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News in Short - 02-August-2021

PV Sindhu wins Olympic silver

Date: 02 August 2021 Tags: Sports
  • India's PV Sindhu defeated He Bing Jiao of China to win the women's singles bronze medal at Tokyo Olympics.
  • With this win, Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win two individual Olympic medals. Sindhu dominated Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 as she shook off the disappointment of losing the semi-final to Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying.
  • She had won silver at Rio Olympics in 2016 after losing to Spain's Carolina Marin in the final. Besides Sindhu, wrestler Sushil Kumar is the only other Indian athlete to win two individual medals at the Olympic Games.

BRICS counter-terrorism action plan finalised

Date: 02 August 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The BRICS Counter Terrorism Action Plan that will strengthen counter-terror cooperation among the members of the grouping has been finalised.
  • The discussion in this regard was held at the sixth meeting of the BRICS Counter Terrorism Working Group held on July 28-29.
  • The meeting of the Working Group, held virtually, saw participation from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — the member countries of the grouping.

ISRO and NASA to jointly launch NISER mission

Date: 02 August 2021 Tags: Space
  • The ISRO-NASA joint mission NISER (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellite, aimed at making global measurement of land surface changes using advanced radar imaging, is proposed to be launched in early 2023.
  • It is a global observations over all land masses including the Polar cryosphere and the Indian Ocean region.
  • It is a dual-band (L-band and S-band) radar imaging mission with the capability of full polarimetric and interferometric modes of operation to observe minor changes in land, vegetation and cryosphere.
  • NASA is developing L-band SAR and associated systems, while ISRO is developing S-band SAR, spacecraft bus, the launch vehicle and associated launch services.

Differently abled effort to trek Siachen glacier

Date: 02 August 2021 Tags: Geography & Environment
  • A team of retired special forces personnel, under CLAW Global, will lead a group of differently abled people to attempt a world record by trekking the Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battlefield.
  • Initially, a team of 20 people with disabilities would be selected to undergo training and three- stage acclimatisation, after which the final expedition team shall be selected.
  • The 20 selected will undergo all the three stages of acclimatisation and training at Leh (Stage 1), Siachen Base Camp (Stage 2) and North Pullu (Stage 3).

Cricketer Ben Stokes takes indefinite break from cricket

Date: 02 August 2021 Tags: Sports
  • England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes has taken an indefinite break from all forms of cricket with immediate effect.
  • Stokes will not be taking part in the upcoming five-Test series against India starting August 4.The 30-year-old will also be nursing his left index finger which has not fully healed.
  • He had led England’s limited-overs squad against Pakistan in the absence of skipper Eoin Morgan and the rest of the team as they were in isolation.