This week has brought some amazing news of women in the field of sports. Also, a recent report indicated a positive change in the contribution of the number of women scientists in the department of research and development. With this, let’s see in-detail top stories related to women this week.
1. Report indicated an increase in the number of women as science leaders in research projects
A recent government report indicated that the involvement of women as science leaders in research projects has increased tremendously. This report was released recently by the Department of Science & Technology. It was found that the women principal investigators who have received extramural research (EMR) support through peer-received competitive grant mechanism were around 28% in the 2018-19 period as compared to the 24% in the 2016-17 period. Also, the grant received under EMR for R&D was ₹2091.04 crore in 2018-19 compared to the ₹2036. 32 crores in 2017-18.
2. Ashleigh Barty make it to last 16 at Wimbledon
World number one Ashleigh Barty defeated Czech Republic Katerina Siniakova to set up the last 16 clash at the Wimbledon Open. She won this round in straight-set by 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday. She will face Barbora Krejcikova in the next round of the competition. Although Barty never reached beyond the last 16 at the Wimbledon Open it will be interesting to see her win this title for the very first time.
3. Author AK Blakemore wins the ‘Desmond Elliott Prize 2021’
AK Blakemore wins the ‘Desmond Elliott Prize 2021’ for her novel “The Manningtree Witches”. This is the debut novel of Blakemore based on historical fiction. In addition to the £10,000 prize money, Blakemore will receive a tailored year-round platform of support and mentorship from NCW, which runs the Desmond Elliott Prize as part of its Early Career Awards portfolio.
The Manningtree Witches plunges readers into the fever of the English witch trials of the 17th century. Her work was picked as the best debut of the year across the UK and Ireland to land the prize.
Desmond Elliott Prize – The UK’s most prestigious award for first-time novelists.
The Manningtree Witches was chosen as the best first novel of the year by a judging panel chaired by author and previous Desmond Elliott Prize winner, Lisa McInerney, who was joined by journalist and author Chitra Ramaswamy and book reviewer and broadcaster Simon Savidge.
4. Kerber enters the fourth round of Wimbledon Open
In the third-round clash, Germany’s Angelique Kerber defeated unseeded Aliaksandra Sasnovich to reach the fourth round of the Wimbledon Open. In her third-round clash with unseeded Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Saturday but Kerber rallied from a set down to win 2-6, 6-0, 6-1 after a rain interruption. Kerber had warmed up for Wimbledon with her first title in three years at the inaugural Bad Homburg tournament.
5. Rani Sarnobat wins the World Cup title in elite field
Pistol shooter Rani Sarnobat wins the World Cup title in elite field ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. She clinches this win in women’s 25m pistol event held at Osijek, Croatia as a part of the ISSF World Cup event. She shot 39 in the finals to clinch first place at the event. The 30-year-old Rani from the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra will soon represent India at Tokyo Olympics.
6. Golfer Tvesa Malik reaches to T-40th while Diksha Dagar to T-59th at the Netherlands
Indian golfer Tvesa Malik moved to T-40 after the third-round play while Diksha Dagar moved to T-59 after she shot 74 holes at the Big Green Egg Open. In this game, Tvesa was earlier at T-46th spot after the second round, she reached the T-40 spot after she shot 54 holes. Both the players have made the cut on the line through their amazing performance and can improve their position further in the game during the final round of the game.
7. NRAI recommends rifle shooter Anjum Moudgil for Khel Ratna
National Rifles Association of India (NRAI) recommended the name of Olympic bound rifle shooter Anjum Moudgil for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest sporting honour of the country. She is a world championship silver medalist. Earlier, Moudgil was awarded the Arjuna award in 2019 for her exemplary contribution in making India proud at the international level in rifle shooting.
8. Emma Raducanu reaches fourth round of Wimbledon Open
Britain world number 338, Emma Raducanu defeated the experienced 45th ranked Sorana Cirstea to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon Open. The 18-year-old Emma outclassed Sorana in straight sets by 6-3,7-5. In the next round, she will face feisty Australian Ajla Tomljanovic. Raducanu made the WTA Tour debut at Nottingham earlier in June this year.
9. AICF nominates chess player Humpy for the Khel Ratna award
All India Chess Federation (AICF) nominated chess player Koneru Humpy for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Earlier, she was part of the Indian squad, which won the Online Chess Olympiad in 2020. She is currently number three in the world ranking and qualified for the FIDE women’s candidates event, which will be held next year.
10. Sonia Chahal & Simranjit Kaur nominated for Arjuna award by BFI
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) nominated Sonia Chahal and Simranjit Kaur for the Arjuna award. However, no one has been nominated for the Khel Ratna award by the BFI this year. Earlier, Simranjit Kaur won bronze at the 2018 World Championship. Also, Kaur is among the four Indian players who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.