Top 10 world news: Mirabai Chanu wins India its 1st medal at the 2020 Olympics, Night curfew imposed in Afghanistan & more

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New Delhi, India Published: Jul 24, 2021, 08:13 PM(IST)

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Mirabai Chanu has won India its first weightlifting silver medal in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. It is a landmark victory for India and Chanu, as this is India's second Olympic weightlifting medal. Two decades earlier Indian athlete Karnam Malleswari had won the first Indian medal (Bronze) at the Sydney Olympic Games in the women's 69kg weight class.

In other news, in Afghanistan, a night curfew has been implemented across 31 of the country's 34 provinces. This was done in response to the increasing violence caused by the Taliban offensive. The insurgent group has taken control of large swathes of land in the country, capturing key border crossings with the neighbouring countries. Many provincial capitals have been encircled by them as well.

At the end of today's newsletter, we also bring for you the interesting reason why Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson are not astronauts after all.

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Tokyo Olympics: Mirabai Chanu wins India's first medal in Weightlifting Women's 49kg category

In the women's weightlifting event, Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won 202kg silver after the first medal for India at Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Afghanistan: Night curfew imposed to curb Taliban advance

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As per US Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson not yet astronauts

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