• Current Affair , 25th February 2020

    • February 25, 2020
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    NATIONAL NEWS

     

     

    1. Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind at the Hindu ‘Huddle’ event at Bengaluru

     

    • I am happy to be here to attend ‘The Huddle’ organised by The Hindu, a name that connotes not only India’s cultural diversity but also covers a sweep of history which is unparalleled in the world in civilisational context.
    • The Hindu group of publications has been relentlessly aiming to capture the essence of this great country through its responsible and ethical journalism. I commend them for their insistence on sticking to the five basic principles of journalism – truth-telling, freedom and independence, justice, humaneness and contributing to the social good. I am borrowing here Shri N. Ram’s wonderful description of these principles as ‘Panchsheel’ for The Hindu group of newspapers.
    • You all deserve appreciation for organising ‘The Huddle’ as a platform for the churning of thought on a variety of issues that concern people. I am sure that the nectar, that is, Amrit, coming out from the churning would benefit the nation and the world.
    • Let me tell you why it is civilisationally contextual to hold ‘The Huddle’ in this land. Long before the West discovered the benefits of democratic decision-making, Sant Basaveshwara, a 12th century philosopher endowed with extraordinary wisdom, had promoted a culture of collective discussion which was called ‘Anubhav Mantapa’. This is remembered as one of the world’s first parliaments where people were encouraged to speak their mind irrespective of their social status. This was also a unique experiment of gender equality as women were also encouraged to take part in discussions and express their views. We, the people of India are blessed to have sages like Bhagwan Basaveshwara among our ancestors.
    • Debate and discussion are internalised in India’s social psyche to arrive at truth since time immemorial. They are means to an end. On a lighter side, I am talking about an era that preceded high-voltage TV debates! Even in this period of transition, The Hindu continues with its tradition of conducting informed debate through news and views. It would not be an exaggeration to say that The Hindu seeks to protect the sanctity of the printed word and holds fast to the ideology of truth.
    • There is no doubt that perception of truth is conditioned by circumstances. For example, we tend to describe the day’s progress with the rising or setting of the sun. But we know that it is more of a popular and metaphorical expression than the truth. Through arduous research, we came to know it well that neither does the sun rise nor does it set. The conditions that cloud the truth’s positions are effectively dispelled by a contestation of ideas through debate, discussion and scientific temper. Prejudices and violence vitiate the search for truth.
    • As one of the oldest newspapers in the subcontinent, The Hindu has contributed immensely to the nation-building. Fired by a nationalist impulse, six intrepid youth of Madras, barely out of their teens, founded The Hindu in 1878 to redeem our cultural pride. They challenged the imperial power at its peak and nourished nationalism. Since then, the story of The Hindu’s journey is quite instructive for those who wish to understand the spirit of India that is Bharat. Readers too responded enthusiastically. For many in Chennai and elsewhere, the morning came to mean a cup of filter coffer and a copy of The Hindu.
    • One of this newspaper’s avid readers was the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, himself. When The Hindu celebrated its golden jubilee in 1928, Gandhiji wrote, [And I quote] “I gladly add mine to the many tributes that will be paid to The Hindu on its Golden Jubilee. I consider The Hindu to be one of the best, if not the best, among the Indian owned dailies throughout India.” [Unquote]
    • Gandhiji’s insistence on truth, that is, Satyagraha, was based on his unique understanding of truth. Gandhiji, as we all know, was a journalist too and edited a range of journals, in several languages, in South Africa as well as in India. His journalism was, journalism with a cause. Yet, he was deeply aware of the cause of journalism itself too, which is simply truth itself.  That is why he cautioned against the superficiality, the one-sidedness, the inaccuracy and often even dishonesty that had crept into journalism. As he evolved from Mohandas to Mahatma, Truth – with a capital T – became his sole cause, sole quest.
    • Sometimes, dogmas and personal prejudices distort the truth. In the 150thyear of Gandhiji’s birth, let us ponder upon this question: Will it not be proper to pursue truth itself as the ideology? Gandhiji has shown us the path by walking ceaselessly in search of truth which would ultimately encompass every positive attribute that enriches the universe.
    • Today, however, we seem to be living in what has come to be called the post-truth era. I wonder what Gandhiji would have said about it. Of late, there have been attempts to give various shades to truth and define its stages as if some final truth exists beyond provisional truths. To my mind, such attempts are nothing more than indulgence in semantics. Truth exists in absolute form which cannot be eclipsed by blinkers of prejudices. It cannot be a case of ‘your truth’ versus ‘my truth’. Truth has to be one.
    • I am sure that society has been moving in this direction to discover truth through persistent dialogue, argumentation and scientific approach. Let me cite one instance of how society has been transforming itself. Two weeks back, I visited the Kendriya Vidyalaya located in the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises for an interaction with students. I faced a volley of questions about fundamental duties, and many schoolchildren asked if those duties should not be made mandatory for citizens. I was quite surprised when a girl student of class 11 asked if it would be correct to make it legally binding upon citizens to pay their genuine taxes, exercise their franchise, follow rules and respect constitutional entities. Such questions, asked without any prompt, are indicative of the new generation’s yearning for arriving at truth through their own experience.
    • The world is now being shaped above all by information technology. It is so rapidly evolving that what was outright unimaginable only a few years ago has not only become a reality but has even lost its novelty! These trends have impacted journalism in all its aspects, from news gathering to delivering news to readers and finally making money to sustain the activity. The internet and social media have democratized journalism and revitalized democracy. This process is ongoing, but in its current stage, it has also led to many anxieties. The new media is fast and popular and people can choose what they want to watch, hear or read. But only the traditional media has, over years, developed skills to authenticate a news report, and that is a costly operation. I hope that we will arrive at the ideal trade-off soon. In the meanwhile, the traditional media will have to introspect on its role in society and find ways to earn the reader’s full trust again. The project of democracy is incomplete without informed citizens – which means, without unbiased journalism.
    • Those at the helm of The Hindu know that their journey began with a huddle, 142 years back, for a cause. That thinking must also be behind naming the event as ‘The Huddle’ that covers a wide array of topics ranging from politics, economics, the environment and entertainment to gender and sports. At this conclave, speakers are invited to come together and form a huddle to deliberate and review the strategy for the benefit of society and the country. Implicit in this effort is welfare of the entire cosmos consistent with the philosophy of “Sarve bhavantu sukhinah”. I once again commend The Hindu group of publication for organising this conference that lays out a roadmap for posterity.

     

     

    1. New Headquarters – the Thal Sena Bhawan

                       

     

    • Defense Minister Shri Rajnath Singhlaid the foundation stone of the Army Headquarters new building “Thal Sena Bhawan” in Delhi Cantonment. Thal Sena Bhawan, the multi-storeyed complex adopting Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA-5 rating) norms, designed like a “rising sun” and spread over nearly 39 acres.
    • The Army Headquarters is currently housed in the iconic South Block at Raisina Hill, Delhi.
    • At present, the Army headquarters is split into 8 pockets across New Delhi such as South Block, Sena Bhawan, Hutments Area, R.K.Puram, Shankar Vihar etc., and the new building accommodates Army headquarters in one place ensures that they can work under one roof.
    • The newly created Department of Military Affairs (DMA) will be headed by the Chief of Defense Staff(CDS), General Bipin Rawat.
    • Nearly 1,700 officers (both military & civilian) and 1,300 sub-staffs will be accommodated in the new building and the cost of the project will be in excess of Rs 700 crore and will be constructed within 5 years.

     

    1. Parsi population went up by 233 since the launch of Jiyo parsi scheme: Mukhtar abbas naqvi

     

    • According to the Union Minister of Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the population of Parsis (Zoroastrians), a notified minority community under National Commission of Minorities Act 1992,increased  by 233since the year 2013, when the government launched the Jiyo Parsi scheme.
    • So far the central Government has spent Rs 14 crore in 7 years for this scheme.
    • As per the 2011 census data, the number of Parsi community in the country is around 57,264, ,a decrease from 1,14,000 in 1941.
    • In order to increase the population of the Parsi community, the Minority Ministry releases budget for various programs being run under the scheme.
    • It is run by the Ministry of Minorities affairs with the aim to increase the population of the Parsi community. It has two components: Medical Assistance and Advocacy (Counselling).
    1. Smart City Mission: Centre devises 20-20 model to help backward cities

                        

     

    • The central Governmenthas come up with a 20-20 model
      according to which top 20 cities will be paired with the bottom 20 cities.
      This will help share the knowledge among the cities and provide a chance to the most backward cities for adapting best practices from their partner cities.
      Under the smart city mission, 100 selected smart cities have identified 5151 projects worth Rs 2,05,018 crore to be executed.
    • In order to implement this mission in successful way, the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA)has launched a 100-day challenge for the backward cities to enhance their position by June 25,2020 ,the  5th  anniversary of Smart Cities Mission.
    • The top ranked Ahmedabadhas been paired with Chandigarh which is ranked 81st . Port Blair standing on 96th spot has been given Nagpur, which is rank 2. Similarly,few other cities have been paired such as Tirupur (rank 3) with Silvassa (87), Ranchi (rank 4) with Shimla (92)and more

     

    1. India’s 1st squat machine at Delhi’s Anand Vihar railway station

     

     

    • In order to promote the Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi-led “Fit India” initiative, Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC) has installed a India’s1st squat machine at Anand Vihar Railway Station in Delhi, where a person who performs 30 squats in 3 minutes (or 180 seconds) will get a platform ticket for free.
    • Along with this, the railway has also opened a shop in the name of “Dawa Dost” to provide cheap generic medicines.It aims to make it easier for people to take care of their health and to provide them affordable high quality medicines.
    • The firm currently has 10 shops in Rajasthan and Delhi. It plans to increase their number to 100 in the next one year and 1,000 in 4 years.
    • The railway has also started to provide mobile charging kiosk, quick service restaurant, generic medical store, massage chair, and Health ATM (Automated Teller Machine) at the station.
    • Prime Minister Modi had started the ‘Fit India’ movement at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi on August 29, 2019 to encourage people to remain healthy and fit by including physical activities and sports in their daily routines.

     

    1. First-ever Bharat-Bangla tourism festival 2020 held in Agartala, Tripura

                       

     

    • The first-ever 2 days long Bharat-Bangla Paryatan Utsav 2020(Tourism Festival) was held at Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala, Tripura from February 20-21, 2020 to boost the Tripura tourism sector.
    • It was inaugurated by Tripura Chief Minister (CM) Biplab Kumar Deb & organized by Department of Tourism, Government of Tripura in memories of the contribution of Tripura in 1971 Bangladesh liberation war.
    • The key attraction of the festival includes Seminars, discussions, cultural events,etc.
    • The festival saw the participation of Tourism minister Pranajit Singha Roy, Bangladesh Assistant High Commissioner to Tripura Kiriti Chakma, MP(Member of Parliament) Pratima Bhwomik, MP from Bangladesh Md. Abdus Saheed (who paid tribute to the Indians, who helped Bangladesh in the 1971 liberation war) and many other officials of Bangladesh.

     

     

    1. India’s GDP growth to be 4.9% in 2019-20: NCAER

                         

     

    • National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER),a New Delhi based non-profit think tank of economics, has estimated India’s economic growth rate  to be 9 %for the current Financial year-FY 2019-20, which is lower than the 5 % estimation by the National Statistical Office (NSO).
    • At the same time, NCAER has expressed the hope that in the year 2020-21, the country’s growth rate can be up to 5.6%.
    • In the quarterly review of the economy, the institute has predicted the growth rate could be 4.9 % in the third quarter of the current financial year (Q3: 2019-20) and it is expected to increase to 5.1 % in the fourth quarter (Q4: 2019-20).
    • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has also predicted a growth rate of 5% for 2019-20.
    • Food inflation will come down: As per NCAER, due to monsoon and subsequent good rains, the water reserves in the major water sources of the country have increased, due to which the prospects of the agricultural sector are looking good. So,this year agricultural production is estimated to be better than in 2019.

     

    1. RBI unveils 5 year National Strategy for Financial Inclusion (NSFI): 2019-2024

                   

     

    • In order to promote financial literacy among customers and to provide access to formal financial services in an affordable manner, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released a National Strategy for Financial Inclusion (NSFI) 2019-24. The strategy has been prepared by Financial Inclusion Advisory Committee (FIAC)of the RBI in consultation with the Centre, Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), and Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority of India (PFRDA).
    • NSFI has been finalized and approved by the Financial Stability Development Council (FSDC). The document was formally released by Mahesh Kumar Jain, Deputy Governor, RBI at the High Level Meeting on Financial Inclusion for the North East region convened at Agartala, Tripura.
    • There should be universal access to financial serviceswherein every village should have access to a formal financial services provider within a 5-km radius.
    • The banking outletsof commercial banks to be increased to provide easy and hassle-free digital process.
    • The strengthening of digital financial services in all tier-II to tier-VI centres is required to facilitate a less-cash society by March 2022.
    • Every eligible adult should be provided with basic financial services like savings account, credit, micro-life and non-life insurance products, pension product, and a suitable investment product.
    • By March 2020, every adult enrolled under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY)should be enrolled under an insurance scheme and pension scheme.
    • The public credit registryhas to be made fully operational by March 2022.
    • The committee has recommended new entrants to the financial system. The entrants should be given the relevant information regarding government livelihood programmesto help them augment their skills.
    • Customers have to be made aware of the recourses available for grievance resolution through customer grievance portal or mobile application, by March 2021.

     

     

     

    1. Vice President felicitates three Padma Awardees from Telangana including the ace badminton player Ms PV Sindhu

     

     

    • The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today felicitated three Padma Awardees from Telangana – ace badminton player Ms PV Sindhu, innovative farmer Shri Chintala Venkat Reddy and well known Sanskrit and Telugu poet Shri Vijayasarathi Sribhashyam, at a function organized by Swarna Bharat Trust, Hyderabad
    • Ms Sindhu is a recipient of Padma Bhushan the other two were awarded Padma Shri by the government recently.
    • Speaking on the occasion, the Vice President lauded their achievements in their respective fields. The felicitation was meant to give inspiration to others to emulate these three Padma awardees. It is the recognition of their merit, Shri Naidu said and added that recognizing and respecting the talent is part of Indian culture.
    • Shri Naidu, who also inaugurated a medical camp expressed his concerns over the rising incidences of Non Communicable Diseases in the country and urged the doctors and the media to create awareness among the people, particularly the youngsters on the need of taking preventive measures.
    • He pointed out that sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy food habits were mainly responsible for NCDs and urged the youth to shun eating junk food and take up physical activity on daily basis to remain fit.
    • Observing that programs like Fit India, Yoga and Swachh Bharat Mission were meant to ensure good health and hygiene for all, Shri Naidu called upon the youth to adopt these programs and turn them into people’s movements.
    • He also stressed the need for living in harmony with nature and focus on water conservation efforts.
    • He urged the youth not to support those indulging in violence and asked them to develop a positive and constructive attitude in life. Quoting the three word mantra of ‘Reform-Perform-Transform’ given by the Prime Minister, Shri Naidu asked the youth to work towards the transformation of the country in all spheres.
    • On this occasion, certificates were also distributed to the trainees who completed their courses at Swarna Bharat Trust.
    1. PM addresses International Judicial Conference

     

    • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the International Judicial Conference in New Delhi. Distinguished Judges of the Supreme Court as well as various High Courts, Eminent lawyers and delegates from overseas also took part in the Conference.
    • Cherishing his presence amongst the Judiciary which inspires trust and confidence to all the citizens of the World, the Prime Minister pointed out that the Judicial Conference is taking place at the beginning of the 3rd decade of the 21st Century.
    • The Prime Minister stressed that this is the decade of rapid changes not only in India but also the World. He said the changes are taking place in Social, Economic and Technological fields and that they should be based on logic, equitable justice. “Hence the topic of this conference, “Judiciary and The Changing World” is apt and significant”, he said. .
    • “The Conference is also happening at the same time when the country is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi”, he said.
    • Recalling how the Mahatma, refused his case a lawyer when had to pay commission to get it, the Prime Minister said that the Mahatma’s belief in honesty and service were owing to his upbringing and his study of the Indian traditions and culture.
    • Prime Minister said that India’s philosophy is based on the paradigm that “Law is King of Kings, Law is Supreme”.
    • He said it is the belief in this philosophy made all the 130 Crore Indians accept in a calm and peaceful manner, the recent judgements of the Judiciary.
    • Quoting Dr B R Ambedkar that “Constitution is not a mere lawyer’s document, it is a vehicle of life, and its spirit is always a spirit of age’, Prime Minister said that this sentiment has been carried forward by the courts of our country and kept alive by our Legislature and Executive.
    • “Understanding each other’s limitations, in the midst of all the challenges, many times the three Pillars of the Constitution have found the right path for the country. In the last five years, different institutions of India have strengthened this tradition”, he added.
    • The Prime Minister emphasized that about 1500 obsolete laws have been abolished in the country at a rapid pace and many new laws strengthening society have been enacted at the same pace.
    • The Prime Minister expressed his happiness that the theme of ‘Gender Just World’ has been introduced in this conference. “No country in the world, no society can make full development without Gender Justice, nor can it claim justice,” he said. PM listed the changes made by the Government for bringing about gender balance like the recruitment of daughters in military service, changes in the selection process of fighter pilots, and the freedom to work at night in the mines. He also highlighted that today, India is one of the few countries in the world that gives 26 weeks of Paid Leave to the country’s working women.
    • On this occasion, the Prime Minister thanked the judiciary for its balance between development and environment, and continued guidance in it. He added, India has shown that along with the creation of infrastructure, the environment can also be protected.
    • Emphasizing the need for technology to deliver speedy justice, the Prime Minister said the government has made an effort to connect every court of the country to the e-court Integrated Mission Mode Project. “The establishment of National Judicial Data Grid will also make court procedures easier,” he said. The synergy of artificial intelligence and human conscience will also give further impetus to judicial processes in India, he added.

     

    1. Farmer is the best teacher on agriculture – Vice President

     

     

    • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu called upon the scientist and researchers to come up with new innovations and ideas to find solutions to the challenges faced by the Indian farmers.
    • Inaugurating the 2ndEdition of Exhibition and Conference on Agri-technology & Innovation at  Jayashankar Telangana State Agriculture University in Hyderabad today, the Vice President said that there has to be a meeting of minds between scientists, researchers, Krishi Vigyan Kendras and farmers, who are the main stakeholders, to adopt best practices and make agriculture remunerative.
    • Observing that a farmer is the best teacher on agriculture, Shri Naidu said that miracles can be created if farmer’s knowledge relating to the field and the research of the scientist are brought together. He suggested to the students studying agriculture to spend half of their time in classrooms and the rest with farmers to gain first hand practical knowledge and acquaint themselves with the problems of the farmers.
    • The Vice President also called upon the agriculture universities to focus on developing new varieties including the pest resistant and climate smart variants, apart from enhancing the productivity levels. Calling for collective efforts to achieve self-sufficiency in food production, he said that a country like India should not depend on imported food security.
    • Stating that freebies and loan waivers were not the solution, Shri Naidu said that they only provide temporary relief. What is needed are the long term and wholistic measures that make agriculture viable and profitable, he added.
    • Listing some of such long term measures, he suggested quality power supply, development of rural infrastructure including godowns, cold storage facilities, refrigerator vans apart from ensuring quality inputs and timely and adequate credit to the farmers.
    • Calling for the diversification of agriculture, the Vice President said that farmers should be encouraged to grow new crops in addition to traditional crops. He also stressed the need for taking up ancillary activities such as poultry, dairy, horticulture and aquaculture to supplement the farmer’s income.
    • The Vice President also emphasised the need for post harvest management and providing support to the farmers. He said e-NAM should be expanded to all regions in every state. Shri Naidu also highlighted the need for promoting food processing and value addition of agri products. He urged all entrepreneurs to evolve effective models in the food processing sector after consulting the scientific community, experts and farmers.
    • Expressing concerns over the fast depleting water resources, Shri Naidu called for preservation and protection of traditional water bodies. He appreciated the work done by Telangana Government in this regard.
    • Calling the organic farming as the need of the hour for mitigating farm crisis and climate change issues, Shri Naidu called for more technological tools to assist organic farmers.
    • Stating that the Agri Tech Exhibition will be useful in creating awareness about best practices and technologies among the farmers, the Vice President congratulated Telangana government, CII and the Prof. Jayashankar Telangana State Agriculture University to bring together the scientists, researchers and farmers on a single platform. He also visited various stalls put up after inaugurating the exhibition.

     

     

    1. Securities market regulator SEBI redefines ‘pledge’ to protect client securities

    • Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI),the regulator for the securities market in India, has amended the SEBI (Depositories and Participants) Regulations,2018  by including an extra explanation that states that ‘pledge’ would also refer to ‘re-pledge of securities for margin or settlement obligations.’
      The decision was approved by the SEBI Board meet in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
    • With this SEBI’s amendment, now the depository will have the liability of the bonafide pledge ,which is created from the margin account of a stock broker
    • This move will reduce the instances where stock brokers misuse client securities by pledging such shares for their own benefit in terms of meeting their margin requirements.
    • It is being seen the brokers pledge shares without telling owner.In the recent past, the Karvy Stock Broking Limited,  Hyderabad (Telangana) pledged shares of customers & took loan from firms such as Bajaj Finance, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and IndusInd Bank & owners of the share were not aware of it.
    • It means taking loan against the shares one holds. It can be done by both investors and promoters.

     

     

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS

     

    1. Pakistan continues at grey list of FATF for another 4 months

                     

     

    • The Paris based Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an organization that monitors the financing of international terrorism, gave a 4-month extension to Pakistan& warned of action for its failure to combat money laundering and terror financing.
    • Islamabad (Pakistan) continues to remain on grey list & If it does not curb the financing of terrorism by June 2020, it will be put on the blacklist.
      The decision has been taken by FATF after the completion of its 6-day plenary session in Paris, France.
    • Pakistan was placed on the grey list in June 2018. It was given an action plan to complete by October 2019, under which it was entrusted with 27 tasks, including stopping terrorist funding, eradicating terrorism from its land. Out of this, Pakistan was able to complete only 14 tasks till February 2020. The FATF urged Pakistan to swiftly complete the remaining 13-action plan of the list.
    • Pakistan’s terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and the Hizbul Mujahideen are responsible for a series of attacks in India.
    • If Pakistan is blacklisted, it may adversely impact its imports, exports, remittances and limit its access to international lending. Currently, only Iran and North Korea are on the black list.
    • FATF grey lists a country which it considers as a safe haven for terror funding and money laundering.

     

    1. 9th Defence and Security Expert Working Group meeting of SCO

     

    • The two day long 9th Defence and Security Expert Working Group (EWG)meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) was held in Islamabad, Pakistan from February 19 to 20 to discuss different aspects of cooperation between the SCO member states and regional security. They have agreed on joint training and military exercises. The event was hosted by Pakistan as part of the ‘SCO Defence & Security Cooperation Plan – 2020’.
    • India has attended this meet along with China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Belarus attended the meeting as the observer state.
    • It should be noted that in 2019 there was a rapid decline in Indo-Pakistan diplomatic relations when Pakistan expelled Indian High Commissioner after India abrogated Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
    • India will host the annual meeting of council of heads of government of the SCO in 2020.

     

     

     

     

     

    SPORTS NEWS

     

     

    1. Rashpal Singh, Jyoti Gawte defend their New Delhi Marathon titles

    • Indian runners Rashpal Singh and Jyoti Gawte thwarted a strong field of runners to successfully retain their crown at the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Marathon in New Delhi on Sunday. Rashpal of Army Sports Institute from Pune, lived up to his top billing and finished the full marathon (42.2 kilometres) with an impressive time of 2:23:29 hours to pocket the coveted title.
    • Jyoti Gawte of Maharashtra completed the gruelling full marathon, which was flagged off from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in 2:50:37 hours, with almost eight minutes to spare. Over 22,000 runners braved the early morning chills and lined up for the 5th edition of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon, in four different categories- the Full Marathon (42.2 km), Half Marathon (21.1km), 10 km Timed Run and 5 km Swacch Bharat Run.
    • Arjun Pradhan, representing the Indian Army, claimed the runner-up position after he took 2:24:18 hours to finish his full run, while his team-mate Sanvroo Yadav ended with a time of 2:25:34 hours to win the bronze medal. In Women’s category, Swati Gadhave won the silver medal with a time of 2:58:10 hours, while Jigmet Dolma had to be content with bronze after she completed the full marathon in 3:03:10 hours.
    • In the 21.1 km Half-Marathon, Brimin Kipruto Komen bagged the top prize in the men’s category by clocking 01:09:27 hours.  In the women’s category, Tashi Lodol stole the limelight to win the gold by clocking 1:28:28 hours, trailed by Stanzin Chondol in 01:31:13 hours and Stanzin Dolkar in 01:31:43 hours.

     

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