Saina Nehwal meets Narendra Modi: A birthday gift from the shuttler to the man who shuttles

first_imgIndian badminton ace Saina Nehwal met Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his 65th birthday in New Delhi on Wednesday.The world number one shuttler, who recently won the silver medal at the World Badminton Championships, gifted Modi the racquet which she used in Jakarta.”I am happy to meet the PM after one year. I wanted to congratulate him and wish him for his birthday. I actually gave him one racquet of mine,” Saina said.PM is supportiveSaina said Modi had discussed about sports and had congratulated her for her medal winning performances at the World Championship and 2012 London Olympics.”Very happy to have a PM who is very supportive. He was telling me that a lot would be done for sports in future. It’s really good to know that he follows every sport regularly,” Saina said.Saina said Modi was very knowledgeable about sports and that he wanted to improve sports in the country.”He was talking about  sports infrastructure. He said he wanted to improve sports and make sure that a lot of players come from India and do well at the international level,” she said.Saina climbed to the top spot in badminton women’s singles rankings in spite of losing to Spanish sensation Carolina Marina in the final match in Jakarta. She was ousted from the Japan Open after she lost to local shuttler Minatsu Mitani 13-21, 16-21.last_img read more

Best Buy employees get married at work

first_imgImage credit: Best BuySomething for the weekend: Consumer electronics organisation Best Buy certainly knows how to foster an inclusive and supportive workplace culture, as the organisation gave permission for two of its US-based employees to tie the knot at the Best Buy store where they both work.Cashier Taylor Spurlock, 26, and warehouse employee Caleb Mace, 25, asked their respective managers at the Muncie-based Best Buy branch in Indiana whether they would be able to get married at their place of work.With both managers agreeing, the store’s warehouse was swiftly transformed into a wedding venue following the couple’s seven-day engagement, with colleagues crafting a backdrop of pallets and hanging sheets in order to cover the stocked shelves of inventory. Employees strung up lights, laid out chairs and used blue LED lights to outline the aisle, while a flat-screen TV played a slideshow of pictures of the young couple.Just over 20 people attended the wedding ceremony, held in January, including family as well as Best Buy employees. Some staff members even timed their breaks to be able to attend the special event.Spurlock said: “It is special. It is where we met, we like it here.”Here at Employee Benefits, we are not completely sure we can see nuptials occurring between the rows of desks in the office, however we love the idea of an employer playing such an important part in an employee’s big day. Who knows, maybe we can hire out one of the meeting rooms…last_img read more