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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsFor someone who moved around from city to city in his early teens to make a name for himself, Rishabh Pant is slowly, but surely, living up to his reputation as one of India's most exciting young talents. At the age of 21, the Delhi cricketer has already become India's first-choice wicket-keeper in the longest format and is now being touted as MS Dhoni's successor behind the stumps. In the ongoing tour of Australia, Pant has adequately carried out the responsibilities of India's wicket-keeper and his showing with the willow, too, has impressed cricket pundits and fans alike. Often branded as a limited-overs specialist, the youngster has been busy cutting a sorry figure for his detractors with pivotal batting performances for his side Down Under. Though many slammed him for being too chirpy behind the stumps in the ongoing series, Pant seems to have backed the talk by producing arguably his best knock in the longest format till date. The left-handed batsman picked the bones out of Australian bowling attack on his way to an unbeaten 159 on Day 2 of the ongoing fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. © AP During his 189-ball knock, Pant smoked 15 fours and a six, scoring at a strike-rate of over 85. If his commendable batting performance enthralled the Indian fans, it further allowed the young gun to break multiple records. His blistering knock helped him break Dhoni's 12-year record of the highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper in an overseas Test. A moment to remember for Rishabh Pant!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/J8uK3gQPJh — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019 Pant was batting on 145 when he smashed Aussie quick Josh Hazlewood over mid-off for a superb boundary to go past the former Indian captain who had scored 148 against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2006. When it comes to playing in Australia, Pant also became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test hundred Down Under. The previous highest was Farokh Engineer's 89 at Adelaide in 1967. Rishabh Pant explains how he was feeling in the 'nervous nineties' and discusses his century celebration at the SCG #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/wGjaF3OXPX — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019 His unbeaten 159 is also the third-highest score for an Indian wicket-keeper in Tests followed by Dhoni's 224 and Budhi Kunderan's 192. It is also the second-highest for any visiting wicket-keeper in Australia, only behind AB de Villiers' 169 at WACA in 2012-13. Pant also holds the joint record - with Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim (who scored 159 against New Zealand in 2017) - of the highest score by an Asian wicket-keeper outside the sub-continent. © AP Pant is also the first wicket-keeper to boast two Test hundreds as a 21-year-old. And, what makes it furthermore special is the fact that both of his Test tons have come outside Asia - a region where sub-continent cricketers are generally expected to prevail. His masterful innings on the second day has now made him the only Indian wicket-keeper to score a hundred in three of the four SENA (South Africa-England-New Zealand-Australia) countries. A few days ago, he was busy helping Tim Paine's wife Bonnie Maggs increase her Instagram followers by obliging for a photo-op with their kids, but his strokeful innings on Friday would have surely earned him more fans on the social media. After Pujara's brilliant 193, Rishabh Pant has assured that India put the game firmly out of Australia's grip. Very impressed by his temperament today and congratulations to him on his 2nd overseas 100, 1 in Eng and now 1 in Aus, only the 2nd wk after Jeff Dujjon to do so pic.twitter.com/uSg60n98nb — VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 4, 2019 Besides baby-sitting Tim Paine's children, Rishabh Pant has taken a record 20 catches and scored 262 runs already as I write this. Not bad for a 21-year-old in his first series Down Under ð — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 4, 2019 hundreds in england & australia in his first few months of test cricket, a bunch of catches and exceptional babysitting skills - rishabh pant has to be among the most productive 21-year olds around #AUSvIND — Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) January 4, 2019 Since Rishabh Pant made his debut, nobody has made more 90+ scores in Test cricket. #AUSvIND — The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) January 4, 2019 Very happy for Rishabh Pant, a lovely guy as well as a helluva talent. He's having some sort of a tour #AUSvIND — Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) January 4, 2019 Rishabh Pant @RishabPant777 you absolute beauty! More runs this series than the great Kohli - incredible consistency and courage - need you in the World Cup squad now #AUSvIND @DelhiCapitals — Parth Jindal (@ParthJindal11) January 4, 2019 Rishabh Pant is undoubtedly a talented player and has been consistent in his game and kept on improving himself. Congratulations to R.Pant sir on scoring a century great innings. — Vijayesh Mokal (@vijayesh_mokal) January 4, 2019
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsFrom this day onwards the LGBTQ community in India shall enjoy a life that is no longer closeted or barred from enjoying the basic human rights they have had to fight for, for such a long time. Earlier today, the Supreme Court decriminalised consensual gay *** and scrapped a century-old law from the times of the British Raj, namely Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, and gave a very vibrant section of our community a new lease of life and the hope for a better future. © Reuters The verdict came from the Chief Justice of India who stated that gay rights must be upheld in the country, while Justice Indu Malhotra asserted that history owes an apology to the members and parents of the LGBTQ community who have suffered at the hands of a judgemental society that has overlooked their basic rights and needs for the longest times. The verdict stems from the very need for the whole community to lead a free life guided by the same fundamental rights that every other citizen of India enjoys in the country. This comes as a historic win for the nation and as a sign of better days in the future, where similar structural changes in outdated laws and policies shall protect and empower communities to live freely and without any fear, but complete with pride. © Reuters That said, we would also like to take you through the journey of not only how this sad, almost prehistoric law came to pass in the country but also why it managed to subsist within the system until today: 1. It was during the British Raj in 1862 that Section 377 first came into being. The law decreed that whoever indulges in voluntary carnal intercourse against the order of nature, be it with a woman, man or even an animal shall be punished by law with imprisonment for life or imprisonment for a period of ten years along with an imposition of fine. © Reuters 2. Years of legal battle saw decriminalisation of consensual homosexual acts in private by the Delhi High Court in July 2009 and called Section 377 of IPC as unconstitutional, which prohibits a gay person's right to individuality. 3. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court reserved the High Court's verdict in December 2013. The then Justice G. S. Singhvi upheld the constitutional validity of Section 377 and put the responsibility of the legislature to decide on the matter. © Reuters 4. However, 2014 brought a ray of hope for the LGBTQ community, when transgenders in the country were declared as the “third gender” and ordered for them to be included under the OBC quota, by the top court's order. It was also stated that they shall have equal rights under the law such as the right to marriage, adoption, inheritance and adoption. 5. The major move towards a better chance for the community happened in February 2016, when the Naz Foundation submitted a curative petition and T.S. Thakur, the then Chief Justice of India ordered for the petitions to be reviewed again by a Constitutional bench. © Reuters 6. Cut to 2018 and in July this year, the five-member Constitutional bench began to hear petitions challenging Section 377. India began to hope that the bench would rectify the mistakes of the Supreme Court and repeal Section 377. 7. Today, on September 6th, the Constitutional bench finally gave its verdict and decriminalised gay ***. They have called for equal respect and rights for the LGBTQ community and for moving towards a better, all-encompassing and compassionate society. © Reuters It's been a long journey but finally, we have arrived and now we can proudly say all love is legal.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsI read somewhere that determination takes you places, excuses don't and I guess it's absolutely right. The world is primarily divided into two parts – one, that is great in getting things done and the other, that is brilliant in coming up with excuses. While most of us proudly move to the latter part of the world, there are some who stick with the former and turn out to be an inspiration for everyone. © Pexels If this wasn't true, then we wouldn't be talking about Walter Carr right now, whose dedication towards his work has left us speechless and has filled our hearts with respect for him. His efforts might mean nothing to some people, but what he did is not something everyone can do. In fact, if we find ever find ourselves in Walter's situation, most of us will probably not do what he did. © Twitter Walter recently joined a company that assists people in moving into their houses. On his first day at work, he was supposed to help his clients Jenny Lamey and her husband Chris, who stayed nearly 20 miles away from his house (FYI that's 32 km). Jenny lives in Homewood and Walter lives in Pelham, Alabama. But, a night before his first day at work, Walter's car broke down and he didn't know how he was going to get to work. But, Walter did not lose hope. He started walking around midnight and walked 32 km to reach the house on time on his first day at work. Moved by Walter's dedication, Jenny took to social media to share this inspiring story. This deserves 1000 retweets! Read this amazing story about Walter, a new bellhop in Birmingham. Major shoutout to the @PelhamPoliceAL officer who lended a helping hand. pic.twitter.com/eLgbAxg4uv — Bellhops (@BellhopsMoving) 15 July 2018 She wrote, “Walter said that he was supposed to help us with our move today. The officer proceeded to tell us that the previous evening, Walter's car broke down and he didn't know how he was going to get to work. So he left Homewood at MIDNIGHT and started WALKING to Pelham on 280. He WALKED ALL NIGHT.” The cops picked him up in the morning and took him to get breakfast and after knowing his story, brought him to Jenny's house. The couple asked if he wanted to take some rest, but he declined the offer and started working. Reportedly, when the company's CEO heard this news about his new employee, he was extremely proud of him and drove to Walter and gifted him a 2014 Ford Escape as a reward. We guess, hard work does pay off and the reward sure is great. Source: Inquirer
Tom Cruise poses in front the Eiffel Tower during the world premiere of the film "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" in Paris, France, July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes PARIS: Tom Cruise on Thursday attended the red carpet premiere of the latest...