Better known by his ring name The Great Khali, Dalip Singh Rana, is an Indian professional wrestler who was a part of WWE from 2006 to 2014. The wrestler and actor who celebrated his birthday on August 27, became the first Indian world champion in WWE history after he won the WWE World Heavyweight Champion in July 2007.On the wrestler’s 47th birthday, here are a few interesting facts about The Great Khali. Dalip Singh Rana was born to Jwala Ram and his wife Tandi Devi in a Punjabi Hindu family of the Dhiraina village of Himachal Pradesh’s Sirmaur district.Before embarking on his professional wrestling career, Rana was an officer for the Punjab state police.Notably, Rana has appeared in four Hollywood films, two Bollywood films and several television shows. He has been a part of movies like The Longest Yard, Get Smart, MacGruber, Kushti, Ramaa: The Saviour and HOUBA! On the Trail of the MarsupilamiHe is one of seven siblings who was born into a poor family and suffers from acromegaly, which among other effects causes gigantism and chin protrusion.While serving as a security guard in Shimla, he caught the eye of a police officer from the neighboring State of Punjab that—having previously helped several employees of Punjab Police to become international sportspersons—got him induced in the Punjab Police in 1993.Once in Punjab’s Jalandhar, Rana trained in the local gyms to become a wrestler and soon he got selected for specialized wrestling training in the United States.Khali is married to Harminder Kaur and is blessed with a daughter named Alvin.He first started wrestling under the ring name Giant Singh for All Pro Wrestling.He then signed a contract with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and spent eight months there, until WCW was bought by World Wrestling Federation (WWF).Following stints in New Japan Pro-Wrestling and various promotions, he became the first Indian professional wrestler to be signed to a contract by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on January 2, 2006. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Dalip Singh RanaGreat Khaliwrestlerwwe First Published: August 27, 2019, 3:22 PM IST | Edited by: Ahona Sengupta
The two-member Pakistan security team has reportedly given the green signal for the ICC World Twenty20 clash against India in Dharamsala on March 19. There were some concerns over the match after Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh last week announced that his government would not be able to provide security to the Pakistani cricket team. (Ex-servicemen protest against India-Pakistan clash )However, the security team that visited Dharamshala was told that the state government was competent enough to provide security to the Pakistani cricketers but the families of martyrs protesting against the match, would not be stopped. Singh said it would be embarrassing to use force on ex-servicemen and families of martyrs.The District Collector and the Inspector General of Police reportedly assured the Pakistani officials of adequate protection. Home Minister Rajnath Singh had also promised to deploy paramilitary forces for the match.Meanwhile, World T20 tournament director MV Sridhar, who met MHA officials today, has confirmed that the India-Pakistan match in Dharamsala will go ahead as scheduled. “We respect the sentiments of the ex-servicemen but this is an international event that BCCI is organising. We appeal to them that this is only a cricket match and we are not taking it beyond that,” Sridhar said.Sridhar said that the Himachal government has assured him of security for the key match. “The security is excellent, I’ve seen it myself. The state government has assured us that they will provide complete security.”Sridhar added that the Pakistani security delegation had surveyed the arrangements and seemed happy with what they saw. “They have seen the ground and all the facilities for security.” advertisement A two-member security team from Pakistan arrived at the Attari border post of India yesterday and headed for Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh to review security arrangements for the match.The team, comprising the director of the Federal Investigation Agency and a Pakistan Cricket Board member, crossed the Wagah-Attari joint checkpost (JCP) between both countries on foot before heading for Dharamsala, nearly 235 km from Attari.The visit of the Pakistan cricket team is being opposed by ex-servicemen and families of martyrs from Himachal Pradesh. They say they will not allow Pakistan to play the match at Dharamsala as the neighbouring country was responsible for repeated terror attacks in India in which many soldiers have sacrificed their lives.