J&K’s 1st all women branch at J&K Bank

J&K’s 1st all women branch at J&K Bank
First Lady Usha Vohra inaugurated the 1st All-Women Branch of Jammu & Kashmir Bank at the Sher-i-Kashmir centre. The bank also launched products designed exclusively for women clients which included Pink Gold Saving Scheme, Pink Platinum Saving Scheme, Special Loan Facility for Women Entrepreneurs. J&K Bank started on​ Oct 1 1983, was the 1st bank in India to emerge as a state-owned bank.

Mansi settles for silver at Junior Wrestling

Mansi settles for silver at Junior Wrestling
India won two medals with Mansi claiming silver and Swati winning bronze in their respective weight categories in women’s freestyle in the Junior Asian Wrestling Championships, 2018. In the 57 kilogram category, Mansi had to settle for a Silver after she lost to Japan’s Akie Hanai in the Final. The overall trophy went to Japan, who finished with seven gold medals.

Cabinet amends Section 376 of IPC

Cabinet amends Section 376 of IPC
The Cabinet approved a Bill to enhance the punishment for rape, including awarding death penalty to convicts of raping girls under 12 yrs. The Bill amends Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act), 2012, and the Code of Criminal Procedure. The Bill will increase the minimum punishment for rape from the existing 7 yrs to 10 yrs.

Vinesh grabs gold at Grand Prix of Spain

Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat grabbed a gold at the Spanish Grand Prix in Madrid. Vinesh won the gold medal in the women’s freestyle 50kg category. Vinesh outclassed Canada’s Natasha Fox in the final to claim her second consecutive gold. She had won a gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in the 50kg category.

Elevanil wins gold in junior shooting meet

Young Indian shooter Elavenil Valarivan claimed the women’s air rifle gold medal in the 28th Meeting of Shooting Hopes junior international championship in Plzen, Czech Republic. She shot 250.8 in the final to get the better of Italy’s Nicole Gabrielli (249.7). She had also topped the qualification with 628.0. Aleksandra Szutko of Poland won the bronze with 228.2.

Forbes List Of US’ Richest Self-Made Women

Forbes released its 4th annual list of US’ Richest Self-Made Women. Diane Hendricks, co-founder and chairman of ABC Supply ranks 1st with a net w rth of $4.9 billion. Indian-origin tech executives Jayshree Ullal and Neerja Sethi were also on the list with $1.3 bn and $1 bn respectively. TV star and entrepreneur Kylie Jenner is the youngest to be featured in the list.

Kolkata gets all women police squad

The Kolkata Police has commissioned its exclusive women squad “The Winners” to combat crime on women across the metropolitan city. The new batch of policewomen would be deployed at specific places to move where civilian women face danger from possible assault and criminal attacks. Keshari Nath Tripathi is the current governor of West Bengal.

Arothe resigns as India women’s cricket coach

Indian Women’s Cricket Team Coach Tushar Arothe has stepped down from the role citing personal reasons. A former batting allrounder, Arothe took over as head coach in April 2017 after the removal of Purnima Rau from the job. Having previously been part of the Indian women’s coaching staff between 2008 and 2012, Arothe had been initially appointed until the 2017 World Cup.

Lee Chong Wei wins 12th Malaysia Open title

Malaysian Lee Chong Wei beat Japanese shuttler Kento Momota 21-17, 23-21 to grab the Malaysia Open title for a historic 12th time. In the women’s singles final, top seed Tai Tzu Ying from Taiwan saw off China’s He Bingjiao. Indian campaign had ended with the defeat of PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth in their semi-finals. Lee Chong Wei is currently world number 6.

Anjolie Ela Menon conferred the Kalidas Award

Noted artist Anjolie Ela Menon has received the National Kalidas Samman for visual arts from the Madhya Pradesh government. The award was conferred in recognition of her insightful and sensitive portrayal of the identity and spirit of women through her meaningful paintings in a variety of media. Menon is India’s most accomplished artists and is the recipient of the Padma Shri.

WCD Ministry to organise TECH-THON 2018

Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India will organize a seminar on technology partnerships for steering POSHAN Abhiyaan called ‘TECH-THON’ in Delhi. The seminar aims to discuss technology and also share an overview of POSHAN Abhiyaan and combat malnutrition. POSHAN Abhiyaan (National Nutrition Mission) was launched by the Prime Minister on 8th March 2018 in, Rajasthan.

India most dangerous country for women

According to Thomson Reuters Foundation survey, India is the world’s most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labour. The data shows reported cases of crime against women rose by 83% between 2007 & 2016 when there were four cases of rape reported every hour. The total global crime was worth an estimated $150 billion a year in India.

Deepika won gold at Salt Lake World Cup

Archer Deepika Kumari won her first individual gold medal in six years at the Salt Lake World Cup following a 7-3 win over Germany’s Michelle Kroppen in the recurve final. The last time she won at a stage event on the international circuit goes back to Antalya in 2012. She had won a gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth games in the women’s individual recurve event.

WCD Ministry to get SKOCH Award

Ministry of Women & Child Development receives the ‘Best Performing Social Sector Ministry’ SKOCH Award. The ministry achieved results through schemes like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao has achieved huge success and improved sex ratio. The Minister, Maneka Gandhi shared details of 6 months maternity leave, Sexual Harassment at Work Place Act, SHe-box, One stop centres, Women help line (181).

‘Women Wizards Rule Tech’ programme

NASSCOM unveiled a programme named Women Wizards Rule Tech. It aims to increase the number of women in senior levels in the Information Technology (IT) industry. The Women Wizards Rule Tech was announced in March at the Nasscom Diversity and Inclusion Summit in Chennai as a joint initiative by the Nasscom Sector Skills Council and the Data Security Council of India.

England women make highest T20 total

England made the highest total of 250-3 in women’s Twenty20 internationals as they beat South Africa by 121 runs. They overtook the previous record set by New Zealand of 216-1 against South Africa a day before. Tammy Beaumont hit 116 off 52 balls and made the second fastest century off 47 balls.

2 women battalions to be raised in J&K

To enhance the representation of women in the State Police, the Ministry of Home Affairs has approved raising two women Battalions for Jammu & Kashmir Police. One battalion each would be raised for Jammu region and Kashmir region. 60% of posts would be kept reserved for women of 10 border districts namely, Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Poonch, Rajouri, Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara, Kargil and Leh.

India bagged 3 Medals At Boxing Tournament

Indian boxers bagged one Gold and two Silver medals at the Umakhanov Memorial Tournament in the Russian city of Kaspiysk. Saweety Boora won the coveted yellow metal in the Women’s 75 kg category after beating Anna Anfinogenova (Russia) in the Final. In the Men’s section, Brijesh Yadav in the 81 kg division and Virender Kumar in 91 kgs lost their Final bouts to settle for Silver medals.

Safer train rides for women with Vahini

Women can now look forward to safer journeys, with the Waltair division of ECoR deploying the Subhadra Vahini at the railway station. Vahini is a first-of-its-kind all-female group of 32 railway personnel comprising 16 from the RPF and an equal number from the commercial wing of the division. It has a Facebook page at https://subhadravahiniteamwaltair, while the WhatsApp number is 8978080777

Simran-Ritika win Mauritius Open

India’s young women’s doubles pair of Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker won the Mauritius International title. This was just the second international tournament that Singhi and Thaker had participated in this year. Singhi and Thaker had won the All India Junior Ranking Tournament in Tirupur, which secured them a spot in India’s squad for the Badminton Asia Junior Championships.

New Zealand women make record ODI score

New Zealand women’s cricket team posted the highest ever total in One-day cricket by scoring an incredible 490 for four against Ireland in the first match in Dublin. The total posted by the women’s team is the highest ever in ODIs including men’s matches. In men’s cricket, the highest total in ODI is 444 for three, made by England against Pakistan in August 2016 at Nottingham.

Anu Kumar wins men’s 800m at

Middle distance runner Anu Kumar claimed a gold in the men’s 800m and Arpandeep Kaur Bajwa grabbed a bronze in the women’s discus throw at the Junior Asian Athletics Championships. Indian athletes have already won three gold medals, one silver and nine bronze medals at the event. India won their third gold of the competition through Uttarakhand based runner Anu.

Consortium to help women entrepreneurs

The UN India Business Forum and the Women Entrepreneurial Platform of NITI Aayog formed a consortium to reduce gender disparities in start-up investments. It will provide mentorship and networking opportunities and accelerating financial and market linkages for women entrepreneurs. The consortium aims to strengthen women’s entrepreneurship by creating an enabling ecosystem for investments.

Ban proposed on obscene depiction of women

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has proposed to ban obscene depiction of women on the Internet and through SMS/MMS by amending the Indecent Representation of Women Act, 1986. The Ministry has also suggested that stricter punishments be awarded for such crimes. It has also proposed setting up a Central authority under the National Commission of Women.

WEP signs SoI with various organisations

NITI Aayog’s Women Entrepreneurs Platform (WEP) signed 5 Statement of Intent (SoIs) with financial institutions. These are Shri Mahila Sewa Sahakari Bank Limited, Indiabulls Housing Finance Limited, SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited, Sreemanta Sankar Mission and the SEWA. The WEP was established on International Women’s Day in March 2018 to increase the number of women entrepreneurs.

India’s first advanced forensic lab

Maneka Gandhi has laid the foundation stone of an advanced DNA forensic laboratory at the campus of Central Forensic Science Lab in Chandigarh. The ‘Sakhi Suraksha’ lab will assist in investigation and prosecution of crimes including those committed against women and children. It will contribute in addressing the gap in forensic DNA analysis of pending sexual assault cases in the country.

Facebook to offer digital literacy programme

Facebook has partnered with National Commission for Women (NCW) to launch a digital literacy programme in collaboration with the Cyber Peace Foundation (CPF). As part of the digital literacy programme pilot, awareness training will be conducted for 60,000 women. The training will be conducted in local languages.

Haryana to have one-stop centres for women

Each district of Haryana will now get one-stop centres (OSCs) to facilitate integrated services for women affected by violence. The aim of these centres is to facilitate integrated services for women affected by violence. These services would include police assistance, medical aid, psycho-social counselling etc. One stop centre is 100% centrally sponsored scheme under the Nirbhaya Fund.

3rd Home Affairs Dialogue between India, UK

The third Home Affairs’ Dialogue between India and UK was held in New Delhi. The dialogue covered a wide range of issues including cyber security, women safety, organized crime and terror financing. Detailed exchange of views took place between the two sides on Indian fugitives and economic offenders residing in the U.K.

WCD ministry, UP govt sign MoU

A MoU has been signed between the Women and Child and Development (WCD) Ministry and the Uttar Pradesh government for managing a shelter home for widows in Vrindavan. The MoU shall be in force for a period of two years. According to the MoU, the UP government shall be responsible for activities including setting up mechanism for identifying beneficiaries and other norms.

MHA creates new division for women safety

Ministry of Home Affairs has created a new division to deal with all issues of women safety in coordination with relevant ministries, departments and state governments. Punya Srivastava has been appointed as the Joint Secretary to head this division. The division will deal with all schemes under NIRBHAYA fund and Crimes against women, SCs & STs, children & elderly persons among others.

Japan’s women clinch Uber Cup

Japan’s women clinched the Uber Cup, the Womens World Badminton Championship, defeating Thailand 3-0 in Bangkok. It ends an Uber Cup drought for Japan that stretches back to 1981. The Uber Cup is second in prestige only to the Olympics as a national team event. As of the 2018, China is the most successful team, having won fourteen times. Japan is second, having won it six times.

Mumbai to get UAV surveillance

To enhance women’s safety, Mumbai police are planning to use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance and install `panic buttons’ across the city. The measures are part of a Rs 252-crore Safe City Project, which will be implemented fully in three years. The use of UAVs for women’s safety will be the first in the country.

Niti Aayog ropes in Sushant Singh Rajput

Actor Sushant Singh Rajput will promote 2 major initiatives of NITI Aayog – BHIM app & the Women Entrepreneurship Platform. BHIM is a payment app that lets users make simple and quick transactions using Unified Payments Interface. Women Entrepreneurship Platform is a unified access portal which brings together women from different parts of India to realize their entrepreneurial aspirations.

INSV Tarini Team gets Nari Shakti Puraskar

Nari Shakti Puraskar 2017 was presented to INSV Tarini Team in Delhi by Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Minister of Women & Child Development. Team comprising of 6 Lady Officers, led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi from Indian Navy received the award from the Minister. Tarini is a part of Navika Sagar Parikrama, a unique project of Indian Navy which promotes ocean sailing activities in the Navy.

Paytm’s initiative to educate women

Paytm has announced a programme called Paytm AshaKiran, which aims at educating rural women about financial services. It will help in creating new job opportunities in small towns & cities of India. In the first phase, the bank has partnered with United Nations Development Program under its Disha project to mobilize self-help groups and organize workshops.

NYSE to have its first female leader

The New York Stock Exchange has appointed Chief Operating Officer Stacey Cunningham as its first female president. Cunningham will replace Tom Farley as the head of NYSE. Cunningham became NYSE’s chief operating officer in June 2015. NYSE’s move means two of the top three US stock exchange operators are led by women.

South Korea won Asian Champions Trophy 2018

Defending champions Indian Women’s Hockey Team lost to hosts South Korea 0-1 in the final match of the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy 2018. The win for South Korea saw them lift the title for the third time after having won in the 2010 and 2011 editions of the tournaments. India’s Vandana Katariya was declared the player of the tournament.

National registry of crimes against women

National Crime Records Bureau is in the process of creating a national registry of crimes against women. The move comes against the backdrop of an around 3% increase in crimes against women and a 12% rise in incidents of rape in 2016 as compared to 2015. Majority of cases categorised as crimes against women were reported under “cruelty by husband or his relatives”.

INSV Tarini all set to return on May 21

Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini is all set to complete its circumnavigation of the globe and return to Goa on May 21. INSV Tarini was set out for sail on September 10, 2017 from Goa. It is the first Indian all-women crew to circumnavigate the globe. The expedition titled ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, is aimed at promoting women empowerment.

Simona Halep retained top spot in WTA rankings

Romanian tennis star Simona Halep has retained her numero-uno spot in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Rankings. Halep maintains a lead of 425 points over second-placed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. After the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, Simona Halep became the active player with the most consecutive weeks within the Top 10. Halep started her 2018 season by winning the Shenzhen Open.

Youngest woman to scale Mt. Everest

Shivangi Pathak from Haryana has become youngest women of the country to scale Mt Everest. 16-year-old Shivangi climbed the Mt Everest to spread the message that women could overcome any obstacle to achieve their goals. In 2014, 13-year-old Malavath Poorna from India had climbed Mt Everest from Tibet side and became the youngest girl in the world to the summit at Everest.

Railways to install ‘panic button’

16 : With a view to strengthen security of women passengers in trains, North Eastern Railway plans to deploy women police personnel on trains during night hours as well as install ‘panic buttons’ in coaches. Currently, women passengers have to depend on either on helpline numbers. Among the other measures proposed to ensure women safety are having a different colour on the women coaches.

Heena Sidhu clinched gold

Indian Shooter Heena Sidhu clinched the gold medal in the women’s 10m air pistol at the International Shooting Competitions 2018 in Hannover, Germany. Heena was in a rollicking form in the final where she was tied with France’s Mathilde Lamolle on 239.8 points. She won the tie to win the gold ahead of Mathilde. The finish marks a strong build-up to next week’s ISSF World Cup in Munich.

Mountaineering Expedition to Mt. Bhagirathi-II

15 : Indian Army Women Officers’ Mountaineering Expedition to Mt. Bhagirathi-II (6512 metres) consisting of 9 women officers, was flagged off by Director General of Military Training. Mt. Bhagirathi-II is located in the Garhwal Himalayas in Gangotri National Park. The expedition aims at encouraging women in the field of adventure where dauntless courage, will-power & determination is put to test.

Domestic Violence Act for divorced women too

The Domestic Violence Act, meant to punish men who abuse women in a relationship, extends to all man-woman relationships & also protects divorced women from their former husband, the Supreme Court has upheld. The court held that domestic violence can continue even after divorce. It amounts to domestic violence if the former husband tried to dispossess the woman from a jointly-owned property.

UNDP to set up skill development centre

United Nations Development Programme will soon set up a skill development centre at ‘Bharosa,’ in Hyderabad. ‘Bharosa,’ an initiative of Hyderabad City Police, is a state-of-the-art centre to support women and children who are victims of violence. The centre will empower vulnerable & marginalised women by imparting skills training.

Scheme for sexual assault, acid attack victims

Supreme Court has approved ‘Compensation Scheme for Women Victims/Survivors of Sexual Assault/Other Crimes-2018’ a scheme for mandatory grant of compensation to victims of sexual assault & acid attack. The scheme has been prepared by National Legal Services Authority in consultation with Centre. A victim of gangrape would now get a minimum compensation of Rs 5 lakh up to a max of Rs 10 lakh.

SEBI asks listed firms to split CMD post

SEBI has asked listed companies to split the post of Chairman and Managing Director by April 2020. SEBI has also made it compulsory for them to have six independent directors on board, including a women director. The changes, which were first recommended by Kotak Bank chief Uday Kotak-led committee on corporate governance in 2017, have now been accepted and notified by SEBI.

Nisha Bhalla conferred with ‘WEF 2018’ award

Holistic coach and consultant, Nisha Bhalla was felicitated at the recently concluded Annual WEF 2018 Awards. Nisha was presented the ‘Excellent Woman of Excellence’ award for her spiritual service. Women Economic Forum is the largest global gathering of women entrepreneurs and leaders worldwide that recognises the most successful women across all fields.

100 One Stop centres for distressed women

Centre has approved setting up of 100 additional One-Stop centres in 9 states to help violence affected women. States in which these centres will be set up are Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, MP, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Tamil Nadu & UP. These centres aim to facilitate integrated services for violence affected women like police assistance, social counseling, medical & legal aid.

Korean Unification Flag signed at ITFF

6 : The Korean Unification flag was signed by members of the joint Korean women’s table tennis team at the World Team Table Tennis Championship. The flag features a blue Korean Peninsula against a white background. The flag is being used in such tournaments where a unified Korean team is fielded off to participate.

Harendra Singh to coach men’s hockey team

Hockey India has appointed Harendra Singh as coach of India’s men’s team, while Sjoerd Marijne will take over as chief coach of women’s side. Harendra led the junior men’s hockey team to the World Cup title in 2016. Before joining the Indian women’s team, Marijne had a successful tenure with the Netherlands’ women’s team.

N Sikki Reddy recommended for Arjuna Award

Women’s doubles shuttler N Sikki Reddy has been recommended for Arjuna Award by the Badminton Association of India.G Sudhakar Reddy, who coached Kidambi Srikanth in his early days, has been recommended for Dronacharya Award. The 24-year-old Sikki had won the mixed team gold medal and the women’s doubles bronze at the recent Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

Saudi Aramco appoints the first woman to the board

Saudi Arabia’s Aramco, the world’s top oil company has appointed its first female board member among five new members to its board of directors.Lynn Laverty Elsenhans, the former chairwoman, president and CEO of U.S. oil refiner Sunoco is the first female board member of Aramco. Elsenhans was named by Forbes as one of the world’s most powerful women in 2008.

Intellectual Property Day observed on 26 Apr

World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on 26 April. The event was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 to “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life”. The theme for this year was “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity”.

Mahadevi Varma Is Today’s Google Doodle

Mahadevi Varma, celebrated Hindi poet, freedom fighter, women’s rights activist and educationist, was honoured by Google with a Doodle.In 1982, Mahadevi Varma received the Jnanpith Award for her outstanding contributions to Indian literature on April 27. She was also honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1956, Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1979, and Padma Vibhushan in 1988.

Indu Malhotra sworn in as SC Judge

Senior lawyer Indu Malhotra was sworn in on 27th April as Supreme Court Judge. It is for the first time that the apex court has two women judges — the other being Justice R. Banumathi. Justice Malhotra is the fifth woman Judge of the top court. Justice Fatima Bibi was the first woman Judge of the Supreme Court. She is the 1st woman lawyer from the Supreme Court bar to be directly elevated.

India won 10 gold medals

India has won 10 gold medals at 8th South Asian Judo Championship in Lalitpur, Nepal.Indian women grabbed all 7 gold while men won 3 out of total 7 gold medals in the individual category. Besides host Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka had participated in the 3 day championship.

World’s first female foreign ministers meeting

Canada and the European Union will host the world’s first female foreign ministers’ meeting in September.Female foreign ministers from about 30 countries will be invited to the gathering, which is aimed at deepening global discussion on women’s empowerment. The meeting will be held for 2 days starting on September 21st in Canada.

Chhattisgarh to Distribute Free Smartphones

Chhattisgarh govt. will start distributing smartphones to over 50 lakh people for free from May under the Sanchar Kranti Yojana.Under the scheme, 40 lakh phones will be given to women heads of households in villages having population of more than 1,000. Smartphones will help to apprise people with the government’s welfare schemes and about the processes to avail benefits.

Meeting of Council under POSHAN Abhiyaan

The first meeting of National Council on India’s Nutrition Challenges under POSHAN Abhiyaan will be held in New Delhi.POSHAN Abhiyaan which was launched by PM Modi in Rajasthan aims to ensure holistic development & adequate nutrition for pregnant women, mothers & children. The programme also targets to reduce the level of stunting, under-nutrition, anaemia and low birth rate.

Saina Nehwal won second CWG gold

Shuttler Saina Nehwal defeated world number three PV Sindhu by 21-18, 23-21 in the first-ever all-Indian women’s singles final at the Commonwealth Games.With this, Nehwal claimed her second Commonwealth Games singles gold medal after having won it at the 2010 Delhi Games. Nehwal is the only Indian female badminton player to win singles gold in Commonwealth Games history.

Vikas Krishan won gold in boxing

Vikas Krishan won gold by defeating Cameroon’s Dieudonne Ntsengue in men’s 75 kg final.The Asian Games 2010 gold medallist joined Mary Kom (women’s 45-48 kg) and Gaurav Solanki (men’s 52 kg) to win boxing gold at Gold Coast.This was the first CWG gold for India in middleweight boxing category.

Vinesh Phogat won her 2nd straight CWG gold

Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat claimed the top position in the women’s freestyle 50 kg Nordic System event to win her second successive gold at the Commonwealth Games.The gold is India’s fifth in wrestling and 23rd overall at the CWG 2018. Earlier, Vinesh’s cousin Babita Kumari had claimed silver in the women’s freestyle 53 kg event.

Kiran won bronze medal at CWG

Indian wrestler Kiran bagged a bronze medal in the women’s Freestyle 76 kg event after finishing off Mauritius’ Katouskia Pariadhaven 10-0 in the first round itself at the Commonwealth Games.Earlier in the day, Indian wrestlers had won two medals – one silver medal through Babita Phogat and a gold medal through Rahul Aware.

Discus thrower Seema Punia won silver medal

India’s Seema Punia bagged her fourth successive medal at the Commonwealth Games by winning silver in women’s discus throw final with a throw of 60.41m in Gold Coast.The 34-year-old has now won three silver medals (2006, 2014 and 2018) and one bronze (2010) at the Games. Another Indian athlete Navjeet Dhillon won bronze in the same event.

Silver medal for Tejaswini Sawant in shooting

Tejaswini Sawant has won silver medal in the finals of the women’s 50m rifle prone at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.This is the sixth CWG medal for Tejaswini, following two golds in 2006 and a pair of silvers and a bronze in 2010.Anjum Moudgil, the other Indian to reach the women’s 50m rifle prone finals, finished 16th.

Shreyasi Singh won Double Trap Gold

Shooter Shreyasi Singh won the gold medal in women’s double trap event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.The bronze medal went to Scotland. She had won a Bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon in the double trap team event. She won the silver medal in double trap event at the 2017 Commonwealth Shooting Championships.

Fast-track court to try drug cases in Manipur

Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh inaugurated a special court at Cheirap Court Complex in Imphal to try drug-related cases.The fast-track court will facilitate the speedy trial of offences relating to narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. Similar court to try Crime Against Women was also inaugurated by the Chief Minister on June 27 last year.

Mehuli Ghosh clinched silver in shooting

Indian shooters Mehuli Ghosh and Apurvi Chandela bagged silver and bronze respectively in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle competition at Commonwealth Games 2018.Singapore bagged the gold medal. With this feat, India now stands third on the points table with 17 medals in total, including seven in shooting alone.

India won Women Handball Championship

India defeated Bangladesh to win the fifth South East Asian Women Handball Championship at Lucknow.A total of five countries participated in the tournament. While Nepal finished as runner-ups in the five-country tournament, Bangladesh settled for the third spot and a bronze medal.

Aussie boxer becomes first CWG 2018 medallist

Australian boxer Taylah Robertson has become the first medallist of the 21st Commonwealth Games without even stepping into the ring.She got a bye straight into the 51-kilogram category women’s semifinals scheduled for April 13. The 19-year-old Taylah got the lucky Bronze medal due to the small size of her draw.

Mirabai won gold in women’s weightlifting

Mirabai Chanu secured India’s first gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games when she finished first in the women’s 48 kg weightlifting event at Gold Coast.Mirabai Chanu broke the Commonwealth Games’ weightlifting record by lifting 196 kg. The previous Games’ record was 175 kg set by Augustine Nwaokolo of Nigeria in 2010. This is her 2nd CWG medal following the silver she won in Glasgow.

EC to set up Pink polling booths

5 : The Election Commission (EC) will set up Sakhi/Pink polling booths for the first time in the Karnataka assembly elections.These pink polling booths will have completely female staff including presiding officers, polling officers, micro observers and security personnel.The pink booths are aimed at empowering women and increasing their participation in the poll process.

Google celebrates birthday of Kamaladevi

On 3rd April, Google celebrated the 115th birth anniversary of the multi-faceted freedom fighter, activist and promoter of the arts, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, with a doodle.She was an active participant in the freedom movement, championed women’s rights & founded the All-India Womens Conference. She also worked for the development of the performing arts in India.

Autism Awareness Day observed on April 2

World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized day on 2 April every year. It is designated by United Nations to raise awareness about people with autism throughout the world.The 2018 World Autism Awareness Day observance will focus on the importance of ’empowering women and girls with autism’. Autism is a lifelong neurological condition that manifests during early childhood.

‘Rupashree’ scheme launched in West Bengal

The West Bengal government has rolled out Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dream project ‘Rupashree’ which provides one-time financial support to the marriages of poor women.b ‘Rupashree’ scheme follows the chief minister’s ambitious ‘Kanyashree’ project which has drawn global applause. Under the scheme, an amount of Rs 25,000 will be credited to her bank account before her marriage.

India’s first female doctor’s birthday

Google celebrated the 153rd birth anniversary of Anandi Gopal Joshi, India‘s first female doctor on 31st March. Anandi Joshi was born on this day in Maharashtra in 1865. There is a crater on Venus named after her.

Tripura to set up crime wing of state police

The Tripura government has decided to set up a ‘well-equipped’ crime branch under the state police to deal with unlawful activities such as drug and narcotics peddling. The new wing will be modelled after Delhi Police‘s crime branch. The crime branch would exclusively deal with crimes like drug peddling, indulging in social unrest and crimes on women.

SARAS Aajeevika Mela 2018 in New Delhi

The SARAS Aajeevika Mela 2018 in New Delhi is organized by Ministry of Rural Development. The SARAS Aajeevika Mela 2018 provides rural women producers with a national platform and an opportunity to showcase their products and seek buyers. The Ministry will also bring out a directory of the products of all the women who will be showcasing their products at the Mela.

Assam launched toll free women?s helpline

The Assam government launched ?181-Sakhi toll-free women‘s helpline? to tackle the recent spurt in crime in the state. This is a scheme of universalization of women helpline and is launched under the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. This service intends to provide 24 hours immediate and emergency response to women affected by violence.

WCD Ministry holds 1st National Conclave

Ministry of Women and Child Development held First National Conclave on Psychological Trauma, Child Protection and Mental Illnesses. The aim was to provide analysis of research, service provision and clinical practice in addressing psychological trauma in Indian children and adolescents. It provided a common platform for all stakeholders (Clinicians, Government and NGOs)working in this area.

Manu Bhaker-Anmol wins air pistol mixed gold

27 : Manu Bhaker and Anmol secured the gold medal in the ISSF Junior World Cup by winning the mixed 10m air pistol event. The silver and bronze medals were both awarded to China. Genemat Sekhon bagged an individual bronze medal in the junior women‘s shooting. Overall, India occupied the second placed with 17 medals, including seven gold.

Google celebrates Chipko movement

26 : Google commemorated the 45th anniversary of the Chipko movement with a doodle on 25th March. In 1973, villagers in Uttar Pradesh‘s Chamoli district (now Uttarakhand) took to hugging trees to prevent their felling at the hands of contractors. The whole movement was taken forward by women participants, who became a driving force in educating people on the deleterious effects of deforestation.

SARAS Aajeevika Mela 2018 in New Delhi

The SARAS Aajeevika Mela 2018 in New Delhi is organized by Ministry of Rural Development. The SARAS Aajeevika Mela 2018 provides rural women producers with a national platform and an opportunity to showcase their products and seek buyers. The Ministry will also bring out a directory of the products of all the women who will be showcasing their products at the Mela.

Fastest fifty for India in women?s T20 cricket

25 : Smriti Mandhana created history after smashing the fastest fifty by an Indian player in women‘s T20I cricket. Mandhana, who was opening the innings for India, achieved the feat in just 25 balls bettering her previous best in 30 balls. The overall record for the fastest fifty in women‘s T20Is belongs to Sophie Devine (18 balls) of New Zealand.

Assam to start NRC verification from April 2

The verification of citizenship documents of 29 lakh married women for updating the 1951 National Register of Citizens, will begin in Assam on April 2. Each woman will be asked to produce whatever evidence she can gather, oral or written. The other major process of verifying the family tree of those yet to be included in NRC had begun on February 17.

First National Workshop on POSHAN Abhiyaan

The first National workshop on POSHAN Abhiyan involving all the states and union territories was held at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, New Delhi. The Ministry of Women and Child Development is organising the day-long workshop with participation from all the states/UTs. POSHAN Abhiyaan was launched on 8th March 2018 by the Prime Minister in Jhunjhunu.

7TH Women Science Congress at Imphal

The 7th Women Science Congress at the ongoing 105th session of Indian Science Congress in Imphal was inaugurated on 18th March. Ministry of Science & Technology has launched the India-US Fellowships in December 2017 to encourage research by women in the field of science and technology. The first Women Science Congress was held in 2012.

Juan Martin bags Indian Wells Masters title

Juan Martin del Potro ended world number one Roger Federer‘s 17-match unbeaten run to claim the BNP Paribas Open title at Indian Wells. Del Potro is the first player to beat Federer in 2018. Naomi Osaka won her First Women‘s Tennis Association Title at Indian Wells.

Purva Barve wins title at Israel Junior 2018

Purva Barve won the women‘s singles (Under-19) title at the Israel Junior badminton tournament 2018 held in Rishon LeZion. The title is her first in 2018 and third overall. Earlier she won the Israel Junior 2017, Italian Junior International 2017 apart from a bronze at the Russian Junior White Nights 2017.

“Women of India Organic festival” inaugurated

1st Mumbai Edition of Women of India Organic festival in Mumbai was inaugurated on 16th March. The event will promote Women farmers & Entrepreneurs engaged in organic produce from across India. This year‘s theme of the festival is ‘Good for Women; Good for India; Good for You’. ‘Women of India Festival 2018’ is celebrated since 2015.

Begum Hamida pioneer in women empowerment dies

13 : Begum Hamida Habibullah, a former Rajya Sabha member and a pioneer in women empowerment died on 13th March. Ms Habibullah was known for working on women issues. She was the founder of ‘Self Employed Women‘s Association’, which promoted self-employment for women and the art of Lucknow‘s famous ‘Chikankari’. She joined politics in 1965 and went on to become an MLA from UP‘s Barabanki District.

Vietnam’s Nguyen crowned queen in Thai pageant

Vietnam‘s Nguyen Huong Giang has been crowned this year‘s ‘Miss International Queen’ in Thailand at one of the world‘s top beauty pageants for transgender women. The winner fended off 26 competitors, from different parts of the world, to clinch the coveted crown. The popular contest has been running since 2004.

First woman as combat officer in ITBP

In another first for women, 25-year-old Prakriti has been inducted as the first direct-entry combat officer in the border guarding force, ITBP. The ITBP force is the last of the CAPFs to induct women officers in combat roles after the government first allowed it to enroll them in 2016. ITBP guards the 3,488 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China.

PM expands Beti Bachao Beti Padhao

On the occasion of International Women‘s Day, the PM expanded ‘National Nutrition Mission’ (NNM), and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP), at Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan. The BBBP programme has been expanded from the existing 161 to 640 districts of India. NNM aim is to reduce under-nutrition, low birth weight, anaemia among young children, women and adolescent girls.

Udyam Sakhi Portal Launched for women

The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) launched Udyam Sakhi Portal for women entrepreneurs of India on the occasion of International Women‘s Day. The portal‘s aim is to nurture entrepreneurship and create business models for low-cost products and services in order to empower women. The portal provides assistance for entrepreneurship learning tools, providing mentors etc.

Government launches “SUVIDHA”

The government announced the launch of ‘Suvidha’, the 100% Oxo-biodegradable Sanitary Napkin, under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP). SUVIDHA napkins would be physically available at all Janaushadhi Kendras in the country by May 28, 2018 – World Menstrual Hygiene Day. It would ensure =Swachhta, Swasthya and Suvidha‘ for the underprivileged Women of India.

Women Transforming India Awards 2018

The nominations for the Women Transforming India Awards were opened during the launch of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) at NITI Aayog. The theme of the Awards for the year 2018 is =Women and Entrepreneurship‘. NITI‘s flagship event, which it has organised in partnership with United Nations, will also have the collaboration of DICE Districts.