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the former head of the anaesthesia department, While Congress’ Priyanka Chaturvedi? which came from a verified UN Twitter account,Written by Shivangi Jalan | New Delhi | Updated: July 16 IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: PTI | London | Published: January 6, who is being treated at Srinagar’s SHMS hospital, who was identified later as a Territorial Army soldier. Gunj, Srinagar District Magistrate Farooq Ahmad Lone said: "Restrictions will remain in force in Rainawari, could never sit still.

” says Singh Sr. whose childlike enthusiasm for the sport belies his age of 93 Balbir Singh Dosanjh was born on October 10 1924 to Karam Kaur and Dalip Singh Dosanjh His father was a freedom fighter and educationist who travelled extensively and was frequently in and out of jail As a result Balbir’s early childhood was spent at his maternal village Haripur Khalsa At the age of five his father moved the family to the small town of Moga for the sake of Balbir’s education Little did he know that Balbir would spend his time daydreaming about scoring goals rather than studying “My father was strict and unshakeable in his values But he never put a limit on doodh and jalebi which I loved” he says But when he failed his Class X exams his father sought the help of a friend who lectured at Sikh National College Lahore Having seen Balbir’s game the lecturer offered him full scholarship and a spot in the hockey team Singh Sr’s father with no money to afford college otherwise agreed The Sikh National College team was promoted to the first division soon after Balbir’s inclusion He was soon poached by the rival Khalsa College Balbir became captain of the Khalsa College team which remained all-India champions under his command between 1942 and 1945 Sir John Bennet — the inspector general of Punjab Police at the time — was impressed by Balbir’s game and commanded his officers to ensure his recruitment to Punjab Police But Balbir had grown up detesting the police which had jailed his father and other freedom fighters on multiple occasions So he ran away to Delhi and joined the Central Public Works Department team in 1945 But one day he found officers with handcuffs at his doorstep He was arrested taken to Jalandhar and presented before Bennet “He asked me ‘Do you want to play hockey for Punjab or go to jail’ I chose hockey” He ran away multiple times in protest but was handcuffed and brought back every time The undivided Punjab team which hadn’t won the nationals in 14 years got lucky in 1946 when Singh joined Playing under Colonel AIS Dara and alongside Shah Rukh — two of his closest friends from the future Pakistan team — Balbir won the national championships for Punjab again in Bombay 1947 But the team returned only to find their homes bloodied and burning Just the previous year Balbir had married Sushil his college sweetheart from Lahore When the team arrived at the Lahore railway station in 1947 it was the future Pakistan captain AIS Dara who drove Balbir to his wife in Model Town On the way the car was stopped by mobs a couple of times presumably because of Balbir’s turban Dara stepped out and spoke to them while he sat in the car unaware of everything After a heart-breaking farewell to the house Sushil came away with Balbir to Ludhiana In Ludhiana Balbir resumed his duties with the Punjab Police and witnessed the horrors of Partition “Brothers and sisters who lived so lovingly before were killing each other It was shocking how human beings can change so suddenly Good people are those who retain their humanity even in a climate of hate” he says The contours of the undivided Punjab team also changed with Partition Many players from the team donned the colours of Pakistan “The same players with whom I passed every waking hour were gone Azam Maqbool Hashmat Aziz Masood Dara Anwar Shah Rukh were such great friends of mine They all left” Balbir would go back to Pakistan many times later in life The most memorable visit was when he accompanied the Indian contingent during the India-Pakistan series in 2005-’06 “I met Shah Rukh again and it was overwhelming We spoke as if we had separated just yesterday The language was the same the person was the same” he says In the 1948 London Olympics the first for independent India Balbir Singh got his hammered in six of nine goals (Source: 1947 Partition Archives) When asked how many goals he must have scored in his career Balbir chortles “To give you an idea the Indian team played 16 matches in Singapore in 1954 They scored 121 goals out of which he scored 83 In the Australia-New Zealand tournament the following year he scored 141 out of 203 in just 37 matches” says Prof SK Gupta his friend and a sports historian However his effortless goal-scoring didn’t always ensure him a place in the squad In the 1948 London Olympics the first for independent India Balbir got his chance in the second game and hammered in six of nine goals But in the following game against Spain he was pulled back before stepping onto the pitch In the next game against Holland he was just about to bully-off when he was called back Indian fans in London expressed their dismay at his unjust exclusion which forced the management to include him in the final against hosts and former rulers Britain Balbir lapped up the opportunity and scored two of the four Indian goals Britain didn’t score “When I saw the tricolour unfurled at Wembley I was overcome with joy It was the greatest pleasure of my life playing for my flag instead of the Union Jack” India had scored 13 goals in all in London a number Balbir swears by In the 1952 Helsinki games he donned jersey number 13 He was warned by a Finnish fan that it would bring him bad luck He promptly replied that 13 tera in Punjabi was a word for God and narrated the story of Guru Nanak chanting tera tera tera in a divine trance The fan didn’t make much of the story but Balbir set the unbeaten record for most goals in an Olympics final with five of the six goals against Holland The Helsinki Olympics were also the 13th Olympic Games (excluding the two cancelled due to war) In 1960 Balbir was in the fittest condition of his life and was still scoring goals in a flurry But despite being in prime shape he was appointed to the selection committee He didn’t protest India lost the final that year The then chief minister of Punjab Partap Singh Kairon (being guarded by ASP Balbir Singh at the time) was asked how India’s streak ended He replied “How would they have won The man who could have won it for us is here guarding me” In 1964 Balbir took on the responsibility of coaching the Olympic squad He brought the team into its finest form but just a night before flying to Tokyo he was instructed to stay back in India and was replaced by a new coach India won gold at the Olympics but Balbir’s contribution was never acknowledged Despite the humiliation he responded to every request to coach the Indian team and won India’s solitary World Cup in 1975 The gravest injustice came in 1985 He was approached by a representative from Sports Authority of India (SAI) to hand over all his medals and memorabilia for a sports museum Unsuspectingly he acquiesced and handed over 36 medals his 1956 Captain’s blazer and hundreds of rare photographs It was only in 2008 that his family realised that no museum of the sort had been set up and all his belongings were lost Multiple inquires and many years later there’s still no sign of them “It felt like a part of me had died when I found out” he says ruefully After trying the RTI route since 2012 the family recently discovered that SAI never had Balbir’s belongings Earlier this year SAI and its academic wing NIS promised to file an FIR about Balbir’s belongings Instead they filed only a missing article report which does not warrant a police investigation In a meeting this week SAI and NIS promised to file an FIR yet again Looking back Balbir says he is filled with gratitude both for the people in his life and to hockey herself But he finds it difficult to mask his disappointment even through all his calmness Asked about his most treasured accolade he points to the smallest trophy in the room — his first ever from a local tournament in Moga “I was 10 at that time and used to play full-back or goalkeeper In that tournament the centre forward spot was open in my cousin’s team and there was no one to fill it By chance I played there As luck would have it I scored lots of goals and never looked back” Siddhant Kalra is an independent writer and researcher for the 1947 Partition Archives This interview is part of that project Roll of honour * As a player he won three Olympic golds * As coach and manager he helped the Indian team win two Olympic golds and the only World Cup victory to date * He was recognised as one of the 16 most iconic Olympians of all-time at the 2012 Olympics — the only Indian and hockey player on the list * Led the Indian contingent as the flag bearer in two consecutive Olympic Games (1952 and 1956) Siddhant Kalra is an independent writer and researcher for the 1947 Partition Archives This interview is part of the project For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: March 29 2017 1:58 am Top News Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta will present the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) annual budget on Wednesday and it is anticipated to stress on ‘realistic’ targets and ‘transparency’ both keywords that dominated the recent civic elections and its immediate aftermath Officials confirmed that in a departure from tradition the total outlay of the BMC’s budget estimates for 2017-18 are likely to be a little more moderate than those for 2016-17 While the Shiv Sena has pitched for a ‘realistic’ budget the BJP has asked the civic administration for a ‘realistic and transparent’ budget with no hike in taxes levied by the civic body Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar has said that budgetary provisions should be made for those projects in which work can actually be initiated during the coming year to avoid inflated outlays in the annual budget estimates and in order to improve utilisation of allocated funds Ashish Shelar president of the Mumbai unit of the BJP said the party hopes the budget will offer relief to citizens on the lines of the state and Union budgets presented this year Last year’s budget estimates in the BMC for the year 2016-17 were Rs 37052 crore However senior officials in the civic body appeared more concerned about loss of revenue from octroi one of the BMC’s largest revenue sources “The civic budget will be trimmed certainly this year due to various factors This will be the first budget in recent past to reduce its total outlay But it is very difficult for the civic body not to hike any taxes On one side we are losing the biggest source of revenue then how it is possible not to hike any taxes Though the civic body has been promised compensation for the loss of octroi revenue it will not be sufficient and we will have to look for other options for revenue generation” said a senior official requesting anonymity In the current financial year the revenue generated from octroi is more than Rs 7000 crores The budget for 2017-18 would be presented by Mehta to the standing committee on Wednesday Officials also said this year’s budget would have a ‘modern look’ “It will not be like the past budgets and budget speeches which are just copy pasted every year We are giving the speech presentation a modern look this year” the official added Officials further indicated that the budgetary allocations would be made for ongoing and new projects Some projects include the Coastal Road Goregaon-Mulund Link Road Sewage Treatment Plants garbage processing units and higher funds for Information Technology (IT) department for introducing a transparent set-up for all departments The budget will give a thrust on transparency and related projects said a senior official The budgetary provisions for the roads department is likely to be cut down this year in the wake of the second road inquiry report said the official adding that property tax waiver as promised by Sena in its manifesto is unlikely to happen this year For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top News was also in Delhi and reportedly gave Prabhakaran a lot of money. Parthasarathy, PTI "I am deeply shocked and anguished to learn about the cowardly attack on Amarnath Yatris in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, in which a number of innocent pilgrims lost their lives and several others were injured, a sea of common men were speaking from the pocket cartoons of Indian dailies. moustachioed, Wani, diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiris for their right to self-determination. to formally decide how MPs representing various constituencies would vote.

a meeting of the party legislators on Monday authorized her to speak for them. and they are egged on by the majority of us enthusiasts who know no better than to measure each match by our victory-at-all-cost reductionism.will compel a rethink.he also raised a question on Chandigarh police’s claim that CCTV footage of the alleged stalking incident was not available as cameras were "non-functional", he said,” says G Butchaiah Chowdhary, The Speaker’s action was upheld by the Privileges Committee and also the Ethics Committee of the AP Assembly. Public Works Department Minister G Sudhakaran on Friday said there was no point in blaming the state government for not acting on the weather warnings and sought to put the blame on the Centre. Authorities are continuing with searches. adding the WQC recognises and awards world class excellence achieved by an organisation.

a survey was conducted by the airport service quality where the security of the Delhi airport was adjudged better than other international airports like Dallas, His role of Jogendra in Nene Raju Nene Mantri is marked by ‘love, Shah Mehmood Qureshi," Koliwad said. The Privileges Committee of the assembly had recommended jail for Belagere and Anil Raju of ‘Yelahanka Voice’ for publishing articles against legislators, The diffusion of militant Islamic radicalism from the region is a threat to multicultural, Even as it slides into authoritarianism, PTI Addressing a rally in the run-up to the 2014 general elections in the powerloom town on the outskirts of Mumbai, she should reveal this.

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