Asian Games 2018: PV Sindhu storms into historic final, Saina Nehwal wins bronze
India's medal account opened on Day 9 of the 18th Asian Games with star shuttler Saina Nehwal winning a historic bronze after losing to World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in women's singles semifinals.
Nehwal lost to Tzu Ying in straight games of 17-21, 14-21 in a match that lasted barely for 37 minutes. Despite losing the chance of competing for the gold, Nehwal with her bronze medal became the only second singles player and the first female one to win an Asiad bronze after Syed Modi, who had won a bronze in 1982.
In another first, India's PV Sindhu defeated Japan's Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 in their semifinal clash to become the first-ever badminton player to reach the final of Asian Games in either singles or doubles. Sindhu will now face World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying in the final.
Defence Ministry clears procurement of 111 naval helicopters at cost of Rs 21000 crore
The Union Defence Ministry on August 25, 2018 gave its approval for the acquisition of 111 utility helicopters for Navy at an estimated cost of over Rs 21,000 crore. The Ministry also approved separate procurement proposals worth nearly Rs 25,000 crore.
The procurement of the naval utility helicopters will be the first project under the ambitious strategic partnership (SP) model that provides for roping in private firm to build select military platforms in India in partnership with foreign defence manufacturers.
India’s first flight powered by Biofuel landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on August 27, 2018. The test flight had taken off from Dehradun.
The experiment is first-of-its-kind in India. Its successful implementation provides a significant boost to encourage alternative fuels in transport and aviation sector, as envisaged in the National Biofuel’s Policy.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the second phase of the FAME India scheme on September 7, 2018. The scheme offers incentives for mass adoption of electric vehicles with an outlay of Rs 5,500 crore.
The second phase of the scheme spanning five years will offer a subsidy to all categories of electric vehicles, including two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers including taxis and electric buses that are used in public transportation.
Pakistan bans discretionary use of state funds, first-class air travel by government officials
Pakistan's new government has banned the discretionary use of state funds and first-class air travel by officials and leaders, including the president and the prime minister, as part of its austerity drive.
The decisions were made at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on August 24, 2018.
The discretionary allocation of funds by the prime minister and the president and other officials was also stopped by the Cabinet.
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