Arup Raha, a veteran fighter pilot, took over as the 24th chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on 31-12-2013, succeeding Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne. Born on December 26, 1954, he will remain the IAF chief for three years.
In a brief ceremony, Arup Raha, 59, assumed the charge of the air force from Browne in presence of senior officers, including new Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal R K Sharma and Deputy Chief Air Marshal S Sukumar.
Commissioned on December 14, 1974 in the fighter stream of the IAF, Rahahas held various command, staff and instructional appointments in his 39-year-old career. He has also served as Air Attache at the Embassy of India in Ukraine. He has also done Strategic Nuclear Orientation course and Junior Commanders course. He has commanded Central Air Command and Western Air Command. Source Link:http://tnpsc.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/arup-raha-takes-over-as-indian-air-force-iaf-chief/
India beat Pakistan 48-39 to emerge champions of the fourth World Cup Kabaddi played at the Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana on 14-12-2013.
The Indian men’s kabaddi team successfully defended their title at the 4thKabaddi World Cup in a repeat of last year’s final as they beat Pakistan in Ludhiana (Punjab). Besides, the winner’s trophy, the hosts bagged a cash award of Rs two crore while Pakistan got the runners-up trophy and Rs onecrore.
JALANDHAR (Punjab): India clinched the women’s Kabaddi World Cup championship for the third time in a row, defeating debutant New Zealand 49-21 in the summit clash played at Guru Gobind Singh sports complex on 12-12-2013. It is the fourth edition of the World Kabaddi Cup.
CHENNAI: World Chess Championship 2013 – 22-year-old Magnus Carlsen(Norway) became the new world chess champion as he defeated defending champion ViswanathanAnand.
Five-time title-holder ViswanathanAnand’s reign as the world champion came to a heart-breaking end on Friday with Norway’s Magnus Carlsen taking the crown after a hard-fought draw in the 10th game of the World Chess Championship match, which ended on Friday (November 22, 2013).
Carlsen, who will be 23 years on 30th November, closed the championship with two games to spare by taking his tally to required 6.5 points out of a possible ten, winning three and drawing seven games.
ViswanathanAnand had won the world championship title five times – 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 – but ironically was dethroned in his home town of Chennai. Anand said he is “disappointed” and said sorry to his fans. “I was simply not able to execute my strategy,” he added.
SachinTendulkar becomes the first sportsperson to receive the country’s highest civilian honour (Bharat Ratna). SachinTendulkar has inspired millions across the globe. During the last 24 years, since the young age of 16 years,Sachin has played cricket across the world and won laurels for India.
Bharat Ratna will also be conferred on eminent scientist ChintamaniNagesaRamachandraRao. C.N.R. Rao is an Indian chemist who has worked mainly in solid-state and structural chemistry. He currently serves as the Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.
Prof. Rao has published over 1,400 research papers and 45 books. Prof. Rao’s contributions have been recognized by most major scientific academies around the world through conferment of memberships and fellowships. He has been honoured with several national and international awards.