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India need more infrastructure to produce champions: Stewart – The Times of India


Formula One might have made its debut in the cricket-crazy nation with the inaugural Indian Grand Prix on Sunday but the country needs to build more motorsports infrastructure to produce world champions, feels legendary driver Sir Jackie Stewart.

The three-time world champion (1969, 1971, 1973) Stewart said India need to give more emphasis to the grass root level to produce champion drivers.

“You need to have more motorsports, more circuit to get drivers. You need to build more infrastructures,” Stewart said.

“You have lots of young people playing cricket but until you have lots of young people in motorsports you can’t produce champions,” said Stewart, who was nicknamed ‘Flying Scotsman’ for his daredevilry during his hey days.

Referring to iconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who was present with his wife Anjali and daughter Sara at the Buddh International Circuit for the race, he said, “This man standing here started his career at the age of 16 and that’s how he became a champion. You need to have more carting (in the country).”

Stewart, however, gave thumbs up to the brand-new BIC and said there is money in India for motorsports but it should be utilised in the right way.

“It is a first-class circuit. Presently, one of the best in the world. But you (Indian drivers) need to have more money to go to Europe to develop skills,” the 72-year-old said.

PHOTOS: The world’s 7 billionth baby – Rediff.com News


Midwives hold the newborn baby girl named Danica Camacho, the Philippines' symbolic seven billionth baby, as part of the UN's seven billion global population projection, in Fabella Maternity hospital in Manila October 31
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Even as 23-year-old Vinita and Ajay from Uttar Pradesh have been giving interviews after interviews after having brought to the world the seven billionth baby, another mother is being cheered miles away at a hospital in Philippines capital Manila for the same feat.

A baby girl, named Nargis, at a local community health centre at 7.20 am on the outskirts

of Lucknow, was welcomed as India’s seventh-billionth baby, Bhagyeshwari, executive director of NGO Plan India, which is conducting the exercise, said.

 

Weighing 2.5kg, Danica May Camacho was delivered just before midnight on Sunday amid an explosion of media flash bulbs in the delivery room at Manila’s Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital. A thrilled Camille Dalura, Danica’s mother, said, “I can’t believe she is the world’s seven billion.”

Fixing India’s broken education system – Rediff.com Business


Top engineering colleges have become pre-MBA finishing schools.
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One of the reasons for this slide is that colleges have become more important as corporate job-placement centres rather than centres for learning – so their main role is to produce an assembly line of workers through mechanical rote learning rather than experientially develop young minds, encourage curiosity and independent thought.

“India’s college system is broken – most engineers aren’t good enough and many of those who are, don’t want to use their repository of knowledge and work as engineers.

Top engineering colleges have become pre-MBA finishing schools. Young people are making inappropriate choices due to peer pressure and the liberal arts and pure sciences are being completely sidelined,” says Naukri.com Founder Sanjeev Bikhchandani.

Waving chequered flag a memorable experience, says Sachin – Rediff Sports


Tendulkar, who witnessed the race along with wife Anjali and daughter Sara, waved the chequered flag after double world champion Sebastian Vettel [ Images ] crossed the finishing line to win the race at the Buddh International Circuit.

Sachin Tendulkar waves the chequered flag as Sebastian Vettel wins the Indian GP on Sunday“What an experience it was to wave the chequered flag!!! Got to keep it as well!!!,” Tendulkar wrote on his Twitter account.

He also praised the organisers, Jaypee Group, for the facilities at the circuit and the successful hosting of the race.

“Wonderfully organised F1 event by Jaypee. A world class track with excellent facilities for spectators. Truly a memorable day for all of us,” he said.

Tendulkar was the cynosure of all eyes as he mingled with the who’s who of motorsports, including F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone [ Images ], who himself had invited the star Indian cricketer for the race.

Tendulkar also met seven-time world champion and ‘dear friend’ Michael Schumacher [ Images ] and Mercedes [ Images ] team’s other driver Nico Rosberg [ Images ] before the race.

He later joined the F1 fraternity in observing a minute’s silence as a mark of respect to Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli who recently died in tragic crashes in IndyCar and Moto GP races respectively.