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Dialogue @ Nation Next with Ritika Thaker | Interview

In conversation with the 16-year-old badminton player Ritika Thaker who currently shares the No 1 position with Simran Singh in Under-17 doubles.
Ritika Thaker (Photo by: Nation Next)

As per the latest rankings released by the Badminton Association of India (BAI), Ritika Thaker, a 16-year-old student of CDS, Nagpur secured the No 1 spot in the Under-17 doubles along with her partner Simran Singh from Mumbai and secured the No 4 spot in the Under-17 singles in India.

Ritika has represented India on the international level. In the past, she has played at the Asian Badminton Championship in Bangkok and Indonesia and at the Open International Tournament in Israel. This young girl who comes from a family of badminton players wishes to play for India in the Olympics and bring laurels to the country someday.

Ritika, who will soon appear for her 10th boards, in a conversation with Nation Next, speaks about how she strikes a balance between her studies and her passion – badminton, the support she gets from her parents for her sporting career, and her favourite badminton player Caroline Martin. She also speaks about how good it would be if the Government of India sponsors the expenses of players who can’t afford to go to tournaments, her coaches Ajay Dayal and Robin Simons and reveals why she feels that a movie should be made on Badminton in India.

Team Nation Next wishes Ritika Thaker best of luck for her future and wishes all the success and glory for her and hopes that she makes India very proud someday, something which she wants herself!

Here’s the complete interview:

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Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Bombay High Court rejected stay plea filed by CBI paving way for the release of ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Ex-Home Ministe Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday. Deshmukh had sought permission to visit his constituency, which is also his hometown, Nagpur. 

The application was filed by Deshmukh through his lawyer, Inderpal Singh, stating that he is a native of Nagpur with deep family roots in the city apart from being an elected representative of his constituency. 

“The applicant craves a benevolent indulgence of this court to permit him to travel outside Greater Mumbai, including District Nagpur, for a limited duration of about four weeks so as to maintain continuity in his social and family ties and also visit his original and permanent home/constituency,” the plea stated.



The plea further added that “the applicant needs to have due legal consultation with his lawyers in New Delhi for further course of strategy in the present and connected cases.”

Also read: All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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Interesting facts you didn’t know about Union Budget | Must Read

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her fifth straight Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Here are some lesser known facts about Union Budget…

The British government presented India’s first ever Union Budget on April 7, 1860.

The first budget of independent India was presented by country’s first Finance Minister RK Shanmukham Chetty on November 26, 1947.

Even though traditionally, the finance ministers present the budget, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are the only Prime Ministers to have presented the Union Budget instead of Finance Ministers.

Until 1955, the Union Budget was presented in English. However, the Congress government then decided to print the Budget papers in both Hindi and English.

In 2019, Sitharaman became the second woman to table the budget after Indira Gandhi who presented the budget for the year 1970-71.

Earlier, the government tabled the rail budget separately for 92 years but since 2017, the rail budget was merged with the Union Budget.

Until 1999, the government tabled the Union Budget at 5 pm on the last working day of February as per British era practice but 

former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha changed the timing to 11 am. Years after, late Finance Minister Arun Jaitely changed the budget presentation to February 1. 

There’s a customary event called the ‘halwa ceremony’ that is held every year ahead of the Union Budget. It is considered as a gesture of appreciation for all people who have worked on the Union Budget. 

To ensure the secrecy of the budget document, a lock-in process is followed – in which all the officials involved 

in preparing the Budget come out of Parliament’s North Block only after the Finance Minister has presented the budget.

In 2021, Sitharaman became the first to table paperless Union Budget.

Former Prime Minister Moraraji Desai holds the record of presenting 10 budgets as finance minister, which is the maximum so far.

Also read: Not a populist but a fiscal consolidation budget: CAMIT Chief Dr Dipen Agrawal

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Nagpur News

DPS Kamptee tops in ‘Public Vegetable Garden,’ clinches 2nd spot in ‘Big Institutional Garden’

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Delhi Public School Kamptee Road in Nagpur bagged the first prize in the category ‘Public Vegetable Garden’
 
Delhi Public School Kamptee Road in Nagpur bagged the first prize in the category 'Public Vegetable Garden.'
 
Delhi Public School Kamptee Road in Nagpur bagged the first prize in the category ‘Public Vegetable Garden’ and the second prize in the category ‘Big Institutional Garden.’
 
The award was presented by Ram Joshi, Additional  Commissioner, City and services at the KK Thakur Memorial Hall on 5th February, 2023. The ‘Annual Flower Show 2023’ was organised in the memory of Leelatai Subhedar to enhance and increase public interest in flowers. A team from the club visited the premises of the participants to judge their Rose Gardens, Lawns, Kitchen Gardens, Terraces and Balcony Gardens.
 
Delhi Public School Kamptee Road sprawls across a lush green, naturalistic, peaceful and protected 17 acres of land. It is one of those places, which preserves and upholds greenery with a wide range of attractive seasonal flowers and exotic plants. The visitors were delighted to witness the variety of plants in their mesmerizing colours and an array of other seasonal flower plants and the vegetable garden. 
Delhi Public School Kamptee Road in Nagpur bagged the first prize in the category 'Public Vegetable Garden.'
 
The school gardens are an important part of the school’s educational programme and it provides hands-on learning experience for our students in areas such as horticulture, biology and environmental stewardship.
 
On the other hand, the kitchen garden has become a source of fresh, nutritious produce for our school community and a demonstration of the school’s commitment to sustainable food systems.
 
This recognition is a testament to the hard work, passion and dedication of Tulika Kedia, President and Pro-Vice Chairperson, Delhi Public School Kamptee Road and MIHAN, Nagpur. She’s an ardent nature lover and nature conservationist who has a deep respect for the natural world and a commitment to protect it for future generations. 
 
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