Khel Ratna

  • 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 anti-superstition 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 anti-black 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 discus-thrower 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 CNN-IBN, 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 vice-captain Virender Sehwag has come out in support of discus-thrower 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

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  • 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: Two-time 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. ...
  • Poonia, Paralympian Girisha doubt the process to award Khel Ratna August 14, 2013

    New Delhi: India's discus-thrower Krishna Poonia has claimed that voting for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, which was on Tuesday decided by the government to be conferred upon double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi, is manipulated. Joining Poonia in that uproar after being ignored is Paralympics silver medallist Girisha Nagarajegowda,...
  • Sodhi gets Khel Ratna; Kohli, Sindhu recommended for Arjuna award August 13, 2013

    Shooter Ronjan Sodhi was chosen for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country's highest honour for a sportsperson. ...
  • Questions raised over process of Sodhi's recommendation August 13, 2013

    New Delhi: The recommendation of shooter Ronjan Sodhi for the prestigious Khel Ratna Award on Tuesday sparked off a controversy with some members of the selection panel raising questions about the process of his selection. It is learnt that Sodhi's name was not there when the majority of members decided to...
  • Khel Ratna will motivate me to do better: Ronjon Sodhi August 13, 2013

    New Delhi: It was a case of third time lucky for ace trap shooter Ronjon Sodhi, who said the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country's highest honour for a sportsperson, will only motivate him to achieve greater laurels for the country in future competitions. Sodhi, the first Indian to win...
  • Ronjan Sodhi to receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna August 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Double Trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi has been chosen for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country's highest honour for a sportsperson. He is the seventh Indian shooter to receive the award. Sodhi, 35, won two silver medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a gold medal at...
  • No name from BCCI for Khel Ratna award June 27, 2013

    New Delhi: The BCCI this year hasn't forwarded any name for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest honour for active sportspersons in the country, since the cricket board didn't find any fitting cricketer for the award. The BCCI has recommended dashing batsman Virat Kohli's name for the Arjuna...