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England Tour of India: First New Normal Cricket In India Since the Pandemic!

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Undoubtedly the most cricket-crazy nation of the world, India had to go without official cricket for nearly a year due the COVID-19 Pandemic that raged in the country till September 2020. Three away cricket series against South Africa, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka had to be cancelled. The much awaited T20 cricket bonanza, the IPL, had to be shifted to the United Arab Emirates thanks to an empty slot left by the indefinitely postponed ICC World Cup T20 slated for 2020. For India, the IPL had been the start of the New Normal Cricket during September-November 2020 followed by its historic tour of Australia 2020-21, both under secure bio-bubble environment. Now, with the England cricket team touring India, the first official cricket Series is about to unfold from tomorrow, the 5 th of February 2021, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai: the first of the four-match Test Series between England and India.   In view of the pandemic that still has not said quits, new normal arrangements are

Indian Farmers’ Crisis: Two Months And The Republic Day Aftermath!

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Perhaps the Indian agitating farmers, protesting for more than 60 days, made two strategic mistakes at two crucial junctures. First when the Supreme Court of India stayed the Farm Laws till further orders and constituted a panel to carry forward the discussion. The farmers rejected this saying that all the four members of the panel were in support of the three Farm Laws, and that they wanted to talk with the Government only and wanted solutions through this. Perhaps, they could have perceived the stay on the implementation of the laws as a moral victory, and felt the opportunity in this, because the opinions of the panelists were not going to be the final say with the Supreme Court observing.   Second when the Government of India proposed what they had termed as the best offer: willing to stay the three laws for a period 18 months and carrying on the process of discussion, looking for required amendments of some provisions and so on. The farmers rejected this too saying that they w

OTT Webseries Blues In India: Tandav Just A Beginning Of The Tandava?

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It seems, reasonably enough, that the outrage was waiting to happen. The growth of the Over-the-top media services platforms (OTT) that distribute video streaming over the internet, has been tremendous in the last eight years in India; in 2018 its market worth was more than INR 21.5 billion which has grown to INR 35 billion in 2019 and it is around INR 40 billion now. The market worth is expected to grow at the exponential rate of 45% to reach around INR 138 billion in 2023 and over 158 billion in 2024. The platforms enjoy a viewership of more than 1.7 billion subscribers currently which is likely to rise to a whopping 5 billion this year, making it the second-biggest OTT market after the US. Except for Reliance Entertainment’s launch of BigFix in 2008, the biggest of the 40-odd OTT platforms like SonyLIV, Disney-Hotstar, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Voot, JioCinema and Zee5 started operations in India during 2013-18.   Initially, the OTT platforms were streaming released feature films,

Welcome President Biden! Long Live Democracy!

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Joseph R Biden or popularly known as Joe Biden, the 46 th President of the United States of America, was sworn in a modest inauguration event on the 20 th of January 2021 held in the premises of Capitol Hill which was invaded by Trump supporters two weeks back. At 78, he is the oldest ever President of the country to be sworn in: however, his arrival at this juncture is seen by many as momentous and much-needed in view of the aftermath of Trumpism.   Not surprisingly, considering the bitterly divided American society, President Biden pleaded for national unity and the end of the uncivil war with the slogan ‘shun division, embrace unity’. He explained that ‘unity’ is required in view of the paramount need, which he termed as ‘a desperate call for survival coming from the planet earth itself’, of countering the challenges of rising political extremism, white supremacy racism, domestic terrorism and the pandemic that caused more damage in one year than the whole of the World War-2

Why Is The Brisbane Test Victory So Important For Indian Cricket?

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The Gabba Fortress! On the 19 th of January 2021 at the Gabba in Brisbane, the dying moments of the fifth and final day of the fourth cricket test match between Indian and Australia, India accomplished the most improbable by defeating the shell-shocked hosts by 3 wickets. Set a daunting target of 328 runs for a win the visitors replied at 4/0 at stumps on the fourth day which meant India had to get 324 runs on the last day for victory. The Indian team, already written off by many an expert after the catastrophic 36 runs all out in the first test in Sydney thus conceding an easy win for Australia, had a tough job ahead on an unpredictable last-day pitch facing arguably the best bowling attack of the world. Most importantly, the ground is popularly known as Gabbatoir for Australia where the home team never lost a test match against any cricket team since the last 32 years with an unbelievable tally of 24-0 wins. Therefore, at best, most of the cricket experts and fans expected India to

Incredible Brisbane Victory: India Lift Border-Gavaskar Trophy Overwhelming Australia 2-1!

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Rishabh Pant It was a rare of the rarest moments in the history of Test Cricket with a Test match going down the wire till the last mandatory overs and converting itself into a T20-like situation as India needed around 50-odd runs from the last 10 overs and Australia needed to capture 5 wickets. That too, in the fifth and final day of the match with India batting last facing a daunting target 328 runs for victory or to suffer defeat or to save the match and the Series. This was also like a classic tennis game with match points and Series points over a breathtaking and suspenseful period of time.   And, who could be a better player than Rishabh Pant in that T20 moments? Conclusively for the team, Pant blossomed into tremendous form from the third Test in Sydney and started doing what he had been expected to do since a long while, irrespective of the formats of the game concerned. With more successful players in the shortest formats, Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur giving him co

COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Begins In India!

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The world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccination drive is all set to start across India from tomorrow, Saturday, the 16 th of January 2021. As was decided and enumerated much earlier, during this first phase of vaccination drive around 30 million health sector and frontline workers will be getting the jabs of the vaccines against the novel Coronavirus, namely the Oxford’s Indian version Covishield manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and the fully indigenous Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech.   Jabs are to be administered from tomorrow to around 10 million doctors and healthcare workers, and then to cover around 20 million frontline workers during this initial phase. Next, around 270 million of people over the age of fifty and people with comorbidities are to be covered. The Government of India has already procured and dispatched 11 million doses of Covishield and 5.5 million doses of Covaxin, and the inoculation drive will be totally free of cost in this first phase with the Go

India Save The Sydney Test: Die-Hard Vihari-Ashwin Partnership Frustrates Australia!

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The last recognized Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara got out in the 89 th over making it 5-down at 272 runs (target 407) with nearly two sessions still left for play in the fifth and final day of the third cricket Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. R Ashwin, coming in place of injured Ravindra Jadeja who had been crucial in both the Melbourne and this Sydney Tests, then joined Hanuma Vihari, and they fought a historic battle for over four hours facing more than 40 overs, with the mandatory 20 overs in the last hour, finally saving the Test match for India at 334/5. Vihari remained not out at 23 off 161 balls while Ashwin at 39 not out off 128 balls. The greatest part of this incredible partnership was the indomitable spirit and patience shown by both batsmen, never going for an improbable win and concentrating on defending each and every incoming ball till the end when the match was accepted as a draw by the hosts with the last mandatory over remaining.  

স্বাধীনতা সংগ্ৰামী বাউলীকবি কমলানন্দ ভট্টাচাৰ্য্য .🌺👏 Freedom Fighter Bauli Kavi Kamalananda Bhattacharyya...

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  🌺আমাৰ ককা -👏বাউলীকবি কমলানন্দ ভট্টাচাৰ্য্যদেৱৰ আজি ৭০ সংখ্যক পূণ্য তিথি । পুহমাহৰ কৃষ্ণা একাদশীত..,. ইংৰাজী ১৯৫১ চনৰ ৪ জানুৱাৰী তাৰিখে ৫৬ বছৰ বয়সত তেখেত স্বৰ্গবাসী হয় ।   সৰুৰে পৰা ককাৰ  শ্ৰাদ্ধ দেউতাই  কৰি অহা দেখি ককাক দেখা  যেন লাগিছিল । এই দিন কেতিয়াও পাহৰিব নোৱাৰোঁ । নগাঁৱৰ ঘৰত সাংগীতিক পৰিবেশৰ মাজতে ককাক যেন পাইছিলোঁ ।  আজি ককাৰ গানেৰেই  ককাক স্মৰণ কৰি পূজা দিলো। ।ককা আহি গান শুনিবলৈ ৰৈ থকা  যেন লাগিল।         ১৯৪২ চনৰ স্বাধীনতা আন্দোলনত  যোগদিয়াৰ পিছত ৯ মাহ কাৰাবৰণ কৰি  তেখেতৰ স্বাস্থ্যৰ অবনতি ঘটিছিল ।  দেশৰ কাৰণে প্ৰাণ  আহুতি দিয়া এইজন ককা ...আমাৰ সকলোৰে  ককা ..বাউলীকবি  কমলানন্দ  ভট্টাচাৰ্য্য দেৱৰ  মৃত্যু হৈছিল মাতৃৰ সমুখত  । সেইগৰাকী  মাতৃৰ  মানসিক শক্তি ৰ কথা আইতা আৰু  দেউতাৰ পৰা বহুত শুনিছিলো । তেখেত আমাৰ আদৰ্শ ।  নিজৰ পুত্ৰ জেলত থাকোতে , আৰু  পুত্ৰৰ   মৃত্যুৰ পিছত ধৈৰ্য্য সহকাৰে  ঘৰ চলাই নাতিক মানুহ কৰা এগৰাকী সাহসী  মানুহ আছিল 'আই '... দেউতাৰ মৰমৰ আই । দেউতাৰ আদৰ্শ আমিও পালো ।         ১৯২১ চনত  মহাত্মাগান্ধীৰ  আহ্বানত গোটেই ভাৰতবৰ্ষ জুৰি  যি  অসহযোগ আন্দোলন 

US Capitol Shame: Unprecedented Assault On Democracy Even As The US Congress Certifies Biden Victory!

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Just when the bicameral United States Congress was to sit in a rare joint session to certify Joe Biden’s electoral victory mobs descended on Capitol Hill, the celebrated seat of the US Government, and drafted a black chapter not only in the country’s democratic history but also in the world’s democratic traditions. Supporters of the outgoing President Donald Trump gathered in large numbers and breached the security to carry out an unprecedented act of desecration and vandalism. At least four people were killed in the violence, and the security personnel, totally overwhelmed by the surging mob, arrested around fifty rioters. Coming in as a light at the end of the tunnel the US Congress had met later and certified Joe Biden’s electoral victory which means that Biden is now the rightful official President of the country set to take over on the 20 th of this month. As per the latest news reports Trump has finally conceded his defeat and acknowledged Biden’s democratic victory.   The h