The stars of India’s best ever Olympics, Neeraj Chopra and Bajrang Punia, to be guests at Express Adda today

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Last month, on the day wrestler Bajrang Punia won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Games, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra made history by winning Indias first track and field Olympics medal. Chopras gold helped India sign off Tokyo 2020 in style as they finished with their best-ever performance. The two will be the guests at an online Adda hosted by The Indian Express on Friday evening. Chopra and Punia will be in conversation with Sandeep Dwivedi, sports editor, The Indian Express, and assistant editor Mihir Vasavda who covered the Tokyo Olympics. Chopra, who became India But heading into the Tokyo Olympics, the 23-year-old was under-prepared as he was not able to compete in important international meets for almost two years However, he showed no signs of nerves or rustiness in Tokyo, where he demolished the javelin throw field. In qualification, he needed just one throw of 86.65 metres to seal a spot in the final, where he was virtually assured of a medal after his second attempt of 87.58 metres. Ultimately, that effort turned out to be the one that secured the gold medal. It was a seminal moment, not just for Indian track and field but also for Indian sport overall, as Chopra Punia made it to the podium with a win over Kazakhstan The 27-year-old had podium finishes in every major tournament He lived up to the billing, defeating his Kazakh opponent 8-0 in the playoff to win India The Express Adda is a series of informal interactions organised by The Indian Express Group and features those at the centre of change. Past guests at the event include actor Manoj Bajpayee, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, CNN host Fareed Zakaria, actor Pankaj Tripathi, economist N K Singh, and writer and Morgan Stanley strategist Ruchir Sharma.

Reliance Retail acquires sole control of Just Dial

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Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Retail on Thursday said it has acquired sole control of 25-year-old search and discovery firm Just Dial. The firm Further to that announcement, 31 crore equity shares of Rs 10 each of Just Dial at a price of Rs 1,020 per equity share from VSS Mani, founder and chief executive of Just Dial, in a block deal. 63 per cent of the post-preferential issue paid-up equity share capital of Just Dial, On September 1, 2021, Just Dial, pursuant to the preferential issue, allotted 2.12 crore equity shares of Rs 10 each at a price of Rs 1,022.25 per equity share, representing 25.35 per cent of share capital, to RRVL. Together, RRVL now holds 40.90 per cent in Just Dial. Just Dial offers local search and e-commerce services through its website, mobile apps and telephone line. From local plumbers to hotels and housekeeping services can be inquired about by just dialling 8888888888. RRVL will now make an open offer to buy a 26 per cent stake from other shareholders of Just Dial. Just Dial In August, Reliance acquired a 60 per cent stake in the pharma marketplace Netmeds In November, it acquired online furniture startup Urban Ladder for Rs 182.12 crore in a distress sale. Last year, Reliance Retail also entered into a Rs 24,713 crore deal to buy Future Group, India That deal is current stuck in courts with American e-commerce giant Amazon challenging it. Just Dial had 30.4 million listings and 129.1 million quarterly unique users across web, mobile, App and voice platforms as of March 31, 2021. The company has recently launched its B2B marketplace platform, JD Mart which is aimed at enabling millions of India The platform offers digital product catalogs to businesses and aims at digitalizing India

Daily COVID-19 cases to be 1.5 times of second wave peak during possible third spell: Odisha govt estimate

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Daily COVID-19 cases in Odisha during the possible third wave of the pandemic could be 1.5 times than the peak of the second surge, according to a state government estimate. The infected might include 12 per cent children and adolescents in the age group of 0 to 18 years, and the anticipated third spell could last for around 75 days, it said. The caseload during the period is expected to be 7.66 lakh as against 5.22 lakh from April 1 to June 15, the estimate said, adding, the highest number of single-day cases, which was 12,852 on May 22 in the second wave, could be 19,278 if the third surge strikes. Additional Chief Secretary, Health Family Welfare Department, P K Mohapatra has written to all district collectors regarding approval of Emergency Covid Response Plan (ECRP) for tackling the next wave. The key measures approved under ECRP include activities related to Covid essential diagnostics and drugs, establishment of dedicated pediatric care units and provision of additional ICU beds in the existing ones. The state government also said support for setting up liquid medical oxygen (LMO) medical gas pipeline systems (MGPS), provision for engagement of additional human resources and strengthening Covid care centres for tele-consultation services should be kept ready before the possible third wave. All the above activities need to be completed latest by December 2021, Mohapatra said in the letter. Odisha reported 849 new COVID-19 cases and 66 more deaths on Thursday.

India’s US Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu discusses business ties with US Commerce Secretary Raimondo

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Indias US Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu has met US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo here and underscored the importance of bilateral commercial relationship and their commitment to growing business ties in support of the broader strategic relationship. Sandhu and Raimondo held a meeting on Monday and discussed the US-India commercial relationship, according to a statement issued by the US Department of Commerce. During their meeting, Secretary Raimondo and Ambassador Sandhu underscored the importance of this commercial relationship and their commitment to growing business ties in support of the broader strategic relationship, it said. They also discussed scheduling the US-India CEO Forum and US-India Commercial Dialogue and the rescheduling of the US-India High Technology Cooperation Group meeting, it said. Sandhu and Raimondo also discussed US-India technology collaboration and improving digital economy policies to strengthen that collaboration, the statement added.

PM Modi lauds feats of Indian players in Paralympics, speaks to them

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Indian medal-winners at the Tokyo Paralympics on Monday and also spoke to them over phone to laud their efforts. After shooter Avani Lekhara scripted history to become the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics, Modi hailed her phenomenal performance. Phenomenal performance @AvaniLekhara! Congratulations on winning a hard-earned and well-deserved Gold, made possible due to your industrious nature and passion towards shooting. This is truly a special moment for Indian sports. Best wishes for your future endeavours, he tweeted. He also hailed the outstanding performance of silver-medallist discus thrower Yogesh Kathuniya. Delighted that he brings home the Silver medal. His exemplary success will motivate budding athletes. Congrats to him. Wishing him the very best for his future endeavours, Modi said. As two-time gold-winning javelin throw veteran Devendra Jhajharia clinched a stupendous third Paralympic medal, a silver this time, the prime minister said, Superb performance by @DevJhajharia! One of our most experienced athletes wins a Silver medal. Devendra has been making India continuously proud. Congratulations to him. Best of luck for his future endeavours. The prime minister also congratulated Sundar Singh Gurjar who won bronze in javelin throw. India is overjoyed by the Bronze medal won by @SundarSGurjar. He has shown remarkable courage and dedication. Congratulations to him. Wishing him the very best, he said. In his telephonic conversations with them, Modi told Lekhara that her achievement is a matter of great pride. She expressed happiness at the support she has received from across the country, official sources said. The prime minister also noted the help and support provided by Kathuniyas mother in ensuring his success. He observed that Devendra Jhajharia is from the land of noted Rajput king Maharana Pratap, while lauding his exploits in javelin throw. Modi also spoke to Gurjar and the athletes thanked him for wishing them.

Asian Youth & Junior Boxing Championships: Indian boxers bag 39 medals in Dubai

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Four youth women boxers, including Preeti Dahiya, won gold on the final day of the 2021 ASBC Asian Youth Junior Boxing Championships, 2021, in Dubai. The team finished with a haul of 39 medals, including 14 gold. India won eight gold, five silver, and six bronze medals for a total haul of 19 in the junior category. The youth boxers added a further six gold, nine silver, and five bronze medals. This is the first time that the continental event is jointly hosting both age groups. Youth Neha (54 kg) secured India Preeti Dahiya (60 kg) struck the fourth gold with another split decision victory. Sneha Kumari (66 kg) and Khushi (75 kg) also bagged victories. On the other hand, Nivedita Karki (48 kg), Vishvanath Suresh (48 kg), Simran Verma (52 kg), Tamanna (50 kg), Preeti (57 kg), Vanshaj (64 kg), Khushi (63 kg), Jaydeep Rawat (71 kg), and Tanishbir Kaur Sandhu (81 kg) bagged silver in their respective events. Daksh Singh (67 kg), Abhimanyu Loura (92 kg), Deepak (75 kg), and Aman Singh Bisht (92+ kg) secured bronze in their respective categories among the men. Lashu Yadav (70 kg) earned bronze for the women. India Prize money Gold medal winners in the youth level will be awarded $6,000, while silver and bronze medal winners will receive $3,000 and $1,500, respectively. The prize money for gold, silver, and bronze medallists were $4,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively, in the junior category. Boxers from nations with strong boxing history such as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan took part in the championships. For many of the Indian boxers, this was the first competitive tournament at the Asian level after almost two years due to the pandemic.

e-RUPI goes live for Mswipe merchants; customers can pay without any card or bank account

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In order to boost ease of digital payment acceptance by MSMEs across India, Mswipe has gone live with e-RUPI for all its 6.75lakh POS and 1.1 million QR merchants, the company said in a statement today. Mswipe has powered hospitals and healthcare facilities to accept digital vouchers from beneficiaries. Earlier in August, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched e-RUPI to provide a digital payment solution between sponsors of services and beneficiaries. By taking e-RUPI live on its platform, Mswipe aims to empower merchants to accept digital payments by simply scanning the QR or SMS string-based voucher on the customers Commenting on the move, Ankit Bhatnagar, Head of Product, Mswipe said, This democratizes digital payments and at the same time has a tremendous potential to limit misuse of subsidies that are meant for government welfare schemes and under corporate support programmes for their employees. Providing e-RUPI is a step towards our commitment in empowering our merchants to adopt all kinds of digital acceptance methods to improve customer experience and also boost their revenue. They can accept payments on their POS terminals as well as by registering on the Mswipe Merchant App. Customers using e-vouchers will not have any dependency on carrying a card or having a bank account or even internet banking services or any digital payment for that matter as they will be able to receive the vouchers via SMS on their Aadhaar registered mobile number. The electronic voucher can be used for government welfare programmes such as vaccination, nutrition, fertilizer subsidies among others in addition to helping corporates roll out employee benefit initiatives including reimbursement for COVID inoculation, travel allowances, business expenses and corporate social responsibility initiatives. e- RUPI will connect the sponsors of the services to the beneficiaries and service providers through a digital interface. It will also play an important role in strengthening Direct Benefit Transfer while ensuring transparency, Mswipe said.

The good, the bad and the ugly | Book Review: My Joys and Sorrows: As a Mother of a Special Child

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My Joys and Sorrows: Dr Krishna Saksena Her book covers her journey as she raised her child with special needs, and the challenges that came with it. If one is looking for it to be a comprehensive book with perfect English and laid out in a chronological order, then they would likely be disappointed. But that Her book highlights all the aspects – the good, the bad and the ugly – of raising a differently abled child at a time when such children were rejected by the society. And it is not all roses, because even as a mother, she had her fair share of dark thoughts. But what strikes me the most is the resilience, the urge to not give in to those thoughts even in the face of a society that stood against her child. More than being a story of just this one mother, the book is a deeper understanding of how a mother is often left at cross-roads, having to sometimes choose between her own children. Dr Saksena often had to neglect her other children to take care of and to love Shiv, her differently abled child, because no one else would. Frustrated and angry at her fate and that of her son, she often found solace in spirituality and religion, and that is something that can be prominently found in the text. The book is by no means the glorification of a mother, but it rather brings to the forefront the more human side of the woman who is often expected to serve her family and keep their best interest in mind without any complaints. It highlights how sometimes even a mother might not have all of the answers, how helpless she might feel at the hand that her children have been dealt and how she might need to look at someone else, be it another person or a superpower, to find the strength that she is often expected to provide to her family. As a whole, the text is scattered and does not have a particular flow, and for someone who is not a mother or in that situation, the book might not hold much appeal, but it does give an insight into what a mother – any mother – might have to go through in different phases of motherhood. With no proper chronology or coherency at most places, a typical reader might not be the most happy with this read, but as I said in the beginning, that does not seem to be the purpose of this book. My Joys and Sorrows Krishna Saksena Published by: Ocean Book Pvt Ltd Pages: 85 Price: Rs 300.00

Covid-19 vaccine: Recruitment of volunteers for Covovax trial on children begins

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Recruitment of volunteers for the phase 2\/3 clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccine Covovax among children aged 2 to 17 years began on Sunday at the Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research here. The trial would be held across 10 sites and would cover 920 children – 460 each in the age groups of 12-17 and 2-11 – according to official sources. Indigenously developed Zydus Cadilas needle-free COVID-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D has received emergency use authorisation from the drug regulator, making it the first vaccine to be administered in the age group of 12-18 years in the country. Indias drug regulator in July had granted permission to Serum Institute of India (SII) for conducting phase 2\/3 trial of Covovax on children aged 2 to 17 years with certain conditions on the basis of the recommendations of the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on COVID-19. In the application submitted to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), SIIs director (government and regulatory affairs) Prakash Kumar Singh and director Prasad Kulkarni had stated that globally, all adults aged 18 and above are being vaccinated and after this population is protected against COVID-l9, children will remain the most susceptible group. There have been reports of severe disease, including deaths in vulnerable children. It has also been predicted that the third wave of the pandemic may affect children in the country. Moreover, until all age groups, including children, are covered under vaccination, the SARS-CoV-2 virus may remain in circulation, thus keeping everyone at risk of severe disease, the company had said in the application. Considering all these factors, several companies have already started evaluating the safety and immunogenicity of COVID-19 vaccines in the paediatric population, the Pune-based pharmaceutical company had stated. SII had informed that their collaborator, Novavax Inc. of the US, has already generated a large amount of data in adults in different countries and that the safety, efficacy and immunogenicity data on Novavax are very robust which includes a safety database of more than 50,000 adults from Australia, South Africa, the UK and the USA and preliminary safety data in 2,248 children. Further in the ongoing Phase 2\/3 study in India, more than 1,400 participants have received at least first dose of the vaccine with no safety concerns reported so far, the application stated. In August 2020, US-based vaccine maker Novavax Inc had announced a licence agreement with SII for the development and commercialisation of NVX-CoV2373, its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, in low and middle-income countries and India.