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February 1st Week 2015 Current Affairs
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1) Djokovic won Australian Open.

  • Novak Djokovic won Australian open title by defeating Andy murray.
  • This is his 5th Australian Open title. He already won this title in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013.
About Novak Djokovic:
  1. Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No.1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
  2. Djokovic has won eight Grand Slam singles titles and has held the No.1 spot in the ATP rankings for a total of 132 weeks.
  3. By winning three Grand Slam titles in 2011, Djokovic became the sixth male player to win three Grand Slams in a calendar year.
  4. By reaching the 2012 French Open final, he became the ninth player in the Open Era to reach the final of all four Grand Slam singles tournaments and became only the fifth to do so consecutively.
Djokovic titles:
  1. Australian Open: 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015.
  2. Wimbledon: 2011, 2014.
  3. US Open: 2011.
  4. Olympic Games: Bronze Medal - 2008.
2) Hingis won Australian Open mixed doubles title with Paes.
  • Five times grand slam singles winner Martina Hingis won her second Australian Open mixed doubles title.
  • Hingis teamed with India’s Leander Paes to beat last year’s winners France’s Kristina Mladenovic and Canada’s Daniel Nestor.
  • Hingis a three-time winner of the women’s singles at Melbourne Park, also won four women’s doubles titles and the mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi in 2006.

3) Australia defeated England to win Tri-Nation ODI Series.

  • Australia won the tri-nation Carlton Mid Series.
  • It won the series by defeating England in the final played at Perth, Australia.
  • The tri-series tournament was played between Australia, India and England.
  • Final Match report:
  • Man of the match: Glenn Maxwell.
  • Man of the Series: Mitchell Starc.
4) France overpowers Qatar to win record fifth handball world title.
  • France became the first team in handball history to win five world championships when they beat surprise finalists Qatar 25-22.
  • The win means France`s are now world, European and Olympic champions, emphasizing their current dominance of the sport. It was the country`s first world title since 2011.
2015 World Men`s Handball Championship:
  1. The 2015 World Men`s Handball Championship was the 24th edition of the World Men`s Handball Championship, organized by the International Handball Federation (IHF).
  2. The final tournament was held for the first time in Qatar, from 15 January to 1 February 2015. The Qatari bid was selected over those of Norway, Poland and France after a vote by the IHF Council on 27 January 2011, in Malmo, Sweden.
  3. This is the third time that the World Championship was hosted in the Middle East and North Africa, after Egypt in 1999 and Tunisia in 2005.

5) Maharashtra Netball player Mayuresh Pawar died during the 35th National Games.

  • Mayuresh Pawar, 21 year old netball player of Maharashtra team, died on 2 February 2015 during the Day 2 of the 35th National Games. He died due to drowning while taking bath at Shanghumugham beach in Kerala.
  • He died when the Maharashtra team was returning to the Games village and made a stopover at the beach.
  • The team was returning after the match held against Chandigarh at the Agriculture College Indoor Stadium of Vellayani, Trivandrum of Kerala.
About National Games:
  1. The National Games of India is a sporting event held in India.
  2. It comprises various disciplines in which sportsmen from the different states of India participate against each other. It was in 1924, in erstwhile Punjab, that the Indian chapter of the Olympic movement was born.
  3. The founder was G.D. Sondhi, the first Secretary of the Punjab Olympic Association. Lt.Col H.L.O. Garrett, vice principal of Government College, Lahore, was the President of the founder body.
6) Saloni Dalal becomes youngest player to win a medal in National Games 2015.
  • Saloni Dalal became the youngest player to win the bronze medal in the 200 m breaststroke event in the 35th National Games 2015.
  • She is a class 7 student from Karnataka. She added another medal to her kitty when she won a silver in the 4 X 100 m relay medley with her teammates Anisha Gaonkar, Malika A Honagekar and Rutuja Pawar.
  • Venue: Kerala.
  • Motto: Set to Play.
  • National Games 2016 Venue: Goa.
7) Vijay Kumar won the Gold of 25 metre Centre Fire Pistol event at the 35th National Games.
  • Vijay Kumar won the Gold in 25 metre centre fire pistol event under men’s category in shooting competitions of the 35th National Games in Kerala.
  • He won the Gold with a total score of 583 and finished with a clear seven-point lead over Silver medalist Samresh Jung (Himachal Pradesh) with a score of 576. Pemba Tamang won the Bronze with a score of 575.
  • 50-metre Rifle Prone Event
  • Under the 50-metre rifle prone event, Chain Singh won the second Gold medal for the Services with a score of 205.8.
  • Shamsher Singh (Madhya Pradesh) took the Silver with a score of 204.6 while veteran Joydeep Karmakar (West Bengal) won the Bronze with 183.1 points.
  • In the team event, Services team won the Gold with a score of 1851.9 while the Silver and Bronze was won by Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal respectively.
  • In women’s category, Kerala girl Elizabeth Susan Koshy won the Gold with a score of 618.5 while the Silver and Bronze was won by Meena Kumari and Raj Choudhary respectively.
8) ICC clears bowling action of Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal.
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) has cleared bowling action of Pakistan’s cricketer Saeed Ajmal.
  • ICC’s decision comes after retests and remedial work undertaken by Saeed have shown that his bowling action is as per ICC guidelines. Now, he can resume bowling in international Cricket.
  • Background
  • In September 2014, ICC had placed Saeed Ajmal under suspension from bowling in international cricket after an independent analysis had found the bowling action of him to be illegal.
  • ICC during the ban had mentioned that Ajmal’s bowling deliveries exceeded the 15-degree limit of tolerance permitted under the regulations.