News of the Day – June 24th ‘16

Anil Kumble Named Head Coach For  Indian Cricket Team

After 16 years, Anil Kumble is going to be the first Indian to coach the team

It was clear the cricket advisory committee, comprising Kumble’s former teammates Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, finally had a say. Although he lacked coaching credentials, there is no question that the stature of only the second bowler ever to take all 10 wickets in a Test innings in his kitty has brought him the opportunity to coach for the team.

Kumble will deal with 13 Tests, starting with the series in the West Indies in July-August. He will have to establish a rapport with Kohli, whom he also mentored at the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

His one of the most magnificent performance was in 2002 West Indies tour when  he bowled even after being struck by bouncer Mervyn Dillon. He bowled with his fractured jaw bandaged.

The captain’s real challenge would begin when the team assembles before leaving for West Indies in the first week of July.


One man’s passion creates a Rs100-cr botanical garden.

A 52-year-old Raja Ramdev – a Hyderabadbased businessman – has taken a commendable initaiative to protect India’s green cover.

He is setting up a private botanical garden, the first of its kind in the country, on a 100-acre plot of land at Proddatur village in Ranga Reddy district – about 40 km from Hyderabad.

Ramdev request the developers to not cut trees and instead allow to translocate them to the garden.

Ramdev has collected around 12,000 trees and big plants for his garden. The cost  of project is around ` 100 crore, of which around 50 crores have already been spent..

The businessman has already procured a number of rare plants from countries like Spain, Mexico, Madagascar, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and China.

Recently, Ramdev prevented a huge 1,500-year-old baobab tree at Mansanpalli village from being felled for a real estate venture. Ramdev also saved hundreds of trees – some of them 500 to 1,000 years old – from being felled as part of the Hyderabad-Mumbai national highway expansion plan in 2006-07.


CNG retrofits for scooters launched

Central government’s ministry of petroleum and natural gas with Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) and GAIL (India) Ltd has  launched a pilot project by installing CNG retrofit in 10 scooters.


This initiative would bringa huge relief to Delhi, a city that has been battling high pollution for several years now. At present, there are 5.6 million two-wheelers registered in the city, and 2.7 million registered cars.

This year, figures released by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), shows that out of the city’s total vehicular emissions, two-wheelers contribute to approximately 30% of particulate matter (PM), while cars 23%.

The new retrofit is only compatible with scooters. Experts said in comparison to the newer scooters, there were more motorcycles, which were also more polluting. The project would have benefited if the retrofit was made available for motorcycles also.

There is one more problem, there is just one distributor in the market. Ranganathan said they would bring more distributors in the market, but it will take at least three months.

“Delhi desperately needs to reduce emissions from twowheelers. We will have to assess the benefits of the project on road now. But this looks like a promising initiative,” said Bhure Lal, chairperson of Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA).


Voters in favor of  Brexit: British exit from the European Union

With the voters voting for Brexit, a new chapter has begun for Britain. British and European leaders will begin to negotiate the terms of Britain’s departure.

Britain’s exit will affect the British economy, immigration policy, and lots more.  The process of leaving the EU will take years.

A UK vote to exit the European Union could have significant economic repercussions.

It would usher in a period of uncertainty that is very hard to predict warning of vitality in global markets.

Brexit could lead the British economy to negative  blow and possibly back into a recession. Brexit could hit markets worldwide.

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that he will resign in October, heeding calls by his rivals that his position was untenable having failed to convince Britons to remain in the bloc.

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