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Awards Current Affairs November 4th Week 2017
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Awards Current Affairs November 4th Week 2017

 1.Grigor Dimitrov Beats David Goffin to Lift ATP Finals Title.

Grigor Dimitrov’s talent took him to the brink of his biggest career win — but he needed more than that to get over the line. The sixth-seeded Bulgarian claimed the title at the season-ending ATP Finals on Sunday, prevailing on his fifth match point to beat David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the final.

“I felt I had a good mental toughness throughout the whole year,” Dimitrov said. “So when my body’s allowing me to do this kind of preparation, I feel I already have an advantage over any other player. And right now those are the moments that I rise up to.” It wasn’t the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal matchup many fans had hoped for, but they were left satisfied as the two 26-year-olds delivered the longest final since the tournament returned to a three-set format in 2008.

Dimitrov won in 2 hours, 30 minutes, 15 seconds, adding 11 minutes to the mark set by Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2011. That wasn’t the only record Dimitrov set. After winning all five of his matches at the O2 Arena, he became the first player to win the elite tournament on debut since 1998, when Alex Corretja of Spain triumphed in Hanover.

“I was a little bit tired,” said Dimitrov, who beat Goffin for the loss of just two games when they met on Wednesday. “I had to play a few matches obviously back-to-back against solid opponents. I knew that David is going to try something new. He had to be aggressive in order so he doesn’t let me play my game.” Goffin’s adjustments paid off early as he broke Dimitrov’s first two service games either side of losing his own, before settling down to control the opener. However, Dimitrov fought his way back. He leveled in the eighth game before breaking once more in the 12th to snatch the set, despite Goffin hitting eight more winners.

2. Afghanistan Wins Maiden Under-19 Asia Cup.

The Afghans rode on an unbeaten 107 from Ikram Ali to post a competitive 248 for seven after being asked to bat. In response, Pakistan was bundled for just 63 in 22.1 overs with off-spinner Mujeeb Zadran returning with brilliant figures of five for 13. Mujeeb had taken six for 23 in the league match between the two sides, which too Afghanistan had won, by seven wickets.

Mujeeb, who finished the tournament with 20 wickets from five matches, removed openers Mohammad Arif (4) and Omair Yousuf (0) early in the chase to hand Afghanistan control over proceedings. The early wickets triggered panic in the Pakistan camp, and Afghanistan bowlers took full advantage of the situation.

Besides, leg-spinner Qais Ahmad picked up three wickets for 18 from his six overs. Pakistani batsman`s struggle can be gauged from the fact that as many as nine of them failed to reach double-figures.

Earlier, sent in to bat, Afghanistan got off to a good start with Rahmanullah Gurbaz (40) and Ibrahim Zadran (36) putting on a 61-run off 108 balls for the opening wicket. Once Gurbaz fell, caught by Muhammad Arif off Muhammad Musa, Pakistan sensed an opening. But Ikram foiled its plans with his brilliant knock to singlehandedly carry Afghanistan past 200.

3. Nabaneeta Dev Sen honoured with Big Little Book Award.

Sahitya Akademi awardee Bengali writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen has been declared winner of the Big Little Book Award this year in the "Author in Bengali Language" category for her contribution to the children`s literature.

The award, given out by Parag initiative of Tata Trusts to recognise and honour authors and illustrators of children`s literature, focused on the writers in Bengali language in its second edition.

Sen, an eminent Bengali poet and novelist, who has written for children as well as adults, expressed her pleasure in receiving the award and stressed on importance of re-igniting children`s imagination with books in today`s world driven by technology.

"In today`s world, books are fighting for children`s attention. Technology and other recreational activities like music are taking precedence over a more conventional form, i.e. reading. It`s important to re-ignite children`s imaginations with books, and encourage more publishers to invest their time and energies towards children`s literature," she said.

Chennai-based illustrator Proiti Roy, known for her works in various children`s books across languages, received the award in the illustrator category.

The oraganisers of the initiative said the award focused on Bengali literature this year as it has a rich history as well as remarkable contemporary works in recent years.

4. Rajkummar Rao, Newton win big at Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Rajkummar Rao won the best actor at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards for his performance in Newton, which also won the best screenplay award at the ceremony today. The two awards have come as a boost to the critically-acclaimed Newton, which will represent India in the Best Foreign Language category at the 90th Academy Awards next year.

Rao, who has a broken ankle, said coming to the awards gala despite the injury, turned out to be worthwhile. “This is very encouraging… It inspires me to work harder everyday. Congratulation to fellow nominees, your performances have inspired all of us. Let us keep doing this beautiful work making these wonderful stories. Let us keep doing that. Here is to cinema,” he said in his acceptance speech.

Rao left the stage after his speech only to return shortly, politely asking, “I am sorry. Can I take 10 more seconds? It is very important.” This was to give tributes to his mother, who passed away while he was shooting for the film. “It was a hard time for us to make this film. When I was shooting for this film, my dear mother passed away. We were shooting in the forests of Chhattisgarh.

“It is because of her blessings, I believe that ‘Newton’ is getting all these appreciations. So thank you mom and I love you,” Rao said. Newton revolves around a rookie but idealistic election officer as he struggles to hold elections in a Chhattisgarh village despite the threat of Naxalite violence. Writer Mayank Tewari and director Amit V Masurkar shared the award for the best screenplay at the ceremony where Australia’s Sweet Country won the top award.

Rao later tweeted, Won the best actor award at the most prestigious #APSA2017 (Asia Pacific Screen Awards). Thank you Maa. Thank u team #Newton. Don’t stop chasing your dreams because they really do come true.”

5. Lionel Messi wins fourth European Golden Shoe Award.

Lionel Messi insisted he was getting better with age after receiving the European Golden Shoe award for the fourth time on Friday.

The 30-year-old Argentine won the prize for being the top scorer in Europe’s leading leagues last season after netting 37 times for Barcelona.

“I have always said that I don’t consider myself to be a striker, but I have been lucky enough to always score goals and win individual prizes,” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner said after being handed the trophy at a ceremony in Barcelona.

“As I have progressed off the field, I think I have also done so on the pitch.

“I have improved and added things to my game and I enjoy myself more and more every day as a player.”

Messi won the trophy ahead of Bas Dost, who scored 34 goals for Sporting Lisbon last season, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, on target 31 times for Borussia Dortmund.

Previously the winner in 2010, 2012 and 2013, Messi equals Cristiano Ronaldo in claiming a fourth Golden Shoe. The Real Madrid superstar was the winner in 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2015.

Messi succeeds his Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez, the 2016 winner who handed over the trophy on Friday.

Messi is on top of the scorers’ charts in La Liga again this season, with 12 goals in 12 games.


 

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