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Indian players react after their men's field hockey semifinal match against Belgium, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, on 3 August 2021 | PTI

Indian men’s hockey team loses to Belgium 2-5 at Tokyo Olympics, will play for bronze medal

With the loss, India's dream of entering the Olympics final after 41-years remained unfulfilled. PM Modi tweeted words of encouragement, saying 'wins and losses are a part of life'.

SC orders immediate inclusion of shooter Naresh Kumar Sharma for Tokyo Paralympics

The apex court noted submissions of advocate, appearing for the five-time Paralympian shooter, that 2 August was the last day for selection & three shooters can be sent together.
Fouaad Mirza with his horse Seigneur Medicott

Fouaad Mirza qualifies for Equestrian jumping final at Tokyo, first Indian in over two decades

The 29-year-old equestrian knocked two fences in the jumping round to incur eight penalty points en route to finish 25th with an overall 47.2 penalty points.

SC to urgently hear shooter Naresh Sharma’s plea against non-inclusion in Tokyo Paralympics

Naresh Kumar Sharma has challenged a Delhi HC order which had posted his plea on his non-inclusion for hearing on 6 August as selection deadline for the games ends on 2 August.

Swimming is better for the brain than any other activity. But scientists still don’t know why

Scientists are still trying to unravel how and why swimming regularly, in particular, improves memory, cognitive function, immune response, and mood.
India's women's hockey team celebrates after qualifying for the Olympic Games semifinals for the first time, at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, on 2 August, 2021 | PTI

Indian women’s hockey team enter Olympic semifinals for 1st time, beat Australia to qualify

Women's team win at Tokyo Games comes as Indian men's hockey team qualified for semifinals after 49 yrs. Women's team, which beat world no.2 Australia, plays Argentina Wednesday.

India men’s hockey team beats Great Britain, enters first Olympic semifinal in 49 years

India scored three field goals through Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh and Hardik Singh to seal a 3-1 victory, and will face Belgium in the semifinals Tuesday.

Shuttler P V Sindhu bags bronze, India’s second medal at Tokyo Olympics

Sindhu defeated China's He Bing Jiao in straight sets in the women's singles third-place play-off to add a bronze medal to her silver that she had secured at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Tokyo Paralympics: Shooter moves SC against HC order posting plea over non-selection on 6 Aug

Five-time Paralympian shooter Naresh Sharma said that the plea would be infructuous if it is heard on 6 August as the last date of selection for shooting in Tokyo games is 2 August.

Indian Women’s Hockey team reach Olympics quarter-finals for first time in 41 years

India finished group A league proceedings in fourth place with six points, riding on back-to-back wins over Ireland and South Africa. They face Australia in the quarter-final Monday.

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Drone policing during Covid exposes India’s need for data protection law

Modi govt's Draft Drone Rules 2021 do not have any of the incremental provisions of the Unmanned Aircraft System Rules 2021 or any mention of safeguards to privacy.
Customers stop near children's furniture on display in the self-service furniture area of the Ikea store in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

India’s services sector stuck in contraction for third straight month in July

The seasonally adjusted India Services Business Activity Index rose from 41.2 in June to 45.4 in July but was stuck in contraction due to subdued demand conditions amid Covid crisis.

Defence

File photo of Army chief General M.M. Naravane | ANI

Scrap L1 concept for procurement, need revolution in bureaucratic affairs, Army chief says

At a seminar by the United Services Institution, Army chief Gen. M.M. Naravane speaks out against procedural lacunae in defence procurement, emphasises need for more agile processes.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Mizoram vs Assam is a BJP project to ‘integrate’ northeast gone wrong

Assam-Mizoram violence is an outcome of BJP trying too hard to ‘integrate’ distinct northeastern states. This has unleashed latent regionalism.