1. Aditya Jagtap won his third PSA title
Aditya Jagtap has won his third Professional Squash Association title in the Bourbon Trail Challenger Tour squash at Chattanooga, USA. He defeated Andrew Schnell of Canada and secured 12-10, 4-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6.
Aditya, ranked 120th, got past the early rounds with ease before facing third seed, Schnell. The triumph should help him move into the top 100.
Professional Squash Association (PSA):
- Founded: 1975
- Location: England, UK
- President: Ali Farag (for Men), Jenny Duncalf (for Women)
- Chairman: Ziad Al-Turki
- PSA is the governing body for the men’s and women’s professional squash circuit
- Over 800 players from all the 5 continents
2. Shriyanka Sadangi and Akhil Sheoran won gold in the HN Cup
Shriyanka Sadangi and Akhil Sheoran won gold in the mixed air rifle event in the H&N Cup international shooting championship which was held in Munich, Germany. The H&N Cup is organized and conducted by the Bavarian Sports Shooting Federation (BSSB).
- Air rifle: Men: 1. Dane Sampson (Aus) 248.6 (630.6); 2. Alin Moldoveanu (Rou) 248.3 (630.4); 3. Sergey Richter (Isr) 228.1 (630.8); 4. Deepak Kumar 206.8 (630.4); 13. Akhil Sheoran 628.4.
- Mixed: 1. India (Shriyanka Sadangi, Akhil Sheoran) 502.9 (840.7); 2. Russia-2 (Daria Vdovina, Vladimir Maslennikov) 500.9 (842.4); 3. Russia (Anastasia Galashina, Aleksandr Driagin) 437.1 (843.2).
3. CM Chandrababu Naidu approved Rs.3,000 crore on the BCs
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu approved Rs.3,000 crore on the Backward Classes. The fund is for the upgradation of federations to corporations and setting up new corporations for castes that come under the BC category.
Besides upgrading the 11 BC federations, new corporations would be set up for Agnikula Kshatriya, Toorpu Kapu, Yadava, Kuraba Settibalija (including Gowda and Eediga castes), Koppula Velama, Neta, Kalinga, Gavara and Gandla castes.
- Capital: Amaravati
- Governor: E.S.L.Narasimhan
- Chief Minister: N Chandrababu Naidu
- Official language: Telugu
4. Brisbane Heat won their maiden women’s Big Bash title
Australian T20 cricket team “Brisbane Heat” won their maiden Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) title by defeating Sydney Sixers in the final by three wickets at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney, Australia.
- Sydney Sixers opted to bat first but couldn’t get off to a flying start that they unusually followed throughout the season and could score only 131 runs which were chased by Brisbane Heat with four balls remaining.
- Beth Mooney from ‘Brisbane Heat’ was awarded as the Player of the match for her knock of 65 runs from just 46 balls.
- Ellyse Perry from “Sydney Sixers” was awarded the “Player of the tournament” for the scoring highest number of runs in the tournament.
5. New Zealand cricketer Ewen Chatfield retired at the age of 68
New Zealand fast bowler Ewen Chatfield, who is also known as ‘The Naenae Express’ decided to hang up his boots at the ripe age of 68.
- Chatfield made this decision after he was ‘slogged’ all over the field when he turned out for Naenae Old Boys in Wellington.
- Ewen Chatfield, who made his international debut for New Zealand back in 1975, played for his country in 43 Tests and 114 One-Day Internationals (ODIs).
- He played alongside Sir Richard Hadlee and his last appearance for New Zealand came in 1989.
6. D.N. Chakraborty got Assam Republic Journalism Award
Assam government entitled the Republic Day Journalism Award 2019 to veteran journalist and former editor Dhirendra Nath Chakraborty.
- The award comprises Rupees one lakh in cash, a citation, the Assamese ‘xoraai’ (the bell metal memento presented as an honor), ‘jaapi‘ (headgear) and an angavastra.
- Earlier, recipients of the award were senior journalists Late Radhika Mohan Bhagawati and Sri Kanaksen Deka.
7. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated Atal Setu in Goa
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated four-lane, 5.1-kilometer long “Atal Setu”, the third Cable bridge across river Mandovi in Panaji, Goa.
- This is the third bridge across Mandovi River.
- This bridge would overcome the bottlenecks, and curb traffic jams at Panaji Circle and Panaji entrance.
- Gadkari, who unveiled the plaque for the new bridge said, “The execution of the complete work of the bridge is a fulfillment of Manohar Parrikar’s dream.”
8. Amul Camel Milk launched in Gujarat
The Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Limited has launched Amul Camel Milk in selected markets of Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, and Kutch.
- The camel milk offers a wide range of benefits such as Camel milk assists healthy bacteria growth in the gut making it easy to digest.
- Camel milk assists healthy bacteria growth in the gut making it easy to digest and it also improves gastrointestinal health and systemic immunity.
- Rich in Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) Camel Milk can provide 70% of the recommended daily value per serving. Camel Milk is rich in calcium which helps to build.
9. RBI approved Ravneet Gill as Yes Bank MD & CEO
The Reserve Bank of India has approved the appointment of Ravneet Gill as the MD & CEO of private sector lender Yes Bank. It also said that Mr. Gill must join the bank before March 1, 2019. Mr.Gill is currently the India chief of foreign lender Deutsche Bank.
If any private bank is appointing Directors or CEOs it should get approval from the Reserve Bank of India. The RBI has set the age limit for the MD and CEO as 70 years.
- Founded: 2004
- Type: Banking, Financial Services
- Founder: Rana Kapoor, Ashok Kapur
- Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
- Non-Exe Chairman: Brahm Dutt
- MD & CEO: Rana Kapoor
10. Ahmad Wani awarded Ashok Chakra by President of India
Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani has been posthumously awarded ‘Ashok Chakra’, India’s highest peacetime gallantry award for his role in a counter-insurgency operation in Kashmir last year. He is Kashmir’s first Ashok Chakra awardee and was also awarded Sena Medal for gallantry twice in 2007 and 2018 for his acts of valor.
- The award will be presented by President Ram Nath Kovind to Lance Naik Wani’s wife Mahajabeen at the Republic Day parade on 26th January 2019.
- On November 25, 2018, Lance Naik Wani was taking part in a counter-terrorist operation against six terrorists in Hirapur village near Batgund in Kashmir. Under an intense hail of bullets from the terrorists, he eliminated the district commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and one foreign terrorist in an act of raw courage.