Time and again, women across the globe have proved their potential and showed exceptional zeal in their respective arenas. This week’s top stories include the inspiring story of an Indian-origin woman who made it into space, alongside other news related to an innovative initiative by Delhi Police to ensure the safety of women, Wimbledon triumph of Ashleigh Barty and a book by Kareena Kapoor Khan. Let’s take a look at this week’s top stories:
1. Sirisha Bandla created history by becoming the third Indian origin woman to fly into space
Sirisha Bandla, a 34-year-old aeronautical engineer, becomes the third Indian-origin woman to head into space, after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams. Born in Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh and brought up in Houston, Texas, Sirisha Bandla joins Sir Richard Branson, the company’s billionaire founder, and five others on board SpaceShipTwo Unity.
VSS Unity Test Flight Objectives:
The crew fulfilled a number of test objectives related to the cabin and customer experience, including evaluating the commercial customer cabin, the views of Earth from space, the conditions for conducting research and the effectiveness of the five-day pre-flight training program at Spaceport America.
I am so incredibly honored to be a part of the amazing crew of #Unity22, and to be a part of a company whose mission is to make space available to all. https://t.co/sPrYy1styc
— Sirisha Bandla (@SirishaBandla) July 2, 2021
Sirisha Bandla, Vice President of Government Affairs and Research Operations at Virgin Galactic, would evaluate the human-tended research experience, using an experiment from the University of Florida that requires several handheld fixation tubes that will be activated at various points in the flight profile.
2. Delhi Police launches a path-breaking ‘Safety & Empowerment’ initiative
The North-West district police of Delhi has come up with a new way of tackling the crime against women and ensuring their safety by deploying women beat constables. As a part of this initiative, the lady constables regularly perform intensive patrolling on motorcycles for quick response to crime against women in public spaces. The areas included in this initiative include J clusters of Jahangirpuri, Bhalaswa village, H & F block of Ashok Vihar, EU & NU blocks of Pitampura, Netaji Subhash place complex & Metro Station Netaji Subhash place, Shakarpur residential areas, Polytechnic GGS College, Club Road & Som Bazaar.
3. Barty now targets Olympic gold after her Wimbledon triumph
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty has set her eyes on Olympic gold after clinching the Wimbledon title. This is her second grand slam title. In the finals of Wimbledon, she defeated Karolina Pliskova by 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3. If Barty clinches the Olympic gold single, then she will join the likes of Steffi Graf (1988), Venus Williams (2000) and Serena Williams (2012) as the only women to win the Olympic gold and Wimbledon Open in the same year.
4. Kareena Kapoor Khan shares a glimpse of her book ‘Pregnancy Bible’
Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan is all set to turn an author with her first book titled ‘Pregnancy Bible’. She shared the details of her upcoming writing project on 9th July through her Instagram handle. She mentioned that this book will capture her journey of both pregnancies along with sharing her experiences and learnings of motherhood. This book is co-authored by Aditi Shah Bhimjyani. Plus, this book is vetted and approved by FOGSI (India’s official body of gynaecologists and obstetricians) with the help of several expert voices including Rujuta Diwekar, Dr. Sonali Gupta and Dr. Prabha Chandra of NIMHANS.