Saina Nehwal wins India Open Super Series Badminton Women’s Singles 2015 Title

World Number one ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on 29 March 2015 won India Open Super Series Badminton Women’s Singles 2015 Title.

She defeated Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in the final match played at Siri Fort Indoor Complex in New Delhi in straight sets 21-16, 21-14.

Men’s Single’s Title

India’s Srikanth Kidambi has won India Open Super Series Badminton Men’s Singles 2015 Title. In the final match he defeated Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen in three games 18-21, 21-13 and 21-12.

Men’s Doubles Title

China’s Chai Biao and Hong Wei pair has won India Open Super Series Badminton Men’s Doubles 2015 Title. In the final match Chinese pair defeated Denmark’s Conrad-Petersen Mads and Pieler Kolding Mads pair by 21-18, 21-14 score.

Women’s Doubles Title

Number one ranked Japanese pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi has won India Open Super Series Badminton Women’s Doubles 2015 Title. In the final match, Japanese pair has defeated Chinese pair Japanese pair by 21-19, 21-19 score.

Mixed Doubles Title

Second-ranked Chinese pair of Yixin Bao and Cheng Liu has won India Open Super Series Badminton Mixed Doubles 2015 Title. In the final match, Chinese pair defeated Number one ranked Danish pair of Christinna Pedersen and Joachim Fischer Nielsen by score 21-19 21-19.


India becomes 3rd biggest steel producer overtakes US

India has become the third-largest steel producer in the world by overtaking United States (US) in first two months of year 2015. It was revealed in the Data compiled by World Steel Association (WSA).

As per WSA data

  • India’s production in first two months i.e. January- February of 2015 was 14.56 million tonnes (MT). This production growth was the highest during this two month period at 7.6% as compared to the global average of just 0.6% at 127.6 MT.
  • While the US, which was the third-largest steel producer since 2010 has produced 13.52 MT during this two month period, giving away its position to India. Now, the production in US is heading for stagnation with no signs of growth.
  • China tops in steel production and accounts for nearly half of the global steel production. During this period China has produced 65 MT steel.
  • Japan is the second-largest steel producer and has reported a total production of 17.4 MT.

In the past five years, India was the fourth-largest steel producer behind China, Japan and the US. In 2009, US had snatched the third position from India.


Japan and China hold first security talks after 4 years

Japan and China on 19 March 2015 held their first security talks in Tokyo after four years since the ties had worsened over a row over islands in the East China Sea.

In the security talks both nations agreed to keep alive and foster a nascent recovery in bilateral ties plagued by the legacy of Japan’s wartime aggression and a territorial dispute.

However, both nations failed to set a timetable for the implementation of a scheme designed to ensure real-time communication between their armed forces.

Background of East China Sea dispute

  • Sino-Japanese relations had worsened after China had claimed its rights over the group of tiny East China Sea islets.
  • The islets comprises group of eight uninhabited islands and rocks. They have a total area of about 7 sq km in China Sea and are controlled by Japan.
  • These islets are close to strategically important shipping lanes in this region and also offer rich fishing grounds. The region surrounding these islets is also thought to contain oil deposits.
  • China claims that these islets have been part of its territory since ancient times. While, Taiwan separately is also claiming its right the islands.