Current Affairs, News & Facts of 01 Feb 2016

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  • Former Army Chief General K V Krishna Rao Passes Away


    Former Army Chief General K V Krishna Rao Passes AwayThe former Army chief General K.V. Krishna Rao, who was also the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir for two terms when militancy was at it's peak in the state, passed away in New Delhi following a cardiac arrest at the military hospital. He was 92. Rao was the 14th Chief of the Army Staff of Indian Army and had an illustrious career spanning over four decades in the forces. He had played a key role in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.

    K V Krishna Rao 

    K.V. Krishna Rao born on July 16, 1923, was commissioned into the Indian Army on  August 9, 1942 and served the forces for career spanning over four decades. As a young Officer, he served in Burma, North West Frontier and Baluchistan during the World War II.

    He also participated in the first war against Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, 1947-48. He was a founder Instructor of the Pune based National Defence Academy (NDA) during 1949-51.

    He was expert in dealing with militancy and he proved it when he served as the  Governor of Jammu and Kashmir (1989-1990 and 1993-1998), Nagaland (1984 to 1989), Manipur (1984 to 1989) and Tripura (May to July 1989) by curbing militancy in these states.

    Awards and honours : For displaying outstanding leadership, determination, courage and drive during Jammu and Kashmir war he was awarded Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM)


  • Germany's Angelique Kerber wins 2016 Australian Open Title


    Germany's Angelique Kerber wins 2016 Australian Open Title

    German-Polish professional tennis player Angelique Kerber has won the 2016 Australian Open Title in the women’s singles category by defeating world number one Serena Williams in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 score during the final match palyed at Melbourne, Australia. 

    It was her maiden Grand Slam Tennis title. With this victory Kerber became the first German women tennis player to win a major Grand Slam Tennis title since Steffi Graf in 1999. Serena Williams, 34, was beaten for just the fifth time in 26 Grand Slam finals of her career thus missed the chance to tie Graf's open-era record of 22 titles.

    Angelique Kerber 

    Angelique Kerber born on 18 January 1988, in Bremen (Germany), to her Polish father Slawomir Kerber and German mother Beata, made her professional debut in 2003, and rose to prominence after she reached the semi-finals of the 2011 US Open, at which time she was ranked no. 92 in the world.

    Currently she is ranked at a world ranking of world no. 2 which she achieved on 1st February 2016 after winning 2016 Australian Open Title. Kerber is the highest-ranked German.

    Winner in men's doubles category

    Men’s Doubles pair of Jamie Murray from UK and Bruno Soares from Brazil have won the 2016 Australian Open in the men’s doubles category by defeating the Men’s Doubles pair of Daniel Nestor (Canada) and Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) with a score of 2–6, 6–4, 7–5.

  • Wildlife filmmaker Naresh Bedi awarded V Shantaram Life Time Acheivement Award at MIFF


    Wildlife filmmaker Naresh Bedi awarded V Shantaram Life Time Acheivement Award at MIFF

    Noted wildlife filmmaker Naresh Bedi  has been honoured with the V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award at 14th edition of 2016 Mumbai International Festival (MIFF), Mumbai. 

    Bedi has been hoonoured with the award in recognization of  his outstanding contribution to wildlife filmmaking and is known for filming several rare wildlife moments. His film ‘Cherub of the Mist’ about the life of two red pandas was the opening film of the festival.

    Naresh Bedi 

    Naresh Bedi is the  eldest of the Bedi Brothers who are renowned as the best Wildlife photographers and filmmakers of the country since three generations. He is a graduate of the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. Bedi has made films which have been shown on National Geographic, Discovery Channel, BBC, Channel 4, and so on.  He has authored around 74 books on wildlife photography. 

    Awards and honours

    He is the first Asian to receive a Wildscreen Panda Award and also the first Indian to receive a nomination for the British Academy Film Awards. He has also been awarded with Padma Shri in 2015, which is fourth highest civilian award of India.

    V Shantaram Life Time Acheivement Award

    The Lifetime Achievement Award, comprises of  a trophy, shawl and a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh. It was instituted in memory of legendary film maker V Shantaram, who was head of the Films Division in the past. 

  • Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba Takes Over Western Naval Command


    Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba Takes Over Western Naval Command

    Senior naval officer Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba took over as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of Mumbai headquartered Western Naval Command (WNC) on 31 January 2016,  at a ceremonial parade held at INS Shikra.

    He took the charge from Vice Admiral SPS Cheema who retired after completing nearly four decades of service to the Indian Navy. Later in the day, officers of the Western Naval Command accorded Vice Admiral Cheema a warm send off, with the traditional ‘Pulling Out’ ceremony. 

    Prior to this appointment, Mr. Lanba was Commander-in-chief of the Southern Naval Command at Kochi and head of the premier operational Command of the Indian Navy.

    Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba 

    • Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba is an alumnus of the National Defense Academy (NDA), Defense Services Staff College, Royal College of Defense Studies and also has a PG in Defense and Management studies. 
    • He is specialist in Navigation and Direction and holds a experience of Naval career spanning more than three decades.He has served as Navigating Officer of INS Sindhudurg (Corvette) and INS Dunagiri (Frigate).
    • During his illustrious service he commanded four frontline warships namely, INS Kakinada (Minesweeper), INS Himgiri (Frigate), INS Ranvijay and INS Mumbai (Destroyers).

    Important Assignments He has been Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet and Chief of Staff, Southern and Eastern Naval Commands. He has also been the Flag Officer Sea Training, Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area, Commandant, National Defence College and Vice Chief of Naval Staff.  He was Commander-in-chief of the Southern Naval Command at Kochi, prior to being appointed to head the premier operational Command of the Indian Navy. 

    Awards and Honours   Vice Admiral Lanba is a recipient of the Param Vishist Seva Medal and the Athi Vishist Seva Medal for distinguished service of an exceptionally high order. 

  • Novak Djokovic wins 2016 Australian Open Men’s Singles Title


    Novak Djokovic wins 2016 Australian Open Men’s Singles Title

    World No.1, tennis player Novak Djokovic from Serbia has won 2016 Australian Open Title in the men’s singles category by defeating Andy Murray of Britain in the final match played at Melbourne, Australia in 7 straight sets by a score of  6-1, 7-5, 7-6. It should be noted that with this victory, Djokovic has equalled Roy Emerson’s record of six Australian Open Singles titles.

    Djokovic has earlier won this title in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. It was his overall 11th grand slam title with which he equalled the the overall records of  tennis legends like Rod Laver (Australia) and Bjorn Borg (Sweden). This was overall fifth loss in Australian Open finals for Andy Murray in which he had been defeated four times by Novak Djokovic.

    Winners of mixed doubles title 

    Elena Vesnina from Russia and Bruno Soares from Brazil have won Australian Open title in the mixed doubles category by defeating the mixed pair of Coco Vandeweghe from US and  Horia Tecau from Romania with a score of 6–4, 4–6, [10–5].

  • Ottappalam to have India’s first defence industrial park


    Ottappalam to have India’s first defence industrial park

    The Union government’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has given it's final approval to the proposal from the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra) to  set up the country’s first defence industrial park at Ottappalam.

    The proposed park, will be established as part of the Make in India, Make in Kerala project. It will  have modern common infrastructure facilities aimed at attracting component manufacturers in the defence industry. The Union government has agreed to bring it under the Modified Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (MIIUS).

    Ottappalam was selected for the defence park keeping in view its strategic location as far as connectivity was concerned. Apart from common facilities such as dedicated power and water supply, the park will have a research and development centre.

    Financial budget  The park would be established in 60 acres of land and the total expenditure for the defence park is estimated at Rs.231.25 crore. Kinfra will invest Rs.181.35 crore, while the rest of the amount is being expected as grant from the Union government.

    Economic importance The defence components manufacturing sector has demand estimated at USD 700 million a year from India and other countries having friendly relationship with it. In India, there is a 15 per cent gap between demand and supply. This defence park will play important role bridging the gap and at the same time it will provide opportunity in defence-related export of products from small- and medium-sized enterprises.

  • Syed Modi International Championships: Ace Indian shuttler Shrikanth wins Men's Singles title


    Syed Modi International Championships: Ace Indian shuttler Shrikanth wins Men's Singles title

    Ace Indian shuttler K. Srikanth has clinched the Men's Singles title of the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships by defeating Huang Yuxiang of China with a score of  21-13, 21-14 and 21-14, in the final match palayed at Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh).

    Winners in other categories 

    Women’s single Title : Sayaka Sato from Japan has won 2016 Syed Modi International Grand prix Gold Championship Title in women’s singles category by defeating  Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea by a score of 12-21, 21-18, 21-18

    Women’s Doubles Title  : South Korean pair of Jung Kyung-eun and Shin Seung-chan have won the women’s doubles title by defeating Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek from Netherlands by a score of 14-21, 24-22, 21-8.

    Mixed Doubles Title : Indonesian pair Praveen Jordan and Deby Susanto have the Mixed Doubles Title defeating Thai pair Puavaranukroh Dechapol and Sapisree Tairattanchai with a score of  21-15 and 21-13.

    Men’s Doubles Title  : Malaysian pair of Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong  won the Men’s Doubles Title  by defeating Indian pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar by a score of 14-21, 24-22, 21-8.

    Syed Modi International India Open Grand Prix championship

    The Syed Modi International Badminton Championships is an international badminton tournament, which is held annually in India. The  championship has been named after a famous Indian badminton player Syed Modi who is an eight-time National Badminton champion. The tournament is held annually in Lucknow as tribute to the badminton legend.

  • Pietro Fittipaldi wins 2015 MRF Challenge Formula 2000


    Pietro Fittipaldi wins 2015 MRF Challenge Formula 2000Brazilian racing driver Pietro Fittipaldi clinched the 2015-16 MRF Challenge Formula 2000 at Madras Motor Racing Track in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu by winning 2/4 races which earned him the required points to clinch the title with a tally of 244 points among other contestants.

    Other Winners

    Second position : Tatiana Calderon from Colombia finished 2nd with total 199 points

    Third Position : Nikita Troitckii from Russia was placed at 3rd position with total 191.

    2015 MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship

    It was fourth running of the MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship. It was started on  31 October 2015 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. The series comprised 14 races, spread across four meetings. The event concluded  on 31 January 2016 at the Madras Motor Racing Track, India.


  • Veteran broadcaster Terry Wogan dies of cancer


    Veteran broadcaster Terry Wogan dies of cancer

    Veteran BBC broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan passed away in London after long battle with cancer. He was 77. Wogan was a leading media personality in the UK on both radio and television for several decades and was often referred to as a "national treasure". He was granted a British knighthood in 2005.

    Terry Wogan

    Terry Wogan was born as Michael Terence Wogan on 3 August 1938 in Limerick City, Ireland. Initially he worked as a banker than switched his career and joined Ireland's national Radio Eireann as a newsreader and announcer. Later he moved into light entertainment, as a DJ and host of TV quiz and variety shows in Ireland. Later he joined BBC where stayed for the rest of his career.

    He presented the breakfast show from 1972 to 1984, as The Terry Wogan Show, and then from 1993 to 2009 as Wake Up To Wogan which had eight million regular listeners, making him the most listened-to radio broadcaster in Europe.Apart from weekly radio show's, he was also known for his work for television, including the BBC One chat show Wogan, game show Blankety Blank and Come Dancing and BBC commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest from 1971 to 2008.

    Awards and honours : British knighthood (Knight Commander of the British Empire) in 2005 and Officer of British Empire (OBE) in 1997


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