Women continue their winning streaks and accomplishments around the world. They have proved time and again their potential and strength to the world. The protests around the world supporting the Afghan people, especially women have been noticed which is commendable as people are standing for women’s rights. Be it the field of sports, justice, or art women are always at the forefront.
This week’s news highlights the charity work of Zahab Kamal that created a world record and much more. The world saw a lot of firsts for women and big achievements this week. With the onset of the Paralympics, we look forward to more such achievements by women all around the world. Now let’s take a look at this week’s top stories.
1. Shaili Singh bags silver at World U20
India’s Shaili Singh, a 17-year-old long jumper from Jhansi, won silver in the World U20 Championships in Nairobi on Sunday (Aug 22). She was raised by her single mother who made a livelihood as a tailor.
Coach Bobby George has since then worked tirelessly to create a new star in athletics. From jumping 4.55m, creating national records to becoming world no. 1 (U18), with a jump of 6.48m, this little girl has come a long way. pic.twitter.com/B3glAViBcl
— Anju Bobby George (@anjubobbygeorg1) August 22, 2021
Long jump legend Anju Bobby George mentored her and her husband Robert trained her. Shaili sets a personal best of 6.59 meters but falls a centimetre short of gold. She is being seen as a potential Olympic candidate in the future. We congratulate her and wish her all the best.
2. Indian Army promotes five women officers to Colonel rank
Following the completion of 26 years of reckonable service, five women officers were approved for the promotion to Colonel rank by the Indian Army. Women serving in the Corps of Signals, Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), and Corps of Engineers have been promoted to the rank of Colonel for the first time.
3. Bhavina Patel sails into Table Tennis Semis with an amazing performance in the Tokyo Paralympics
Now we #GoForGold!!! @BhavinaPatel6 is through to the FINALS #TableTennis 🏓🔥🔥🔥🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 After beating World no. 3 #CHN today, #BhavinaPatel will be seen in #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics FINALS tomorrow morning!!! pic.twitter.com/V8hMgst5wi
— Paralympic India 🇮🇳 #Cheer4India 🏅 #Praise4Para (@ParalympicIndia) August 28, 2021
With a fantastic performance, Indian paddler Bhavina Patel advanced to the table tennis quarterfinals at the Tokyo Paralympics. After defeating world number two Serbian champion Borislava Rankovic 3-0, she advances to the semifinals of the class 4 table tennis category. Patel won by scores of 11-5, 11-6, and 11-7. She secures a medal for India. We wish her the best of luck for the upcoming match.
4. Squash player Zahab Kamal Khan sets World record after donating hair for charity
Zahab Kamal Khan, a 30-year-old squash player from Pakistan who lives in the United States, has made headlines for her selfless gesture. In a Samaritan act, Zahab gave her 61-inch hair to a non-profit organization called “Children with Hair Loss” on August 26, 2021. She set a Guinness World Record for the most hair given to a charity by a single individual with her achievement. Zahab earned lots of respect, appreciation, and love from the people for the same.
5. 10-year-old Kerala girl becomes the youngest Asian to create digital doodle art in record time
10-year-old Thejaswi Abhilash is the youngest person in India and Asia to produce digital doodle art on an iPad in 59 seconds, according to the India Book of Records and the Asia Book of Records. Inspired by her uncle, she wants to be a fashion designer cum instructor in the future.
6. SC gets 9 judges, including 3 women judges
On Thursday, President Ram Nath Kovind notified the Supreme Court collegium of nine names for appointment as top court judges. Chief Justices AS Oka of the Karnataka High Court, Vikram Nath of the Gujarat High Court, J.K. Maheshwari of the Sikkim High Court, and Hima Kohli of the Telangana High Court are among them.
Justice BV Nagarathna of the Karnataka High Court, Justice CT Ravi Kumar of the Kerala High Court, Justice MM Sundresh of the Madras High Court, and Justice Bela M Trivedi of the Gujarat High Court are among the judges who have been elevated to the Supreme Court. Nagarathna, daughter of 19th Chief Justice of India ES Venkataramiah, will have the distinction of becoming the first woman CJI of the country for a month in September 2027.
7. Kathy Hochul becomes the first female governor of New York
After Andrew Cuomo resigned over sexual harassment allegations, Kathy Hochul became the first female governor of New York. She joined the governor’s staff in 2014 and has served as lieutenant governor, which is primarily ceremonial. Throughout her career, Ms. Hochul has been a strong champion for women who have been victims of domestic and sexual abuse. She was the driving force behind Governor Cuomo’s “Enough is Enough” campaign to end sexual assault on college campuses.