Gen Bipin Rawat tipped to be India's first chief of defence staff.


NEW DELHI -- All is set for outgoing Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat's elevation as India's first-ever chief of defence staff (CDS), with the rules being amended to allow the tri-service chief to serve till the age of 65. Gen Rawat is the frontrunner for the CDS post, and will complete his three-year term as army chief on December 31.

He turns 62 in March next year, Indian media reported earlier. The army, navy and IAF chiefs, as per existing Indian government rules, can only serve up to the age of 62 or for three years, whichever is earlier. As per the new proviso inserted into the Army...

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