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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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Mirabai Chanu lifts 194 kgs to win gold

Mirabai Chanu became only the second Indian (after Karnam Malleswari) to win the gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, USA. This was after she lifted a new world record of 194kg (85 snatch and 109 C&J) in women’s 48kg category.

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Manmohan awarded Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace

Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was chosen as the recipient of 2017 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development. Singh received the international award, named after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, for “improving India’s stature in the world” and for his “for his contributions to the cause of economic and social development”.

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India’s Manushi Chhillar crowned Miss World 2017

India’s Manushi Chhillar won the coveted Miss World 2017 pageant here, 16 years after Priyanka Chopra won the title in 2000. Chhillar competed against 108 contestants from various countries at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena here. Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle gave away the coveted crown to the winner. Chhillar, who is from Haryana, had earlier this year won the Femina Miss India 2017. India, England, France, Kenya and Mexico grabbed the top five spots at the pageant.

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Rajnish Kumar appointed as new SBI chairman

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Mr. Rajnish Kumar as Chairman of State Bank of India for a period of three years from October 7, according to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training.

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Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in Literature 2017

British author Kazuo Ishiguro, best known for his novel The Remains of the Day, has won the Nobel Literature Prize. Born in Nagasaki, he moved to Britain with his family when he was five years old, only returning to visit Japan as an adult. Both his first novel, A Pale View of Hills, from 1982 and the subsequent one, An Artist of the Floating World, from 1986, take place in Nagasaki a few years after World War II.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation calling it Gujarat’s lifeline, which has been completed despite many hurdles. The foundation stone of this Dam was laid by the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.This Narmada dam is the second biggest in the world after the Grand Coulee Dam in the United States and India’s biggest Dam.

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