Khel Ratna

  • President bestows controversymarred Arjuna Awards August 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Mired in selection controversies and devoid of a Khel Ratna for the first time in 20 years, the National Sports Awards were on Friday presented by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in a ceremony which was severely short on star power. Like the past editions, selection controversies...
  • Paralympian Devendra Jhajharia slams Khel Ratna snub August 13, 2014

    Jhajharia, who won a gold in the javelin throw at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, said there is no encouragement for para athletes in India. ...
  • India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey August 12, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Bhupendra Chaubey on India @ 9. ...
  • News 360: SC seeks ADAG, SWAN files in 2G scam probe August 12, 2014

    In a recent development in 2G scam, the CBI has instituted an inquiry against Tata for alleged illegal bidding by TataUnitech in the licence auctions. The Supreme Court of India had asked for CBI records of 2G Swan Telecom probe which is allegedly a front for Anil Ambani owned Reliance...
  • No Khel Ratna to be awarded for the year 2014 August 12, 2014

    The coveted Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna is unlikely to be bestowed upon any sportsperson this year as the Selection Committee has decided not to recommend any names for the award. ...
  • No athlete for Khel Ratna in 2014, 15 recommended for Arjuna Award August 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The coveted Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna is unlikely to be bestowed upon any sportsperson this year as the Selection Committee has decided not to recommend any names for the award. Athletes Vikas Gowda, Krishna Poonia, Somdev Devvarman, Jeev Milkha Singh, PV Sindhu and Devendra Jhajariya were shortlisted for the...
  • Sports Ministry issues new guidelines for Arjuna Awards January 4, 2014

    New Delhi: To avoid any controversy on the criteria for giving away Arjuna Awards, the Sports Ministry on Friday decided to grant 90 per cent weightage to medal winners of various international championships and sports events of disciplines covered in Olympics (Summer, Winter and Paralympics), Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. The...
  • Ronjan Sodhi conferred Khel Ratna; Arjuna awards for 14 others August 31, 2013

    New Delhi: Robbed of some sheen due to selection controversies this year, the National Sports Awards were presented Saturday to the country's top athletes and coaches with shooter Ronjan Sodhi getting the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna -- the country's highest sporting honour -- while cricketer Virat Kohli was among the...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai August 22, 2013

    Catch the day's top stories with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...
  • Has the Khel Ratna row tarnished the image of Indian sports? August 22, 2013

    The Sports Ministry has officially confirmed double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi as the recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, putting an end to the row over country's highest sporting award. ...
  • It's offical now: No Khel Ratna for Krishna Poonia August 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Putting an end to all speculations, the Sports Ministry on Thursday confirmed that it will stick to the original list of winners for the Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards thereby dashing discus thrower Krishna Poonia's hopes of getting country's highest sporting honour. The Ministry also confirmed that in a...
  • Sports Ministry confirms Ronjan Sodhi is 2013 Khel Ratna awardee August 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Rejecting discuss thrower Krishna Poonia claims for a joint award, the Indian Sports Ministry on Thursday confirmed shooter Ronjan Sodhi as the 2013 Khel Ratna awardee. The recommendation made by the selection panel headed by the former World billiards champion Michael Ferreira comprising eminent sportsperson. However,...
  • Sports Ministry remains firm, no Khel Ratna for Poonia August 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh found time from his multifarious responsibilities to clear the national sports awards file on Thursday morning and an official announcement in this regard was expected later in the day. Importantly, and contrary to speculation, there are no changes in the list finalised by the...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai August 21, 2013

    Catch the day's top stories with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...
  • Khel Ratna controversy: No breakthrough in Krishna Poonia issue August 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Her case may be getting weaker with each passing day but a consensus is still awaited on discus thrower Krishna Poonia's plea to be reconsidered for the country's highest sporting honour, the Khel Ratna award, as the file is still with sports minister Jitendra Singh. Though it is certain...
  • News 360: Maharashtra Cabinet clears antisuperstition ordinance a day after Dabholkar's murder August 21, 2013

    A day after the murder of prominent rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar in Pune, the Maharashtra Cabinet has cleared the antiblack magic and superstition ordinance. Dabholkar had been campaigning for this legislation for over a decade. ...
  • I was only raising my voice against wrong done to me: Poonia August 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Discuss thrower Krishna Poonia on Wednesday rubbished allegations that she had lobbied for the prestigious Khel Ratna award, saying she was only raising her voice against the "injustice" meted out to her. "I want to clarify that I was not doing any lobbying. Wrong has been done to me,...
  • Krishna Poonia called me for recommending her name for Khel Ratna: Anjali Bhagwat August 21, 2013

    Anjali Bhagwat, one of the members of the Khel Ratna selection committee, has said that discus thrower Krishna Poonia called her up a day before the selection meeting for recommending her name. ...
  • Political interference, lobbying delays Khel Ratna Award August 21, 2013

    A panel headed by Michael Ferreira had chosen shooter Ronjan Sodhi for the award but discusthrower Krishan Poonia has revolted against it. ...
  • Intense lobbying by Poonia delays national sports awards August 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Intense lobbying for getting female discus thrower Krishna Poonia the Khel Ratna, the highest sports award, delayed the scheduled announcement of the national sports awards here on Tuesday. The ministry was supposed to make the list final on Tuesday, but Poonia, who is upset at not getting the Khel...
  • Sports Ministry likely to stick to original Khel Ratna list August 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Suspense remained over discus thrower Krishna Poonia's plea for considering her name for the prestigious Khel Ratna award even as the Sports Ministry on Tuesday indicated that there may not be any change in the original list of awardees. After the chorus for considering Poonia's name for the Khel...
  • I have never lobbied for the Khel Ratna Award: Ronjan Sodhi August 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Hitting out after the controversy that engulfed his nomination for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, shooter Ronjan Sodhi on Tuesday said he was anguished by the intense lobbying that had gone on for the award after his name was nominated. In an exclusive interview to CNNIBN, Sodhi insisted...
  • Suspense remains on Krishna Poonia for Khel Ratna August 19, 2013

    New Delhi: The Sports Ministry is expected to take a decision on Tuesday on ace discus thrower Krishna Poonia's plea to include her name for the prestigious Khel Ratna award besides also deciding on the final list of Arjuna awardees. Sports Minister Jitendra Singh on Monday had one round of...
  • Olympians and Arjuna awardees support Poonia for Khel Ratna August 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Ace discus thrower Krishna Poonia on Sunday got ore support for her recommendation for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award with Olympians, including London Games bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, throwing their weight behind her. Prominent Olympians and Arjun awardees were of the view that Poonia should also be...
  • Sportspersons should take Khel Ratna gracefully: Geet Sethi August 16, 2013

    Former Billiards world champion has said that there is a transparent committee for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and sportspersons should accept it gracefully. ...
  • Sehwag backs Poonia over Khel Ratna controversy August 15, 2013

    Former Indian cricket vicecaptain Virender Sehwag has come out in support of discusthrower Krishna Poonia in the controversy over the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards, asking the government to take note of her achievements. "Poonia has big achievements like CWG Gold medal and sixth place finish at the Olympics and should...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai August 14, 2013

    Catch the day's top stories with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...
  • News 360: Big blow to Navy, blasts in submarine Sindhurakshak, 18 sailors missing August 14, 2013

    A massive fire broke out in a submarine, named Sindhurakshak, between Lion Gate and Seta Gate late on Tuesday night at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. ...
  • Wrestler Sushil throws his weight behind Poonia August 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Twotime Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar on Wednesday threw his weight behind ace woman discus thrower Krishna Poonia, who cried foul after double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi was chosen for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Sushil came up with the suggestion that Poonia and Sodhi be jointly conferred...
  • Battle over Khel Ratna worsens August 14, 2013

    A day after Indian double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi was selected for the Khel Ratna, discus thrower Krishna Poonia and London Paralympics silver medallist Girisha have alleged that the selection criteria for the award was manipulated. ...