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January 4th Week 2015 Current Affairs
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January 4th Week 2015 Current Affairs

1) BWF released World Rankings.

  • Badminton World Federation released Badminton World wise rankings.
Men`s Singles:
  • 1st rank: CHEN Long - China.
  • 2st rank: Jan O JORGNESEN - Denmark.
  • 3rd rank: LEE Chong Wei – Malaysia.
  • 4th rank: SON Wan Wei - Korea.
  • 5th rank: K. Srikanth – India.
Women`s Singles:
  • 1st rank: Li Xuerui - China.
  • 2nd rank: WANG Shixian – China.
  • 3rd rank: Saina Nehwal - India.
  • 4th rank: SUNG Ji Hyun - Korea.
  • 5th rank: Wang Yihan – China.
  • 9th rank: P.V. Sindhu – India.
Women`s Doubles:
  • 22nd rank: Jwala Gutta/ Ashwini Ponnappa - India.
 
2) Pankaj Advani won the senior National Snooker Championship.
  • Pankaj Advani won the Senior National Snooker Championship by defeating Varun Madan at the Bengal Rowing Club.
  • It is Seventh title for Pankaj Advani.
  • Amee Kamani won her maiden senior snooker title defeating defending champion Vidya Pillay of Karnataka.
About Pankaj Advani:
  1. Pankaj Arjan Advani is an Indian professional player of English billiards and former professional snooker player. He is from Maharashtra.
  2. He got gold medal in 2006 and 2010 Asian games.
Awards:
  1. Padmashri: 2009.
  2. Rajiv Gandhi Khel ratna: 2005-06.
  3. Ekalavya Award: 2007.
  4. Arjuna Award: 2004.
 
3) Syed Modi Grand Prix Badminton title won by Saina Nehwal.
  • Saina Nehwal won Syed Modi Grand prix title by defeating Caralina Marin in women’s.
  • Caralina Marin belongs to Spain.
  • Parupalli kashyap won Syed Modi Grand prix title by defeating Kidambi Srikanth in men’s.
About Syed Modi:
  • Syed Modi was an Indian badminton player, and eight-time National Badminton champion (1980–87). He is belongs to Uttar Pradesh.
  • His other notable achievements included winning the Austrian International in 1983 and 1984 and the Men`s singles title at the 1982 Commonwealth Games.
  • After Modi`s death, a badminton tournament was constituted in his memory, "Syed Modi Memorial", All India Syed Modi badminton championship hosted each year at Lucknow, which turned into "Syed Modi International Challenge" in 2004, and starting December 2009 it would turn into "Syed Modi Grand Prix", organized by Badminton Association of India.
  • The Railways of which he was an employee, opened the Syed Modi Railway stadium and auditorium at his native place, Gorakhpur.
  • Director Dev Anand decided to make a thriller on the story based on the murder of Syed Modi. Sau Crore was released in 1991. The role of Syed Modi was played by Raman Kapoor and politician played by (Naseeruddin Shah).
Medals:
  1. 1982 Common wealth games bronze medal in men’s singles.
  2. Austrian International gold medals in 1983 and 1984.
  3. Asian games 1982 Bronze medal.

4) Sunil Narine pulled out of World cup 2015.

  • West Indies spinner Sunil Narine pulled out of World cup 2015 because he needed more time to get perfection in his bowling action.
  • Sunil Narine was suspended from 2014 champion league Twenty20 for an illegal action.
  • Narine was ruled to have exceeded 15 degree flexion allowance.
  • Already West Indies players Dwayne Bravo and kieron pollard were dropped from ODI world cup 2015.
About Sunil Narine:
  1. Sunil Philip Narine is a Trinidadian cricketer who plays for the West Indies. Primarily an off-spin bowler, he is also a left-handed batsman.
  2. He was also represented Kolkata knight riders from 2011 to 2014.
 
5) Argentina playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme retired from Foot ball.
  • Argentine player Juan Roman Riquelme retired form football on 26 January 2015.
  • Legendary Argentine represented his country in 2006 world cup Germany.
  • He deducted for Argentina’s national team in 1996 against Colombia and went on to represent Argentina 51 times and scored 17 goals.
  • He also was the Captain of Argentina’s football team that won the Gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
  • He was named as South American Player of the year and argentine Player of the Year of the Year four times.
 
6) Allan border medal winners 2015.
  1. Allan Border Medal: Steve Smith.
  2. Test Player of the Year: Steve Smith.
  3. ODI Player of the Year: Steve Smith.
  4. Twenty20 Player of the Year: Glenn Maxwell.
  5. Belinda Clarke Award: Meg Lanning.
  6. Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year: Sean Abbott.
  7. Domestic Player of the Year: Jason Berendorff.
  8. Belinda Clark Award (Women’s International Cricketer of the Year): Meg Lanning.
About Allan Border Medal:
  • The Allan Border Medal is considered to be the most prestigious individual prize in Australian cricket.
  • First awarded in 2000, the medal is named after former Australian captain Allan Border and recognizes the most outstanding Australian cricketer of the past season as voted by his peers, the media and umpires.
  • Votes are cast after each game on a 3–2–1 basis, with a weighting applied to give both One Day International and Test players an equal chance of winning the award.
  • Only three cricketers won the award more than once.
Those are:
  1. Ricky Ponting: 4 times ( 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009).
  2. Michael Clarke: 4 times ( 2005, 2009, 2012, 2013).
  3. Shane Watson: 2 times (2010, 2011).
  4. Allan Border Winners 2014:
  5. Allan Border Medal: Mitchell Johnson.
  6. Test Player of the Year: Michael Clarke.
  7. ODI Player of the Year: George Bailey.
  8. Twenty20 Player of the Year: Aaron Finch.
  9. Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year: Jordan Silk.
  10. Domestic Player of the Year: Cameron White.
  11. Belinda Clark Award (Women’s International Cricketer of the Year): Meg Lanning.

7) India to host World Twenty20 in 2016.

  • The International Cricket Council Board, after its first meeting in Dubai, has awarded India the World Twenty20 in 2016.
  • The schedule of ICC events during the period 2015-2019 was decided by the board.
  • India will host the World Twenty20 from March 11 to April 1. Ireland and Scotland will host the qualifiers between July 6 and 26 this year.
  • England will host three ICC events in the four-year period.
  • Twenty20 World Cup: 2019.
  • Champions Trophy: 2017.
  • Women’s World Cup: 2017.
  • Amir’s five year spot-fixing ban ended early.
  • Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been cleared to return early from his five-year ban for spot-fixing.
  • Amir was jailed for six months and banned from all cricket for his part in a spot-fixing scam during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010.
  • He delivered pre-arranged no balls at Lord’s in a plot that also saw Mohammad Asif and captain Salman Butt banned.
  • Amir’s ban was due to expire on 2 September, 2015 but he has been cleared to play domestic cricket in Pakistan.
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Sir Ronnie Flangan, the head of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (Acsu), approved Amir’s domestic Return.
 
8) Dwayne Bravo retires form Test Cricket.
  • Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies all rounder, has announced his retirement from Test Cricket.
  • But wants to continue representing the side in limited-overs games.
  • Bravo had not played Tests since December 2010, and his decision comes after he lost the ODI captaincy to Jason Holder and was then axed from the one-day side for the tour of South Africa and also the World Cup.
 
9) Australian Open Women’s Singles title won by Serena Williams.
  • Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova to win Australian Open.
  • This is 19th Grand slam to Serena Williams.
  • Serena Williams has now beaten Russia’s Sharapova, the world number two, 16 times in a row dating back to 2004.
About Australian Open:
  • The Australian Open is a major tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne, Australia.
  • First held in 1905, the tournament is chronologically the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events of the year – the other three being the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.
  • Women’s Singles first Constituted in 1922 along with mixed doubles and Women’s doubles.
  • It features men`s and women`s singles; men`s, women`s, and mixed doubles and junior`s championships; as well as wheelchair, legends and exhibition events.
  • Prior to 1988 the tournament had been played on grass. Since 1988 two types of hard court surfaces have been used at Melbourne Park – green Rebound Ace to 2007 and blue Plexicushion from 2008.
  • Founded: 1905.
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia.
  • Venue: Melbourne Park.
  • Surface: Grass (1922 - 1987).
  • Rebound Ace: (1988 - 2007).
  • Plexicoushion: (2008 - Present).
  • Governing Body: Tennis Australia.
  • Prize Money
  • Singles: (in Australian Dollars).
  • Winner: 2,100,000.
  • Runner: 1,550,000.
  • Semi Finalist: 650,000.
  • Quarter Finalist: 340,000.
  •  
  • 2014 Women’s Singles winner: Li na (China).
  • Runner: Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia).
 
10) Paul van Ass appointed as coach of National Men’s Hockey team.
  • Former Dutch National Hockey team coach Paul van Ass was appointed as the head Coach of Indian men’s hockey team.
  • He succeeded Terry Walsh of Australia.
  • He was appointed as the head coach during a special selection committee meeting of Sports Authority of India headed by Secretary, minister of Sports and interim Director of General of SAI Ajit Sharan. 

 

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