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Never thought I would become an actor: Sidharth Malhotra

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Actor Sidharth Malhotra never thought as a teenager that he could become an actor. “I never thought when I was a teenager that it was possible to become a Bollywood actor coming from Delhi with no connections to the films,” said Sidharth during a virtual session with We The Planet.

 “I remember when I came to Mumbai I was 21 and staying here by myself, I really started appreciating the joint family that I g r e w up in, (with) so many people around,” the actor said. “When I came to Mumbai to become an actor, it wasn’t easy and I felt the only thing you fall back on is what your parents have taught you.”

The actor said that his parents didn’t know he “wanted to grow up and become an actor”. “I never thought when I was a teenager that it was possible to become a Bollywood actor coming from Delhi with no connections to the films. They were not shaping me up to an actor but to become a good human being I would say. And I mean this with utmost humility and not saying that I am a perfect example, But just to say that there are some basic qualities, I think I have inherited from my family and that’s what I keep giving to people,” Sidharth said.

Sidharth began his career as a model at the age of 18. He worked as an assistant director to filmmaker Karan Johar in the 2010 film My Name Is Khan, before getting his break as an actor in Johar’s 2012 film Student of the Year.

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Take proactive steps with FIFA to lift AIFF ban: SC to Centre

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Take proactive steps with FIFA to lift AIFF ban: SC to Centre

NEW DELHI : The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Central govern- ment to take “proactive steps” with the world football govern- ingbodyFIFAtoensurethatthesuspensionoftheAllIndia Football Federation (AIFF) is lifted and the country gets to host the Under-17 Women Football World Cup as scheduled.

A bench of Justices D. Y. Chandrachud, A. S. Bopanna and J. B. Pardiwala adjourned the hearing in the matter related to AIFF on the request of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, as he said some discussions are going on with FIFA. The bench in its order stated, “Solicitor General has informed the court that government of India is in active engagement with FIFA and stakeholders to ensure Under-17 World Cup in the country as planned. The meeting happened on Tuesday and discussions are ongoing. We request the Centre to take proactive measures to ensure holding of Under-17 world cup and lift the suspension on AIFF so the objective is duly achieved.”

At the outset of the hearing, Solicitor General informed the top court that the Central government has taken up the issue with FIFA on the suspension of AIFF.

“Yesterday itself government took it up as an issue. We had two meetings with FIFA. We have reached a stage. I must also say that the Committee ofAdministrators(CoA)has played a very constructive role. There is some breaking of the ice which has taken place. I am requesting if this can be kept on Monday,” Mehta said.

Senior advocate Rahul Mehra, the petitioner in the main case, told the bench that the entire event has been orches- trated by the former AIFF President Praful Patel, who was ousted after the Supreme Court’s orders. The Centre on Tuesday mentioned before the apex court the decision of the FIFA Council suspending the AIFF with immediate effect, which has stripped India’s right to host the Under-17 Women’s World Cup, scheduled for October.

FIFA, the apex football body on Tuesday announced that it has decided to suspend theAll India Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect and the decision was taken unanimously by the Bureau

of the FIFA Council. The decision has been taken due to “undue influence from third parties”, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA Statutes. In a press statement, FIFA said that the suspension will be revoked once the or- der appointing the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee is repealed.

FIFA was reportedly concerned by a CoA appointed by the Supreme Court to oversee the functioning of AIFF till a democratically elected executive committee is put in place.

The Supreme Court on May 18 appointed a three member CoA to manage the affairs of the AIFF. The CoA is headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice (Retd) Anil Dave, and comprises former Chief Election Com- missioner SY Qureshi and a former captain of Indian foot- ball team Bhaskar Ganguly. The Supreme Court order forced AIFF president and NCP leader Praful Patel and his Executive Committee to step down for not holding elections due in December 2020.Patel’s third term in office ended in December 2020.

As per rule, 12 years is the maximum term permitted to a national Sports Federation Chief under the Sports Code. The top court had directed the CoA on August 3 to elect the AIFF Executive Commit- tee and finalise the constitution for AIFF in consonance with the National Sports Code. The apex court also directed the Executive Committee of the AIFF to expeditiously hold elections as per the schedule proposed by the CoA, which is currently running the affairs of the national federation. On August 5, the Supreme Court approved the COA timeline for AIFF elec- tions, polls to be held on August 28 and the poll pro- cess will start on August 13. Later on Monday, FIFA suspended the AIFF and threatened to strip its right to host the women’s U-17 World Cup.

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India records 19,406 new Covid-19 cases

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India records 19,406 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the information shared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.
The tally of Covid-19 cases has now reached 4,41,26,994 which includes 1,34,793 active cases. The recovery rate is at 98.50% and as many as 19,928 recoveries were logged in the last 24 hours.
The daily positivity rate as per the government data is 4.96%, whereas the weekly positivity rate is 4.63%.
On the other hand, India has now administered over 100 million precaution doses of Covid-19 vaccines, according to the information shared by the Union health ministry.
Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya in a tweet wrote, “this has been achieved by the collective efforts. India has administered over 10 crores (100 million) precautionary doses. 10 crore people now have an extra layer of safety. Under PM Narendra Modi Ji’s leadership, ‘Covid vaccination Amrit Mahotsav’ is going on in full swing to provide free precaution dose for all adults.”
This tweet came after the government started providing free precautionary doses to adults in the age group of 18-75 years at government vaccination centers as a part of the Central government,s 75-day booster vaccination drive.

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Vice Presidential elections polling to be held today

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Voting for the Vice Presidential elections will be held today as the tenure of M. Venkaiah Naidu comes to an end on 10 August 2022. The voting procedure will take place between 10 am to 5 pm. The votes will be counted immediately after the elections and the results will be declared by late Saturday evening.
The candidate for the vice-presidential position is elected through an electoral college consisting of members from both houses.
National Democratic Alliance’s vice-presidential candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar and the Opposition’s candidate Margaret Alva are two contesting candidates for election.
Dhankhar filed his nomination papers on 18 July. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief J.P. Nadda, Union Minister Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, and Nitin Gadkari were present when Dhankhar filed his nomination.
Dhankhar joined politics in 1989 and is a lawyer by profession. He joined the office as the governor of West Bengal in July 2019.
On the other hand, Alva filed her nomination for the vice presidential elections on 19 July. The decision to select Alva as the candidate was taken at a meeting of the Opposition leaders of 17 parties at the residence of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar.
Alva is the former Rajasthan Governor, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) announced to support Opposition candidate Margaret Alva for the vice-presidential elections.

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Our fight against Covid is still on: Prime Minister Modi

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As India continues to report over 10,000 Covid-19 cases over the last few days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country’s fight against Covid is still on, and holistic healthcare has made an impact across the globe in this fight on Sunday.“Our fight against Covid is still on, and holistic healthcare has made an impact across the globe in this fight. AYUSH is now gaining prominence worldwide, leading to an increase in AYUSH exports,” said PM Modi while addressing the monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

India recorded 19,673 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, according to data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Sunday. With this fresh surge in Covid-19 cases, the country’s total cases are now at 4,40,19,811. Here, active cases stand at 1,43,676 which account for 0.33 per cent of the total cases.

PM Modi highlighted that there has been an increase in the research being done on ayurvedic plants. He said, “During Covid-19, there has been an increase in the research being done on ayurvedic plants. In July, the Indian Virtual Herbarium has been launched which has over 1 lakh specimens and scientific information about them.”

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Think Tank of India outlines map for Digital banks

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Niti aayog

The National Institution for Transforming India has outlined a licencing and regulatory scheme for digital banks that works to cut down on any regulatory or policy arbitrage and provides a level playing field for the incumbents as well as competitors.

The think tank of India, NITI Aayog, in a report titled “Digital Bank-A Proposal for Licensing and Regulatory Regime for India”, has recommended a proposal to issue a restricted digital bank licence to these financial entities.

Four factors shall be considered for the licencing and regulatory template, i.e., entry barriers; business restrictions; competition; and technological neutrality.

75 digital banks are to be set up in 75 districts of the nation by the scheduled commercial banks to mark the 75th independent year of India, moving forward with the agenda of fintech innovations.

It outlines the challenges presented by the partnership model of the neo-banking model in India, which has emerged as a result of the regulatory vacuum and absence of licence in digital banking. The report also mentions the need for leveraging technology for the needs of baking in India, and the report also analyses the niches that are underserved. In recent years, the Pradhan

Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna has contributed to furthering financial inclusion for the unserved.

Credit presentation remains a challenge for the nation’s MSMEs, which account for 30 per cent  contribution to the GDP, 45 percent of the manufacturing output, and 40 percent of exports, and also an employment opportunity for a significant population.

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What Is Better to Invest in: NEO or BTC?

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You’ve heard of BTC and NEO cryptocurrencies but don’t know which one is better? Does it make sense to swap NEO to BTC? Which one to choose to invest in? Don’t worry. These are the most frequently asked questions, and you will get the answers.

Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency created in 2009 by an individual or group named Satoshi Nakamoto. It has been advocated as an alternative to traditional banking since the financial crisis of 2008. The network is a decentralized and anonymous system.

NEO is a non-profit project aimed at a smart economy that incorporates a cryptocurrency of the same name as the blockchain. The first open-source blockchain project was developed in China. The issuance of its tokens is 100 million units.

Common Features

  • Perspective. Both coins are very popular. They are profitable and can be a fine choice for organizing payments. Also, these coins obtained powerful support from cryptocurrency users.
  • Exponential growth. These two coins have had a period of exponential growth. In 2021, the Bitcoin price was $ 67 000 per coin. It set a new historical high. NEO’s value was a few cents in 2017. But it rose to over $ 196 in early 2018. This is a pretty good indicator.
  • Limited quantity. The number of coins is fixed for both cryptocurrencies. The maximum limit of NEO is 100 million coins. In the case of Bitcoin, the limit is 21 million coins. So, if more people are interested in cryptocurrencies, this deficit may push the prices of both coins much higher than they already had at the beginning of 2022.

Differences

  • Age. The entire cryptocurrency industry is relatively new. But Bitcoin is much older than NEO. It appeared in 2009 and NEO in 2014. So, Bitcoin had a five-year upfront investment. As a result, investors could leverage their starting lineup and gain market share before many Bitcoin competitors existed.
  • Overall market capitalization size. Bitcoin’s market capitalization is much larger than NEO’s. As of July 2022, it has a market cap of $ 372,059,697,049. NEO’s market cap in the same month is $ 608,350,433. This is a big difference.
  • The creators of NEO are known. It was created by two Chinese developers, Do Hongfei and Erik Zhang. The creator of Bitcoin is a complete mystery. This is because the person (or group) who created this coin used a pseudonym. It is a popular name for Satoshi Nakamoto. By the way, there are various speculations about who Satoshi Nakamoto is. Some think this may be Elon Musk, the founder of large companies such as Tesla. However, Mr. Musk opposes these claims.
  • Features. Since its inception in 2009, Bitcoin has gradually become a long-term store of value and a type of “digital gold.” It is the most famous digital coin. NEO is designed as a cryptocurrency and a platform to promote smart contracts and decentralized apps (DApps). Technically, smart contracts can be promoted with Bitcoin too. But Bitcoin is not known as a platform for such contracts. NEO plays an essential role in this.

So, both cryptocurrencies have a promising, stable, and solid foundation. You can swap NEO and BTC to ADA or any other coin. But cryptocurrencies are risky assets that can fall by 100% daily or rise by thousands of percentage points. Still, according to experts, the main cryptocurrency to buy in 2022 should remain Bitcoin (it should take about 40% of the wallet). Other coins like NEO should take only 10% of digital storage.

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