Sachin Tendulkar chosen for the prestigious Bharat Ratna

Screenshot_1Sachin Tendulkar chosen for the prestigious Bharat Ratna (India’s highest civilian award). Thus Tendulkar will be the first sportsperson ever to be honoured with Bharat Ratna.

Tendulkar retired from all forms of cricket as the most successful batsman with 15,921 runs in 200 Tests and 18,426 runs in 463 matches in ODIs. He was the first batsman to get a double hundred in ODIs. His career of 24 years made him an inspiration for an entire nation.

The eligibility criteria of the Bharat Ratna award was revised in 2012 to accommodate sportspersons as well. This was done especially on continuous demands for Tendulkar to be conferred the honour for a long time. Tendulkar became a Rajya Sabha member in 2012.

This year, Bharat Ratna is being given to Tendulkar along with Professor C.N.R.Rao, the man behind India’s maiden Mars mission.

The Bharat Ratna is being conferred after a long gap with classical vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi being the last recipient in 2008.

Month:  Categories: Awards & HonoursInternationalPersons in NewsSports & Games


Usha Ananthasubramanian becomes the first Chief of Bharatiya Mahila Bank – India’s first all women Bank

Screenshot_2The Union Government appointed Usha Ananthasubramanian as the Chairperson and Managing Director (CMD) of public sector Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB), the first women bank of India.

Prior to her appointment in BMB, she was an Executive Director with Punjab National Bank (PNB).

 About Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB)
  • Objective: Focus on the banking needs of the women and promote economic empowerment. It will also address the gender related issues and will be helpful in financial inclusion.
  • India’s first all-women public sector bank; expected to be formally launched on November 19, 2013.
  • First 6 branches at Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Indore and Guwahati.
  • Government approved Rs 1,000-crore seed capital for the bank in Budget 2013-14
  • Headquarter of Bharatiya Mahila Bank: Delhi.
  • CMD: Usha Ananthasubramanian

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