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President Mukherjee to confer Khel Ratna awards to Rio heroes today

Updated: Aug 29, 2016 08:38 IST

New Delhi [India], Aug. 29 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee will give away the national sports awards at Rashtrapati Bhawan today on the occasion of National Sports Day.

The day is celebrated to honour legendary hockey player, Major Dhyan Chand Singh who was born on 29th August, 1905.

Olympics Silver medalist PV Sindhu, Bronze medalist Sakshi Malik, Gymnast Dipa Karmakar and Shooter Jitu Rai will be conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards.

The Award is given for the most outstanding performance by a sportsperson over a period of four years.

Six coaches will be honoured with Dronacharya Awards and they include Nagapuri Ramesh for Athletics, Sagar Mal Dhayal for Boxing and Raj Kumar Sharma for Cricket.

Dipa Karmakar's coach Bishweshwar Nandi will also receive the award.

The Dronacharya Award for Lifetime contribution will be given to S. Pradeep Kumar for Swimming and Mahabir Singh for Wrestling.

Apart from this, 15 sports persons have been chosen for Arjuna Awards, among them are Olympian runner Lalita Babar, cricketer Ajinkya Rahane, boxer Shiva Thapa and wrestler Vinesh Phogat.

Athlete Satti Geetha, hockey player Sylvanus Dung Dung and Rower Rajendra Pralhad Shelke will be given the Dhyanchand Award.

On the eve of National Sports Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar and Jitu Rai at his residence in New Delhi.

He also met the Khel Ratna awardees, Dhyan Chand awardees, Dronacharya awardees, and Tenzing Norgay awardees.

Later, the Prime Minister said in a tweet that every Indian is proud of these athletes and that a major role in the success of every athlete is the perseverance of their coaches. (ANI)

Telangana CM announces salary hike for VRA's

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 21:50 IST

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday announced 64.61 percent hike in the salaries of Village Revenue Assistants (VRA), who are working on hereditary basis.

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TN CM Palaniswami meets PM Modi in Coimbatore

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 21:44 IST

Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): India and Germany on Friday approved on a comprehensive Social Security Agreement (SSA) that will come into effect from May, to improve investment flows between the two countries.

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Yoga a passport to health assurance: PM Modi

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 21:16 IST

Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu.) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Emphasizing the significance of yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the entire world wants peace not only from wars but also from stress and it could only be gained by practicing yoga.

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J-K: Grenade hurled on police post in Pulwama

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 20:40 IST

Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir), [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): A grenade was hurled on police post by suspected militants on Friday at Kakapora area in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Changez Multani, an independent corporator, on Friday extended his support to Shiv Sena.

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New Delhi, [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): The Delhi Police on Friday filed a chargesheet against the four men accused of gang raping a U.S. tourist at the Patiala House Court in Delhi.

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Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Friday said becoming militants were sacrificing their lives for the freedom of the nation.

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Onboard Air India One, Feb. 24 (ANI): Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday said that his nine years in office have been very productive and he has enjoyed them immensely.

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Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled a 112-foot tall bust of Adiyogi Shiva at the Isha Foundation at the foothills of Velliangiri mountains here.

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Onboard Air India One, Feb. 24 (ANI): En-route from Kampala to Delhi, Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday said that a significant trade imbalance exists between India and Uganda.

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5.2- magnitude earthquake jolts Manipur

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 18:52 IST

Imphal (Manipur) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): An earthquake of 5.2 magnitude jolted Manipur Friday evening.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): The Shiv Sena on Friday thanked the people of Maharashtra for showing faith in the party during the recent held Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation BMC polls.

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Late Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar on Friday said she would surely contest elections from the former's constituency, R.K. Nagar, in the next elections.

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader and former Tamil Nadu chief minister O. Panneerselvam on Friday said he is the true AIADMK leader and added that the MLAs who voted in favour of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami during the February floor test don't represent the party in the state assembly.

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New Delhi, [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making a mark in Odisha because of its popular schemes.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.24: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Working President M.K Stalin met President Pranab Mukherjee today to seek a fresh trust vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly through a secret ballot voting procedure.

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Srinagar [India], Feb.24, (ANI): Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat led tributes for bravehearts who had sacrificed their lives in a terror attack in Shopian in the recent weeks.

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Basti (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Feb. 24 (ANI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the people of Uttar Pradesh need to elect a government that will give jobs and works for the benefit of farmers.

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