4,208 people sought Padma for Dera chief

first_imgMore than 4,200 people recommended ‘Saint Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan’ for a Padma award in 2017, while the self-styled godman and now rape convict proposed his own name for the honour five times.According to the list of recommendations or nominations for the Padma Awards 2017, the Union Home Ministry received 18,768 applications.The highest — 4,208 recommendations — including two from ‘Saintgorge William Sonet’ and ‘India Saintgorge’, both from Hissar in Haryana, were received for conferring any one of the three Padma awards on the controversial Dera Sacha Sauda chief, reveal documents accessed by PTI.All for GurmeetAll recommendations were marked in the name of ‘Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan’, also known as ‘rockstar baba’ and ‘guru of bling’, and almost all had come from Sirsa in Haryana, the headquarters of the Dera Sacha Sauda.Self-recommendationGurmeet Ram Rahim, who was sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping two followers this week, recommended himself five times. While his address was given as Sirsa thrice, on the other two applications, he gave Hissar in Haryana and Ganganagar in Rajasthan, as his address.The overwhelming majority of those who recommended the Dera chief’s name for the highest civilian honour in the country used single names like Abha, Aditya, Akbar, Alfez, Baljinder, Milky, Gajal Komal, Jony, Jesse and Ishwar.Padma awards seek to recognise exceptional achievements in art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, civil service, trade and industry.last_img read more

Kevin Belingon says he would’ve KO’d Bibiano Fernandes if not for DQ

first_imgPhoto from ONE ChampionshipTOKYO, Japan—Kevin Belingon felt he already had Bibiano Fernandes all figured out in their third bout on Sunday, so much so that he would’ve handled the Brazilian star had he not been disqualifiedBelingon has a point after he came out blazing from the opening bell and quickly established control with his striking.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director The unfortunate result also had ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong ordering an “automatic rematch” between the two rivals.“These are true warriors, two of the best bantamweights in the world and they deserve another shot fair and square to see who’s the best,” Sityodtong said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Emotional loss to La Salle good for UST moving forward, says Kung Fu Reyes He did get caught with a solid punch on the jaw later in the first round but other than that, the Team Lakay standout was primed to prove that his victory in the second bout was no fluke.“I feel that I would’ve knocked him out if not for the disqualification,” Belingon said in Filipino early Monday morning at Grand Prince Hotel here. “And I would’ve also won clearly had the fight went to decision.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBelingon was issued with a red card in the third round due to illegal blows to the back of the head that resulted to an abrupt end to their trilogy.The disqualification also led to Fernandes recapturing the bantamweight world title after losing it to Belingon by split decision four months ago in Singapore. LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more