Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi have been hit by a vicious cyclone that has killed nearly 150 people, left hundreds more missing and stranded tens of thousands. According to the UN and government officials, Cyclone Idai has affected more than 1.5 million people in the three southern African countries. India has decided to divert three Indian naval ships to the port city of Beira in Mozambique to provide humanitarian assistance to the people affected by tropical cyclone ‘IDAI’. Points to Remember The capital of the above mentioned 3 countries are as follows Mozambique: Maputo Zimbabwe: Harare Malawi: Lilongwe
The National Green Tribunal, NGT, has directed the Central Pollution Control Board, CPCB, to prepare a noise pollution map across the country. The NGT also directed to propose a remedial action plan to solve the issue within three months. A bench headed by National Green Tribunal Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the CPCB to identify noise pollution hotspots and categorise cities with specified hotspots. The NGT said the absence of implementation of noise pollution norms affects the health of citizens, especially infants and senior citizens.
Retired Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose is likely to become India's first Lokpal or anti-corruption watchdog. His name was finalised and recommended in a Selection Committee meeting comprising Modi, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Lok Sabha Speaker Mahajan, and Mukul Rohatgi. Lokpal is a three-member, anti-corruption watchdog comprising a chairman, a judicial and non-judicial member. The members of the Lokpal will include eight members - former High Court judges and civil servants.
Diksha Dagar became only the second Indian woman to win on Ladies European Tour in golf after clinching the South African Open in Cape Town. Dagar follows Aditi Ashok, who in 2016 became the first Indian to win on the LET. She has been wearing hearing aids since the age of six. Dagar won silver at the 2017 Summer Deaflympics. She also had a stellar Amateur career during which she represented India at the 2018 Asian Games and won the 2018 Singapore Amateur title.
Bengaluru FC clinched their maiden Indian Super League title as Rahul Bheke found a championship-winning header in the final against FC Goa The two teams were locked 0-0 after 90 minutes. FC Goa's Ferran Corominas, with 16 goals, wins the Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 Golden Boot Award. Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu wins the Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 Golden Glove Award.
In Asian Youth Athletics Championships youth team finish second in the overall medals tally with a total of 26 medals including eight gold, nine silver and nine bronze medals. On the last day boys, medley relay team won a gold medal for India. China topped the overall medals tally with 31 medals that included 12 gold, 11 silver and eight bronze medals. Japan finished third with 20 medals that included 6 Gold, 8 Silver and 6 bronze Points to Remember The Asian Youth Athletics Championships is a biennial, continental athletics competition organised by the Asian Athletics Association. It a youth category event open to athletes aged fifteen and seventeen. 2019 host: Hong Kong
India's Irfan KT qualified for next year's Tokyo Olympics. He made the cut after finishing fourth at the Asian Race Walking Championship at Nomi in Japan. Irfan clocked 1 hour 20 minutes and 57 seconds in the 20-kilometre walk to attain the standard qualifying mark for the Olympics. He also ensured a berth in the upcoming International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championship in Doha that begins in September. Having qualified for Tokyo 2020, this will be Irfan's second Olympics having represented the country in 2012 London Games.
Senior journalist and environmental activist Darryl D'Monte, who worked with leading English dailies, died after a brief illness. In a career spanning several decades, he served as the resident editor of Mumbai editions of The Times of India and The Indian Express. Besides a career in journalism, he had a keen interest in environmental issues and took some initiatives for the cause.
The 63-year old Manohar Parrikar passed away in Panaji following a prolonged illness. He is also the former defence minister of India. He served as Chief Minister of the state from October 2000 to February 2005, and March 2012 to November 2014. From November 2014 till March 2017, he served as the Union Defence Minister. Mr Parrikar returned to Goa in March 2017 as the State Chief Minister. The Goa government has declared one day holiday on Monday and seven days of mourning.