Olympic medallist Vijender Singh to return Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in support of protesting farmers – other sports

After a number of former sportspersons from Punjab determined to return their awards, 2008 Olympics bronze medallist boxer Vijender Singh have joined them to return his Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in support of the protesting farmers on the Delhi border.

Vijender, the primary Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal, mentioned he’ll return the nation’s highest sporting honour if the union authorities failed to meet the calls for of the farmers.

“I owe a lot to Punjab. I spent maximum of time during my boxing career at National Institute of Sports (NIS) Patiala, so now its my time to pay back to the state,” says Vijender Singh, who joined the farmers’ protest at Singhu border in Sonepat on Sunday.

“I totally support the farmers’ demands and the entire country should support them because they are the lifeline of the country. Without them we can’t live for a day.”

Vijender received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2009 for successful bronze on the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “I got the award for making the country proud at the international arena, but the way the government is dealing with the farmers is unacceptable. So, in protest I will return the award and all other benefits that I got along with the award,” mentioned Vijender.

“Hope the government listens to the farmers’ demands and resolve the issue soon, otherwise this protest will turnout to be a nation-wide agitation. I appeal to all the sportspersons to contribute in this revolution, in this fight for the farmers’ rights. “

Five former sporting greats from Punjab also joined the protest at Singhu border on Sunday.

Arjuna awardees Rajbir Kaur and Gurmail Singh (Hockey), Kartar Singh (wrestling), Jaipal Singh (boxing) and Dhyanchand awardee Ajit Singh (hockey).

“Over 40 former sportspersons from Punjab had already announced to return their national sports awards in solidarity to the protesting farmers. In coming days many more sportspersons from Punjab and neighbouring state Haryana are likely to extend their support to the farmers. It’s a nation wide protest and we wouldn’t back out till the time the protesting farmers get their due from the government,” mentioned former Indian ladies’s hockey captain Rajbir Kaur.

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Rahul Gandhi seeks opinion from Bengal leaders on alliance with Left against TMC, BJP – kolkata

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday held a digital assembly with leaders of the West Bengal unit and sought their opinion on allying with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its Left companions for the meeting elections due in about 5 months. Gandhi additionally sought studies on occasion’s ballot preparedness within the state.

Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and senior state leaders took half within the assembly. “Rahul Gandhi asked for our opinion on an alliance against the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). We conveyed our thoughts to him. That is all we can say right now,” Chowdhury advised HT on Friday evening.

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“The issue of sharing seats with the Left will be discussed at a later stage,” he added.

The Congress and the Left had contested the meeting polls as allies in 2016 however couldn’t make a dent within the vote financial institution of the TMC. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, they didn’t have an alliance and misplaced main chunks of their vote share. While Congress managed to retain two Lok Sabha seats, the CPI(M) misplaced all.

Over the previous two years, many Congress and Left legislators have defected to the TMC and the BJP.

Commenting on TMC’s heavyweight chief Suvendu Adhikari quitting the cupboard on Friday, Chowdhury stated, “Whether he will join the BJP is up to him. I am happy to see chief minister Mamata Banerjee being paid in her own coins. She engineered defections in our party over and over again to weaken us. History has a nasty habit of repeating itself.”

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Rahul Gandhi jabs NITI Aayog over Covid-19 ‘prediction’; gets a prompt rebuttal – india news

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday took a swipe at Niti Aayog, a authorities suppose tank for predicting that there can be no Covid-19 instances after May 16. According to the suppose tank, authorities’s lockdown technique to regulate the virus will allow that.

“The geniuses at Niti Aayog have done it again. I’d like to remind you of their graph predicting the Govt’s national lockdown strategy would ensure no fresh Covid cases from tomorrow, May the 16th,” tweeted the Congress chief.


The graph, as seen in Gandhi’s tweet, exhibits the curve predicting new instances peaking round final week of April after which sloping downwards to zero on May 16.

NITI Aayog chief govt officer Amitabh Kant later tweeted his rebuttal to Rahul Gandhi.


In a assertion to HT later, the federal government suppose-tank mentioned: “NITI Aayog examines & analysis various epidemiological models. In a presentation Member (Health) has presented various models presented by outside experts. It is a theoretical model like several made by epidemiologists around the world at such a time. It should be read in that context and not literally. The said graph presents factual cases till date along with a trend line. No claim was made as to zero case by 16th May, as is being incorrectly inferred.”

However, there was no let up within the instances even because the third part of nationwide lockdown ends this Sunday.

Earlier in the present day, the demise toll as a result of Covid-19 rose to 2,649 within the nation whereas instances touched 81,970, mentioned the well being ministry.

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Remembering Indira Gandhi on her 103rd birth anniversary: Rare photos, quotes of India’s first and only female Prime Minister – art and culture

Indira Gandhi, India’s first and only female Prime Minister and higher often known as the Iron Lady of India, was born on November 19 in 1917. Born, Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi in Allahabad (current day Prayagraj), she was the daughter of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. She performed a central position within the Indian National Congress, and is credited for ‘political intransigency and unprecedented centralisation of power’. In 1999, Indira Gandhi was dubbed as “Woman of the Millennium” by way of a web based BBC ballot. Most not too long ago (2020) she was named as one of the world’s 100 highly effective ladies who outlined the final century by Time journal.

After Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi was the second longest-serving Prime Minister of India, serving her first time period between 1966 to 1977, and the second from 1981 to 1984, till her assassination by the hands of her personal safety guards. An ideal orator like her father, Indira Gandhi too spoke some very highly effective phrases. And in the present day, on her 103rd birth anniversary listed below are some memorable quotes that the Iron Lady of India mentioned. Read on:


Indira Gandhi’s grandson, Congress politico Rahul Gandhi additionally shared uncommon images of his grandmother on her birth anniversary and captioned in Hindi, “A tribute on the birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi ji, an able and strong Prime Minister. The entire nation still hails her impressive leadership, but I always remember her as my beloved grandmother. Her teachings inspire me constantly.”


Grand daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra additionally shared a photograph of herself with her grandmother and wrote about Kamala Harris and Indira Gandhi on Twitter in Hindi (translation), “Kamala Harris Became America’s first Vice President in 2020. Today on Indira ji’s birth anniversary, we should always understand that the folks of India selected a lady, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, as their Prime Minister 50 years in the past. Indira ji’s braveness and energy will at all times encourage ladies everywhere in the world.

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