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August 2nd Week 2015 Current Affairs
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1) Michael Clarke announces retirement from international cricket.

  • Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced he will retire from international cricket after the final Ashes Test at the Kia Oval.
  • Clark will play his last Test at the Oval, London, scheduled to be held from 20 August to 24 August 2015.
About Michael Clarke:
  1. Born: 2 April 1981
  2. Nick Name: Pup
  • He is a right-handed middle-order batsman, an occasional left-arm orthodox spin bowler and also a slip catcher.
Details of his cricket career:
  1. Test: Batted in 197 innings of 114 matches and scored 8628 runs of which 329 not out was his highest score.
  2. ODI: Batted in 223 of 245 matches and scored 7981 runs of which 130 was his highest score.
  3. T20Is: Batted in 28 of 34 matches and scored 488 runs of which 67 was his highest score.


2) Hockey India suspends `indisciplined` Gurbaj Singh for 9 months.
  • 28-year-old defender, who recently completed 200 international appearances India hockey player Gurbaj Singh suspended for nine months for indulging in groupism and creating disharmony within the team.
  • Decision to suspend Gurbaj was taken by Hockey India’s disciplinary committee headed by Harbinder Singh with the midfielder and former India coach Jude Felix.
  • Besides Harbinder, the Hockey India disciplinary panel also include former players R.P. Singh, A.B. Subbaiah and Jasjeet Handa.

3) Sania Mirza recommended for Khel Ratna.

  • Sania Mirza became only the second tennis player to be recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
  • Sania is only the second tennis player after Leander Paes to be named for the top award. Paes had been bestowed the honour way back in 1996 after his bronze medal in the Atlanta Olympics.
  • Sania`s name was recommended by a Sports Ministry- constituted awards committee headed by Justice V.K. Bali.
  • Khel Ratna carries a prize money of Rs 7.5 lakh along with a citation.
4) Rohit Sharma and ace shooter Jitu Rai were among the 17 sports persons picked for Arjuna awards.
The list of sportspersons recommended for Arjuna awards:
  • P.R. Sreejesh (hockey), Dipa Karmakar (gymnastics), Jitu Rai (shooting), Sandeep Kumar (archery), Mandeep Jangra (boxing), Babita (wrestling), Bajrang (wrestling), Rohit Sharma (cricket), K. Srikanth (badminton), Swarn Singh Virk (rowing), Satish Sivalingam (weightlifting), Santhoi Devi (wushu), Sharath Gaekwad (para-swimming), M.R. Poovamma (athletics), Manjeet Chhillar (kabaddi), Abhilasha Mhatre (kabaddi), Anup Kumar Yama (rollerskating).
  • Recommendation by a Sports Ministry - constituted awards committee headed by Justice V.K. Bali, the retired Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court.
  • Arjuna awards come with a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh and a citation.

5) Sudhakar Shetty elected Gymnastics Federation of India president.

  • Sudhakar Shetty of Maharashtra was elected as the president of the Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI) replacing Jaspal Singh Kandhari.
  • Elections for the four year term were attended by 35 members from 18 States and Units.
  • The elections were held with Justice P.K. Bhasin (Retired Judge of Delhi High Court) acting as the Returning Officer in the presence of H.S. Bhadu, IOA Observer and R.K. Saxena, Government Observer.
Elected office-bearers:
  1. Sudhakar Shetty as president, Shantikumar Singh as general secretary, Gian Singh as treasurer, Riyaz Bhati as vice president, Ranjeet Vasava and Anil Mishra as joint secretaries and Makarand Joshi as executive member.
About Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI):
  1. Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI) pioneer of Gymnastic in India came in existence in the year 1951 with the main aims to encourages, promotes, control, and popularizes the competitive Gymnastic in the Union of India.
  2. The Federation was registered with the Registrar of Societies Delhi under Societies Registration Act, 1957 in the year 1966.
6) Indian Men`s Hockey team won European series.
  • Indian Men`s Hockey Team won three match series of their European Tour 2-1 after registering second win in the third and final match of the series. Indian team defeated Spain 4-2 at Teresa in Spain.
  • For India, Rupinder Pal scored the first goal in 24th minute followed by Akashdeep Singh in 45th minute and the third and fourth goals by Ramandeep Singh.
7) Abhishek Verma clinches gold for India at Archery World Cup.
  • India’s Abhishek Verma clinched the gold medal in the compound men’s individual section in the Archery World Cup Stage 3 competition in Poland At Wroclaw.
  • The Asian Games silver medalist defeated Esmaeil Ebadi of Iran 148 -145. At the Incehon 2014 Asian Games, Ebadi defeated Verma 141-145.
About Archery World Cup:
  1. Archery World Cup is a competition, started in 2006, organized by the World Archery Federation.