New Delhi: Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria will be the next Chief of Air Staff, the government announced on Thursday.Bhadauria, who took over as the Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force in May this year, will take charge from the incumbent Chief B S Dhanoa on September 30 on his superannuation. “Government has decided to appoint Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC, presently Vice Chief of Air Staff as the next Chief of the Air Staff,” Defence Ministry’s Principal spokesperson, said on Twitter. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghAn alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Bhadauria was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF in June 1980 and won the coveted ‘Sword of Honour’ for standing first in the overall order of merit. He has held various command, staff and instructional appointments at different levels, including the present one as Vice Chief of Air Staff. During his nearly four decades career, Bhadauria commanded a Jaguar squadron and a premier Air Force Station. He was also the Chief Test Pilot and Project Director of the National Flight Test Centre on Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project. He was extensively involved in the initial prototype flight tests on the LCA. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadBhadauria also has 4250 hours of experience on 26 types of fighters and transport aircraft with the unique distinction of being an Experimental Test Pilot, a category ‘A’ Qualified Flying Instructor and a Pilot Attack Instructor. He was the Air Attache at the Indian Embassy in Moscow, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Projects), Commandant of the National Defence Academy, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at Air Head Quarter and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Air Command.
Gurugram: Gurugram has evolved and developed over the years and so has its democracy. In 1967, then Gurgaon in a newly carved state of Haryana, there were only 51,000 registered voters. In over fifty years the number of voters has increased seven times to 3.5 lakh. Gurugram has been the stronghold of Congress party that has won this seat for six out of twelve times the assembly elections have been held in the city.Interestingly in the first elections that were held in Gurgaon then in 1967 was won by a candidate from Jan Sangh, a political organisation which ultimately gave way to BJP. Thakran defeated his rival Kanhaiya Lal from Congress. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesIn the coming years, the grand old party of India was able to win the Gurgaon seat in the years 1968, 1972,1982,1991, 1996 and 2005. Dharambir Gaba and Rao Mahabeer Singh are the two most successful leaders from Congress. While Gaba won the Gurugram seat four times, Rao Mahabeer had won the seat two times. For long, the BJP did not have a stronghold in Haryana but Gurugram was one seat that had always given high vote percentage to the saffron party. Seven years after it was formed Sitaram Singla won the Gurugram seat in 1987. It was only 27 years after that BJP then was able to win the Gururgam seat when Umesh Aggarwal became the MLA in 2014 after winning with a huge margin of 1.6 lakh votes. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarEven though Gurugram traditionally favoured only national parties there have been also occasions when candidates from the regional parties have also won the prominent South Haryana seat. Gopi Chand Gehlot, who then represented the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), won the seat in 1999. Gehlot now has left INLD and joined BJP and there is a likelihood that he is also being considered to represent the saffron party in the upcomng polls. In 2009 Sukhbir Kataria who is a prominent Congress leader fought the elections as an independent and won the seat. Having witnessed exponential development over the years, Gururgam now is being considered as the most important seat to be won for the Assembly elections. The significance of Gururgam seat can be gauged from the fact that as many as 14 candidates are in the fray from BJP to be projected as their next MLA candidate.
Mumbai: He may have defined the quintessential Bollywood hero, but Hrithik Roshan says he has been pushing himself as an artiste with atypical choices since the beginning of his career. The 45-year-old actor, who reached the heights of stardom with his very first film “Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai”, surprised his fans with his decision to do off-beat films like “Fiza” and “Mission Kashmir” following the humongous success of his debut movie. In an interview with PTI, Hrithik says he has always looked for parts which have the power to “transform him and bend him into something better”. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “I only look to find a movie where I can juice out my entire potential. I like to be in spaces where I am pushed to the edge. The struggle and search to find your edge, how far can I lean over my edge and still survive that is what I continuously do. “True joy is when you live on the edge. The adrenaline rush, the insecurity, the fears mashed with the excitement is what life should be about,” he says. Hrithik says from playing a mentally disabled man in “Koi… Mil Gaya” to a paraplegic in “Guzaarish”, Mughal emperor Akbar in “Jodhaa Akbar”, a visually-impaired man out for revenge in “Kaabil” to a mathematician in “Super 30”, he has always picked characters that impact him. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up “When I did Akbar, it impacted me. It excited me that I really went into it. Similarly the characters in ‘Koi… Mil Gaya’, ‘Super 30’, ‘Kaabil’, impacted me. It depends on how much impact the character has made on me. “I have also done films way in the past, where they had set-model characters and I have enjoyed doing that as well. But it doesn’t become worth remembering. I hope to keep finding roles that impact me,” he adds. The actor says he receives both positive and negative reactions for his movie choices but for him quality always matters over quantity. “I do few films but I like doing that, it is my style, I have to accept it. I put everything that I have and I risk it. It is about having courage in your instincts,” he adds. Hrithik, who has had fair share of ups and downs in his life, says the biggest lesson his journey has taught him is that one should have the courage to face their weaknesses and turn them into their strengths. “No single person in the world has everything. If you look closer, you will see shortcomings and minuses in everything that is beautiful in this world. Especially a human being. A human being is made up of courage and to walk with the flaws is what makes a human being beautiful and that is what I have. “The biggest lesson is to be able to keep walking despite your shortcomings and allow them to breathe, use them as gifts and turn your weaknesses into strengths. That is what makes everything more beautiful.” He believes once a person realises their shortcomings and starts working on them, it transforms into motivation. “Once you are motivated it becomes easy. If you are not motivated then it becomes hard work. So it is all about motivation. I can see myself getting it right and once I see myself getting it right then it is a no-brainer.” The actor is happy that after 19 years in showbiz he is still loved by the audiences. “I am glad that my hard work has worked. There is a lot of sweat and tears (that have gone in) but it is still standing tall,” he adds. Hrithik is currently looking forward to the release of “War”, which also features Tiger Shroff and Vaani Kapoor. The Yash Raj Films’ project, directed by Siddharth Anand, will hit the cinemas on October 2.