• Satish Rai banned for life: Nineteen months after he tested positive for a second time in


his career, the Indian Weightlifting Federation has imposed a life ban on weightlifter

Satish Rai.

• Raj Babbar joins Congress: Babbar who won the seat on a Samajwadi Party ticket in

2004 had quit two years later after he raised the banner of revolt against its general

secretary Amar Singh.

• Lakshmi N. Mittal was elected Chairman of the World Steel Association (formerly

International Iron and Steel Institute), representing about 180 steel producers from across

the globe.

• Kapil: The Government had recently appointed Kapil Dev as an honorary Lieutenant-

Colonel in the Territorial Army and named him a brand ambassador to attract new talent

to the defence forces.

• Rohini Bhate passes away: Veteran Kathak dancer-guru Rohini Bhate died in Pune.

Rohini Bhate was among the senior most Kathak exponents of the country and a Fellow of

Sangeet Natak Akademi.

• Montgomery gets five year prison term: Former Olympic champion and tracks star Tim

Montgomery was sentenced to five years in prison on heroin charges in Virginia.

• Ahtisaari wins Nobel Peace Prize: Finland’s ex-president Martti Ahtisaari received the

Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to build a lasting peace from Africa and Asia to Europe

and the Middle East. “The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel

Peace Prize for 2008 to Martti Ahtisaari for his important efforts, on several continents and

over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts.

• Paul Krugman wins Nobel: Paul Krugman won the Nobel prize for economics for his

analysis of trade patterns and location of economic activity.

• Mazor Itika Suri is the only woman peacekeeper among t he 4,554- strong Indian

contingent in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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