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Milkha honoured at House of Lords

*Legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh was honoured for his services to sports at a special event at the House of Lords.

House of Lords member and NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul presented the honour to ‘The Flying Sikh’, who is in London on a promotional tour for an upcoming movie based on his life story.

“We wanted to honour him and let him know that we are very proud of what he has achieved. I am very glad that Bollywood has decided to make a film on him. His story will inspire a new generation of young athletes who can see how a boy from an ordinary family went on to make global headlines,” Lord Paul said.

77-year-old Milkha Singh later visited the famous Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara in Southall, the predominantly Sikh suburb of London. There he met Fauja Singh - the world’s oldest marathon runner at 102 years of age.

The local Sikh community turned out in full force to meet the sporting icon who inspired UK-based Fauja Singh to start his own exciting marathon career.

‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, which releases worldwide on July 12, traces the story of Milkha’s life through the vagaries of partition of India in 1947, during which his family was brutally killed, to a life of petty crime and on to competitive sport.

China to cut costs during National Games

»No pop stars, and no firework display. Organisers of the 12th Chinese National Games have pledged to deliver the opening ceremony in a frugal manner.

“The total cost for the opening and closing ceremonies is 9 million yuan, just about 10 percent of the original budget,” said Zhu Wenbiao, an official at the organising committee of the Games which will take place from Aug 31 to Sep 12.

According to Zhu, the cost was reduced mainly because of their decision to hold the opening ceremony in daytime, Xihua reports.

“For the first time since China’s National Games were inaugurated in 1987, the opening ceremony of the quadrennial event will take place during the daytime,” said Zhu. “There will be no expense for lighting and firework display.”

Zhu added that a planned art performance at the opening ceremony has also been scrapped to save the cost. “Instead, the highlight of the opening ceremony will be a mass tachi and aerobics performance,” he said.

Neymar has his tonsils removed successfully

*Barcelona forward Neymar and full back Jordi Alba had their tonsils removed successfully in operations on separate continents on Friday, the La Liga champions said.

Neymar, 21, was operated on in Rio de Janeiro and Alba, 24, had his surgery at a clinic in Terrassa near the Catalan capital, the club said on their website.

The two players, who Barca said would need around 10 days to recover, appeared for Brazil and Spain respectively in Sunday's Confederations Cup final in Rio, which the host nation won 3-0.

Gascoigne arrested after alleged drunken assault

*Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been arrested following an alleged drunken assault at a train station, British media reported on Saturday.

The 46-year-old, who in March returned to Britain from the United States where he was being treated for alcoholism, was held at a police station in Hertfordshire, north of London, after the incident.

"Police were called to Stevenage rail station around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, following a report of a man being drunk and disorderly," a spokesman for the British Transport Police said.

"A 46-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of common assault and being drunk and disorderly by Hertfordshire Constabulary officers," he said.

The man was later taken into police custody and bailed to return pending police inquiries, the spokesman said.

Britain's Daily Mirror tabloid said Gascoigne was held overnight in a cell for 12 hours and bailed on Friday following the alleged assault which involved his ex-wife and a security guard at the train station.

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