Deepika Kumari wins bronze at Antalya Archery World Cup

Ace Indian archer Deepika Kumari has clinched the bronze medal in the women’s individual Women’s Recurve event at Antalya Archery World Cup held in Turkey.

To win bronze medal Deepika outclassed Chang Hye Jin of South Korea in straight sets 6-2 (26-25, 29-26, 26-28, 28-27).

She was the only Indian who made it to the last four in the in individual women’s recurve competition as veteran Dola Banerjee, Satbir Kaur and Snehal Divakar all lost in the first round.

In the Antalya 2015 recurve women’s event Misun Choi and Bo Bae Ki from South Korea won gold and silver medal respectively.


Turkey begins construction of first nuclear power plant

Turkey on 14 April 2015 began the construction of its first nuclear power plant located at Akkuyu in Mersin province on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

It will be built by Akkuyu Project Company, a subsidiary of Russia’s nuclear agency Rosatom.

Key Facts

  • In 2010, Turkey and Russia had signed an agreement to set up $20 billion Akkuyu nuclear project.
  • Akkuyu Project Company will own, build and operate the plant that comprises four 1,200 MW VVER units.
  • The site was chosen at Akkuyu by Turkish government because it has low population density and low risk of earthquakes.

It should be noted that Akkuyu nuclear plant is the first of three nuclear power plants planned by Turkey. Second plant is due to be built in the Black Sea city of Sinop by a French-Japanese consortium and third plant’s location is not finalised yet.

With these nuclear plants, Turkish government is aiming to bring greater energy self-sufficiency by reducing its dependence on energy imports from like Russia and Iran.


US, Turkey ink deal to train, arm Syrian rebels to fight IS militants

United States (US) and Turkey have signed an agreement to train and arm moderate Syrian opposition forces taking on Islamic State (IS) militants.

The deal was inked by Turkey’s foreign ministry undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu and US ambassador to Ankara John Bass.

Key facts

  • Under the plan, the US will train about 5,000 Syrian fighters from the Free Syrian Army a year for three years. To train these fighters US is planning to send more than 400 troops.
  • This deal marks important  step for US President Barack Obama’s plan to turn moderate Syrian rebels into ground forces that will wage war on IS militants.
  • While, Western and Arab countries assist them by providing airstrikes to stop IS militants.
  • Saudi Arabia and Qatar also have agreed to host similar training programmes which will begin in March 2015.