Asian Games 2018: Manjit Singh wins gold in men's 800m, Jinson Johnson bags silver
India's gold account opened on Day 10 of the 18th Asian Games with Manjit Singh, who came first in the men's 800m final with a timing of 1.46.15. Jinson Johnson followed close behind with a timing of 1.46.35 to finish at the second place. The Indians secured the gold and silver medals.
In the day of silvers, Pinky Balhara also won a silver in the women's 52 kg final after she lost to Uzbekistan's Gulnor Sulaymanova by 10-0. This was India's second medal in Kurash. India's first medal in the event came through Malaprabha Yallapa Jadav, who picked up bronze following her semifinal defeat.
National Sports Day celebrated in India
India on August 29, 2018 observed the National Sports Day 2018 to mark the birth anniversary of the legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand who was born on August 29, 1905.
Every year on this day, the President of India confers National sports and adventure awards including Arjuna and Khel Ratna to celebrate the achievements of exceptional athletes in the country. However, this year, the date has been postponed to September 25, 2018 in the wake of ongoing Asian Games 2018. Indian athletes are participating in the Asian Games 2018, taking place at Jakarta, Indonesia.
ISRO unveils Gaganyaan Mission to put Indians in space before 2022
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on August 28, 2018 unveiled the details of the Gaganyaan mission for manned space flight before 2022.
The Gaganyaan mission was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his 72nd Independence Day speech. PM Modi announced that this manned space mission will take Indian astronauts to space on board 'Gaganyaan' by 2022. Prior to the actual launch of this manned mission by 2022, the ISRO will launch two unmanned Gaganyaan missions.
Government constitutes new science and technology council to advise PM
The Union Government has constituted a 21-member science and technology council to advise Prime Minister Narendra Modi on matters related to science, technology and innovations.
The council, named as Prime Minister's Science Technology and Innovation Advisory Committee (PM-STIAC), will be headed by K Vijay Raghavan, the principal scientific adviser to the Union Government. The panel will advise the Prime Minister on all matters related to science, technology and innovation and monitor the implementation of PM’s vision on the same.
Punjab Assembly passes amendment bill to set up State Security Commission
The Punjab state assembly on August 28, 2018 passed the Police (Amendment) Bill 2018 that would pave way for setting up of a State Security Commission for selection of the director general of police (DGP).The bill seeks to amend the Punjab Police Act 2007, which was enacted on February 5, 2008.
The act did not provide for selection of the DGP from the panel as prepared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Under the bill’s provisions, the state government shall select the DGP from amongst the Indian Police Service (IPS) from a panel of at least three eligible officers borne on the cadre of Punjab or any state cadre.
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