By: D.K Chaudhary
1. CWG 2018 Concludes: Important Indian Highlights
i. India finished third in the medals tally at the Commonwealth Games 2018 with 66 medals (26 Gold, 20 Silver and 20 Bronze).
ii. Only Australia with 198 medals and England with 136 were ahead. India’s 26 Golds was also third, behind Australia (80) and England (45). India’s combined 66 medals is its third-best showing in the history of the Games.
iii. India’s best remains 101 in New Delhi (2010), followed by 69 in Manchester (2002).
iv. India’s best Gold tally of 38 came at home in 2010.
v. India’s maximum medals came from shooting (16), followed by wrestling (12) and weightlifting (9).
2. Kidambi Srikanth Wins his 1st CWG Silver
i. World number one Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth won his career’s first Commonwealth Games singles Silver medal.
ii. In the final, the 25-year-old Indian lost to Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, who won his career’s third Commonwealth Games singles gold medal. Notably, only three Indian shuttlers have won CWG men’s singles title– Prakash Padukone (1978), Syed Modi (1982) and Parupalli Kashyap (2014).
3. Saina Nehwal Wins Historic 2nd CWG Gold
i. Shuttler Saina Nehwal defeated world number three PV Sindhu in the first-ever all-Indian women’s singles final at the Commonwealth Games.
ii. 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.
4. L&T, BEL Ink MoU for Defence Products
i. In line with the efforts to indigenize the defence sector under the ‘Make in India’ initiative, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) signed an MoU to cater to the needs of evolving domestic and export markets for defence products and systems.
ii. The MoU seeks to leverage the capabilities of both the firms for meeting the growing requirements of the Indian Armed Forces. The MoU also intends to leverage the well-developed supply chain, vast experience and expertise of BEL and L&T to synergise and enhance exports in the defence sector.
5. NPCIL & NSDC Signed a MoU
i. The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) signed an MoU with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) to provide skill training to 500 youth and women at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu.
ii. The skill development project will be executed by NSDC through its approved training partners near Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP), the single largest nuclear power station in India, situated in the Tirunelveli district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.