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22-year-old Jharna Joshi, a BBA student from Ahmedabad conducted a secret operation on her own and rescued 111 child labourers working in one of the biggest ceramic factories in Morbi, Gujarat on Friday.

Such an operation reveals how the people from the government turn their blind eye to such matters of importance.

Among the 111 children whom Jharna rescued, 100 were girls, reported Times Of India.

According to officials, this is the biggest ever child rescue operation ever to haven taken place in Saurashtra region, where there are a lot of industry clusters like ceramic, gold, imitation jewellery, brass etc.

Jharna told The Times of India that she had started to suspect something suspicious when she saw that children were being transported in buses when she went to visit her cousin in Morbi.

A curious Jharna followed these buses and found that they were being taken to a factory.

Understanding the situation, Jharna decided to apply for a job in the factory to find out more about the children. She was offered the work of pasting and designing cups and saucers. After working there for 15 days, she found that most of the children were below 18, and forced to work in difficult and hostile conditions.

The children had to work from 8 am to 6 pm and were not allowed to go outside. Many had to work in high-temperature areas like furnaces without any food or water.

Seeing this, Jharna approached the concerned departments but did not get any response. Finally, she wrote to the office of Chief Minister and visited Gandhinagar.

Under CM’s directive, officials from police department, labour department, social defence, employment department, factory inspector and child protection officer jointly raided the unit and rescued the children from the factory.

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Helpless during death

On one side there are tremendous facilities for the urban population wrt health care and on the other end there is barely any facilities for people to take care of their loved ones in case of an emergency and death. One heartbreaking incident occurred in Odisha, where a man walked 10 km with his wife’s body on his shoulder along with 12-year-old daughter by his side weeping. He had no vehicle to take home his wife’s body from a government hospital. His wife, died of tuberculosis at the hospital in Kalahandi on Tuesday night at a young age of 42.

Hospital washes its hands off

The hospital from where he took his wife’s body categorically informed they could not help with transport and hence they asked him to carry his wife’s body. When reached by the televsion crew Mr Majhi, the husband of the deceased wife said “I told the hospital authorities that I am a poor man and cannot afford a vehicle. I kept requesting them but they said they could not help,” Mr Majhi.

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Wrapping the body in a cloth, he walked for his village, along with his daughter. This is a place where medical help is not easy to get. Government’s scheme ‘Mahaparayana’ i.e offering to transport bodies from government hospitals free of charge. Under the scheme, 37 government hospitals were given vehicles to carry the dead.None of those were available when Mr Majhi desperately needed the service.

TV crew came and helped

It was the TV crew who had called up a senior officers and arranged an ambulance for the remaining journey to Mr Majhi’s village. Kalikesh Singh Deo, a Member of Parliament of the state’s ruling Biju Janata Dal and Kalahandi’s District Collector Brunda have expressed their shock over the incident and have ordered an immediate inquiry into the incident.

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How do you add trains to a city without adding to traffic and setting up ugly concrete structures?

It’s a question that Indian Railways engineer Ashwani Kumar Upadhyaya has answered with his concept elevated “Caterpillar Train” (cTrain)

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Upadhyaya’s concept won him the MIT Climate CoLab competition. The arch-supported elevated cTrain concept was voted the best solution, among 29 submissions in the Transportation category of MIT’s challenge. Upadhyaya’s Mini Elevated cTrain is supported by thin arches that hold up 2 levels of cTrain traffic.

The rail cars are sleek and minimal, yet spacious

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Travelling at 62 miles per hour on elevated tracks, the cTrain rail cars are supported on arches that span a sidewalk. This means that commuters can board and get off the rail cars without creating pedestrian traffic.

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Upadhyaya has presented the cTrain concept at the 14th World Conference on Transport Research in China, and is set to present it to leaders from businesses, non-profit organizations, governments, and communities via the MIT Climate CoLab Crowds & Climate Conference on the MIT campus in Boston.

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Dubai has made an entire office using the technology, and now a small group of employees are moving in. If you walk in, you wouldn’t know it was made by a printer. Dubai’s ruler quietly inaugurated the whitewashed buildings last week which AP described as “looking like a mashup of a Jetsons abode and an Apple Store”.

It took 17 days to print this place out, and $140,000, said Saif al-Aleeli, the CEO of a government initiative called the Dubai Future Foundation behind the project.

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Features include a tree-shaded outdoor garden deck and LED lights that automatically adjust to the brightness outside.

Why 3-D printing?

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“Because it makes sense in terms of cost, in terms of time-saving, in terms of efficiency,” the 29-year-old al-Aleeli said. “We really believe that this technology will revolutionise the construction, the development sector as well as other sectors, (including) the medical sector (and) consumable products.” Products made using 3-D printing are first designed on a computer and then printed out using a variety of materials, including metal, plastic and concrete.

The technology has been used in other construction projects too, including a Dutch canal house being raised in Amsterdam.

But the foundation says its Dubai office is the first “fully functional 3-D printed building,” constructed with full services and meant for daily use.

The building occupies prime real-estate between the city’s iconic twin Emirates Towers and the Dubai International Financial Center, which is a stand-in for a futuristic city in the forthcoming “Star Trek Beyond” film.

The site will serve as the temporary offices for between 12 and 20 foundation staff members for now. Dubai hopes it will kick-start its plans to transform the sheikhdom into an incubator for emerging technologies. It has an ambitious goal of using 3-D printing in a quarter of all buildings by 2030.

 

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“On December 12,2015, I gave birth to a baby boy. As I was not in India throughout my pregnancy and delivered my baby out of India I already knew it was a boy. But we were indifferent about the gender. All we desired was a healthy child. So before his arrival, I and my husband had already decided his first name. Choosing his name was very thoughtful and fun process as it was the first gift which we would give him and which he will carry throughout his life.

We wanted a name which reflect and remind us of our ultimate aim in life so we named him Nirvaan as our ultimate aim in life is to achieve extreme happiness and to be free from the struggle of birth and death. His name was also inspired by the life of Lord Mahaveer and Goutam Buddha. We also decided that our baby being a boy doesn’t mean we will burden him with all the responsibilities which according to society a boy is bound to do. Our job will be limited to give him unconditional love, gender-indifferent upbringing, friendly and healthy atmosphere for his overall development, opportunities to know and develop his skills, ability to choose and achieve his goals, teach him to value things and not their price, make him health conscious, to love each and every living being on this earth and be a good human being.

Finally at 8.21 PM of December 12, 2015, I heard my baby crying for the first time and my eyes got wet. After a minute, a sister brought him near me to see his face and I kissed on his reddish cheeks. As my c-sec was still going on, they took him out to meet his daddy and dadi. Everything went well for the next four days of our stay in the hospital. To complete the discharge formalities, we were asked to fill a form which contained the details like baby name, father’s name, mother’s name etc. so that hospital administration can issue baby birth certificate.

We filled the form and gave it to the admin. After a while, they called my husband to check the form and confirm if the details given are correct. He checked the form and it was perfectly okay. Hospital admin asked whether he was sure he wanted this to be the baby’s name because once the doctor sign the certificate it won’t be changed. He said that he was 100 per cent sure. After a while, all formalities were completed and we left the hospital with our little bundle of joy.

Days and nights passed loving, cuddling, feeding the baby and understanding the new job of a parent. After a month, it was time to visit India, we applied for Nirvaan’s passport. But again, we were asked the same question “is this your baby name?”. We encountered same question from few of our family members and friends when we reached India. Some said what we did is not right, if possible change his name now also, some said as a gesture it is good but in future he may face some problems, it will be difficult for him to inherent your family property, who will be your successor, who will further the clan, the funniest was will his wife be able to accept it, a friend of mine said I have been married for only 3 months and my wife surname is changed why you did not change yours it’s been too long and they had many more logics against our baby name. Their all logics sounded irrational to me.

For next few days, our baby boy name was a subject of discussion for everyone. It was hard for few people to accept that we were constantly beaking the customs of society one by one. First of all, I did not change my surname after my marriage I still carry the same identity and now we have named our child after my surname that it “Nirvaan KHAMESRA” instead of his father surname “Khabia”. For us, it makes no difference whether it is Nirvaan Khamesra or Nirvaan Khabia, for us our baby is just Nirvaan, who will stand out in this world based on his capabilities and abilities. If allowed, we would have named him only Nirvaan but to fulfill the legal formalities we were asked his last name so we choose my surname because legally there are no restrictions on using mother’s surname as child’s last name. I am glad that I have got the family which value every person whether it’s a boy or girl and do not burden themselves and anyone associated with them to the meaningless customs of society. The love and compassion that my baby is getting from my in-laws are same which he would have received if he had been named after them. Moreover, they did not even once questioned why we choose my surname as they believe every individual has his own identity and nothing is forever. A big thanks to them for keeping life so simple.

Indian society is greatly obsessed with the desire to have at least one male child in the family. This strange desire to have at least one male child is the root cause of female foeticide, unequal sex ratio and also one of the reasons that India is second highest populated country. More heartening is that even most educated and learned persons of society also falls prey to these illusions and only a very small section of highly elevated people believe in having only one or two children irrespective of gender. Indian families give extra importance to male child according to them, only a male child can further the clan, the family property will remain in the family, will be their budhape ka sahara, will give fire to their bodies or bury them, he will be livelihood earner for family.

I feel pity for the boys; they are expected to take all these responsibilities whether they want or not and irrespective of their capabilities. Sometimes I feel pity for girls also because they are not given any opportunities to take the responsibility of which they are capable. Hopefully, this one small step of ours will awake the society, widen their narrow thinking, make them learn to respect both genders, help to eradicate gender-based discrimination and will free them from the clutches of ruthless customs and pressures of society which do not value and respects female gender.

This is my answer to everyone who time and again question us why we named our baby after his mother’s last name instead of father’s last name. Indifferent to name my baby boy is still a grandchild to my in-laws and I am his mother only not father.”

“On December 12,2015, I gave birth to a baby boy. As I was not in India throughout my pregnancy and delivered my baby out of India I already knew it was a boy. But we were indifferent about the gender. All we desired was a healthy child. So before his arrival, I and my husband had already decided his first name. Choosing his name was very thoughtful and fun process as it was the first gift which we would give him and which he will carry throughout his life.

We wanted a name which reflect and remind us of our ultimate aim in life so we named him Nirvaan as our ultimate aim in life is to achieve extreme happiness and to be free from the struggle of birth and death. His name was also inspired by the life of Lord Mahaveer and Goutam Buddha. We also decided that our baby being a boy doesn’t mean we will burden him with all the responsibilities which according to society a boy is bound to do. Our job will be limited to give him unconditional love, gender-indifferent upbringing, friendly and healthy atmosphere for his overall development, opportunities to know and develop his skills, ability to choose and achieve his goals, teach him to value things and not their price, make him health conscious, to love each and every living being on this earth and be a good human being.

Finally at 8.21 PM of December 12, 2015, I heard my baby crying for the first time and my eyes got wet. After a minute, a sister brought him near me to see his face and I kissed on his reddish cheeks. As my c-sec was still going on, they took him out to meet his daddy and dadi. Everything went well for the next four days of our stay in the hospital. To complete the discharge formalities, we were asked to fill a form which contained the details like baby name, father’s name, mother’s name etc. so that hospital administration can issue baby birth certificate.

We filled the form and gave it to the admin. After a while, they called my husband to check the form and confirm if the details given are correct. He checked the form and it was perfectly okay. Hospital admin asked whether he was sure he wanted this to be the baby’s name because once the doctor sign the certificate it won’t be changed. He said that he was 100 per cent sure. After a while, all formalities were completed and we left the hospital with our little bundle of joy.

Days and nights passed loving, cuddling, feeding the baby and understanding the new job of a parent. After a month, it was time to visit India, we applied for Nirvaan’s passport. But again, we were asked the same question “is this your baby name?”. We encountered same question from few of our family members and friends when we reached India. Some said what we did is not right, if possible change his name now also, some said as a gesture it is good but in future he may face some problems, it will be difficult for him to inherent your family property, who will be your successor, who will further the clan, the funniest was will his wife be able to accept it, a friend of mine said I have been married for only 3 months and my wife surname is changed why you did not change yours it’s been too long and they had many more logics against our baby name. Their all logics sounded irrational to me.

For next few days, our baby boy name was a subject of discussion for everyone. It was hard for few people to accept that we were constantly beaking the customs of society one by one. First of all, I did not change my surname after my marriage I still carry the same identity and now we have named our child after my surname that it “Nirvaan KHAMESRA” instead of his father surname “Khabia”. For us, it makes no difference whether it is Nirvaan Khamesra or Nirvaan Khabia, for us our baby is just Nirvaan, who will stand out in this world based on his capabilities and abilities. If allowed, we would have named him only Nirvaan but to fulfill the legal formalities we were asked his last name so we choose my surname because legally there are no restrictions on using mother’s surname as child’s last name. I am glad that I have got the family which value every person whether it’s a boy or girl and do not burden themselves and anyone associated with them to the meaningless customs of society. The love and compassion that my baby is getting from my in-laws are same which he would have received if he had been named after them. Moreover, they did not even once questioned why we choose my surname as they believe every individual has his own identity and nothing is forever. A big thanks to them for keeping life so simple.

Indian society is greatly obsessed with the desire to have at least one male child in the family. This strange desire to have at least one male child is the root cause of female foeticide, unequal sex ratio and also one of the reasons that India is second highest populated country. More heartening is that even most educated and learned persons of society also falls prey to these illusions and only a very small section of highly elevated people believe in having only one or two children irrespective of gender. Indian families give extra importance to male child according to them, only a male child can further the clan, the family property will remain in the family, will be their budhape ka sahara, will give fire to their bodies or bury them, he will be livelihood earner for family.

I feel pity for the boys; they are expected to take all these responsibilities whether they want or not and irrespective of their capabilities. Sometimes I feel pity for girls also because they are not given any opportunities to take the responsibility of which they are capable. Hopefully, this one small step of ours will awake the society, widen their narrow thinking, make them learn to respect both genders, help to eradicate gender-based discrimination and will free them from the clutches of ruthless customs and pressures of society which do not value and respects female gender.

This is my answer to everyone who time and again question us why we named our baby after his mother’s last name instead of father’s last name. Indifferent to name my baby boy is still a grandchild to my in-laws and I am his mother only not father.”

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Ashwani Kumar Upadhyaya, a 47-year-old Indian Railways engineer, recently won an award for his innovative idea of developing caterpillar trains — a network of lightweight, elevated train coaches that will run at speeds up to 100 km/hr and will take passengers even to the residential areas. Ashwani, who is a 1997-batch officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service, is posted at the Centre for Railway Information Systems in New Delhi and is currently on a study leave as a PhD scholar in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. He won in a global competition on innovations that was organised by MIT and had about 500 entries. Ashwani came up with this idea with a fellow PhD scholar Emil Jacob.

The caterpillar train is named so because the idea is to install wheels both above and below the coaches. This way, they will be able to run on the tracks as well as hang from them. The tracks would be supported by poles bent to form arches.

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The whole system will run on electricity and the coaches will also have a backup battery to be used in case of emergencies such as a power failure. Every coach will have the capacity to seat 20 people and their small size will help them reach residential areas too. The small size is also supposed to allow trains to be vertically stacked at the depot.

The station for caterpillar trains will be a simple platform to be reached via elevators. A console on the train would allow passengers to pick stations. The most surprising thing about this radical urban transport system is that it would cost a fifteenth of the conventional metro rail system.

“Currently, all urban mass transit systems are developed on the hub-and-spoke concept — the transport system is the hub and users have to travel from various parts of the city and converge there to use it. But the C-Train goes wherever there is at least a five-metre road,” Ashwani told The Indian Express. The competition, organised by MIT’s Centre for Collective Intelligence, offers a crowd-sourcing platform for people to create ideas and proposals on how the issue of climate change can be addressed.

Ashwani now plans to educate eminent academicians and town planners about the benefits of the C-Train at an upcoming conference to be organised by MIT in September.

 

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It is a dream come true for 11-year-old Chandan Nayak, a football player from the Sabar Sahi slum in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. This young chap has been chosen to visit Germany, where he will get a two-month training with the football club Bayern Munich, a club that houses some of finest footballers in the world, like Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and Robert Lewandowski.

It is a moment of pride for India as the country has so far produced a strong set of fan followers for the Bundesliga champions but this is the first time an Indian gets a chance to play there. Right after nine-year-old Chandan Boro from Assam made to a 6-year training program at Hoffenheim, it is now the time for Chandan Nayak.

This has been a difficult journey for Chandan who has been selected for an all-expenses paid trip to the junior academy of the football club. Chandan’s father had deserted the family when Chandan was very young. Her mother works as a domestic help at various houses and single-handedly tries to run the family. But she has always ensured that her children are brought up in a proper way.

Chandan had travelled to Pune where he won an all level competition. His performance surprised the Indian football team skipper Sunil Chettri, who was the head selector at the event.

Surprisingly, Chandan is a Lionel Messi fan and had no idea about how big a club Bayern Munich is.

Chandan will be leaving for Germany tomorrow. At Bayern Munich, he will be playing beside greats like Philipp Lahm. The best coaches of the world will train him. Around 120 students from across the world will be participating in the training.

FC Bayern Munich is German Football club that plays in German Bundesliga (German national football league). They have won the German league 26 times and UEFA Champions League 5 times.

 

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Ananya Verma is a child prodigy from UP who excelled in the field of education at the age of five. She was officially given admission to class IX in a Lucknow school after the school department’s validation. At a time when it is too difficult for children to cope with how to write or read in school, Ananya could speak fluent English and read newspapers like an adult.

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She’s also eyeing the Limca Book of Records, which will be awarded to her if she clears her 10th board exams before 7. Her admission in St Meera’s Inter College in Lucknow happened when she was exactly 4 years, 8 months, and 21 days.

When Ananya was a year and nine months old, she could read Ramayana and Sundar Kaand. We never force her to study. We are a blessed family with all wonder kids.”—said Ananya’s father Tej Bahadur.

Born on December 1, 2011, Ananya is sister to two siblings who have already established themselves as prodigies. Her brother Shailendra, the eldest, completed his BCA when he was 14. Sushma got admission in PhD at BBAU+ when she was 15. In 2007, she was recognised by the Limca Book of Records as the “youngest student” to clear class X when she was 7 years, 3 months and 28 days old. At 13, Sushma completed BSc three years ago.

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A little under two years from now, she will appear for the UP board examinations. If she manages to clear it, Ananya will break the record of her own sister Sushma Verma.

Everyone is mighty impressed by the wonder-kid.

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Two brothers from Mumbai became billionaires on Monday after selling their tech start-up to a consortium of Chinese investors for $900 million, becoming one of the most expensive deals in the sector. Medianet is the baby of siblings Divyank Turakhia and Bhavin Turakhia who were born and brought up in Mumbai and provides a huge range of products for creating, targeting and evaluating advertising campaigns. It also supports publishers by connecting them to relevant ads via their Yahoo! Bing network.

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This $900 million deal is more expensive than Google’s purchase of AdMob in 2010 and Twitter’s $350 million dollar acquisition of MoPub in 2013. The Economic Times called the deal surprising and said “it comes at a time when the tech industry is struggling”.

The consortium is led by Beijing Miteno Communication Technology (BMCT) Chairman Zhiyong Zhang and they have already paid $426 million. Medianet will eventually become a subsidiary of BMCT.

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“Camera phones are always our focus and we plan to bring out the best camera experiences to our consumers,” Sky Li, Oppo Global VP, had said during the launch of Oppo F1 Plus in April, and the company is living up to its reputation. On Wednesday, the Chinese smartphone giant launched its latest selfie expert F1s smartphone in India for Rs. 17,990, which compels consumers with its enigmatic design and superior camera experience.
Photography enthusiasts can rely on Oppo’s latest F1s smartphone, which not only offers great camera, but also has a fine design, smooth performance and lasting battery, a combination that enhances the overall user experience. Although Oppo’s latest smartphone is a reminiscent of its predecessors, F1 and F1 Plus, the F1s has its unique elements.

“Being a priority market for OPPO, we understand Indian consumer’s demand for excellent camera quality and the ongoing selfie craze”, Sky Li, OPPO Global VP, MD of International Mobile Business and President of OPPO India, said in a statement. “OPPO has a rich experience in camera technology and has been the industry leader with several accolades and awards to its credit. And today we are carrying this legacy forward and stepping up the selfie revolution, by launching the upgraded Selfie Expert – F1s to share advanced photography technology with an even wider range of users in India and also offer them an outstanding photographic experience.”

Oppo F1s has a metal uni-body with a 2.5D curved glass for a premium look. It features a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, which is protected by the latest Gorilla Glass 4, and also supports gloved and wet touch inputs. The handset’s biggest USP, its camera, is a highly-capable 16-megapixel front-facing snapper with ISOCELL technology, an f/2.0 aperture, 78.1 degree wide-angle view and features such as Beautify 4.0, Selfie Panorama, Screen Flash and built-in filters for added effects.

The front camera is more capable than the rear one, but the latter too will not disappoint users. Oppo F1s has a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with a 1/3-inch sensor and a large F2.2 aperture, PDAF and ultra-fast focus speeds. In order to enhance photography skills, Oppo also added Expert Mode, Ultra-HD, Double Exposure and Super GIF features.

The F1s is more than just a camera phone. It is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor paired with 3GB RAM and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop-based ColorOS 3.0. Oppo boasts that its custom UI makes the user experience better with its flat, aesthetic design, 25 percent faster performance compared to ColorOS 2.1, power saving mode, privacy protection mode, integrated virus scanner, long screenshots and eye protection feature.

Oppo F1s packs a large 3,075mAh battery, dual SIM slots and a dedicated microSD card slot to add more storage in addition to the built in 32GB. The handset’s home button is also fitted with a fingerprint scanner, which is snappy and accurate.

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India is home to a diverse population playing many different sports across the country. And Cricket is the most popular playing games in India. In the same way, Hockey, Badminton, Kabaddi, Tennis and Football follow are followed by Cricket.

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Coming to Badminton, in 2012, Saina Nehwal won the Bronze Medal at London Olympics for India. Now in 2016, PV Sindhu won the Silver Medal at Rio Olympics. The only common point in both the athletes is that their Coach and he is Pullela Gopichand, the man behind India’s Rise in World Badminton.

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Gopichand is the person who singlehandedly changed the sport of badminton in our country. It was very hard to a coach like Gopichand to survive the sport of Badminton in a country obsessed by Cricket. Earlier, he won the All England Championships but had lost the 2000 Sydney Olympics in a tragic way.

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After winning the All England Championship, Gopichand could have retired to an easy life, but he did not. She thought of achieving for India what he could not do in the Olympics. He worked so hard to bring Badminton in India into the light and brought recognition and Sponsorship to the sport.

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He had set up a world class training academy and started grooming the young talent. He trained his students with discipline and hard work. Out of this, he produced players like Kidambi Srikanth, P Kashyap, Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu and much more. This kind of toughness is what has brought India its two medals at Olympics in a row.

Indian badminton medalists Saina Nehwal (L) with gold, Parapulli Kashyap with bronze (R) and the women's doubles gold medalists Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta (C) pose with coach P.Gopichand (top-L) prior to a press conference in Hyderabad on October 16, 2010. All the four players were from the P.Gopichand Badminton Academy of Southern Indian State of Andhrapradesh. AFP PHOTO/Noah SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
“FOR INDIA TO HAVE ITS NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYED AT A GLOBAL BADMINTON EVENT IS A BIG THING. I THINK THERE CANNOT BE A BIGGER MOTIVATION THAN THAT.”

He was awarded Dronacharya Award for his dedication and training such International players.