Saina Nehwal gets Khel Ratna award

Badminton ace Saina Nehwal, whose phenomenal rise was highlighted by three top-flight international titles recently, was conferred the coveted Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award at a glittering ceremony in New Delhi on Sunday. Saina's achievements in the past one year made her an automatic choice for the prestigious award, the highest sporting honour in the country. The Hyderabadi shuttler though did not collect the award, which consists of a medal, citation and cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh, personally as she is yet to return from Paris where she lost in the quarter-finals of the World Championships. An Arjuna awardee last year, Saina rose to number two in world rankings and also completed a hat-trick of international titles, including back-to-back Super Series victories in Singapore and Indonesia in June.
List of the awardees:
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award:
Saina Nehwal (Badminton).
Arjuna Awards:
Joseph Abraham, Krishna Poonia (both Athletics), Dinesh Kumar (Boxing), Parimrajan Negi (Chess), Julan Goswami (Women's Cricket), Deepak Kumar Mandal (Football), Sandeep Singh (Men's Hockey), Jasjeet Kaur Handa (Women's Hockey), Dinesh Kumar (Kabaddi), Sanjeev Rajput (Shooting), Rehan Jehangir Poncha (Swimming), Kapil Dev KJ (Volleyball), Rajeev Tomar (Wrestling), Rajesh Chaudhary (Yachting), Jagseer Singh (Para- Olympics athletics).
Dhyan Chand Awards:
Satish Pillai (Athletics), Kuldeep Singh (Wrestling), Anita Chanu (Weightlifting).
Dronacharya Awards:
A K Kutty (Athletics), Subhash B Aggarwal (Billiards and Snooker), L Ibomcha Singh (Boxing), Ajay Kumar Bansal (Hockey), Captain Chandrup (Wrestling).
Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Puruskar:
Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), Tata Steel Limited, Khel Evam Yuva Vibhag (Government of Madhya Pradesh).

Congress Jat leader says gehlot is anti-Jat leader

The state Congress initiated disciplinary action against its vice-president and former Cabinet minister Hari Singh for making serious allegations against party president and Union minister C P Joshi and chief minister Ashok Gehlot. On behalf of Joshi, the PCC general secretary Mumtaz Masih issued the show-cause notice to Singh, seeking an explanation on the latter's "anti-party activities" within seven days. "Singh made unfounded statements before media against the chief minister and the PCC president on August 16 and 17. The party takes it as grave indiscipline," Masih told TOI, adding that making baseless allegations against two senior party leaders just before the municipal elections (held on August 18) suggested ulterior motives of the PCC vice-president.
Singh, on the other hand, welcomed the party action against him, saying he had nothing to fear as whatever he said was true. "I am yet to receive the notice, but won't take seven days reply to it. Within three days I can explain how I was right in accusing Gehlot." Earlier this week, Singh had termed the chief minister a casteist, an anti- Jat leader and someone who had promoted large-scale corruption in the government. The Jat leader, in fact, demanded the party high command should set up an independent inquiry committee against him to examine if the charges made by him were false. "The party high command should act on the basis of such an inquiry and punish me only if I am found wrong," the four-time Congress MLA and former Lok Sabha MP said.

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