“DEFENCE”

Indian Air Force Makes Its Debut In Exercise BRIGHT STAR-23 In Egypt

An Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent has embarked on a significant journey, marking the first-ever participation in Exercise BRIGHT STAR-23. This biennial multilateral tri-service exercise is taking place at Cairo (West) Air Base in Egypt, spanning from August 27 to September 16, 2023. The participation of the IAF in this exercise underscores a new chapter of cooperation and collaboration among nations.

“SPORTS”

HS Prannoy Clinches Bronze At BWF World Badminton Championships 2023

Indian badminton player HS Prannoy secured the bronze medal in the men’s singles category at the prestigious BWF World Badminton Championships 2023. Despite a valiant effort, Prannoy was eliminated in the semi-finals that took place in Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday. His remarkable journey in the tournament showcased his skill and determination on the international stage.

Durand Cup 2023 Schedule

The 132nd edition of Asia’s oldest football tournament, the Durand Cup 2023, commenced on August 3. This year’s tournament is unique as it includes 24 teams from the Indian Super League, I-League, and the Armed Forces. This number of teams is an increase from last year’s 20, and they have been distributed into six groups, each consisting of four teams. Among these groups, three will compete in matches held in Kolkata, two in Guwahati, and one in Kokrajhar, Assam.

Neeraj Chopra Makes History as First Indian to Secure Gold at World Athletics Championships

Neeraj Chopra made history by winning the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw event at the World Athletics Championships held in Budapest, Hungary. He became the first-ever Indian athlete to achieve this feat, marking a significant milestone for Indian athletics. Neeraj’s exceptional performance was highlighted by a remarkable throw of 88.17 meters during his second attempt. This outstanding achievement showcased his skill and dominance in the event, solidifying his position as a global contender. Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem, the reigning Commonwealth Games champion, took the silver with a season’s best of 87.82m while the Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch won bronze with 86.67m. The other two Indian athletes in the 12-man javelin throw finals at Budapest also logged impressive results. Kishore Jena finished fifth with a personal best haul of 84.77m while DP Manu was sixth with 84.14m.

Max Verstappen wins Dutch Grand Prix 2023

Max Verstappen has won the Dutch Grand Prix for the third consecutive year, once again prevailing at his home race. With the dominant win, Verstappen has now matched Sebastian Vettel’s all-time record of nine F1 victories in a row. Fernando Alonso managed to return to the podium on a weekend when Aston Martin fitted a revised floor to the car by crossing the line in second place. The other Red Bull of Sergio Perez crossed the line in third place, however a five-second penalty promoted Pierre Gasly to the podium. The race was held at Circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands on Sunday, August 27, 2023.

“APPOINTMENTS”

Emmerson Mnangagwa Wins Second Term As President Of Zimbabwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa has been declared the winner of Zimbabwe’s presidential election, securing a second term as the nation’s leader. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced Mnangagwa as the victor with 52.6% of the vote, while his closest rival, Nelson Chamisa of the Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC), trailed behind at 44%. This election marks a significant moment in Zimbabwe’s political landscape, occurring six years after the fall of longtime ruler Robert Mugabe, who was ousted from power in a military coup.

 “NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL NEWS”

Zepto is first Indian unicorn of 2023, raises $200 million at $1.4 billion valuation

Online grocery delivery startup Zepto has successfully raised $200 million in a Series-E funding round, achieving a valuation of $1.4 billion. This achievement marks Zepto as the first unicorn of 2023. The funding was led by StepStone Group, a US-based private markets investment firm, and is StepStone Group’s inaugural direct investment in an Indian company.

Kolkata Becomes 3rd Indian City To Get Air Quality Early Warning System

The Indian city of Kolkata has taken a significant step forward by adopting an Air Quality Early Warning System (AQEWS), developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) based in Pune. This system offers both real-time air pollution data and forecasts, with the objective of enhancing readiness and facilitating measures to tackle the escalating air pollution levels within the city.

Germany Is Struggling To Move Away From Its ‘Sick Man Of Europe’ Image

The outlook for Germany, often hailed as Europe’s industrial powerhouse, has taken a sharp downturn. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected that Germany will stand as the sole major advanced economy to contract in the current year. This unwelcome distinction underscores a series of challenges that have cast a shadow over the country’s economic landscape.

Amrit Mathur’s autobiography ‘Pitchside: My Life in Indian Cricket’

A book titled ‘Pitchside: My Life in Indian Cricket’ by long-term cricket administrator Amrit Mathur. In the book, Mr. Mathur brings alive insightful first-person accounts of some of Indian Cricket’s most memorable moments. Anecdotes, events, and matches are described from the perspective of an insider who has seen the game and the players up close for over three decades. An experienced cricket administrator, Mr. Mathur was the manager of the India team on the historic tour of South Africa in 1992. Later, he was part of PILCOM, the organising committee for the 1996 Cricket World Cup, also Chief Operating Officer of the Delhi Daredevils and General Manager of BCCI.

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