New Delhi, 27th December, 2016: Uttar Pradesh franchise of Pro Wrestling League today unveiled their new logo and team here, ahead of the second edition that commences on January 2, 2017. The franchise owned by Investors Clinic has been named ‘UP Dangal’.
The team also unveiled their new logo and a ready-to-rumble squad as it prepares to stake claim to the ultimate glory in the second edition of Pro Wrestling League organised by ProSportify in association with Wrestling Federation of India. The final squad was announced at a star-studded function in Delhi in presence of owners of the team Honey Katiyal and Sunny Katiyal from Investors Clinic.
UP Dangal have a great mix of national and international wrestlers. The team’s impressive line-up has nine grapplers including the Phogat sisters Geeta and Babita, international wrestlers like Andrey Kviatkovski of Ukraine in 65 kg category, Cuba’s Olympian Cuba Livan Lopez Azcuy in the 74 kg category, Rio Olympics medalist Elitsa Yankova from Bulgaria in 48 kg category.
Maria Mamashuk, Silver medalist of Rio Olympics will add to the team’s strength in women’s 75 kg category. Mausum Khatri, two times Commonwealth Champion in the 97 kg category was added to the squad. The other Indian grapplers include Amit Dahiya and Amit Dhankar making them a formidable outfit.
Team owner Honey Katiyal, CEO & Founder for Investors Clinic, on the occasion of team unveiling said, “I followed PWL in the first season and was very excited when I was offered to be one of the team owners. It’s a tough sport and am very proud to be part of the wrestling revolution through this league in the country.”
Speaking about the team, he said, “We have a talented team of young and experienced professionals and with their collective efforts we are sure of the best results. I am looking forward to a impressive performance from our team and urge all the fans to come out and support us.”
Team captain Geeta Phogat also sounded optimistic. “We are very happy to be part of the UP team and are ready to defend the title this time. I assure everyone nothing less than 100% this time from me and the team,” Phogat said.
Commenting on the occasion, Vishal Gurnani, Director ProSportify said, “We are delighted that Indian and international wrestlers have such a platform at their disposal. The response from all the stakeholders has been overwhelming, including the Indian audience on how they have embraced wrestling. We are looking forward to a great season 2 with the top class wrestlers from across the world.”
A Jet Airways flight, with 161 people on board, veered off the runway at Dabolim airport in Goa early this morning while aligning for take off to Mumbai. 15 passengers suffered minor injuries during evacuation.
Eyewitnesses said, when the evacuation was on, the aircraft tilted forward triggering panic among passengers. The Airlines, in a statement said, medical assistance is being coordinated with the airport authorities for the injured people. According to Airport sources, the airport has been closed for operations till 12.30 pm.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that the Government have spared no effort and will spare no effort to secure Father Tom’s release from captivity. In a tweet, Ms Swaraj said, Father Tom is an Indian citizen and the life of every Indian is most precious for the government. She said, government had got Father Alex Prem Kumar and Judith D’Souza released from Afghanistan.
The External Affairs Ministry yesterday had said that it is in regular touch with Yemeni authorities and Saudi Arabia regarding the safe release of Father Tom. The Indian catholic priest who was abducted from Yemen in March appealed to the Union government and Pope Francis through a video to secure his release from his captors.
Lt Gen Vinod Vashisht took over the reins of National Cadet Corps (NCC) as its Director General on 23 December 2016.
An alumnus of National Defence Academy, the General was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery on 09 June 1979. A graduate from Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the General has attended the Higher Command Course, National Defence College, IAS Professional Course and Emergency Management Course at Melbourne, Australia.
He has held various staff and command appointments and has been awarded with COAS & GOC-in-C Central Command Commendation, VSM & Bar for distinguished service in command and staff assignments. He held the appointment of Additional Director General in Military Training and Additional Military Secretary (A) at the IHQ of MoD (Army). He was the Commandant, Officers Training Academy, Gaya prior to the current assignment.He succeeds Lt Gen A Chakravarty, who retired on31 August 2016.
BJP using Anti-Corruption Branch to harass AAP’s CM candidate Elvis Gomes
Elvis Gomes was questioned by the ACB in Goa for three hours in a false case registered out of vendetta
Within a week of being named CM candidate, Gomes was summoned by the ACB
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Goa under CM Laxmikant Parsekar has started harassing Aam Aadmi Party’s Chief Ministerial candidate Elvis Gomes. Within one week of Gomes being declared as the CM candidate, Goa’s Anti-Corruption Branch summoned Gomes for questioning on 26th December. The case was lodged against him out of political vendetta by the BJP Government when Gomes had applied for Voluntary Retirement from the state services earlier this year. In what is a clear case of persecution of political opponents using state machinery, the BJP Government’s ACB held Gomes for questioning for over three hours. The BJP in Goa is following the same script as that of Delhi, where several false cases have been lodged against AAP MLAs.
National Spokesperson Ashutosh said during a press conference, “Elvis is an honest and upright ex-bureaucrat, renowned in Goa for his integrity. The case is from the year 2011, but five years later the ACB has suddenly sprung into action. On 26th December, soon after Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced Elvis as the CM candidate, Elvis was summoned and questioned for 3 hours in a completely fabricated case against him. If the BJP continues harassing honest leaders of the AAP, it will face the same fate in Goa that it did in Delhi in the 2015 election.”
During the press conference, the AAP played a video clip of the current Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza praising Gomes profusely and admitting that Elvis Gomes was a brilliant officer of the Goa Government. This video clip is from June 2016, before Gomes joined the Aam Aadmi Party. This makes it clear that the sudden action against Gomes is part of a political conspiracy to defame and silence the AAP’s CM face in the state.
The BJP should realise that their attempts to crush the AAP using state machinery would not just fail, but also backfire on them. The people of Goa believe that Elvis Gomes is an honest political leader, and that he is now being harassed because the BJP feels threatened by him and the AAP. Under no circumstances do such moves deter the AAP and the BJP must stop the abuse of the ACB by forcing it to act against the honest for mere political gain.
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