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Former Army Chief General K V Krishna Rao passes away

Former Army Chief General Kotikalapudi Venkata Krishna Rao, passed away in New Delhi following a cardiac arrest at the military hospital. He was 92.

He was the 14th Chief of the Army Staff of Indian Army and had played a key role in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.

About K V Krishna Rao

  • He was commissioned into then British India Army (now Indian Army) on August 9, 1942 and had an illustrious career spanning over four decades in the force.
  • As a young officer, he had served in Burma (Myanmar), North West Frontier and Baluchistan (now in Pakistan) during the World War II.
  • He also had participated in the 1947-48 war against Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir. He was a founder Instructor of the Pune based National Defence Academy (NDA) during 1949-51.
  • He also served as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir (1989-1990 and 1993-1998), Nagaland (1984 to 1989), Manipur (1984 to 1989) and Tripura (May to July 1989).
  • He was awarded the Param Vishist Seva Medal for displaying outstanding leadership, determination, courage and drive during Jammu and Kashmir war.


Angelique Kerber wins 2016 Australian Open Title of Tennis

Angelique Kerber from Germany has won the 2016 Australian Open Title of Tennis in the women’s singles category. It was her maiden Grand Slam Tennis title.

In the final match played at Melbourne, Australia she defeated defending champion Serena Williams (World No. 1) in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 score.

With this win, Kerber became the first German women tennis player to win a major Grand Slam Tennis title since Steffi Graf in 1999.

Men’s Doubles

  • Jamie Murray (United Kingdom) and Bruno Soares (Brazil) pair won the 2016 Australian Open in the men’s doubles category.
  • In the final match, they defeated Daniel Nestor (Daniel Nestor) and Radek Štěpánek (Czech Republic) pair by 2–6, 6–4, 7–5 score.


Naresh Bedi awarded V Shantaram Life Time Acheivement Award at MIFF

Veteran wildlife filmmaker Naresh Bedi has been conferred with the V Shantaram Life Time Acheivement Award at 14th edition of 2016 Mumbai International Festival (MIFF), Mumbai.

He was honoured for his outstanding contribution to wildlife filmmaking and is credited with filming several rare wildlife moments.

Bedi’s film ‘Cherub of the Mist’ based on the life of two red pandas was the opening film of  this edition of MIFF.

About Naresh Bedi

  • Naresh Bedi is eldest of the Bedi Brothers who are counted amongst the foremost wildlife documentary makers.
  • He is a graduate of the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.
  • He has made numerous environmental films which have been shown on Discovery Channel, National Geographic BBC and so on.
  • He has authored around 74 books on the subject of wildlife photography.
  • Awards and Honours: He is the first Asian to receive a Wildscreen Panda Award and the first Indian to receive a nomination for the British Academy Film Awards.
  • Government of India has awarded him with Padma Shri, fourth highest civilian award of India in 2015.

About V Shantaram Life Time Acheivement Award

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award has been instituted in memory of legendary film maker V Shantaram, who had headed the Films Division in the past.
  • The award carries a trophy, shawl and a cash prize of 5 lakh rupees.

MIFF: It is a biennial event (film festival) organized by the Films Division of the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and supported by the Government of Maharashtra.