Prithu Gupta becomes India’s 64th Chess Grandmaster

Delhi’s Prithu Gupta has become India’s 64th Grandmaster, crossing the Elo threshold of 2500 points after beating IM Lev Yankelevich in the fifth round of the Portuguese League 2019. Gupta, who picked up the sport as a nine-year-old, has achieved the sensational feat at the age of 15 years, 4 months and 10 days.

Sanjeev Kumar Singla has been appointed as the next Indian Ambassador

Senior diplomat Sanjeev Kumar Singla has been appointed as the next Indian Ambassador to Israel, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday. Singla, a 1997-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, was serving as Private Secretary (PS) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was appointed to the post in 2014. He will replace Pavan Kapoor, who assumed charge as the Ambassador to Israel in 2016.

Ambikapur has started The Garbage café Scheme

By launching India’s first garbage cafe, Ambikapur, a city in the state of Chhattisgarh, is bringing out the ‘best out of waste’. This innovative idea birthed by the Municipal Corporation will not only tackle the ever rising problem of waste management but will also address the issue of food access to the poor and homeless.  Under this program, any person fetching a kilo of plastic waste to the garbage cafe will be assured of a full meal while those collecting at least 500 grams will benefit from a substantial breakfast.

Vivek Kumar appointed as Private Secretary to Prime Minister

Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Vivek Kumar was appointed as private secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, according to an official order. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by the prime minister, cleared the new assignment for Kumar, who is currently working as Director in the Prime Minister’s Office. Kumar’s appointment will come into effect from the day of the assumption of charge and his tenure will be on co-terminus basis or until further orders, whichever is earlier, the official order said.

Rachna Bisht Rawat wrote “Kargil:Untold stories from the war”

On the 20th anniversary of the Kargil War, a new book will revisit the freezing battle grounds of the 1999 conflict through untold stories of its bravest soldiers. Titled, “Kargil: Untold stories from the War”, the book published by Penguin Random House, is authored by Rachna Bisht Rawat. The book that is based on Rawat’s interviews with war survivors and martyrs’ families, will take the readers to the treacherous Himalayan mountains where some of the Indian Army’s bloodiest battles were fought.

Turkey has been removed from the F-35 fighter jet programme

The US says it is removing Turkey from its F-35 fighter jets programme, after turkey received the first parts of a Russian missile defence system. The US says the “F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities”.

PT Usha has been nominated for the IAAF’s Veteran Pin

India’s track and field legend PT Usha has been nominated for the International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) ‘Veteran Pin’ for her outstanding service to the sports. Usha is one of the greatest sprinters to have come out of India and is often called the “queen of track and field”. She won five gold medals — 100m, 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles and the 4x400m relay — besides a bronze in the 1985 Asian Games which were held in Jakarta.

World’s first $50 million Rhino Impact Bonds has launched by London Zoological Society

The $50 million Rhino Impact Bonds (RIB) will be the world’s first financial instrument working toward the conservation of a species at the risk of extinction. The bond, expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020, looks to boost the black rhino population by 10% globally.

New Delhi hosted International Police Expo 2019

International Police Expo is the only exhibition which is focused and an interactive platform where the police & other forces representatives of different nations and equipments suppliers can meet and discuss their business opportunities related to forces fitness, training, protection and rescue equipments. Here participants can gather and exchange not just knowledge and world views, but also new technologies, solutions and future business partnerships.

Ben Stokes has been nominated for the New Zealander of the Year Award

Allrounder Ben Stokes, who guided England to victory over New Zealand in the final of the cricket World Cup, has been nominated as New Zealander of the Year. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has also been nominated. Stokes was born in New Zealand but moved to England with his family when he was 12. His father Gerard, who played rugby league for New Zealand, was then coaching in England. Stokes has remained in England since, though his parents Gerard and Deb returned to live in the South Island city of Christchurch.


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