This week’s top stories are related to women in the fields of literature and sports. Continue reading to know in detail the top stories concerning women this week.
1. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Patrice Lawrence awarded Jhalak Prize 2021
Author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi won the Jhalak Prize 2021 for her novel ‘The First Woman’ while Patrice Lawrence won the Jhalak Children’s and Young Adult Prize 2021 for her novel ‘Eight Pieces of Silva’.
The announcement was made on 25th May at a virtual ceremony in partnership with the British Library, featuring 12 Jhalak Prize “bookshop champions” introducing the shortlisted titles before the winners’ announcement. Each writer was awarded £1,000 and a specially commissioned trophy created by artists Amber Khokhar and Ruthine Burton.
The story of ‘The First Woman’ is around a character named Kirabo living in Uganda during the 1970s and 80s time. Makumbi was selected as the winner from the shortlisted six other authors. While the story of the novel ‘Eight Pieces of Silva’ is around the central character Silva who disappears during her parents’ honeymoon trip.
2. Tejaswini Sawant tops MQS round in 50m rifle prone event
Indian rifle shooter Tejaswini Sawant topped the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) round in a 50m rifle prone event at the European Shooting Championship held at Osijek, Croatia. In this event, she shot 622.7 in her first MQS outing at the Shooting Championship. She will represent India in the women’s 50 m rifle 3 positions event at Tokyo Olympics. This will be her maiden outing at the Olympic games.
3. Asian Boxing Championships: Pooja Rani wins gold; Silver for Mary Kom, Lalbuatsaihi and Anupama
𝗣𝗨𝗥𝗘 𝗖𝗟𝗔𝗦𝗦 🤩
Defending champion @BoxerPooja wins 1st 🥇medal for 🇮🇳 at the 2021 ASBC Asian Elite Boxing Championships in Dubai. She defeated 🇺🇿's Mavluda M 5️⃣-0️⃣ in the Finals 🥊#PunchMeinHaiDum#AsianEliteBoxingChampionships#boxing pic.twitter.com/7N57eUdemp
— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) May 30, 2021
Indian boxer Pooja Rani clinches gold in the 75 kg category at the Asian Boxing Championship. She defeated Mavluda Movlonova of Uzbekistan in the finals showcasing her outstanding performance. While the other three including six-time world champion Mary Kom, Lalbuatsaihi and Anupama bag silver in the 51 kg, 64 kg and 81+ kg category respectively at the same event.
4. Emily Bront’s rare handwritten poems will soon be up for auction
The copy of handwritten poems of Emily Bront with some corrections in pencil done by her sister Charlotte Bronte will soon be up for auction in July 2021. The poetry collection was put together by Charlotte’s widower Arthur Bell Nicholls. According to the reports of ‘The Guardian’, the majority of the Emily manuscripts were sold to bibliophile and Thomas James Wise in the year 1895.
5. Author Roxane Gay launches imprint Roxane Gay Books in collaboration with Grove Atlantic
Roxane Gay will team up with Grove Atlantic for an imprint of Roxane Gay Books. Roxane’s new imprint will contain both fiction and non-fiction stories. She has also earlier worked with Grove during the release of her debut novel ‘An Untamed State’ in the year 2014. Along with this, she also promotes other writers through her Audacious Book Club and will soon sponsor a publishing fellowship program.
6. Tennis Player Ankita Raina included in TOPS core group
Tennis player Ankita Raina among five athletes added to the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) core group. Recently, she entered the world’s top 100 rankings in women’s double after winning the WTA 250 title at Phillip Island in Australia. Wrestlers Seema Bisla and Sumit Malik, and Rowers Arvind Singh & Arjun Lal Jat have been included in the TOPS core group after achieving the Tokyo Olympic qualification.