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Person Current Affairs October 3rd Week 2017

1. Esther Staubli became first female referee to officiate a match at the FIFA U17 World Cup. 

Switzerland’s Esther Staubli is set to become the first female referee to officiate a match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup when Japan takes on New Caledonia in the final round group E match here on October 14.

This is in line with FIFA’s objective to further develop women’s football as the 38-year-old is one of seven women referees invited to the tournament in India where all the male and female match officials, nominated by FIFA’s Referees Committee, have completed a host of activities together in a series of seminars, including theoretical sessions in the classroom and practical sessions on the field of play.

The benefits of joining forces are mutual when men and women team up to hone their interpretation, positioning and decision-making abilities.

Another positive aspect is that the women referees have an opportunity to gain more experience.

High-level competition matches are often limited during the year in their respective regions and so such opportunities are crucial as the referees prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019.
“In having the opportunity to now work together with their male colleagues at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, FIFA’s female referees are one step further in their preparation and in their careers at the top level,” a release said.

That FIFA has selected female referees for a men’s tournament is a logical consequence of an education programme that FIFA’s Refereeing Department started in 2016.

The positive results and improvements seen in the joint preparations have shown that the time has come for elite female referees to officiate in men’s competitions together with their male colleagues.
 
2. Roger Federer Cruises to Shanghai Masters Title.
Roger Federer Cruises to Shanghai Masters Title
Roger Federer brushed aside world number one Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday and register his fourth victory of the year over his Spanish rival.

The Swiss world number two beat Nadal in the finals of the Australian Open and Miami Masters and in the last 16 at Indian Wells earlier this year, and never looked like losing to his long-time rival in Shanghai, firing 10 aces as he cruised to victory.

Federer, the only man who can still stop Nadal ending the year as number one, took an hour and 12 minutes to claim his sixth title of the year and his second Shanghai crown with a clinical performance.

“I wasn’t here last year because of injuries, so it’s just so, so nice to be back in Shanghai,” Federer said.

“It’s a wonderful moment for me to be back here playing against my good friend and rival, Rafa… We didn’t think maybe we were going to have the year we did.

“I definitely didn’t, so it’s just nice to share this court with you today and hopefully there’s more to come in the tournaments we’ve got left. It’s been a pleasure playing against you again today.”

Playing under a closed roof at the Qi Zhong Tennis Center, Federer sprinted out of the blocks, breaking Nadal in the opening game and the Spaniard had little answer to the sheer variety of shots coming across the net.
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The Swiss refused to take his foot off the pedal in the second set, breaking Nadal to go 3-2 up and keeping his cool to wrap up victory.

He sealed the win on his opponent’s serve, winning the second of three match points to claim his 94th career title.

Federer, who won the tournament in 2014, has enjoyed himself on the fast courts of Shanghai this year, while Nadal will look back on a successful stint in Asia after winning last week’s China Open.

“I want to congratulate Roger and his team for a great year. Today I think you played a fantastic match, so many congratulations,” Nadal said.

“This year has probably been the most successful of my career here in China… It’s been a great two weeks and I feel very happy after a long year to be able to have the results here. It’s very important for me.”
 
3. Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna has won the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for 2015-16.
Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna has won the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for 2015-16
Singer TM Krishna, who won the Ramon Magsaysay award for bringing “social inclusiveness in culture” in 2016, will be presented with the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for 2015-16 by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on October 31, Indira Gandhi’s death anniversary.

“The 30th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for the year 2015 and 2016 has been awarded to T M Krishna, for his services in promoting and preserving national integration in the country,” Motilal Vora, member secretary of the advisory committee of the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration of AICC, said in a statement.

Krishna is not only one of the pre-eminent vocalists in the rigorous Carnatic tradition of Indian classical music, but also an activist who has worked on creating egalitarian spaces for music and breaking down caste-barriers in the form.

He was also part of a movement to help the Tamil-dominated and war-ravaged northern province of Sri Lanka rebuild its classical music traditions. An outspoken columnist, Krishna, has written and talked on a wide range of socio-political issues, including women’s rights, children’s needs, issues that make a society civil or un-civil, and the dangers of the mentality of war and narrow nationalism.
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The award consists of a citation and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh. The Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration was instituted in 1985 by the Congress in its centenary year. The award is conferred on October 31 for promoting national integration, understanding and fellowship among different communities and cultures of India.

The earlier recipients include spiritual leader Swami Ranganathananda, freedom fighter Aruna Asaf Ali, the Bharat Scounts and Guides, bureaucrat P N Haksar, singer M S Subbulakshmi, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi (posthumously) and former presidents Dr A P J Abdul Kalam and Shankar Dayal Sharma (posthumously).

Other winners include the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust (Indore, Madhya Pradesh), musician A R Rahman and Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Narainpur, Chhattisgarh (jointly), poet Gulzar, scientist Dr M S Swaminathan and activist P V Rajagopal, besides filmmaker Shyam Benegal and lyricist Javed Akhtar.
 
4. Dharmendra Pradhan on a Three-Day Visit to Japan.
Dharmendra Pradhan on a Three-Day Visit to Japan
Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will visit Japan to strengthen cooperation between the worlds biggest buyers of LNG in order to make import deals more affordable by leveraging their buying power and secure better prices.

Pradhan will visit Japan from October 16-18 to participate in the 6th Annual LNG Producers Consumer Conference, an official statement said.

It will also serve as a follow-up to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abes visit to India in September.

"The visit is important to enhance the bilateral engagements in the oil and gas sectors within the overall framework of India-Japan Energy Dialogue.

"The visit also aims to enhance cooperation in establishing a transparent, efficient, truly global and balanced LNG market," it said.

The LNG Producer-Consumer Conference is a global annual dialogue to promote active dialogue among LNG producers, consumers and other stakeholders with a view to deepening shared understandings of market trends and to develop a global LNG market.

"The conference provides the right opportunity to brief on the Indian gas sector and the recent policy reforms with the opportunities available for investment to the Ministers and leaders of global gas industry, it said.
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Pradhan will deliver a key note speech at the Ministerial Session on Developing LNG Market in Asia ? Government Perspectives.

Energy Ministers from Qatar, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Japan and other leading hydrocarbon experts are scheduled to participate in the Conference.

During his visit, Pradhan will also meet with his Japanese Counterpart Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry, Hiroshige Seko to discuss issues of bilateral engagement in the hydrocarbon sector.

A Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) is scheduled for signing on "establishing a Liquid, Flexible and Global LNG Market" between India and Japan.

"The MoC will provide a framework for bilateral cooperate in facilitating flexibility in LNG contracts, abolition of Destination Restriction Clause and also explore possibilities of cooperation in establishing reliable LNG spot price indices reflecting true LNG demand and supply," the statement said.

Pradhan will also meet representatives of Japanese Companies, including Osaka Gas, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), Japex, and JERA for exploring areas of further engagement with the Indian companies.
 
5. US Author George Saunders Wins 2017 Man Booker Prize.
US Author George Saunders Wins 2017 Man Booker Prize
US author George Saunders became only the second American writer to win Britain’s renowned Man Booker Prize, which was awarded for his first full-length novel Lincoln in the Bardo.

Judges for the prestigious English-language literary award praised as “utterly original” the book that chronicles the death of Abraham Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie using the accounts of hundreds of narrators.

“The form and style of this utterly original novel reveals a witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative,” said Lola Young, chair of the judging panel, in announcing the prize at a ceremony in London. Saunders, 58, described the award as a “great honour, which I hope to live up to with the rest of my work, for the rest of my life.”

In a brief, politically-tinged acceptance speech, he made several thinly-veiled references to the controversial policies of US President Donald Trump. “We live in a strange time,” he told the audience. “In the US now we’re hearing a lot about the need to protect culture. Well, this tonight is culture.”
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This year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist pitted three US and three British writers against one another. The award, launched in 1969, was only open to writers from Commonwealth states until it began permitting authors from other English-speaking countries in 2014.

Last year Paul Beatty became the first American to win the award for his novel The Sellout. Saunders was the British bookmakers’ favourite ahead of the announcement on Tuesday. In a lengthy and varied writing career, he has penned award-winning short story collections, essays, illustrated fables and a bestselling children’s book, as well as many pieces of journalism.

In 2006, he was awarded both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship, while in 2009 he received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
 
6. Javed Akhtar to be honoured with Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award.
Veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar is being honoured with the Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award on the 28th anniversary of Hridayesh Arts and the 80th birthday of veteran music composer Hridaynath Mangeshkar.

Akhtar will receive Rs 100,000 along with a memento, read a statement.


Hridayesh Arts, in association with Jay Satya Charitable Trust, is organising a music programme titled ‘Amrut Hriday Swar Lata’, presented by Annu Kapoor Films Pvt Ltd to salute and celebrate 75 glorious years of the musical journey of Bharat Ratna awardee and songstress Lata Mangeshkar.

The programme is being presented to acknowledge her contribution in her 75-year-old career on October 26, read a statement.

Present on the occasion will be Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Padanvis and Maharashtra Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde.

The event, to be held at Shanmukhanand Hall, Kings Circle here, will be directed and anchored by actor Annu Kapoor.

Javed Akhtar says he felt honoured to address a meeting at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) here for army cadets. Akhtar took to Twitter on Saturday to praise the “great” institution.

“Had the honour of being invited by Indian Military Academy, Dehradun to address gentlemen cadets of our army. What a great institution. Thank you Lt General Jha,” Akhtar tweeted.

According to reports, IMA has adopted a song written by Akhtar, composed by Raju Singh and sung by Sonu Nigam, for its passing out parades. Akhtar, who is married to veteran actress Shabana Azmi, has been a part of the Indian entertainment industry for over three decades.

Along with his former partner and veteran writer Salim Khan, Akhtar has co-written scripts of popular Bollywood films like “Seeta Aur Geeta”, “Zanjeer”, “Deewaar”, “Sholay” and “Don”.

 7. Environmental scientist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber receives Blue Planet Prize.

Environmental scientist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber receives Blue Planet Prize
The world`s most prestigious award for pioneers in environmental science was given to Hans Joachim Schellnhuber this week in Tokyo.

He is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), a member of the Leibniz Association.

The Blue Planet Prize, coming along with 50 million yen, honors outstanding thinkers who help to meet challenges of planetary dimensions.

It is awarded by the Asahi Glass Foundation and handed over in presence of Japan`s Imperial Prince and Princess.

Schellnhuber received the prize for establishing a new field of science, Earth System Analysis, and introducing most influential concepts including the notion of tipping elements in the climate system.

The second recipient is Gretchen Daily of Stanford University, USA, who was honored for her research about biodiversity and natural capital.

"Professor Schellnhuber pioneered a new field of climate science," said Yoshihiro Hayashi, Chairman of the Blue Planet Prize Selection Committee and Director General of the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo. The Director of PIK provided "groundbreaking interdisciplinary science," Hayashi said. Furthermore, "one of his greatest successes was communicating the magnitude of the challenge of climate stabilization to a broad public as well as decision-makers," he added, calling Schellnhuber "the father of the 2 degrees limit for global warming". On the same note, the official declaration by the Blue Planet Prize organizers says: "His activities eventually created a torrent of measures against global warming worldwide, resulting in the 2-degree guardrail agreed upon by more than 190 countries at the UN climate summit COP21. Professor Schellnhuber and PIK have played a central role in this field for many years."

"I believe that the two recipients are leading us to a new era of tackling environmental issues," commented Hiroyuki Yoshikawa of the Blue Planet Prize Committee in his speech. He is a Special Counselor to the President of the Japan Science and Technology Agency, member of the Japan Academy, and a former President of both the Science Council of Japan and the University of Tokyo. The committee includes internationally renowned scientists such as Nobel Laureate Ryoji Noyori who met Schellnhuber on the eve of the prize ceremony.

Strong messages from Japan`s Prime Minister Abe and the Imperial Prince Akishino

"This prize is said to be the Nobel Prize for environmental research," said Japan`s minister of the Environment, Masaharu Nakagawa, in a personal meeting earlier this week. He thanked Schellnhuber "for helping with the long-term strategy of our country. We`re in the midst of a broad change." Schellnhuber has visited Japan on a number of occasions for talks with high-ranking officials in the past years. Stabilizing the climate "is a global challenge which requires concerted action by all countries," Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a message congratulating the awardees. "My government remains committed to climate action."

Marking the outstanding significance of the event for Japan, His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino attended the ceremony. "In recent years, we humans have pursued the progress of science and technology" - yet precisely by this way of economic development, "the ecosystems have been affected," said the Prince. He specifically mentioned the increase of dangerous weather extremes. "We need a correct understanding of the human effect on the environment - as well as actions. It is hence satisfying that the laureates have developed the science as well as they have sounded the alarm."

In a congratulatory message His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Charles, emphasized that Schellnhuber`s work is important to persuade the world to counter climate change, and to save the planet for our children and grandchildren.

"Germany and Japan must take the lead in this race against global disaster"
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Previous recipients of the prize include the godfather of climate modelling, Syukuro Manabe, from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration`s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Norway`s former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, and Charles Keeling from the University of San Diego, California, who gave his name to the famous Keeling curve of atmospheric CO2 concentration measurements.

"The sun first rises in the East," said Schellnhuber at the ceremony. "Philosophers in China and Japan have deliberated upon the harmony between nature and humanity for many centuries." Today, scientists around the world, including those at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research that Schellnhuber founded in 1992, are successfully investigating the nonlinear dynamics of the complex climate system, and religious leaders like Pope Francis - whose green Encyclical Schellnhuber had the honor to present to the world in 2015 - joined in the call for avoiding dangerous climate change. "Yet man-made climate change has roared on, since policy has largely failed us," said Schellnhuber. Now, on the basis of the Paris Agreement to limit temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, a great transformation of the global economy is required. "Germany and Japan must take the lead in this race against global disaster," Schellnhuber said. "They shall become closest partners in sustainable innovation - for the sake of our two nations and for the sake of our Blue Planet."
 
8. Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates 1st phase of PNG supply system in Bhubaneswar.
Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates 1st phase of PNG supply system in Bhubaneswar
Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today inaugurated the Piped Natural Gas (PNG) supply system here in Odisha with rolling out of the first phase of the project in capital city Bhubaneswar.

The Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) commenced the supply of environment-friendly PNG in 255 houses in Nalco Nagar, Chandrasekharpur here in the first phase.
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“Around 25,000 households in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack would get PNG connection in their kitchens by December 2019 as part of the City Gas Distribution (CGD) project. The number of PNG connections will be gradually ramped up in the next three to five years,” Ashutosh Karnatak, Director of Projects, GAIL had said.

It also plans to provide PNG connections in the near future to adjacent Jeevan Bima Colony and Maitri Vihar Colony, covering a total of 1,000 houses. Assessment was also being carried out for PNG supply to leading hotels, hospitals and industrial units of the city, Karnatak had said.

“The overall capital expenditure for the Bhubaneswar and Cuttack CGD projects will be Rs 1,700 crore, of which Rs 400 crore will be spent in the next three to five years.”

In Odisha, the natural gas pipeline will be constructed at an estimated investment of Rs 4,000 crore and have a length of about 769 km covering 13 districts — Bhadrak, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Debagarh, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Khordha, Puri and Kendrapara.

It will also connect major industrial clusters of Khurda, Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Angul, Dhenkanal, Kalinganagar, Jajpur and Paradip.

 

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