The highest sporting accolade in India, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, has been renamed the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today, i.e. on August 6, 2021.
The Khel Ratna Award
It is the most renowned sportsmanship award in India. The award, which was founded in 1991–1992, was given to a sportsperson for their achievement over a year. Each year, two nominees are chosen from each sport discipline. A twelve-member committee evaluates a sportsperson’s performance in international tournaments such as the Olympics, Paralympics, Asian Games, and Commonwealth Games. The recommendations of the committee are thereafter sent to the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports for final approval. The wayward include a certificate, a medallion, and a cash prize of Rs. 25 lakh.
Hockey Legend Major Dhyan Chand
Major Dhyan Chand is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest players in the sport’s history. From 1928 through 1936, he was a crucial part of India’s Olympic hockey team, which won three gold medals. Major Dhyan Chand was awarded the Padma Bhushan in the year 1956. His birthday, August 29, is observed as National Sports Day in India every year.
Renamed Khel Ratan on a Memorable Occasion
The recent performance by Men’s and Women’s Olympic Hockey Teams has attracted everyone’s attention. The government’s decision comes only one day after India’s men’s hockey team overcame a 41-year wait by defeating Germany 5-4 to win the country’s first hockey medal since the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Although the Women’s Hockey Team did not qualify for a medal, their hard work and abilities were praised by the entire country.
Few Khel Ratna Award Winners
Viswanathan Anand, the Chess Master, is the first recipient of the Khel Ratna. Cricketer Rohit Sharma, women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal and wrestler Vinesh Phogat have been awarded in the recent year.
Prime Minister’s Announcement Over Twitter
Honourable Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi tweeted just before announcing the new name of the award “The remarkable performances of the Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams have caught the attention of the whole country. In India, hockey is regaining popularity”.
PM Mr Narendra Modi tweeted after announcing the new name of the award “Many folks across India have requested that the Khel Ratna Award be named after Major Dhyan Chand. I appreciate their input. The Khel Ratna Award will henceforth be known as the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, in honour of their sentiments! JaiHind”.
The Khel Ratna was first introduced in 1991. Since then, the finest performers in various athletic disciplines have received this prestigious medal for their efforts. PM Narendra Modi declared on Twitter that the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award would be renamed the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award. The announcement followed the Indian Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams’ outstanding performance in the Olympics.
1st Cases In Andhra, Chandigarh; India’s Omicron Count Now 38: 10 Points
Omicron cases are increasing and there are cases of Covid-19 variant in Delhi, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
There are fresh Omicron patients risen to 38 as 1 each in Chandigarh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
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There was the first case in Nagpur, Maharashtra. A 40-year-old man came back from South Africa via Delhi. He was tested positive at the airport on December 6.There was the 18th case of omicron on December 11 and 12.In Kerala’s Ernakulam, a patient returned from the UK via Abu Dhabi and tested positive for Omicron. Till then, he was home quarantined and his family members and other passengers were home quarantined. A 20-year-old who came from Italy tested positive. A man who returned from Ireland to Andhra Pradesh was tested positive for Omicron. Maharashtra has the maximum number of cases.The ICMR unit in Assam has developed a new testing kit to detect Omicron in two hours.The WHO warned the nations of the Asia Pacific region to boost healthcare capacity and full vaccinate their people.
The Omicron strain is considered to be highly transmissible and it has spread to almost 59 nations.
India’s Harnaaz Sandhu crowned Miss Universe 2021
Harnaaz Sandhu, a 21 year old from India, represented India at the 70th Miss Universe 2021 which was held at Eilat, Israel.
In 2000, Lara Dutta won the title of Miss Universe.
She was presented the crown by Andrea Meza, the former Miss Universe of 2020 from Mexico which was live-streamed all across the world.
The first runner up was from Paraguay and second runner up was from South Africa.
About the Miss Universe event
In the top three rounds, the contestants were asked what advice would you give to young women watching on how to deal with the pressures they face today?
Harnaaz Sandhu answered this question amazingly. She said the biggest pressure the youth of today is facing, is to believe in themselves. To know that you are unique makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourselves with others and let’s talk about more important things that are happening worldwide. Come out and speak for yourself, because you’re the leader of your life. You are the voice of your own. I believed in myself and that is why I am standing here today.
Her powerful answer made the beauty top 3 of calling for less talk and more action.
Farmer union to meet the government to decide on further movement
The proposal from the government which addresses the pending issues has been accepted by farmer unions and the farmer union will be meeting the government on Thursday (9th December 2021) at noon.
Farmer union to meet the government and decide further movement
The farmer union, SKM (Samyukta Kisan Morcha) accepted the government proposal which addresses the pending issues of farmers.
It was on Tuesday (7th December 2021) when the central government sent the draft to the farmer union which is a five-member committee. Sources have indicated that once the final draft of the proposal agreed by both the parties is received by the union, the farmers’ protest which started on 26 November 2020 will end.
The issues listed in the draft were Surety on Minimum Support Price, withdrawal of the draft Electricity Amendments Bill, 2020/2021, withdrawal of criminal cases against the farmers, and also compensation for the families of farmers who died during the protest.
The SKM said that they will be meeting the government at Singhu Border on Thursday at noon to come up with a formal decision and later end the protest.