July, 2017

3 gold medals in one night

Caeleb Dressel of US became the 1st swimmer to win 3 gold medals in a single evening at the world championships. He started with a victory in 50m freestyle, nearly broke Phelps’ record in 100 butterfly & led US quartet in a world-record rout in 4x100m mixed relay. He now has 6 gold medals in the championships, putting him in position to tie Phelps’ record of 7 at 2007 worlds in Melbourne.

Vettel wins Hungarian Grand Prix

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has extended his world championship lead with victory in the Hungarian GP ahead of Kimi Raikkonen & Valtteri Bottas. This is his 4th win of the season and 46th of his F1 career. It was also Ferrari’s first one-two in Hungary since 2004. With this win, Vettel will take a 14-point lead over Hamilton into the summer break at the head of the Drivers’ Championship.

India bags 24 medals in Jordan

India have bagged 24 medals at the Jordan Junior and Cadet Open table tennis tournament. The tally includes 7 Gold, 7 Silver and 10 Bronze medals. In the event held at Amman, India ended as the second best finishers. The team title was denied to India in the cadet section when Payas, Yashansh Malik and Chinmaya Somaiya were defeaed by Hsu Po-Hsuan, Lin Yen-Cun & Peng Chih who claimed gold.

755 US diplomats to depart Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that 755 staff must leave US diplomatic missions, in retaliation for new US sanctions against Moscow. This is thought to be the largest expulsion of diplomats from any country in modern history. The new US sanctions were in retaliation both for Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and Russian interference in the US election.

Bio-glue for healing developed

Scientists have developed a super strong, flexible Bio-glue for wound healing without causing toxicity. It has been inspired by an adhesive material (glue) secreted by slugs that sticks to biological tissues. The research was conducted at Harvard University’s Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Jiyo Parsi phase II campaign launched

The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs has launched Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2 in Mumbai, Maharashtra under the Jiyo Parsi scheme. The campaign was launched in 2014, to address the issue of dwindling population of India’s Parsi community. The last 2011 census put the number of Indian Parsis at 57,264, dropping from 114,000 in 1941.

Katerina Siniakova wins Swedish Open

Caroline Wozniacki struggled with injury as she lost the Swedish Open final to Katerina Siniakova. Siniakova was playing in the Swedish Open final for the second year in a row after losing last year to German Laura Siegemund. The 2017 Swedish Open was the 9th edition in women’s category.

Max India pulls out merger deal

Max India has withdrawn the proposed merger agreement b/w Max Life & Max Financial Services with HDFC Standard Life Insurance. The scheme did not go well with IRDA as it was in contravention of the Section 35 of the Insurance Act that does not allow merger of an insurance business with a non-insurance firm. Max India was supposed to amalgamate Max Life Insurance with Max Financial Services.

Easy to clean blankets to be introduced

The railways have roped in the National Institute of Fashion Design to design lightweight blankets with less wool content. A trial of ‘thin, cold washable blankets’ is also being carried out in the Central Railway zone as a pilot project. The plan envisages increasing the frequencies of washing of blankets and replacing the existing ones in a phased manner

Indian boxers at Czech Boxing Tournament

Indian boxers clinched 5 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal at the 48th Grand Prix Usti Nad Labem in the Czech Republic. World Championships bronze-medallist Shiva Thapa, former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar, Amit Phangal, Gaurav Bidhuri and Satish Kumar claimed gold medals. Kavinder Bisht in 52 kg and Manish Panwar in 81 kg settled for silver medals.