Tennis: Winners of 2018 Wimbledon Championships
July 17, 2018

The 2018 Wimbledon Championships was a tennis tournament held from2 July to 15 July 2018. It was the 132nd edition of the championships and 51st edition in the Open Era. The tournament was held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom.

Winners are

Men’s Singles title: Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (World Number 21) won the 2018 Wimbledon title in men’s singles category by defeating Kevin Anderson (South Africa) in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, 7-6. It was his fourth Wimbledon title (earlier won in 2011, 2014 and 2015). Overall, it was his 13th career Grand Slam crown.

Women’s Singles title: Angelique Kerber (Germany) won the 2018 Wimbledon title in women’s singles category by defeating Serena Williams (United States) in straight sets 6–3, 6–3.

Men’s Doubles: It was won by Mike Bryan and Jack Sock pair from United States. They defeated Raven Klaasen (South Africa) and Michael Venus (New Zealand) pair by 6-3, 6-7(7-9), 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.

Women’s Doubles: It was won by Barbora Krejcíková and Katerina Siniaková pair from Czech Republic. They defeated Kveta Peschke, 6 (Czech Republic) and Nicole Melichar (United States) by  6-4, 4-6, 6-0 score.

Mixed Doubles: It was won by Alexander Peya (Austria) and Nicole Melichar (United States) pair. They had defeated Jamie Murray (United Kingdom) and Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) by 7-6(7-1), 6-3.

IFFCO iMandi: IFFCO rolls out e-commerce platform for farmers
July 17, 2018

Fertiliser major IFFCO has launched e-commerce platform IFFCO iMandi (an mobile application and web portal) to address all needs of the farming community associated with it. For this initiative, IFFCO has partnered with Singapore-based technology firm iMandi. Through this e-commerce platform, IFFCO is targeting to reach GMV (gross merchandise value) of $5 billion in the next two years by catering needs of 5.5 crore farmers already associated with it.

IFFCO iMandi

The e-commerce platform is one stop shop for agri inputs and produce, FMCG, electronics, loans, insurance etc. It has features like buy-sell, communication (chat and calling), entertainment and information/advisory content to keep farmers engaged. Using it, farmers buy all agri inputs of IFFCO, including fertilisers, agro chemicals and seeds at discounted price and get free delivery at their doorstep. It will cater needs of 5.5 crore farmers already associated with IFFCO. In this platform, IFFCO’s subsidiary IFFCO eBazar Ltd has taken 26% stake in and remaining 74% is with I-tech Holdings and some other investors.

Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO)

IFFCO is large scale fertiliser cooperative federation in India which is registered as Multistate Cooperative Society. It is one of India’s biggest cooperative society which is wholly owned by Indian Cooperatives. It was founded in 1967 with just 57 cooperatives and at present it has amalgamation of over 36,000 Indian Cooperatives with diversified business interests ranging from General Insurance to Rural Telecom apart from its core business of manufacturing and selling fertilisers. It is headquartered in New Delhi. It had posted turnover of Rs 20,787 crore in 2017-18 fiscal. It produced nearly 8 million tonnes and sold 10.3 million tonnes of fertilisers in 2017-18.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates the Bansagar Canal Project in Mirzapur
July 17, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 171 km long Bansagar canal project in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh. He also laid foundation stone of Mirzapur Medical College, inaugurated 100 Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendras and bridge over Ganga River at Balughat, Chunar, which will facilitate connectivity between Mirzapur and Varanasi.

Bansagar canal project

Bansagar Dam project is a joint venture (JV) between Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar Governments. It is multipurpose river valley project built on Son River situated in Ganges Basin in Madhya Pradesh. The total network of canal from the dam is 171 kms long. The canal network will bring waters from Shahdol district in Madhya Pradesh for Adwa Barrage, Meza Dam and Jirgo reservoir. It will provide big boost to irrigation in the region, benefiting1 lakh 70 thousand farmers farmers of Mirzapur and Allahabad districts of Uttar Pradesh.

President nominates four members to Rajya Sabha
July 17, 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind has nominated former MP Ram Shakal, RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha, classical dancer Sonal Mansingh and stone artist Raghunath Mohapatra as members of Rajya Sabha. They were nominated as per Article 80(1)(a) of the Constitution, based on the recommendation of Council of Minister headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prior to these four nominations, there were eight nominated members in Rajya Sabha.

Key Facts

Ram Shakal: He is farmers leader and public representative from Uttar Pradesh. He has devoted his life for welfare and well-being of Dalit community. He is widely respected for championing cause of farmers, labourers and migrants. He was three-time member of Lok Sabha, representing Robertsganj constituency of Uttar Pradesh.

Rakesh Sinha: He is RSS ideologue Sinha and is the founder and honorary director of Delhi-based think-tank India Policy Foundation. He was professor at Motilal Nehru College of Delhi University. He was also member of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).

Raghunath Mohapatra: He is internationally renowned authority on stone carving. He has been practicing since 1959 and has trained over 2,000 students. He has contributed to preservation of traditional sculpture and ancient monuments and has worked on beautification of the Sri Jagannath Temple, Puri. His famous works include 6-feet-high statue of sun god carved in grey sandstone in Central Hall of Parliament and Wooden Buddha, Buddha Temple, Paris, France.

Sonal Mansingh: She is among India’s foremost exponents of Indian classical dance. She is also well-known choreographer, teacher, orator and social activist. She has been performing Bharatnatyam and Odissi for overs six decades. She founded the Centre for Indian Classical Dances in Delhi in 1977.

Nomination of eminent members to Rajya Sabha

As per Article 80 (Part V) of the Constitution, President can nominate 12 members in the Council of States (Rajya Sabha). These persons should have special knowledge or practical experience in the field of Art, Science, Literature and Social Service. The rationale behind principle of the nomination is to facilitate the representation of eminent professionals and experts who cannot face direct elections.

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