• Daring Female Cops Rescue 3 Minor Girls after Being Chased by a 600-Strong Mob in Haryana

    Two women cops from Bengal bravely faced a 600-strong mob in Haryana to rescue a trafficked girl. By the end of the mission on Wednesday, they were successful in rescuing not one, but three minor girls, and also arrested nine traffickers. According to the police, the three girls were kidnapped and brought to Haryana to be married off. The fearless cops -- Sub-Inspector Piyali Ghosh and Constable Madhumita Das from Sankrail Police Station in Howrah, left for Haryana four days ago with two male constables. Image for representation only. Source: John Hill - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33519980 The team was following a tip-off obtained from a Howrah-based suspect named Mehfizza who told them that she had sold a 15-year-old girl in Palwal district of Haryana, with the objective of getting her married to 10 men. But in the process of raids and investigation, the cops had to face a mob of about 600 people, which chased them through open fields saying that they were trying to kidnap their women. People in the mob were screaming for "public justice" and the women cops had to urge their counterparts in Haryana police to fire shots in the air to save their lives. "I am happy that the job was done. We thank the constant help we received from anti-trafficking NGO, Shakti Vahini. We received little support from Haryana Police though Uttar Pradesh police always backed our raids...This was our first raid in Haryana and now we know we need to do our homework to be successful here," Piyali Ghosh told The Times of India. Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia).

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  • DCW Chief Swati Maliwal will be arrested soon, warns Kejriwal

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 27 (ANI): Launching a fresh attack on Lt.Governor Najeeb Jung and the Centre, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asserted that there are numerous decisions of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government which Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to reverse through the Lt.Governor such as the removal of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal. Taking to Twitter, the AAP national convener said Jung and the Prime Minister were in cahoots to take down the Delhi Government.

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  • Rahul's ton in vain as Windies stop India by 1 run in first T20I

    Lauderhill (US), Aug 27 (IANS) Promising batsman Lokesh Rahul's 110 not out went in vain as West Indies managed to defeat India by one run in the nail-biting first T20 International at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground here on Saturday. With India needing 2 runs from the final ball, West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo kept his nerves to dismiss Mahendra Singh Dhoni (43) with a slower one to take the Caribbean side home. Chasing a mammoth 246, Rahul struck the second fastest century in T20 Internationals to guide India to an almost improbable win before the last ball twist changed the fortunes of the men in blue.

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  • Delhi Constable murder: All three culprits arrested

    New Delhi [India], Aug 27 (ANI): The Special Cell of the Delhi Police on Saturday arrested all the culprits in connection with the killing of a constable at Shahbad Dairy. The 49-year-old Delhi Police constable was shot at and hacked to death by three unidentified miscreants on August 19. Anand Singh, the constable, who was posted at the Bawana Industrial area, was shot dead in outer Delhi's Shahbad Dairy area at around 9 p.m. while trying to catch miscreants fleeing after snatching a bag from a woman.

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  • Ola boats deployed to support flood relief efforts in Varanasi, Allahabad

    Varanasi/Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): In an endeavour to help thousands of citizens affected by the floods and waterlogging in Varanasi and Allahabad, Ola, India's most popular mobile app for transportation, today announced that it has deployed boats to help people in affected areas across the two cities in Uttar Pradesh. Ola is also introducing a special category 'Donate' on its app in Varanasi and Allahabad. Fellow citizens who wish to donate food items, clothes, blankets, medicines etc. can open the Ola app and click on this icon.

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  • Bhawanipatna incident: Odisha CM assures stringent action against guilty

    Bengaluru, Aug. 25 (ANI): Expressing grave concern over the shocking incident where a man had to carry the body of his wife from the District Headquarters Hospital in Bhawanipatna to his village on his shoulders in the absence of ambulance service, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday assured that stringent action would be initiated against those found guilty. "Indeed that is very distressing news and we have ordered an inquiry and very stringent action should be taken against those found guilty.

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  • Turkey jails three former diplomats over coup bid

    Ankara, Aug 27 (IANS) Three former top Turkish diplomats were arrested on Saturday on charges related to the recent failed coup attempt.

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  • Mulayam Singh justifies shooting of 16 kar sevaks in Ayodhya

    Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh, India), Aug.27 (ANI): Justifying his firing order to the Uttar Pradesh Police that claimed the lives of 16 kar sevaks in Ayodhya on October 30, 1990, former chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday said had even 30 people been killed for the country's unity and integrity, it would not have bothered him. The firing on the sevaks took place when the Ram temple movement, spearheaded by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), was at its peak.

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  • TBI Blogs: This Wheelchair Tennis Player Hopes to Win Gold for India in 2020 Paralympics

    International wheelchair tennis player, Prathima Rao has her eyes set on the 2020 Paralympics to take place in Tokyo. The only thing holding her back is an old wheelchair. Bangalore-based Prathima Rao was all of 3 years old when she lost the use of her right leg to polio. She was forced to use a caliper to move around, and continues to do so till date. This has not stopped her, however, from making a name for herself as an international wheelchair tennis player. Prathima's tryst with tennis can be traced back to the days of her divorce. Battling depression and struggling to cope with the changes in her personal life, she sought - and found - solace in tennis. Prathima, a mother of a 10-year-old, maintains a packed schedule. On weekdays, her day begins with a two-hour practice session that starts at 6 am and goes on till 8 am. From 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Prathima is busy with the front-office job that helps her support herself and her son. While most might be tempted to take things easy on the weekend, Prathima is seen sweating it out in intense, day-long practice sessions at the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA). Her hard work paid off when she qualified for the Malaysian Open. This was also the time when KSLTA's chief trainer, Ramesh, recognised her immense potential and decided to train her for free. Prathima only realised the many ways in which her antiquated wheelchair held her back when she participated in the Malaysian and Bangkok Opens. Wheelchair tennis demands continuous sideway movements in order to cover the court. The heavier and slower the wheelchair, the greater energy and time lost by the player. In this sport, that could be the deciding factor between a winner and a loser. Prathima was using a wheelchair given to her by the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association. The old wheelchair hampered her performance and the Indian para-athlete faced a 0-6, 0-6 loss in her first singles match in both the tournaments. However, in the doubles event, she managed to reach the semis in Malaysia and the quarter finals in Bangkok. This in itself is an achievement, considering the drawbacks of using an old wheelchair. Wheelchair tennis gained popularity back in 1976, thanks to the efforts of American player, Brad Parks. Before Parks' intervention, most able-bodied individuals could not imagine the possibility of playing tennis on a wheelchair. Parks struggled, travelling from city to city, breaking stereotypes, questioning prejudice and paving the way for the countless differently abled who were waiting to hit the tennis court. Parks' efforts led to the induction of wheelchair tennis into the Paralympics and the Grand Slams. Wheelchair tennis has since been accepted and acclaimed in countries across the world and by international tennis bodies. In India, however, para-athletes struggle to gain recognition and funding for their basic equipment; a fact that became painfully clear to Prathima during her time in the Malaysia and Bangkok Opens. After observing international players, she found that to even be considered on equal footing as her competitors and to ensure a fair match, a new wheelchair was crucial. Although Prathima earns enough to give herself and her a son a good life, a new wheelchair of international standards is, economically, out of her reach. Countless attempts to raise money on her own failed, before she decided to place her faith in the people of the country. She started a crowdfunding campaign on Wishberry, and is painstakingly raising the funds required to buy her a new, state-of-the-art wheelchair that will her win gold for the country. A faster wheelchair will help her give her best in international tournaments and make India proud. It will also give her a winning chance to improve her world ranking, work her way into the top 100 and qualify to participate in Grand Slams as well as the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. A win in these competitions, she believes, will help her get one step closer to fulfilling her long-term objective of improving the support system for para-athletes in the country. During her time in Malaysia and Bangkok, she was left awe-inspired by the facilities available to international para-athletes. Many players travelled with an entire team of coaches and support staff. This crew not only monitored the player’s game, but also constantly captured and analysed an opponent's strengths and weaknesses. The most crucial thing which she learnt was the financial support a lot of these players received from their country’s sporting bodies; in order to encourage them to focus on tennis as a full time career, players are given a daily allowance for their personal expenses. This allows them to practice 5-6 hours everyday. Lack of sponsors is the biggest problem faced by an Indian para-athlete. Like any other sport, this sport can only attract sponsors if at least one player emerges as the national star, a star the entire nation looks up to as an achiever. Once the sport begins to attract money, it will also attract more players and give them a chance to be trained and groomed in high-end facilities. Prathima is optimistic about participating in the 2020 Paralympics, and strongly believes in the potential that India has to produce the world’s best wheelchair tennis players. You can contribute to Prathima’s crowdfunding campaign here. Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia).

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  • Maneka Gandhi launches online complaint box for children to file sexual abuse grievances

    New Delhi, Aug. 26 (ANI): An online complaint box for reporting child sexual abuse, the POCSO e-Box was launched by the Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi here today. Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO), e-Box, is an online complaint management system for easy and direct reporting of sexual offences against children and timely action against the offenders under the POCSO Act, 2012. Minister of State for Women and Child Development Krishna Raj, Secretary WCD Leena Nair, NCPCR Chairperson Stuti Kacker and other senior officials of the WCD Ministry and NCPRC were present on the occasion.

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  • Kashmir Valley will be completely unmanageable if something is not done, warns Khurshid

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 28 (ANI): Former external affairs minister and Congress senior leader Salman Khurshid on Sunday warned both the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government that if something concrete is not done to end more than 50 days of unrest in the Kashmir Valley, the situation will become "completely-completely" unmanageable. Talking to reporters after Saturday's meeting, Mufti said that the Prime Minister was "very concerned" about the situation and has asked for steps to bring normalcy in the valley.

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  • Delhi Dynamos sign 2006 WC winner Simone Barone as assistant coach

    New Delhi, Aug 26 (ANI): The Delhi Dynamos Football Club continued their endeavour at strengthening the squad for the upcoming season of the Indian Super League, by appointing another 2006 World Cup winning midfielder Simone Barone as their assistant coach. The club have also announced the signing of Sebastian Delgado of Spain and Italian Roberto Ghielmetti as the goalkeeping coach and fitness coach respectively for the new season, while Mario Cerra of Italy will be the new team manager as well as the medico assistant.

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  • Special 2G court reserves its order on Aircel-Maxis case

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 27 (ANI): A Special 2G court on Saturday reserved its order on whether it has the jurisdiction to try the Aircel-Maxis deal. The Delhi High Court yesterday appeared disinclined to interfere in the case involving former union minister Dayanidhi Maran, saying the matter was sub-judice in a competent court. The Aircel-Maxis case is tied to allegations that then telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran forced Aircel owner C. Sivasankaran to transfer his ownership to Maxis Communications Bhd in 2006.

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  • Karnataka has no right to release Cauvery water when drinking water is scarce: JD(S)

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 28 (ANI): Backing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on the issue of Cauvery water sharing with Tamil Nadu, Janata Dal (Secular) national secretary general Danish Ali on Sunday said when farmers and the common man are distressed and even drinking water is not available in Cauvery catchment areas, how can the Karnataka government release the river waters. "Areas along the Cauvery are reeling from a shortage of water, even drinking water is not available to people living in the Cauvery Basin.

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  • Russia to pay bonuses to athletes barred from Rio

    Moscow, Aug 26 (IANS) Russian athletes banned from the Rio Games will be provided financial assistance, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said at a meeting with members the country's Olympics team. "The foundation will transfer funds to the Russian Olympic Committee to provide financial assistance to our leading athletes, members of our national track and field team banned from the Games by the IOC," Medvedev said on Thursday, reports Tass. Medvedev congratulated Russian athletes who won medals at the Olympics and handed them keys to brand new off-road vehicles as a reward.

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  • India Red thrash India Green by 219 runs in Duleep trophy opener

    Greater Noida, Aug 26 (IANS) An all-round effort from India Red players helped the side thrash India Green by 219 runs in the opening match of the Duleep Trophy cricket tournament at the Greater Noida Sports Complex ground here on Friday. After a miserable first innings by both the sides, where India Red managed to take a slender 10-run lead, Man-of-the-Match Abhinav Mukund (77 in first innings, 169 in second) once again flourished in the second essay to take the side to a mammoth 486, with valuable contributions from centurion Sudip Chatterjee (114) and Gurkeerat Singh (82). There was no stopping the duo of Mukund and Chatterjee, who forged a 240-run stand for the second wicket while Mukund added another 70 runs with Gurkeerat for the fourth wicket.

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  • How Dalit Women in MP Are Protecting the Rights of Vulnerable Communities in Their Village

    After facing oppression and discrimination for several years, Dalits in a village in Madhya Prdesh are bravely fighting for their rights and the rights of their children. This is how.   These days, Dalits are at the epicentre of protests and heated political debates. This demographic may still be largely marginalised and discriminated against but the narrative of gloom is slowly moving towards one that holds hope for a better future. Just a couple of years ago the Dalit women of Chaubara Jagir village in Sonkatch block of Dewas district, Madhya Pradesh, led change from the front and compelled their local administration to consider their needs as second to none in the area. It was the struggle for a functional anganwadi centre that brought the women together and gave them the strength to stand up against prejudiced attitudes. Officially an anganwadi centre is described as “a village centre that provides basic health care, nutrition education and supplementation, and also conducts pre-school activities for children under six years”. In other words, it is the very basis of mother and childcare at the grassroots. What if, instead of one, there were two such centres in a village? Seems like a good thing, doesn’t it. The Dalit women of Chaubara Jagir would have begged to differ. For in their remote hamlet, the fully functioning anganwadi was for the upper caste women, while the one designated to serve them was in a pitiable condition. You might also like: How Rural Women Are Challenging Gender-Based Exclusion from Land Ownership in India Run from a broken down shed, their children were not just exposed to the elements but were also vulnerable to being attacked by stray animals. The monsoon season was particularly trying because the heavy rains and a leaking roof would result in frequent closure of the facility as well as the destruction of the already meagre supply of dry rations and nutritional supplements meant for distribution among pregnant and lactating women and children under six. For years, they struggled with this problem as no one knew how to tackle it. Who does one go to, to demand repairs of an anganwadi? How does one ensure that the centre not only opens regularly but the anganwadi worker does her duty properly? Since there were no answers to these questions they suffered in silence. “Things would have gone on like this forever had Jan Sahas not started working in our area,” remarks Reena Raikwar, a Dalit woman, who finally took matters into her own hands with assistance from the Dewas-based non government organisation that empowers socially excluded Dalit, tribal and other communities in the district by protecting their rights and building the capacities. In order to reach out to the community with relevant information and motivate them to claim their rightful entitlements under government welfare schemes, Jan Sahas has established a resource centre at Sonkatch with support from the Fight Hunger First Initiative of Welthungerhilfe, Germany. “When Jan Sahas volunteers came and told us that we could walk into the centre and explain our problem, I gathered a few women from the village and went there. We told them that our children were being denied the care they deserved because the anganwadi centre was in a shambles. That’s when they explained to us how we could approach the senior district officials and apply for the construction of a new centre,” Raikwar recalls. You might also like: Once a Devadasi Herself, Kashava Is Now Helping 3628 Ex-Devadasis Build a New Life As a starting point, the Dalit families asked their sarpanch to take relevant action. He refused outright. This reaction, however, did not really surprise them as their community is used to being sidelined due to their low social status. So the next step was to draft an application to approach the Sonkatch Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM). While the formal application was signed by all the Dalit women in the village, around 25 of them got together to meet the SDM. When they got their one-on-one with him they urged him to expedite the construction as their children were entitled to a safe anganwadi. Kashu Bai, who was a part of the group, shares, “The SDM took the time out to hear us because many of us had gone to meet him. The volunteers at the resource centre had told us that there is strength in numbers. Besides that we had properly drafted the application wherein we had mentioned our problem in detail. Earlier, neither did we know which official to speak to nor did we have the confidence to do so.” That one visit to the SDM’s office worked like magic as he immediately issued orders for building a new anganwadi. Construction began a few months later. Every year, the government introduces many welfare measures, such as low-cost housing, subsidised food grains, free education and livelihood security. Under the Disabilities Act, the physically disabled, too, are entitled to various benefits. However, being largely illiterate or semi literate most marginalized groups lack awareness and agency to avail of them. This is where the Jan Sahas resource centre is bringing about a real transformation. Volunteers there give information on all the different schemes launched and on legislation like Right to Information (RTI) Act, Public Service Guarantee Act, and so on. You might also like: District Officers from Karnataka Town Take Dalits to Temple, Despite Opposition from Upper Castes Ever since the Sonkatch resource centre became operational in April 2012, the Dalits and tribals have learnt to fight for their rights with considerable success. In Mundalana, they took up the issue of availability of potable water in the Dalit neighbourhood. With only one hand pump in the ‘basti’, families were already reeling under a shortage when that too completely broke down. Despite repeated complaints and several meetings with the panchayat secretary, the man responsible for hand pump repairs, months passed with no solution in sight. The crisis severely affected the women, physically and mentally, as they spent hours on end trying to source water. It was in those dire times that they came across the resource centre. As soon as they put forth their problem they were guided to the best and fastest way out. An application was drafted to be submitted to Sonkatch Jal Nigam’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Thereafter, a delegation called on the official to talk about the magnitude of difficulty they were facing. Without delay, the panchayat secretary was directed to do the needful. Such was the effect that within two days the hand pump was in working order. Shares Manish Richi, a Dalit resident of Mundalana, “Once the volunteers showed us the way we took over. We have realised that we, too, have a right to basic services. Earlier, we used to feel powerless, but that’s not the case anymore. In future if we face a similar situation, we shall approach the right authority in time. We know how to go about it and have learnt how to draft applications.” There have been other positive impacts of the resource centre as well – it has led to the widespread construction of toilets in several villages in the area and many who previously didn’t figure on the Below Poverty Line (BPL) list have got their names registered. Moreover, as per the provisions of the Forest Rights Act, the tribals have been able to stake their rightful claim over the forest and its other resources. Of course, this is not to say that there has been no backlash from the powerful elements in the region. In fact, the resistance has been most acute in cases involving land grabs. Elaborates Hemraj Khichi of Jan Sahas, “Some influential people had encroached on the lands of the poor tribals, who couldn’t muster the courage to stand up to them. We have been able to help them but not without some tactful planning.” Om Prakash Malviya of the Sonkatch centre, signs off, “Generations of Dalits have faced oppression and lived in destitution. It’s time to change things. The idea is to show them how to become strong and independent and raise their voice against the injustice. We have taken a step in the right direction.” -Shuriah Niazi Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia). Written by Shuriah Niazi for Women’s Feature Service (WFS) and republished here in arrangement with WFS.

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  • National herald case: Delhi Court issues notice to Sonia, Rahul on Swamy's application

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 27 (ANI): A Delhi Court on Saturday issued notices to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and five others on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy's application seeking summoning of certain documents from Associated Journals Pvt.

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  • Good news bookworms! 22nd Delhi Book Fair begins today

    New Delhi [India], Aug. 27 (ANI): The 22nd edition of the Delhi Book Fair will begin on Saturday at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi and will conclude on September 4. The fair is being organised by the Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) in association with the Federation of Indian Publishers. ITPO General Manager Jayanta Das told ANI that there will be story telling sessions, nukkad natak, magic shows and authors' corners.

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  • Embarrassment for AAP as Succha Singh calls Kejriwal 'anti-Punjabi'

    Chandigarh [India], Aug. 26 (ANI): Crying foul over the corruption charges being levelled against him, AAP's Punjab chief Succha Singh Chhotepur on Friday took on party supremo Arvind Kejriwal and accused his co-workers of falsely implicating him in a bid to tarnish his image and stated that he was ready for a CBI probe against him. Amid sharp criticism following accusations of taking bribe for assigning constituencies to party candidates for the assembly elections to be held early next year, an extremely disappointed Chhotepur said that Kejriwal does not trust Punjabis.

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  • Windies coach Simmons warns T20 champs to be wary of vengeful India

    Florida [USA], Aug 26 (ANI): West Indies head coach Phil Simmons believes that the reigning World T20 champions need to be fully prepared to tackle India, whom he believes will seek to avenge the World T20 semifinal loss in the forthcoming two-match series in Lauderhill, Florida. Two-time champions West Indies, meanwhile, can leapfrog second-ranked India in the T20I team rankings with a 2-0 win on American shores. "It (ranking) is motivation but I think, as in Mumbai, just to beat India because that's always going to be the team to beat in T20 cricket because they've commanded the format for a long period.

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  • It will be an interesting series against `extraordinary` Windies: Dhoni

    Florida [USA], Aug 26 (ANI): Describing West Indies as an "extraordinary" side, India limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stated that the forthcoming two-match series against the reigning World T20 champions on American shores will be interesting. Although Virat Kohli's men convincingly defeated West Indies by 2-0 margin in the just-concluded four-match Test series, Dhoni believes that the Caribbean side are a powerhouse in the T20 format with world-class hitters and all-rounders. "West Indies are extraordinary when it comes to the shortest format of the game.

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  • Dipa Karmakar welcomes PM Modi's Olympics task force

    Agartala [India], Aug. 27 (ANI): India's gymnastics heroine Dipa Karmakar has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of setting up a task force to prepare an action plan for the next three Olympic Games, and expressed hope that it would yield positive results and the country would get many medals in the upcoming Summer Games. Results will surely be really good," Karmakar told ANI. The 23-year-old, hailing from Agartala, missed the bronze medal at the recently concluded Rio Olympics by 0.150 points as American gymnast Simone Biles won her third gold medal of the prestigious quadrennial event.

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