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HDFC Bank's Aditya Puri has been ranked 36th in the US magazine Fortune's top 50 business persons list for 2016, and is the only Indian among three persons of Indian origin in the global rankings.  Puri, who has led the second largest private sector lender since its inception in 1994, has been ranked 36th in the list, which evaluates corporate leaders' business performance.  While Facebook's Mark Zuckerburg leads the list, Microsoft's chief executive Satya Nadella has been ranked fifth. AO Simith's Ajita Rajendra is at 34 followed by Mastercard's Ajay Banga at 40.  The magazine said under Puri, the bank delivered USD 1.9 billion in profits last year and its American Depository Receipts had a 15-year run which took them up 2,200 per cent before some easing.  66-year-old Puri, one of the highest paid bankers in the country, had undergone a cardiac surgery earlier this year.   

The Indian Navy has formally inducted four types of indigenously developed sonars that will boost its underwater surveillance capability. The systems have been designed and developed by NPOL Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), a Kochi based laboratory of DRDO. Abhay  : It is an advanced hull mounted active-cum-passive integrated sonar system. It has been designed and developed for the smaller platforms such as shallow water crafts and coastal surveillance/patrol vessels. It is capable of detecting, classifying, localizing and tracking sub-surface and surface targets in both its active and passive modes of operation. Indian Navy has proposed to induct this SONAR on three of the Abhay class ships. Humsa UG : It has been designed for upgrading the existing Humsa sonar system for intensifying the command over the high seas. This system is proposed to be installed on seven ships of three different classes of ships. AIDSS : It stands for Advanced Indigenous Distress sonar system for submarines. It is distress sonar is an Emergency Sound Signaling Device. It is used to indicate that a submarine is in distress and enable quick rescue and salvage. It is also provided with a transponder capability. NACS : It stands for Near-field Acoustic Characterisation System. It determines the in-situ performance of SONAR systems used to find the frequency-dependent 3-D transmission and reception characteristics of SONAR. It is also used to measure magnitude and phase characteristics of SONAR transmission and reception electronics and the transducers. The NACS has been integrated with HUMSA-NG SONAR array and proved onboard Naval platforms. It will be fitted on all frontline ships. Underwater surveillance capability of the Indian Navy will get a boost. Give fillip to India’s the quest for self-reliance in this critical area of technology.  

Ministry of Steel is planning to set up Steel Research & Technology Mission of India (SRTMI) to facilitate joint collaborative research projects in the iron and steel sector in India. The conceptualization of SRTMI was done by a high level task force set up by the Union Ministry of Steel. SRTMI has been setup as a Registered Society wherein the Union Ministry of Steel is a facilitator. It is an industry driven institutional initiative. It will be governed and administered by a Governing Body comprising the CEOs of steel companies, domain experts and a representative from Union Ministry of Steel. The Director of SRTMI will carry out the executive functioning who will be assisted by appropriate supporting structure. Initial corpus for setting up of SRTMI is. 200 crore rupees. Union Ministry of Steel will provide 50% of corpus and the balance will be provided by participating steel companies. The SRTMI is likely to enhance the R&D investments in the iron and steel industry to the international levels. The R&D investment of the leading steel companies in India in terms of percentage of their turnover is very low and ranges from 0.05 to 0.5% vis-à-vis upto 1%. Some of the steel companies also have formulated R&D masterplans to increase their expenditure in R&D to 1% of their turnover to meet international levels.

President Pranab Mukherjee launched the National Student Startup Policy (NSSP) to promote technology-driven student start-ups. It was launched during the second Visitor’s Conference held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. The NSSP has been formulated by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). It aims to create 1 lakh technology based student start-ups and a million employment opportunities within the next 10 years. It also aims to propel Indian youth to contribute to the nation’s socio-economic progress through promotion of technology-driven student start-ups. NSSP seeks to develop an ideal entrepreneurial ecosystem by lending crucial soft skills like decision-making in the students. It also seeks to promote strong inter-institutional partnerships among technical institutions. Second Visitor’s Conference : It is a conference of Vice Chancellors/Directors/Director Generals of Institutions of higher learning for which the President is a visitor. This is the second time President has convened such a conference which has brought together all heads of higher education institutions in one forum. Earlier, separate conferences were held for Vice Chancellors of Central Universities, Directors of IITs, IISERs, NITs and IISC.

The Union Government has constituted the inter-ministerial committee to look into the areas of concern expressed by NRIs and tourists from abroad and foreign missions over demonetisation of 500 and 1000 rupees notes.This committee will be headed at the level of an additional secretary. A senior joint secretary from the Ministry of External Affairs is also a member of the committee. The committee was formed after people from foreign missions sought the intervention of Ministry of External Affairs to facilitate smooth collection of consular and visa fee. They have also asked for access to more funds and  money exchange associations.  The second set of issues was related to NRIs having cash, or those holding Indian currency abroad. The third set of issues was expressed by the money changer associations abroad. Their concern was- what they would do with the stacks they have. How will they convert those All these issues arose following the demonetisation policy, decision of PM Narendra Modi on 8 November 2016,  following which currency notes of 500 and 1000 rupees were banned and replaced with new currency notes.

The International Olympic Committee stripped ten athletes of their medals from 2008 Olympics. The move came after these athletes were tested positive for various banned steroids during the retest of their samples from the games.Among the ten athletes, nine belong to former Soviet Union countries.None of them were gold medalists. Three were silver medalists: Wrestlers Vitaly Rahimov and Khasan Baroev from Azerbaijan and Russia respectively and weightlifter Irina Nekrasova from Kazakhstan. Two were bronze medalists: Triple jumper Chrysopigi Devetzi from Greece and pole vaulter Denys Yurchenko from Ukraine. These results take the total of weightlifting medalists tested positive for banned substances in 2008 Olympics to 22.  Apart from them, six athletes who did not win any medal during the 2008 games were also disqualified. One among the disqualified six is Russia’s Elena Slesarenko-women’s high jump gold medalist in 2004- who came fourth in 2008 games and Ukraine’s Vita Palamar, who came fifth. Medal Hope for Others : With Denys Yurchenko’s ban, American athlete Derek Miles stands a chance to take the bronze medal position in men's pole vault at 2008 games.  The bronze medal position in women’s high jump was already vacant after Russia’s Anna Chicherova was tested positive for steroid turinabol in October 2016. Now with disqualification of Slesarenko and Palamar who were standing at 4th and 5th positions respectively, the bronze will go to Chaunte Lowe from the United States who originally came sixth. With the ouster of Ukraine’s Olha Korobka and Kazakhstan’s Mariya Grabovetskaya from silver and bronze positions in women’s weightlifting (75kg ) category, Mariam Usman would become the only second Nigerian to win an Olympic medal in weightlifting.  Canadian weightlifter Christine Girard also stands to gain from these bans, as she would move to bronze position with silver medalist Irina Nekrasova’s disqualification and the current bronze medal holder  Lu Ying-chi from Taiwan will move up to the silver medal position.

According to a newly released Oxford Dictionary, Patel is one of the most common Indian surnames in the United Kingdom. In one of the largest studies of its kind, the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland put together the origins of nearly 50000 surnames.  The study was conducted by research team including linguists, historians, lexicographers and expert advisers. It included detailed analysis of published and unpublished British and Irish records dating right from 11th Century to the 19th Century. Previously, untapped medieval and modern sources were also referred like tax records, church registers and census returns.  The final result revealed that around 100000 Indians in the UK bear the surname Patel, as recorded in 2011 census.  There were some other Indian surnames that found a place in the new Dictionary like ‘Chakrabarti’. Each entry specifies the frequency of the name for present day and 1881, its main location, its origin or language and an explanation supported by historical evidence. On a whole, the study found that around 40000 family names were native to Britain and Ireland and remaining belonged to diverse immigrants who settled in the region way back in the 16 century including Indians, French, Dutch, Jews, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and African.  Five most common Indian surnames in UK Patel (101463 bearers): Status name for Hindu and Parsi name for a village headman. Singh (56446 bearers): Originally a name used by Hindu Kshatriya; it is now adopted by several different communities.  Kaur (35595 bearers): Derived from Sanskrit word ‘kumari’, which means daughter or girl, the name is commonly used by Hindu and Sikh women.  Shah (31312 bearers): It stands for both, Persian royal king or a Gujarati merchant.  Miah (19327 bearers): It is derived from a Muslim title of respect, from Urdu ‘mian’ for sir, used to address an older man.  

Haryana sprinter Dharambir Singh in the third week of November 2016 was handed an eight-year ban by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). As it was Singh’s second dope-related offence, the NADA Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel slapped him a lengthier ban of eight years.  Singh had returned positive for an anabolic steroid on 11 July 2016 in an in-competition test conducted by the NADA during the Indian Grand Prix meet. He had breached the 200m Olympics entry standard of 20.50 seconds by clocking 20.45 seconds. The 25-year old runner was earlier stripped of his gold medal won in the 100m race during the National inter-State Championships in 2012 for eluding a mandatory dope test. Dharambir Singh is an Indian male sprinter. In July 2016, he set a new national record for India when he won the 200 metres race at the Indian Grand Prix in Bengaluru. His time of 20.45 seconds was under the 20.50 seconds qualifying threshold for the 200 metres race in the 2016 Summer Olympics. With this, he became the first competitor for India to qualify for the 200 metres at the Olympics in 36 years. On 2 August 2016, he failed to board his flight to Rio de Janeiro, and was reported to have failed a drug test.

The Supreme Court (SC) on 17 November 2016 held that a child adopted by a Hindu widow will not have any rights on the property of the woman's deceased husband. The child can claim only over the property inherited by his mother. The ruling was passed by a bench of Justices A R Dave and L Nageswara Rao with reference to the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act, 1956. The court also ruled that the adoption of a child will not disturb or take away the rights of other family members to which they were entitled before the adoption. The ruling of the Supreme Court came on the plea of an adopted son claiming his right over the entire property of his family. In this case, wife's husband Sharnappa died leaving behind his wife and three daughters as the surviving memers of his family .  His entire property was to be equally divided among the remaining four members. But Sharnappa's wife adopted a son 14 years after she lost her husband leading to a legal fight among the family members after Sharnappa's daughters and their legal heirs sought their share in the property. The trial court ruled against the adopted son. However, the order was challenged in Karnataka high court, which set aside the lower court verdict. After proper examination, SC held that the HC order was wrong and restored the trial court verdict.

The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea filed by Tamil Nadu to review a 2014 apex court judgment banning Jallikattu. The apex court questioned the need to “tame” a domestic animal like the bull and further held that Jallikattu has nothing to do with exercise of the fundamental right of religious freedom. It also held that Jallikattu runs counter to the concept of welfare of the animal, which is the basic foundation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Tamil Nadu Government’s argument  : However, the State government countered that Jallikattu was defined as an act of “taming” of bulls under the Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act, 2009 and it does not amount to cruelty.  This law was introduced to stop any kind of torture and taming a bull is not torture. The Supreme Court had banned Jallikattu in May 2014 and held that bulls could not be used as performing animals. It ordered to completely stop use of bulls for Jallikattu events or bullock-cart races across the country. The ban was imposed by SC as it violated provisions of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960; fundamental duty Article 51A (g): compassion towards animal; Article 21 (Right to Life), which prohibits any disturbance to the environment, including animals as it is considered essential for human life. However, in January 2016, the Union Government through notification lifted this ban and allowed use of bulls for Jallikattu events or bullock-cart races in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. But, the apex court put on hold of the Union Government’s notification. Jallikattu :  Jallikattu is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu on Mattu Pongal day as a part of Pongal celebrations i.e. harvest festival. It is one of the oldest living ancient tradition practiced in the modern era. Jallikattu has been derived from the words ‘calli’ (coins) and ‘kattu’ (tie), which means a bundle of coins is tied to the bull’s horns. In Sangam literature the sport is called as ‘Yeru thazhuvuthal’ (means to embrace bulls). In older times Jallikattu was popular amongst warriors during the Tamil classical period. The bull tamer sought to remove this bundle from the animal’s head to win gold or silver coins to be called ‘brave’ and ‘valourous’. All castes participate in the event and majority of jallikattu bulls belong to the pulikulam breed of cattle.

The Supreme Court ordered search engines Google, Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing to immediately stop displaying advertisements relating to pre-natal sex determination tests. It also directed the Union government to constitute a nodal agency to monitor and trigger search engines to crack down on online pre-natal sex determination advertisements. The apex court was hearing a petition filed by Dr. Sabu Mathew George in 2008 in the background of increasing instances of female foeticide.  The petition had contended that pre-natal sex determination tests continue with impunity despite being made illegal in 1994. It also had highlighted that search engines violated Indian laws by displaying prenatal sex determination advertisements. The nodal agency should receive complaints about illegal online advertisements under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994. It should communicate the tip-offs to online search engines which would delete these advertisements within 36 hours of getting the information. This interim arrangement will continue till it took a final decision on the continued existence of online sex selection ads. In the previous order, the SC had concluded that it was the liability of these search engines to check for pre-natal sex determination advertisements and develop in-house methods to prohibit such content. As follow up to this order, the search engines had developed a technique called “auto block” which prohibited advertisements on sex determination. PCPNDT Act, 1994 The PCPNDT Act, 1994 prohibits pre-natal sex determination in the country. The law was brought in to stop female foeticide and arrest the declining sex ratio in India. Under this Act, gender determination and gender selection is prohibited. Under it, anyone who abets such an act, either by helping in removing a foetus or by giving such information about a foetus is liable to be punished.

The National Press Day is celebrated on November 16, 2016 to remember the day on which the Press Council of India started which is also coincides with Golden Jubileeof Press Council of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferred excellence in journalism awards and ‘Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award’ to veteran journalist S. Nihal Singh on the occasion of National Press Day. It is followed Seminars have been organized by the Press Council in New Delhi The Press Council decided be extended to South East Asia and other regions of the sub-continent to promote peace and fair and fearless journalism. PCI also sign a bilateral agreement with the Bangladesh Press Council and is also planning to sign an MoU with Myanmar. It was also set up to preserve the freedom of the press and to maintain and improve the standards of newspapers and news agencies in India  

India are to host the T20 Cricket World Cup for the Blind at nine different centres from January 31 to February 12 and Pakistan is among the competing teams.  The opening game between hosts India and the West Indies is to be held at Delhi, while the final is to be conducted in Bengaluru, as per the schedule released at a media conference by chief guest and former India captain. The opening game between hosts India and the West Indies is to be held at Delhi, while the final is to be conducted in Bengaluru, as per the schedule released at a media conference  by chief guest and former India captain. The other teams in the fray are England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.  Matches would be held in Delhi, Mumbai, Faridabad, Gujarat, Kochi, Bhubaneswar, Andhra Pradesh and Bengaluru.

Taiwanese electronics multinational company Acer launched its lightest, thinnest and the most portable laptop Swift 7 in Indian market.Acer Swift 7 is the thinnest laptop in the World till now. The Acer SWIFT 7, priced at Rs 99,999, will be available for purchase from 18th November via exclusive Acer stores and other multi brand outlets and will also be available on e-commerce outlet Flipkarts. The laptop is 9.98mm thick with 13.3 inch Full HD screen having Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and weighs around 1.1 Kg. It is equipped to run on 7th Generation Intel core i5 processor along with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD for data storage and a terrific battery inside that helps users get up to nine whole hours of usage. The device comes with the most modern wireless technology of 2×2 802.11ac with MU-MIMO, which delivers of almost three times more fast connection than the regular technology.The laptop is backed with USB3.1 Type-C port for quick data transfer. In terms of audio, the SWIFT 7 comes fitted with Dolby Audio Premium and Acer True Harmony, which provides a crystal clear virtual sound system.

For the eight consecutive year, China has retained the top spot in the list of the world's fastest supercomputers for its 'Sunway TaihuLight' which can perform 93 million billion calculations per second. TaihuLight, the massive supercomputer, built entirely using processors designed and made in China has been crowned as the world's fastest, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the latest edition of the semiannual Top500 list of supercomputers . TaihuLight made its appearance in June, replacing the former champion, Tianhe-2, also a Chinese system but built based on Intel chips. TaihuLight is capable of performing 93 million billion calculations per second (petaflop/s). That is almost three times as fast as Tianhe-2, which had claimed No 1 spot in the Top500 list for the past three years. In the previous list released in June, China overtook the US in the number of total supercomputers installed. That was the first time that the US has not dominated this category since the list was started 23 years ago. This time, the number of systems installed in China increased to 171 from 168 on the last list. China and the US are "neck-and-neck in the performance category" with the latter holding 33.9 per cent of the overall installed performance while the former is second with 33.3 per cent of the overall installed performance.

Israel nominated a new ambassador to Turkey , its first since the two countries normalised ties after the 2010 crisis triggered by Israel's deadly storming of a Gaza-bound ship.  Eitan Naeh was formally selected by a government committee, said foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon. The current deputy head of mission at the Israeli embassy in London, will become his country's first ambassador to Turkey since Israeli commandos raided a Gaza-bound ship of activists in 2010.  The raid killed 10 Turks and prompted Ankara to expel the Israeli ambassador.  The two sides finally agreed in June to end the bitter six-year rift after long-running secret talks in third countries with Israel offering USD 20 million in compensation, an apology over the raid and permission for Turkish aid to reach Gaza.  The normalisation agreement had been urged by the United States, which is keen to see its NATO ally, overwhelmingly Muslim Turkey, resume its previously tight relationship with Israel.

Times Internet, the digital venture of the Times of Indiagroup, today announced the appointment of former Twitter India head Rishi Jaitly as CEO of Times Global Partners.  Times Global Partners is a platform which supports launch and expansion of emerging global digital companies in India. In the last decade, under Rishi's leadership, both Twitter and Google have successfully entered the Indian market, immersing themselves in every segment of the country's business, media and digital landscapes. Jaitly quit Twitter India on November 1 after spending four years at the popular microblogging website.  He had played a key role in expanding the company's operations in India and expanded @TwitterMedia across Asia Pacific and Middle East.

Payment gateway player Mastercard today launched a mobile payment solution, Masterpass Quick Response (QR).  RBL Bank becomes the first bank to integrate the Masterpass QR service into the OnGo digital wallet, its mobile platform powered in conjunction with India Transact Services . The OnGo wallet will host a virtual pre-paid Mastercard that customers can use for cashless transactions, including for paying taxi and auto rickshaw fares . Shoppers can make fast, simple and secure digital payments at any place where Masterpass QR is accepted, which means that they no longer need to carry cash or their physical bank cards to make payments . Masterpass QR's low cost and easy-to-deploy technology is designed to ensure even the smallest merchants can participate, whether they are in a major city or a remote area. 

For the first time, Indian embassy at Oman is holding a five-month long ‘Festival of India’ in four major cities of Oman – Muscat, Sur, Sohar and Salalah.  The festival began on 15 November and will go on till March 2017. The festival is being organized with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.  The festival has been organized with an objective of presenting glimpses of Indian culture, representing diverse traditions of Indian heritage to the people of Oman. Indian ballet and folk dances, Indian instrumental music, a food festival, an exhibition of calligraphy, film screening and a fashion show, among others will be showcased in the 5-month long festival. India and Oman Relations  : According to Oman’s National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), the number of Indians in Oman is pegged at 695,251 (as of October 2016). India and Oman has centuries old civilisational ties.  The two countries are linked by geography, history and culture. Oman is an important maritime neighbour and a strategic partner of India. The cordial relations between the two countries can be ascribed to the historical maritime linkages and the seminal role played by the vibrant Indian expatriate community in development of Oman.  Recently, in May 2016, India and Oman signed four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs)/agreements on defence cooperation. Apart from this, new areas of cooperation are emerging between the two countries. For instance, Omani landscapes offer beautiful shooting locales to the Indian film industry.

Government has banned controversial preacher Zakir Naik's NGO 'Islamic Research Foundation' for five years terming it illegal. The ban has been enforced under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and was approved at a meeting of the Union Cabinet. Top sources in the Home Ministry told India has there was a strong case based on inputs and material shared by Maharashtra government and the central intelligence agencies. Multiple agencies including state police, NIA and Intelligence Bureau (IB) in recent months scanned hours of tapes to look for evidence against Naik and his NGO. There are FIRs against Naik and other IRF members under Section 153A and 153B of IPC in 2 police stations of Mumbai, 1 in Kerala and two in Sindhudurg. Large money transfers have been detected from UK-based charity IRF International, run by Naik to Harmony Media. As per the cabinet note proposing action against IRF, which incorporated legal opinion favouring a ban on the NGO for disturbing communal harmony and attempting forced conversions, Naik has been promoting enmity between religious groups and inspiring Muslim youth in India and abroad to commit terrorist acts. Naik has been under the scanner of the security agencies after Bangladeshi newspaper 'Daily Star' reported that one of the perpetrators of the July 1 terror attack in Dhaka, Rohan Imtiaz, ran propaganda on Facebook last year quoting Naik.

Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius Anirood Jugnauth today inaugurated AYUR Herbarium project in North Goa, an initiative by the pharmaceutical major in association with Union AYUSH Ministry.  Jugnauth inaugurated the project at the property of Sandu Pharmaceuticals Ltd at Saligao village. The Mauritian Prime Minister along with his delegation is on a tour of India to reciprocate the cordial invitation of delegates of Goa government, who visited the island country in the recent past. The Goa government and Government of Mauritius are actively collaborating on various projects related to healthcare, Ayurveda, medical tourism and tourism. It is an interesting fact that apart from our cultural similarities, both countries have similitude in the wealth of medicinal flora and fauna. The Goa government and Government of Mauritius are actively collaborating on various projects related to healthcare, Ayurveda, medical tourism and tourism. It is an interesting fact that apart from our cultural similarities, both countries have similitude in the wealth of medicinal flora and fauna. The medicinal herbarium is a fascinating collection of various Ayurvedic medicinal plants exhibited with informative details of medicinal properties and uses of each herb

Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Lt Gen Srinivas Kumar Sinha died on 17 November 2016 at the Army Research and Referral (R&R) hospital, New Delhi. He was 92. Earlier on 1 November 2016, he was admitted to the hospital with a fracture in his femur bone and ribs. Later, he was shifted to R&R hospital after some complications. He is survived by his wife, son YK Sinha who is an IFS officer and three daughters. At present, YK Sinha is Indian Ambassador to Sri Lanka and is moving for his new posting to the UK. Srinivas Kumar Sinha : Lieutenant General (Retd.) Sinha was an Indian soldier, who led the first batch of Indian troops in J&K when Pakistan raiders invaded in 1947. He joined Indian Army in 1943 saw combat service during Second World War in Indonesia and Burma.After Independence, he also served two tenures in Nagaland and Manipur by participating in counter insurgency operations. He resigned from service after the government superseded him and appointed General A S Vaidya as the new army chief.After retirement from Indian Army, he served as Governor of the states of Jammu and Kashmir and Assam. He also served as India’s Ambassador to Nepal.  

Indian golfer SSP Chawrasia won his first Asian Tour title outside the country on 13 November 2016. He won the 1 million US dollar Resorts World Manila Masters. Chawrasia birdied the 18th play-off hole twice to emerge victorious over Sam Chien of the United States and Malaysia's Nicholas Fung. The 2016 Resorts World Manila Masters was Chawrasia's fourth Asian Tour triumph and his first one outside India. SSP Chawrasia : Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia turned professional in 1997.  He went on to win eight titles on the Indian Tour and finished second twice in the Indian Open. In February 2008, he won the inaugural Indian Masters, which was a part of the 2008 European Tour. In February 2011, he won his second European Tour event winning the 2011 Avantha Masters in New Delhi. Resorts World Manila Masters : The Resorts World Manila Masters is a golf tournament on the Asian Tour. It was played for the first time in November 2013 at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club in Manila, Philippines. Thailand’s Natipong Srithong was the winner of the 2015 Resorts World Manila Masters.  

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