Milestones & Events

MILESTONES
Atul Khare:  Senior Indian diplomat, he has been named by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as the head of the UN department that provides dedicated support to peacekeeping missions around the world, making him one of the highest ranking Indian officials in the world body.

Justice S.K. Sinha: He is the first Hindu judge to be appointment as Chief Justice of Bangladesh.

Bhakti Sharma:  Open water swimming champion, she has set a world record by swimming 2.25 km in 1 degree Celsius temperature in the Antarctic Ocean in 52 minutes. She is the first Indian woman, the youngest and the first Asian girl to have achieved this feat, beating the previous record by British open water swimming champion Lewis Pugh and American swimmer Lynne Cox. She has now conquered all the five oceans of the world.

Wing Commander Pooja Thakur: She is the first woman in the Indian Armed Forces to lead the tri-services Guard of Honour. It was inspected by the US President Barack Obama.  Wing Commander Thakur belongs to the administrative branch of the Indian Air Force.  She hails from Rajasthan and is active in para-jumping and adventure sports.

Paulina Vega: A 22-year-old business student and model from Colombia, she won the Miss Universe beauty pageant 2014.

EVENTS
January 2015
7—At least 12 people are killed by gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket-launcher in the offices of French satirical weekly “Charlie Hebdo” in Paris.  The satirical newspaper had gained notoriety in February 2006 when it reprinted cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad that had originally appeared in Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, causing fury across the Muslim world.

17—Thirty-two years after the project was sanctioned, the first indigenously -built Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) is handed over by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to the Indian Air Force.  The handover signals the start of a process of induction of the fighters being built at home under a project which has already cost the exchequer nearly ₹8,000 crore.

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