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Sachin visits adopted village, calls for clean, healthy India

first_imgVijayawada, Nov 16 (PTI) Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar today called for making the country Swachh and Swasth Bharat (clean and healthy India), while encouraging children to play more sports.”We keep talking about Swachh Bharat because our honourable Prime Minister decided that we need to start cleaning up Bharat, which is extremely important.”But I feel, along with Swachh Bharat, Swasth Bharat is also important. That is why, I distributed a few cricket bats, footballs and all those things for children to play,” he said at Puttamraju Kandrika village in Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh this afternoon.Tendulkar had adopted the village under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) on this day two years ago, and today he visited it for the second time to take stock of the developments.In all, the SPS Nellore district administration spent Rs 5.69 crore on laying concrete roads, building storm water drainage system, a community hall and an elementary school building in PR Kandrika village.The sports legend, who contributed Rs 2.79 crore under SAGY for these works, inaugurated the newly-built community hall.He has now announced a further grant of Rs 90 lakh for development of infrastructure in Nernuru and Gollapalli villages under Gudur mandal. A total of Rs 1.20 crore would be spent on laying roads, building drains and providing water supply in these villages.”It is a very satisfying feeling. Things have already changed big time. Also, the icing on the cake is, it (PR Kandrika) is being declared ODF (open defecation free) village.advertisement”That couldnt have happened without your support, without your will and desire to achieve certain things,” he said.The Rajya Sabha member told the kids: “You play hard, enjoy sport but also study at the same time. You should have the balance of both. You study when it is time to study. Play, because children should play. It is important to play, need to go out, enjoy yourself and stay together.” (MORE) PTI DBV DK GK SRYlast_img read more

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11 soccer players arrested in Georgia in match-fixing case

first_imgEleven soccer players in Georgia have been arrested on suspicion of match-fixing and face lengthy prison sentences.The State Security Service says eight current players and three former players have been arrested in relation to matches in the country’s two top divisions.Five were members of the WIT Georgia squad which lost to league leader Dinamo Batumi 2-0 on Sunday in one of the games under investigation. Players from two lower-league clubs are also among the suspects.The security service says the players were approached by an “organized group” which made 93,500 lari ($34,000) off the match-fixing.The players face between four and six years in prison under Georgian legislation.Also Read | Kylian Mbappe hints at move away from PSGAlso Read | Napoli leave Inter Milan’s Champions League hopes hanging in balanceAlso Seelast_img read more

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