Natonal Current Affairs
President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated World Hindi Secretariat building in Port Louis, Mauritius. He also launched secretariat’s logo, an Early Digital Learning Programme as well unveiled foundation stones of social housing project and large ENT hospital being built with Indian assistance.
President Kovind visited Mauritius as part of first leg to his two-nation state visit (Mauritius and Madagascar). Later he will visit Madagascar, making him first Indian President to visit largest African island country.
World Hindi Secretariat
- The Secretariat is fully financed by Government of India and provided grant of Rs. 33 crore. Land for it was given by Government of Mauritius. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone of this building during his visit in 2015.
- The aim of secretariat is to present Hindi as common man’s language, Janbhasha, in front of the world. Hindi as language has played an important role in culture and society building in both India and Mauritius. Indian diaspora in Mauritius has played a huge role in the spread of Hindi.
Ace wrestler Navjot Kaur won gold medal in the 65kg freestyle wrestling category of Senior Asian Championships held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. With this, she created history by becoming first Indian woman wrestler to win gold medal in Senior Asian Championships. This was also India’s first gold in the ongoing championships. In the final match the women’s 65kg freestyle wrestling category, Navjot defeated Japan’s Miya Imai by 9-1 score.
Earlier, Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik had who won the bronze in 62kg freestyle category after defeating Kazakhstan’s Ayaulym Kassymova 10-7. These two medals have taken India’s overall medal tally to six, which consisted one gold, silver and four bronze medals.
Navjot Kaur (born 10 February 1990) represents India in the women’s freestyle wrestling in 67 kg category. She had won Bronze medal (67 kg category) at 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. In Asian Wrestling Championships, she had won Bronze medal in 2011, Silver medal in 2013. In 2013 Wrestling World Cup held in Ulanbaatar she had won Bronze medal.