DailyOh! Didi to be in Delhi every 2 months, Lovlina assures India of 2nd Olympic medal

"Ab poore desh mein khela hobe," said Mamata Banerjee after meeting the top Opposition leaders in Delhi.

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When it rains, it pours. And we are not talking entirely about the rains lashing over the country’s financial and national capitals today. Though, that is also something you need to read about.

Right now, there seems to be no end to the troubles pouring on Raj Kundra. Embroiled in the porn film racket, Kundra has now been accused of physically harassing a model and actress, and also of orchestrating a fraud of Rs 3,000 crore.

main_raj_kundra_pti_073021044159.jpegRaj Kundra has been accused of physically harassing a model, and also of orchestrating a Rs 3,000 crore fraud. (Photo: PTI)

The sensational allegations were levelled by BJP leader Ram Kadam. According to Kadam, Kundra’s Viaan Industries Limited started an online game — ‘Game of Dot’, which allegedly collected crores of rupees from various distributors across the county, and then cut off all communication. Kundra is currently in judicial custody.

Now, Didi Mamata Banerjee is heading back to Kolkata today after her Delhi sojourn. She met the top Opposition leaders when she was in the national capital and said that she will be visiting Delhi every two months. "Ab poore desh mein khela hobe" (the game now will be on all over the country)", was the remark with which she has blown the poll bugle for the 2024 Lok Sabha election.

main_mamata_delhi_pt_073021044216.jpegMamata Banerjee is returning to Kolkata on Friday after meeting several Opposition leaders in Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

Now, China is making every possible effort to strengthen its presence along the Line of Action (LAC), especially in extreme weather areas such as Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. In this regard, it has started recruiting Tibetans in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) for deployment at LAC. It has been made mandatory for every Tibetan family to send one member to the PLA.

Back in Delhi, the Supreme Court today agreed to hear a petition seeking a probe into the Pegasus spyware controversy. A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana took note of the submissions of senior lawyer Kapil Sibal that the petition has been filed and numbered and needed to be heard in view of the large ramifications of the alleged snooping. The hearing will be next week.

Let us now take you to Tokyo where Indian athletes are creating history.

Today marks a special day for India in Olympics. It is the first time in 21 years that an Indian has competed as an equestrian in the Olympics. Fouaad Mirza also became the third ever Indian equestrian to participate in Olympics in the sport, when he rode out at the Baji Koen Equestrian Park on his horse — Seigneur Medicott — today.

main_fouaad-mirza_pt_073021044318.jpegFouaad Mirza became the first Indian equestrian to compete at the Olympics in 21 years as he rode his horse Seigneur Medicott at the Baji Koen Equestrian Park today. (File photo: PTI)

At the Equestrian Dressage Individual event in Tokyo today, Fouaad and his lovely Seigneur Medicott scored 28 points and are currently ranked seventh. They will now compete in the third session of the Equestrian Dressage event tomorrow.

The Fouaad Mirza and Seigneur Medicott pair has many laurels to their hat. Foremost being that the duo bagged the first individual equestrian medal for the country since 1982. This was at the 2018 Asian Games. The duo was also part of the team that bagged the team equestrian medal in the 2018 games, again a first since 1982.

A little about the graceful horse now. Seigneur Medicott, lovingly known as Micky, is a dark bay Westphalian gelding, who was foaled in 2006. He has completed 34 times and won 10 times. He was the German Champion in 2017 and was purchased the same year by the Embassy Group, the same group that is sponsoring Fouaad.

main_fouaad-mirza_tw_073021044353.jpgSeigneur Medicott – the same horse that Fouaad rode to win two Asian Games silver medals in 2018.

This brings us to our Word Of The Dayequestrian. An equestrian is someone who is a rider or performer on horseback, according to the dictionary. The word comes from equus — the Latin word for horse.

In more news from Tokyo, Lovlina Borgohain has scripted history at the Tokyo Olympics. She has assured India of the second medal after beating Taiwanese world champion Nien-Chin Chen to progress to the medal rounds. She is now the third Indian boxer after Vijender Singh and Mary Kom to win an Olympic medal and the first since Mary Kom in 2012.

main_lovlina_borgoha_073021044426.jpgLovlina Borgohain scripted history at the Tokyo Olympics, assuring India of the second Olympic medal. (Photo: AP)

However, it was a heart-breaking moment for the country and World No 1 archer Deepika Kumari as she bowed out of the Tokyo Olympics after losing to Korea's An San in the Women's Individual archery quarterfinals. Indian shooters Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat also failed to hit the bull’s eye at the Women's 25m Pistol final, ending India's Pistol campaign in Tokyo 2020.

In badminton, PV Sindhu has stormed her way into the semi-finals after defeating Japan's Akane Yamaguchi 21-13, 22-20. She has now inched closer to her second Olympic medal and will now face either World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan or World No 6 Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the semi-final.

The brilliant performances and the promise of a second medal deserve a celebration. You can have your own little private celebration with homemade muffins. Also, because it's Friyay.

We will see you Monday. Bye! 

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