P V Sindhu Is Now AP Sub-Collector

Badminton player Sindhu would now be the Sub-Collector of Andhra Pradesh. The State Assembly had passed a bill making it easy for govt to appoint the Olympic Silver medal winner.
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Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Assembly had passed an amendment bill to the AP Public Service Commission Act to facilitate the government to give Group I job to badminton player P V Sindhu.

Minister for Legislative Affairs, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu presented the Bill, even as the Opposition YSR Congress legislators continued their protest in the House seeking remunerative prices to the farmers.

Supporting the Bill, BJP floor leader Vishnukumar Raju thanked the government for offering Group I job to sports person Sindhu. He said that this act would encourage youth to take up sports as their career.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that the government was committed to fulfil its promise of giving Group I job to Sindhu. He said that the TDP government had encouraged sports during its earlier stint and Sindhu winning silver medal in Olympics was the result of TDP’s support. He said that the government would now appoint Sindhu as Sub-Collector of the State government shortly. He further said that the government would also use her services to promote welfare activities of the government by appoint her as the State Ambassador.

The Chief Minister said that the government was committed to promote sports in the State and patronise sportspersons in the years to come.

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Prime Minister meets Olympic heroes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Rio Olympics silver medalist P.V. Sindhu and bronze medal winner Sakshi Malik at his residence at 7 Race Course Road on Sunday.

The PM greeted the athletes on the eve of the National Sports Day. Besides shuttler Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi, ace shooter Jitu Rai and trailblazing gymnast Dipa Karmakar were also in attendance.

All the four athletes will be conferred with the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award by President Pranab Mukherjee today.

Modi took to Twitter and spoke about the meeting, saying: “Our sports persons, our pride! Met Arjuna Award winners and congratulated them.”

“I showed him my medal and he was very happy. He congratulated me and said you did really well and made the country proud. That really made my day. It was a pleasure talking to him and I felt very happy,” said Sindhu after meeting the PM.

When asked what did the Prime Minister say, “Prime Minister said to me ‘maarna mat mujhe’ (I hope you won’t hit me) and I told him that we wrestlers are very aggressive on the mat but off it, we are very soft hearted.”

Sports minister Vijay Goel was also present .

Earlier today, PM in his monthly radio address Mann kiBaat, dwelt on India’s performance, saying, “Never before has an Indian Prime Minister been under so much pressure to talk about the Olympics.”

He hailed the girl power as he referred to Rio medal winners—shuttler P V Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi. He also hailed gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who missed a medal by a narrow margin. He lauded P Gopichand, ace badminton player and Sindhu’s coach, describing him as an example of a fine teacher.

“It cannot be denied that our performance (in Rio) was not up to the expectation,” Modi said while mentioning about thousands of messages to him from people who wanted him to speak on the subject of sports in view of poor performance in Rio Olympics as they were badly disappointed.

“In some cases, Indian players could not perform to the level they do in games at home and in the medals tally, we had only two “.“We have to formulate a long-term programme,” he said,and suggested state governments to form such committees to see what could be done to improve performance in sports.

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Warm welcome to Sindhu, Gopi

Hyderabad: People in great number throng at Shamshabad airport to welcome Olympic Silver medal winner P.V. Sindhu and her famous couch P. Gopichand at 9:00 AM on Monday. They got into an open vehicle to participate in the victory march from Shamshabad to Rajendra nagar en-route to Gachibowli. Massive celebrations are under way at Gopichand Academy where Sindu and Gopichand would be felicitated.

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Telangana Dy CM Mahmood Ali, Home Minister Narasimha Reddy and Talasani Srinivas Yadav welcoming Sindhu at Shamshabad Airport

Soon after the function Gopichand and Sindhu are scheduled to meet Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who earlier announced an award of Rs. 5 cr to Sindhu. Mr. Nara Chandrababu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, had also announced a cash award of Rs. 3 cr. People standing en-route have showered flowers and garlands on Sindhu and Gopichand. The kind of celebrations that are taking place in Hyderabad can be compared to the historic welcome event to TRS chief KCR when he arrived in Hyderabad from Delhi after the formation of separate state of Telangana became a reality.

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CM KCR felicitating Sindhu and Gopichand on Monday

Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhara Rao (KCR) felicitated Olympian Silver medalist PV Sindhu at his office on Monday. Both P Gopichand, the mentor who coached Sindhu, was with her.  Earlier, KCR’s son and IT Minister K Taraka Rama Rao (KTR) presented a momento to Sindhu at Pullela Gopichand  Academy at Gachhibowli. Sindhu and Gopichand arrived at the Academy at the head of a long victory rally that took several hours to reach Gachhibowli from Samshabad airport.

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Governor ESL Narasimhan with Sindhu and Gopichand on Monday

Sindhu and Gopichand called on Governor ESL Narasimhan later in the evening. Sweets were distributed at Raj Bhavan to celebrate the memorable victory at Rio.

Sindhu and Gopichand are travelling to Vijayawada tomorrow morning. They will be taken to PWD Grounds in a colourful procession from Gannavaram airport where they will land around 8.30 am. AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu will honour them in a fitting manner.

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