Kapil Kapoor named chairman of Indian Institute of Advanced Studies Shimla
Veteran academic Kapil Kapoor will be the next chairperson of the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS) at Shimla, replacing present chairperson Chandrakala Padia. A widely respected academic, Prof. Kapoor taught for decades at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as a professor of the Centre for Linguistic and English Studies till 2005. He was concurrently professor at the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies at JNU, which is now School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies.
Martin Guptill becomes highest T20I run-scorer
Martin Guptill scripted history after becoming the leading run-scorer in Twenty20 international cricket. Enroute to this milestone, the New Zealand opener also slammed his second T20I century in just 49 deliveries, fastest by a Kiwi batsman. Incidentally, both the records were held by former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum.
Roger Federer becomes oldest World No 1
Roger Federer will hold the World No 1 spot at the the top of the ATP Rankings for the fourth time. The 20-time Grand Slam winner once again claimed the top spot.
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