Anju Khosla completed Ironman Triathlon

Anju Khosla, aged 52 became the oldest Indian woman to complete an Ironman Triathlon, which is one of the toughest one-day sporting events. She completed the event in Carinthia, Austria in 15 hours, 54 minutes and 54 seconds. The event comprised 3.86 km of swimming leg, 180.25 km bike leg, and a 42.2km marathon to be completed without any break.

First woman DGP assumes office

The first woman Directorate General of Police of Puducherry, S. Sundari Nanda assumed office on Monday. She is replaced by outgoing DGP S.K Gautam, who is transferred to New Delhi. Ms.Nanda has earlier served as the Special Commissioner of Police (Headquarters), Delhi Police.

Simona Halep beats Sloane Stephens

World number one Simona Halep has claimed her maiden grand slam title winning the French Open. She is the second Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam title, after Virginia Ruzici’s victory at Roland Garros in 1978. Halep won the Roland Garros girls’ singles in 2008 and is only the sixth player to do so, then win the women’s title.

Oldest Indian woman to scale Mount Everest

Sangeeta Bahl, at the age of 53 has become the oldest Indian woman to scale the Mount Everest. She scaled the peak on May 19, 2018, with the help of 2 Sherpas and was felicitated at the Indian embassy in Kathmandu. She carried a banner to the peak advocating early detection of breast cancer in women & funding for the same. She has already conquered 6 out of the 7 highest peaks of the world.

Ireland overturns abortion ban

Ireland has voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to overturn the abortion ban. Result was a landslide 66.4% ‘yes’ vote against 33.6% who voted ‘no’. Currently, abortion is only allowed when a woman’s life is at risk, but not in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality. One of the key cases influencing the debate on abortion in Ireland was that of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar.

First all-woman POPSK starts operations

In a first, a Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) run by an all-woman team has started operations on 14th May in Phagwara, Punjab. It was 192nd POPSK in the country, but the first one to be operated by an all-woman team. The Seva Kendra was inaugurated by Union Minister Vijay Sampla in the local head Post Office.

Kvitova won third Madrid Open title

Petra Kvitova outlasted her Dutch opponent Kiki Bertens 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 6-3 in the finals to clinch the third Madrid Open title. Kvitova, the victor in Spain in 2011 and 2015, becomes the first woman to win the tournament three times. Kvitova has now claimed four titles in 2018 after triumphs in St Petersburg, Doha and Prague.

Indian airports got its 1st woman firefighter

Airports Authority of India (AAI) has appointed its first woman firefighter, Taniya Sanyal.Taniya is currently undergoing training in Delhi and will be appointed for AAI’s eastern region airports. Considered a profession only for men, AAI till recently did not have recruitment norms for women firefighters. AAI is facing a shortage of firefighters due to expansion & new airports coming up.

Manika Batra won CWG TT singles gold

Manika Batra became the first-ever Indian woman to bag gold in the women’s table tennis singles’ event in Commonwealth Games history.The 22-year-old paddler from Delhi defeated Singapore’s Mengyu Yu in the final to bag her third medal at CWG 2018. Manika had earlier won the women’s team gold and women’s doubles’ silver at the Games.

Cabinet approved Human Rights Bill, 2018

The Union Cabinet approved the Protection of Human Rights (Amendments) Bill, 2018 for better protection and promotion of human rights in the country.The Amendment will strengthen the Human Rights Institutions of India for the effective discharge of their mandates, roles and responsibilities. It proposes to add a woman member in the composition of the human rights commission.