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  • 30-Apr-2019
  • India 4th Biggest Military Spender in 2018: SIPRI Report

    India was the world’s fourth biggest military spender last year behind the United States, China, and Saudi Arabia, according to new data think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released on Monday. India was the fifth largest military spender in 2017.

  • GRSE To Build 8 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Watercraft For Indian Navy

    The Defence Ministry has awarded a contract of worth Rs 6,311 crore to Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE) to build eight anti-submarine warfare shallow watercraft (ASWSWC) for the Indian Navy.

    As per the agreement, the first ship is to be delivered within 42 months from the date of signing of the contract and subsequently, two ships are required to be delivered per year. The project completion time is 84 months.

  • US Withdraws From UN Arms Trade Treaty

    President Trump effectively "unsigned" an international arms sales agreement Friday, moving to withdraw the U.S. from the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. The agreement sets global standards for regulating transfers of conventional arms, from rifles to tanks and airplanes.

    The treaty, known as the ATT, has been in effect since late 2014. The U.S. signed on to the agreement in 2013 but has not ratified the treaty.

  • PFA Awards 2018/19 Announced: Complete List of Winners

    Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Arsenal Women Football Club’s Vivianne Miedema were named Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Players’ Player of the Year for the 2018-19 season.

    Van Dijk is the first defender to take the award since Chelsea centre-back John Terry in 2004-05. Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Georgia Stanway were named as the Young Players of the Year.

    PFA Player’s Player of the Year:
    Virgil van Dyjk, Liverpool.
    Vivianne Miedema, Arsenal

    PFA Young Player of the Year:
    Raheem Sterling, Manchester City
    Georgia Stanway, Manchester City

    PFA Special Achievement Award:
    Steph Houhgton: Former England and WBA.

  • Golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar Wins Outstanding Achievement As a Player Award

    Arjuna awardee and star Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar won the outstanding achievement as a player award at the fourth edition of the annual India Golf Industry Association (GIA) awards at the Delhi Golf Club here on Friday.

    The GIA awards were held along with the 8th India Golf & Turf Expo (IGTE), South Asia's largest golf trade show.

    Kapurthala-born Bhullar won the 2018 Fiji International, a European Tour event, and also holds the rare distinction of becoming the youngest golfer on the Asian Tour to achieve nine career victories on tour.

  • Wipro Acquires Philippines' Largest Personal Care Company 'Splash'

    Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting (WCCL), the consumer care business of software provider Wipro Ltd, has acquired the Philippines-based personal care maker Splash Corporation for an undisclosed amount to enter the country which has a consumer base of around 100 million.

    The maker of Santoor soap and Yardley deodorants said the acquisition will also help complete its Southeast Asian footprint. Splash Corporation is among the top five local companies in the Philippines, where it gets 85% of its annual revenue of around $80 million. Its product categories such as exfoliants and leave-in hair care range are new for WCCL.

  • Bajrang Punia To Become 1st Indian Wrestler To Fight At Madison Square Garden

    Wrestler Bajrang Punia has asked the Indian diaspora in New York for their support on his Twitter handle as he takes on the two-time US national champion Yianni Diakomahlis at the Madison Square Garden on May 6 for the 'Grapple at the Garden' Beat the Streets event, which has become a key platform for international wrestling since 2010. Punia was recommended by the Wrestling Federation of India for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award on April 29.

  • Asian Wrestling Championship 2019 Concludes: India Finishes With 16 Medals, Iran Tops

    India wrapped up their campaign at the Asian Wrestling Championships on a resounding note with 16 medals (1 Gold, 3 Silver & 4 Bronze) after Harpreet Singh settled for a silver in 82kg on the final day of competitions.

    Only Bajrang Punia won the gold medal after defeating Kazakhstan’s Sayatbek Okassov by 12-7 in 65kg men’s freestyle. Asian Wrestling Championship 2019 was held at Xi’an, China.

    Here is the List of Top 3 Countries in The Medal Tally: 

    Rank

    Nation Gold Silver Bronze

    Total

    1

    Iran

    11 0 6

    17

    2

    China

    5 5 6

    16

    3

    Japan

    4 7 6

    17

    8

    India

    1 6 9

    16

  • Former Ethiopian President Negasso Gidada Passed Away

    Former president of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Negasso Gidada, reportedly passed away.

    The Office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia has confirmed the news on Friday afternoon. He was 76 years of age.

    He served as president for six years until he fell out with the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s administration.

    Apart from serving in the role of heads of state, he was a member of Constitution draft Committee.

  • Youngest Best Director Oscar Nominee John Singleton Passes Away

    John Singleton, an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker has passed away following complications from a stroke. He was best known for directing “Boyz N the Hood” and “Poetic Justice,”. Singleton became the first black filmmaker nominated for a Best Director Oscar for his debut feature from 1991, “Boys N The Hood.” He was only 24 at the time.

     

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