16 November 2013 Current Affairs

Prof. CNR Rao and Sachin Tendulkar Selected For Bharat Ratna Award

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and eminent scientist Prof. Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao (CNR Rao) were chosen for Bharat Ratna with the batting maestro, who retired from international cricket on 16 November, being the first sportsman to be bestowed with the country’s highest civilian honour.Tendulkar and Rao both of whom are recipients of Padma Vibhushan — the country’s second highest civilian honour, join a list of 41 eminent personalities to get the award given in recognition of exceptional service of the highest order since it was instituted in 1954.The Bharat Ratna is being conferred after a gap of years with classical vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi being the last recipient.

Bolt and Fraser-Pryce Wins 2013 World Athlete Awards

The Jamaican sprinters, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were crowned the male and female World Athletes of the Year, 2013 on 16 November 2013. They were selected as the world athletes of the year by the sport’s governing IAAF at a ceremony in Monaco.Bolt won gold in the 100 metres, 200 and 4×100 relay at the Moscow worlds in August to take his all-time tally to eight golds and two silvers at the championships, making him the most successful athlete in their history.The 27-year-old, who also has six Olympic gold medals and holds the 100 and 200 metres world records, won the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) award for the third season in a row and the fifth time in six years.

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