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Indian Parashar Kulkarni wins 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Asia Region

Indian Parashar Kulkarni won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for 2016, for the Asia region. 
He was awarded for his politically grounded unpublished short fiction 'Cow and Company'.
He will get a cash prize of 2500 pounds (3835 US dollars).
Parashar Kulkarni is an assistant professor in Social Sciences at Yale NUS College Singapore.
He is one of the five winners of 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Winners from other four regions are:
• Faraaz Mahomed - ‘The Pigeon’ with its playful tone and unreliable narrator
• Stefanie Seddon - Eel, a simply told and moving story of childhood
• Lance Dowrich - comedic ‘Ethelbert and the Free Cheese’
• Tina Makereti - ‘Black Milk’, which impressed with a lyricism that takes the reader into another world while keeping them always on earth
Now the regional winners will compete with each other for being selected as the overall winner of the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. This will be announced at the Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica on 5 June 2016.
The overall winner will receive 5000 pounds (7670 US dollars).
Other Indian authors, who were shortlisted for the award in the regional shortlist include
• Kritika Pandey for Dirty White Strings
• Sumit Ray for Girdhars Mansion
• Vinayak Varma for Instant Karma

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India finishes fourth in junior shooting World Cup

Indian shooters ended their journey at the International Shooting Sport Federation Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany at a creditable fourth position.
•    India ended this journey with three gold, four silver and three bronze.
•    From April 29-May 5 a total of 585 junior athletes from 48 countries participated but only 24 nations made it to the medals table
•    Tally was topped by Italy with seven gold, four silver and one bronze.
•    Russia stood second with five gold, six silver and nine bronze
•    Germany came third with five gold, three silver and three bronze medals.
•    For India, Rituraj Singh won two gold medals in both the individual and team events of the men's 25m Standard Pistol.
•    Shivam Shukla also won a gold and a silver. 
•    Arjun Das won a yellow metal and a bronze for Team India.
•    Yashaswini Singh Deswal won two silver medals, both in the individual and team sections of the 10m Air Pistol event. 

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7 Indian shuttlers qualify for Rio 2016

Saina Nehwal, headed to the Olympics for third time.PV Sindhu on way to her maiden Games as well as K Srikanth in men’s singles, another first timer. 
•    Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa (No. 15) have made the grade for a second straight Olympics.
•    India is one of only eight countries in the world to qualify two entries in a category — women’s singles, with PV Sindhu (ranked No. 10) joining Saina Nehwal (ranked No. 8). 
•    Japanese Kento Momota’s suspension opens up men’s singles, but Srikanth will to upset the last Olympic outings of the two legends, Dan and Chong Wei, and title favourite Chen Long. 
•    Jwala-Ashwini, have done well at consecutive Commonwealth Games, but struggled to cross quarters in Super Series.
•    Olympics is considered to be kinder to shuttlers from outside China, Japan and Korea with only two pairings allowed.
•    Olympics tend to be easier than Super Series 
•    For Manu-Sumeeth, the first ever men’s doubles pairing to qualify for Olympics.

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Mark Selby won World Snooker Championship

On 2 May 2016 Mark Selby won World Championship title of Snooker. In the final match played in Sheffield. With this win, Selby also ended Ding’s chance of being the first Asian player to win the world title.
•    This was Selby’s second trophy of the year, earlier he had won minor Gdynia Open event in Poland.
•    This was Selby’s second World Snooker title, 
•    First was won against Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2014. 
•    He entered the list of Steve Davis, Hendry, John Higgins, Mark Williams and Ronnie O’Sullivan, the stars who have won at least two world titles since the event rocked up in Sheffield in 1977.
     • 2008: Beats Ronnie O'Sullivan 9-8 to win Welsh Open
•    2011: Beats Mark Williams 10-9 in Shanghai Masters final
•    2012: Wins UK Championship with 10-6 win over Shaun Murphy
•    2014: Wins World Championship 18-14 against Ronnie O'Sullivan
•    2015: Wins German Masters and China Open
•    2016: Clinches second World Championship
•    He also won the Masters, an invitation event, in 2008, 2010 and 2013

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Indian shooters bagged 3 gold, 1 bronze in ISSF Junior World Cup

On 1 May 2016 Indian shooters bagged three gold medals and a bronze in the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany.
•    The Indians won gold each in the men's 25m standard pistol and women's 50m rifle prone competitions. 
•    India’s Rituraj Singh won an individual gold medal in the men's 25m standard pistol competition 
•    Gaayathri Nithyanadam bagged a bronze in the women's 50m rifle prone competition.
•    Rituraj Singh, Shivam Shukla and Arjun Das walked away with the gold medal in the team event of the men's 25m standard pistol competition, shooting a total of 1661. 
•    France won the silver medal with 1659 points while Australia won the bronze with 1648 points.
•    Indian women won gold medal in the team event of the 50m rifle prone competition. 
•    Gaayathri Nithyanadam, Sonika and Ayushi Podder shot a total of 1846.6 to emerge winners. 
•    They were followed by France (1841.7) and Poland (1836.3) respectively.

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South Korea Unveils Zika-Proof Olympic Uniforms

South Korea's Olympic committee on 27th April 2016 unveiled Zika-proof uniforms complete with mosquito repellent
•    Mosquito-repellent chemicals were added to the outfits, which all include long pants, long-sleeved shirts and jackets. 
•    The decision to use mosquito repellent uniform during the Rio games was taken because of the spread of the Zika virus. 
•    The virus is spread by daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes.
•    Earlier in April 2016, representatives of the South Korean Olympic organisation and the government visited Rio to inspect venues, athletes' facilities and local hospitals. Brazil has reported about 1.5 million Zika infections out of a worldwide total of about 2 million.
•    The disease has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation. 
•    It causes severe headache which might lead to death.
•    Fever, Body pain etc. are common traits.

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Bindra becomes India's Goodwill Ambassador for Rio

Indian marksman Abhinav Bindra has became India's Goodwill Ambassador for the upcoming Rio Olympics in Rio de Janerio.
•    Earlier Salman Khan was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Rio Olympics 2016 last week, but this decision ran into controversy. 
•    Many sportsmen including Milkha Singh, Yogeshwar Dutt and Dhanraj Pillai slammed this decision, but a few stood by the Sultan actor and supported him. 
•    Now, the IOA is getting in more people to help a farther outreach. 
•    Abhinav Singh Bindra  is an Indian shooter and is a World and Olympic champion in the 10 m Air Rifle event. 
•    By winning the gold in the 10 m Air Rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games. 
•    Abhinav won Gold Medal in 2014

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Sudarsan Pattnaik bags gold medal at sand art contest in Moscow

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik bagged the gold medal at the ninth Moscow Sand Sculpture Championship "The magical world of sand" 2016.
•    He won the championship for best composition 'Mahatma Gandhi - World Peace'.

•    About twenty sand artists from various countries around the world participated in the championship. 
•    The championship was held from April 21-27 at Moscow.
•    He has already participated in more than 50 international sand sculpture championships across the world.
•    He has also got the fourth highest civilian award- Padma Shri in 2014.
•    He started sculpting images on sand since the age of seven and has designed hundreds of sand art.
•    He was the brand ambassador of NALCO, India.
•    He established "The Golden Sand Art Institute" which is first of its nature in India. 
•    His sculptures include environmental crisis, famous festivals, national integrity and religious tolerance.

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Shreya 1st woman racer in national Rally Championship

TVS Racing on Tuesday signed their first woman rider, Shreya Sunder Iyer, for the Indian National Rally championship.
•    She has completed the KTM Adventure Tour across the sand dunes in Dubai, crossing the Kalasa River in Chikkamagalur, and covering around 2,000km in six days as a part of the Southern India Biking Expedition.
•    In 2016 season, Shreya will compete for TVS Racing in the Indian National Rally Championship on a rally-spec TVS Apache RTR.
•    Arvind Pangaonkar is the head of TVS racing, which has conducted this mega event .
•    He said the association with Shreya will encourage women to consider racing as a career.
•    She has already tried her luck in modeling as well as in reality shows but getting no big break moved her into this sports where she has been doing good since start

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Garima Won gold at Commonwealth judo Championship

Garima Chaudhary added gold in the 63 kg senior category to take Indian medal tally to 12 in the 12th Commonwealth Judo Championship in Mauritius.

•    Chaudhary, had won gold in the 63 kg junior category  on 28th April 2016, clinched another yellow metal on the second day of the competition which also saw five other Indians winning bronze.
•    Bitu, Anil Kumar, Pawan Kumar and Virender Singh won a bronze each in the six-day competition.
•    India has now five gold, one silver and six bronze in their kitty.
•    Garima Chaudhary is an Indian judoka and has represented India as the country's sole judoka in the Women's (63 kg) category at the 2012 London Olympics
•    Garima was the only representative from India to contest for Olympic glory in London 2012 at Judo, where Yoshi Ueno from Japan sent her packing in the first elimination round.

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