Punjab CM Amarinder Singh seeks Bharat Ratna for hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr.

first_imgPunjab CM Amarinder Singh seeks Bharat Ratna for hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr.Balbir Singh Sr. was a member of three Olympic gold medal winning teams – at London (1948), Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956).advertisement Indo-Asian News Service ChandigarhAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 12:27 IST Getty ImagesPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking Bharat Ratna – the highest civilian award of the country – for ailing triple Olympic hockey gold medallist Balbir Singh Senior.”Wrote to PM Narendra Modiji, requesting to award Bharat Ratna to Shri Balbir Singh (Sr) for his outstanding performance in hockey,” Amarinder Singh tweeted on Thursday.He also tagged the letter which he wrote to the Prime Minister on Wednesday.Wrote to PM @NarendraModi ji, requesting to award Bharat Ratna to Shri Balbir Singh (Sr) for his outstanding performance in Hockey. He was a 3 time Olympic gold champion having played an imp role in 1948,1952 & Captain of 1956 win. He is the greatest ever centre-forward. pic.twitter.com/h9xPXfxWQoCapt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 22, 2019The Chief Minister last month visited Balbir Singh (Sr) at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here to present him the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award for excellence in sports.He also released an amount of Rs 5 lakh for his treatment.Balbir Singh (Sr), 94, was a member of three Olympic gold medal winning teams – at London (1948), Helsinki (1952) and Melbourne (1956). He was also the captain of the Indian hockey team at Melbourne and the flag-bearer of the Indian Olympic contingent.He was the manager of the 1975 World Cup winning team.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Balbir Singh Sr.Follow Captain Amarinder SinghFollow Bharat Ratna Nextlast_img read more

International Monetary Fund agrees to give Ukraine new bailout deal worth 175

by Lorne Cook, The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2015 2:02 am MDT Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde, center left, arrives with Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, center right, for a meeting of eurogroup finance ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Leading European officials downplayed expectations that a comprehensive debt deal with Greece is likely Wednesday at an emergency meeting in which Greece’s finance minister is set to unveil a plan to loosen austerity’s grip on his economy. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email International Monetary Fund agrees to give Ukraine new bailout deal worth $17.5 billion BRUSSELS – The International Monetary Fund has agreed with Ukraine on a new bailout deal worth 15.5 billion euro ($17.5 billion) that could climb to around $40 billion over the next four years with help from other lenders like Europe and the U.S.Ukraine has so far received $4.6 billion as part of a $17 billion aid package from the IMF agreed on last year, but that program has run into trouble as the war ravaging the country’s eastern region has weighed on its economic prospects.Facing bankruptcy, Ukraine last month asked the IMF to replace its program with a new one to restore confidence in its finances.IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said Thursday that “this new program offers an important opportunity for Ukraine to move its economy forward at a critical moment in the country’s history.”The announcement came just before leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany emerged from marathon talks to announce a peace deal for eastern Ukraine.The four-year package “would support immediate economic stabilization in Ukraine as well as a set of bold policy reforms aimed at restoring robust growth of the medium term and improving living standards for the Ukrainian people,” Lagarde said.Kyiv has also received loans from the European Union and the United States, both of whom have recently promised more help.Lagarde said the IMF support would be backed by other international financing. “From these various sources taken together, a total financing package of around $40 billion is estimated over the four year period,” she told reporters.“This program will require the authorities’ steadfast determination to reform the economy,” Lagarde underlined.She praised Kyiv’s reform efforts so far, saying that the government has “not only reached their targeted deficit for this year but they have exceeded the objective and produced a better result than was expected.” read more