The Maharashtra government has made arrangements to send the body of a Kerala fisherman, who died off the Maharashtra coast, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Tuesday. Mr. Fadnavis’ response came after Congress MP and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor reached out to him on Twitter.“Dear Mr. Tharoor, Ratnagiri Collector already in touch with Thiruvananthapuram Collector since Monday afternoon. All necessary arrangements being done to transport body of Kerala fisherman,” Mr. Fadnavis tweeted.Earlier, Mr. Tharoor had urged the body of fisherman Rajumon floating near the Maharashtra coast be send back urgently. A total of nine persons were not the boat when tragedy struck in which one person lost his life. Reports said Rajumon, 41, died after falling sick.“Dear @Dev_Fadnavis, Rajumon (41), a Kerala fisherman, died at sea. His boat is now near the Maharashtra coast. Need help to bring the body to shore and to transport by air to Thiruvananthapuram. Please facilitate” Mr. Tharoor had tweeted.The Congress MP later tweeted an update and thanked the state government for the efforts when the body reached Ratnagiri’s local hospital. “It will be transported to Thiruvananthapuram after autopsy, I thank the Maharashtra government for co-operation.”
Kiran Challagundla, the man behind the success of the Indian shuttlers, rarely comes into the limelight. The Hyderabadi — physio of the Indian badminton players — is solely responsible for improving their overall fitness, but it was not until Saina Nehwal and Jwala Gutta mentioned his name for special praise after winning the gold at the Commonwealth Games that people took note of him.In fact, since joining the Indian team in 2008, he has ensured that none of the shuttlers have had to sit out due to injury. “The best thing that has happened after Kiran joined us is that none of us have had to sit out due to an injury. Sitting out with injuries can be really frustrating,” said Saina Nehwal.Her views were echoed by Jwala Gutta. “He (Kiran) has increased our levels of fitness. Our improved level of fitness is in turn bringing us better results,” she said.The strapping Kiran is a workaholic who works non-stop for seven hours a day, six days a week with the shuttlers at their training base in Hyderabad.Speaking to Mail Today from Hyderabad, Kiran said that in modern day badminton it was crucial to stay injury-free. “The sport (badminton) has become fasters over time and takes a toll on the body. This in turn has drastically increased the chances of players getting injured. So the key is to ensure that the shuttlers aren’t unnecessarily overworked,” he said.One of the first things Kiran did after he took charge was to devise a different set of exercises for each and every player in the national camp.advertisement”Every player has a different style of play. For instance, somebody like a Kashyap has an attacking style — relying more on smashes. For him the exercises should benefit him in generating more power,” said Kiran.Similarly, Kiran says that a rally player like Aditi Mutatkar relies more on endurance than power. “For Aditi to thrive in her game, the focus has to be on improving her endurance,” he said.Kiran, who worked as the physio of the Indian Premier League side Deccan Chargers in 2008, feels that all the Indian shuttlers are diligent and he has had no problems working with them.”I can assure you that no matter what exercises I assign the shuttlers, they follow my instructions meticulously. I enjoy working out with them as they are eager to learn and bring out the best in me,” he said. Commenting on his role with the Deccan Chargers, Kiran said, “I was the physio of the Chargers in 2008. It was an interesting as well as challenging role. But a season with them left me disinterested.” With Gopi Chand approaching me for the badminton team in November 2008, I accepted it on the spot — a decision I haven’t regretted.” Before joining the Chargers, Kiran was with the Dolphin Football Club in Adelaide. “I was studying in Australia, when they approached me. I was with them for three years and it was an experience that will stand me in good stead,” said Kiran.Kiran, whose two-year contract comes to an end after the Asian Games, said extending the contract was neither in his hand nor on his mind. “I am not the right person to comment on the extension,” he said.
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