In Barcelona, Spain, the opening ceremonies of the Games of the XXV were held on July 25, 1992. After the first games since 1972, professional athletes were allowed to participate for the first time. All member nations of the International Olympic Committee completed which resulted in the highest number of participants, as many as 169 countries participated, in the history of Olympics.Event witnessed many firstsIn 1992 summer Olympics, after the disintegration of Soviet Union, twelve former soviet states fielded as a united team, while others such as Estonia and Lithuania fielded their own teams for the first time since Berlin Olympics of 1936.Former Yugoslavian territories Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia participated under their own flags for the first time.South Africa, which was banned in 1960 for its racist apartheid policy, participated in the Olympics for the first time.About The Dream TeamUS men’s basketball team, nicknamed The Dream Team was one of the most anticipated performances of the Olympics.Star players like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Charles Barkley competed alongside 11 other NBA All-Stars and Duke University standout Christian Laettner.Before the US game against Angola, the Angolan players posed for pictures with their American competition and asked for autographs while the American team was relaxed, confident and often joked with the press.The Dream Team won the gold in the games, beating their opponents by an average of 44 points.Why did Deratu Tulu shine in the Olympics? Deratu Tulu of Ethopia, winner of the 10,000 metres created history. She was the first-ever black woman to win an Olympic medal.advertisementShe did a victory dance with white South African competitor Elana Meyer to celebrate South Africa’s recent abolishment of apartheid and as a symbolic gesture of African unity.Other memorable moments from the games included American Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s second consecutive heptathlon victory, Carl Lewis’ third consecutive gold in the long jump, and host country Spain’s gold-medal performance in men’s soccer.(Written by Soumya Goyal)Also read: World’s first and only life skills Olympiad launched in 100 countries: How to registerAlso read: Science and Mathematics Olympiad: Assessing raw talent at an early stage
Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government is committed to a knowledge-based digital society whereby Jamaicans, particularly youth, have greater access to technology.To this end, he said, barriers of access have been removed from approximately 250 government and educational websites.“I must thank our telecoms partners for ensuring that (the more than) 250 government websites are now zero-rated,” he said.Dr. Wheatley was speaking at the launch of 29 new Xerox products at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston today (August 22).He said by ensuring that those barriers are removed, a child at home can now access essential websites and educational material online through their personal devices or the ones provided through the Government’s Tablets in Schools initiative.Meanwhile, he said the Government remains resolute in its 10-point information and communications technology (ICT) plan to improve efficiency in Government, not only within the different ministries, departments and agencies but also the citizen-Government relationship.“We will be doing this by ensuring greater openness in Government by making more information available online, and by ensuring that Government will have more records and business processes digitised for greater administrative efficiency,” the Minister noted.“We also intend to achieve this by enhancing citizen to Government interaction and by enhancing business to Government interaction, because we believe that the private sector must assist in driving economic growth and development,” he added.Dr. Wheatley said technologies such as Xerox ConnectKey, and companies such as Productive Business Solutions (PBS) are “critical private-sector partners in the realisation of these goals”.“It is this technology that will transform the experience of our employees, giving them the freedom to solve problems, to be more productive and to take on new challenges. Today’s launch and our exposure to ConnectKey will, more or less, enable us to become masters of the workplace and, by extension, masters of the world,” he said.He said ConnectKey will revolutionise the way in which business processes are executed and will make business more efficient and smarter.General Manager, PBS, Michael Lewis, noted that the new devices will change the way in which people work.“Historically, they were single-function stand-alone devices that could either print or copy; then we had all-in-one multifunction devices that could print and copy and even scan and fax documents,” he said.For more than 40 years, PBS Jamaica, formerly Xerox Jamaica Limited, has been the local Xerox Authorised Partner and has offered world-class technology in document management and print solutions to a wide spectrum of companies across several industries.In 2002, the Facey Group of Companies acquired Xerox Jamaica, making it a member of the PBS Group. PBS operates in 13 countries across Central America and the Caribbean.The launch of the 29 new printing solutions is the biggest of new products in Xerox’s history and will revolutionise workplace productivity with next-generation features, instant cloud and mobile connectivity. It is the biggest advancement in its 110-year history. Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government is committed to a knowledge-based digital society whereby Jamaicans, particularly youth, have greater access to technology. Meanwhile, he said the Government remains resolute in its 10-point information and communications technology (ICT) plan to improve efficiency in Government, not only within the different ministries, departments and agencies but also the citizen-Government relationship. “We will be doing this by ensuring greater openness in Government by making more information available online, and by ensuring that Government will have more records and business processes digitised for greater administrative efficiency,” the Minister noted.
That the “fruits of progress can only be enjoyed at peace” is quite well-known. No matter the quantum of progress made by successive governments, this stands true for all countries across the globe, in all possible sectors. The fact of the matter is that if there is no peace, progress can be meaningless. Null & Void. Period. Naturally, the question now arises as to how peace can be made to prevail. Confucius had said that to ensure peace in the world, there should be peace in each country, to ensure peace in the country, there should be peace in every region, to ensure peace in the region, there should be peace in each society, to ensure peace in the society, there should be peace in each household, to ensure peace in each household, there should be peace within each person of the household and to ensure that, each person should be at peace and content. How does one attain such peace? Well, the answer to this extremely important and varies from person to person, but the basic premise is that everyone gets all the essentials required for sustenance. More importantly, one should be able to relish the same. From time immemorial, every country has been searching for ways to bring sustainable peace in their respective societies and ensure that citizens can enjoy the fruits of the development that follows. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyHowever, the development and subsequent enjoyment of it is directly proportional to the numbers, keeping with basics of demand and supply. To explain it with a simple example, 10 grams of butter can be effectively spread over two slices of bread. If one tries to spread the same butter over 10 slices of bread, it would not have any taste or purpose. Similarly, fruits of progress can only be enjoyed by an optimal population. If this optimal population threshold is crossed, then no one can enjoy the fruits of progress. Zeroing-in on the crux of the matter, it can be reliably conferred that more population equals less enjoyment of progress. Also Read – The future is here!When there are more people, it is but natural that peace would also be adversely affected. Society is bound to be divided along the lines of ‘haves and have nots’. Thus, the have nots are bound to rise up and ask for society to balance itself. As a result, crimes would increase, giving rise to unhappiness among the deprived as well as the materialistically privileged. So what is the solution? It’s simple – population control. PM Modi has recently drawn attention to this aspect in his speeches and addresses to the nation. It’s a global phenomenon that society’s deprived ones will always gravitate towards fighting for what they presume to be greener pastures. This struggle has tilted the equilibrium adversely in various area. Be it the conflict between immigrating Mexicans and the US government or Rohingyas emigrating from Myanmar and now in South East Asia and India. In India, besides such mass movements of people from one region to the other, the influx of refugees from neighbouring countries in the last four decades has been detrimental to several states, especially border states like Assam and West Bengal, where mass exodus has changed the very basic demographics of the region. Districts like Dhubri, Goalpara in Assam, Malda, 24 Parganas and all of North Bengal and Tripura are examples of adverse effects, due to which the implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) has become the only option. Despite the task of implementing something like the NRC being a herculean one, it is a requirement that the present government has correctly not deferred. Any such measure is bound to have teething problems and there is no need for the hullabaloo coming from some political quarters. All responsible citizens of the country are well aware that not a single genuine citizen will be harmed in any manner as a result of the NRC. On the other hand, it is a necessity, without which the fruits of progress will go down the drain for the entire indigenous population of the country. Much like elaborated in the song – Mai Bharat Bol Raha Hun – where singers like Kailash Kher, Shaan and others link the scarcity of resources in every sector to the most important yet dangerous issue of overpopulation. No matter what the government provides in all development sectors, there is a huge deficit due to an increasing number of illegitimate resident in India, leaving demand and supply forever in disbalance. Keeping this in mind, more than 125 parliamentarians have signed and admitted a public bill during the last session to put a stop to this population explosion in our country. Not being as tough as China, but it quiet aptly proposes a maximum two-child norm, i.e., to debar anyone who has more than two children from voting in the country, besides disincentivising facilities for such couples. While Bangladesh and Malaysia have been able to contain their population explosion, India has not. Both the birth rate and the influx of migrants from neighbouring countries are responsible for this in our nation. Atithi Devo Bhava is something that can’t be extended at our peril – at the cost of our own existence! It is imperative to understand and accept this simple yet bitter truth, without indulging in politicking, for the country’s sake. (The author is a senior IAF officer, former OSD to LG, DelhiThe views expressed are strictly personal)
New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that terrorist attacks anywhere in the world should be considered as an act of terrorism — “not more or less” or “good or bad”. During his address at the Leaders’ Dialogue on Strategic Responses to Terrorist and Violent Extremist Narratives, held on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly session on Monday, Modi called for institutionalisation of counterterrorism cooperation at the multilateral level and asserted that India will work towards enhancing ongoing cooperation and capacity building of friendly countries in this area. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “The prime minister said that terrorists should not be allowed to get funds and arms, for this objective to be realised,” Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs A Gitesh Sarma told reporters here after the meeting. Modi also asserted the need to avoid politicisation of mechanisms like UN sanction listings and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and said that these mechanisms need to be enforced. A terrorist attack anywhere in the world “should be considered terrorism — not good or bad terrorism. Not more or less”, the prime minister said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen He said there should be a “qualitative upgradation” in the ongoing cooperation and intelligence sharing through bilateral and regional frameworks. Sharing India’s experience, Modi told the meeting that democratic values, diversity and inclusive development are the most important weapons against ideologies that promote terrorism, extremism and radicalism, Sarma said. Modi called for global solidarity and readiness against terrorism in the same way as the world has shown solidarity against challenges like climate change. The meeting also took stock of the Christchurch Call to Action to eliminate terrorists and violent extremist content online. India has supported the Christchurch Call to sanitize cyberspace from contents which promote and eulogise terrorism, hate and violence, Sarma said. India’s rising stature and strong democratic credentials increasingly resonate in multilateral fora and were very much exemplified by French President Emmanuel Macron’s opening statement where he expressed appreciation for India’s association to the Christchurch call, particularly as a democracy that represents over a billion people, he said. Macron said India’s support takes the entire initiative to new levels and gives it a greater sense of action towards dealing with, content and use of online techniques.
New Delhi: In a daring daylight robbery, two masked robbers entered the Central Bank in Farsh Bazar area of Shahdara and looted Rs 9 lakh at gunpoint. The two men held the staff and customers hostage for a few minutes before fleeing from the spot. However, the alert public chased and caught hold of one of the two accused with the help of policemen and the entire amount was recovered.The initial investigation revealed that both the accused came from Amroha in UP and stayed at Loni overnight before striking at the Central Bank in broad daylight. The police are now searching for the absconding accused. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe incident occurred at Central Bank, Farsh Bazaar between 3:30-4 pm wherein two criminals entered with firearms and looted 8,89,000 Rs from the customers in the Bank at gunpoint and ran away. The alert public gave a chase to the robbers as one of them stumbled. Soon, the public caught one of the accused with the help of police beat staff and PCR. The entire amount was recovered along with the country-made firearm with bullets and a knife. The vehicle (motorcycle) used in comemission of crime has also been seized. “On preliminary enquiry, it has been revealed that the two accused started from Amroha Railway station, UP on intervening night of September 24-25 with the intention to commit crime as they were in desperate need of money. They reached Bhatia Railway station, Loni, UP and stayed over night,” said DCP Shahdara, Amit Sharma. Both the accused started on September 26 from Bhatia Railway station, Loni, UP on motorcycle and headed towards Farsh Bazaar. After committing a crime, when they were trying to escape, one of the accused identified as Vikas, a resident of village Dhanora, Distt Amroha, was nabbed. The police have identified the second accused who is still absconding and teams have been formed to arrest him.
New Delhi: It was a sultry Wednesday morning in the national capital, with the weatherman predicting light rains towards the evening. “The minimum temperature recorded at 8.30 AM was 23.4 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal,” a MeT official said. The humidity level was recorded at 85 per cent. The weatherman has predicted partly cloudy sky with possibility of light rains and thundershowers in the evening. “The maximum temperature is likely to settle at 32 degrees Celsius,” the official added.
Chennai: MNM founder Kamal Haasan on Wednesday faulted the Tamil Nadu government for seeking the court’s approval to erect banners to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping for their informal meet here this month. The actor-politician appealed to Modi to “act as a pioneer” and put an end to the “banner culture.” In a tweet, he said the Tamil people were “struggling” to cope with the death of 23-year-old Subasri who was killed when an illegal hoarding put up by an AIADMK functionary fell on her, with the techie riding a two-wheeler losing balance. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadA water tanker coming from behind had run over her. “Honourable @PMOIndia While Tamil Nadu and Thamizhians (Tamils) are struggling to cope with the loss of Shubasri’s death, the Tamil Nadu government has approached the courts to obtain permission to erect your banners,” he said. “If you act as a pioneer in taking the first step to put an end to this haphazard banner culture, it will reflect your concern towards the sentiments of Tamils, and that in itself will garner you the greatest publicity possible. Jai Hind!,” the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiThe Tamil Nadu government had on Tuesday sought the Madras High Court’s permission to erect banners welcoming Modi and Xi Jinping, who are slated to meet at Mamallapuram, about 50 km from here, for their second informal meet from October 11-13. The petition filed by commissioner of municipal administration on behalf of the government would be taken up for hearing on Thursday. Referring to authorities not giving permission for putting up banners throughout the state, the petitioner had said Modi and Jinping would be holding bilateral talks in the tourist town.
Ulan Ude (Russia): Six-time champion MC Mary Kom’s seemingly endless reservoir of experience makes her a strong medal contender yet again but the spotlight will also be on some youngsters when India takes guard at the World Women’s Boxing Championship starting here on Thursday. Mary Kom was on Wednesday seeded third and handed a bye into the pre-quarterfinals. She will begin her campaign on October 8 against a yet to be decided opponent. In all, five Indians got first-round byes into different stages depending on the size of the draw. No Indian will be in action on the opening day of the mega-event. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe 36-year-old Manipuri has been an ambassador of the sport not just in India but also the world over. However, there is a minor blemish in her magnificent record — the lack of a world title in the 51kg category. She would be aiming to set it right in this Russian city. This is not to say she hasn’t done well in the hard-fought category– Mary Kom has the Olympic bronze medal and the Asian Games gold to her credit in the division. Former champion and Mary Kom’s contemporary L Sarita Devi (60kg) is another one to watch out for after she defeated last edition’s bronze-winner and a much younger Simranjit Kaur in the trials. Sarita, seeded fourth, has also got a bye but into the round of 32. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersOutside the ring, the eight-time Asian medallist is in the running to become a member of the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) first ever athletes commission, the voting for which will take place during the mega-event here. She is expected to make the panel as there hasn’t been any other nomination from the Asian bloc. Previous edition’s bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain has moved up a division to 69kg this time. Borgohain, an India Open gold-medallist, has been seeded third and given a bye into the pre-quarterfinals. India Open gold-medallists Neeraj (57kg) and Jamuna Boro (54kg) are among the five boxers, who will be making their debuts at the big event and can be expected to create a flutter. Neeraj, a former national champion, has got a bye into the round of 32. In the 75kg category, former Asian champion Saweety Boora will be keenly watched. She was a silver-medallist in the 2014 edition of the marquee tournament. “This squad is a nice mix. Last time we had four medals, let’s see how the debutants respond to the challenge this time. Fingers crossed,” national coach Mohammed Ali Qamar said. “Before coming here, we had a fruitful training stint in Italy where we got to spar with the Chinese, which is not something that happens quite often. They hardly travel elsewhere and they are the biggest force in women’s boxing,” he added. In the 48kg category, which Mary Kom made her own, Strandja Cup silver-medallist Manju Rani will be fighting it out this time. A debutant at the world championship, Rani got a bye into the pre-quarterfinals. “She has shown a lot of promise and hopefully, it would translate into a medal here,” Qamar said. Among the veterans, former Asian medallist Kavita Chahal (+81kg) is in the quarterfinals due to the small size of the draw and will need just one win to be assured of a podium finish at the big event, where she has won two bronze medals in the past. India’s best performance at the tournament was back in 2006 when the country, hosting the event, topped the medals tally with a haul of eight, including gold medals by Mary Kom and Sarita. The Squad: Manju Rani (48kg), M C Mary Kom (51kg), Jamuna Boro (54kg), Neeraj (57kg), Sarita Devi (60kg), Manju Bomboriya (64kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Saweety Boora (75kg), Nandini (81kg), Kavita Chahal (+81kg).
New Delhi: His writings, his spoken words and vignettes from his life – Mahatma Gandhi was the refrain in the farthest corners of India on his 150th birth anniversary on Wednesday as tributes poured in and parties jostled to stake a claim on his legacy.From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and from schools big and small to the beaches of Dandi, there were multiple odes to the man whose ideas and ideals were instrumental in shaping India’s freedom struggle and post-Independence journey. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkAn outpouring of tributes, marches and commemorative events marked the day that saw the customary ceremony and grandstanding but also genuine remembrances of the Mahatma and efforts to understand his profound contribution to society. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Modi led the nation in paying rich tributes to the father of the nation at his memorial in Rajghat. Observing that Gandhi envisioned Indian nationalism as one that was never narrow or exclusive, Modi proposed what he called the ‘Einstein Challenge’. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports”How do we ensure future generations remember the ideals of Gandhi? I invite thinkers, entrepreneurs and tech leaders to be at the forefront of spreading Gandhi’s ideas through innovation,” Modi wrote in the New York Times, in an article titled ‘Why India and the World Need Gandhi’. Modi also travelled to Gujarat to address a gathering in the Sabarmati Ashram. The government used the day to stress on cleanliness, the dangers of single-use plastic and the aim of making India open defecation free. The celebrations appeared to be a game of one-upmanship between the Congress and the BJP with both organising marches, Gandhi’s favourite way of reaching out to the people, in their bid to cash in on his legacy. BJP president Amit Shah kicked-off a four-month exercise in which party leaders across the country will undertake foot marches and address public events to mark his 150th birth anniversary. The Congress, which has seen over the years a gradual appropriation of some of its stalwarts by the BJP, launched a counter-drive with its president Sonia Gandhi taking a swipe at the Modi government, saying the Mahatma would have been pained by what has happened in India over the last few years. While the BJP’s called its march ‘Sankalp (pledge) Yatra’, the Congress named its march, ‘Gandhi Sandesh Yatra’. Prayer meetings were organised in numerous places connected with Gandhi. In Gujarat, for instance, school students gathered at Hriday Kunj, Gandhi’s home at the Sabarmati Ashram, to attend an all-faith prayer meet.
Just as a school-going 16-year-old Greta Thunberg from Sweden sent a message to the world, loud and clear, with her consistent efforts that this planet Earth belongs to the future generations, more and more young people are devising innovative ways to go about everyday activities sustainably, from coming up with bio-degradable plastic to dry shampoo to simple water-saving techniques, to adopting a zero-waste and plastic-free lifestyle, the young do realise much better the need for sustainability with respect to climate change, a cleaner planet, and a pollution-free life. In addition to such young innovators, students from Delhi-NCR have created two Guinness World Records for environment protection on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. The first record was in the category of ”environmental sustainability lessons to the largest number of students at one place” wherein close to 5,000 children participated; and, second record is of ”the largest number of assembly and lighting of solar lamps” in which more than 5,000 students took part. The Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar’s congratulatory address to the students called for creating oxygen bank by planting at least seven trees during one’s lifetime and administered the oath of non-violence towards the environment to all the students. It is true that children need guidance in understanding the implication of matters like clean and healthy environment but given the record-making turn-out, perhaps India can rest assured that her future is in safe hands, aware and informed.