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  • Centre sanctions Rs 15000cr for Covid19 emergency response, part of it immediately and the rest over a period of four years in mission mode
  • RBI says Covid-19 has "drastically altered" the growth outlook in India
  • Third coronavirus death in the Dharavi slum in Mumbai
  • Odisha becomes the first state to extend the lockdown until April 30. Schools and colleges in the state to remain closed until June 17th
  • The Supreme Court orders all coronavirus testing, including by private labs, to be done for free, says will look into the matter of reimbursement for private players at a later date
  • Former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar proposes an Indo-Pak ODI series to raise funds for fighting coronavirus
  • Maharashtra government says many Tablighi Jamaat members who attended the Markaz and returned have gone into hiding
  • West Bengal government identifies hotspots in Kolkata and the rest of the state, inclined to extend the lockdown in those places only
  • Prime Minister Modi holds a video conference with floor leaders of opposition parties, hints at extending the lockdown
  • UP seals hotspots and makes masks mandatory
  • Masks made compulsory in Mumbai, violators will be arrested
  • ICMR says an infected person can infect 406 people in 30 days without social distancing and lockdown
  • Stock markets make a smart recovery. Sensex up by record 2476 points on global cues
  • Schools, colleges and shopping malls likely to remain closed for a further period of one month, says empowered group of ministers
  • PM Modi tells BJP workers that India is in for a long battle against the coronavirus and there is no scope to feel tired or defeated
Total Covid-19 cases rise to 5734 on Thursday and the death toll stands at 166, says the health ministry in its daily briefing
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Let Us Not Forget Two More World Champions

By Anukriti Roy

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Anukriti is a student who dabbles in writing when she finds time.

In the euphoria surrounding the gold medal won by PV Sindhu at the World Badminton Championships at Basel, we must not forget two other gold medals won by Indian sportspersons that also count as them being crowned world champions. Manasi Joshi took the top spot in the Para World Championships, also at Basel and it was before Sindhu won her gold. Manasi beat world number one and fellow Indian Parul Parmar to clinch the gold. In another country, 17-year old Komalika Bari continued the fine tradition of archers from Jharkhand excelling on the world stage. She clinched gold in the recurve event at the Cadet World Archery Championships at Madrid in Spain.

Manasi, who lost her left leg and had her arm broken in a road accident in Mumbai in 2011, trains at the Gopi Chand Academy like Sindhu. She is employed by BPCL and supported by Malcolm and Welspun group. She said it felt great to walk the same corridors and play in the same arena and on the same courts as the other great players. She also felt great to be the world champion.

Komalika, on the other hand, beat the higher-ranked Japanese archer Sonoda Waka 7-3 to lift the gold. Her achievement is all the more remarkable as it comes against the backdrop of the mess in the Archery Association of India (AAI) which will lead to Indian archers being banned from competing in any events worldwide. Komolika displayed excellent marksmanship to score perfect 10s many times and scored 29 out of 30 on three occasions in the five-setter. Alas, we do not know when she will be able to compete next on the world stage as the AAI is unlikely to sort out its mess in the near future.

These girls have made India proud and they should be hailed.