Indian female wrestlers threaten to throw Olympic medal in Ganges River, later face detention

04:50 PM | 1 Jun, 2023
Indian female wrestlers threaten to throw Olympic medal in Ganges River, later face detention
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In a shocking turn of events, India's top female wrestlers announced to dump their Olympic medals into the Ganges, the country's holiest river — as part of their ongoing protest — but postponed later, giving the government to take actions or respond within five days.

The protest started after wrestlers demanded the resignation and arrest of India's Wrestling Federation Chief, Brij Bhushan Singh, whom they accuse of sexually harassing female wrestlers.

The enraged wrestlers gathered near the river in the north Indian town of Haridwar on Tuesday, but local media portals suggested that the leader of the influential BKU farming union's leader, Naresh Tikait, negotiated and convinced them to postpone the protest.

The atheletes planned to go on an indefinite hunger strike held at India Gate — a war memorial in capital Delhi.

"These medals are our life and soul... We feel there's no meaning to having these medals around our necks anymore," the wrestlers said in a statement on Tuesday, according to Indian media portals.

Among the protestors were Olympic medallists Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia, and two-time world champion medallist Vinesh Phogat.

The wrestlers first considered returning their medals to the Indian President and Prime Minister Modi.

"After we put them [the medals] in the Ganges, there would be no meaning for us to live. So we will got to India Gate and sit on a fast unto death," they stated.

Singh, an influential politician and MP of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), denied all the sexual harassment allegations, and labelled the protests politically motivated.

Harrowing scenes of the wrestlers being manhandled and detained — who were stopped by the police just a few miles away from the new Parliament — have been circulating on the internet sparking outrage.

On Sunday, Malik, Punia and Phogat were among several detained whom the Delhi Police filed cases against. 

Previously, in a letter addressed to the president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), five leading wrestlers demanded a “safe and secure place” for young wrestlers, especially sportswomen.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 30, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on September 30, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 286.05 289.15
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353.3 357
U.A.E Dirham AED 80 80.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.75
Australian Dollar AUD 189 191
Bahrain Dinar BHD 778.84 786.84
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.24 40.64
Danish Krone DKK 41.83 42.23
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 37.93 38.28
Indian Rupee INR 3.57 3.68
Japanese Yen JPY 1.63 1.71
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 945.27 954.27
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.58 176.58
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.31 770.31
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 323.01 325.51
Thai Bhat THB 8.12 8.27

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 30, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,600 on Saturday.

The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 176,270. Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 30 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Karachi PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Islamabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Peshawar PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Quetta PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sialkot PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Attock PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujranwala PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Jehlum PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Multan PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Bahawalpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujrat PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nawabshah PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Chakwal PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Hyderabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nowshehra PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sargodha PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Faisalabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Mirpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450


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