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Mary Kom Bags First CWG Gold

35-year-old MC Mary Kom has become the first Indian woman to win a boxing gold at the Commonwealth Games. Making a comeback to boxing after a two year sabbatical, Mary beat Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara convincingly in the 48kg final. The 35-year-old five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist was competing in her debut Commonwealh Games, also perhaps her last, and made it a memorable one with yet another dominating performance to claim an unanimous verdict of 5-0.

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Rishad Premji appointed as Nasscom Chairman

IT industry body Nasscom has appointed Wipro chief strategy officer and board member Rishad Premji as its chairman for 2018-19. Besides, Nasscom has appointed WNS Group CEO Keshav Murugesh as the vice chairman. Mr. Premji has been a member of Nasscom’s executive council and was the vice chairman for 2017-18, Nasscom.

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Mirabai Chanu wins gold medal

Mirabai Chanu secured India’s first gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games when she finished first in the women’s 48 kg weightlifting event at Gold Coast . Mirabai Chanu smashed the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Games’ weightlifting record by lifting 196 kg. The previous Games’ record was 175 kg set by Augustine Nwaokolo of Nigeria in 2010.

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Olympian PV Sindhu to be flag-bearer of India in CWG 2018

Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu will be the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The CWG opening ceremony will be held on April 4.

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World’s largest solar park launched in Karnataka

The world’s largest solar park set up at an investment of Rs 16,500 crore at Pavagada in Karnataka’s Tumakuru district was launched by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on 1st March 2018. The 2,000 MW park, named as ‘Shakti Sthala’, spans across 13,000 acres spread over five villages and is a benchmark in the unique people’s participation in power model put on ground, according to officials. The park’s development is anchored by the Karnataka Solar Power Development Corp. Ltd (KSPDCL), an entity formed in March 2015 as a joint venture between Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd (KREDL) and Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI). The project has been executed within a record time of two years, with zero land acquisition. Moreover, the farmers who have leased out their land are reaping greater benefits with Rs 21,000 per acre being offered as rental, an amount which has the scope to grow by five per cent every two years.

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Gymnast Aruna Reddy makes history

Aruna Budda Reddy created history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to win an individual medal at the Gymnastics World Cup as she clinched a bronze in the women’s vault event here. The 22-year-old Reddy, who hails from Hyderabad, scored 13.649 average points to win the bronze at the Hisense Arena. Tjasa Kysslef of Slovania won the gold with a score of 13.800 while Emily Whitehead of Australia took the silver with 13.699.

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Martin Guptill becomes highest T20I run-scorer

Martin Guptill scripted history after becoming the leading run-scorer in Twenty20 international cricket. Enroute to this milestone, the New Zealand opener also slammed his second T20I century in just 49 deliveries, fastest by a Kiwi batsman. Incidentally, both the records were held by former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum.

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Usha Ananthasubramanian becomes first woman chairman of IBA

Usha Ananthasubramanian, managing director at Allahabad Bank has become the first woman chairman of the Indian Banks’ Association, the 71-year old industry body for banks. IBA announced that its managing committee elected Ananthasubramanian as the chairman till August. She will be superannuating on August 31.

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2018 Golden Globe Awards Winners list

Best Motion Picture – Drama: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy: Lady Bird
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Franco, The Disaster Artist
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Director – Motion Picture: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture: Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Motion Picture – Animated: Coco
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language: In The Fade, Germany, France
Best Original Score – Motion Picture: Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water
Best Original Song – Motion Picture: “This Is Me”, The Greatest Showman
Best Television Series – Drama: The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Big Little Lies
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama: Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama: Sterling K. Brown, This is Us
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies
Cecil B. DeMille Award: Oprah Winfrey
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Lok Sabha passes Triple Talaq Bill

Four months after the Supreme Court set aside the centuries-old practice of talaq-e-biddat or instant triple talaq, Lok Sabha passed The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, outlawing talaq-e-biddat. The proposed law, which makes talaq-e-biddat a “cognizable and non-bailable offence”, has provisions of “imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and fine” for any Muslim man who divorces his wife by uttering talaq three times in quick succession. It also provides for “subsistence allowance” to Muslim women and custody of minor children as “may be determined by the magistrate”.

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