Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga claims India’s first Youth Olympics gold [09 Oct 2018]
Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga notched up India’s maiden gold medal at the Youth Olympics, claiming the top honours in the men’s 62 kg category here. Earlier this year, Lalrinnunga claimed a silver (youth) and a bronze (junior) in the Asian Championships, smashing two national records in the process.
Youth Olympic Games 2018 kicks off in Buenos Aires [07 Oct 2018]
The opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games 2018 was held at the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires. The glitzy event was held on the streets, for the first time. The Games will bring 4,000 athletes from 206 teams, aged 15-18.
Nobel Peace Prize winners 2018 [05 Oct 2018]
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 has been awarded to Congolese gynaecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege and Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
Gita Gopinath appointed IMF chief economist [01 Oct 2018]
Indian-origin economist Gita Gopinath was appointed the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday, becoming only the second Indian after Raghuram Rajan to hold the prestigious post. Rajan held the post from 2003 to 2006 before he joined the finance ministry as chief economic adviser and later the governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Gopinath, 46, succeeds Maurice “Maury” Obstfeld. Gopinath currently serves as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.
James P. Allison, Tasuku Honjo win Nobel Prize in Medicine for cancer research [01 Oct 2018]
The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been jointly awarded to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo, by the Nobel committee of the Karolinska Institute.The two immunologists - from the U.S. and Japan, respectively - were awarded the Prize “for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation.”
PM Modi gets UN’s highest environmental honour [29 Sep 2018]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is amongst the six winners of the United Nation’s highest environmental honour, the ‘Champions of the Earth Awards’ that was announced on 26th September 2018 for his “unprecedented pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in India by 2022”. Modi along with French President Emmanuel Macron were recognised in the ‘Policy Leadership Category’ for their “pioneering work in championing” the International Solar Alliance and “new areas of levels of cooperation on environmental action.
"Resilient" Kerala Bags 4 Prizes At National Tourism Awards [27 Sep 2018]
Kerala tourism department walked away with four awards, including the Best Tourism Film (Live Inspired) and the second prize in the category of 'Best State/Union Territory- Comprehensive Development of Tourism in Rest of India'
Rajni Kant Mishra, new chief of BSF [27 Sep 2018]
The government appointed Rajni Kant Mishra as the Director-General of Border Security Force (BSF) in the place of K. K. Sharma, who is superannuating on September 30. A 1984 batch Indian Police Service officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre.
AP, Odisha & Madhya Pradesh Bag Award of Three Best Performing States in Ease of Living Index [25 Sep 2018]
Andhra Pradesh has topped the charts among States in terms of “Ease of Living Index” rankings launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). It was followed by Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. The three States were awarded best performing States at the National Dissemination Workshop on Ease of Living Index, 2018.
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih become the President of Maldives [24 Sep 2018]
Maldives Opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s victory over incumbent president Abdulla Yameen in the country’s presidential polls on 24th September 2018 was welcomed by India, which has been worried over the growing influence of China over the archipelago nation. Under the Yameen administration, China invested millions of dollars in several big-ticket infrastructure projects in the nation in a bid to reverse the nation’s original ‘India first policy’.