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PV Sindhu settles for silver after losing to Spain's Carolina Marin

Indian badminton sensation PV Sindhu today lost the badminton women's singles final at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Sindhu was playing against Spain's Carolina Marin.

Sindhu lost but not before putting up a good fight against a very vocal opponent. She also scripted the history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a Silver medal in singles final.

Four-year doping ban slapped on wrestler Narsingh Yadav

Wrestler Narsingh Yadav has been banned for four years by Court of Arbitration (CAS). CAS overturned the National Anti-Doping Agency's (NADA) decision to clear the wrestler of doping charges.

"WADA filed an urgent application before the CAS ad hoc Division to challenge the decision of NADA India to exonerate Narsingh Yadav following two positive anti-doping tests with methandienone on June 25 and July 5. The athlete asserted that he was the victim of sabotage (food/drink tampering) by another person. WADA requested that a four-year period of ineligibility be imposed on the athlete," the CAS said in a statement.

As it stands, Yadav will not be taking part in any wrestling event with immediate effect. This is a major blow to the Indian camp and a medal hope has been defeated by doping. Click here to read the full story.

Modi crossed 'red line' by talking about Balochistan: Pakistan

Pakistan on 18 August said Prime Minister Narendra Modi crossed the "red line" by talking about Balochistan and asserted that it will "forcefully" raise the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly session next month.

"The Prime Minister strongly pleaded the case of Kashmir during General Assembly session last year and we will again forcefully raise the issue," Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said.

"It is the violation of the UN Charter...He (Modi) crossed the red line by talking about Balochistan," Zakaria said.

He alleged that India was involved in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi. Zakaria also claimed that India was referring to Balochistan to cover up its human rights violations in Kashmir. Click here to read full story.

Rio 2016: Usain Bolt wins 200m gold; eighth Olympic gold overall

Usain Bolt of Jamaica is one step closer to the 'triple-triple' after he won his third consecutive gold in the 200m event. At 29 years of age, Bolt is the oldest Olympic gold medallist in the men's 200m. Bolt comfortably won the race clocking in 19.78 seconds. Victory takes Bolt to eight gold medals.

He's also one step closer to the 'triple-triple' - a combination of the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in three consecutive Olympics. Bolt had wanted to break the world record one last time before retiring but a win will have to suffice for the world's greatest sprinter. Read the full story here.

'1.3 million pellets used in Kashmir in 32 days'

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) told the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on 18 August that it used 1.3 million pellets in 32 days in Kashmir to control street protests.

The revelation came in response to a public interest litigation seeking a ban on pellet guns.

In its affidavit, the CRPF admitted that "it was difficult to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) given the nature of the protests."

The CRPF said that 3,000 pellet cartridges, or around 1.3 million pellets, were fired, adding that it had used 14 types of "less lethal and non-lethal" munitions to control crowds, including oleoresin grenades, pepper balls, stun grenades and electric shells, The Hindu reported.

According to the CRPF Inspector General, 8,650 tear-smoke shells and around 2,671 plastic shells were used from 8 July to 11 August.

A fifth fundamental force in the universe?

Scientists have reportedly discovered a new fundamental force in the universe.

If proved right, the discovery is likely to impact our understanding of the universe.

"For decades, we've known of four fundamental forces: gravitation, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. If confirmed by further experiments, this discovery of a possible fifth force would completely change our understanding of the universe, with consequences for the unification of forces and dark matter," The Independent quoted Jonathan Feng, professor of physics & astronomy at UCI as saying.

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