Sourabh Verma wins Russian Open
Former national champion Sourabh Verma pulled off a come-from-behind win over Japan’s Koki Watanabe in the summit clash to claim his first title of the season at the USD 75,000 Russia Open Tour Super 100 tournament in Vladivostock.
Chhetri, Kamala get AIFF honours
Sunil Chhetri has been declared the 2017 Player of the Year by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). Chhetri was the undisputed winner for his domestic and international performances and excellent conduct on and off the field. The Woman Player of the Year award was given to Kamala Devi.
Lakshya Sen stuns World No 1 to bag badminton gold in Asian Junior Championships
Lakshya Sen become the third Indian shuttler after PV Sindhu and Gautam Thakkar to win a gold medal at the Junior Asian Championships. The gold medal win is Sen’s biggest win in his career as the world number nine became the first Indian to win the medal at the competition in six years. He also became the first individual in 53 years to win the medal in men’s singles event.
France lift second World Cup after winning classic final 4-2
France won the World Cup for the second time by ending battling Croatia's dream of a first title with a 4-2 victory in one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades.
Novak Djokovic wins fourth Wimbledon title and 13th major
Novak Djokovic raced to a fourth Wimbledon title and 13th career Grand Slam crown when he defeated a battling but exhausted Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3).
India inaugurates largest visa centre in Bangladesh
The new integrated state-of-the-art Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) spread in an 18,500 square feet commercial area at Jamuna Future Park in Dhaka will replace all the existing centres.
Angelique Kerber wins Wimbledon 2018
Angelique Kerber blew away Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3, ending the American’s imperious run in this tournament to become the Wimbledon women's singles champion. Kerber is the first German woman to win Wimbledon singles since Steffi Graf in 1996
President Ram Nath Kovind has nominated four members for Rajya Sabha
President Ram Nath Kovind has nominated farmer leader Ram Shakal, professor and author Rakesh Sinha, sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra and dancer Sonal Mansingh to the Rajya Sabha.
India become world’s 6th largest economy
India has beaten four big economies to secure its position as the world's sixth largest economy, pipping France this year as per World Bank report. The country will likely beat the United Kingdom by the end of this year if the GDP growth continues its 7% plus trajectory. In 2014, India was at the 10th spot, behind the United States, China, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdon, France, Brazil, Italy, and Russia. With a consistent GDP 7% plus growth, except in the financial year 2017-18, India left behind France, Brazil, Italy, and Russia.
Hima Das scripts history
Hima Das scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold at the IAAF World Under - 20 Athletics Championships. She won India’s first-ever gold as she posted time of 51.46 seconds in 400 metres in women’s final at IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships.
DC Raina appointed as Advocate General of Jammu and Kashmir
Governor N N Vohra on Wednesday appointed senior advocate DC Raina as advocate general of Jammu and Kashmir.
Dipa Karmakar wins gold at the Gymnastics World Cup
Ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who missed the Rio Olympics bronze medal by a whisker, took the women’s vault gold medal and claimed the fourth place in balance beam in the Mersin World Challenge Cup.
Justice A.K. Goel is appointed as the Chairman of NGT
Supreme Court ex-judge Justice A.K. Goel is appointmented as the Chairman of National Green Tribunal.The post of the NGT chairperson had been lying vacant for over six months, since the retirement of justice Swatanter Kumar on 20 December last year.
Tata project bags Bharat Net’s Rs. 3,057 cr. project
Tata Projects announced that it has bagged a Rs. 3,057 crore optical fibre cable network project in Chhattisgarh from Bharat Net. The project, which will benefit about 2.6 crore people of the state, involves the laying of optical fibre network that follows ring architecture with Internet Protocol-Multi Protocol Label Switching (IP-MPLS) technology.
ISRO’s first ‘pad abort’ test successful
The first 'pad abort' test critical for a future human space mission was conducted successfully on morning 5th July 2018, the Indian Space Research Organisation has announced. The test was conducted at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The Pad Abort Test demonstrated the safe recovery of the crew module in case of any exigency at the launch pad. Describing it as a major technology demonstrator the space agency said the PAT (pad abort test) is the first in a series of tests to qualify a crew escape system technology of a manned mission in the future.
Cabinet approves renaming of Agartala Airport, Tripura
The Union Cabinet has given its approval to rename the Agartala Airport in Tripura as ‘Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Airport, Agartala. The decision comes in the wake of the long pending demand of people of Tripura as well as the Tripura Government for paying tribute to Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore.
Angela Ponce becomes first transgender model to be crowned Miss Spain
Angela Ponce has become the first-ever transgender woman to be crowned Miss Universe Spain. She will be seen competing in the coveted Miss Universe pageant later this year. Ponce’s crowning can be deemed iconic, especially since it comes six years after the Miss Universe organisation put an end to the ban on transgender contestants in the competition.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the Mexican Presidential election
Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the Mexican presidency with a large margin on 1st July 2018. Known as AMLO, he was born in 1953 in a small village to a family of modest means in the southeastern state of Tabasco. He worked for the state’s Indigenous Affairs Bureau in the 1970s, and began his political career by joining the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and became the Tabasco state president for the party.
The Centre has appointed Saraswati Prasad as CMD of Steel Authority of India
The Centre has appointed Saraswati Prasad as CMD of Steel Authority of India (SAIL). In terms of the order of the Government of India, Saraswati Prasad, Special Secretary and Financial Advisor, Ministry of Steel, Government of India has taken over the additional charge of the post of chairman and managing director of SAIL on 1 July, 2018.
Rahul Dravid inducted into ICC’s Hall of Fame
Former India captain Rahul Dravid and Australian legend Ricky Ponting have been inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame for their stupendous achievements in international cricket. Dravid became the fifth player from India to be named in the elite list. The others are Bishan Singh Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Anil Kumble. Ponting is the 25th Australian to receive the honour.
Australia win Champions Trophy Hockey 2018
Australia defeated India in the final of the 37th and last edition of the Champions Trophy Hockey 2018 in Breda, Netherlands. Australia bagged their 15th (the highest ever) Champions Trophy title - having won the title in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1999, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016.
World Bank to provide up to $480 million to aid Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
The World Bank would provide up to $480 million in grant-based support to Bangladesh to address the needs of Rohingya refugees including health, education, water, sanitation and social protection. The World Bank’s board approved a $50 million grant to add to an existing health-sector support project in Bangladesh, the first in a series that could total $480 million. The health-sector grant included contributions based on a partnership between Canada and the World Bank’s International Development Association arm. It will help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh receive maternal, neonatal, infant, child, and adolescent health and nutrition services, reproductive healthcare and family planning support.
Sunil Mittal becomes honorary chairman of International Chamber of Commerce
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) named Bharti Enterprises’ chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal as honorary chairman after his two-year long tenure as the chairman comes to an end. Mittal, who is being replaced by Unilever Chief Executive Paul Polman, will step down as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) chair on June 21, 2018.
TCS ranks among top 100 brands in U.S.
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) has been ranked among the top 100 most valuable U.S. brands for the fourth consecutive year by Brand Finance, a leading brand valuation firm. TCS has been ranked 58th among America’s most valuable brands across all sectors, rising five places from last year’s analysis.
Anukreethy Vas is Miss India 2018
Anukreethy Vas, a 19-year-old college student from Tamil Nadu, has been crowned fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2018 in an extravagant ceremony held here, hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Ayushmann Khurrana. Meenakshi Chaudhary (21) from Harayana was declared the first runner-up while Andhra Pradesh’s Shrey Rao Kamvarapu (23) stood as the second runner-up in the beauty competition.
Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to claim record-extending 11th French title
Rafael Nadal crushed Austrian Dominic Thiem to snatch a record-extending 11th French Open title with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory in French Open Mens Single event.
Sunil Chhetri helps India beat Kenya 2-0 to clinch Intercontinental Cup title
Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri helps India beat Kenya 2-0 to clinch four nation Hero Intercontinental Cup final match held at Mumbai Sporting.
Simona Halep has won the French Open Tennis Women Single Title
Simona Halep (ROU) won her first Grand Slam title as she beat American Sloane Stephens (USA) 3-6 6-4 6-1 in the French Open Women Single final.
ISRO’s PRL scientists discover an ‘EPIC’ planet
A team from the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, has spotted for the first time a distant planet six times bigger than Earth and revolving around a Sun-like star about 600 light years away. Both the planet and the star have been named EPIC. "With this discovery India has joined a handful of countries which have discovered planets around stars," PRL's parent Indian Space Research Organisation has announced. Significantly, the discovery was made using a PRL-designed spectrograph, PARAS, to measure and confirm the mass of the new planet. EPIC 211945201b (or K2-236b) is the name given to the planet by the discovery team led by PRL's Abhijit Chakraborty. The host star is named EPIC 211945201 or K2-236.
CSIR lab to give technology for India’s first indigenous Lithium Ion Battery project
Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu under Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and RAASI Solar Power Pvt Ltd have signed a Memorandum of Agreement for transfer of technology for India’s first Lithium Ion (Li-ion) Battery project. The Agreement was signed in Bengaluru on June 09, 2018 by Dr Vijayamohan K. Pillai, Director, CECRI and C. Narasimhan, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of RAASI Group in the presence of Union minister for Science & Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan. A group at CSIR-CECRI headed by Dr Gopu Kumar has developed an indigenous technology of Lithium-ion cells in partnership with CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) New Delhi, CSIR- Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CSIR-CGCRI) Kolkata and Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) Hyderabad. CSIR-CECRI has set up a demo facility in Chennai to manufacture prototype Lithium-Ion cells. It has secured global IPRs with potential to enable cost reduction, coupled with appropriate supply chain and manufacturing technology for mass production. Currently, Indian manufacturers source Lithium Ion Battery from China, Japan and South Korea among some other countries. India is one of the largest importers and in 2017, it imported nearly 150 Million US Dollar worth Li-Ion batteries.
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