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Football Goals: The former national game of the country is rising to popularity again



The former national game of the country is rising to popularity again, thanks to the initiatives by private sponsors of national leagues.

Once the national sport of the country, over the years, football has lost its popularity to the country’s most popular sport – cricket. It continues to remain the second most popular sport in the country, but, receives very little media attention and resultant public attention and awareness.

In one of the first home games of Chennai City Fc in the Hero I- League, 2016-17, the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium remained scantily populated as compared to the roaring crowds during Hero ISL matches here, in the city. “It is the maiden season of the Chennai City FC in the I-League and the team is performing pretty well against outstanding players like Sunil Chetri,” said Mir Hussain Ali, who plays for his college SRM Vadapalani.

The League itself is one of the oldest in the country being held for about two decades now, but, is less popular than the newborn Indian Super League (ISL). “Football is not as popular as cricket as it is not marketed as much as cricket,” says Kavin Raja a football and player fromChennai, on the diminished popularity of the game. “But with leagues like ISL coming up, football is gaining popularity and is reaching out to the grassroots which will in turn help in building the sport in the long run,” he added.

Popular in the North Eastern Regions of the Country, it is surprising that there is even a team for Blind Football in the country. However, gaining momentum over the years football is slowly rising back and gaining the recognition it held in the past, thanks to the participation and initiatives taken up by private organisations in the promotion of the game.

“There are many passionate players who work very hard but, there isn’t enough adoption of technological infrastructure to support them,” Raja added.

Coach and Referee Balaji seconds Raja, “There sufficient talent in the country but, there isn’t infrastructure available to support them,” he says. “In addition to the lack of infrastructure, there isn’t much recognition of the sport among the masses and hence, footballers do not receive much support,” he adds.

“Scouts from England come to our country and select Indian players, but, little is known about their selections and their achievement,” Raja says.

“The Indian Players do not get the sufficient exposure required, they might be the best in the Country but are nowhere near good by the International Standards,” says Khan, who has been playing professional football for about 12 years now. This is one of the reasons why Star Player Sunil Chetri, could not perform beyond a span of 20 minutes when played for the Portuguese Club in a European league match.

“You get better at the game with more practice and the number of matches you play, and to be able to do that you need the government, the Federation or a private sponsor such as Hero to conduct matches where one can hone and develop his skills,” he added

With the game becoming popular especially in the cities, it has led to the concept of pay and play. Where the teams pay to compete in a tournament and play against one another.

Despite the talent available, India has not made it to the list of the top football playing Nations in the World, this is primarily due to inadequate practice as a National team.

But, when it comes to government organised games, for the selection of the National Team, it happens annually in the various levels. The selections for the District matches are held, in these matches, players for the State team are scouted. The State team then compete with teams from other states and players for the National Team are picked from the various State teams in the National level Games. “Though the procedure is extensive and fair, as a team, the players have very little time to build a chemistry on the field and just when they are getting used to it, the teams are changed, leading to the process beginning all over again,” says Khan, stressing on the need of permanent players on the National team rather than changing the Team every year.

This procedure leaves the players exhausted and very little time to practice as a team for the International Games, thereby adversely affecting their performance and making it fall below international averages.

Balaji who had been to different countries as a referee says that one of the fundamental differences he finds is the attitude about the sport, the dedication displayed and the support it garners is far beyond what we see here. “I have seen many wonderful players drop out of coaching due to educational reasons and pressure from parents to focus on studies,” he says “Sports needs to be infused in our culture, until that, no matter how much government schemes and infrastructure is provided, it is difficult to retain players and guarantee performance,” he adds.

“The ISL is really helping in popularising the sport. The very aspect that Indian players are playing beside foreign players is appealing to the masses and is making a huge impact on the youngsters in the grassroots level,” channeledKhan says. “If this were to continue, we would definitely become one of the top nations in football in 10years from now,” he adds.

If the passion for the game is channelled with the adaption of technology and the sport is taken seriously, we would be able to not just provide players to European and other foreign teams, but would have an established team for our country as well.

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Ram Mandir Opening For “Darshan” In 2023



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The Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is expected to allow visitors by December 2023, with the completion of construction only in 2025.

Sources in the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra have revealed that the colossal project of building the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, will be opening for devotees towards the end of 2023. In contrast, the project’s entire construction completion is expected towards the end of 2025. The sanctum sanctorum (Garbha Griha), along with the mandir’s first floor, will be ready by December 2023. Devotees will be allowed to visit the long-awaited mandir soon after the construction is completed.

An ANI report said, “The grand Ram Mandir being constructed in Ayodhya will be opened for devotees from December 2023. Sources told ANI that Garbhagriha, all five mandaps and the first floor will be ready by December 2023 and the mandir will be opened for devotees”.

The sanctum sanctorum will be as high as 161 feet and built using Rajasthani marble and stones. Engineers and architects are taking all measures to ensure the longevity of this enormous project. The second stage of construction is expected to begin in December this year. Currently, the structure is at a standstill as a result of monsoons. Another reason for the delay is the coronavirus pandemic that depleted the force with which the mandir’s construction was expected to go on.

The announcement of the mandir being opened to visitors in 2023 has brought up questions about the political agenda. It is believed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aims to use the mandir to catapult themselves into a position of advantage during the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Opening the mandir to devotees in December 2023 will give the BJP an easy 6-month gap to the general elections in 2024.

The opening of the long-awaited Ram Mandir in Ayodhya could be the factor that diverts the public, at least the Hindu’s in favour of BJP. Thus, securing them a vote bank based on religious sentiments upheld by the party in their previous tenure as the ruling party.

The Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir will be 360 feet long, 235 feet wide, and 20 feet high mandir will be completely ready by the end of 2025. The project will include amenities and structures like museums, archives, research centre, Sant Niwas, gau and Yagya shala, Etc. The main attraction is the Ram Mandir.

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How SEBI’s New Margin Rule Is Affecting Retail Traders?



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Securities and Exchange Board of India has introduced new margin rules for traders. Traders and Brokers are not happy with the new regulations because they will have to invest a large amount of cash in fulfilling margin requirements for trade.

SEBI had introduced the new margin rule in the year 2020 for intraday traders. It is being implemented in a phased manner. Traders were supposed to maintain 25 per cent of the peak margin in the first phase; the margin was raised by 50 per cent in the second phase. In the third phase, as per the new margin rule, intraday traders will have to pay a 100 per cent upfront margin. According to new norms, the margin requirements will be calculated four times during every trading session because the money margin must be greater than the need.

As per the new rule, brokers must collect margin from investors for any purchase or sale, and if they fail to do so, they will have to pay the penalty. Thus, brokers will not receive power of attorney. Brokers cannot use power of attorney for pledging anymore.

Those investors who want to make use of margin will have to create margin pledges separately. As per the new rule, investors will have to pay at least a 30 per cent margin upfront to avail a margin loan. Shares brought today cannot be sold tomorrow. Funds from shares sold today cannot be used for new trades on the same day.

The market experts said that there must be proper adjustments for implementing new rules, or it may create chaos, trouble and disturbance to the market participants. The CEO and founder of Zerodha broking firm, Nithin Kamath tweeted that, “the day when the new rules came into effect was the dreaded day for brokers, exchanges, intraday traders”.

Traders Are Not Happy:

Changes in rules have evoked strong reactions from traders because they will have to invest a large amount of cash in fulfilling margin requirements for trades as per new margin rules. Even the trading in futures and options will become more expensive. Traders are disappointed because they will have to pay up more money to bet in stock markets. As per new margin rules, Traders are also liable for the penalty if the rules are not followed during the trading session. If a trader wants to buy Nifty worth Rs 10 lakh, he will have to pay a 20 per cent margin of around 2 lakh. If the margin of the trader does not meet the need, he will be penalized. Traders will have to pay the minimum amount for opening the Multilateral Trading facility account, and they have to maintain a minor balance at all times.

Why Gas SEBI Introduced A New Margin Rule?

SEBI has introduced new rules to protect retail investors from purchasing difficulty. The intended goal of SEBI behind new margin rules is to bring down the difficult market situation and avoid huge fluctuation in stock markets during extreme stress. The new margin rules are likely to bring transparency to the market; it is expected to strengthen the market’s safety.

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Escalation Of COVID-19 Cases Across The Globe



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The United States, India, and Brazil have the most confirmed cases, followed by France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Turkey. There are very few locations that have remained undisturbed.

Since the middle of last year, confirmed cases have been increasing. Although the actual scope of the first outbreaks in 2020 is unknown because testing was not generally available at the time. The 100 million COVID-19 cases were discovered at the end of January, over a year after it was first diagnosed. As of 6:30 p.m. CEST on July 30, 2021, WHO has received reports of 196,553,009 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 4,200,412 fatalities. A total of 3,839,816,037 vaccination doses has been delivered as of July 28, 2021.

After reaching a record high of over 0.9 million cases on April 28, 2021, new daily instances of the coronavirus continued to decline, reaching a low point on June 21, when over 0.3 million cases were reported. Since then yet, there has been a global increase in cases. On July 15, 0.53 million daily cases were reported, and over three million new cases were reported in the second week of the month. As of July 15, 188.9 million patients have been recorded worldwide. The transmissive Delta form accounting for most infections in 111 countries. Most instances were recorded in Brazil, India, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, and Colombia in the last week. With the steepest increases in Zimbabwe (72%), Indonesia (44%), the United States (38%), Bangladesh (35%), and the United Kingdom (30%). Many Asian nations, including Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan, have reported many daily cases. However, the spread was under control.

The number of new cases in Indonesia has been on the rise, with each day seeing a significant increase over the previous day. Indonesia is now the new Asian epicentre, with 56,757 cases recorded on July 15; India reported 39,000 patients on the same day. COVID-19 fatalities are high, according to WHO. After decreasing for nine weeks, with the highest increases in Africa and Southeast Asia. COVID-19 fatalities worldwide surpassed four million on July 7. The last million deaths occurred in under 90 days, the lowest time interval for every one million deaths ever recorded.

High vaccination coverage has been shown in the United States and much of Europe to lower fatalities and even hospitalizations. For example, United Kingdom rises in incidence. There has been fewer hospitalizations and deaths over 87% of the adult population, as they are vaccinated with one dose and over 67% with two doses. In the United States, the increase in cases is concentrated in states with low vaccination coverage, with unvaccinated people accounting for most deaths. Over 55% of Americans have received one dosage, and 48% are completely immunized. It shifts the focus back to improving vaccination coverage and achieving global vaccine equality to avoid fatalities and the spread of dangerous strains. Some nations debate a booster dosage. Even though many African countries’ healthcare professionals have not been completely vaccinated, booster injections have begun to be given to patients with weakened immune systems in Israel.

In comparison, booster shots have been ruled out in the United States for the time being. With vaccine shortages reported in many Indian states. Even among the vaccinated, rigorous adherence to COVID-appropriate behaviour is the only option to postpone and mitigate the consequences of a third wave.

This spring, India and Latin America have seen a significant drop in new cases in the hardest-hit areas of the world. But the global numbers continue to grow. The Delta variety leads them to well-vaccinated regions such as Western Europe and the United States, low but rising infections. This spring, India and Latin America have seen a significant drop in new cases in the hardest-hit areas of the world. Vaccine doses have been given to over 4 billion individuals globally (52 for every 100 people), yet the discrepancy is striking. More than 80% of the population had at least one shot in some wealthy nations. In contrast, the proportion is as low as 1% in many of the poorest.

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