As we end the year, let us relive some positive moments for India in 2018. We picked incidents which have been shortlisted by our team based on different criteria. If you want to share our happiness with more fellow citizens, share this post with maximum people.
1) Sonam Wangchuk and Bharat Vaswani won the Ramon Magsaysay Award
Two of out the six winners of Ramon Magsaysay Award, famously dubbed the Nobel Prize of Asia, this year were Indian. Bharat Vaswani, a psychiatrist, was given this prestigious award for his work towards mentally-ill street people. Whereas Sonam Wangchuk, the inspiration behind Aamir Khan’s character in 3 Idiots, was awarded for using science to help improve the lives of the youth of Ladakh.
2) Sunil Chhetri became the third highest scorer in the world
During the Intercontinental Cup that was held in India this year, Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri tweeted a video asking the people to attend matches in the stadiums, at least on their home ground. This plea went viral, and the stadiums for every match that was played in the country post that tweet, was full. In the finals against Kenya, which also happened to be Chhetri’s 100th international match, Chhetri scored a goal, helping India bag a 3-0 win. His total tally now comes up to 64 goals. The only football players in the world to score higher than him are Cristiano Ronaldo (85) and Lionel Messi (65).
3) India get its first ever all-female SWAT team
In August, India’s first all-female commando team was formally inducted into the Delhi Police by Union Minister Rajnath Singh. The 36 women went through 15-months of rigorous training where they were taught to handle weapons, counter terrorism and learnt Krav Maga. This team made a mark in India’s history because they were the first ones to break the male hold on the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team in the country.
4) Indian Air Force gets its first woman fighter pilot
In February, 24-year-old Avani Chaturvedi became the first woman in India to fly a fighter jet alone. The flying officer flew a MiG-21 Bison, which possesses the highest take off and landing speed in the world. Her maiden solo training lasted 30 minutes and put India on a global list of countries like USA, Israel and the UK were women play an active combat role.
5) Maharashtra government put the plastic ban in full effect
From June 23 onwards, Maharashtra government enforced a ban on the manufacture, usage, sale, transport, handling and storage of all plastic and thermocol products. First and second time violators are now fined between ₹5,000 and ₹10,000 and third time offenders face a fine of ₹25,000 and up to three months in prison.
6) World’s first thermal battery plant was built in Andhra Pradesh
And finally, in August, the world’s first-ever battery plant was unveiled in Andhra Pradesh. It has been manufactured by Bharat Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Private Limited, and is aimed at increasing energy production by the means of renewable resources. This battery will use the energy created by temperature difference. This technology can be used effectively in remote areas, like hills or islands. It can also be used to store energy for telecommunication, commercial establishments, electric grids and more, while maintaining a low carbon footprint.
7) Longest rail road bridge in India was inaugurated
Bogibeel Bridge is the fourth span over the Brahmaputra River that connects Dhemaji and Dibrugarh, Assam’s two easternmost districts. It’s also the first bridge to upper Assam, where people have long called for a link to connect the underdeveloped Dhemaji with Dibrugarh, one of the state’s richest districts. The 4.9-kilometer Bogibeel Bridge will drastically reduce the travel time between Dhemaji and Dibrugarh. It will also provide the people of Dhemaji with access to better healthcare, education and many more facilities in Dibrugarh without them having to make long or precarious journeys by boat or buses.
8) India wins 2 tests in Australia for the first time in 21st Century
India have retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy with ease at the MCG, claiming a 137-run victory on day five of the third Test after rain provided more resistance than many of Australia’s batsmen.
Virat Kohli’s team hold a 2-1 series lead and are perfectly placed to complete a breakthrough series win at the SCG, where the final Test starts on Thursday.
India have lost all 11 previous Test series they’ve played in Australia, a barren stretch dating back to when they were crushed by Don Bradman’s side in 1948.
9) A Village In North-East Is Building Roads From Plastic, Using 430 Kilos Per Kilometre
In a first of its kind initiative, a one km road in Nongkynjang village in Nongstoin, West Khasi Hills, Meghalaya has been built with shredded waste plastic technology in convergence with MGNREGA and Megha-LAMP. the same was announced by the Deputy Commissioner Nongstoin, Arunkumar Kembhavi through the administration’s social media handle called ‘Deputy Commissioner Nongstoin’
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