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‘Rural children should be taught to have confidence, follow dreams’

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New Delhi, Oct 31: Children from rural India are the ones who gets maximum medals in any international games and hence it is important to look up to them, their education, teach them to have confidence in themselves and lastly follow dreams, feel basketball player Pradyut Voleti and Roshni Misbah, a 23-year-old girl who is known as a Super Biker.

Both the sports enthusiasts are part of Liberty Shoes new campaign ‘Chal Badh Chal’ that focuses on encouraging children from different parts of India, especially the interiors, to follow their dreams.

When asked that how important is to educate rural India to have valuable self skills, Misbah told IANS: “It is equally important to educate every child of India both in rural and urban areas. Where it’s comparatively easier in urban cities to showcase the talent in front of people, it becomes challenging in rural areas to promote the same talent.

“So, rural children should be taught to have confidence in themselves and follow their dreams. It also becomes important for the families to support their children to live their dreams and fulfill their desires.”

Voleti feels that in India education is seen with very narrow perception.

“Education can happen in any domain, there are multiple horizons open nowadays for aspiring kids, which can lead them to a successful future and a pride nation. Along with education, co-curricular activities also become necessary to build the valuable skills among children. It is not hard to find talent in India.

“Only after children are brought to the environment they’ll know where their interest lies in. This will boost confidence in them and improve self-esteem,” he told IANS.

“Infrastructures are so grown in tier 1; we are hardly behind any developed top 5 countries in the world. But if you notice in any recent Olympics, any international games, the maximum scores are coming from tier 2/3, which makes a big statement – that we need to look up to them, their education, learning, training, right infrastructure, growth everything.

“Kids from rural areas are having big time aspirations in themselves; we just need to hold their hand, that’s it,” added Voleti , a 27 years old basket ball skill development trainer trained by the acclaimed NBA and Nike skills trainer Ganon Baker in the US.

Talking about their own life journey and passion, Misbah says that she was interested in bike riding since her teen days.

“I come from a middle class Muslim family, surrounded by a society which is conservative and has traditional mindset, who thinks that bike riding is not meant for girls. My father stood by my side because he trusted me and believed in my dreams.

“I have broken the stereotype of people saying that women are expected to only cook, get married and have children. Now people recognize me on the road, I see students waving at me, I also wave at them, I am practicing for race tracks, and soon I will be competing with all those macho bikers on the track,” she said.

Voleti , on the other hand, feels that Basketball has made his vision clear.

“For me, it’s not about winning or losing. For me, my dream is to put a basketball ring in every corner of the country. I work on this goal everyday and this has brought a visible change in my life,” he said.

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Farmers Call Bharat Bandh On December 8

Thousands of farmers continue protests at the national capital’s border points on Friday amid heavy police deployment.

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Hardening their position ahead of the fifth round of talks with the government, agitating farmers on Friday announced a ”Bharat Bandh” on December 8 and said they would occupy toll plazas on that day.

Addressing a press conference, farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chadoni said if the Centre does not accept their demands during Saturday’s talks, they will intensify their agitation against the new farm laws.

“In our meeting today, we have decided to give a ‘Bharat Bandh’ call on December 8 during which we will also occupy all toll plazas,” said Harvinder Singh Lakhwal, another farmer leader.

“We have planned to block all roads leading to Delhi in the coming days if new farm laws are not scrapped,” he also said.

Delhi’s border points remained choked as thousands of farmers from Haryana, Punjab, and other states held demonstrations for the ninth consecutive day, after talks with the government failed to yield any resolution on Thursday.

The farmer community has expressed apprehension that the new laws are “anti-farmer”, and would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporations.

However, the government has maintained that the new laws will bring farmers better opportunities and usher in new technologies in agriculture.

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Kangana Ranaut reacts to legal notices against her

She had retweeted the post with pictures of two elderly women, including Bilkis Bano, and wrote that the “same Dadi” who featured in Time Magazine was “available in 100 rupees”.

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Mumbai: Actress Kangana Ranaut on Friday reacted to legal notices piling up against her.

“Film mafia filed many cases on me, last night Javed Akhtar filed one more, Maharashtra government filing one case every hour now congress in Punjab is also joined the gang…. Lagta hai mujhe mahan banake he dum lenge (I think they will take a break only after making me great.) Thank you,” Kangana Ranaut tweeted from her verified account on Friday reacting to a news piece talking about the legal notice.

Earlier on Friday, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee sent a legal notice to Kangana, seeking an “unconditional apology” for her “derogatory” tweets against farmers and activists involved in the farmers protest against the Centre’s three Farm Laws, the committee’s president.

“We have sent a legal notice to Kangana Ranaut for her derogatory tweet calling the aged mother of a farmer as a woman available for Rs 100. Her tweets portray farmers protest as anti-national. We demand an unconditional apology from her for her insensitive remarks on farmers protest,” Manjinder Singh Sirsa, President of DSGMC tweeted.

The notice comes in the wake of a tweet from the actress alleging that the ‘Shaheen Bagh dadi’ also joined the farmers’ agitation over the new agri laws at various border points of the National Capital Region.

She had retweeted the post with pictures of two elderly women, including Bilkis Bano, and wrote that the “same Dadi” who featured in Time Magazine was “available in 100 rupees”.

On Thursday a petition had been filed in Bombay High Court against Kangana. The petitioner seeks the suspension of the verified Twitter account of the actress for allegedly spreading hatred and disharmony.

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Dalai Lama congratulates Maha teacher who won global prize

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Dharamsala, Dec 4 : Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Friday congratulated Ranjitsinh Disale, a primary school teacher in Maharashtra, on winning this year’s Global Teacher Prize, saying educating the young children, especially the poor, is perhaps the best way to help them as individuals.

“I would like to congratulate you,” His Holiness wrote, “on being named the world’s most exceptional teacher and to express my admiration for your generosity in sharing half the prize money with runners-up in the competition”.

“Educating young children, especially from poor and needy backgrounds is perhaps the best way to help them as individuals, and actively contributes to creating a better world.

“Your work to ensure that disadvantaged girls go to school, as well as your efforts to prepare study materials for them in their own language, the online science lessons you offer pupils in 83 countries and your project building connections between young people in conflict zones are all vivid examples of compassion in action.

“When you say, ‘Together we can make a difference — we can make this world a better place’, you are absolutely right. I am sure your exemplary service will encourage other brothers and sisters to follow in your footsteps.”

The spiritual leader ended his letter with an offering of prayers and good wishes.

The 31-year-old Ranjitsingh Disale declared that he will split half of the prize money of $1 million with his top 10 fellow finalists.

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