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Lt. Gen. Qamar Bajwa appointed Pakistan Army chief

Lt. Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa was appointed Pakistan’s new army chief (or Chief of Army Staff , COAS). He will succeed Gen. Raheel Sharif who has formally retired from service.

He was elevated to the rank of four-star general by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The post of Army chief is the most powerful in Pakistan. The Pakistani army is world’s sixth-largest army by troop numbers. The army has played a prominent role in Pakistan’s politics since its independence in 1947 and so far has staged three coups.

About Lt. Gen. Qamar Bajwa

  • Gen. Bajwa has extensive experience of handling affairs in Pakistan-ocupied Kashmir and the northern areas of Pakistan. He belongs to infantry’s Baloch Regiment.
  • He has commanded the 10 Corps, Pakistani army’s largest corp responsible for the area along the Line of Control (LoC).
  • He has also served with a UN mission in Congo as a brigade commander alongside former Indian army chief Gen Bikram Singh.
  • Prior to this elevation to the top post, Lt. Gen. Bajwa was serving as Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation.


Under the constitution of Pakistan, the prime minister is the head of the country’s executive. But the army controls domestic-security issues, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the spy agency and the nation’s defence and foreign policies.


Sachin Singh wins gold medal at the AIBA Youth World Championships

Indian boxer Sachin Singh won the gold medal at the AIBA (International Boxing Association) Youth World Championships in the 49 kg weight class.

In the summit clash held at St Peterburg (Russia), Sachin Singh defeated Jorge Grinan of Cuba by 5-0 score.

With this he became the third Indian boxer ever to win gold medal in the AIBA Youth World Championships. Others are Thokchom Nanao Singh (2008) and Vikas Krishan (2010).

In this edition of AIBA tournament, India won with one gold medal and a bronze medal, marking improvement from the solitary bronze medal won in the 2014 edition. Naman Tanwar had to settle for a bronze medal after losing in the semifinal in the 91 kg category.


Noted Marathi author Anand Yadav passes away

Noted Marathi author Anand Yadav passed away in Pune, Maharashtra. He was 80.

His autobiography novel ‘Zombi’ had won him prestigious Sahitya Akadmi award in 1991. It is based story of a young boy, his loving mother, his life of utter poverty, and his eagerness to receive education.

About Anand Yadav

  • He was born on November 30, 1935 in Kagal village near Kolhapur district.
  • During his illustrious literally career, he has penned around 40 books which comprise collection of essays, criticism, poems among others.
  • He had written book ‘Santsurya Tukaram’ based on Sant Tukaram, a 17th century saint poet from Maharashtra.
  • He was elected president of the 82nd Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Sammelan, the prestigious literary meet held in March 2009.
  • Recently, famous Marathi movie Natrang (2010) was based on his novel with the same name.