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Aishwarya Pissay: 1st Indian to claim a World Title in Motorsports

Aishwarya Pissay became first Indian to claim a world title in motorsports by winning FIM World Cup ( Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) in women’s category after the final round of the championship at Varpalota in Hungary. She also finished 2nd in FIM Junior category.

 Key Highlights

The 23-year old from Bengaluru won the 1st round in Dubai and was placed 3rd (Portugal), 5th (Spain) and 4th (Hungary) in subsequent outings.

She finally finished with a tally of 65 points, just 4 points ahead of Rita Vieira of Portugal in final overall standings for women and made history by becoming the first Indian to win a world title in motor sports.

She was placed 2nd in junior category with 46 points, behind championship winner Tomas de Gavardo of Chile with 60 points.

Going into Hungarian Baja, Aishwarya with 52 points and Vieira with 45 points were top contenders for World Cup. The 4th-place finish earned Aishwarya 13 points while Vieira, who was placed 3rd, garnered 16.

Chandrima Shaha: 1st woman President of Indian National Science Academy (INSA)

Renowned biologist Chandrima Shaha became first woman to get elected as President of Indian National Science Academy (INSA). She will head INSA from 2020 to 2022 after taking over as president from incumbent Ajay K. Sood. She was formerly Director of the National Institute of Immunology, Delhi.

About Chandrima Shaha

She is currently professor of Eminence at National Institute of Immunology (NII). She is the former Director of NII. She was Vice President (International) of Indian National Science Academy (2016-2018). She is elected fellow of the World Academy of Sciences. Before becoming biologist, she was cricketer and also had worked commentator for All India Radio. As biologist, her key research focused on understanding cell death pathways.

About Indian National Science Academy (INSA)

  • It is the apex body of Indian scientists representing all branches of science and technology. It promotes science and its use in India.
  • It was originally established in 1935 and was then known as National Institute of Sciences of India until the present name was adopted in 1970.
  • It is headquartered in New Delhi. Union Government in 1945 had recognised it as the premier scientific society representing all branches of science in India.