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Know about incredible journey of Punjab’s Simi Singh from cleaning toilets to playing for Ireland

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A number of cricketers of Indian origin have played for various national teams around the world. Most of them have inspiring and motivating stories of hard work and struggle to realize their aspiration to succeed and play on the international stage. Indian born cricketer Simi aka Simranjeet Singh who is now playing for Ireland in the ongoing T20 World Cup in Australia is one such cricketer.

Like any other young cricketer, Simi wanted to represent India. However, everyone knows how difficult the task is. He was not selected for the junior national team. However, he was not discouraged. He took another path through hard work and struggle to fulfill his dream of playing international cricket.

They say: when there is a will, there is a way. Simi had the chance to make it to the Ireland team. It was his unlikely fate out of the blue. One of Simi’s friends, who had trained alongside him at Mohali, brought the idea to him. He suggested Simi try her luck in Ireland for a while. The idea again fueled the aspiration in him that one day he would be able to play international cricket.

Simi was from a middle-class family in India. Her parents had government jobs. However, she did not have enough of a support system when she headed to a foreign country. With a lack of financial support, her journey was quite difficult.

On a student visa in Ireland, Simi had to work hard to support herself. She had to take temporary jobs in addition to playing cricket to live out his dream. While he never had to do housework in India, the foreign country didn’t provide the same kind of comfort to Simi. Working as a part-timer at a hardware store, he had to do manual labor, hauling heavy lumber onto store shelves. His boss also asked Simi to perform tasks that were “humiliating.” In one of his interviews, Simi revealed that he even had to clean toilets.

However, Simi sees experience as important in his tough cricketing journey. Eventually, Simi’s hard work paid off and he made his first-class debut in Ireland in 2017. He then broke into List A team Leinstar Lightning. With much hard work and perseverance, Simi continued his journey in cricket and eventually emerged as the leading scorer and wicket-taking leader in the 2019 Inter-Provincial Championship.

He was subsequently awarded a central contract along with 18 others for Ireland. Cricket Ireland signed him full-time in 2020. Simi got his first big break for Ireland the same year, making his ODI debut against New Zealand.

He made his T20I debut the following year against the Netherlands. He then became the first batsman playing at number eight or less to make a half-century in T20I’s debut. His first five-wicket ODI tour of his came against the United Arab Emirates in 2021.

The all-rounder scored his first ODI century against South Africa in the same year. He was recognized by ICC for a rare honor in January 2022. Simi was named in the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year for 2021.


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Royal Bengal Tiger spotted in Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary in Bargarh

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A Royal Bengal tiger was spotted at the Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary in Bargarh. The Divisional Forestry Officer (DFO) confirmed the same on Saturday from video footage that captured the tiger moving in the forest.

The tiger was reportedly spotted at the Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary located near Sambalpur’s Hirakud Dam. The tiger gender is male and it is an endangered species as its count is very low, reported Anshu Pragyan Das, DFO, Hirakud Wildlife Division.

The DFO expressed his joy that after several years a tiger was seen in the sanctuary. The team is even trying to track down whether or not the tiger has any female partners. Security around the sanctuary has been tightened to restrict the entry of unauthorized persons or poachers.

“It was seen while venturing near the safari area of ​​the sanctuary on December 1 and patrol staff captured video of the tiger as it crossed a road. This is the first time a tiger has entered the front door,” the DFO reported.

The DFO also ensured that special security measures are taken to ensure the protection of the tiger. As reported by the DFO, 12 teams have been hired to monitor the tiger.

“In addition to hiring a special team to monitor the tiger 24 hours a day, GIS technicians have been hired. A special patrol team is also engaged outside the sanctuary with metal detectors. We are emphasizing a special intelligence network to track and restrict unauthorized entry into the sanctuary. Immediate action will be taken against any illegal activity, the DFO said.

He further added: “We have yet to determine if the tiger was previously present at the wildlife sanctuary or if it came from Chhattisgarh. Last time, a royal Bengal tiger was seen in Debrigarh in 2018. We will track down the details soon if it ventured from any other landscape or was present here.”

In addition, security cameras have been installed at various locations in the sanctuary to track the feral cat.

In particular, the Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary spans Bargarh, near the Hirakud Dam, as well as the neighboring state. After 2018, not a single tiger was seen in the dense forest. The forestry department is on high alert as previous poachers remained quite active in the area.

Reported by Sanjay Jena (Sambalpur)


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Belgian girl weds Indian man as RK Narayan’s ‘Guide’ recreated in real life

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The legendary storyteller, Padma Vibhushan RK Narayan, would have been very proud if he had been alive today, because one of his great books ‘Guide’ has apparently come to life in real life.

It turns out that a 30-year-old tour guide, Ananth Raju, has married his 27-year-old Belgian girlfriend, Camille, in Hampi, Karnataka. And his love story was straight out of Narayan’s award-winning novel. The two were married on Friday according to Hindu rituals at the city’s Virupaksha temple.

The two reportedly met in Hampi just before the covid pandemic hit India in 2020. When Camille visited Hampi with her family, Raju not only took her around the city and gave her history-related information, but also he also arranged for her to stay at a good hotel.

Although Camille returned to Belgium with her family after her tour ended, the two kept in touch via social media. Gradually the friendship grew and both expressed their desire for marriage to their families, which both families accepted.

Camille was unable to come to India due to Covid restrictions but once the restrictions were lifted Camille came to Hampi. And both of them got married according to Hindu rituals.

Narayan’s ‘Guide’, which was published in 1958, has a similar plot in which a tour guide falls in love with a married woman who happened to be the wife of an archaeologist. The story took numerous twists and turns until the ‘guide’ ended up as a religious preacher in a temple.

A movie was made based on the novel which was released in 1965. The hit movie had Dev Anand and Wahida Rahman in the lead roles.


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Anand Mahindra awe-stricken by this 6-seater cycle, netizens hail desi jugaad

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Auto baron Anand Mahindra shared a video on Twitter praising a rural youth using an EV. He showered her with praise for her inventiveness, originality, and innovation.

The young man in the video drives his friends down the highway in unison in his custom-built six-seater electric two-wheeler.

According to Mahindra, necessity is the mother of invention and this concept could find global use as a tourist “bus” in busy European tourist destinations.

According to the man in the video, it runs on electricity and can travel up to 150 km on a single charge. This car costs between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 12,000. Furthermore, the young man claimed that the car can be charged at just Rs 10.

Sharing the video, Mahindra wrote: “With only small design inputs (cylindrical sections for the @BosePratap chassis?), this device could find global application. As a tourist ‘bus’ in the busy European tourist centers? I am always impressed by innovations in rural transport, where necessity is the mother of invention”.

His video has received a good response with more than 826.6k views, more than 43k likes and more than 5k retweets.

Industrialist Anand Mahindra frequently tweets interesting videos on Twitter that draw the attention of netizens. He rarely misses an opportunity to praise remarkable creations, and his most recent post is no exception.


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