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  • Anukreethy Vas From Tamil Nadu Crowned 2018 Femina Miss India

    Anukreethy Vas, a 19-year-old Tamil Nadu college student, has been crowned Femina Miss India 2018 in a grand ceremony in Mumbai hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Ayushmann Kurrana. Anukreethy Vas was previously crowned fbb Colours Femina Miss Tamil Nadu. Meenakshi Chaudhary from Haryana was the first runner-up while Shreya Rao Kamavarapu from Andhra Pradesh secured the second runner-up position. Anukreethy Vas will now represent India at Miss World 2018 while the two runners-up will represent the country at Miss Grand International 2018 and Miss United Continents 2018 respectively.

    Tennis Player Roger Federer returns to No.1 ranking after winning his 98th career singles title

    Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer clinched his 98th career singles title by defeating Milos Raonic in the Stuttgart Open final and reached the world number one ranking. Now Rafael Nadal is in World No:2 ranking. Roger Federer is 36 years old, born at Basel, Switzerland.

    HDFC has been ranked 5th biggest consumer financial services company worldwide by Forbes

    Housing finance major HDFC has been ranked as the 5th biggest public company globally in the 'consumer financial services category' on a list compiled by Forbes magazine. American Express has ranked No:1 in this category, while Indiabulls Housing Finance is the only other Indian company (at 13th place) on the list. There are a total of 58 Indian companies on the overall list of 2,000 firms from across the world. These include Reliance Industries at 83rd place, the only from India in the top-100. Besides, HDFC Bank is at 202nd, ONGC at 266th, Indian Oil at 270th and ICICI Bank at 320th.

    Kailash Satyarthi and ISRO Chief Gets 'Santokbaa Humanitarian' Award

    President Ram Nath Kovind presented the 'Santokbaa Humanitarian Award' to Child rights activist and Noble Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and space scientist A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Surat, Gujarat. The award was instituted by Shree Ramkrishna Knowledge Foundation (SRKKF) and led by diamond baron Govind Dholakia. The award includes a trophy and a prize money of Rs 1 crore each to the awardees.

    Prajnesh Gunneswaran Won T.K. Ramanathan Award For 2017-18

    Prajnesh Gunneswaran won the prestigious T.K. Ramanathan award for the year 2017-18 at the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) annual day function at the SDAT tennis stadium. He received a cash prize of Rs. 30,000.

    Japanese Director Won Cannes' Top Award

    Asian, Arab, and women filmmakers scored big at the closing ceremony of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, while Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda took home the top prize -- the Palme d'Or. Kore-eda, in the festival's main competition for the fifth time won the Palme d'Or for 'Manbiki Kazoku' (Shoplifters). Kore-eda is only the second Asian Palme d'Or winner this millennium (after Thailand's Apichatpong Weerasethakul for 'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives', 2010). This is the seventh time that a director from Asia has bagged the coveted trophy.

    Lewis Hamilton Wins Spanish Grand Prix

    Lewis Hamilton (of Mercedes) won for the second race in succession by dominating an eventful Spanish Grand Prix 2018. Valtteri Bottas of  Mercedes stood second in the race.  Sebastian Vettel finished fourth in the event.

    Mark Tully To Get Red Ink Award

    Senior journalist Mark Tully will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Red Ink Awards in Mumbai. Tully worked with the BBC for three decades and was the broadcaster’s Chief of Bureau for Delhi for 20 years. Tully was a front-running reporter for all major news breaks in South Asia like the Indo-Pakistan wars, the Bhopal gas tragedy, Operation Blue Star, assassination of Indira Gandhi and anti-Sikh riots.   Faye D’Souza, the Executive Editor of Mirror Now, will also be given the Journalist of the Year Award at the function.

    Anindita Honoured With Jayadev Rashtriya Yuva Puraskar Award

    US-based Kathak dancer Anindita Anaam was honored with the prestigious 'Shri Jayadev Rashtriya Yuva Pratibha Puraskar 2018' for outstanding contribution to the field of art. The award was presented to the Kathak exponent during the 'Jayadev International Dance Festival' in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The four-day festival has been organized under the aegis of Odisha's culture department and National Culture Mission.

    Shashank Manohar to Serve second term as ICC Chairman

    Former BCCI President Shashank Manohar will serve a second two-year term as the independent chairman of the International Cricket Council after he was elected unopposed by the governing body's Board.  Mr. Manohar became the first independent ICC Chairman in 2016. According to the election process, ICC Directors were each allowed to nominate one candidate, who had to be either a present or a past ICC Director.

    Shooting high on success and victory, Heena Sindhu clinches gold in International Shooting in Hannover

    Ace Indian shooter Heena Sidhu secured the gold medal in the 10-meter air pistol category of the international shooting competition of Hannover, marking a strong build-up to next week’s ISSF World Cup in Munich. Heena was in a carefree form in the final where she was tied with France's Mathilde Lamoille on 239.8 points. She won the tie to win the gold ahead of Mathilde. While Shri Nivetha finished on 219.2. After beginning with a series of scores in the 9s, Heena switched gears and scored 10 and above steadily to break away from the field. Her second series produced consistent 10s and she even hit a perfect 10.9 in the elimination round to put herself in contention for gold.

    Lata Mangeshkar Conferred With Swara Mauli Award

    Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar was honored with the Swara Mauli title by spiritual guru Vidya Narasimha Bharati Swami. Mangeshkar, 88, was conferred with the award at her residence in Mumbai. Her sisters Asha Bhosle and Usha Mangeshkar and brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar were also present.

    Indian duo Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy storms into semi-finals of Australian Open

    The Indian duo of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy entered into the semi-finals of the Men’s doubles event of Australian Open 2018. However, Sameer Verma and B Sai Praneeth bowed out of the tournament after losing their respective men's singles quarter-final matches. Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy qualified for the semifinals after edging past compatriots Arjun MR and Shlok Ramchandran. Manu and Sumeeth defeated Arjun MR and Shlok Ramchandran by 17-21, 21-19, 21-18 in a match that lasted for only 51 minutes. The Indian pair will now take on top seeds Berry Angriawan and Hardianto Hardianto of Indonesia in the semi-finals. In singles, second seed Sai Praneeth lost to Lee Cheuk Yiu by 21-23, 13-21 in a match that lasted for an hour. Earlier in the first round, Lee Cheuk Yiu also outclassed India’s Lakshya Sen. Meanwhile, Sameer Verma lost to Lu Guangzu in straight games. Sameer went down 21-14 in the first game after Lu won six straight points after the mid-game break.

    Third South Asian Junior Athletics Championships: India Tops With 50 Medals

    India finished on top in the 7-nation 3rd South Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Colombo, Sri Lanka on the final day. India ended with 20 gold, 22 silver and 8 bronze medals (Total 50 Medals).  Sri Lanka bagged rest of the 12 gold medals in the competition along with 10 silver and 19 bronze. Pakistan won one silver and a bronze to settle for the third place. The juniors will next represent India at the 18th Asian Junior Athletics Championships to be held in Gifu, Japan in June 2018.

    No Nobel Prize In Literature This Year

    The Swedish Academy decided to postpone the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, with the intention of awarding it in 2019. The decision has been taken in the wake of a sexual and financial scandal that has engulfed the Swedish Academy, the cultural institution responsible for awarding the prestigious prize. According to the Swedish Foundations Act, the Nobel Foundation is ultimately responsible for fulfilling the intentions in the will of Alfred Nobel. For the first time since 1949, the secretive jury will not unveil a winner this autumn.

    Sai Praneeth defeats Sri Lankan opponent to seal a berth in semi finals of New Zealand Open

    Star Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth registered a comfortable victory over his Sri Lankan opponent Niluka Karunaratne 21-7, 21-9 to seal a berth in the semifinals of the New Zealand Open 2018. Notably, B Sai Praneeth took only 28 minutes to dismiss Sri Lanka’s World No. 129 Niluka Karunaratne out of the tournament. Praneeth, who is World No. 18 leads 1-0 against Karunaratne in a head-to-head clash. The 25-year-old Indian will next take on the second seed and World No. 14 Jonatan Christie of Indonesia. On the other side, another Indian shuttler Sameer Verma went down to two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan by 19-21, 9-21. After a hard-fought defeat by Lin Dan, Sameer was also crashed out of the tournament. Lin Dan will be up against qualifier Kwang Hee Heo of Korea in the other semifinal. Even though the Sameer in the first game drew level by 19-19 but Dan showed his vast experience to close out the opener at 21-19 with a delicate drop. However, in the second game, Sameer was no match for his highly accomplished opponent as he finished 9-21.

    India's Neeraj Goyat Is WBC Asia Boxer Of The Year

    Indian pugilist Neeraj Goyat has been conferred with the 'WBC Asia Boxer of the Year Award'. Neeraj is the current WBC Asia champion in welterweight category. Since turning pro in 2011, Neeraj won nine fights including two knockouts. Neerav Tomar, promoter of IOS Boxing Promotions which manages Neeraj and Vijender Singh, was bestowed with 'WBC Asia honorary Promoter of the year 2017 Award' by the Asian Boxing Council at WBC Asia and WBC Muaythai annual awards presentation ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Legendary Singer Asha Bhosle Honored With PC Chandra Puraskaar

    Legendary singer Asha Bhosle was honored with 26th PC Chandra Puraskaar for her contribution in the field of Indian music. Sharmila Tagore was the Chief Guest at the event who also presented the prestigious award to Asha Bhosle. Asha Bhosle made her singing debut in 1943 and she has sung in a great variety of musical genres. Her career spans over almost seven decades.

    Rafael Nadal Wins 11th Barcelona Title

    Rafael Nadal won his 11th Barcelona Open title on clay. He defeated the 19-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas to clinch the title. Nadal who also won his 11th Monte Carlos Masters title recently. This was his 55th title on clay - and the 77th overall in his illustrious career. The 63rd-ranked Tsitsipas was trying to become the first Greek to win an ATP Tour title. He was the first Greek to make it to an ATP final since Nicholas Kalogeropoulos in 1973.Tsitsipas was the youngest finalist in Barcelona since 2005.

    Fixty Sixth Belgrade International Boxing Tournament In Serbia

    The 56th edition of Belgrade International Boxing Championship was held at Belgrade in Serbia.   Indian boxers won three gold, five silver and five bronze medals at this championship. Among Gold medal winners, Sumit Sangwan won the final bout by defeating Ecuador’s Castillo Torres in 91 kg category. Indian woman boxer Nikhat Zareen won the Gold medal in 51 kg by defeating Greece’s Koutsoeorgopoulou Aikaterini in the final bout. Himanshu Sharma (49 kg) too won a Gold medal by defeating Algeria’s Mohammed Touareg in the final bout.

    CSIR won National Intellectual Property Award 2018

    The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is awarded the National Intellectual Property (IP) Award 2018 in the category “Top R&D Institution / Organization for Patents and Commercialization”. Dr Girish Sahni, DG, CSIR and Secretary, DSIR received the award at the hands of Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry, at a function organized by the Indian Intellectual Property Office and Confederation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (CII) in New Delhi, to celebrate the World Intellectual Property Day (26th April).

    Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2018: Complete List Of Winners

    Dadahaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2018 honored the individuals from the entertainment industry for their outstanding contribution towards the growth and development of cinema and/or television. 1.    Best actor (male)    Shahid Kapoor 2.    Best actor people's choice award    Ranveer Singh 3.    Entertainer of the year    Kartik Aryan 4.    Best actress (critics)    Aditi Rao Hydari 5.    Lifetime achievement award    Simi Garewal 6.    Pride of Indian cinema    Sanjay Dutt 7.    Path-breaking producer of the year    Anushka Sharma and Karnesh Sharma 8.    Best director    Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari 9.    Outstanding performance male    Raj Kumar Rao, Rana Daggubati 10.    Outstanding performance female    Tamannahh Bhatia, Kriti Sanon 11.    Promising face of the year    Aahana Kumra 12.    Best actor (male) Marathi    Vaibhav Tatwawaadi 13.    Best actor (female) Marathi    Pooja Sawant 14.    Best fashion designer of the year    Sanjukta Dutta 15.    Socially conscious performance of the year    Rani Mukherjee 16.    Best comic role    Tusshar Kapoor 17.    Entertaining performance in reality show Bigg Boss    Hina Khan 18.    Best actress drama award    Jennifer Winget 19.    Best actor (male) Television    Karan Patel 20.    Best reality show judge    Shilpa Shetty 21.    Best talk show host    Karan Johar 22.    Best lyricist    Manoj Muntashir 23.    Best performance in a short film    Divya Khosla Kumar 24.    Iconic contribution towards music    Hans Raj Hans 25.    Comic performer of the year    Sumona Chakraborty 26.    Versatile singer    Rani Hazarika 27.    Social and business entrepreneur of the year    Jaya Misra

    Sixteenth Federation Cup Junior National Athletics Championship Begins

    The 16th Federation Cup Junior National athletics championship begun in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Over 800 athletes from 32 states across the country will take part in this tournament. The meet will serve as the selections trials for the 18th Asian Junior Athletic Meet to be held at Gifu, Japan, in June. The three-day event will see 440 boys and 352 girls in the age group of 16 to 20 years take part in 44 events.

    Daniel Ricciardo won Chinese Grand Prix 2018

    The 2018 Chinese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race that took place at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo won the race ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen. The race was the third round of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship and marked the fifteenth time that the Chinese Grand Prix has been run as a round of the Formula One World Championship.

    Commonwealth Innovation Index 2018: India ranked as 10th

    As per the 2018 Commonwealth Innovation Index, India fetched 10th position in the index topped by the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Canada. The index was launched on the sidelines of the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) as part of a new Commonwealth Innovation Hub. The Commonwealth Innovation Index has been created in partnership with the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and its annual Global Innovation Index (GII). It is aimed at providing a tool that allows member states, organizations and citizens to benchmark themselves against 53 countries of the Commonwealth.

    Official Mascot Of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Unveiled

    Son of Dreams' was unveiled as official Mascot of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China. The selection of Son of Dreams as China 2019's Official Mascot was the culmination of a unique process by FIBA. The mascot finalists were Chinese dragon ('Son of Dream'), a Siberian tiger ('Speed Tiger') and a lion ('Qiu Qiu'). For the first time, there are 32-team in FIBA Basketball World Cup. The tournament will take place in eight Chinese cities from August 31 until September 15.

    Madhya Pradesh Conferred Most Film Friendly Award

    The Most Film Friendly State Award was announced by the Chairman of the Jury, Shri Ramesh Sippy. State of Madhya Pradesh conferred the award for the Most Film Friendly State for its efforts towards easing filming in the State by creating a well-structured website and film-friendly infrastructure. Total 16 states have participated in this award.  The State of Uttarakhand is given a Special Mention Certificate to recognize the efforts made by the State of Uttarakhand towards creating a film-friendly environment. The award will be conferred by the President of India in May 2018.

    Aditi Rao Hydari To Receive Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award For Bhoomi

    Aditi Rao Hydari will receive Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award 2018 for the Best Leading Lady (Critics Award) for her memorable performance in Bhoomi. The award ceremony will be held in Mumbai. It will be attended by producers, directors, distributors, and exhibitors among others from the film fraternity.

    Pulitzer Prizes 2018 announced

    The Pulitzer Prizes for 2018 has been announced. Following are the winners of the Pulitzer Prize 2018. 1. Fiction- Andrew Sean Greer’s “Less” has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Greer’s novel tells the comic story of a middle-aged novelist. 2. Drama- Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok. 3. History- The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, by Jack E. Davis (Liveright/W.W. Norton). 4. Biography- Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser (Metropolitan Books). 5. Poetry- Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016, by Frank Bidart (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux).

    Indian Swimmer Double Crosses Bangla Channel Sets World Record

    Pune-based 17-year-old swimmer Sampanna Ramesh Shelar set a world record to double cross the Bangla Channel.  Shelar is the first person to swim to and fro from Saint Martin's Island Jetty to Teknaf in Bangladesh also known as the Bangla Channel. He has completed the journey of 32.2 kilometers in 9 hours and 10 minutes.

    Late Veteran Actor Vinod Khanna Awarded Dadasaheb Phalke Award

    Veteran Hindi film actor Shri Vinod Khanna was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contribution to Indian Cinema. This was announced during the 65th National Film Awards.  Some of the other prominent winners in various categories for this year National Film Awards included Assamese movie ‘Village Rockstars’ in Best Feature Film category and ‘Baahubali - The Conclusion’ in the Best Popular Film providing Wholesome Entertainment category. The Feature Film Central panel was headed by Shekhar Kapur.

    CWG 2018: Bajrang Punia Won First CWG Gold

    Wrestler Bajrang Punia won his first Commonwealth Games gold medal, defeating Wales' Kane Charig by technical superiority in the men's freestyle 65 kg final in Gold Coast, Australia. This is India's fifth medal in wrestling in this edition, with Rahul Aware and Sushil Kumar registering gold wins earlier. Bajrang had won a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

    CWG 2018: Shooter Shreyasi Singh Won 12th Gold

    Indian shooter Shreyasi Singh won the women's double trap gold in a shoot-off after scoring 96 points to take India's gold medal tally at the 21st Commonwealth Games 2018 to 12. This was her second CWG medal after having claimed a silver at the 2014 Glasgow Games. Another Indian shooter Varsha Varman finished fourth in the event, scoring 86 points.

    CWG 2018: Om Mitharval Won Bronze In Shooting

    Indian shooter Om Prakash Mitharval settled for the bronze medal in the men's 50m pistol event at the 21st Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia. In the same event, Jitu Rai finished a disappointing 8th. Young Mitharwal, who has also a bronze in the 10m air pistol event two days ago, shot 201.1 to finish third in the eight-man finals at Belmont Shooting Centre. Host nation Australia's Daniel Repacholi bagged the gold medal in the event with a Games record 227.2 while Shakil Ahmed of Bangladesh won the silver.

    CWG 2018: Heena Sidhu Wins Gold In 25m Pistol Event

    Indian shooter Heena Sidhu set Commonwealth Games record to win gold in women's 25m pistol shooting event. This is Sidhu's second medal at CWG 2018, after winning silver in women's 10m air pistol. Another Indian shooter Annu Singh came sixth in the same event. With this result, India has won three golds and overall eight medals in shooting.

    Anushka Sharma to get Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award

    Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma will be awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award for her successful movies as a producer. The award will be given by an organization called Dadasaheb Phalke Foundation, a Mumbai-based organization, which is different from the Government of India instituted Dadasaheb Phalke Award, awarded during National Awards ceremony held annually in New Delhi. The prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest cinematic honor.

    Sebastian Vettel won Bahrain Grand Prix

    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel won his second Grand Prix in as many races, at the Bahrain Grand Prix, while Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas finished second by just 0.699 seconds. Meanwhile, reigning world champion Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton finished third.

    CWG 2018: Weightlifter Punam Yadav Won 5th Gold For India

    India’s weightlifter Punam Yadav won gold in the Women’s 69kg weightlifting category. He lifted a combined total of 222kg (100 snatches and 122 clean and jerk) and defeated England’s Sarah Davies her closest competitor to take her second medal at the Commonwealth Games. In 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow in Scotland, Punam Yadav had won Bronze. This was India’s fifth gold medal in the ongoing games. Venkat Rahul Ragala earned India the fourth Gold medal after lifting 338 kilograms in the Men’s 85 kg category. He had lifted 151 kg in snatch and 187 kg in clean & jerk.

    CWG 2018 : Indian Women's Table Tennis Team won Gold

    India bagged three more Gold, one Silver and two bronze medals at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on the fourth day. Indian women’s Table Tennis team won they're first ever Gold Medal defeating Singapore. India now stands on the fourth position in the medals tally, having claimed seven gold, two silver, and three bronze medals so far. Manika Batra led Table tennis team’s victory was historic as Singapore had never lost since 2002. Australia tops the medal tally with 67 medals, including 23 Gold, 20 Silver and 24 Bronze so far.

    Weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam Bags Third Gold For Country

    Weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam won India's third gold medal in the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. In the process, the 25-year-old also retained the title he won in the event at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, Scotland with a total lift of 317 kg.  India has so far won 3 Gold, One Silver, and one bronze, and all the medals have come from the weightlifting arena.

    Leander Paes Becomes Most Successful Player In Davis Cup

    Indian tennis' ageless wonder Leander Paes became the most successful doubles player in the history of Davis Cup as he combined with Rohan Bopanna to not only grab a record 43rd win but also bring the country back in the tie against China. Forced to play together by AITA, 44-year-old Paes and Bopanna downed a fighting Chinese pair of Mo Xin Gong and Ze Zhang 5-7 7-6(5) 7-6(3) in the do-or-die doubles rubber of the Asia/Oceania Group-I tie.

    Indian women hockey team won aganist Malaysia in GoldCoastCommonwealthGames

    The Indian women's hockey team registered a comprehensive victory over Malaysia by 4-1 in their second match of Pool A. This was the first win of the Indian team at the Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games campaign. Two goals from Gurjit Kaur and a goal each from skipper Rani and Lalremsiami led Indians to secure its first victory in the championship. India started the first quarter with electric pace and made chances inside the first minute itself. The team looked to press their opposition high up the pitch, which saw them regain possession quickly and make circle entries inside Malaysia’s striking circle. India won three Penalty Corners in the first quarter, the last of which was converted successfully by drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur to give India a crucial lead in the 6th minute. India’s defense made sure that the team maintained their lead at the end of the quarter.

    Mithali Raj Becomes Most Capped Player In Women's ODIs

    Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj become the most capped player in women's ODI cricket after turning out for the 192nd time against England. Raj, who is also the highest run-getter in WODIs, overtook former England captain Charlotte Edwards, who had appeared in 191 WODIs. Indian fast bowler Jhulan Goswami is the third-most capped WODI player.

    CWG 2018: Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu Won Indias Second Gold Medal

    Weightlifter Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu delivered India its second gold medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast City, Australia by dominating the women’s 53kg event. The defending champion, Loa Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea, claimed silver with a total lift of 182 (80 in the snatch and 102 in clean & jerk) and bronze went to Canada’s Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet who finished with a combined effort of 181kg (81 in the snatch and 100 in clean & jerk).

    CWG 2018: Mirabai Chanu Wins Indias First Gold Medal

    Weightlifter and current world champion Mirabai Chanu has clinched India’s first gold medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Mirabai Chanu becomes the first Indian to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018. After finishing with the best lift of 86 kg in the snatch round, the 23-year-old finished with a total score of 196 points. Chanu is competing in the 48 kg category. The 23-year-old also set Commonwealth Games records in both Snatch (86 kg) and Clean and Jerk (110 kg) categories.

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai returns to Pakistan for first time since Taliban attack

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan for the first time since being shot by Taliban militants. She is a vocal human rights activist, was shot in the head by a gunman for campaigning for female education in 2012.  She is expected to hold meetings with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Local media reported details of the trip have been kept secret in view of the sensitivity. The trip is expected to last four days and she arrived with officials from her Malala Foundation group.

    ISSF Junior World Cup- Manu Bhaker, Anmol Jointly Lift Gold

    The duo of Manu Bhaker and Anmol secured India’s seventh gold medal in the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney, Australia. The pair won the mixed 10-meter air pistol event with a qualification world record. They finished 5.6 advantage over their closest rivals, China’s Liu Jinyao and Li Xue. Overall, India occupied the second placed with 17 medals, including seven gold. China leads the tally with 21 podium finishes, including eight gold medals.

    Pankaj Advani Wins Asian Billiards Championships Title

    Pankaj Advani defended his Asian Billiards Championships title by demolishing his practice partner B Bhaskar 6-1 in the summit clash in Yangon, Myanmar. With this win, Advani remains the reigning Indian, Asian and world champion in billiards for 2017-18. This is Advani's 11th gold medal at the Asian level of cue sports. India's Amee Kamani won the Asian Women's Snooker title by blanking her Thai opponent Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan 3-0.

    India U-16 Win Hong Kong Football Tournament

    The India U-16 team emerged champions in the Jockey Cup International Youth Invitational Football Tournament with a victory over Hong Kong U-17 in the final in Hong Kong. The tournament was a U-17 event where India fielded their U-16 National Team. This was the team's third consecutive victory in as many days. The team was coached by Bibiano Fernandes.

    Canadian Mathematician Robert Langlands Wins Abel Prize

    Canadian mathematician Robert Langlands won the prestigious Abel Prize for developing a programme connecting representation theory to number theory. The programme has enlisted hundreds of the world’s best mathematicians over the last 50 years.  Now aged 81, Langlands will be awarded the 6.0-million-kroner Abel Prize by Norway’s King Harald in Oslo on May 22.

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