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New Delhi, July 7, 2024 — The sci-fi epic Kalki 2898 AD is maintaining its impressive run in theatres, completing two weeks since its release. On its 14th day, the film grossed ₹7.5 crore in India, bringing its total domestic earnings to ₹536.75 crore, according to Sacnilk. The producers, Vyjayanthi Films, announced that the film had crossed ₹900 crore globally by its 11th day. With these figures, Kalki 2898 AD has surpassed the lifetime earnings of Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal, which grossed ₹915 crore worldwide in 2023.

  • Kalki 2898 AD* now ranks as the second-biggest hit for its lead star Prabhas, following SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2, which grossed over ₹1788 crore worldwide in 2017. Additionally, it has become the highest-grossing film for veteran actors Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Haasan.

Despite experiencing a significant drop of over 75% on its second Monday, when it earned ₹10.4 crore, the film has maintained steady collections in single digits. According to Sacnilk, the decline from Tuesday to Wednesday was approximately 14%.

Initially, Kalki 2898 AD garnered most of its revenue from the Telugu version but has now shifted focus to the Hindi market. On its 14th day, the Hindi version contributed ₹4.75 crore, while the Telugu version earned ₹1.7 crore. The Hindi version has grossed ₹229.05 crore, whereas the Telugu version stands at ₹252.1 crore. On Wednesday, the film recorded a Hindi occupancy rate of 13.81% and a Telugu occupancy rate of 18.6%.

  • Kalki 2898 AD* features a dystopian world inspired by Hindu scriptures and is set in the year 2898 AD. The film is directed by Nag Ashwin and stars Prabhas, Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Kamal Haasan, and Disha Patani in lead roles.

This post-apocalyptic film continues to captivate audiences, demonstrating strong staying power at the box office.

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New Delhi, July 7, 2024 — In a pivotal decision, the Supreme Court has decided not to halt the NEET UG 2024 counseling process, despite serious allegations of paper leaks and other malpractices. Petitioners had sought the suspension of counseling and a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged irregularities surrounding the examination.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud, stated that the evidence presented was insufficient to warrant an immediate cessation of the counseling process. The court stressed that emotional appeals, such as those linking NEET results to student suicides in Kota, should not influence judicial decisions.

While the Court did not stop the counseling, it recognized the gravity of the malpractice allegations. A notice was issued to the National Testing Agency (NTA), responsible for conducting NEET, requesting a detailed response within two weeks. The next hearing is scheduled for July 8.

The petitioners argued that the examination’s integrity was compromised, impacting the future prospects of numerous aspirants. They called for a comprehensive investigation to ensure the fairness and transparency of the NEET UG 2024 examination process.

NEET UG is a crucial examination for students aspiring to enter undergraduate medical and dental courses in India. Given the high stakes and the sheer number of candidates—over a million—any hint of malpractice raises significant concerns among students and their families.

The outcome of this case is highly anticipated, as it could have far-reaching implications for medical education in India. The NTA’s response to the Supreme Court will be pivotal in determining the future course of action regarding these allegations.

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Ola founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal has commented on Tesla’s exit from the Indian market, asserting that the loss is Tesla’s, not India’s. Aggarwal emphasized that the Indian EV market is expanding rapidly, presenting significant opportunities that Tesla will miss out on.

“While the Indian EV and lithium ecosystem is early, we’re gaining momentum quickly. It’ll be too late for Tesla when they look at India seriously again in a few years,” Aggarwal posted on X (formerly Twitter).

This statement follows a Bloomberg report indicating that Tesla has not pursued discussions with officials in New Delhi, leading to the expectation that the company will not invest in India. The report comes shortly after Elon Musk postponed his visit to India. The government, aware of Tesla’s financial challenges, does not anticipate fresh investments from the EV maker.

Tesla, which has recently faced a second consecutive decline in global deliveries and increasing competition from China, has made several strategic adjustments. In April, Musk announced job cuts, sold the automaker’s flagship Cybertruck stall, and delayed the construction of its Mexico plant.

With Tesla’s pullback, the Indian government may shift focus to domestic players like Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Motors to drive EV production in the country.

Ola, a leading Indian EV startup, is poised for a significant market debut. In June 2024, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) approved Ola Electric’s IPO, featuring a primary issuance of ₹5,500 crore and a secondary sale of ₹1,750 crore. This approval marks Ola Electric as the first EV startup to receive such clearance from the market regulator.

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Companies now require expertise in sustainability and ESG reporting as well: Prof. Ganesh Channa

Prof. Ganesh Channa, President of the World Environment Council, has a proven track record of environmental action. He’s a visionary leader dedicated to building a sustainable future for our planet. His organization spearheads environmental initiatives across the globe, from planting over a million trees to collaborating with governments on policy changes. In this interview, Prof. Channa shares his insights on how we can all contribute to a greener tomorrow.

Team Reblue: Hi Ganesh Sir, thank you for interviewing with us. So, as you are president of the World Environment Council, to start with, we would like to know what is the objective of the organisation and how long it has been running.

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Yes, it all started in 2019.

We began with the intention of taking on a single project. During that time, I discussed the idea with colleagues and friends. We decided to focus on environmental issues because we felt a strong connection to nature, something I’ve felt since childhood. That’s why we decided to establish a large organization to work on these issues.

Our organization started in Delhi and Solapur. We officially began operations in 2021, but we’ve been working on this platform for the past five to six years.

Currently, we have volunteers and official members in over 120 countries. We function as a non-profit organization.

Our vision is to create a sustainable future and promote social, economic, and environmental well-being in communities around the world.

Our mission is to work together, like stewards of our planet, to create a cleaner, safer, and more eco-friendly world by improving local environmental quality. This is the core of our vision and mission.

Team Reblue: Given your presence in over 120 countries, a pretty large footprint, can you elaborate on how you collaborate with your members? Do you primarily work with governments, businesses, or other entities to achieve your vision of a sustainable future?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Basically, my idea was to work globally. So, we decided to undertake some projects and connect with those working on environmental issues, like this one. We’d promote it using a major social media platform to maximize benefits. Think Facebook or LinkedIn – these platforms are ideal.

Through these platforms, we can achieve our goals. We can connect with people worldwide, and some might even join us as official members. Others might volunteer their time and effort.

This year, we initiated a few environmental projects. This one, for example, is our first.

This is now our fourth year! We’ve actually planted over 10,00,000 trees across India with our volunteers and supporters.

Essentially, this is an ongoing mission. We plant trees in various locations, ensuring we have the proper information and record everything with evidence. This year, we will implement different projects and activities.

We’ve actually planted over 10,00,000 trees across India with our volunteers and supporters.

Essentially, this is an ongoing mission. We plant trees in various locations, ensuring we have the proper information and record everything with evidence

Team Reblue: What are the participation opportunities for members, and how can members from different countries actively participate?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Yes, webinars and conferences are possibilities. We can definitely plan these. We’d provide all the information, including banners and other materials. Organizations could then implement the content based on their needs.

The challenge is that we can’t be physically present everywhere.

That’s why we want to connect with everyone. Organizations can connect with us, and we’ll share information about our projects, including those we plan to implement this year. This information will be sent via email and social media to those who connect with us. Organizations can then begin projects using both our banner and their own.

Team Reblue: Given that the company secretary and chartered accountants will likely be involved in sustainability reporting and regulatory matters, how, in your experience, can they contribute to a company’s sustainability goals? In other words, what specific roles can chartered accountants and company secretaries play across various organizations?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Absolutely. However, there are already existing guidelines like ACD or ACB. These guidelines are used for various reports, including medical reporting, environmental, social, and sustainability (ESD) reporting. All of these reports are typically prepared based on these frameworks.

Accountants can get involved through social audits. There’s a separate platform for them to register and work as social auditors.

Company secretaries are also involved in similar ways.

Finally, we launched our own ESG reporting course last month, including modules on both ESG auditing and ESD reporting. The curriculum, content, and syllabus were all developed by us, along with selecting qualified trainers.

This was a successful pilot batch – a five-day online ESG Sustainability reporting course that recently concluded. We’re operating through an online model, and this batch had students from Arab countries and France, demonstrating successful execution on our own platform.

The demand for qualified professionals goes beyond social auditing. Companies now require expertise in sustainability and ESG reporting as well. There’s a high demand and many recruitment opportunities in these areas, including UNC reporting and sustainability reporting more broadly.

Team Reblue: Are the company secretary and chartered accountant primarily responsible for auditing the sustainability report? Additionally, must the report comply with the specific region’s reporting standards?

 Prof. Ganesh Channa: Yes sir. The issue is that there’s a shortage of qualified social auditors. This is a significant requirement globally and in India, as companies often lack experienced and qualified personnel in this area. Currently, across India, there are only around 500 social auditors.

However, the demand for qualified professionals goes beyond social auditing. Companies now require expertise in sustainability and ESG reporting as well. There’s a high demand and many recruitment opportunities in these areas, including UNC reporting and sustainability reporting more broadly.

Team Reblue: When you mention social audits, do they focus solely on the social aspect of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) within a company’s sustainability strategy and performance? Or does a social audit encompass all three pillars of ESG?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Yes, ESG is a vast subject, and there aren’t necessarily specialists in every single aspect. This is because countries implement frameworks based on their specific needs. There are various frameworks available, such as GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board), and TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures).

An experienced ESG auditor might also be an expert in ESG reporting. Our course focuses heavily on the practical aspects of ESG reporting. This is crucial because real-world applications involve following industry-specific government norms and guidelines. Since readily available information might be limited, we use case studies and practical exercises to help students, as well as those enrolled in our ESG reporting course, understand the process.

Team Reblue: In your opinion, what are the primary factors driving organizations to adopt sustainability initiatives? Are regulations the main reason, or are there other significant motivators?  

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Yes, there are many organizations like KV and others working on sustainability implementation. However, our focus is different. While some organizations focus on specific areas or sectors, we work across various areas, making our approach versatile. This means we can cater to a wider range of needs.

Additionally, unlike some organizations that operate solely at the corporate or industry level, we work from the ground level up to the corporate level. We even collaborate with the government on sustainability initiatives.

So yes, that’s what makes our approach unique.

Team Reblue: Building on your experience, what are the key drivers for companies to enter the sustainability space and implement related initiatives? Are government regulations the primary motivator, or are there other significant factors you’ve observed in the industry?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: There are already government regulations regarding ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) and sustainability. These rules apply to both large corporations and smaller companies. As a result, companies need to provide some level of sustainability reporting.

The government doesn’t necessarily need to directly train candidates. They set the requirements, and based on those, organizations develop curriculums, train candidates, and potentially recruit them for government agencies and sectors.

Additionally, there are SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) guidelines. This year, SEBI is likely mandating sustainability audits and unspecified reporting (UC) for over 2000 companies.

Team Reblue: Earlier you mentioned emerging trends and technologies impacting sustainability. In your experience, which of these trends and technologies do you see as most beneficial for companies on their sustainability journey?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Yes, it really depends on the company’s needs. There are many existing technologies that can be applied to sustainability reporting and auditing. However, companies may struggle to implement them effectively.

This is why some companies establish their own technology for sustainability reporting. These technologies allow companies to input data, generate reports, and streamline the entire process. While physical boards may still be used, technology offers significant benefits.

Furthermore, technology can save the environment. When industries implement specific technologies following relevant guidance, it becomes easier to track their operations and ensure they align with sustainability and ESG goals. Software plays a key role in facilitating this process.

Team Reblue: Regulations related to sustainability are constantly evolving, with new frameworks emerging and older ones potentially becoming obsolete (like the possible duplication of TCFD after COP28 in Dubai). This can be a challenge for companies. How are companies you work with balancing the need to comply with these evolving standards while also making progress on core sustainability initiatives like reducing electricity consumption?  

Prof. Ganesh Channa: There are indeed many frameworks available, but their applicability depends on the specific context. Since India is a vast country with a large population, it may require different criteria and frameworks compared to smaller nations.

Frameworks like GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) and SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) serve as general guidelines. However, the government continuously updates its rules and regulations based on evolving needs.

For instance, the Environment Protection Act was originally enacted in 1986 but was subsequently updated in 2020. These guidelines provide a common framework for India and potentially other countries as well.

The Environment Protection Act (1986) outlines initial sector-specific requirements, including how to prepare projects, reports, and specific writing formats. Over time, these requirements are updated within the Act.

Therefore, there isn’t a single, specific set of criteria. Instead, a common framework is often used as a starting point.

Many people understand ESG is a broad topic, but lack in-depth knowledge. Organizations often hold webinars and conferences, but the information might not be comprehensive.

Team Reblue: There is a huge gap between the availability of people who understand sustainability and the demand for them in industry. What is the best way to bridge this gap? Many industries, including manufacturing, finance, and others, will require personnel with sustainability expertise. What initiatives are governments and industries taking to address this growing demand?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Many people understand ESG is a broad topic, but lack in-depth knowledge. Organizations often hold webinars and conferences, but the information might not be comprehensive.

The World Environment Council follows government and UNSDG (Sustainable Development Goals) guidelines. We recently participated in the Ocean Conference in Portugal, and based on learnings there, we’re developing legal frameworks for upper ocean protection. We also submitted water protection guidelines to the Indian government.

Additionally, we offer ESG reporting training. Recognizing students coming from diverse fields like nuclear, finance, manufacturing, etc., we developed a practical ESG toolkit for students. This toolkit covers various sectors, including firecrackers, food processing, footwear, and more. It’s designed to be user-friendly and guide students through practical applications of ESG principles.

Our initiative aims to bridge the knowledge and practical skill gap regarding ESG. Many people confuse ESG with GST (Goods and Services Tax). We leverage technology (Microsoft Excel) to create a user-friendly tool where users can simply input their sector, and the tool provides relevant guidelines and reporting procedures.

This is just one of the initiatives undertaken by the World Environment Council to enhance ESG understanding.

Team Reblue: Our discussion covered existing Indian environmental laws. However, are there any potential gaps in the current legal framework that might necessitate new legislation in the near future? Additionally, what specific legal initiatives do you think would be most beneficial in enhancing India’s sustainability efforts?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Yes, it depends on the government. The Ministry of Environment plays a crucial role, and they do update environmental laws periodically based on evolving needs. However, it’s important to remember that effective implementation relies on both government action and public cooperation.

Additionally, many countries have their own Environmental Protection Acts, which guide their environmental regulations.

AI can be used to analyze vast amounts of data related to a company’s environmental impact, social responsibility, and governance practices. This data analysis can then be used to generate comprehensive and accurate ESG reports, which are essential for financial stakeholders.

Team Reblue: Given our focus on technology and software development, do you have any specific recommendations for companies like our own – Reblue Ventures? What types of software solutions do you see as most beneficial for the sustainability efforts of various industries?

Prof. Ganesh Channa: Yes, there are definitely possibilities for companies like yours. ESG reporting is becoming increasingly important, and AI technology can be a valuable tool in this area.

For instance, AI can be used to analyze vast amounts of data related to a company’s environmental impact, social responsibility, and governance practices. This data analysis can then be used to generate comprehensive and accurate ESG reports, which are essential for financial stakeholders.

So, exploring the use of AI for ESG reporting could be a good direction for your company.

Team Reblue: Awesome. Thank you for doing this interview and sharing your insights with us! We’re sure our readers will get a lot of value from this. 

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New Delhi, June 29, 2024 — Parliament is set for a stormy session today as both houses, Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, reconvene to address pressing national issues, with the alleged NEET-UG paper leak expected to dominate the discussions.

The proceedings of both houses were adjourned on Friday following a tumultuous session marked by the Opposition INDIA bloc’s vociferous demands for a dedicated debate on the NEET-UG issue. The adjournment came as members protested and insisted on prioritizing the discussion on the alleged irregularities in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Undergraduate (NEET-UG).

NEET-UG Controversy: The Core of the Debate

Conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on May 5, the NEET-UG 2024 saw around 24 lakh candidates appear for the examination. The results, announced on June 4, have been mired in controversy with allegations of question paper leaks and other significant irregularities surfacing soon after. The scandal has sparked outrage among students, parents, and political leaders alike, leading to demands for a thorough investigation and accountability.

Today’s Proceedings

When Parliament reconvenes at 11 am today, the NEET-UG issue is expected to take center stage. Opposition members from the INDIA bloc have been persistent in their calls for an extensive debate, underscoring the importance of maintaining the integrity of the nation’s education system.

In the Lok Sabha, BJP MP Anurag Thakur is slated to initiate the debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address. This session is particularly noteworthy as it marks the first sitting of Parliament following the constitution of the 18th Lok Sabha. Thakur’s speech is anticipated to cover a range of topics, but the NEET-UG controversy is likely to be a focal point, given the current public and political climate.

Background and Implications

The NEET-UG examination is a critical gateway for students aspiring to pursue undergraduate medical courses across India. The integrity of such an examination is paramount, and any compromise can have far-reaching implications on students’ futures and the credibility of the educational institutions involved.

The alleged leaks and irregularities have raised serious concerns about the examination’s conduct and the measures in place to prevent such breaches. The Opposition’s insistence on a dedicated discussion reflects the urgency of addressing these concerns to restore public confidence in the system.

What to Expect

Today’s session is likely to be charged with intense debates and demands for action. The Opposition is expected to press for specific details about the investigation into the NEET-UG irregularities, accountability measures, and steps to prevent future occurrences.

The ruling party, on the other hand, will aim to navigate the discussion while highlighting the government’s broader achievements and plans as outlined in the President’s Address. The debate on the Motion of Thanks will provide a platform for both sides to present their perspectives and for the government to respond to the allegations.

Conclusion

As Parliament gears up for what promises to be a crucial session, all eyes will be on how the NEET-UG issue is addressed. The outcome of today’s discussions could have significant implications for the education sector and the political landscape.

Stay tuned for live updates and in-depth coverage of the Parliament session as the nation’s lawmakers deliberate on this critical issue.

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Jasprit Bumrah’s campaign in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 will be remembered as one of the most remarkable individual performances in the tournament’s history. Helping India lift the trophy in Barbados, Bumrah’s contributions were recognized with the prestigious Aramco Player of the Tournament award. His stellar performance, amassing 15 wickets at an astounding average of 8.26 and an economy rate of just 4.17, set a new benchmark for excellence in T20 cricket.

Dominance Across the Globe

New York – A Roaring Start

India commenced their World Cup journey in the vibrant atmosphere of the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York. Bumrah set the tone early, delivering a masterclass in precision and control against Ireland. His first three overs conceded just six runs and claimed the crucial wickets of Harry Tector and Josh Little. Bumrah’s disciplined bowling helped restrict Ireland to a meager 96, earning him the Player of the Match accolade.

The encounter against Pakistan four days later proved to be a pivotal moment in the tournament. Defending a modest total of 119, Bumrah struck early to dismiss Babar Azam, finding the skipper’s outside edge. His return spell saw him remove Mohammad Rizwan, turning the tide in India’s favor. Bumrah finished with figures of 3/14, conceding only one boundary and cementing his status as a game-changer.

Super Eights – Unstoppable Force

In the Super Eight stage, Bumrah’s consistency and versatility shone through. Across 12 overs bowled at various venues, he amassed 6/49, playing a crucial role in India’s dominance.

Against Afghanistan in Barbados, Bumrah’s cunning change-of-pace deliveries dismantled Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai within the Powerplay. He later dismissed Najibullah Zadran, conceding a mere seven runs in his four overs.

In Antigua, facing Bangladesh, Bumrah’s lethal bowling at the death thwarted any late challenge to India’s total of 196. He took two vital wickets, including that of skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto, finishing with figures of 2/13.

The final Super Eights match against Australia in St. Lucia saw runs flowing freely, but Bumrah’s expertise in the death overs once again proved decisive. His clever off-cutter dismissed the in-form Travis Head, ensuring India’s top-spot finish.

Semi-Final – England’s Nightmare

Bumrah rose to the occasion in the semi-final against England in Guyana. Teaming up with Axar Patel, he applied relentless pressure early on, reducing England to 34/2 by the fifth over. His off-cutter deceived Phil Salt, shattering the stumps. Bumrah’s return spell saw him trap Jofra Archer lbw, sealing India’s spot in the final.

Final – Clinching Glory

In the grand finale against South Africa in Barbados, Bumrah saved his best for last. Defending a total of 176/7, he made an early breakthrough with a dream delivery to Reeza Hendricks, swinging the ball away at pace to hit the top of the off-stump. As the match reached a nail-biting climax, Bumrah’s brilliance surfaced once more. With South Africa needing 21 runs from 15 balls, he bowled a perfect delivery to Marco Jansen, nipping the ball back between bat and pad. This crucial wicket left the Proteas reeling, and India secured a thrilling seven-run victory.

Bumrah finished the final with exceptional figures of 2/18 from his four overs, sealing India’s triumph and their long-awaited ICC title. His extraordinary performance throughout the tournament not only earned him individual accolades but also solidified his legacy as one of the greatest T20 bowlers of all time.

A Legacy Cemented

Jasprit Bumrah’s T20 World Cup 2024 campaign will be etched in the annals of cricketing history. From his heroics in New York to his match-winning spells in Barbados, Bumrah showcased his genius and mastery over the craft of fast bowling. His ability to deliver under pressure, combined with his tactical acumen, made him an invaluable asset to the Indian team. As India celebrates this monumental victory, Bumrah’s name will forever be synonymous with excellence and brilliance in T20 cricket.

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Barbados: In a thrilling display of cricket, India emerged victorious at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, securing the coveted title in a spectacular final match. Held in a packed stadium, the Indian team showcased remarkable skill and determination, defeating their formidable opponents to claim the championship.

The final match saw India deliver a stellar performance, with both batsmen and bowlers contributing to the team’s success. Key players rose to the occasion, with memorable innings and crucial wickets that turned the game in India’s favor. The team’s cohesive strategy and unyielding spirit were evident throughout the match, earning them the prestigious T20 World Cup trophy.

Captain Rohit Sharma expressed his pride and joy in leading the team to victory, highlighting the hard work and dedication of each player. “This win is a testament to our team’s resilience and commitment. We played our hearts out and it paid off,” Sharma said.

The win was celebrated across the nation, with fans erupting in joy and congratulating the team for their remarkable achievement. The victory marks India’s second T20 World Cup win, solidifying their position as a powerhouse in international cricket.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup victory is a significant milestone for Indian cricket, inspiring young cricketers and bringing immense pride to the country. As celebrations continue, the team looks forward to building on this success and achieving more milestones in the future.

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Barbados: As Team India prepares for the highly anticipated T20 World Cup final against first-time finalists South Africa, skipper Rohit Sharma addressed concerns about Virat Kohli’s form with a confident and optimistic perspective. Kohli, who has struggled for runs since the start of the tournament, has been under scrutiny. However, Rohit believes the star batter is saving his best for the grand finale.

Dominant Semi-Final Performance

India stormed into the T20 World Cup final with a commanding 68-run victory over England in the semi-final on Thursday. Despite rain-related interruptions, India asserted their dominance from the outset. Rohit Sharma led the charge with an aggressive 57 off 39 balls, setting a solid foundation after the early dismissals of Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant. Suryakumar Yadav provided strong support, contributing 47 off 36 balls, helping India reach a competitive total of 171/7.

In response, England struggled against India’s relentless bowling attack and were bowled out for just 103 in 16.4 overs. This emphatic victory set up a final clash with South Africa in Barbados on Saturday.

Concerns Over Kohli’s Form

Despite India’s dominance throughout the tournament, Virat Kohli’s poor form remains a concern. The star batter has been short of runs since the opening match and managed only 9 runs off as many deliveries in the semi-final. Kohli, who has been opening alongside Rohit, a position he excelled in the Indian Premier League, has found it challenging to replicate his domestic success on the international stage this tournament.

Rohit’s Confident Stance

Addressing Kohli’s form during the post-match presentation, Rohit Sharma expressed confidence in his teammate’s abilities. He dismissed concerns about Kohli’s form, emphasizing the experience and quality the star batter brings to the team.

“He’s a quality player. Any player can go through that. We do understand his class and his importance in all these big games. Form is never a problem because when you’ve played cricket for 15 years, it isn’t a problem. He is looking good, the intent is there. He’s probably saving for the finals,” Rohit told Michael Atherton in the post-match interview.

Eyes on the Prize

India is now gearing up for its third appearance in the T20 World Cup final, with hopes of ending an 11-year ICC title drought. The last time India reached the final was in 2014, where they faced a defeat against Sri Lanka. As the team prepares for the showdown in Barbados, fans and critics alike are eager to see if Virat Kohli will rise to the occasion and deliver a match-winning performance.

The T20 World Cup final promises to be a thrilling encounter, with India aiming to reclaim their position as the champions of the shortest format. All eyes will be on Kohli, hoping he can silence his critics and play a pivotal role in bringing the trophy home.

Stay tuned for the grand finale on Saturday, June 29, as Team India takes on South Africa in what promises to be an epic clash in Barbados.

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In a significant session of the Indian Parliament, President Droupadi Murmu addressed a joint sitting on Thursday, marking her first presidential address since the BJP-led NDA government secured a third consecutive term. During her speech, President Murmu launched a pointed critique of the Emergency imposed by the Congress government in 1975, labeling it the “biggest” and “darkest” chapter in the history of India’s democracy, a direct assault on the Constitution.

Key Issues Addressed

President Murmu also touched upon contemporary concerns, notably the alleged irregularities in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Undergraduate (NEET UG-2024). She assured the Parliament that the ongoing Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the NEET paper leak case would ensure accountability and transparency.

Following the President’s address, a motion of thanks was proposed in both Houses of Parliament, setting the stage for subsequent discussions among lawmakers. This session marks the commencement of the first meeting of the 18th Lok Sabha, with the Rajya Sabha session starting on the same day.

Election of Lok Sabha Speaker

In a significant development on Wednesday, Om Birla was re-elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Prime Minister Narendra Modi moved the motion in the House, and Birla emerged victorious against the Opposition’s candidate, Congress MP Kodikkunil Suresh, through a voice vote. This marks the second consecutive term for Birla as Speaker, reflecting the NDA’s continued dominance in the lower house.

Congratulatory Messages and Vision for the 18th Lok Sabha

Post-election, Speaker Birla received congratulations from key political figures, including Prime Minister Modi and Leader of the Opposition Rahul Gandhi, along with various leaders from both the NDA and the opposition. In his address, Birla emphasized the need for a new vision and resolve for the 18th Lok Sabha. He called for the House to become a center of creative thinking and new ideas, aiming to uphold high standards of parliamentary traditions and dignity. Birla underscored the importance of working towards the goal of a developed India, or Viksit Bharat.

Commemoration of Emergency Anniversary

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Emergency imposed on June 26, 1975, Speaker Birla praised the resilience and determination of those who opposed the Emergency and fought to protect India’s democracy. His remarks served as a reminder of the importance of safeguarding democratic principles and the rule of law.

Adjournment of Both Houses

After a day filled with significant addresses and discussions, both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day. The session highlighted crucial issues, set the tone for future legislative debates, and reinforced the commitment to democratic values and accountability.

As the 18th Lok Sabha embarks on its journey, the focus will remain on fostering innovative ideas, maintaining parliamentary decorum, and addressing the pressing concerns of the nation.

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In a significant moment of unity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is set to assume the role of Leader of the Opposition, shook hands today in the Parliament as they together welcomed the newly re-elected Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla. This gesture marked a fresh chapter in the 18th Lok Sabha.

The Election of Om Birla

The election results were declared by Pro-tem Speaker Bhartruhari Mahtab after the Opposition, which had put forward Congress MP K Suresh as its candidate, chose not to push for a vote on the motion. This led to a smooth re-election for Om Birla, who will now serve as the Lok Sabha Speaker for a second term.

Following the announcement, Prime Minister Modi, accompanied by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju and Rahul Gandhi, approached Om Birla’s seat in the front row of the treasury benches to escort him to the Speaker’s chair.

Congratulatory Messages

In his congratulatory message, Prime Minister Modi expressed his confidence in Birla’s leadership, saying, “It is a matter of honour that you have been elected to this chair for the second time. I congratulate you on behalf of the entire House and look forward to your guidance for the next five years. Your sweet smile keeps the entire House happy.”

Rahul Gandhi, representing the Opposition and the INDIA alliance, also extended his congratulations, emphasizing the importance of the Speaker’s role in parliamentary democracy. “You are the final arbiter of people’s voice. The government may have political power, but the Opposition also represents the voice of the people. The Opposition would like to assist you in your work, and I am confident you will allow us to speak in the House,” Gandhi said.

The Role of the Leader of the Opposition

The role of the Leader of the Opposition in India dates back to 1969 when Ram Suhag Singh first held the post. Since then, it has evolved to become a cornerstone of parliamentary democracy. The Leader of the Opposition plays a key part in the appointment of key officials such as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), and members of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), and the Lokayukta. This role ensures a check and balance within the government, holding it accountable to the public.

A New Chapter in Parliamentary Democracy

As the 18th Lok Sabha begins its journey, the collaborative spirit shown by Prime Minister Modi and Rahul Gandhi in welcoming Speaker Om Birla signifies a hopeful start. Their handshake and mutual respect underscore the potential for constructive dialogue and cooperation, crucial for addressing the nation’s challenges and advancing its democratic processes. The coming years will test this unity and the effectiveness of the new leadership roles, shaping the future of India’s parliamentary democracy.

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