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MHA PANEL QUESTIONS PUNJAB POLICE OFFICERS ON PM’S SECURITY BREACH

Panel summoned nearly a dozen top police officers. FIR filed against 150 unknown persons.

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A three-member committee, constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to probe the breach in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security during his visit to Punjab on Wednesday, summoned Punjab Director General of Police, Siddharth Chattopadhyaya and nearly a dozen top state police officers in its day-one visit to the state on Friday, said sources. The Supreme Court too directed the Registrar General of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to secure and preserve the travel records of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Punjab forthwith. Also on Friday the Ferozepur Police filed an FIR against 150 unknown persons for blocking the National Highway that led to security breach during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Punjab on Wednesday.

The FIR was registered on Thursday at Kulgari police station in Ferozepur district under Section 283 IPC which relates to danger or obstruction in public way or public line of navigation. The Prime Minister’s convoy was stuck on a flyover for 15-20 minutes due to road blockage by some protestors about 30 km away from the National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala.

The MHA team started detailed questioning of these police officers after visiting the spot where PM Modi’s convoy was stuck for nearly 20 minutes and the place where he was going to attend an event. The three-member committee led by Sudhir Kumar Saxena, Secretary (Security), Cabinet Secretariat and comprising Balbir Singh, Joint Director, Intelligence Bureau and S. Suresh, IG, SPG enquired about many unanswered questions with the Punjab Police officers.

Among the officers were Ferozepur’s Director General of Police and Senior Superintendent of Police who had key responsibility for the clearance of PM Modi’s route.

Punjab’s Additional Director General and Patiala Inspector General were also among the over a dozen top officers of Punjab Police who were summoned by the MHA committee to fix the responsibility of those guilty as it was the job of the state police to assist the Special Protection Group in managing a hurdles-free route for PM Modi’s convoy.

As per sources, all Punjab Police officers were asked about their roles and responsibilities and fix the faults that resulted in the PM’s security breach.

The Centre is considering action under the Special Protection Group (SPG) Act against Punjab Police officers. Section 14 of the SPG Act makes the state government responsible for providing all assistance to the SPG during the PM’s movement.

The provision, titled “Assistance to Group”, states: “It shall be the duty of every Ministry and Department of the Central Government or the State Government or the Union Territory Administration, every Indian Mission, every local or other authority or every civil or military authority to act in aid of the Director or any member of the Group whenever called upon to do so in furtherance of the duties and responsibilities assigned to such Director or member.”

The MHA team, which reached Ferozepur late on Thursday night, started its probe with the visit at the flyover where the PM’s convoy was stuck due to a road blockade by protesters during his visit.

The MHA team reached the flyover around 10 am and enquired about the lapses in PM’s security with some senior Punjab Police officers visiting the site with them.

The team walked almost 1 km to the flyover, checking things in detail. They also showed to Punjab Police officers some specific pictures and videos available on social media regarding PM’s convoy stuck on the flyover and asked related questions.

The MHA team spent nearly one hour on the flyover and then left for the Border Security Force office in Ferozepur.

The team also visited National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala in Ferozepur where the Prime Minister was slated to visit but the programme was cancelled as his convoy was stuck on the flyover.

The committee will also meet authorities in the Punjab government who were responsible to arrange security management for the Prime Minister in coordination with the SPG.

The Punjab government has also constituted a high-level committee to probe the incident.

IN COURT

As for the Supreme Court, a Bench of Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana, Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli directed the Punjab government and police authorities, SPG in charge of PM’s security and other Central and state agencies to cooperate and provide necessary assistance to seal the entire record. As Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, insisted on the presence of an NIA official to assist the Registrar General, the apex court ordered that the DGP of Chandigarh along with an NIA officer can assist the Registrar General in the collection of records.

The apex court also asked the Committees of both the Centre and Punjab to hold their hands in proceeding with any inquiry relating to the Prime Minister’s visit to Punjab till Monday, the next date of hearing.

Senior advocate D.S. Patwalia, Advocate General of Punjab, during the hearing, requested the Bench to pass an order to put on hold the proceedings of the Committee constituted by the Centre till Monday as the Committee has issued notices to the Punjab DGP and state officials. Patwalia said Punjab will put on hold the operations of its Committee.

To this, Solicitor General told the apex court that the Central Committee is not looking into the larger issue and is constituted only for internal purposes.

CJI Ramana told Solicitor General that the Punjab government is saying if Centre has an issue with the state committee, Punjab also has reservations about the Central committee and asked both of them to put on hold the inquiry of their committees.

The top court was hearing a PIL seeking a judicial probe into the breach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security while on a visit to Punjab.

During the hearing, Solicitor General told the Bench that the lapse raises an angle of potential cross border terrorism. It could have led to an international embarrassment regarding the Prime Minister’s security and the investigation should rise above Central and State politics, Mehta added.

Mehta contended that whenever PM’s cavalcade moves, the DG of the State concerned is to be consulted first and only when he clears, PM’s cavalcade moves.

“Here, the incharge gave that signal. He didn’t say there was a blockage. Though the local police were very much there enjoying tea according to videos, they didn’t inform that there is a blockade. Now imagine, the motorcade is on flyover with protectee, there are trucks and tractors blocking. A serious mishap could have happened. It would have been a subject of international embarrassment,” he added.

Saying that videos of the incident were uploaded by a banned terrorist organization Sikhs for Justice, Solicitor General argued that there could be an angle of cross-border terrorism.

Solicitor General added that this matter cannot be left to just anyone and thus let it be with a district judge but with an NIA official assisting the judge.

Advocate General of Punjab D.S. Patwalia said that the State wants a neutral investigation into the incident and it was not taking the security lapse lightly.

“State is not taking this issue lightly, there has been a lapse somewhere, and State is doing everything to look into it”, the Advocate General said. He said that an FIR has been registered after taking cognisance of the incident while adding that the State Government will not object to top court order an investigation or appointing a person to monitor the probe.

“If Court may appoint anyone to investigate, a former judge of High Court or Supreme Court may be appointed as the court deems fit,” Patwalia added.

Senior advocate Maninder Singh appearing for petitioner Lawyers’ Voice, argued that Prime Minister’s security is not merely a law and order problem but it falls under Special Protection Groups (SPG) Act. Security under the SPG Act is not an issue of State subject of law and order. Issue of PM protection is a national security issue and comes under parliamentary purview.

The plea alleged that PM’s security breach was a deliberate lapse on part of the State and seeks preservation of evidence on security arrangements and action against “erring” officials of the Punjab government.

SIDHU SLAMS CAPTAIN

In a scathing attack on former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday termed him as the Centre’s “parrot” and asked the BJP to stop playing politics or they will get a benefitting reply referring to the growing chorus for the imposition of the President’s Rule in the state.

Defending the Channi government in Punjab which is facing questions over the security breach of Prime Minister, Sidhu said, “All that is being talked about for the past couple of days is security. And there are a few parrots who are mindlessly repeating security, security, security. And the foremost among those parrots are our former chief minister Amarinder Singh,” Sidhu claimed.

“They (BJP) must stop playing politics. You will get a befitting reply here. All those talking about President’s Rule (in Punjab), are your (BJP) parrots,” Sindhu attacked the BJP.

HIMANTA BISWA SARMA REACTS

Amid the row over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security breach, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday questioned that if the same thing happened with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi, if that would be acceptable to Congress.

Addressing the media in Guwahati, Sarma said the Congress high command should have sacked Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi. “They will not get anything by making the life of PM vulnerable. Congress is going to suffer politically. But beyond politics in India, we should not have allowed this kind of partisan politics… The Congress high command should have sacked Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi after this security lapse,” he said.

“By not taking action, they want to institutionalize this case. If tomorrow Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi came to Assam and I did the same drama, will it be acceptable? So now if as a BJP CM I take a position that I will enact the same drama and will keep them in the streets for hours, then the same people will start criticising me. I think we should not set a bad example in our politics irrespective of party politics,” he further said.

“Most of the time even when Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi come to various states then they will be dependent for their own security. I don’t know why they are playing such a dangerous game. I am not giving them a warning. If they come to Assam we will ensure full security. I won’t do tit for tat,” Sarma said.

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Late-life exercise shows rejuvenating effects on cellular level: Study

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The pandemic has made the role of exercise in people’s lives even more poignant than before. Amidst this, a new study has suggested that exercise, even if not adopted until later in life, can slow the effects of ageing.

The study, published in ‘Aging Cell’, named, “Late-life exercise mitigates skeletal muscle epigenetic ageing,” suggested this could be the case. The paper was written by a team of seven researchers across three institutions, including Kevin Murach, an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation at the U of A. Murach’s grant from the National Institute of Health funded the study, and he was one of three co-first authors.

While the paper is dense with data, reflecting the use of several analytic tools, the experiment that generated the data was relatively straightforward. Lab mice nearing the end of their natural lifespan, at 22 months, were allowed access to a weighted exercise wheel. Generally, mice required no coercion to run and would do so voluntarily.

Older mice would run anywhere from six to eight kilometres a day, mostly in spurts, while younger mice might run up to 10-12 kilometres. The weighted wheel ensured they built muscle. While there was not a direct analogue to most human exercise routines, Murach likened it to “a soldier carrying a heavy backpack many miles.”

When the mice were studied after two months of progressive weighted wheel running, it was determined that they were the epigenetic age of mice eight weeks younger than sedentary mice of the same age 24 months. Murach noted that while the specific strain of mice and their housing conditions could impact lifespans, “historically, they start dropping off after 24 months at a significant rate.” Needless to say when one’s lifespan is measured in months, an extra eight weeks roughly 10 per cent of that lifespan is a noteworthy gain.

The science behind this, while complicated, hinged largely on a biological process known as DNA methylation. A recent New York Times article discussing Murach’s work on muscle memory described methylation “as a process in which clusters of atoms, called methyl groups, attach themselves to the outside of genes like minuscule barnacles, making the genes more or less likely to turn on and produce particular proteins.”

As the body starts ageing, there tends to be increased DNA methylation, or even hypermethylation, at promoter sites on genes in muscle. “DNA methylation changes in a lifespan tend to happen in a somewhat systematic fashion,” Murach explained, “to the point you can look at someone’s DNA from a given tissue sample and with a fair degree of accuracy predict their chronological age.” Due to this, researchers could use one of a number of “methylation clocks” to determine the age of a DNA sample.

While the paper strengthened the case for exercise, there was still much that needed to be learned. Though the connection between methylation and ageing was clear, the connection between methylation and muscle function was less clear. Murach was not yet prepared to say that the reversal of methylation with exercise was causative for improved muscle health. “That’s not what the study was set up to do,” he explained. However, he intended to pursue future studies to determine if “changes in methylation result in altered muscle function.”

“If so, what are the consequences of this?” he continued. “Do changes on these very specific methylation sites have an actual phenotype that emerges from that? Is it what is causing ageing or is it just associated with it? Is it just something that happens in concert with a variety of other things that are happening during the ageing process? So that’s what we don’t know.”

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GOA SHOWCASES INVESTMENT-FRIENDLY POLICIES TO GLOBAL INVESTORS AT EXPO-2020 DUBAI

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The Goa Week at India Pavilion, EXPO2020 Dubai concluded on January 20, 2022. J Ashok Kumar, Secretary to Chief Minister, Sports & Youth Affairs, Tourism, Industries Trade & Commerce, Handicrafts Textile & Coir, Government of Goa and Dr Aman Puri, Consul General of India in Dubai and Deputy Commissioner General of India at EXPO2020 inaugurated the state’s floor on January 14 2022.

The state has successfully highlighted its business potential across sectors such as Tourism & Hospitality, Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology, Agro-based and Food Processing Industries. Dr Puri also presided over other key events of the state.

The delegation, led by J Ashok Kumar held various business meetings with global investors showcasing the investment-friendly policies and the availability of skilled labour in the state.

Talking about Goa’s participation at EXPO2020 Dubai, J Ashok Kumar, said, “The state’s participation at the EXPO2020 was a great success. The Goa delegation had the opportunity to visit several other country pavilions as well as meet with key investors of the region. We look forward to building upon the relationships that we were able to establish in this brief time and host interested investors in Goa soon. My special congratulations to team India for their hard work.”

The Goa delegation also met with Indian Business & Professional Council (IBPC) that resulted in a potential for investment collaboration with the state. The meeting was attended by J Ashok Kumar, Secretary to Chief Minister, Sports & Youth Affairs, Tourism, Industries Trade & Commerce, Handicrafts Textile & Coir, Sanjay Kumar, Secretary – Revenue, Information Technology, Labour & Employment and Swetika Sachan, Director, Directorate of Industries, Government of Goa, at the India Pavilion Dubai EXPO2020, Dilip Sinha, Secretary-General, IBPC along with other distinguished members of IBPC.

Sanjay Kumar, Secretary – Revenue, Information Technology, Labour & Employment said, “The Expo is a marvellous exhibition of the technologies of not only today but also the future. Through our interactions with other delegates, investors, and innovators, we see the endless opportunities and will strive to implement their suggestions back home in the short term, while planning for the long term.”

Swetika Sachan, CEO, Goa Investment Promotion and Facilitation Board said, “The Dubai EXPO2020 has become a great place for countries to come together and pave the way for innovation and advancement. The state of Goa participated to showcase its business potential in the fields of Tourism, Financial Service, Pharmaceuticals, and Biotechnology to global investors. We actively engaged with the business community of Dubai to strengthen our ties and reassured them of our commitment towards ease of doing business. Personally, I am excited about the investment opportunities that will make a difference in the lives of the people of Goa.”

Besides the focus sectors, the state of Goa also showcased its prowess in the start-up segment. Goa is the first state in India to have two consecutive start-up policies with a supportive ecosystem. It is also one of the most preferred destinations for start-ups across industries. The IT Policy 2017 and Start-up Policy 2021 offer attractive incentive packages to the budding start-ups in the state.

Goa is the smallest state in the country with a rich heritage, serene atmosphere and well-developed infrastructure. Goa’s economic growth is driven by the strong performance of its industrial sectors such as tourism, fishing, agriculture and pharmaceuticals.

Tourism is the backbone of the state’s economy, with 40 per cent of the population directly or indirectly dependent on it. The state has recently framed a new tourism policy to offer a uniquely Goan experience to visitors by presenting a versatile concoction of historic, natural, ethnic, cultural locations and attractions. Besides Tourism, the state is also expanding its presence in sectors such as Light Engineering and R&D, Aviation and Technology.

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SIMPLIFICATION IS THE STATE OF UNDERSTANDING: MANISH SHARMA

In this exclusive conversation, he spoke to us about his work life experiences, his company Saarathi and much more.

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Manish Sharma, CBO, Saarathi, recently joined NewsX for an enriching chat as part of NewsX India A-List. In the exclusive conversation, he spoke to us about his work-life experiences, his company Saarathi and much more. Read excerpts:

Talking about his educational background, Manish said, “Little over two decades I started from BITS Pilani and started my career with Honda in Delhi. Then I started working for this large biotech company Genentech, the number 1 company in the Fortune hundred best companies to work for at that time. After that, I had the pleasure of working for Apple right before the iPhone was launched. But I always wanted to come back to India, do something meaningful here. Therefore, I came back to head operations for Blackberry, move back to Apple and be in the team that built the very first iPhone. Then it was Microsoft, very humble under the leadership of Satya Nadella and so much to learn from them.”

“I then decided to do something big in India. Right now we are working on a platform that is a digital lending marketplace. I feel like it is going to make a big difference to how India lending is and I am super excited”, he added.

Sharing his experience with working with such prominent organizations, Manish revealed, “I think my experience with Honda was all about quality and that quality comes first. With Genentech, I learned that if you put the customer in the centre, every business strategy is around it. To me, the two things that are always taken to heart are, first one from Apple was simplify. Simplification is the state of understanding. Then with Microsoft, I learned that you can’t win it all alone and having a partnership DNA is what would actually make you succeed in this world.”

Giving us an insight about his company Saarathi, the CBO said, “At Saarathi our vision is to bridge the credit gap in India. We want to focus on the offline channel and transform it digitally. For all lending products, people need assistance or expertise before choosing one. Moreover, typically a direct sales agent makes that decision for you. Now, if that agent is not digitally sound, then they are not going to be able to do it effectively and for many people. What we do is, we pull that intelligence that lies with the bank back into the channel so that the channel is intelligent and can reach out to people. And that is how we will bring credit access to a much higher level than now.”

Talking about how he builds trust among people when his business involves credit, Manish exclaimed, “To me insights and bringing actual data closer to the person instead of verbal advice makes the trust much higher. What we are enabling through digital means is that we provide complete transparency of information. And when that happens, the trust automatically comes in.”

Sharing his mantra for a better future, Manish said, “Everything revolves around creating a great team. Respecting talent and loving people is also important here.”

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HOW POWDER BASED CLEANSERS AND PRODUCTS ARE MAKING THEIR WAY UP

Powder cleanser gives a better, deeper cleanse and light exfoliation to gently resurface the skin. It also has nourishing and healing properties.

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A time-tested skincare product that everyone recently is swearing by is POWDER CLEANSERS. These granular concoctions originally became popular amongst new-age users and they’re beauty game-changers. Cleansing powders are concentrated versions of liquid cleansers that form a paste or foam when activated with water. Most Indian facial cleansers contain naturally derived ingredients like gram flour, turmeric, or clay but in the west too people have started using matcha powder or ground coffee to give the products gently, non-abrasive exfoliating properties, making this product perfect for those with sensitive skin.

DIY powder facial cleanser for all skin types.Herbal powdered face cleanser.

A powder cleanser will give a better, deeper cleanse and light exfoliation to gently resurface the skin every day. More potent than a liquid cleanser and without the need for harsh chemicals or preservatives, a powder cleanser is infinitely kinder to the skin than its foam and liquid counterparts. They are all gentle enough to use on any skin type, even easily irritated or acne-prone complexions. Powder cleansers minimize pores, moisturize skin, and clear the complexion of imperfections. There really isn’t much a powder cleanser won’t be able to fix and that to instantly.

No water in formulas also means smaller packaging made of significantly fewer materials,” Lighter, smaller packaging reduces shipping weight and space consequently reducing the overall carbon footprint, which makes it a sustainable eco-friendly choice. Moreover, because they are typically more concentrated and more potent, waterless cosmetic and skincare essentials also tend to last longer as you can get away with using less.

Cleansing powders don’t just remove grime, but also have nourishing and healing properties, depending on the ingredients used. Hence, experts suggest taking a close look at the ingredients. It’s very important to scan the ingredients of powder cleansers since they consist of fine particles that can clog and irritate the skin. Active molecules can help control acne, smooth wrinkles, rejuvenate, hydrate, protect and nourish your cells. Some great ingredients to look out for in cleansers are sandalwood, amala, neem, fruit powders, turmeric, coffee, and green tea.

Technically, Indians have been using powder cleansers, or what we call ubtan, for ages. What differentiates ubtan from commercial powder cleansers is the addition of surfactants, which makes the latter foam when in contact with water. If you are reluctant to add the extra element of exfoliating scrubs to your routine, powder cleansers could change your mind. They even allow you to decide the exfoliation level by using less or more water. Remember, though, that a bad product could be abrasive and leave scars.

How to Choose Ingredients for DIY Powder Cleanser?

1. The Base

The base ingredient for the cleanser should have cleansing properties. Shikakai for hair and turmeric for skin is the most popular ingredient used in almost all powder cleansers on the market.

It soothes the skin and has natural saponins that cleanse the skin without causing any dryness or irritation. Other options one can pair these for skin are gram flour, neem powder, or vetiver and for hair, you can also incorporate soapberries, amla, fenugreek, etc

2. A Mild Exfoliator

Products with organic sandalwood work amazingly well to scrub dead skin cells and make the skin brighter due to their cooling effect.

3. Herbal Powders

Keep in mind your skin type and any specific problems you want to target. Here are some suggestions for ingredients you can use based upon your skin type.

For all skin types– liquorice root, vetiver, rose, turmeric,

For dry skin– hibiscus, rose, chirongi

For oily skin– tulsi, neem, clay, mint

For sensitive skin– cinnamon, mint, majishta

For detox– camphor, red sandalwood, and marigold

Brands whose core inspiration lies in using the ancient science of healing that is Ayurveda has an entire range of products is either in powder form that making it not only free of preservatives or harsh chemicals or in the form of cold-pressed oils which ensures chemical-free formulas that are potent and Nutrient dense.

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UAE bans drones after attack by Houthi rebels

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE), had banned the use of drones for a period of one month, days after Yemen based Houthi rebels launched a deadly drone and missile attack on its capital Abu Dhabi that resulted in the death of three civilians.

Local media reports quoted a Ministry of Interior press release which reads, “the Ministry of Interior is currently stopping all flying operations for owners, practitioners and enthusiasts of drones, including drones and light sports aircraft for a month.” The government also cautioned people that anyone flying it will be subject to legal liabilities. It adds, “anyone performing these activities during that period and disregarding guidelines will be subject to legal liabilities. Those who need to fly drones for work must ask the authorities for the necessary exceptions and permits.”

The Ministry of Interior affairs did not exclusively mention the recent deadly attack, but added that the decision has been made after “misuse spotted recently” where users were “trespassing into areas where these types of activities are prohibited.”

Last Monday, Houthi rebels did a drone and missile attack that hit the oil facilities and the airport in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, killing three people and injuring half a dozen.

The Houthi rebels have carried out repeated cross-border attacks against Saudi Arabia, but 17 January was the first attack carried out and acknowledged by the UAE inside its borders and claimed by the Yemeni insurgents. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a part of a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition that supports Yemen’s government while the Houthis are supported by Iran.

After the attacks which exploded fuel tanks at the airport the Crude prices soared to seven-year highs as chances of escalation had increased with the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition promising to retaliate in a major way. 

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Haryana’s tableau to feature state’s sportspersons on Republic Day

On the eve of Republic Day this year, the tableau of the state of Haryana will be seen showcasing the pride of India in the field of sports. Prepared on the theme of ‘Haryana-Number One in Sports’, a host of international level sportspersons will be seen on the Haryana tableau. Before this, in the year 2017, the tableau of Haryana was exhibited on the theme of ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’.

It is a matter of great privilege and honour that sportspersons from Haryana, a state with only 1.3 percent geographical area and 2.09 percent population of the country, have participated in many national and international sports competitions, including the prestigious Olympic Games and brought laurels to the country. Out of a total of 07 medals won by India in Tokyo Olympics-2020, Haryana sportspersons won 04 medals, including the lone gold medal in the individual category. As a token of honour, the Haryana Government honoured the sportspersons of the state who participated in the Tokyo Olympics with a cash prize of Rs 25.40 crore. Similarly, the sportspersons of Haryana, who brought laurels to the country in Tokyo Paralympics 2020, were also honoured with cash prizes of Rs 28.15 crore.

Besides Tokyo Olympics and Tokyo Paralympics -2020, the sportspersons of Haryana won 04 medals out of a total of 06 medals won by India in Olympic- 2012 and one medal out of India’s two medals in Olympic- 2016. Likewise, in Asiad- 2018, Haryana sportspersons won 17 medals out of India’s total medal tally of 69 medals and won 21 medals out of a total of 57 medals won by India in Asiad- 2012. Not only this, the Haryana sportspersons performed extremely well and won 20 and 22 medals in CommonWealth Games of 2014 and 2018 respectively.

The Haryana Tableau is divided in two parts, the front part consists of horses and a conch. The horses pulling the chariot symbolize ‘Vijay Rath’ from the Mahabharata. The conch placed here is a symbol of Lord Krishna’s conch shell. The second part of the tableau is divided into four parts. In the first part, in the arena built on the lines of the Olympic games, two wrestlers are seen giving a demonstration of wrestling bout on the mat.

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On the eve of Republic Day this year, the tableau of the state of Haryana will be seen showcasing the pride of India in the field of sports. Prepared on the theme of ‘Haryana-Number One in Sports’, a host of international level sportspersons will be seen on the Haryana tableau. Before this, in the year 2017, the tableau of Haryana was exhibited on the theme of ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’.

It is a matter of great privilege and honour that sportspersons from Haryana, a state with only 1.3 percent geographical area and 2.09 percent population of the country, have participated in many national and international sports competitions, including the prestigious Olympic Games and brought laurels to the country. Out of a total of 07 medals won by India in Tokyo Olympics-2020, Haryana sportspersons won 04 medals, including the lone gold medal in the individual category. As a token of honour, the Haryana Government honoured the sportspersons of the state who participated in the Tokyo Olympics with a cash prize of Rs 25.40 crore. Similarly, the sportspersons of Haryana, who brought laurels to the country in Tokyo Paralympics 2020, were also honoured with cash prizes of Rs 28.15 crore.

Besides Tokyo Olympics and Tokyo Paralympics -2020, the sportspersons of Haryana won 04 medals out of a total of 06 medals won by India in Olympic- 2012 and one medal out of India’s two medals in Olympic- 2016. Likewise, in Asiad- 2018, Haryana sportspersons won 17 medals out of India’s total medal tally of 69 medals and won 21 medals out of a total of 57 medals won by India in Asiad- 2012. Not only this, the Haryana sportspersons performed extremely well and won 20 and 22 medals in CommonWealth Games of 2014 and 2018 respectively.

The Haryana Tableau is divided in two parts, the front part consists of horses and a conch. The horses pulling the chariot symbolize ‘Vijay Rath’ from the Mahabharata. The conch placed here is a symbol of Lord Krishna’s conch shell. The second part of the tableau is divided into four parts. In the first part, in the arena built on the lines of the Olympic games, two wrestlers are seen giving a demonstration of wrestling bout on the mat.

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