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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Satnam Singh Bhamara has just been selected by the National Basketball Association (NBA) member-team, Dallas Mavericks. He’s the really, really tall guy from Punjab who is a rising star in basketball.

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NewsGram brings you the ten things you need to know about this amazing Indian.

  1. Satnam is seven feet and two inches tall and weighs about 290 pounds.
  2. He was born on December 10, 1995 and is only 19 years old.

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    credits: mavs.com
  3. He hails from Ballo Ke, a village in Punjab.
  4. His father, Balbir Singh Bhamara is a farmer by profession, and is also 7’2” tall and his grandmother, from father’s side, is 6’9” tall.
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    credits: mavs.com

    Satnam Singh with Indian actor Akshay Kumar credits: koimoi.com
    Satnam Singh with Indian actor Akshay Kumar
    credits: koimoi.com
  5. His basketball shoe is a size-22.
  6. His father introduced him to basketball and he was sent to an academy in India to get trained. From there, he was chosen among a set of 29 kids selected to spend three months in IMG Academy in Florida.
  7. He was recently chosen as the Dallas Mavericks’ 52nd pick.
  8. Singh is the first India-born player to be taken in the NBA Draft in the league’s history.
  9. Since he hails from a small farming village of Punjab, in the beginning, he faced some troubles with English, when he came to Florida. Later on, he became so popular that he was elected the homecoming king by his classmates.
  10. He is so huge that the ball disappears in his hands and he has an impeccable range which extends well beyond the three-pointer line.

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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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