Current Events September 2016 – Sports

• Ashwin Slips to 3rd in ICC Test Rankings
Off-spinner R Ashwin dropped a rung to 3rd but remained the highest-placed Indian bowler.Ajinkya Rahane at 8th in the batsmen’s list of the latest ICC Test rankings. Rahane was the lone Indian in the top-10 of batting charts.South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn stormed back to the number-one position rankings for Test bowlers. India stands 2nd in the list of test rankings team behind Pakistan.
• Walsh to Join Bangladesh as Coach
Former West Indies paceman Courtney Walsh has agreed a three-year deal to become specialist bowling coach with the Bangladesh team. He was the first bowler to take 500 test wickets & has worked as a West Indies selector since he retired as a player. He completes his assignment as a selector for the West Indies this month. He was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the year in 1987.
• Sidhu Launches Awaaz-e-Punjab
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and Akali Dal MLA Pargat Singh, along with some other leaders have announced the launch of a political front, Awaaz-e-Punjab.The formal announcement of the modalities of the new party would be made in the next few days,The new front would work towards the interests of Punjab and its people.Sidhu had resigned in July from his Rajya Sabha seat.
• Maharashtra Bowler Makes History
Maharashtra cricketer Shrikant Mundhe created history by becoming the first Liverpool Competition Premier League bowler to take 10 wickets in an innings.The fast bowler bowled out Birkenhead Park club’s batting line-up with figures of 10-85 in 24.1 overs at Penrhyn Avenue in Rhos-on-Sea,Colwyn Bay.The 10-wicket haul took Mundhe’s season tally to 54 league wickets for the campaign so far.
• PM Announces ` 200 cr Package for Sports
PM Modi has announced a special package of ` 200 crore to engage youth of Jammu & Kashmir in constructive sporting activities.The package provides for construction of indoor sporting halls in all districts of the State.Two stadia of Srinagar & Jammu will be upgraded to the international standards.A special programme ‘Sports for AII’ is being implemented through J&K State Sports Council.
• Zaheer Made Honorary Life Member by MCC
Former pacer Zaheer Khan has been made an honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).He becomes the 24th Indian cricketer to be bestowed the honour.The list also includes the likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar, who were inducted in previous years.MCC is a cricket club in London, founded in 1787 & it owns, and is based at, Lord’s Cricket Ground.
• Anand Pawar Enters Men’s Singles Final
Indian shuttler Anand Pawar has stormed into the men’s singles finals of Brazil Open Grand Prix Badminton 2016.Fourth seed Pawar defeated second seed Misha Jiberman of Israel 18-21, 21-14, 21-12 in the semi-finals. Pawar is the only Indian competing in the men’s singles competition.The Brasil Open is an international badminton tournament held annually in Brazil
• Sriram Balaji & Sasi Kumar Win Titles
Fifth seed Sriram Balaji subdued top seed Seong Chan Hong of Korea for the title in the ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament. Balaji also won the doubles title with Vijay Sundar Prashanth. In a similar tournament in Jakarta, Sasi Kumar Mukund won the title outplaying eighth seed Masato Shiga of Japan.It was the second singles title in the professional circuit for Sasi Kumar.
• S. Africa Announces Racial Quotas
Cricket South Africa (CSA) have put in place racial quotas for the national team across all three formats of the game in an effort to increase the number of black players in a sport.The national team will have include a minimum average of six black players.Quotas have been in place at provincial and franchise level for several years.The targets were ratified at CSA annual general meeting.
• S. Africa Announces Racial Quotas
Cricket South Africa (CSA) have put in place racial quotas for the national team across all three formats of the game in an effort to increase the number of black players in a sport.The national team will have include a minimum average of six black players.Quotas have been in place at provincial and franchise level for several years.The targets were ratified at CSA annual general meeting.
• Czech Gymnast Vera Caslavska Dies
Czech gymnast Vera Caslavska, her country’s greatest Olympian & a powerful voice in its struggle against Soviet occupation has died. She took seven golds in all at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo & the 1968 Games in Mexico City.She also led the Czech Olympic Committee from 1990 to 1996. She won the Pierre de Coubertin Prize for promoting fair play and was also awarded the Olympic Order by the IOC.
• Aus Oldest Surviving Test Player Dies
Australia’s oldest surviving Test cricketer, Len Maddocks has passed away. He was a batsman and wicket-keeper & played seven Tests for Australia between 1954 and 1956. He also managed the Australian cricket team on its 1977 tour of England.He made his Test debut at his home ground, the MCG, against England in 1954-55.
• Rosberg Wins Italian GP
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has won the Italian Grand Prix. Rosberg cut Hamilton’s championship lead to two points with seven races remaining. Hamilton now has 250 points & Rosberg 248 with Singapore’s race the next destination. Hamilton finished second after a slow start gifted Rosberg the race. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen crossed third & fourth, respectively.
• India A Wins Quadrangular Series
India A clinched the Quadrangular one-day cricket series, thrashing Australia by 57 runs in the final clash in Mackay, Australia. India A put up 266 for 4 in their 50 overs before bowling out the hosts for 209 in 44.5 overs. Mandeep Singh was the star of India’s batting performance with a 108-ball 95. The other two teams in the series were South Africa A & Australian National Performance Squad.
• Virat Kohli Retains No.2 in ODI Rankings
India’s Test captain Virat Kohli has retained his second spot in the latest One-day International (ODI) cricket batting rankings.Opener Rohit Sharma slipped a place to seventh.AB de Villiers of South Africa is the number-one ranked ODI batsman Kohli has 813 points, a fair distance behind South African AB de Villiers (887).
• Abhinav Bindra Announces Retirement
India ace Shooter Abhinav Bindra has officially announced his retirement.In Rio Olympics 2016, Bindra nearly missed a second Olympic medal by a whisker and came fourth.He was India’s one and only individual gold medallist at the games.He was awarded with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award & Padma Bhushan Award.
• Summer Paralympic Games 2016 Kick Off
15th Summer Paralympic Games kicked off in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.Over 4,300 athletes from 159 countries plus members of the international refugee team were taking part in the games.India is fielding its largest-ever contingent of 19 athletes who will feature in 10 disciplines.The Sports Ministry has announced that the Gold medallist Paralympians will be awarded 75 lakh rupees.
• ICC Withdraws Two-Tier Test Proposal
The ICC has withdrawn the proposal for a two-tier structure in Test cricket at the meeting of its chief executives’ committee (CEC) in Dubai. The BCCI, Sri Lanka,the Bangladesh & Zimbabwe Cricket had opposed the proposal. According to the proposal, the two-tier system would comprise seven teams in the top tier & five in the bottom, with promotion & relegation between the two based on performance.
• Bhaskar as New Delhi senior team coach
The Delhi and District Cricket Association has appointed former Delhi batsman KP Bhaskar as coach of the senior team while Vijay Dahiya has been put in charge of the Under-23 squad. Rajeev Vinaik has been appointed coach for the U-19 team while V Arvind will be his deputy for the upcoming season.
• Pankaj Advani wins historic bronze at WC
Pankaj Advani became the first cueist from India to win a medal at the prestigious Sangsom 6 Red Snooker World Championship. In the quarterfinals, the Indian received a walkover from Michael Holt who withdrew due to personal reasons. He settled for a bronze after losing the semifinal to Chinese Ding Junhui.
• Kerber wins US Open
Kerber won her first U.S. Open title and the second major trophy of an out-of-nowhere breakthrough season. She beat Pliskova by 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in taking five of the last six games. Kerber, will move up one spot from No. 2 and replace Serena Williams atop the WTA rankings on Monday.
• Indians bag gold, bronze in Paralympics
It was celebration time for India as two of its athletes — Thangavelu Mariyappan (21) of Tamil Nadu and Varun Singh Bhati of Noida — scripted history winning the gold and bronze medals respectively. Both won the medals in the men’s high jump T-42 event at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Mariyappan jumped 1.89 metres, Bhati registered a personal best of 1.86 metres.
• N. Korea to conduct another nuclear test
North Korea is ready to conduct another nuclear test at any time. South’s military is on full combat-readiness to respond to “further nuclear tests, ballistic missile launches or land provocation” by the North. The North conducted its first nuclear test in October 2006 in the first tunnel and the last four tests in the second tunnel, according to Seoul’s defence ministry.
• Wawrinka wins U.S. Open
Wawrinka defeated Novak Djokovic by 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 for his first U.S. Open title and third Grand Slam trophy overall. The 31-year-old Wawrinka is the oldest U.S. Open men’s champion since Ken Rosewall was 35 in 1970. Wawrinka has won only five of his 24 career meetings against Djokovic.
• After LEMOA, it’s war games now
Indian and U.S. troops began to assemble for counter-terrorism exercises in Uttarakhand from Sept 14 to 27. This is the first military exercise after the two countries signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Understanding (LEMOA). The bilateral exercise comes against the backdrop of Pakistani media reports that Pakistan and Russia will hold their first joint military exercise later this year.
• Devendra Jhajharia wins gold
Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia became the first Indian to clinch two gold medals at the Paralympics. Devendra, whose previous best was 62.15 metres (achieved in the 2004 Games), improved the mark with an attempt of 63.97 metres at the Olympic Stadium (Engenhao). India now have two gold, one silver and one bronze in the ongoing edition of the Games.
• 7 women get M.S. Subbulakshmi Awards
Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi Centenary Awards were presented to seven of India’s most-respected women artistes in Mumbai. Vocalists Girija Devi, Kishori Amonkar, Aruna Sairam and Vishaka Hari; dancers Yamini Krishnamurthy and Vyjayantimala Bali; and Pandavani exponent Teejan Bai were presented with the honour. M.S. Subbulakshmi’s birth centenary celebrations began last year at the Shanmukhananda hall.
• Davis Cup: India-Spain encounters
After 51 years, India will be hosting Spain in New Delhi for a Davis Cup World Group play-off tie (elimination round) from September 16 to 18. Both last played against each other in an Inter Zonal final in 1965. The head-to-head record between India and Spain is 2-1. India is placed at 20th in the Davis Cup rankings while Spain is 14.
• India jump four places in FIFA rankings
The Indian football team jumped four places to be at 148th spot in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, on the back of an impressive 4-1 win over higher-ranked Puerto Rico last week. India had beaten Puerto Rico 4-1 in an international friendly in Mumbai on September 3. India thus returned to top-150 for the first time since April 2015, when they were ranked 147th.
• Dhoni’s biopic set to be released
Dhoni’s biopic is set to be released on 30 September. He said he wanted the biopic to show his journey, the inherent struggles in “decision making processes” rather than “glorify him”. Dhoni focused that it is very important for parents and schools to push (their children) for sports and promote sports. That is how you will bring medals when its comes to games such as the Olympics.
• Davis Cup: Spain Beat India 5-0
In Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie, hosts India were routed by Spain 0-5. In the last match played. Ram kumar Ramanathan lost to David Ferrer in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. Earlier, in Marc Lopez defeated Sumit Nagal 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 giving Spain 4-0 lead. Rio Olympics Gold medal winning team of Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez defeated Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni .
• Subhankar Pramanick Wins Gold at ISSF
Indian shooter Subhankar Pramanick has clinched the gold medal in 50-metre rifle prone event at the ISSF Junior World Cup for pistol, rifle and shotgun at Gabala in Azerbaijan. Sambhaji Patil bagged India’s second gold when he won the junior men’s 25-metre standard pistol. A total of 279 junior athletes, representing 27 countries, are battling it out in 18 events.
• Rio Paralympic Games End in Brazil
After 11 days showcasing 23 different sports, the 2016 Paralympics have ended in Rio. Brazilian officials handed over the flag to Tokyo for the 2020 Paralympic Games. China dominated the Rio Paralympics games with 239 medals, followed by Britain, Ukraine and the United States. India capped off a successful Paralympic Games campaign in Rio by procuring their best ever haul of four medals.
• Rosberg Wins the Singapore Grand Prix
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won his third successive race, by clinching a dominant victory in Singapore. This was also his 22nd career win and eight of the current season for Rosberg. Rosberg resisted Ricciardo by just 0.4 seconds to take a third successive victory. Daniel Ricciardo finishes second & Lewis Hamilton has to make do with third.
• Game of Thrones, Veep Take Top Honors
Fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” was honoured as the best drama at Emmy Awards. Veep was named best comedy series & its star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, won a record-breaking fifth Emmy as best comedy actress. Jeffrey Tambor’s trophy as top comedy actor for Transparent. Indian-origin actor-writer-director Aziz Ansari & Alan Yang received the best writing for a comedy series honour for Master of None.
• Tuti Patriots Win Inaugural TNPL Title
Dinesh Karthk led the Albert Tuti Patriots won the inaugural 2016 Tamil Nadu Premier League title at Chennai. Tuti Patriots vanquished Chepauk Super Gillies by 122 runs in the inaugural edition of the India Cements-TNPL Twenty20 tournament. Ganesh Moorthi was adjudged Man-of-the-Final, N. Jagadeesan the Player-of-the-Tournament & M. Ashwin, the Most Valuable Player.
• India Name Hockey Squad for U18 Asia Cup
India has named an 18-member squad for the Under-18 Asia Cup hockey tournament to be held in Dhaka. Defender Nilam Sanjeep Xess has been named the captain & Hardik Singh will be his deputy. Both Sanjeep Xess and Hardik have been part of the junior team that won the EurAsia Cup earlier this year. Pankaj Kumar Rajak & Tanuj Gulia are the two goalkeepers in the squad.
• Rushiraj Wins Rapid Fire Pistol Gold
Rushiraj Barot won gold in the junior men’s 25m rapid fire pistol of the ongoing ISSF Junior World Cup in Azerbaijan. He had finished ninth in the same event in the first Junior World Cup of the year held in Suhl, Germany, in May. Pratik Borse, Arjun Babuta & Prashant won the team gold in the 10m air rifle event. India is on the fourth place on the medal table winning 6 gold, 4 silver & 8 bronze.
• Anup Kumar to lead India in Kabaddi WC
Star raider Anup Kumar from Haryana will lead India in next month’s Kabaddi World Cup to be held in Ahmedabad. All-rounder Manjeet Chillar will be Anup’s deputy. The tournament that is set to commence on Oct 7 & will feature 12 teams. The countries which will take part are Iran, South Korea, Bangladesh, USA, England, Australia, Poland, Thailand, Japan, Argentina, Kenya and hosts India.
• Sehwag Starts New Inning With US Insurer
US insurance firm State Farm has announced that Sehwag will be the face of its new campaign – “Here to help life go right”. He is the only batsman in history to have scored 7,500-plus runs in both Tests & ODIs as an opener. The only Indian to have twice been honoured as the Wisden Leading Cricketer. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto, home & life insurance in the US.
• BCCI Names MSK Prasad as Chief Selector
Former India wicketkeeper MSK Prasad was appointed as the chief selector by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He was appointed as the latest chief selector at the BCCI’s 87th Annual General Meeting (AGM), in Mumbai. He represented India in six Tests and 17 ODIs. Other members include Jatin Paranjpae, Devan Gandhi, Gagan Khoda and Sarandeep Singh.
• Niti Aayog Action Plan to Secure Medals
Niti Aayog has devised a short-term & medium-to-long term action plan to help India achieve 50 medals in 2024 Olympics. In its action plan for revitalising sports, Niti Aayog said India still does not have a conducive environment for sports. The short-term vision (4-8 yrs) envisages targeting a group of priority sports. While the medium to long term will focus on identifying talent at a young age.
• BPCL Lifts Title of Obaidullah Khan Cup
The Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd-BPCL won the title of the Obaidullah Khan Heritage Cup Hockey Tournament. The team defeated Railways by 3-0 in the final played at Aishbagh Stadium in Bhopal. The match was decided by penalty shoot-outs as both the teams scored one goal each till the end of prescribed time. Air India got the third place in the Tournament.
• Dhoni’s Biopic Becomes Tax-Free
The upcoming biopic “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story” on cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been declared tax-free in his home state Jharkhand. The Jharkhand government waived entertainment tax for the biopic on Dhoni. Dhoni was born in Ranchi and that is where his journey began. The biopic shows how coaches, mentors &friends inspired young Dhoni to become an ace cricketer.
• Japan to Host 2026 Asian Games
Japan’s Aichi prefecture and its capital city Nagoya were confirmed as co-hosts of the 2026 Asian Games. Japan has hosted the Asian Games twice before, at Tokyo in 1958 & Hiroshima in 1994. Asian games 2018 have already been awarded to the Indonesian cities of Jakarta & Palembang. The 2022 edition will be held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. The Asian Game, also known as ‘Asiad’, is held every 4 years.
• Sania & Barbora Lift Toray Pan Trophy
India’s Sania Mirza & her Czech partner Barbora Strycova lifted the Toray Pan Pacific Open trophy in Tokyo. They posted a comfortable straight-set win over unseeded Chinese pair of Chen Liang & Zhaoxuan Yang 6-1, 6-1 in the final of the women’s doubles event. This is Sania and Strycova’s second title in three tournaments since they have paired together.
• Ritu Rani Retires from Hockey
Former Indian women’s hockey captain Ritu Rani has retired from international hockey. She was controversially dropped from the team for the Rio Olympics citing attitude issues. It was under Ritu’s captaincy that the Indian women’s team qualified for the Rio after a gap of 36 years. It was also under her captaincy that the national team had won a bronze medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
• Maruti Launches Alto Special Edition
Maruti Suzuki India has launched ‘MS Dhoni inspired’ special edition of the Alto small cars. The special editions of Alto800 & AltoK10 cars are part of the carmaker’s association with the upcoming movie ‘M S Dhoni – The Untold Story’. It is based on the life of M S Dhoni. The special edition Alto has Dhoni inspired sporty seat covers with number “7”, MS Dhoni signature decal among others.
• China’s Huge Telescope Begins Testing
The world’s largest radio telescope, which has been built in China is beginning an intensive testing phase. The giant dish, which measures 500m (1,640 ft) across is complete. It will now take three years to calibrate the instrument so it can become fully operational. The radio telescope has been an ambitious project for the National Astronomical Observatories of China.
• India Beat New Zealand in Kanpur Test
India notched up a mammoth 197-run win in their historic 500th cricket Test at Kanpur, U.P. Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 6-132 to complete his 10-wicket match haul. The Kiwis struggled to negotiate a slow track, which offered turn & bounce. With this win, India have taken their unbeaten tally on home soil to 11 matches. NZ have remained without a win on the Indian soil since 1998.
• US Golf Legend Arnold Palmer Dies
US golfer Arnold Palmer, viewed as one of the greatest players in the sport’s history, has died. He started to play golf at age 4 and began his professional career in 1954. He won more than 90 golf tournaments, including the Masters four times, the U.S. Open in 1960, and the British Open in 1961 and 1962. He became the first person to make $1 million playing golf.
• India wins medal in Asian Beach Games
India opened their medal account in the 5th Asian Beach Games as Pinky Balhara bagged a bronze in kurash.Balhara won the bronze in women’s 52kg category after she lost to Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy of Vietnam in the semifinals.Kurash is a form of wrestling that originated in Uzbekistan.India had sent a contingent of 208 members to participate in the Asian Beach Games.
• Arvind Mani sets 200m backstroke record
Arvind Mani made record in 200m backstroke on the third day of the 70th Glenmark National aquatics championship at the V.B.B. Stadium. The 20-year-old Karnataka swimmer clocked 2:05.46s to break Rohit Havaldar’s three-year-old record of 2:06.23s. Rio Olympians Sajan Prakash and Shiwani Kataria also scripted National records, in men’s 100m butterfly and the women’s 200m freestyle.
• Sania holds on to No. 1 ranking
Sania Mirza continued at No.1 in the latest WTA women’s doubles ranking, following her recent victory in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo with Barbora Strycova. Sania (9,730 points) is only five points ahead of ex-partner Martina Hingis (No. 2). Among the men, Saketh Myneni at No. 138, is India’s highest ranked singles player.
• Swachh Bharat AV campaign launched
Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation’s minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched a national audio-visual campaign for the Swachh Bharat Mission. The advertisements launched feature Swachh Bharat official brand ambassadors, Shri Amitabh Bachchan and Shri Sachin Tendulkar. The ministry has fully galvanised its IEC and BCC mechanisms to make the advertisements increasingly people centric.
• BRICS U- 17 Football Tournament Logo
The First BRICS U-17 Football Tournament will be held in Goa in October 2016. A Government of India initiative, this Tournament will be played among the five BRICS countries namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Vijay Goel launched the BRICS U-17 Football Tournament Logo.
• Sathiyan Gnanasekaran Wins Belgium Open
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran has become only the second Indian table tennis player to win an ITTF event as he clinched the men’s singles title of the Belgium Open. Sathiyan won his first pro title by defeating local player Nuytinck Cedric 4-0 in the final at De Haan in Belgium.Achanta Sharath Kamal is the first Indian to win an ITTF event in 2012. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Steffen Mengel.
• Slum Soccer Wins FIFA’s Diversity Award
Indian NGO Slum Soccer won the inaugural FIFA Diversity Award.The Indian NGO pipped International Gay & Lesbian Football Association to win the award.Slum Soccer uses football to connect individuals & work towards improving the living conditions of marginalized. The Diversity Award is part of FIFA’s overall strategy to reinforce its fight against discrimination & promote diversity in football.
• Indian Women’s Kabaddi Team Wins Gold
India bagged their first gold medal at the 5th Asian Beach Games with the women’s beach kabaddi team. Women’s team won the title for the record fifth time in succession in Danang,Vietnam. Indian beat Thailand 41-31 in a hard-fought summit clash. The Indian women’s kabaddi team had been winning the gold since the inception of the biennial Games in 2008.
• Official Emblem of FIFA U-17 WC Unveiled
The Organising Committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 has unveiled the official emblem. The ceremony held in Goa was attended by Fifa President Gianni Infantino. It is shaped like the World Cup trophy, the emblem combines the global look of the beautiful game with a quintessentially Indian feel. The FIFA U-17 WC India 2017 will happen in six venues across the country.
• Ashwin at No. 2 in ICC Test Rankings
India off-spinner R Ashwin gained a place to be second in the latest ICC Test Rankings. He overtook England’s James Anderson by one point. Ashwin’s match haul of 10 for 225, that helped India notch a 197-run victory in the first Test. He is now within seven points of number-one ranked Dale Steyn. Ravindra Jadeja too gained a spot in the rankings and is now placed 7th.
• Ex-Australian Cricketer Max Walker Dies
Former Australian cricketer Max Walker, whose awkward and unorthodox bowling action earned him the nickname ‘Tangles’ passed away. He played 34 Tests between 1972 & ‘77, taking 138 wickets at an average of 27.47. He also took 20 wickets in 17 one-day internationals from 1974-81. In 2011, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to cricket and for his social work.
• PM Unveil Trophy for BRICS Football Meet
PM Modi unveiled the trophy for BRICS U-17 football tournament, scheduled to be held in Goa from Oct 5 to 15. The PM reiterated the Nation’s commitment to ‘sports for all’. The tournament aims at taking the ongoing interaction and cohesion amongst the BRICS nations to a new level of exchange. The ceremony was attended by Ambassadors and High Commissioners of BRICS nations and other dignitaries.
• Sachin as Brand Ambassador for Kerala
Legendary Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has been appointed as brand ambassador for anti- liquor and drug campaign by the Kerala government.This was part of the government’s move to create awareness among people against alcoholism & drug in the state.The Kerala government was for restriction of alcohol use gradually.De-addiction centres would be opened in district level.
• Stage Set as Paralympic Games Begin
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will begin today in Rio, Brazil.Around 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries will compete in 22 different sports.Of the total number of athletes set to take part, approximately 1,650 will be women. Canoe and triathlon will be included in the Games for the first time in Rio.The Indian contingent, largest-ever from the country, comprises of 18 athletes.
• India shines at Rio Paralympics
At 2016 Rio Paralympics, Mariyappan Thangavelu won the gold medal while compatriot Varun Singh Bhati clinched the bronze in the men’s high jump T-42 event. The 20-year-old Thangavelu made a leap of 1.89m, while Bhati jumped his personal best of 1.86m to finish third. T-42 is a disability classification in the sport for differently-abled track-and-field athletes with single ‘above the knee’.
• Deepa Malik wins silver in shot put
India’s Deepa Malik created history by becoming the first-ever woman from the country to win a medal at the Paralympics. She bagged a silver in the shot put F-53 event in Rio de Janeiro. Deepa’s best throw of 4.61m from her six attempts was enough to clinch the silver medal. India, thus, now have secured three medal from the Rio Paralympics.
• Velavan Wins Asian Junior Squash Title
India’s emerging player Velavan Senthilkumar bagged the Under-19 Asian Junior Individual squash championship title in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He beat Jordan’s Mohammad Al-Sarraj 12-14, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 to claim the title. He is the second Indian to win the title after Ravi Dixit in 2010. Also, Tushar Shahani won the boys’ u-17 silver & Yash Fadte, a u-15 bronze.

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