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  • Vice President Confers Yeraringan Award to M.S. Swaminathan

    The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu conferred 'Yeraringan' Award to Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, in Chennai. Prof. M.S. Swaminathan was a transformative leader who has inspired many scientists to focus on the problem of Indian agriculture. The Governor of Tamil Nadu, Shri Banwarilal Purohit was present on the occasion.   He has shown to the entire world how research can reach the farms and transform farmers’ lives.

    India Beat Germany Win Bronze at Hockey World League Final

    India defeated Germany 2-1 in the Hockey World League Final to grab the bronze medal at the event, in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. SV Sunil and Harmanpreet Singh scored for the world number six Indian side. The world's fifth-ranked side Germany was without any substitutes as seven of their players were unavailable for the match either due to injury or high fever. For India’s success, Odisha government presented each player a cheque of Rs 10 lakh.

    Indonesia Open Aquatic Indian Diving Team wins 6 Medals

    Indian Diving Team won 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals in Indonesia Open Aquatic Championship 2017. The five-day championship concluded recently in Indonesia's Jakarta. More than 1,500 athletes from eight countries, participated in the 5-day event. At the championships, the diving category featured athletes from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

    Khelo India programme to be launched at cost of 1,756 crore rupees for period 2017-18 to 2019-20

    Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore confirmed union government will launch a 'Khelo India' programme at a cost of 1,756 crore rupees for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. The initiative marks a watershed moment in the history of Indian sports, as the programme aims at mainstreaming sports as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development. The main aims to promote 150 select schools in as many districts, and 20 universities across the country, as hubs of sporting excellence, which would enable talented sportspersons to pursue the dual pathway of education and competitive sports. 

    Google Doodle honours Indias first woman photojournalist Homai Vyarawalla

    Google Doodle celebrated the 104th birth anniversary of India's first woman photojournalist Homai Vyarawalla. A Padma Bhushan awardee, Vyarawalla was born in Gujarat and picked up photography from her husband. Her pictures include the first tricolour-hoisting after the Independence, Lord Mountbatten departing from India and Jawaharlal Nehru addressing the crowd after the Independence.

    Facebook Co founder Saverin becomes richest man in Singapore

    Facebook Co-founder Eduardo Saverin has become Singapore's richest person with a net worth of $10.4 billion. Saverin became a Singapore resident after giving up his US citizenship in 2012.

    Diddy Tops Forbes Highest Paid Musicians of 2017 List

    Forbes has revealed its annual list of the highest-paid musicians. Diddy [Sean Combs] was named the highest earner. ranked in $130 million. The top 3 in the list are: 1) Diddy ($130m) 2) Beyonce ($105m) 3) Drake ($94m)

    Shah Rukh Khan named top Indian actor of 2017 by IMDb

    Actor Shah Rukh Khan has been named the top Indian actor of 2017 by Internet Movie Data Base (IMDb). Aamir Khan and Salman Khan occupied the second and third spots respectively.

    Former supermarket worker Dan Middleton named Worlds richest YouTuber

    The Forbes Magazine has named former Tesco supermarket worker Dan Middleton as the world's richest YouTuber after he made a fortune of $16.5 million this year. The 26-year-old shares videos of himself playing video games and describes gameplay and strategies on his YouTube channel, DanTDM. He has earned popularity around the world, with his live tour most recently including a stopover at the Sydney Opera House in Australia – with the show the second-fastest show in the venue’s history.

    Star Screen Awards 2017 Held in Mumbai

    Star Screen Awards, the annual film awards recognises the best of talent in Hindi films. Vidya Balan bagged the award for Best Actress (Critics) for Tumhari Sulu, Irrfan won the Best Actor Award for his performance in Hindi Medium. Rajkummar Rao won the Best Actor Award (Critics) for Newton & Best Actor in a Supporting Role Award for Bareilly Ki Barfi as well. The complete list of winners are as follows: Best Film (Critics): Newton Best Director: Nitesh Tiwari (Dangal) Best Actress (Critics): Vidya Balan (Tumhari Sulu) Best Actress: Konkona Sen Sharma (Lipstick Under My Burkha) Best Actor (Critics): Rajkummar Rao (Newton) Best Actor: Irrfan Khan (Hindi Medium) Best Supporting Actor: Rajkummar Rao (Bareilly Ki Barfi) Best Supporting Actor (Female): Neha Dhupia (Tumhari Sulu) Best Dialogues: Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain (Bareilly Ki Barfi) Best Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya (Dangal) Best Music Debut DirecDirector: Pritam (Dangal) Best Debut Director: Suresh Triveni (Tumhari Sulu) Best Playback Singer: Arijit Singh (Raees - Zaalima and Jagga Jasoos) Best Playback Singer: Shashaa Tirupati (Kanha - Shubh Mangal Savdhaan).

    Kanchanmala Pande Wins Indias 1st World Para Swimming Championship Gold

    Nagpur’s Kanchanmala Pande created history as she became the first Indian to secure pole position at the World Para-Swimming Championship in Mexico. The 26-year-old Reserve Bank of India employee won gold in the 200-metre medley event in the S-11 category and was also the only Indian to qualify for the women’s category. Unfortunately, she missed a podium finish in the 100 metres freestyle and came fifth in the breaststroke and backstroke category.

    India Wins First-Ever South Asian Regional Badminton Team Championship

    India won the first-ever South Asian Regional Badminton Team Championship. In the title clash played in Guwahati, India defeated Nepal, 3-0. In the boys’ singles competition Aryaman Tandon defeated Dipesh Dhami 21-9, 21-15 while Ashmita Chaliha defeated Rashila Maharjan 21-9, 21-6  in the Girls’ singles event. In Boys’ Doubles, the pair of Arintap Dasgupta and Krishna Prasad came back from a game behind to beat the duo of Dipesh Dhami and Nabin Shrestha 19-21, 21-14, 21-11.

    Syrian Boy Wins Children's Peace Prize

    Sixteen-year-old Mohamad Al Jounde from Syria was awarded the International Children's Peace Prize for his efforts to ensure the rights of Syrian refugee children. Al Jounde, a refugee of the Syrian civil war, set up a school together with his family in a Lebanese refugee camp that currently provides 200 children with education. Al Jounde received the prize from Malala Yousafzai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her work for children's rights.

    Prithvi Shaw Named India's Captain for 2018 U-19 World Cup

    Mumbai's 18-year-old batsman Prithvi Shaw has been named the captain of the Indian Under-19 team for the 2018 U-19 World Cup  The tournament is scheduled to be held in New Zealand starting January 13, 2018. This comes after Shaw slammed three tons and two fifties in five Ranji Trophy matches this season. Punjab's Shubman Gill has been named as Shaw's deputy.

    Deepika Kumari Wins Bronze at Indoor Archery World Cup

    India’s Deepika Kumari won a bronze medal at the Indoor Archery World Cup Stage 2 that concluded in Bangkok, Thailand. Deepika seeded third, defeated 13th seeded Sayana Tsyrempilova of Russia 7-3 in the women’s recurve bronze play-off.

    Final Draw for 2018 World Cup Held in Moscow

    The national football teams from 32 countries found out their fates as the final draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup was held in the Russian capital of Moscow. The ceremony was held at the State Kremlin Palace, in Moscow, Russia. Russia, the host country for the World Cup was placed in Group A with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Uruguay. Russia will play Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the tournament on June 14, 2018.

    India Wins 9 Medals in Asian Archery Championships

    Indian archers produced an impressive performance, grabbed three gold, four silver and two bronze medals at the Asian Championships in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  Two Indian boys and girls also booked quota places for the 2018 Youth Olympics.

    Pankaj Advani secures IBSF World Snooker Championship title

    Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani grabbed the title of IBSF World Snooker Championship at Al-Arabi Sports Club in Doha, Qatar. He defeated Iran’s Amir Sarkhosh in the finals and secured his 18th World Championship title.

    Shiva Keshavan Wins Gold in Asian Luge Championships

    The sole Indian participant and defending Asian champion Shiva Keshavan retained his title with a time of 55.60 seconds. India's veteran Winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan won a gold medal at the Asian Luge Championships at Altenberg, Germany. Due to technical reasons, the Asian Luge Championships took place at Altenberg in Germany.

    Seventh World Military Games to be Held at Wuhan in China

    Current affairs The 7th international military games will be held in Wuhan city in the central China's Hubei Province. The International Military Sports Council (CISM)’s  Military World Games is a top sports event for military personnel. It comprises 329 competitions in 27 categories and is expected to attract around 8,000 participants from more than 100 countries and regions.

    Indian Mens and Womens Teams Win 2017 Asian Kabaddi Championships

    The Indian men’s and women’s kabaddi teams were both crowned the champions of Asia after beating Pakistan and South Korea in Gorgan, Iran. Star raider Ajay Thakur led from the front in the men’s final, as India beat their arch-rivals Pakistan 36-22. The Indian women’s team beat South Korea 42-20 in their final.

    India Win 10 Medals in Para Badminton World Championships

    Indian contingent to BWF Para-Badminton World Championships in Ulsan, South Korea clinched 10 medals, including two golds. India’s Parul Parmar defeated Thailand’s Wannaphatdee Kamtam in the finals of the women’s singles Standing Lower (SL3). Other gold was also won by Parul Parmar, who paired with Japan’s Akiko Sugino in women’s doubles (SL 3-4) final.

    Two-day Korea Tourism Festival 2017 opens in Haryana

    A two-day Korea festival showcasing Korea's rich art, culture and heritage was inaugurated by Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) Executive Vice President Min Hong Min at the Ambience Mall, Haryana along with Joint Secretary in the Ministry Of Tourism Suman Billa. The event also saw the signing of an MOU between leading Korean companies such as LG, Hyundai, Samsung and KTO with an aim to promote the tourism by organising MICE groups to Korea for their employees and dealers.

    India clinched five gold medals at World youth women boxing championship

    India showing up a dominating performance at the World youth women boxing championship which is being held in N.C. Bordoloi Indoor Stadium and clinched five gold medals in their respected final matches. Haryana quartet of Nitu in the 48kg category, Jyoti Gulia in the 51kg category, Sakshi Chaudhary in the 54kg category and Shashi Chopra in the 57kg category and Assam girl Ankushita Boro in 64kg category won their respected final matches and clinched gold medals. Before India bagged two gold medals through Sarjubala Devi in the 48kg category and Minu Basumatary in the 64kg category at the inaugural edition in Antalya, Turkey, in 2011.

    Gopi Thonakal becomes 1st Indian man to win Asian Marathon Championship

    Gopi Thonakal created history by becoming first Indian man to win Asian Marathon Championship. He achieved the feat in the 16th edition of the prestigious event in China. It is a biennial international competition in marathon road running for Asian athletes. It is organized by the Asian Athletics Association.

    Ritu Phogat bags silver medal in U-23 World Wrestling Championship

    Indian female wrestler Ritu Phogat (48kg) bagged the silver medal in U-23 Senior World Wrestling Championship being held at Poland. Phogat defeated Bulgarian Wrestler Selishka by 4-2 points in the quarterfinal and defeated Chinese Wrestler Jiang Zhu by 4-3 points in the semifinal. Ritu had won the National championship in Indore this month. She also won a bronze medal at the Asian Championships in May this year.

    Lionel Messi wins fourth European Golden Shoe Award

    Current Affairs Lionel Messi drew level with Cristiano Ronaldo’s tally of four European Golden Shoes after receiving the award at a ceremony in Barcelona, Spain. The FC Barcelona superstar claimed the prize – handed to Europe’s top goalscorer for his 37 LaLiga strikes in 2016-17. It is the fourth time Messi has taken the honors, after his successes in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

    P.V. Sindhu enters semi-finals of Hong Kong Open

    P V Sindhu advanced to the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open Super Series Badminton tournament. In the quarter-final today, the Indian shuttler upset World No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in straight games 21-12, 21-19.

    AIBA World Boxing Championship event Indian Boxer Astha Pahwa enters quarterfinal, Shashi Chopra in last 16

    Indian women Boxers started their campaign on a winning note in the opening bouts at the AIBA Women's Youth World Boxing Championships at Guwahati after Astha Pahwa entered quarterfinals while Shashi Chopra made the last-16 stage. She beat Bulgaria’s Melis Yonuzova in the opening round of 69 kg Category to reach the quarterfinal. The Balkan Youth International Championship gold-medallist, Shashi will next face the Chinese Taipei's Lin Li Wei-Yi, who got a first-round bye in the tournament.

    IFFI 2017 Indian Panorama inaugurated at Panaji by noted actress Sridevi

    The Indian Panorama, the most sought-after section of the International Film Festival of India, IFFI, was inaugurated at Panaji in Goa by noted actress Sridevi. Around 6 feature films and 16 non-feature films selected from different languages and regions will be screened in the Indian Panorama section. Vinod Kapri-directed Hindi film 'Pihu' was the opening movie in the feature film category, while 'Pushkar Puran' by Kamal Swaroop opened the non-feature film category.  They included Sudhir Mishra, Rahul Rawail, Ruchi Narain, Nishikant Kamat, Nikhil Advani and KG Suresh. Filmmakers whose movies are being screened in the prestigious Indian Panorama section were also felicitated.

    Nabaneeta Dev Sen honoured with Big Little Book Award

    Popular Bengali writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen declared as winner in ‘Author in the Bengali language’ category at the second edition of Big Little Book Award. The Big Little Book Award honors authors and illustrators who have contributed to children’s literature that are global in appeal and contextual in nature. The award has been instituted under Parag initiative of Tata Trusts to promote children’s literature. The chief of Parag Initiative is Swaha Sahoo. She is a recipient of the Sahitya Academy Award and the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award. She has been writing for children as well as general readers for the past three decades.

    Grigor Dimitrov Beats David Goffin to Lift ATP Finals Title

    Grigor Dimitrov won the ATP Finals Title in London, UK. The sixth-seeded Bulgarian claimed the title at the season-ending ATP Finals to beat David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the final. Dimitrov claimed his first Master's title in Cincinnati in August and has risen to a career-high No. 3-ranking with victory in London.

    Afghanistan Wins Maiden Under-19 Asia Cup

    Afghanistan stunned favorites Pakistan by a massive 185 runs to clinch their maiden Under-19 Asia Cup title, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ikram Ali khil was the man of the match against Pakistan U19 in the ACC U19 Youth Asia Cup Final for his 107 not out and Mujeeb Zadran was the man of series for his 20 wickets in the tournament.

    Ethiopians Birhanu Legese and Almaz Ayana win Delhi Half Marathon

    Ethiopians Birhanu Legese and Almaz Ayana won the Delhi Half Marathon, 2017. In the Men's section, Legese clocked 59 minutes 46 seconds to claim the first spot, while his countryman Andahmlak Belihu finished second and Kenyan-American Leonard Korir came third. India's Nitendra Rawat finished 10th. In the Women's section, it was a clean sweep for Ethiopia, with world recorded holder Almaz Ayana finishing at the top of the podium. She clocked one hour, seven minutes and 11 seconds. Ababel Yeshaneh claimed the second spot, with Netsamet Gudeta coming third.

    Manushi Chhillar wins Miss World 2017 title

    India’s Manushi Chhillar (20) was crowned coveted Miss World crown for the year 2017. The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home. The winner of 2016 title, Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle passed on her crown to Ms Chhillar at a grand event held in Sanya in China. She is sixth Indian woman to win the coveted title of Miss World. Reita Faria was first Indian woman to claim title back in 1966, followed by Aishwariya Rai.

    Shagun Chowdhary crowned National Womens Trap champion at 61st National Shooting Championship

    Shagun Chowdhary bagged a national champion crown when she won the women’s trap event at the 61st National Shooting Championship, in New Delhi. She is the first Indian woman trap shooter to win an Olympic berth. She overcame the challenge from Punjab’s Rajeshwari Kumari to score 41-38 in the final. N Nivetha of Tamil Nadu won the Junior Women’s title in the same event shooting 37. Rajeshwari led a team consisting Sukhreet Kaur and Inaya Vijaya Singh to claim the women’s team trap gold. Madhya Pradesh won medals both in the senior and junior women’s team events.

    Nicaraguas Sergio Ramirez wins Spains Cervantes Prize

    Nicaraguan author and former politician Sergio Ramirez Mercado won the 2017 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary honor. He has written more than 20 novels, including “Margarita, esta Linda la mar” (Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea), which won Spain’s prestigious Alfaguara award in 1998. The award consists of 125,000-euro ($148,000). The prizes are presented each April 23 on the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quixote.

    Abu Dhabi Award for APMDC

    The Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC) bagged an international award from Abu Dhabi.  The ADI PEC (Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference) Excellence in Energy Awards 2017 had adjudged the APMDC as the winner for the second position in the category of “social contribution in country value.”

    Anand Kumar of Super 30 Is Awarded Rashtriya Bal Kalyan Award For 2017

    Anand Kumar of Super 30 programme awarded to Rashtriya Bal Kalyan Award for this year. He was awarded this honor from our President Ram Nath Kovind felicitated the teacher who guided taught and mentored many underprivileged students from Bihar to crack the prestigious IIT JEE examination.

    Aditi first Indian to Qualify for LPGA Tour Championships

    Aditi Ashok qualified for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship on the LPGA becoming the first from the country to play in the prestigious meet. The 19-year-old prodigy from Bengaluru is one of the eight rookies to make it to the Tour Championships in what is one of the strongest fields in women's golf.

    Sujoy Ghosh Resigns as Jury Head of 48th International Film Festival of India

    Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh has resigned as Head of the jury of the Indian Panorama of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IIFI). His resignation came following the elimination of the two films "Sexy Durga" and "Nude" from the final list of films. Instead of Nude, the Hindi movie Pihu by Vinod Kapri was finalized as the opening film of the festival. The jury includes 13-member jury which was led by Sujoy Ghosh.

    Teddy Riner remains undefeated and claims tenth World title

    Teddy Riner won his tenth World title at the 2017 Judo World Championships Open in Marrakesh and remains undefeated emperor in judo. French heavyweight judo champion Teddy Riner won his 10th world title with victory at the open-weight world championships in Marrakech. He won his ninth gold medal at the world championships in Budapest two months ago. He had already become the most successful judoka of all-time with his eighth title in 2015. He has not faced defeat since losing in the final of the open-weight championships to Japanese fighter Daiki Kamikawa in September 2010.

    Leander Paes and Purav Raja won Knoxville Challenger men's doubles title

    India’s tennis star Leander Paes and his Indian partner Purav Raja clinched the Knoxville Challenger men's doubles title at Tennessee in the United States on Sunday. The Indian duos defeated the pair of American-Australian James Cerretani and John Patrick Smith. This year in August, Paes, and Raja won their first ever title in partnership. Pairing with Canadian Adil Shamasdin and American Scott Lipsky, Leander Paes won three Challenger level titles this season. Purav Raja with Divij Sharan had won Bordeaux Challenger before joining Leander Paes he had also made the final of the Chennai Open.

    Dubai police officers set a Guinness World Record by pulling3 lakh kgplane

    Dubai police officers set a Guinness World Record by pulling the world's largest passenger airliner Airbus A380 for a distance of 100 metres. The plane which weighs 3.02 lakh kg was dragged by 56 police officers to break the previous record set by 100 people who pulled a 2.18-lakh kg airplane at Hong Kong International Airport in 2011.

    Transport for London gets 2017 Bad Grammar Award by The Idler Academy in Britain

    "Transport for London" has been given the 2017 'Bad Grammar Award' by The Idler Academy in Britain. The award was instituted by the academy to highlight "the incorrect use of English by people and institutions who should know better."

    The 2nd edition of National Entrepreneurship Awards hosted by MSDE

    The Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) awarded the National Entrepreneurship Awards 2017 marking the completion of three years of its inception. This year 15 winners across various categories were awarded. Winners were given a cash award of Rs 5 lakh (enterprises and individuals) and Rs. 10 lakhs (organizations/institutes) along with a certificate and trophy recognizing their efforts of being the change agents in India’s development. Few of the winners are:- Mentor (Government) - Dr. G. Subba Ramaiah Mentor (Government) Jury Special Award - Dr. Renu Swaroop Mentor (Private) - Vishwanathan Best State Engaging Apprentices - Haryana Best Employer: CPSU - BHEL Best Employer: SPSU - MSEDCL, Maharastra Best Employer: PRIVATE - Aegis India, Gurgaon Champion Corporate: Special Recognition - ICICI Bank

    UNHCR to get Mother Teresa Award 2017 for social justice

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been named as the recipient of the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice, 2017 as an acknowledgement of its exceptional work worldwide. Tthe Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice, which is instituted in 2005, will be presented to the UNHCR on December 10, 2017.

    Gautam Gambhir named Government Nominee in DDCA managing committee

    Former Test opener Gautam Gambhir was named a government nominee in the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) managing committee. The 36-year-old Gambhir has played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20 Internationals. He has been the top scorer in finals of two World Cups (2007 T20 and 2011 50-over) that India won.

    Baahubali The Conclusion film to be screened at International Film Festival Goa

    Baahubali: The Conclusion, the magnum opus of director SS Rajamauli has been nominated in the Indian Panorama - Feature Films Category. The second part of the flick will be screened at International Film festival in Goa. The 48th edition of the mega film festival will begin from Goa from November 20 to 28.  

    Prannoy Defeats Srikanth to Emerge as New National Champion

    H.S Prannoy defeated World No 2 Kidambi Srikanth in a thrilling finale to claim the men’s singles title at the 82nd Senior National Championship, in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Prannoy, who achieved his career-best ranking of World No. 11 recently in the Series last month.

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