PV Sindhu Current Affairs - 2019

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Deepika Padukone, P. V. Sindhu named ambassadors for ‘Bharat Ki Laxmi’

Actor Deepika Padukone and shuttler PV Sindhu has been named as the ambassadors for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new initiative called ‘Bharat Ki Laxmi’ movement.

What is Bharat Ki Laxmi?

This initiative by PM Modi aims to bring commendable work done by women across the country to light ahead of the Diwali festival. The Bharat Ki Laxmi campaign underscores the cause of women empowerment as well as celebrates extraordinary achievements of extraordinary women of India. PM Modi also shared a video in this regard.

Some Indian Government Schemes for Women Empowerment

  1. Mahila E-haat– It is a direct online marketing platform launched by Ministry of Women and Child Development.
  2. Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao- It is a joint initiative run by Ministry of Women and Child Development, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  3. One Stop Centre Scheme: Popularly known as ‘Sakhi‘.
  4. Working Women Hostels
  5. Swadhar Greh The Swadhar scheme- for rehabilitation of women in difficult circumstances was launched by Union Ministry of Women and Child Developmentin 2002.
  6. STEP Scheme: STEP stands for- ‘The Support to Training and Employment Programme for Women’

BWF World Championships 2019:  PV Sindhu became 1st Indian to win gold

PV Sindhu became 1st Indian to win a Badminton World Championships gold by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan. Sindhu  crushed Okuhara with  21-7, 21-7 in just 38 minutes in a one-sided final held at St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland. Sindhu’s gold is second medal that India won at BWF World Championships in 2019 edition with Sai Praneeth winning a bronze in men’s singles category.

Key Highlights

The 2019 edition was 16th match between Sindhu and Okuhara. Last time Sindhu and Okuhara met in finals of World Championships in 2017. In this encounter which lasted for nearly 2 hours and involved a 73-shot rally, Okuhara emerged victorious in end. Sindhu now leads 9-7 head-to-head, including 3 victories in last 5 meetings between duo before recent clash.

Sindhu is also 2nd women shuttler to have 5 medals and 3rd to have medals in all three colours.

This is P V Sindhu’s 5th medal at World Championships. Her full set of medals at World Championships include- 2 bronze (in 2013 and 2014 edition), 2 silver (she won in last two editions) and 1 gold

Badminton Association of India has announced a cash reward of ₹20 lakh for Sindhu.

Other BWF World Championship Winners

Men’s Singles: Japan’s Kento Momota

Men’s Doubles: Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan,

Women’s Doubles: Japan’s Mayu Matsumoto & Wakana Nagahara

Mixed Doubles: China’s Zheng Siwei & Huang Yaqiong