Punjab Minister orders probe into alleged delay on Harbhajan Singh’s Khel Ratna snub

first_img Press Trust of India ChandigarhJuly 31, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 19:54 IST Harbhajan Singh’s Khel Ratna snub (IANS photo)HIGHLIGHTSHarbhajan Singh requested Punjab Sports Minister to re-send his application for next yearThe off-spinner’s nomination for Khel Ratna award has been rejected by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and SportsHarbhajan claimed he had timely submitted his form for the nomination to Punjab Sports departmentThe Punjab government has ordered an inquiry into the allegations levelled by veteran India player Harbhajan Singh that delay in paperwork on the part of state’s sports department was the reason for not getting prestigious Khel Ratna Award.The off-spinner’s nomination for Khel Ratna award has been rejected by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) on grounds that his documents reached late.Harbhajan requested Punjab Sports minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi’s intervention in the matter and the minister subsequently ordered a probe into the alleged delay in sending his documents to the centre.”I have ordered an inquiry into the matter. The director (Sports) has been tasked to carry out the inquiry,” Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi told PTI Wednesday.In a video uploaded on his twitter handle, Harbhajan claimed he had timely submitted his form for the nomination to Punjab Sports department for the award.”I have come to know through media that a file recommending my name for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award sent by Punjab government to the Centre has been rejected with the reason being that papers reached very late,” Harbhajan said.”I have come to know that because of delay, my nomination will not be considered for this award this time and because of which I will not get this award,” he rued.Harbhajan claimed that he furnished the relevant documents on March 20 but now he understands that there was a delay in sending his papers to the centre that ultimaely led to his rejection.advertisement”As far as I (can) recollect, I submitted papers on March 20 with your (Sodhi) office and this form was supposed to reach Delhi within 10-15 days and why it was not submitted timely. Had this form submitted timely, I probably would have got the award this year which comes as a motivation and encouragement for any sportsperson,” he further said.The cricketer, who is the third highest wicket taker for India in Test cricket requested the minister to re-send his application for next year.”If such delays continue to take place then players will lag behind which is not right and I hope you (Sodhi) will take action on it and forward my nomination again to the government of India,” said Harbhajan.Read more | Jofra Archer misses out as England announce squad for opening Ashes TestAlso see: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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Harbhajan SinghFollow Punjab governmentFollow Khel RatnaFollow Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award Punjab Minister orders probe into alleged delay on Harbhajan Singh’s Khel Ratna snubHarbhajan Singh requested Punjab Sports minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi’s intervention in the matter and the minister subsequently ordered a probe into the alleged delay in sending his documents to the centre.advertisementlast_img read more

Body found as police search disused quarry for missing midwife

Mr Potts, 53, added: “The quarry is about quarter of a mile down the road from my place, it’s in the middle of nowhere but once a month you get organised 4×4 events there. You also get walkers and cyclists up here.“My heart my goes out to that poor woman’s family, not knowing where she is and now police searching on such a big scale for a clue to her whereabouts.” CCTV footage captures the moment Samantha Eastwood was last seen as she left work Credit:Staffordshire Police Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police investigating the disappearance of missing midwife Samantha Eastwood launched a murder inquiry on Saturday after finding a body during the search of a disused quarry eight miles from where she was last seen alive.Specialist teams had been searching an area near the village of Caverswall, which lies close to the Staffordshire moorlands, as part of the increasingly desperate hunt for the 28-year-old.Staffordshire Police said the body has yet to be formally identified but that specialist officers were  supporting Miss Eastwood’s family at “this difficult time”. The force also revealed that three men were being held in custody in connection with Miss Eastwood’s disappearance. Neighbours said the family are “utterly heartbroken” following the discovery of the midwife’s body.One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “They are absolutely and utterly heartbroken as you can only imagine. It’s just the saddest outcome imaginable.”I will be going around to offer my condolences, but at the moment they just need time to grieve and digest this awful news.”Dozens of specialist officers and police dogs spent the day searching Tick Hill Quarry and nearby fields and woodland, while Ms Eastwood’s family waited anxiously for news.Uniformed officers could be seen using long sticks to examine bushes and undergrowth as they scoured the vast area in the hope of finding clue to the whereabouts of Ms Eastwood, who was last seen leaving work at Royal Stoke University Hospital at 7.45am on Friday, July 27.Chief Nurse Liz Rix, of University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, confirmed Miss Eastwood’s death on Twitter and paid tribute to the “much loved and valued” midwife. She wrote: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Samantha Eastwood. She was reported missing 12 hours later when she failed to turn up for work, which colleagues said was “completely out of character.” Police searching near Tickhill Lane in Caverswall near Stoke-on-Trent on SaturdayCredit:PA Police are understood to be investigating whether the midwife was taken to a hideaway in a vehicle on Friday night. They are thought to be are focusing specifically on a two hour time frame between 9pm-11pm on the day she vanished.Nigel Potts, a farmer who lives close to the quarry at New Hall Farm, one of only six homes along the mile long single track Tick Hill Lane, revealed police were hoping to recover CCTV footage from his home and neighbouring properties covering those key hours.He said: “Officers first came to visit on Thursday afternoon and were inquiring if I had any film from the Friday 9-11pm. They said they were focusing on those two hours and were looking for a vehicle.“It’s a very rural and remote and area and I have CCTV but it didn’t go back to that day unfortunately.” Detectives released pictures of her £85 Radley purse, which is missing, and asked for anyone with dashcam footage recorded in north Staffordshire last weekend to come forward.Miss Eastwood had been due to marry John Peake, 34, this June but their engagement was called off in January and Mr Peake moved out of her home. She put her unworn wedding dress up for sale last month. Detective Superintendent Simon Duffy from the force’s Major and Organised Crime Department said: “The discovery today is not what anyone wanted, and this is now a homicide investigation. “A 32-year-old man who was previously released on conditional bail, has now been re-arrested for murder, and remains in custody.  Two other men, aged 28 and 60, have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.”Miss Eastwood’s family said in a statement: “The family of Samantha would like to ask that their privacy is respected at this terrible time. We would like to say ‘thank-you’ to all the people who followed Samantha’s story and tried their best to help.”  Detective Superintendent Simon Duffy from Staffordshire Police’s major and organised crime department, appealed for the public to report any unusual or suspicious activity, including parked vehicles in rural laybys around the Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire area.He said: “Today’s extensive searches are part of the ongoing investigation, which has officers and staff working round the clock in an effort to find anything which brings us closer to finding Samantha.”Miss Eastwood had been due to marry John Peake, 34, this June but their engagement was called off in January and Mr Peake moved out of her home. She put her unworn wedding dress up for sale last month. A police community support officer stands guard outside the home of Samantha EastwoodCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Another Stoke property connected to the family, whose elderly owner lives in a care home, was searched by forensics experts for several hours, according to neighbours.A neighbour said: “Me and my wife just came back from church and saw two unmarked police cars in the road. Later on a third one came then a fourth.“There was a forensic team too and they were there for three or four hours.”Mr Peake, who is understood to have met Miss Eastwood at  Keele University has made repeated appeals for information on social media, while Miss Eastwood’s mother, Carole Eastwood, as said: “I just want my baby back.”CCTV footage of the midwife leaving work in her blue scrubs last Friday as well as further video footage of her driving her Volvo XC60 away from the hospital has been released by police. Samantha Eastwood was last seen leaving Royal Stoke University Hospital at 7.45am last FridayCredit:Pixel8000 The search around Caverswall came after police began treating the home of Mr Peake’s brother-in-law as a potential crime scene.Forensic experts spent four hours scouring the property for possible clues. Police have been stationed outside the property, belonging to Katie Stirling, Mr Peake’s sister, and her husband Michael, a fencing contractor, since last SundayMs Eastwood vanished after driving home from a night shift at the hospital. Neighbours told police they heard screams coming from her semi-detached house at around 2pm, some six hours after she finished work.Miss Eastwood’s devastated sister Gemma, 26, sobbed as she appealed for information about her “happy, bubbly” sibling on Friday, adding: “Without her, half of me is gone.” Samantha Eastwood was last seen leaving Royal Stoke University Hospital at 7.45am last Friday CCTV footage captures the moment Samantha Eastwood was last seen as she left work  Gemma Eastwood broke down as she appealed for her sister’s safe returnCredit:Tristan Potter / SWNS.com Her car was later found at her home, with the keys and bank cards inside her house.Gemma Eastwood, a support worker, said: “Samantha is a fantastic woman and friend. She is warm, friendly, loyal, kind and generous, with a great sense of humour. And whoever she is with she will always make their times together fun.”Samantha was determined to become a midwife from a young age and succeeded.”All of Samantha’s work friends describe her as an amazing midwife.”She is caring, harmless and gentle. Samantha is selfless and would do anything for anyone before herself.”Officers have declined to say whether they have recovered Miss Eastwood’s mobile phone, stating that it was part of an “ongoing investigation”.DI Duffy asked the public to report any sightings of vehicles parked in “strange locations”, isolated areas, or lay-bys, no matter how inconsequential they may appear. Gemma Eastwood broke down as she appealed for her sister's safe return “Sam will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with her family and friends during this time. “Sam, who had worked as a midwife at Royal Stoke for six years, was a much loved and valued member of the Maternity service. “I would like to thank @StaffsPolice for their dedication and support this week.” A police community support officer stands guard outside the home of Samantha Eastwood Police searching near Tickhill Lane in Caverswall near Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday read more