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Odisha Felicitates Indian Athletes with Cash Awards at 22nd Asian Athletics Championships

The gold medal winners were awarded Rs 10 lakh, the silver medallists got Rs 7.5 lakh while those who bagged bronze medal received Rs 5 lakh

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  • The gold medal winners were awarded Rs 10 lakh, the silver medallists got Rs 7.5 lakh while those who bagged bronze medal received Rs 5 lakh
  • India took the top spot in the medal standings bagging 12 gold, 5 silver, and 12 bronze medals
  • The Chief Minister provided cash awards to the Indian athletes who had won medals

Bhubaneswar, July 10, 2017: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here on Monday felicitated the Indian athletes who won medals at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships with cash awards.

The event was held at Kalinga Stadium here from July 6-9.

The gold medal winners were awarded Rs 10 lakh, the silver medallists got Rs 7.5 lakh while those who bagged bronze medal received Rs 5 lakh.

The Chief Minister had made an announcement during the closing ceremony of the Asian athletics event to provide cash awards to the Indian athletes who had won medals.

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“The performance of the Indian team at the championships has been icing on the cake. All of us are extremely proud and delighted that India not only topped the medal table but also registered its highest medal tally as well as the highest haul of gold medals in the 44-year history of Asian Athletics Championships,” the Chief Minister said.

Notably, India took the top spot in the medal standings bagging 12 gold, 5 silver, and 12 bronze medals.

Patnaik also wished the athletes success in their future endeavors. He also extended best wishes for those who will be participating in the World Athletics Championships in August. (IANS)

 

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Clean and Healthy India: ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Swasth Bharat’ go hand in hand, says Legendary Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar

Tendulkar was nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to spread awareness about cleanliness when the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was launched

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New Delhi, Dec 3, 2016: Urging people to stay healthy and fit, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday said that ‘Swachh Bharat’ (clean India) and ‘Swasth Bharat’ (healthy India) go hand in hand.

Tendulkar was nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to spread awareness about cleanliness when the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was launched.

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“Swachh Bharat and Swasth Bharat go hand in hand…They are interlinked and that’s where I want India to focus. And if we think that we are a young and fit nation, we are not. We are the diabetic capital of the world,” Tendulkar said, during an interactive session at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here.

“If you are fit and healthy, you’ll do well in any profession. You need not be a sportsman to be healthy…If you are swachh (clean) you’ll be swasth (healthy). Thousands of children below the age of five die every year because of diarrhoea related diseases in India,” he added.

Calling for the nation to be participative, Tendulkar proposed that Indian athletes must be given a chance to perform during the breaks during IPL and ODI matches.

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“We should look at our athletes and give them the exposure they need. We can make them perform during the breaks during IPL and one-day matches. They will get a chance to perform in front of huge crowds and people will know who they are. It will be a great idea to create sports awareness. India will then become a sports nation,” said Tendulkar.

“We cannot pull down our athletes for not winning medals in Rio Games. We need to appreciate their work. They must be given the exposure they need,” he added. (IANS)

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Thousands throng at Jagannath temple in Puri for Ancestor worship Ritual “Badabadua Daka”

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Bhubaneshwar, October 30, 2016: As Indians celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights on Sunday, thousands of people gathered at Jagannath temple in Puri to pay obeisance to their ancestors through the unique ritual known as “Badabadua Daka”.

On the occasion of Diwali, the ritual is held the morning and continues till late evening at ‘Bada Danda’ (the grand road). The ritual is also performed at the villages by the members of the family.

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Holding bunches of jute sticks (Kaunria) in hand, the people set fire to the sticks to invoke their ancestors to descend from their heavenly abode and visit the Earth to bless them.

The invocation process involves the chanting of prayer “Badabadua ho, andhaare aasa, aalua re jaa! (Oh hon’ble ancestors, come in darkness and go back along the lighted path!)”.

The eldest male member of the family chants these lines and the other members follow him with lighted bundles of jute sticks in their hands.

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“I have come Puri to pay obeisance to my ancestors and seek their blessings,” said Ranjan Sahu, a native of Jagatsinghpur district.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other political leaders wished the people of Odisha for a safe and happy Diwali.

Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik has created a sand art with a message to soldiers “Happy Diwali, You are our heroes” during the clean beach festival at Paradip beach. (IANS)