SUMMITS AND MEETINGS
“Tsentr -2019” commenced in DONGUZ Ranges, Russia
- The opening ceremony of exercise “TSENTR 2019” which forms part of the Russian Armed Forces’ annual training cycle, under the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) and Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), was conducted at the DONGUZ ranges near Orenburg, Russia on september 14th 2019.
- 8 SCO member countries inclusive of Russia namely China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, and Pakistan are participating in the exercise that will conclude on 23 September 2019.
- The exercise which mainly focuses on countering international terrorism, comprises of two modules where the first module focuses on counter-terror operations,defensive measures and the second module focuses on offensive operations.
First trilateral exercise between navies of India, Singapore, Thailand begins
- A maiden trilateral exercise involving navies of Singapore, Thailand, and India commenced at Port Blair on september 16 to bolster maritime relationships among three countries and enhance overall security in the region.
- A Defence Ministry release said the five-day exercise will strengthen mutual confidence among the three navies in terms of interoperability and development of a common understanding of procedures.
- India-Indian navy (IN)
- Singapore- Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and
- Thailand- Royal Thailand Navy (RTN).
The exercise has two phases. They are,
Shore phase at Port Blair which involves activities like professional exchanges, sports fixtures and cross deck familiarisation visits.
Sea phase scheduled from September 18-20, 2019 at the Andaman sea involves activities like surface and air operations with Gunnery, force protection measures and communication drills
Singapore’s RSN Tenacious(stealth frigate) and His Majesty’s Thailand Ship (HTMS)Kraburi(missile frigate) will exercise with Indian Naval Ship(INS)-Ranvir- missile destroyer, Kora- missile corvette(a small warship designed for convoy escort duty) and Sukanya- offshore patrol vessel along with P8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.
Kerala govt and RCC jointly signs MoU with Maldives on cancer care
The govt. of Kerala and the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) jointly signed Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with Maldives to strengthen cancer care in the island nation by giving training to doctors , on september 16, 2019 Maldivian minister Abdulla Ameen and Kerala’s health minister KK Shylaja signed the MoU in presence of Kerala Chief Minister(CM) Pinarayi Vijayan.
Public Premises Amendment Bill, comes into force
The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 that will facilitate smooth and speedy eviction of unauthorised occupants from government residential accommodations, has come into effect. The Bill was passed by the Parliament during the last Budget session.
The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 would ensure retrieval of the residential government accommodations from unauthorised occupants without requiring elaborate procedures under sections 4 and 5 of the Act.
The bill is expected to increase the availability of government residential accommodations for the eligible beneficiaries and reduce the waiting period. As per the provisions of the Amended Bill, the estate officer will issue a short show cause notice of three days before the eviction of the unauthorized occupant from the Government accommodation.
Government residential accommodations rules
The government provides residential accommodation to its employees including the Members of Parliament and other dignitaries on a license basis while they are in service or till the term of their office.
Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019: In Detail
The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 amends the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971. The act provides for the eviction of unauthorised occupants from government residential accommodations in cases where there is a violation of license term.
‘Residential accommodation occupation’ is defined by the bill as the occupation of public premises by an individual on the grant of a license for such an occupation. The license is given for a fixed term or for the period the person is in public service. The occupation of the premises must be allowed under the rules made by the centre or state government or a statutory authority such as the Parliament Secretariat or central government company.
Procedure for Eviction:
The bill lays down the provision for eviction from the residential accommodation. Under it, the estate officer, who is an officer of the central government, is required to issue a written notice to a person who is in unauthorised occupation of a government residential accommodation. The notice will require the individual to cite the reason as to why an eviction order should not be made against him, within three working days. The written notice must be fixed to a conspicuous part of the accommodation, in a prescribed manner.Eviction Order:
After considering the show cause of the individual and making the other required inquiring, the estate officer can issue an eviction order. If the unauthorized resident fails to comply with the order, the estate officer can evict such a person from the accommodation and take possession of it. The estate officer can also use force if necessary. If the unauthorised occupant of the residential accommodation challenges the eviction order, he will have to pay damages for every month of such occupation.
Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Rules, 2019
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notified that it has amended the rules governing the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), 2011.
As per the amended rules, the individuals who receive gifts up to Rs 1 lakhare not required to inform the government.
Before the amendment, the threshold limit was Rs 25,000 as per the market value of the gift in India.
In case of emergency medical aid needed during a visit abroad, the acceptance of foreign hospitality has to be intimated including the source, approximate value in Indian rupees and the purpose for which the aid has been taken and the manner in which it was utilized to the government within 1 monthof such receipt. The earlier limit was 2 months (within).
No such intimation is required if the value of such hospitality in emergent medical aid is up to Rs 1,00,000.
The office bearers, key functionaries and members of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) who receive foreign funds will have to mandatorily declare before the government that they were not prosecuted or convicted for religious conversion.
Earlier, as per the FCRA 2010, only the applicants such as directors who were seeking permission to receive foreign contribution were required to make such a declaration.
Every member of an NGO must certify, under oath, through an affidavit, that they have never been involved in diverting foreign funds or propagating sedition or advocating violent means.
Earlier, this declaration was to be only given by the applicant of an NGO.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated NCCCR&D at IISc-Bengaluru
Union Minister of Science & Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, inaugurated the National Centre for Clean Coal Research and Development (NCCCR&D) at Indian Institute of Science (IISc)- Bengaluru, Karnataka on september 16th which was set up by the union government through the Department of Science & Technology (DST), in the presence of Secretary, DST ,Prof. Ashutosh Sharma and Director, IISc, Prof. Anurag Kumar.
It is a national level consortium on clean coal Research & Development (R&D) and it is led by the IISc- Bengaluru. IIT (Indian Institute of Technology)- Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati, Bombay, and Hyderabad are its partners.
Organisations such as the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Gas Authority of India Ltd. (GAIL), Bharat Heavy Electronics Ltd. (BHEL), Tata Power, and Triveni Turbines Ltd are the target beneficiaries of NCCCR&D.
The Minister also dedicated India’s first of its kind centre equipped with state-of-art facilities- an Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Research (ICER) to the nation. It is one of the youngest centres at IISc- Bengaluru.
India has an aim to generate 175 GW(Giga-Watt) of clean energy by 2022. Out of this, 100 GW would be through solar and remaining through other sources.
The target to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases stands between 33% and 35% by 2030 and country has reduced it to 21%.
STATES NEWS(HIMACHAL PRADESH)
CM launched the Mukhya Mantri Seva Sankalp Helpline ‘1100’
- The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh (HP) Shri Jai Ram Thakur launched the “Mukhya Mantri Seva Sankalp Helpline ‘1100’ (Chief Minister’s Service Resolution Helpline) for redressal of public grievances in a speedy and time bound manner on september 16th ,2019.
- The helpline functions from 7am-10pm from monday-saturday. By this service, HP became the fourth state in the country after Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to launch this helpline.
A 3-day long traditional Neermahal Jal Utsav concluded in Agartala
A 3-day long traditional Neermahal Jal Utsav concluded with boat race & swimming competitions at Rudrasagar lake in Agartala, Tripura. Chief Minister (CM) of Tripura, Biplab Kumar Deb flagged off the boat race.
The Jal Utsav has number of events including Manasha mangal as well as cultural programmes.
Neermahal is a water palace constructed by Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya in the middle of Rudrasagar lake in 1930 as Manikya’s summer spot being greatly inspired by Mughal style of architecture.
STATES NEWS(JAMMU AND KASHMIR)
Udhampur district of J&K organized the first women-only marathon against drug addiction
The Udhampur district of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) along with non-governmental organization (NGO) Dogra Kranti Dal organized the first women-only marathon on the theme of drug awareness in lines with Prime minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Fit India movement.
It was attended by chief patron Dogra Kranti Dal and former Member of the Legislative Assembly(MLA) Balwant Singh Mankotia and others.
Women from different age groups participated in the marathon.
The first 3 winners were given the cash prize of ₹31,00, ₹21,00 and ₹11,00 respectively.
STATES NEWS(UTTAR PRADESH)
Children’s week organized in Anganwadi centers of the Uttar Pradesh
Children’s week celebrated from September 16- 21, 2019 at Anganwadi centers in Uttar Pradesh. As September is named as Nutrition Month, a variety of activities are taking place at the Anganwadi centers across the state.
Mamta Day was organized on the first day of children’s week as a part of bal suposhan utsav. Mothers cooked food from their homes and brought them to the Anganwadi centers and fed the children in groups.
On the second day of the week, the Suposhan goonj was organized, that was started with Nutrition Ferry. Children, adolescent girls and women participated to take pledge of giving proper food to children.
Rural Health Cleanliness and awareness campaigns are also included in the week long celebration.
Congress veteran & freedom fighter BJ Khatal Patil passed away
Congress veteran BJ Khatal Patil passed away at the age of 100 due to Pneumonia at his residence in Rangaragalli in Sangamner town of Maharashtra. Born on March 26, 1919, in Sangamner town in Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra, Khatal served as a lawyer and took part in the Indian independence struggle and Non-cooperation movement led by Mahatma Gandhi.
He served in the Maharashtra legislative assembly as a minister between 1962 and 1985.
He also authored several books where his first book “Antariche Dhave” was first published in the year 2011.
RBI allows all recurring bill payments through BBPS
Reserve Bank of India(RBI) has extended the use of the Bharat Bill Payment System(BBPS) for all recurring(repetitive) payments such as school fees, insurance premiums and municipal taxes, Equated Monthly Installments (EMI) on a voluntary basis except for prepaid recharges to extend the scope and coverage of BBPS.
The BBPS is currently available only in 5 segments. They are Direct To Home (DTH), electricity, gas, telecom and water.
The biller categories are expected to increase the user base of BBPS according to analysts.
PiyushGoyal launched digital platforms for steel import monitoring system (SIMS)
Commerce and industry minister Shri Piyush Goyal (also railway minister) and Piyush Goyal and minister of State Hardeep Singh puri launched Steel Import Monitoring System (SIMS) for obtaining steel import information by the govt and other stakeholders for efficient policy intervention,on september 16th.
Piyush also launched a Common digital platform for electronic Certificates of Origin (CoO) issuance. This platform will act as a single access point for exporters, Free Trade Agreements(FTA)/ Preferential Trade Agreements (PTA) and others.
Importers of specified steel products can register in advance not earlier than the 60th day and not later than the 15th day before arrival of import consignment in SIMS web portal. The registration number granted will remain for 75 days.
Exporters can register on the platform and apply for CoOs to any of the designated agencies. India has 15 FTA/PTA with various partner countries.
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina was conferred 2019 Dr Kalam Smriti International Excellence Award in Dhaka
Bangladesh Prime Minister(PM) Sheik Hasina was awarded Dr Kalam Smriti International Excellence Award for the year 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh,On September 16, 2019
She was awarded by T.P. Sreenivasan, Chief Adviser of the Dr Kalam Smriti International Advisory Council for her contribution in holding a healthy relation between India and Bangladesh,International peace and cooperation. With this award, Hasina has so far received 37 international accolades.
DrKalamSmriti International Excellence Award:
This award is constituted in memory of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the eminent scientist and former president of India. The award honours statesmen or leaders having shown excellence in respective fields in achieving the best for their countries. Constituted since 2015, the prestigious award was previously received by Presidents of the Maldives, Ghana and Mauritius.
The trophy of the award is created in wood and brass by renowned sculptor of Kerala, Kanayi Kunhiraman.
71st Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards:2019
The 71st annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony for 2019 was held over two nights on September 14- 15, 2019 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, United States. They were presented in technical and acting categories. They were given away before 71st Emmy Awards (Primetime Emmy Awards) scheduled to be held on September 22, 2019.
Home Box Office’s (HBO) Game of Thrones received 10 awards at Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2019.
HBO’s “Chernobyl” won 7 awards and Amazon Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won 6 awards.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) won 2 Emmy Awards for interactive programming focused on the SpaceX Demonstration Mission-1 and its Mars InSight mission.
Norman Lear became the oldest Emmy Winner at the age of 97 for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) in ‘Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons special’. He surpassed the record held by Sir David Attenborough (aged 93).
The late TV personality and chef Anthony Bourdain, who passed away in June 2018, won 2 posthumous Emmys for his series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
‘Game of Thrones’ season 8 has secured 32 nominations at 71st Emmy Awards, creating a record for the most number of Emmy nominations received in a single year surpassing the record held by Drama series ‘NYPD Blue’ with 27 nominations in 1994.
American television host James Corden, who anchors the late-night talk show ‘The Late Late Show,’ became the most-nominated person (6 categories) in the 71st Emmy Awards.
List of Winners:
|Guest Actress In A Drama Series||Cherry Jones for The Handmaid’s Tale, “Holly”|
|Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special||Star Trek: Discovery, “If Memory Serves”|
|Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation||Barry, “ronny/lily”|
|Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie||Chernobyl, “1:23:45”|
|Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More)||The Handmaid’s Tale, “Holly”|
|Guest Actor In A Comedy Series||Luke Kirby as Lenny Bruce on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Episode: “All Alone”)|
|Choreography For Scripted Programming (Juried)||Kathryn Burns for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – “Routines: Don’t Be a Lawyer, Antidepressants Are So Not a Big Deal”|
|Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)||Chernobyl|
|Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour)||Russian Doll, “Nothing In This World Is Easy”|
|Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)||Game Of Thrones, “The Long Night”|
|Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation||Barry, “ronny/lily”|
|Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role||Chernobyl, “1:23:45”|
|Special Visual Effects||Game Of Thrones, “The Bells”|
|Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes||Game Of Thrones, “The Bells”|
|Guest Actor In A Drama Series||Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence on The Handmaid’s Tale, “Postpartum”|
|Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series||The Ranch, “Reckless”|
|Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)||The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “Simone”|
|Guest Actress In A Comedy Series||ane Lynch as Sophie Lennon on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “Vote For Kennedy, Vote For Kennedy”|
|Main Title Design||Game Of Thrones|
|Original Main Title Theme Music||Nicholas Britell for Succession|
|Actor In A Short Form Comedy or Drama Series||Chris O’Dowd as Tom on State Of The Union|
|Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within A Scripted Program||Bandersnatch (Black Mirror)|
|Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)||Ramin Djawadi for Game Of Thrones, “The Long Night”|
|Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score)||Hildur Guðnadóttir for Chernobyl, “Please Remain Calm”|
|Casting for a Comedy Series||Fleabag|
|Casting for a Drama Series||Game Of Thrones|
|Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)||Game Of Thrones, “The Long Night”|
|Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie||Chernobyl, “Please Remain Calm”|
|Outstanding Structured Reality Program||Queer Eye|
|Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program||Free Solo|
|Narrator||Sir David Attenborough for Our Planet, “One Planet”|
|Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Underscore)||Brandon Roberts and Marco Beltrami for Free Solo|
|Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within An Unscripted Program||Free Solo, 360|
|Writing for a Variety Special||Hannah Gadsby: Nanette|
|Writing for a Nonfiction Program||Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, “Kenya”|
|Motion Design (juried)||Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj|
|Informational Series or Special||Anthony Bourdain for Parts Unknown|
|Documentary or Nonfiction Special||Leaving Neverland|
|Documentary or Nonfiction Series||Our Planet|
|Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program||Free Solo|
|Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera)||Free Solo|
Raghu Rai becomes first recipient of inaugural 2019 “Acadmie des beaux-arts Photography Award – William Klein”
- Renowned Indian photographer Raghu Rai was chosen as the first recipient of the inaugural “Acadmie des beaux-arts Photography Award – William Klein” for the year 2019 and will be awarded in the Palais de l’Institut de France, Paris, France on October 30. The award is named in honour of William Klein, the American born French photographer and filmmaker. The award, which will be conducted once in every two years alternating with Photography Prize Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière, will reward the photographer of all nationalities and ages for their entire career in photography. The award carries a monetary prize of 1,20,000 euros.
- Rai won Padma Shree in 1972, which is a first for any photographer, photographer of the year in 1992 in America for his story “Human Management of Wildlife in India” for the National Geographic, Officer des Arts et des Letters award by the French government in 2009 and also Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indian Government in 2016.
PERSONS IN NEWS
Wing Commander Anjali Singh becomes India’s first female military diplomat to join Indian Mission in Russia
Wing Commander Anjali Singh became India’s first female military diplomat posted on an Indian mission abroad after joining the Indian Embassy in Russia as Deputy Air Attache (air force officer involved in diplomatic operations). She previously served the Indian Air Force (IAF) for17 years as an Aeronautical Engineer(AE) and is also trained on MiG-29 aircraft.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
DEFENCE AND SECURITY
India’s First Indigenous Air-To-Air Missile Astra Successfully Flight Tested
Indian Air Force (IAF) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have successfully flight tested Astra air-to-air missile with a range of over 70 km from a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet off the coast of Odisha.
The live aerial target was engaged accurately demonstrating the capability of first indigenous air-to-air missile.
- Astra, an indigenously developed sophisticated Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) is capable of engaging targets of different ranges and altitudes including long-range and short-range targets.
- It has a range of over 70 km and can fly towards its target at a speed of over 5,555 kilometres per hour.
- With highly advanced features like Electronic Counter- Counter Measures (ECCM), it has a 15-kilogramme high-explosive pre-fragmented warhead.
- It was developed by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) with Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) as the lead laboratory and other 50 public and private organisations.
- Modifications of the Sukhoi-30 MKI jets to accommodate Astra missiles were done by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
- The missile test was tracked by different Radars, Sensors and Electro-Optical Tracking System (EOTS).
DRDO presents war gaming software to the Indian Navy
- Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) handed over New-Generation Wargaming Software to the Indian Navy with the aim of enabling Maritime Warfare Centres (MWCs) and train using the latest technologies on september 16th 2019.
- The software was handed over by DRDO chairman and defence secretary G. Satheesh Reddy to G Ashok Kumar, the Vice Chief of Naval Staff at the Institute for Systems Studies and Analysis (ISSA), Delhi. The software is developed by DRDO’s laboratory- ISSA, Delhi in collaboration with MWC of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
- It enables global wargaming scenarios and also enables exercises to be conducted between geographically-dispersed locations over a Wide Area Network(WAN).
Indian Air Force gets the first shipment of new version of Israeli Guided Bomb Spice 2000
- Indian Air Force (IAF) has received the first consignment of the upgraded version of the Guided Bomb Spice-2000 with Mark 84 warheads and bombs from Israel at the Gwalior airbase, Madhya Pradesh on september15 2019 .
- The bombs are being given to India under a contract worth about Rs 300 crore signed between India and Israel in June 2019.
- The SPICE (stands for Smart, Precise Impact and Cost-Effective) is a guidance and maneuvering kit manufactured by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.
- In the Balakot airstrike, the IAF has successfully used this bomb, known as ‘Building Blaster’. This bomb has the potential to completely demolish a building. The bomb was acquired by the Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft’s home base
- Gwalior as the aircraft is capable of firing Israeli bombs.
Djokovic Passes Connors For 269th Week At No. 1 In ATP Rankings
Novak Djokovic has started his 269th week at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings and passed Jimmy conners (268 weeks) for fourth place in the all-time list of most weeks in top spot.
The Serbian, who began his fourth stint at the summit of men’s professional tennis on 5 November 2018, is now two weeks away from breaking Czech-born American s Ivan Lendl’s mark of 270 weeks. Then, only American Pete Sampras (286 weeks) and record-holder Roger Federer of Switzerland (310 weeks) will be in Djokovic’s sights.
Connors spent a total of eight stints in top spot, with his longest run of 160 consecutive weeks between 29 July 1974 – when he first rose to No. 1 – and 22 August 1977. Djokovic spent 122 straight weeks at the summit in his second period at No. 1 from 7 July 2014 to 6 November 2016. During that time, Djokovic amassed a 167-17 match record, including 21 titles from 26 tour-level finals.
In his current stint at No. 1, totalling 46 weeks, 32-year-old Djokovic has compiled a 46-9 match record, including title runs at 2019 Australian Open and Wimbledon.
While passing Lendl’s weeks at No. 1 tally is imminent, Djokovic will focus on battling Rafael Nadal to finish as the 2019 year-end No. 1 for a record-equalling sixth time (2011-12, ’14-15, ’18). Nadal currently leads Djokovic by 1,960 poiunts in the 2019 ATP Race To London with less than two months to go until the end of the regular ATP Tour season.
ALL-TIME WEEKS AT NO. 1
|S.No||No. 1 Player||Total Weeks||Longest Streak|
|1||Roger Federer||310||237 weeks|
|2||Pete Sampras||286||102 weeks|
|3||Ivan Lendl||270||157 weeks|
|4||Novak Djokovic||269||122 weeks|
|5||Jimmy Connors||268||160 weeks|
Sumit Nagal (Haryana) jumped 15 places to get a career-best ranking of 159 in the ATP rankings
India’s rising tennis player Sumit Nagal (22) of Haryana , who made it a career-best position in the ATP rankings & secured 159th position in the latest rankings released.
Other Indians in the list:
|S.No||Name of the player||Rank|
|3||Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan (doubles rankings)||43rd and 49th position respectively|
DJOKOVIC AT NO. 1 – Take a closer look at Djokovic’s match wins, Top 10 and finals record during his four stints at No. 1.
Stints At No. 1
vs. Top 10
4 July 2011-8 July 2012
5 November 2012-6 October 2013
7 July 2014-6 November 2016
5 November 2018-present
Karolina Pliskova beats Petra Martic winning the 15th WTA singles career title at 2019
Zhengzhou Open in China
World no.2 Czech tennis player Karolina Pliskova won her career 15th WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) title by defeating Croatia’s Petra Martic at the 6th edition of the 2019 Zhengzhou Open at Zhongyuan Tennis training base management Center, China.
The prize money of the event that was held from September 9-15 was $1,000,000.
Doubles: America’s Nicole Melichar and Czech republic’s Kveta Peschke won the doubles title by defeating Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium) and Tamara Zidansek (Slovenia).