Usage and omission of "the"

Hi there, can anyone please tell me if I can omit the in the following sentence? Is the in the following sentence optional?

  • (The) villagers in this village are very rich because they use modern technology for cultivation.

And one more question, I was watching a cricket match and I heard a commentator (a native speaker) saying "The match is in an interesting stage. Indian fans are shouting for Virat Kohli and his team." Don't you think it should be "the Indian fans are shouting for Virat Kohli and his team." because the commentator perhaps was talking about the people present in the stadium. This is not the only case. Many times I have seen in live reporting and news paper reporting, news reporters often omit the.

Some days ago in a news channel a reporter was giving reports to his anchor saying "You can see people are chanting slogans in front of the parliament and police are trying to stop them." I think it should be ".....the people are trying to......" because the people in this case were specific and the people who were present there.


Can anyone please explain this? 

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Hello, Subhajit123,

  • (The) villagers in this village are very rich because they use modern technology for cultivation.

I find that "the" is required because we are speaking about specific villagers, those living in "this village." That noun phrase is comparable to "the inhabitants of this village."

Don't you think it should be "the Indian fans are shouting for Virat Kohli and his team."

Strictly speaking, "the" is necessary as it refers to the Indian fans watching the match, but I think it can be acceptably omitted in speech.

"You can see people are chanting slogans in front of the parliament and police are trying to stop them." I think it should be ".....the people are trying to......"

Please note that in your explanation you are mixing up the people who are chanting with the police trying to stop them. I find the first omission of the article to be acceptable in journalistic reporting. However, I would definitely have used "the" before "police."

 

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