sport, animal, bird, flower and symbol.
Her queries were transferred to the Home Ministry which forwarded the query related to National Sport to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
In a reply, Sports Ministry Under Secretary Shiv Pratap Singh Tomar wrote in Hindi to Aishwarya that the Ministry has not declared any sport or game to be the National Game.
Surprisingly, the government portal under the head National symbol has given details of 14 such symbols which include - flag, bird, flower, tree, Anthem, River, Aquatic Animal, State Emblem, Calender, Animal, Song, Fruit, Game, and Currency Symbol.
The portal says, “Indians of all demographics backgrounds across the world are proud of these National Symbols as they infuse a sense of pride and patriotism in every Indian's heart."


Trapped in a range: Thursday Closing Report

Range of 5,190 and 5,245 on the Nifty has to be broken to set further direction

Disappointment from the US Fed and the absence of any domestic triggers resulted in the market snapping its four-day winning streak and close marginally in the red today. On a low volume of 44.70 crore shares on the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the Nifty broke its positive trend today. Yesterday we had mentioned that if the day’s low of 5,213 on the Nifty holds we may see the gains continuing, else a correction is due. The index is now seen moving in a range of 5,190 and 5,245, which has to be broken for further direction.
The market saw a gap down opening following weak global cues as the US Federal Reserve, at the end of its two-day meeting, decided to keep rates unchanged and refrained from announcing any new growth-boosting measures. The development led the US indices lower overnight. Similarly, markets in Asia were in the red in morning trade today.
On the domestic front, the Nifty opened eight points down at 5,233 and the Sensex resumed trade at 17,246, a fall of 11 points from its previous close. While the opening figure on the Sensex was its intraday high, the Nifty hit its high in initial trade itself with the index at 5,237.
Profit booking saw the indices move further southwards in morning trade. The benchmarks fell to the day’s lows around noon. At this point the Nifty was at 5,210 and the Sensex dropped to 17,157.
A positive opening of the key European indices, ahead of the European Central Bank meeting, supported the gains in the noon session back home. However, selling resumed once again as nervousness was seen in Europe as the markets were fluctuating between gains and losses on doubts of the ECB announcing any positive moves.
Pressure in oil & gas and banking stocks saw the market snapping its four-session winning streak today. The Nifty closed 13 points down at 5,228 and the Sensex lost 33 points to settle at 17,224.
The advance-decline ratio on the NSE was 797:601.
The broader markets outperformed the Sensex today, as the BSE Mid-cap index rose 0.23% and the BSE Small-cap index gained 0.47%.
The top gainers in the sectoral space were BSE Consumer Durables (up 1.14%); BSE Power, BSE Capital Goods (up 0.69% each); BSE Fast Moving Consumer Goods (up 0.67%) and BSE TECk (up 0.05%). The losers were led by BSE Oil & Gas (down 0.96%); BSE Bankex (down 0.36%); BSE Metal (down 0.31%); BSE Realty (down 0.26%) and BSE Auto (down 0.16%).
NTPC (up 3.78%); BHEL (up 1.25%); Jindal Steel (up 1.06%); ITC (up 1%) and Bajaj Auto (up 0.63%) were the top gainers among Sensex stocks. The key losers were Tata Motors (down 1.80%); ONGC (down 1.25%); Cipla (down 1.13%); Sterlite Industries (down 1.09%) and Tata Power (down 1.05%).
The top two A Group gainers on the BSE were—Cummins India (up 6.79%) and United Spirits (up 5.68%).
The top two A Group losers on the BSE were—Cairn India (down 2.13%) and HPCL (down 2.09%).
The top two B Group gainers on the BSE were—Kale Consultants (up 20%) and Prime Property Development Corporation (up 19.96%).
The top two B Group losers on the BSE were—Sambandam Spinning Mills (down 15.31%) and Cimmco (down 10.16%).
The star performers on the Nifty were 3.81%); BHEL (up 1.50%); Axis Bank (up 1.25%); SAIL (up 0.99%) and Jindal Steel (up 0.93%). Cairn India (down 2.40%); Tata Motors (down 2.13%); BPCL (down 1.79%); Tata Power (down 1.60%) and Cipla (down 1.53%) were the main losers on the index.
Markets in Asia settled mostly lower on the US Fed’s decision to keep rates unchanged. Investors are now eagerly watching the ECB’s move for further direction. Last week, ECB president Mario Draghi asserted that European policymakers would do everything to prevent the Eurozone from collapsing.
The Shanghai Composite declined 0.57%; the Hang Seng dropped 0.66%; the Jakarta Composite tanked 0.90%; the Straits Times fell 0.49%, the Seoul Composite lost 0.56% and the Taiwan Weighted shed 0.03%. On the other hand, the KLSE Composite added 0.06% and the Nikkei 225 rose 0.13%.
At the time of writing, the European markets were recouped early hiccups and were seen in the positive and the US stock futures were also in the green.
Back home, foreign institutional investors were net buyers of shares amounting to Rs441.46 crore on Wednesday, whereas domestic institutional investors were net sellers of stocks aggregating Rs172.97 crore.
Legacy Iron, the Australian arm of NMDC, has finalised the purchase of two of six highly prospective tenements in Queensland where there are strong indications of quality coking and thermal coal mineralisation. It is the first corporate transaction undertaken by Legacy since India's largest iron ore producer NMDC acquired a 50% stake in the company in December 2011. NMDC declined 2.18% to close at Rs185.90 on the NSE.
Private lender Yes Bank today said it has raised around Rs1,181 crore through a dual currency syndicated loan facility from foreign markets. The facility has a maturity of one year and will be used for general corporate purposes and trade finance, the private lender said in a statement. The stock fell 0.41% to close at Rs364 on the NSE.
Ashok Leyland, the Hinduja Group flagship, has won the top exporter gold award from Engineering and Export Promotion Council India (EEPC)-Southern region under the “Large Enterprise” category. The company has bagged the award for third consecutive year. The stock jumped 4.31% to settle at Rs23 on the NSE. 



Eminent people urge Team Anna to call off fast

The appeal from eminent jurist VR Krishna Iyer, former Chief Election Commissioner JM Lyngdoh, former chief of Army VK Singh and others came as the health of Arvind Kejriwal and two others deteriorated on the ninth day of their fast

New Delhi: About 22 eminent persons, including former Army chief VK Singh, on Thursday appealed to Team Anna to call off their indefinite fast as the activists are said to be considering announcing a 'political alternative' before ending their stir, reports PTI.
"All the people listening to us, watching us tell us whether Team Anna should form a political party," prominent Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan said addressing the protesters this afternoon.
The appeal from eminent jurist VR Krishna Iyer, former Chief Election Commissioner JM Lyngdoh, Singh and others came as the health of Arvind Kejriwal and two others deteriorated on the ninth day of their fast.
The letter from eminent persons raised the possibility of an end to the indefinite stir during the day with Hazare likely to announce the future course of action. However, Team Anna members refused to confirm this.
"We appeal you to end the fast," a letter written by the eminent persons, including PV Rajagopal, who had resigned from Team Anna earlier, said.
Reading out from the letter, Anupam Kher said the government was not responding to the fast and was not paying heed to the protest.
"The government has turned its back to the agitation and has also not shown political will to punish corrupt people. The opposition also does not fare well on the issue," the letter said.
"Do not expect anything from this political class. We request Anna Hazare and other fasting activists to channelise their efforts in setting up a political alternative, to give a responsive, democratic and non-violent system," it said.
"Indian democracy needs a new direction. We request the people who are fasting to accept this historical challenge and call off their fast," the letter said.
Questions were raised whether Team Anna was mulling a political role as their official twitter handle and website put a poser to the public asking, "Should Annaji provide a political alternative to the country? Reply YES or NO to this tweet." 
It also tweeted a link which goes to an internet page which put two questions -- Do you have any hope from the existing political parties? Should Annaji provide a political alternative to the country? 
Team Anna had on 31st July appeared opposing UPA in the next Lok Sabha elections, saying its mission is to ensure that "new and apt people" come to power in the 2014 polls.
"This mission will not stop till the 2014 elections, till the time new and apt people come in power. We have to go till the end which is 2014 when the people with Anna's blessings will come to power. Till then, our responsibility is to spread these words," its member Kiran Bedi had said.
Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai have refused hospitalisation despite their health condition worsening and a warning from police that organisers will be "squarely responsible" if anything happens to the fasting activists.
"All the three have repeatedly said that they are here for sacrifice. They will not get prevailed upon. They are very determined themselves," Bedi said.
Hazare, whose fast entered the fifth day, held discussions with the three fasting activists and Bedi in the morning. 
"We call upon Anna Hazare and all his associates who have been on an indefinite fast to give up on their expectations from this establishment.
"Instead, we call upon them to focus their energies on creating an alternative political force that is democratic, accountable, ethical and non-violent and capable of leading an electoral revolution to democratise and decentralise power and make the power structures of the country more accountable to the people," they said.
Former BJP leader KN Govindacharya also appealed to Hazare and others to climb down from their "hardline" position and allow a peaceful solution to the present impasse.
"Both members of the civil society and the government should realise that they are working for the interest of the common man. No situation should be allowed to degenerate into a crisis since this would be unhealthy for democracy. My way or no way should not be a policy of either side.
"...We appeal to both sides to sit together and find an honourable solution to the present crisis. It is time for the civil society to join hands and find ways to resolve the issue," he said.




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The spread of Social Media and its access have raised a number of questions and posed challenges, socially and legally. The argument is that uncontrolled access to Social Media by minors could cause various kinds of problems -innocent and impressionable minds may be affected, cheated or compromised in certain ways. It may provide unsupervised access to facts and other kinds of information that minors are too young to properly evaluate and make decisions on. Is this indeed the case? If it is, are legal, technical and social mechanisms available to help parents and minors make appropriate decisions on accessing social media? Given that mobile devices are all-pervasive, how can such controls actually be implemented?

Is it possible for the Indian Government or its instrument agencies to regulate who opens an account on a web site. There are thousands of places that ask for user data. People open accounts everywhere all the time. FB is just one kind of social media platform. Is it possible for the Government to demand enforcement on such? And how? How can we check the credential of whoever is creating an account?


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