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Highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna conferred on cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, scientist CNR Rao
Today India's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna was conferred on former legendary cricketer Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar by President Pranab Mukherjee in a function organised at Rashtrapati Bhavan in national capital. Along with SachinTendulkar eminent scientist Prof. CNR Rao has been also awarded with Bharat Ratna today in the same function.

Tendulkar has become the first member from the sports fraternity to get the prestigious award. So far 43 people have been conferred with the Bharat Ratna.    

He dedicated the Bharat Ratna to all the mothers in the country along with his own mother Rajani Tendulkar who was present to witness this historic moment.

“I want to dedicate this award to my mother and to all the mothers of India, and I like to thanks to all my fans for their love and support in all these years to me,” said Sachin Tendulkar.

He also congratulated fellow recipient Prof Rao. "I would like to congratulate Prof CNR Rao for getting the Bharat Ratna. It is an honour to get the award with him. His contribution in the field of science is immense,” added Sachin Tendulkar.

Government announced Bharat Ratna to Sachin Tendulkar just after the conclusion of his farewell 200th test match against West Indies in Mumbai November 16, 2013, which India won comfortably.  

Both Sachin and Prof. Rao had already been awarded Padma Bhushan- the country's second highest civilian Honour. Bharat Ratna is the highest order since it was instituted in 1954.

Prof. CNR Rao (79), who is one of the most prolific chemists in the country, still spends several hours every day in his laboratory and has published over 1500 research papers on material science. He has been running for the Nobel Prize for many years.

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