Current Affairs, News & Facts of 18 Nov 2015

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  • VHP leader Ashok Singhal passes away

     

    VHP leader Ashok Singhal passes away

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    • Vishva Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal (89) passed away at Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon following multi-organ dysfunction and sepsis. Mr. Singhal had been diagnosed with right lower lobe pneumonia, carbon-dioxide retention, sepsis and drowsiness.
    • Singhal was a metallurgy engineering graduate from Banaras Hindu University, he pitchforked the organisation in the Ayodhya Ram temple movement and sought to internationalise it by recruiting supporters and organising branches world wide.

    Ashok Singhal was a bachelor and an RSS pracharak all his life, Singhal, adopted an aggressive style in the "kar sewak" campaign. He was the key architects of the mass campaign that led to the razing of the Babri mosque in 1992, by Hindu groups with an aim to build a temple at the same site in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya where a medieval mosque, Babri Masjid, once stood. 

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  • FIFA bans Nepal football President Ganesh Thapa for 10 years

     

    FIFA bans Nepal football President Ganesh Thapa for 10 years

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    • Ganesh Thapa who is one of the most influential figures in Asian football over the last two decade has been banned for 10 years for bribery by Fifa’s ethics committee.
    • Ganesh Thapa is the president of All-Nepal FA and also a former Asian Football Confederation vice-president. He has been accused for committing various acts of misconduct over several years in his 19-year tenure as President of ANFA and was fined 19,850 US dollars.
    • He has committed various acts of misconduct over several years, including the solicitation and acceptance of cash payments from another football official, for both personal and family gain.
    • Nepalese authorities are also  investigating Thapa who has been  accused of embezzling around £4m during his 19-year tenure - much of it money from Fifa and the AFC earmarked for football development projects.
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  • Indian Red Cross Secretary General Dr. Satya Paul Agarwal passes away

     

    Indian Red Cross Secretary General Dr. Satya Paul Agarwal passes away

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    • Renowned neurosurgeon and secretary general of Indian Red Cross Society Satya Paul Agarwal passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).He was, 70.
    • Dr. Agarwal, was a well-known public health administrator and had played pivotal role in execution of various disaster relief operations and control of disease outbreak and epidemics in the country.

    He had been Secretary General of Indian Red Cross Society since 2005 and was also the Chair of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Advisory Body on Sustainable Development and Health. He had also served as Director General of Health Services, Government of India, from 1996 to 2005.

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  • Siril Verma wins silver medal at 2015 World Junior badminton Championships

     

    Siril Verma wins silver medal at 2015 World Junior badminton Championships

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    Young Indian shuttler Siril Verma clinched a silver medal at the prestigious 2015 BWF World Junior badminton Championships. In the final match that was being played at Peruvian capital of Lima, he was defeated by Taipei’s Chia Hung Lu Chia with a score of  21-17, 10-21, 7-21

    By winning silver medal, Siril now joins the elite list of Indians such as Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, RMV Gurusaidutt, HS Prannoy and Sameer Verma, who have won medals for India in the Junior World Championships. Siril is currently undergoing training at the Hyderabad based Pullela Gopichand Academy which gives best shuttlers to the nation

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  • “Tears of joy” emoji Choosen as ‘Word of the Year’ by Oxford Dictionaries

     

     “Tears of joy” emoji  Choosen as ‘Word of the Year’ by Oxford Dictionaries

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    For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a pictograph:  was chosen as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.

    This year Oxford University Press have partnered with leading mobile technology business SwiftKey to explore frequency and usage statistics for some of the most popular emoji across the world, and  was chosen because it was the most used emoji globally in 2015.

    SwiftKey identified that  made up 20% of all the emojis used in the UK in 2015, and 17% of those in the US: a sharp rise from 4% and 9% respectively in 2014. 

    The word emoji has seen a similar surge: although it has been found in English since 1997, usage more than tripled in 2015 over the previous year according to data from the Oxford Dictionaries Corpus.

    Word of the Year :-

    The word(s) of the year  refers to any of various assessments as to the most important word(s) or expression(s) in the public sphere during a specific year. The oldest of these, and the only one that is announced after the end of the calendar year, determined by a vote of independent linguists, and not tied to commercial interests, is the American Dialect Society's Word of the Year.

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