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Pride of India: East Bengal to honour Milkha Singh with Bharat Gaurav award

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be the chief guest at the event which will also be attended by former players

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KOLKATA: City football giants East Bengal on Tuesday, July 26, announced that this year’s Bharat Gaurav award (Pride of India) will be conferred on legendary athlete Milkha Singh.

Singh will be travelling to the city on Monday, on the East Bengal Foundation Day (August 1) to attend the event where the award and a cheque of Rs. 2 lakh will be handed over to him.

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“This year we will be giving the Bharat Gaurav award to Milkha Singh. The club is honoured and humbled that he has accepted our request and will be present here for the Foundation Day on August 1,” club secretary Kalyan Majumdar told reporters.

“Why him? Because Milkha Singh is the Prometheus of Indian athletes.”

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be the chief guest at the event which will also be attended by former players.

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Special awards along with a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh each will be given to East Bengal greats Shyam Thapa and Shyamal Ghosh.

The trophy for the best footballer of the year will be given to South Korean midfielder Do Dong Hyun who will also receive Rs.50,000.

Veteran sports reporter Debashish Dutta and photojournalist Rony Roy will be receiving awards too for their contribution over the years. (IANS)

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Government ends Haj subsidy as part of a new policy

Announcing the decision, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was in line with the government's agenda to empower minorities without appeasing them.

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A total of 1.75 lakh Indian Muslims can go for Haj this year. Wikimedia Commons
A total of 1.75 lakh Indian Muslims can go for Haj this year. Wikimedia Commons
  • The government had drafted the policy after the Supreme Court asked it in 2012 to withdraw it gradually by 2022
  • The government would utilise the funds saved from withdrawing the subsidy for the education of minorities, particularly girls
  • This year, the highest number of Indian pilgrims are likely to go for the pilgrimage

The central government on Tuesday said it has decided to withdraw subsidy given to hundreds and thousands of Muslims for the annual Haj pilgrimage.

Announcing the decision, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was in line with the government’s agenda to empower minorities without appeasing them.

“This is part of our policy to empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement,” Naqvi told reporters here.

He said the government would utilise the funds saved from withdrawing the subsidy for the education of minorities, particularly girls.

Also Read: Muslim women can now travel to Haj without Mahram

The government had drafted the policy to abolish the Haj subsidy in a phased manner after the Supreme Court asked it in 2012 to withdraw it gradually by 2022.

This year, the highest number of Indian pilgrims are likely to go for the pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased India’s quota by 5,000.

A total of 1.75 lakh Indian Muslims can go for Haj this year. IANS

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