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  • Bala Prasath Won Formula Junior Racing Series 2018 Championship

    Coimbatore racer Bala Prasath won the Formula Junior Racing Series 2018 Championship in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Bala, who was trailing in second place after Round 1 with 91 points, was in his element in Round 2 at the Kari Motor Speedway.

    Lionel Messi Won European Golden Shoe For The 5th Time

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi won the European Golden Shoe for the fifth time. The Argentina international claimed the prize after scoring 34 goals in La Liga this season, helping his club to a 25th league triumph. Messi also won the award last year, as well as in 2010, 2012 and 2013. Four-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo finished ninth in the rankings after scoring 26 goals for Real Madrid in La Liga.

    Union Environment Ministry Launches Green Skill Development Programme

    The Union Environment Ministry launched the Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) with an aim to train over 5.5 lakh workers in environment and forest sectors in the country. Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan also launched a related mobile app ‘GSDP-ENVIS’ to boost employability and entrepreneurship of the youth in the country. The app can be used for information and for applying to the courses. The GSPD-ENVIS app can be downloaded on android mobile phones without any hassle.

    First Para-National Games To Be Held Under Khelo India Scheme

    The inaugural National Para Games, on the lines of National Games for able-bodied athletes, will be held under the Khelo India Scheme in June-July 2018 in Bengaluru.  The Games will be held for the age group of 16 to 40 (men and women) in 10 disciplines namely para-athletics, badminton, chess, blind judo, para powerlifting, shooting para-sport, para-swimming, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing.

    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.

    Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore gets independent charge of I&B Ministry

    In a Cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assigned the Information and Broadcasting portfolio to Col Rajyavardhan Rathore in place of Smriti Irani. He has been given the independent charge of the Ministry. Earlier, Mr. Rathore was Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting. Mrs. Irani will now only hold the portfolio of Minister of Textiles. A communique from the office of President Ram Nath Kovind Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has been given an additional charge of Ministry of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs till Arun Jaitley, who underwent a kidney surgery yesterday, recovers from treatment. Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of State be relieved of the charge of Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. While S S Ahluwalia, Minister of State be relieved of the charge of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and assigned the portfolio of Ministry of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

    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.

    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.

    India loses top spot to England in ICC ODI Team Rankings; slips to second position with 122 points

    India lost the top position to England in the annual update of ICC ODI team rankings. England topped the ODI rankings in January 2013 have gained eight points and moved to 125 points while India is on the second place with a total of 122 points. Notably, England overtook India to seize the top spot in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings following the annual update while Nepal has rejoined the T20I ratings but will need to play one more match before they are ranked on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Rankings. England, who last topped the ODI rankings in January 2013 have gained eight points and moved to 125 points. India, who were at the top before the update, have lost a solitary point and are in second place with a total of 122 points. South Africa, who was second, have dropped down to third place after losing four points, from 117 to 113, leaving them nine points adrift of India and only one point ahead of fourth-placed New Zealand.

    Justin Langer appointed as Head Coach Of Australian Cricket Team

    Former Australian cricketer Justin Langer appointed as Australian cricket team's head coach for all three formats. Langer replaces Darren Lehmann, who had stepped down after Australia's tour of South Africa amid the ball-tampering controversy. The 47-year-old, who represented Australia in 105 Tests, will begin his four-year term ahead of limited-overs series against England in June.

    Prajnesh Gunneswaran wins maiden title on Tennis Challenger Circuit

    Indian athletes have proved that competing against them is not an easy task. Grabbing the maiden title, Prajnesh Gunneswaran clinched his first ever singles title on the ATP Challenger circuit when he downed Egypt's Mohammed Safwat in the final of the Kunming Open in Anning. Ranking at the 260th position, the 28-year-old Chennai lad earned 125 points which are likely to help him jump more than 80 places when the new ranking chart. India will now have three players inside top-200 as Prajnesh is expected to be around 175. Yuki Bhambri leads the chart for the country at number 83 and is followed by Ramkumar Ramanathan (115).

    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.

    Barcelona Clinches Its 25th La Liga Title

    Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi netted a hat-trick as Barcelona defeated Deportivo to clinch the La Liga for the seventh time in 10 years and the 25th time in their history. Barcelona also extended their league record unbeaten streak to 34 matches. Barcelona has 86 points after 34 matches and are 15 points ahead of third-placed Real Madrid.

    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.

    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.

    CWG 2018: Complete List Of All The Medals Won By India

    India finished third in the medals tally at the Commonwealth Games 2018, courtesy 66 medals including 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals. Australia with 198 medals (80 Gold, 59 Silver and 59 Bronze) topped the chart and England with 136 Medals (45 Gold, 45 Silver and 46 Bronze) stood second. Gold Medals Chanu Saikhom MIRABAI    Women's 48kg 2.    Venkat Rahul RAGALA    Men's 85kg 3.    Sanjita Chanu KHUMUKCHAM    Women's 53kg 4.    Sathish Kumar SIVALINGAM    Men's 77kg 5.    Punam YADAV    Women's 69kg. Shooting 6 Manu BAKER  -  Women's 10m Air Pistol 7. Jitu RAI -   Men's 10m Air Pistol 8.Anish BHANWALA  -  Men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol 9. Sanjeev RAJPUT   - Men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 10. Heena SIDHU -   Women's 25m Pistol 11. Tejaswini SAWANT  -  Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 12. Shreyasi Singh -   Women's Double Trap Wrestling 13.    Kumar SUSHIL -   Men's Freestyle 74 kg 14.    SUMIT -   Men's Freestyle 125 kg 15.    Rahul AWARE -   Men's Freestyle 57 kg 16.    BAJRANG -   Men's Freestyle 65 kg 17.    Vinesh PHOGAT -   Women's Freestyle 50 kg Boxing 18. Gaurav SOLANKI   - Men's 52kg 19.    Vikas KRISHAN -   Men's 75kg 20.    MC Mary KOM  -  Women's 45-48kg Table-Tennis 21.    India  -  Men's Team 22.    Manika BATRA -   Women's Singles 23.    India  -  Women's Team Badminton 24.    Saina NEHWAL    Women's Singles 25.    India    Mixed Team Event Athletics 26.    Neeraj CHOPRA    Men's Javelin Throw Silver Medals Weightlifting 1.    Pardeep Singh    Men's 105kg 2.    GURURAJA    Men's 56kg Shooting 3.    Heena SIDHU    Women's 10m Air Pistol 4.    Mehuli GHOSH    Women's 10m Air Rifle 5.    Anjum MOUDGIL    Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions 6.    Tejaswini SAWANT    Women's 50m Rifle Prone Wrestling 7.    Mausam KHATRI    Men's Freestyle 97 kg 8.    Babita Kumari    Women's Freestyle 53 kg 9.    Pooja DHANDA    Women's Freestyle 57 kg Boxing 10.    Satish KUMAR    Men's +91kg 11.    AMIT    Men's 46-49kg 12.    Manish KAUSHIK    Men's 60kg Table-Tennis 13.    ACHANTA Sharath/GNANASEKARAN Sathiyan    Men's Doubles 14.    BATRA Manika/DAS Mouma    Women's Doubles Badminton 15.    Satwik RANKIREDDY/Chirag Chandrashekhar SHETTY    Men's Doubles 16.    Srikanth KIDAMBI    Men's Singles 17.    PV Sindhu    Women's Singles Athletics 18.    Seema PUNIA    Women's Discus Throw Squash 19.    CHINAPPA Joshna/PALLIKAL KARTHIK Dipika    Women's Doubles 20.    PALLIKAL KARTHIK Dipika/GHOSAL Saurav    Mixed Doubles Bronze Medals 1. Deepak LATHER    Men's 69kg 2.    Vikas THAKUR    Men's 94kg Shooting 3.    Om MITHARVAL -   Men's 10m Air Pistol 4.    Ravi KUMAR  -  Men's 10m Air Rifle 5.    Om MITHARVAL  -  Men's 50m Pistol 6.    Ankur MITTAL -   Men's Double Trap 7.    Apurvi CHANDELA  -  Women's 10m Air Rifle Wrestling 8.    SOMVEER  -  Men's Freestyle 86 kg 9.    Sakshi MALIK  -  Women's Freestyle 62 kg 10.    Divya KARAN  -  Women's Freestyle 68 kg 11.    KIRAN  -  Women's Freestyle 76 kg Boxing 12.    Hussamuddin MOHAMMED  -  Men's 56kg 13.    Manoj KUMAR  -  Men's 69kg 14.    Naman TANWAR  -  Men's 91kg Table-Tennis 15.    DESAI Harmeet/SHETTY Sanil Shankar  -  Men's Doubles 16.    Sharath ACHANTA  -  Men's Singles 17.    GNANASEKARAN Sathiyan/BATRA Manika  -  Mixed Doubles Badminton 18.    REDDY N. Sikki/PONNAPPA Ashwini  -  Women's Doubles Athletics 19.    Navjeet DHILLON  -  Women's Discus Throw Para Powerlifting 20.    Sachin CHAUDHARY -   Men's Heavyweight

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Commonwealth Games 2018 Starts At Gold Coast In Australia

    The 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games will begin in Gold Coast, Australia, with a colorful opening ceremony. This will be a momentous day for the city as the biggest event in its history begins. Carrara Stadium has been chosen as the venue to host the opening ceremony. These Games will mark the 5th time that Australia has hosted the games. India will be represented at the opening ceremony by a contingent of over 200 athletes who will be led by flag-bearer P V Sindhu.

    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.

    PV Sindhu To Be India's Flag-Bearer At 2018 CWG

    Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chooses PV Sindhu as the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The opening ceremony will be held on April 4. She won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics two years ago, the Hyderabad-based World No. 3 Sindhu is one of the favorites to win the badminton women's singles title in Gold Coast.

    Hamilton Takes Record 7th Pole At Australian Grand Prix

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set a blistering time in his final lap of qualifying to take pole position at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix for a record seventh time, outpacing his nearest rival Kimi Raikkonen by a sizable 0.664 seconds. The defending Formula One champion set a time of 1 minute, 21.164 seconds at Albert Park circuit, breaking a tie with Ayrton Senna for most poles at the Australian GP. It’s the 73rd pole of Hamilton’s career.

    Yuki Bhambri defeats Mirza Basic to cruise into Miami Open tennis second round

    Ace Indian tennis player Yuki Bhambri moved to the second round of Miami Open after beating Bosnia's Mirza Basic 7-5, 6-3.  The Indian Davis Cupper will now face world number 11 and eighth seed American Jack Sock in the next round.  This will be the first meeting between the two after 2013 when Bhambri had beaten Sock in a Challenger event.  Yuki, ranked 107 had qualified for the ATP 1000 series main draw with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Sweden's Elias Ymer in the second and final qualifying round.  Yuki, of late, has created excellent results against top players as he registered the biggest win of his career, shocked world number 12 Lucas Pouille in the second round of Indian Wells Masters.

    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.

    Elavenil Valarivan Wins Gold In Junior ISSF World Cup Shooting

    Indian shooter Elavenil Valarivan shattered the qualification world record in 10-meter women’s air rifle event of the season’s first junior ISSF World Cup in Sydney, Australia. Besides her individual podium finish, Elavenil also combined with Shreya Agrawal and Zeena Khitta to claim the team gold medal. Arjun Babuta bagged his second junior world cup medal, claiming a bronze in men’s 10-meter air rifle event. The 18-year-old Elavenil, competing in her second World Cup and first final. Her 631.4 in the qualification was a new world record.

    Nepal Cricket Team Gains ODI Status

    After Afghanistan’s rapid rise to prominence in limited-overs cricket, Nepal took a massive step forward after achieving One-day International status, after their victory over Papua New Guinea. Nepal defeated the Pacific nation by six wickets in a playoff game in the ICC World Cup Qualifier being held in Zimbabwe, achieving the distinction for the first time.  

    Young Shooter Devanshi Rana to participate in Jr World cup at Australia

    The emerging shooter Devanshi Rana will show her talent in the junior shooting World Cup. Jaspal Rana is the Chief Coach of the Indian Shooting Team, while Subhash Rana will play the role of Technical Officer in the championship. The Indian team has been announced for the Junior Shooting World Cup in Australia from March 20 to 29. For the first time this year Devanshi Rana, a resident of Dehradun, has been given a place in the Indian team for two tournaments. Anand Singh Rawat, press secretary of Jaspal Rana shooting range located in Pontha, Mazon, told that Devanshi has left for Australia on Friday morning for the World Cup. They will show their confidence in 10 meter air pistol and 25 meter sports pistol. Rawat told that Devanshi won two medals in the National Shooting Championships. On winning the medal, trials were conducted by the Rifle Association of India. Participants in the first three positions in the selection trial organized for various events have been given a place in the team.

    Deepa Malik Becomes Asian Rank 1 In Javelin F-53 Category

    Indian para-athlete Deepa Malik won a gold medal in the F-53/54 category javelin event at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai.  With this, she became the Asian rank one in the F-53 category. With the win, Deepa has also qualified for the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia scheduled to be held in October 2018.

    Australia Beat England 2-1 To Lift 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

    World champions Australia lifted the coveted Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey title. In the final at Ipoh, Malaysia, they beat defending champions England by a narrow 2-1 margin. Australia won the prestigious tournament for the 10th time.  Earlier, in the classification match for the 3rd place, Argentina finished third after beating Malaysia 3-2. The hosts ended at the 4th spot.

    Virat Kohli Named as first Brand Ambassador For Uber India

    Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli named cab-hailing startup Uber's first Brand Ambassador in India. Kohli will also be involved in a series of marketing and customer experience initiatives.

    India win their 6th consecutive T20I against Bangladesh, Nidahas Trophy

    India defeated Bangladesh by six wickets in the second T20I of the Nidahas Trophy in Colombo, to register their sixth consecutive T20I victory and maintain their 100% win record in T20Is against them. India will next face Sri Lanka in the tri-series on March 12. "Man of the Match" Awarded to: Vijay Shankar.

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