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March 1st Week 2015 Current Affairs
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1) Winners of Dubai ATP Tennis Championship 2015.

Men`s Singles:
  • Roger Federer of Switzerland won the ATP Tennis Championship Men’s single title held in Dubai. In the final Match, he defeated Novak Djokovic of Serbia.
  • It was Roger Federer’s seventh win in Dubai ATP Tennis men’s single title. Earlier, he had won in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012 and 2014.
  • Women`s single 
  • Romanian Professional tennis player Simona Halep won the ATP Tennis Championship women’s single title held in Dubai.
  • In the match, she defeated Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic.
  • Men`s Doubles 
  • Rohan Bopanna (India) and Daniel Nestor (Canada) won the Dubai ATP Tennis Championship men’s doubles title.
  • In the final match, they defeated Aihasan-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Pakistan) and Nined Zimonjic (Serbia).
  • Women`s doubles 
  • Timea Babos (Hungary) and Kristina Mladenovic (France) won the Dubai ATP Tennis Championship women’s doubles title.
  • In the final match, they defeated Garbine Muguruza (Spain) and Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain).
2) Jagmohan Dalmia elected as President of BCCI.
  • Jagmohan Dalmia was unanimously elected as President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He was elected as President at the BCCI Annual General Meeting held at Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • Dalmiya will succeed N. Srinivasan who was barred from contesting BCCI Presidential election by Supreme Court over the corruption and IPL spot fixing scandal.
  • It is second term of Jagmohan Dalmiya as President of BCCI, earlier he had served from 2001-2004. He was also International Cricket Council (ICC) chief for three years from 1997-2000.
  • K. Khanna was elected as Vice-President of Central Zone and T.C. Mathwes elected as Vice-President of West Zone.
  • Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Chief Anurag Thakur was elected as BCCI Secretary.
  • Amitabha Chowdhury was elected as Joint Secretary and Anirud Chaudhury was elected as Treasurer.
  • About Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI):
  • BCCI is the national governing body for cricket in India. It was established as BCCI in 1928 by replacing Calcutta Cricket Club.
  • It is a private club consortium, registered as a society under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975.
  • It is member of ICC and has authority to select players, umpires and officials to participate in International cricket events and exercise total control over them.
Domestic Cricket:
  • The BCCI organizes the following domestic Cricket competitions in this
  1. BCCI Corporate Trophy.
  2. Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
  3. Irani Cup.
  4. NKP Salve Challenger Trophy.
  5. Ranji Trophy.
  6. Duleep Trophy.
  7. Vijay Hazare Trophy.
  8. Deodar Trophy.
  9. Indian Premier League.
  10. Vizzy Trophy.
  • Rafael Nadal won the Argentina Tennis Open.
  • Spanish tennis ace, Rafael Nadal won the Argentina Open title of Tennis. In the summit clash, Nadal defeated Juan Monaco of Argentina.
  • This was the 65th career title for Nadal. As a result, Nadal moved onto fifth place in the Open era all-time list led by Jimmy Connors of the US who had won 109 titles.
  • This win enabled Nadal to move up to third position in the world rankings overtaking Britain’s Andy Murray, who is now placed fifth, with Japan’s Kei Nishikori on fourth position.


3) Roger Federer won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

  • Swiss Tennis ace, Roger Federer won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title. To life his seventh Dubai Championship title, Federer defeated world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia.
  • The only other tournaments Federer won seven times are Wimbledon and Halle (Germany), both on grass.
  • This was 126th ATP final for Federer of which he had won 84th career title.
  • He also passed 9000 aces in singles matches, the fete achieved only by three other players since 1991.
  • The other tennis players to achieve the fete include Goran Ivanisevic (10183), Ivo Karlovic (9375) and Andy Roddick (9074).
4) MC Mary Kom to retire from boxing after Rio Olympics Games 2016.
  • MC Mary Kom has announced that she will retire from boxing after the Rio Olympic Games 2016.
  • She made this announcement citing the reason that her body will not be able to cope the rigors of boxing in future.
  • About MC Mary Kom
  • Mary Kom full name is Mangte Chugneijang Mary Kom and was born on 1 March 1983 in Churachandpur district of Manipur.
  • Mary Kom is nicknamed Magnificent Mary and is 5 time World Amateur Boxing champion. She is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each of the six world championships.
  • Mary Kom had won a bronze medal in 2012 London Olympic in the flyweight (51 kg) category and was only Indian woman boxer to qualify for this category.
  • She is also first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the 2014 Asian Games held at Incheon, South Korea.
  • Awards:
  • She has been conferred with Padma Bhushan (2013), Padma shree (2010) and Arjuna Award for Boxing (2003).

5) Australia created the record for highest ever score of 417 in Cricket World Cup.

  • Australian cricket team created the World Cup record for highest-ever score of 417 for 6 in a match against Afghanistan in Perth.
  • It defeated Afghanistan by 275 runs which was the biggest winning margin in the tournament’s history.
  • The record was created with the help of David Warner’s 178 runs. Steve Smith’s 95 runs and Glenn Maxwell’s 88 runs.
  • The previous record of highest runs in a World Cup match held by India and it was 413 runs at a loss of 5 wickets.
  • The record was created against Bermuda at Queen’s Park Oval, 2007. India won the match by 257 runs.
  • The winning margin of India which was broken by Australia was earlier equaled by South Africa on 27 February 2015 in their victory over West Indies in Sydney.
Highest World Cup Scores:
  1. 417 run at a loss of 6 wickets in a match Australia Vs Afghanistan at Perth on 4 March 2015.
  2. 413 run at a loss of 5 wickets in a match India Vs Bermuda at Port of Spain on 19 March 2007.
  3. 411 run at a loss of 4 wickets in a match South Africa Vs Ireland at Canberra on 3 March 2015.
  4. 408 run at a loss of 5 wickets in a match South Africa Vs West Indies at Sydney on 27 February 2015.
  5. 398 run at a loss of 5 wickets in a match Sri Lanka Vs Kenya at Kandy on 6 March 1996.
6) Carolina Marin wins Women’s Singles Title in All England Open Badminton Championships 2015.
  • Carolina Marin Martin of Spain has won the prestigious Women’s Singles Title in the All England Open Badminton Championships 2015.
  • In the final match she defeated India’s Saina Nehwal. With this victory, Carolina Marin became the first Spanish player to win this prestigious title.
  • It should be noted that Saina Nehwal is first Indian woman badminton player to reach finals of All England Badminton Championships. In the semifinal match she had defeated China’s Sun Yu in straight-game.
All England Open Badminton Championships:
  1. All England Open Badminton Championships is one of the oldest as well as the prestigious badminton tournaments of the world.
  2. The first tournament was held in 1989 in Guildford. Since then it is played annually.
  3. Initially the championship was started in only three categories- Men’s Doubles, Women’s and Mixed Doubles. But in 1900 individual Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles titles were added.
  4. Indian badminton legends Prakash Padukone (in 1980) and P. Gopichand (in 2001) have won this prestigious title in Men’s Single category.
7) Kumara Sangakkara announces retirement from Test cricket.
  • Former Sri Lankan cricket captain and ace batsman Kumar Sangakkara announced that he will retire from Test cricket after playing three-match series against India in August 2015.
  • Sangakkara already has retired from One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty-20 cricket. He had retired from Twenty-20 cricket format after Sri Lanka won the T20 World Cup in 2014.
  • While, he announce to retire from ODI cricket format after ongoing ICC World Cup 2015.
  • At present, Sangakkara is fifth highest run scorer in Test cricket. He has scored 12,203 runs in 130 Test matchs at an average of 58.66. Other four top scorers in Test cricket are Sachin Tendulkar (15,921), Ricky Ponting (13,378), Jacques Kallis (13,289) and Rahul Dravid (13,288).
  • In this Test matches career till date, he has scored 38 centuries and 51 half-centuries. Sangakkara is also second-highest run-scorer in ODI matches to score 14,000 ODI runs after Sachin Tendulkar.
  • In ICC World Cup 2015, Kumara Sangakkara created a record by becoming first batsman to score hundreds in three consecutive World Cup matches.