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AGM-129 ACM cruise missile in flight
AGM-129 ACM cruise missile

In a nuclear weapons incident on 29–30 August 2007, United States Air Force warheads were not protected by mandatory security precautions. Six AGM-129 ACM cruise missiles, each loaded with a W80-1 variable yield nuclear warhead, were mistakenly loaded onto an Air Force B-52H heavy bomber at Minot Air Force Base and transported to Barksdale Air Force Base. The nuclear warheads in the missiles were supposed to have been removed before taking the missiles from their storage bunker. The missiles with the nuclear warheads were not reported missing and remained mounted to the aircraft at both Minot and Barksdale for 36 hours. After an investigation, four Air Force commanders were relieved of their commands, and nuclear weapons operations at Minot were suspended. In 2008, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne and Chief of Staff of the Air Force General T. Michael Moseley were forced to resign, in part over this incident. In response to recommendations by a review committee, a new Air Force Global Strike Command assumed control of all Air Force nuclear bombers, missiles, and personnel. (Full article...)

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Viswanathan Anand, the award's first recipient, in 2006
Viswanathan Anand

The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna is the highest sporting honour of the Republic of India. The award is named after Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India and is given for the "spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports" at various International events like Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Asian Games, and Commonwealth Games. The recipient(s) is/are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Honoured for the performance in the year 1991–92, Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand (pictured) was the first recipient of the award. Usually conferred upon only one sportsperson in a year, a few exceptions have been made when multiple recipients were awarded in a year. As of 2016, there have been thirty-two recipients from fourteen sport disciplines and the most recent recipients of the award are the badminton player P. V. Sindhu, gymnast Dipa Karmakar, sports shooter Jitu Rai, and wrestler Sakshi Malik. (Full list...)

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Magdalene College, Cambridge, dining hall

The dining hall at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Built in the early 16th century, the hall is used for Formal Hall. Fellows and their guests dine at the High Table, placed on a platform one step above ground level at the far end of the hall. Students dine at three long benches in front of and perpendicular to the High Table and spanning to the entrance.

Magdalene College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge. It was founded in 1428 as a Benedictine hostel. Today it is one of the smaller constituent colleges.

Photograph: David Iliff; edit: Adam Cuerden

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