Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Feb 2019 12:46:23










NO MATTER which country one belongs to or which team one follows, there is always a soothing pleasure when the West Indies teams bring back the Calypso splendour to cricket. The Caribbean way of playing and following the game stands tall in the cricketing world for its unmistakable bliss. Those who have watched the Windies juggernaut steamrolling cricketing opponents all over the world in the 70s and late 80s would relate with the joy those giants brought to the table. They also silently mourned the decline of West Indies cricket in the later years and watched in disbelief the champions being relegated to the bracket of minnows. In this backdrop, the stunning series win by the West Indies over England comes as a fresh breeze for the revival of Calypso. The marauding manner in which the two Tests were won by the West Indies pacers and batsmen brings hope to the Islanders and lovers of its cricket. Onus is now on Jason Holder and his team to replicate this stupendous success in copious quantities and prove that the victory was not a flash in the pan.




THE National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government has reason to be proud of its achieving commendable success in implementing the Prime Minister’s flagship project -- Open Defecation Free (ODF) mission. According to official figures, out of 4378 urban cities 4140 cities have been declared ODF under Swachha Bharat Abhiyan. Addressing the joint session of Parliament President Mr. Ram Nath Kovind had said that rural sanitation coverage has gone up to 98 pc under the ODF. That is indeed a monumental success, not visualised in the past. It is the success of firm belief and commitment to a cause. For Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi it was a mission undertaken for larger public cause. Because he believed that this single mission would address issues related to public health and environmental matters. But to succeed it also needed the unflinching commitment of the masses. The fact that such a huge success has been achieved in such a short time shows the efficacy of the mission and also that the people too have realised its merits.