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Kobe Bryant, a retired NBA star dies in Helicopter Crash

The NBA (National Basketball Association) star Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash. He retired from the game in 2016. He has won two gold medals in Olympics, one in 2008 and the other in 2012. The star had won 5 championships so far.

Kobe Bryant

Bryant was the first guard in the American history to play 20 seasons. He was also a five-time champion. He won the championship in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010.

National BasketBall Association

The NBA is a basketball league located in North Amercia. It is composed of 30 teams. It was founded in New York City in 1946. NBA is one of the four major sports league USA. The other 3 major sports league include Major League Baseball, National Football League and National Hockey League.

All the four leagues are commonly referred as “Big Four”.

NBA in India

NBA launched the first basket ball school in 2017. The school was launched at Mumbai. The school trains both male and female basket ball players between the age of 6 and 18.

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PM Modi pays tribute to Savitribai Phule on her birthday

On January 3, 2020, PM Narendra Modi paid his tribute to the Indian Social Reformer Savitribai Phule. She was born on January 3, 1831.

Savitribai Phule

Savitribai is considered as the first female teacher of India. She played vital role in improving women rights in the country. She is also regarded as “Mother of Indian Feminism”. She along with her husband Jyotirao Phule founded the first India’s girls’ school in Pune in 1848.

She worked hard to abolish gender discrimination and caste discrimination. She was a prolific Marathi writer.

Some of her literary works include Bavan Kashi Subodh Ratnakar, Kavya Phule, Go Get Education.


Savitribai Phule set up “Balhatya Pratibandhak Griha”. That works to prevent female infanticides, killing of pregnant rape victims and widows. She along with her husband also founded Satyashodhak Samaj that supported inter-caste marriages.


A memorial was created for Phule by the Pune City Corporation in 1983. In 2015, The Union Government renamed University of Pune as Savitribai Phule Pune University. In 1998, a stamp was released in honor of Phule.

Born in lower caste, she is now considered as an icon along with Ambedkar and Annabhau Sathe.

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