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June 1st Week 2015 Current Affairs
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1) Deepika Kumari wins bronze at Antalya Archery World Cup.

  • Ace Indian archer Deepika Kumari outclassed Chang Hye Jin of Korea in straight sets to clinch the bronze medal in the women`s individual recurve event at Antalya Archery World Cup held in Turkey.
  • She was the only Indian who made it to the last four in the individual women’s recurve competition as veteran Dola Banerjee, Satbir Kaur and Snehal Divakar all lost in the first round.
  • In the Antalya 2015 recurve women’s event Misun Choi and Bo Bae Ki from South Korea won gold and silver medal respectively.
2) Haryana`s Dilawar Singh wins `Pedal for Kashmir` cycling race.
  • Dilawar Singh of Haryana has won ‘Pedal for Kashmir’ cycling competition, held along the banks of picturesque Dal Lake in Srinagar.
  • During this cycling, Singh pipped local champion Mohammad Akbar Khan who came runner up, followed by another local cyclist Mohammad Adil Teli.
  • While in the under-19 category of the competition for Boys, Mohit Kumar won the first prize. In the girls under-19 category, Komal Deshmuk from Maharashtra, won the first position.
About Pedal for Kashmir cycling:
  1. The edition of Pedal for Kashmir cycling competition was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police (JKAP).
  2. In this event around 2000 cyclists, including those of national and international repute had participated.
3) Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman inducted in BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee.
  • Former Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V V S Laxman have joined the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI’s) newly-constituted Cricket Advisory Committee.
  • The President of the BCCI, Jagmohan Dalmiya nominated the trio as esteemed members of the Cricket Advisory Committee of the BCCI, with immediate effect.
  • This Cricket Advisory Committee will advise the BCCI on various progressive steps needed to enable Indian Cricket to be better prepared for the challenges of the future.
4) Ravi Shastri re-appointed as Director of Indian Cricket team.
  • Ravi Shastri, the former cricket captain of Indian team, was re-appointed as the Director of Indian cricket team for the Bangladesh tour.
  • His appointment was made by BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India).
  • During the Bangladesh tour, India will play one Test and three One-Day Internationals matches. The tour starts from 10 June 2015.
  • His appointment is a stop-gap arrangement for the short tour as the BCCI is yet to decide on a full-time coach. The post had been lying vacant since 2014 when Duncan Fletcher vacated the office.
5) AIFF signed an agreement with French Football Federation.
  • All India Football Federation (AIFF) signed an agreement with French Football Federation (FFF) in Zurich.
  • The agreement was signed by Praful Patel, President, AIFF in the presence of Kushal Das, General Secretary of AIFF.
  • Main Highlights of the Agreement:
  • The parties agreed to cooperate with each other in order to develop strong ties between their respective associations for the mutual benefit of each association and for the promotion, growth and continued success of football in each country.
  • Support for the preparation of the Indian U-17 World Cup Team which will be participating in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 to be hosted by India in terms of exposure trips for matches with French teams and participation in youth tournaments in France have also been considered.

6) Inderjeet Singh won gold in men’s shot put at 21st Asian Athletics Championships.

  • The 21st Asian Athletics Championships is being held from 3 June to 7 June 2015 at Wuhan, China.
  • He became the eighth Indian shot putter to win a gold medal in the history of Asian championships. 
  • Chang Ming-Huang of Chinese Taipei won the silver with a throw of 19.56meter, while Tian Zizhong of the home country bagged the bronze with a throw of 1925meter.
7) AB De Villiers conferred with ``South Africa Cricketer of the Year`` Award for 2015.
  • The other major awards went to Hashim Amla as Test Cricketer of the Year, Morne van Wyk as Ticketpro T20 Cricketer of the Year and Dale Steyn won the RAM Delivery of the Year Award.
  • With this he equated the performance of Hashim Amla who won five awards in 2010.
  • AB De Villiers holds the world records for the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODI cricket.
8) Justin Gatlin finished 100m race at Rome Diamond League in record time.
  • American Sprinter Justin Gatlin finished the 100m race at the Rome Diamond League in record 9.75 sec held in Rome, Italy.
  • With this, he has become the fastest man in the history of Rome Diamond League in 100m discipline having broken the track record held by Usain Bolt of Jamaica. Usain Bolt finished the race in 9.76 sec in 2012.
  • Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion who served a four-year doping ban in 2006-2010 for using testosterone, stopped the clock at 9.75 sec to match the seventh-fastest time in history at the distance.

9) Poovamma, Joseph win silver medals in Asian Athletics Championships.

  • Machettira Raju Poovamma and Liksy Joseph won silver each as India added four medals to the medals tally in 21st Asian Athletics Championships.
  • Poovamma, who had also won silver in the last edition in 2013, clocked 53.07 seconds in women’s 400m finals to finish second behind China’s Yang Huizhen (52.37) and was followed by Anastasiya Kudinova (53.41) of Kazakhstan.
  • Joseph, who was trailing at sixth place in the beginning, cleared 6.19m in long jump to move up to third place. Although she could not do well in javelin throw, Liksy won the 800m race, the last of her seven events, with a time of 2:13.44 and that brought her the silver medal with personal best of 5,554 points.
  • G. Lakshmanan got a bronze medal in a hard fought men’s 5000m race.
10) Dravid to coach India `A` and U-19 teams.
  • Former India captain Rahul Dravid was named coach of the India ‘A’ and under-19 teams after the cricket advisory committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) met to discuss various issues pertaining to the Indian team.
  • Announcing Dravid as coach of the age-group and ‘A’ teams, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said that Ravi Shastri, who is currently the director of the senior Indian team, will continue in his post till the Board appoints a successor for former coach Duncan Fletcher.
  • Rahul Dravid’s name was proposed by the cricket advisory committee (CAC) - comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman - which met Board president Jagmohan Dalmiya and the secretary for the first time after it was formalised.
11) Vikas Gowda and Lalita Babar strike gold.
  • Vikas Gowda was far away from his season’s best but still retained his men’s discus throw title at the 21st Asian athletics championships.
  • Lalita Babar won the 3,000m steeplechase, her maiden Asian gold.
  • G. Lakshmanan took the men’s 10,000m silver to add to the 5,000m bronze he had won earlier.
12) Tintu Luka won Asian athletics championship.
  • After years of waiting, Tintu Luka finally got an 800m gold when she won at the Asian athletics championships.
  • India added two silvers through Kerala’s Jinson Johnson in the men’s two-lapper and the women’s 4x400m relay team and two bronze medals to make it a happy finish.
  • Both the bronze medals came in the 200m in the men’s and women’s sections. Haryana’s Dharambir Singh broke the 15-year-old national record of Kerala’s Anil Kumar.
  • India finished third on the medals table, behind host China and Qatar, with four gold, five silver and four bronze medals for a total of 13 medals.
  • Host China finished with 41 medals, including 15 gold while Qatar had 10 medals, seven of them gold.
13) Suarez, Neymar strikes seal Barca`s treble.
  • Luis Suarez and Neymar scored second half goals to give Barcelona a 3-1 Champions League final victory over Juventus as the Spaniards became the first team to twice win the European treble.
  • This was the fifth time Barcelona have been crowned European champions and it is their fourth Champions League title in the last decade after their 2006, 2009 and 2011 triumphs.
14) Stanislas Wawrinka won Men`s single title of French Open.
  • Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland won his first French Open title of Tennis by defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
  • The victory makes him only the second Swiss to win at Roland Garros after Roger Federer.
  • This was second grand slam title for Wawrinka after Australian Open 2014. He also brought an end to Djokovic`s 28-match winning streak. 
  • Serena Williams of US defeated Lucie Safarova of Czechoslovakia 6-3 6-7 (2) 6-2 to win the women`s title of French Open. This was her third French Open title and 20th Grand Slam title.
15) Momota and Ratchanok won Indonesia Open Badminton titles.
  • Japanese rising star shuttler Kento Momota and Thailand`s Ratchanok Intanon won the men’s and women’s singles respectively of the Indonesia Open Badminton tournament.
  • Indonesia Open Badminton tournament was held at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Kento Momota defeated Denmark`s defending champion and third seed Jan O. Jorgensen 16-21, 21-19, 21-7. Kento Momota is World No.9.
  • In the women`s singles final, former world champion and world No.6 Ratchanok defeated Japan`s world No.35 Yui Hashimoto 21-12, 21-10. 
16) Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain won 2015 Canada Grand Prix of Formula 1.
  • Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix to extend his lead in the Formula One standings with his fourth victory of the year.
  • In the final race, while, his teammate Nico Rosberg of Germany stood at the second position, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany was at the third position.
  • Sergio Perez (Mexico) and Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) of Force India stood at the 11th and 12nd positions respectively.
  • Earlier in 2015, he won the Australian, Chineese and Bahrain Gran Prix titles.
  • Hamilton has won more races compared to any other British driver in the history of Formula One and is currently 5th on the all-time list, with 37 wins.