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Sania-Soares win US Open mixed doubles title 2014

Sania-SoaresSania Mirza won US Open mixed doubles title with her new partner Bruno Soares (Brazil). The pair defeated the combination of Abigail Spears (US) and Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico) 6-1, 2-6, 11-9 in an exciting mixed doubles final.

This was was Sania Mirza’s 5th mixed doubles final match at the Grand Slam level. This was her career’s 3rd Grand Slam title having won the Australian Open in 2009 and the French Open in 2012, both with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi.

Sania had also reached the mixed doubles final at the Australian Open this year but ended runners-up with partner Horea Tecau (Romania).

World Food Prize 2014 to India-born scientist Sanjaya Rajaram

Sanjaya Rajaram, an India-born plant scientist, has been chosen for the World Food Prize 2014 for scientific research that led to a stupendous increase in world wheat production.

However, farm activists in the country criticised the prize as mere a public relations stunt by big agri-food companies who fund it.

Sanjaya Rajaram, a citizen of Mexico, took over Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug as head of the wheat breeding program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico, where he worked for 33 years. The World Food Prize acknowledges his contribution to the breeding technologies which have made significant impact in providing more nutritious food around the world and assuaging world hunger.

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center 

Commonly called by its Spanish acronym CIMMYT (Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo) is a non-profit research and training institution dedicated to both the development of improved varieties of wheat and maize, and introducing better agricultural practices to farmers, thus bettering their livelihoods.

CIMMYT is one of the 15 non-profit, research and training institutions affiliated with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

World Bank to double its lending to developing nations

As part of its efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030, the World Bank Group declared that it will almost double yearly lending capacity to emerging nations like Brazil, China, India, etc. from USD 15 billion to USD 28 billion. In next decade, the WB it would be increasing its lending capacity by USD 100 billion to USD 300 billion for middle income nations.

IBRD  (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) has increased its single borrower limit by $2.5 billion for Brazil, China, Indonesia, India, and Mexico.

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