Australia has changed one word in its national anthem to reflect “the spirit of unity” and the country’s indigenous population.
The second line of the anthem, Advance Australia Fair, has been changed from “For we are young and free” to “For we are one and free.” The change took effect January 1.
The change comes less than two months after New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian expressed support for indigenous Australians who said the national anthem did not reflect them and their history.
Advance Australia Fair was composed by Peter Dodds McCormick and first performed in 1878. It was adopted as the national anthem in 1984.
Colonel Narendra Kumar, who contributed greatly to Indian Army’s move into the Siachen Glacier and was fondly known as ‘bull’, died in Delhi. He was 87-years-old.
Colonel Kumar had led an Army expedition to the Siachen Glacier in April 1984. The Indian Army’s expedition aided the then government to launch Operation Meghdoot.
The troupe led by Colonel Kumar eventually went on to acquire Saltoro range, which meant they had essentially occupied Siachen.
Colonel Kumar had skied down all the passes leading to the glacier to establish the world's highest battlefield. He also led expeditions to nine other Himalayan mountain peaks that were above the altitude of 24,000 feet.
India’s 1975 hockey World Cup-winning and 1972 Olympics bronze winning team member Michael Kindo passed away. He was 73.
Kindo was bestowed with the Arjuna Award in 1972. Kindo, a full back in his playing days, was a member of the team that won the lone World Cup for India in 1975 in Kuala Lumpur, beating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final.
He was also in the team that won a bronze medal in the 1972 Olympics in Munich. He scored three goals in that edition of the Games.