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Current Affairs[February 2017]
  • Vinod Rai - the former CAG was recently appointed by Supreme Court to head Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Supreme Court of India recently appointed him to head BCCI along with noted historian Ramachandra Guha, former Indian cricketer Diana Edulji and IDFC official Vikram Limaye. SC in its hearing declined Centre's request to appoint secretary of sports ministry as the member of the committee. SC referred to its earlier judgement debarring ministers and govt servants from holding office in BCCI.
  • Yuvraj Singh - the only Indian cricketer to be in the top six hitters of sixes in T20 internationals. He entered this list with his three sixes in a Chris Jordan over in the T20 match against England recently played at Bengaluru taking the total sixes to 74. The list is led by Chris Gayle of West Indies with 98 sixes. Yuvraj is the only batsman to hit six sixes in one over in T20s which he hit against Stuart Broad in 2007 during the inaugural T20 World Cup.
  • Kolkata - the place where India's first multi sports museum was inaugurated recently. The museum, spread over 6700 square feet was inaugurated by Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Abhinav Bindra, Deepa Malik and Devendra Jhajaria recently. It has gloves owned by Sachin Tendulkar who wore it while scoring his 100th hundred, a boot owned by Lionel Messi and a chess board signed by Vishwanathan Anand.
  • New Zealand - the country which was defeated by India in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie recently. India will now play second round tie at home in April against Uzbekistan, who got past South Korea in their first round away tie. The resounding victory for India also signaled the end of Anand Amritraj's three-year reign as the team captain as he will be replaced by Mahesh Bhupathi for the second round tie againstUzbekistan.
  • 4 -the number of consecutive Test series in which Virat Kohli smashed a double century including 204 against Bangladesh recently. It is a world record beating Don Bradman and Rahul Dravid's landmark of scoring double centuries in three successive series. Virat Kohli is the only cricketer to average above 75 in all three versions (Tests: 83, ODIs84, T20:77) of the game since January 2016.
  • Wriddhiman Saha - the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a hundred at home as well as outside the subcontinent. He scored century against Bangladesh in the Test match at Bangalore recently.
  • India - the country whose team became the first team to post three successive scores of 600-plus as they piled up 687/6 declared against Bangladesh in the Test match at Bangalore recently.
  • Kheleao is the name of the official mascot of the FIFA U - 17 World Cup India 2017 mascot. It was unveiled recently by Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Kheleao is clouded leopard which is an endangered wild cat whose habitat extends from the Himalayan foothills to mainland Southeast Asia.
Current Affairs[January 2017]
  • Jamaica - the country which lost the 4x100 metre relay gold medal which it won from 2008 Olympic Olympics due to doping charges on one of the members. Nesta Carter one of the Jamaican runner tested positive for methylexaneamine, a banned stimulant after which the entire team comprising Usain Bolt was disqualified.
  • Roger Federer - he defeated Rafael Nadal to win his fifth Australian Open and clinch a first Grand Slam title in four and a half years recently. The 35-year-old capped his triumphant return from knee surgery with a record-extending 18th Major title after a vintage battle with his Spanish rival, who had won all three of their previous meetings at Melbourne Park.
  • Serena Williams - she defeated Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets to win seventh Australian Open title. The 35-year-old American won her 23rd Grand Slam title recently at the Australian Open, breaking the open-era record she held jointly with Germany's Steffi Graf.
  • Saina Nehwal - the Indian ace badminton player who defeated Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand to win the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold with a hard-fought victory in the summit clash in Sarawak, Malaysia recently. The 26-year-old world No 10, who had been desperately looking for a title that boosts her confidence after recovering from a knee surgery last year, was squaring off against a rival ranked more than 50 places below her at 67th.
  • Virat Kohli - the Indian cricketer who has been awarded the Padma Shri award this year.
  • P V Sindhu - the Olympic silver medallist who won the women's crowns respectively at the USD 120,000 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Lucknow recently. The National champion Sameer Verma began the new season on a resounding note by winning the men's singles crowns. Top seed Sindhu, brushed aside Indonesia's Gregoria Mariska in the summit clash, while Sameer, defeated compatriot B Sai Praneeth in the final.
  • Gujarat - the team which won their maiden Ranji Trophy cricket title when they won the 2017 Ranji Trophy tournament. This was only their second appearance in a Ranji Trophy final. They defeated Mumbai by five wickets, who had won the title 41 times.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni - he became the first ODI batsman to hit a double ton of sixes(200 sixes) when he scored 134 against England during the second one day international at Cuttack recently which India won by 15 runs recently.
  • Yuvraj Singh - he along with Mahendra Singh are the only the second pair over 35 years to score tons in the same innings when they scored centuries against England during the second one day international at Cuttack recently. Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakara and Tilakratne Dilshan are the best pair over 35 years to score tons in the same innings.
  • 129 - the new rank of India according to the latest rankings released by FIFA which is a huge jump of 42 places in less than two years. It is also India's best ever ranking since August 2006. The Indian football team had an encouraging 2016, winning nine of their last 11 international matches. A win against Peurto Rico, a side ranked 114 much higher was the highlight of the year.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo - he received the FIFA's best player award for the fourth time recently, after Portugal and Real Madrid won both major European titles in 2016. He beat runner-up and rival Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezman to complete sweep of top individual awards.
  • 48 - the number of countries that will participate in FIFA World Cup from 20206 onwards as FIFA recently voted to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from its current 32, brushing aside concerns that the expansion would lower the overall standard of the tournament, and make it too long and unwieldy. Soccer's governing body said on its Twitter feed that the FIFA Council, its decision-making panel, had voted unanimously in favour of the change which will be introduced at the 2026 tournament. The new format will include a first round of 16 groups of three teams, FIFA said, with further details to be given later. FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who replaced the disgraced Sepp Blatter in February, had made World Cup expansion one of his promises during his successful electoral campaign. The inaugural World Cup in Uruguay featured just 13 teams and 17 matches. Sixteen teams took part from 1934, eight more were added from 1982 onwards and, finally, another eight in 1998.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni - the Indian captain who has led his team in highest number of international matches (Tests, ODIs, T20Is) than any other captains of the world. Dhoni has been victorious in 331 matches and Ricky Ponting is at second place with 324 wins. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was in the news as he stepped down as limited overs captain of the Indian cricket team, thereby drawing curtains to his glorious leadership career. Under Dhoni's leadership India have won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011, ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and let the team into the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup.
  • David Warner became the first Australian since Donald Bradman to smash a century before lunch on the first day of Test match. It was also the first time a batsman has scored 100 in the first session of a Test match in Australia, with Warner only the fourth Australian batsman to achieve the rare feat. Don Bradman was the last to do so with 105 in Leeds in 1930 on his way to 334, with Victor Trumper hitting 103 in Manchester in 1902 and Charlie Macartney scoring 112 at Leeds in 1926. The only other player to post a Test century before lunch on the first day of a Test was Pakistan's Majid Khan (108) against New Zealand in Karachi in 1976.
  • Destanee Aiava -the teenager of Australia created a slice of history when she became the first player born in the 2000s to win a main draw of the WTA tour. The 16-year old Aiava beat fellow qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US in the first round of the Brisbane International.

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Current Affairs[December 2016]
  • Samit Gohel - the batsman from Gujarat who broke a 117-year-old record in first-class cricket by notching up the highest score while carrying his bat through the innings of 359 not out during his team's Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Odisha. While Hanif Mohammed's epic 499 remains the highest score by an opener in first-class cricket, no one has scored more than Gohel while remaining not out in his team's score of 641.Gohel eclipsed the previous best of 357 by Surrey's Bobby Abel against Somerset way back in 1899 at the Kensington Oval ground.
  • Women's wrestling - this was the main theme of the Amir Khan starrer Dangal movie which was released recently. The movie depicts the story of rise of Phogat sisters - GeetaPhogat and BabitaPhogat who entered this game inspite of all social taboos bit with sheer determination and efforts of their father Mahavir Singh Phogat.
  • Somdev Devvarman - India's star singles player who announced his retirement from professional tennis, bringing an abrupt end to what was once a promising career. The 31-year-old's career was hampered by a recurring shoulder injury in 2012. He recovered to stage a comeback but he had been missing from action without any specified reason for some time now. Somdev was India's star singles player since he first broke into the scene in 2008. He was conferred the Arjuna award -- the country's second highest sporting honour -- in 2011.
  • Anurag Thakur - the President of Board of Control for Cricket in India who was recently removed in a landmark judgement by the Supreme Court recently. The court also removed BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke. Both were removed as they failed to implement its orders to bring transparency and accountability in cricket body. The Supreme Court said a committee of administrator will look after the affairs of the Board. The three-member Lodha Committee was appointed by the Supreme Court after the 'conflict of interest' issue sparked a controversy in Indian cricket.
  • Ana Ivanovic - the former world number one tennis player who announced her retirement recently because she no longer feels fit enough to compete at the highest level. Ivanovic became the first Serbian woman to win a grand slam tournament when she beat Russian Dinara Safina in the 2008 French Open final, following in the footsteps of compatriot Novak Djokovic who clinched the Australian Open title the same year.
  • Eliud Kipchoge - Kenya's Olympic marathon champion has won the men's race in Delhi Half Marathon. It was ninth edition of Delhi Half Marathon. Over 34 thousand participants from across the world had participated in it. 13 Rio Olympians took part in the elite race category. The marathon also had featured some of the biggest track and field and distance runners, with a total of 25 men and 18 women athletes from country.
  • Magnus Carlsen - the Grandmaster of Norway has won the 2016 World Chess Championship for the third consecutive time. He retained the title after defeating Sergey Karjakin of Russia. Karjakin had tied against Carlsen in 12 regular rounds but was beaten in the final phase of four quickfire games. Magnus Carlsen is No. 1 ranked player in the world and reigning World Chess Champion in classical, rapid, and blitz.
  • Argentina - they won the 2016 edition of Davis Cup tennis tournament by defeating Croatia in the final by 3-2 in Zagreb, Croatia. It is their first Davis Cup title. Del Potro and Federico Delbonis are played a remarkable play to win the title. Argentina had lost in the final of the tournament four times earlier while Croatia won the title in 2005.
  • India - they maintained their supremacy in the women Asia Cup after they defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by 17 runs for their sixth title in Bangkok recently. It was also a sweet revenge of sorts for India, who had lost to Pakistan during the World T20 at home in March. With the memorable win, India also managed to maintain their enviable record in the continental event, having won all the six editions to have taken place so far.
  • Harmanpreet Kaur - the skipper of Indian cricket team which won the Women's T20 Asia Cup recently. Veteran Mithali Raj was removed as T20 captain just before the start of the tournament.
  • Ahmadabad -the place in India, where the world's biggest stadium, in terms of seating capacity is going to be built soon. The stadium will accommodate 1, 10,000 people, the biggest in terms of seating capacity. The Stadium will surpass the Melbourne Cricket Ground which can hold 100,024 people. It was in the news recently after the Gujarat Cricket Association handed the contract to Larsen & Turbo (L&T) to begin work for the makeover.
  • October 1, 2017 - the time from which cricket is set to join sports like hockey and football which allows players to be ejected from the field. In the case of cricket, players will be sent off for serious disciplinary breaches like threatening an umpire, physically assaulting a player umpire, official or spectator, or any other act of violence. The recommendations need to be approved by the main MCC committee, which should be a formality. The MCC, headquartered at Lord's in London, is the custodian of the laws of the game.
  • 235 - it is the highest runs ever scored by an Indian cricket captain. These runs were scored recently by Virat Kohli when he scored his 3 double tons against England during the Mumbai Test match recently. With 3 double tons in one year he became the first Indian and 5th batsman in the world to achieve this feat.
  • Jayant Yadav - he scored the first century by a No.9 batsman of India when he scored 104 against England at the Mumbai Test match. Last No.9 to hit a ton against England was Pakistan's Asif Iqbal in 1967.
  • Pankaj Advani - the ace Indian cueist who outclassed Peter Gilchrist of Singapore in the final to win his 11th World Billiards (150-Up format) Championships title, in Bengaluru recently. Advani beat Gilchrist by six games to three in a gripping final contest to wrap up his 16th world title overall.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo - the famous football player who claimed a fourth Ballon d'Or award recently after leading Portugal to an emotional European Championship title and Real Madrid to a record-extending Champions League crown in 2016.Ronaldo is one short of the record tally of five awards won by Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who was second with the pair having taken the first two spots since 2011.
Current Affairs[November 2016]
  • Aditi Ashok - she recently became the first Indian woman to win a Ladies European Tour title. She achieved this feat by winning the Hero Women's Indian Open held at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram, Haryana. She won a prize purse of 60,000 dollar. She won the tournament with a score of 3-under-par 213. Her round included birdies on the par-four second and 10th holes and bogeys on the seventh, 13th and 17th. Aditi Ashok is the first and the only Indian golfer who had played the Asian Youth Games (2013), Youth Olympic Games (2014), Asian Games (2014) and Rio Olympics (2016).
  • P V Sindhu - the India's ace shuttler and Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu who won the $700,000 2016 China Open Super Series title in women's category. It was her maiden Super Series Premier title and first post 2016 Rio Olympics title. In the summit clash held in Fuzhao, Sindhu (World No 11) defeated China's Sun Yu (World No 9) by 21-11, 17-21, 21-11 score.
  • Bangladesh - they recently recorded their first ever Test match victory against England when they won the second Test match by defeating England in the second Test match by 108 runs which was played at Dhaka. It was Bangladesh's first win in the game's long form against a full-strength major Test-playing country. It was also only the eighth Test victory in 95 matches since the country secured Test status in 2000.
  • India - they defeated Pakistan 2-1 in the finals to win the 4th Asian Champions Trophy of hockey at Kuantan, Malaysia. This was the second time India won the title-they won the last title in 2011.
  • Valencia - the place in Spain which was the venue of the 4-nations International Junior Hockey tournament which Indian Junior Hockey team won after defeating Germany 5-2 in the finals recently.
  • Amit Mishra - the Indian spinner who was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 5 wickets for 18 runs in the 5thone-day international match against New Zealand played at Vishakhapatnam in which India thrashed New Zealand by 190 runs.
  • Gaurav Gill - the player of Team MRF scripted a momentous chapter in the history of Indian motorsport by sealing the 2016 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship title after he won the Malaysian rally at Johor Bahur. Team MRF also clinched the APRC team championship in the wake of his clean sweep.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin - the premier spinner of India leads the bowler's rankings in the latest ICC Test rankings for bowlers. Off-spinner Ashwin, who became the second fastest to 200 wickets during the Test series against New Zealand, maintained his position with 900 points, with South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn (878) and England's James Anderson (861) completing the top three. Ashwin's spin partner Ravindra Jadeja is at seventh place with 805 points. Ashwin is also leading the all-rounders' table with 451 points, with Jadeja occupying the fifth place position with 292 points.
  • India - they leads the team ranking in the latest ICC Test rankings for teams. India lead the team's table with 115 points ahead of arch rivals Pakistan (111) and Australia (108). England were at fourth place followed by South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, West Indies with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe completing the list.
  • Cricket -it became an analogy to highlight the warm ties between India and New Zealand as Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and John Key drew references from the game to stress on the progress made in their bilateral equation, in New Delhi, recently. Both compared the relationship between the two countries to the just concluded India New Zealand series.
  • Sania Mirza - India's tennis star retained her numero uno status in women's doubles for the second consecutive year, despite failing to defend the WTA Finals Singapore title with partner Martina Hingis. During the year, Sania has won titles, including Australian Open with Hingis, Cincinnati Masters with Barbora Strycova. Sania had split with Hingis but they paired up and made an unsuccessful bid to defend the WTA Finals Singapore.
  • Commonwealth Wrestling Championship - the tournament designed for top wrestlers in the Commonwealth of Nations. It is not linked to Commonwealth games, nor has any accreditation with any sports body in any country. In the recently held event in Singapore, India won eight Gold Medals.
  • Aditi Ashok - she became the first Indian woman to win a Ladies European Tour title. She achieved this feat by winning the Hero Women's Indian Open held at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram, Haryana. She won a prize purse of 60,000 dollar. She won the tournament with a score of 3-under-par 213. Her round included birdies on the par-four second and 10th holes and bogeys on the seventh, 13th and 17th. Aditi Ashok is the first and the only Indian golfer who had played the Asian Youth Games (2013), Youth Olympic Games (2014), Asian Games (2014) and Rio Olympics (2016).
  • Jallikattu - a sport of Tamilnadu is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu on Mattu Pongal day as a part of Pongal celebrations i.e. harvest festival. It is one of the oldest living ancient tradition practiced in the modern era. Jallikattu has been derived from the words 'calli' (coins) and 'kattu' (tie), which means a bundle of coins is tied to the bull's horns. In Sangam literature the sport is called as 'Yeru thazhuvuthal' (means to embrace bulls). In older times Jallikattu was popular amongst warriors during the Tamil classical period. The bull tamer sought to remove this bundle from the animal's head to win gold or silver coins to be called 'brave' and 'valourous'. All castes participate in the event and majority of jallikattu bulls belong to the pulikulam breed of cattle.
  • Lewis Hamilton - the Mercedes Formula One racing driver from England, has won the 2016 Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Brazil. It is his 9th win in 2016 season and the 52nd of his career.

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Current Affairs[October 2016]
  • MS Dhoni - the Indian captain made a record of highest number of sixes in One day International by an Indian. He recently registered his 196th six in ODIs bettering the 195 by Sachin Tendulkar.
  • Virat Kohli - he recently hit his 26th century in One day International cricket. Only three batsmen have managed more centuries in ODIs - Sachin Tendulkar (49), Ricky Ponting (30) and Sanath Jayasuriya (28). Virat has taken 166 innings for his 26 hundreds - the quickest among the players with 26 centuries or more in ODIs.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni - he is the third wicketkeeper of world to complete 9000 runs in ODIs - his tally being 9058 (ave.51.17) in 281 matches - the first two being Adam Gilchrist (9410) and Kumar Sangakkara (13341). Dhoni's feat of reaching the milestone in 244 innings is the quickest by a wicketkeeper - the next two being Sangakkara (252) and Gilchrist (262).
  • Abhijeet Gupta - the chess Grandmaster and Commonwealth champion who created history at the Hoogeveen International chess tournament by becoming the first player ever to win the title twice in a row in the FIDE Open that concluded in the Dutch hamlet. Defending champion Abhijeet lived up to his top billing, and scored 7.5 points out of a possible nine to win the title solely ahead of second placed Grandmaster Sandipan Chanda. It was an Indian sweep as the third and fourth places were bagged by GM M R Lalith Babu and GM M Shyam Sundar respectively.
  • India - they won the 2016 World Cup kabaddi, it's third in a row. They defeated Iran in the finals which was played at Ahmedabad. India defeated Iran 38-29, riding on Ajay Thakur's brilliant performance.
  • India - this country will stage the Under-17 football World Cup from October 6 to 28 next year, the sport's world governing body FIFA announced recently. Kochi, Mumbai, Guwahati, Delhi, Margao and Kolkata have been ratified as venues following inspections by the FIFA delegation.
  • Abhinav Bindra - the Olympic Champion of India who recently set up a High Performance Training centre in India at Mohali. The 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medalist has helped setting up systems and structures in place which will help athletes assess as well as train, a first in India. The athletes after blocking their slots can train free of cost.
  • Kane Williamson - the captain of New Zealand led from the front with a superb century to help New Zealand edge past India by six runs in the second One-Day International in New Delhi recently. The Black Caps levelled the five-match series 1-1 and in the process also won their first game of the tour. Williamson hit a fluent 118 off 128 balls, laced with 14 boundaries and a six.
  • Luis Suarez - the football player of FC Barcelona is the famous football player who won the Golden Boot Trophy recently. He received a second European Golden Shoe of his career after becoming the leading scorer in Europe's top domestic leagues last season.
  • Swapnil Gugale - the Maharashtra skipper who partnered with Ankit Bawne to post an unbeaten 594-run stand for the third wicket to record the highest partnership in the history of Ranji Trophy and highest in first class cricket. The broke the 70-year-old Indian mark of 577 between Vijay Hazare and Gul Mohammad for Baroda vs. Holkar in the final of 1946-47. It is the second highest partnership in first class cricket, behind only the 624 runs that Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakara and Mahela Jayawardene added in a Test against South Africa.
  • MS Dhoni - the skipper of One Day Internationals of India entered into the record books recently for the second most number of wins by an ODI skipper in the history of the games. This victory was Dhoni's 108th in 195 matches. The top spot still belongs to Ricky Ponting (Australia) with 165 out of 230. Dhoni went past Sri Lanka's Arjuna Ranatunga and is now the most successful Indian ODI skipper in the sub-continent, in fact in all of Asia.
  • Sourabh Varma - he recently clinched the men's singles badminton title at the Chinese Taipei Open after defeating Malaysia's Daren Liew in the summit clash of the $ 55,000 Grand Prix tournament in Taipei City.The 23-year-old from Madhya Pradesh rallied to grab the first two games and emerged victorious after his opponent Liew retired in the third game due to a shoulder injury with the score line reading 12-10, 12-10, 3-3 in the Indian's favour.
  • Hardik Pandya - the bowler who had a dream debut for India when he picked three crucial wickets in the first ODI against New Zealand in Dharamsala. The 23-year old all-rounder, who received the India cap from legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev ahead of the game, also bagged the Man-of-the-Match award for his bowling effort.
  • Saina Nehwal - the Indian shuttler who has been appointed a member of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Athletes' Commission in a rare honour for an Indian sportsperson. The Athletes' Commission is chaired by Angela Ruggiero and it comprises nine vice presidents and 10 other members.
  • Bengaluru FC - this club led by Indian captain Sunil Chhetri made it to a historic AFC Cup final by scripting an inspiring 3-1 win over defending champions Johor DarulTa'zim at Bangalore recently. It was a historic day for Indian football as no club from the country has ever made it to the summit clash of the prestigious second-tier continental tournament. The significance of this achievement could be gauged by the fact that only two Indian football clubs -- Dempo Sports Club of Goa and Kolkata giants East Bengal -- had made it to the semifinals of the tournament since its inception.
  • India - this country has decided to use the Decision Review System (DRS) on a trial basis in the upcoming five-test series against England to assess improvements made to the technology. The influential Indian board (BCCI) has long been a staunch opponent of the DRS system, which aims at reducing umpiring howlers by detecting edges and predicting the ball trajectory to ensure correct catch and leg-before decisions. India played in the first series that used DRS against Sri Lanka in 2008 but the BCCI have since refused to allow its use in any bilateral series involving its team.
  • 137th - the rank achieved by Indian football team in their best FIFA ranking in over six years when the side leaped 11 places to be 137th in the list released recently. India, who defeated 114th ranked Puerto Rico in an international friendly in Mumbai in September, garnered 230 points for the month. In August 2010, India were ranked 13 - their best ever stand in FIFA ranking since then.
Current Affairs[September 2016]
  • Stanislas Wawrinka - he defeated top-seeded defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-7(1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 and win the US Open men's singles title 2016 recently for the third Grand Slam title of his career. The 31-year-old Swiss, who defeated Djokovic on his way to winning the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open, denied the world number one a third Grand Slam title this year following the Serb's wins in Australia and France. The victory was worth $3.5 million for Wawrinka, who is only missing a Wimbledon victory to complete the coveted career Grand Slam.
  • Angelique Kerber - she defeated Karolina Pliskovato win the US Open women's ingle title.The new world No 1 who upstaged Serena Williams from this rank- Angelique Kerber - lived up to her new billing by outlasting Karolina Pliskova in three gripping sets.
  • Lindsay Tuckett - the world's oldest cricketer who passed recently at the age of 97.Tuckett represented South Africa in nine Test matches against England between 1947 and 1949.The distinction of the oldest surviving cricketer in the world now passes to another South African player, all-rounder Johnny Watkins, who is 93.Having taken a total of 19 international wickets, including two five-wicket hauls, Tuckett became the backbone of the South African pace attack when cricket resumed after the second World War. He is also known for bowling the last over of the dramatic Durban Test against England (Marylebone Cricket Club) in the 1948-49 season, which ended with a two-wicket victory for England, secured off the final ball.
  • Australia - they piled up the highest ever total in a Twenty20 international when they scored 263 against Sri Lanka at Kandy recently. They broke a nine-year record held by Sri Lanka, who scored 260/6 against Kenya in 2007.
  • Ryan Lochte -the swimmer of USA, who was recently slapped with a 10-month suspension by the US Olympic Committee and USA Swimming, following his bogus gunpoint robbery story during a drunken night out at the Rio Olympics. Three other swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigan who were with him in this false alarm were also given four-month suspension.
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan - the famous cricketer of Sri Lanka who announced his retirement from international cricket recently. Inventor of the famous "Dilscoop" ramp shot, Dilshan played the last of his 87 Tests in 2013 before quitting the longer format with 5,492 runs and 39 wickets to his name. The 39-year-old signed off from the shorter formats with over 10,000 runs and 22 centuries in 330 one-day internationals and 80 T20 matches. He is one of only six men to have scored a hundred in all three formats of the game.
  • Bethanie Mattek-Sands - the tennis player of US and Czech Lucie Safarova defeated French top seed partnership of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 to win the US Open women's doubles title. With the win, Mattek-Sands and Safarova close in on a career doubles Grand Slam, having hoisted trophies at the Australian and French Open last year.
  • Angelique Kerber - she was recently crowned the new world number one in women's tennis rankings. The 28-year-old became the oldest player to rise to that rank when the new list was published recently capping a memorable summer that also included the Olympic silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and a Wimbledon final appearance.
  • Aleksander Ceferin - the president of Slovenia's football federation, was overwhelmingly elected as the new head of European soccer's governing body UEFA at an extraordinary Congress recently. Ceferin beat Dutchman Michael van Praag, the only other candidate, by 42 votes to 13 and will succeed Frenchman Michel Platini, who announced his resignation in May after being banned from football for four years for ethics violations.
  • Sikki Reddy - she partnered with Pranaav Jerry Chopra to clinch their maiden Grand Prix badminton title, bagging the Brazil Open recently. Indian mixed doubles pair bagged the Brazil Open with a straight games victory over Canadian combo of Toby Ng and Rachel Honderich at Foz do Iguacu in Brazil recently. The top seeded Indian pair, ranked 65, prevailed 21-15, 21-16 over second seeds Toby and Rachel in a 37-minute summit clash at Costa Cavalcante.
  • Anjum Chopra - the Former Indian women's team captain who has been awarded a honorary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). She is the first Indian woman cricketer to get the prestigious life membership of MCC. The 39-year-old Anjum played 12 Tests, 127 ODIs and 18 T20 Internationals for India. She scored 548 runs in Tests with 4 half centuries while in 50 over's format she scored 2856 runs with a century and 18 half-centuries.
  • Mariyappan Thangavelu - the Indian high jumper who scripted history after winning the Gold medal at the Rio Para Olympics recently. The 21-year old cleared 1.89m edging out the US world champion Sam Grewe who cleared 1.86m. Varun Singh Bhati won the bronze medal of the men's high jump event. It is the first time two Indians have won medals in the same event at the Paralympics.
  • Devendra Jhajharia - the Javelin thrower became the first Indian to clinch two gold medals at the Paralympics after he broke his own world record to clinch the top honors at the Rio Games in Rio de Janeiro. Devendra, who won his previous gold in the 2004 Athens Games, bettered his own world record to finish on top in the men's F46 event.
  • Deepa Malik - she created history by becoming the first-ever woman from the country to win a medal at the Paralympics when she bagged a silver in the shot put F-53 event in Rio de Janeiro recently. Deepa's best throw of 4.61m from her six attempts was enough to clinch the silver medal. Bahrain's Fatema Nedham won the gold medal with a best throw of 4.76m, while Dimitra Korokida of Greece bagged the bronze medal with a throw of 4.28m.
  • England - this country recently scored the highest One day International score of 444. England amassed a world record One-Day International total of 444 for three as they crushed Pakistan by 169 runs at Trent Bridge recently. Jos Buttler struck the last ball of the innings for four to take Eoin Morgan's men past Sri Lanka's 443 for nine against Netherlands in July 2006.
  • Shahid Afridi - the Pakistani player with 97 wickets is the highest wicket taker in T20 international matches since the inaugural match in 2005. Pakistan dominate the T20I top wicket-takers list with Shahid Afridi (97), Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal (85 each) occupying the top three places.
  • Courtney Walsh - the famous West Indies fast bowler who has been appointed as the Bangladesh's bowling coach for a three-year period. The 53-year-old Walsh, the most successful bowler from the Caribbean with 519 Test wickets, recently completed his role as a West Indies selector and his contract with Bangladesh runs until the 2019 World Cup in England.
  • KL Rahul - the Indian batsman who scored a century in just 46 balls to equal the record for the second fastest century of T20. South African Faf du Plessis has scored a T20 ton in 46balls and South African Richard Levi holds the record for the fastest T20 hundred in 45 balls. This was his maiden T20 century in just his fourth T20match.
  • Saketh Myneni - the only Indian who was in fray in the US Open men's single tennis tournament. He went down fighting to world No. 49 Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic in a five-set thriller in the first round of the men's singles at the 2016 US Open in New York recently. He is the first Indian since Yuki Bhambri, who featured in the 2015 and 2016 Australian Open first round, to make it to the main draw of a Grand Slam event.
  • CRPF - the country's largest paramilitary force which appointed Rio Olympics silver medalist P V Sindhu as its brand ambassador and confer the honorary rank of Commandant on her. The Central Reserve Police Force also has the credit of raising the first all-women's battalion in a central paramilitary or a police force way back in 1987 and at present has four such contingents, with three in active duty.
  • Yogeshwar Dutt - the Indian wrestler whose London Olympic Games men's 60kg freestyle bronze medal has upgraded to silver. The development came after the silver medalist from the 2012 Games -- deceased Besik Kudukhov of Russia -- was stripped off his medal for using banned substance. As per Russian agency flowrestling.org, the four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medalist Kudukhov, who had died in a car crash in 2013 in southern Russia, has been found positive for dope test conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency. As a result, Yogeshwar, who had bagged a bronze medal in men's 60kg freestyle category in London Games, moved up from bronze to silver and join Sushil Kumar as another silver medalist from the 2012 Olympics.
  • Jasprit Bumrah - India's young fast bowler who added his name to the record books after capturing the most T20 International wickets in a calendar year. Bumrah, who only made his T20I debut in January against Australia at the Adelaide Oval, has taken 28 wickets for India in the game's shortest format from 21 matches. Former Australia quick Dirk Nannes was the previous record holder, having taken 27 wickets in 14 matches in 2010.
  • Mann Kaur
  • - the 100-year-old Indian runner was in the news recently after she picked up a gold medal in the 100-metre race at the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver, Canada. Hailing from Chandigarh she completed the race in a minute and a half to claim the gold medal -- she was the only female competitor in her age category at the competition for senior athletes.
  • Four - the number of athletes who were for the first time presented with the country's highest sporting honour, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2016. The last time the sports ministry made an exception with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award was back in 2009 when for the first time three athletes-Sushil Kumar, Vijender Singh and MC Mary Kom -were conferred the award. This year award was given to Rio Olympic medalists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik along with gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai.
Current Affairs[August 2016]
  • Novak Djokovic - the tennis player of Serbia who won the men's singles title of Rogers Cup after defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan in Toronto recently. Djokovic clinched his 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. He also became the first four-time winner of the Rogers Cup.
  • Tuvalu - the country which is being represented by the smallest delegation of just one person in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Sprinter Etimoni Timuani will carry the flag at the opening ceremony for the South Pacific nation of Tuvalu, the smallest delegation at Games in Rio de Janeiro. Comprising of just nine islands, Tuvalu ranks as the fourth smallest country on the planet in terms of land mass, and was formerly known as the Ellice Islands before gaining independence from Great Britain in 1978.
  • Gaurika Singh - she is the youngest athlete at Rio 2016. She is just 13-year-old, lives in London and will represent Nepal at the Olympic Games. She will compete in the women's 100m backstroke. Her personal best is one minute, 8.12 seconds. The fastest competitor in the event, London 2012 silver medallist Emily Seebohm of Australia, is 11 years older than Singh and enters the heats with the top time of 58.26 seconds.
  • 206 - the number of countries which are participating in the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio, Brazil. There are a total of 306 events in 42 disciplines which are being played at 37 venues with 11,239 participants.
  • Virginia Thrasher - the player of USA who won the first gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after she won the women's 10m air rifle event. Being the first champion of the 2016 fames she was awarded the medal by IOC President Thomas Bach.
  • Roston Chase - he was adjudged Man-of-the-match for his all-round show in the second Test match between West Indies and India at Jamaica. He took 5-121 with his off-spin in the India innings, before showing his class with the bat when he scored a century. He became just the fourth West Indies player to score a century and take five wickets in the same Test, and the first to do so in 50 years. Gary Sobers, the only player to accomplish the feat twice, last achieved that double in 1966.
  • Rangana Herath - he is the Sri Lankan bowler who recently claimed a hat trick. He became only the second Sri Lankan cricketer to claim a Test hat-trick on the second morning of the second Test against Australia recently. The left-arm spinner dismissed Adam Voges, Peter Nevill and Mitchell Starc off successive deliveries to achieve the feat in the second match of the three-test series at Galle as the visitors folded for 106 in 33.2 overs, their lowest score against Sri Lanka, who grabbed a 175-run first innings lead. Former paceman Nuwan Zoysa was the first Sri Lankan to claim a Test hat-trick, against Zimbabwe in a 1999 match at Harare.
  • KL Rahul - he became the first Indian opener to score ton on debut in West Indies. The previous highest was 96 scored by Ajay Jadeja in St John's in 1997. KL Rahul became the fifth Indian player to score a hundred in his maiden innings in West Indies. His knock of 158 is the highest among the five.
  • Abhinav Bindra - India's only individual Olympic gold medalist who was India's flag bearer at the Rio Olympics 2016. He is representing India in his fifth Olympics.
  • Leander Paes - India's ace tennis player earned the distinction of representing India in maximum number of the Olympic Games. Rio is his 7th games, one more than shooter Randhir Singh.
  • Dipa Karmakar - the Indian gymnast who scripted history as she became the first Indian to make the cut for the individual vault finals in her debut Olympic Games after finishing 8th in the qualifying round in Rio de Janeiro recently. The Tripura-girl, who is the country's first woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, managed to perform her much-appreciated 'Produnova' vault cleanly to secure 14.850 points after two attempts.
  • Talimeran Ao - he was the flag bearer of independent India's first contingent at the Olympic Games. The Nagaland-born-football team captain was the flag bearer at the 1948 Olympic Games at London, the first to be held after a gap of 14 years on account of the Second World War.
  • Shiny Wilson - she was the first Indian woman flag bearer at the Olympic Games. In 1992 at Barcelona the athlete earned this great distinction.
  • Nita Ambani - she is the first Indian woman to be elected as International Olympic Committee member. An Indian businesswoman and owner of the Mumbai Indians Indian Premier League franchise, she was among eight new members elected to the IOC recently on the eve of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The eight new members bring the total number of IOC members to 98.
  • Produnova - the high risk vault which was performed by India's gymnast Dipa Karmakar in the finals at Rio Olympics 2016. It is named after Russian gymnast Yelena Produnova who was the first person to execute the vault in 1999. It is so risky that only four gymnasts have tried it since.
  • R. Ashwin- the Indian all-rounder recently scored his fourth Test hundred, off 265 balls, and indeed his fourth against the same opposition, West Indies. He joined a select group of players - Richie Benaud (vs South Africa in 1957-58), Tony Greig (vs West Indies in 1973-74) and Ian Botham (vs Australia in 1981) - to take multiple five-wicket hauls and score multiple hundreds in the same Test series.
  • Carlos Brathwaite- the all-rounder who has been named as the new captain of West Indies T-20 team. West Indies axed their two-time World Twenty20 winning captain Darren Sammy and put fellow all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite in charge for two matches against India to be played recently in Florida.
  • Kohei Uchimura - the player of Japan who became the first gymnast in 44 years to win back-to-back Olympic all around titles recently. Uchimura became only the fourth man, and the first since his compatriot Sawao Kato in 1972, to win successive golds in the event that tests skills across six apparatus. He won with a total of 92.365. Max Whitlock become the first British man in over a century to win a medal in the event after picking up bronze with a total of 90.641.
  • Golf - the game which returned to the Olympics after a gap of 112 years. Golf was featured in the Summer Olympic Games official programme in 1900 and 1904. At the IOC session in Copenhagen in October 2009, the IOC decided to reinstate this event for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
  • Michael Phelps - he equaled the oldest record of sports, 2160 years old record when he chalked up his 12th individual Olympic swimming gold medal. Leonidas, a runner who competed between 164 and 152 BC according to Olympic historians, is the only other athlete to have won 12 solo titles. There is plenty of documentary evidence to attest to the dominance of Phelps, winner of a record 21+ golds and 25 medals in an astonishing career spanning five Games that is far from finished. The achievements of Leonidas rely on somewhat sketchier accounts, provided much later by Philostratus the Athenian and Pausanias who hailed the runner's 12 victories through four Olympiads.
  • Hanif Mohammad - the famous Pakistani cricketer also known as 'Little Master' who lasted 970 minutes in what is still the longest innings in Test history died recently in his home town in Karachi.
  • Joseph Schooling - the swimmer from Singapore who beat swimming great Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly to win the first Olympic Gold Medal for his country. This was in news as a young boy Schooling met Phelps in 2008 and his photo with Phelps still inspires him.
  • Lionel Messi - the famous football player of Argentina who recently reconsidered his decision to quit as international player and announced that he will continue playing for Argentina's national team.
  • Belgium - it is the country which defeated India in the quarterfinals of the men's hockey at Rio Olympics. Eight-times gold medalist India thus blew away a great opportunity to create history after a hiatus of 36 years to climb the medal podium. Belgium on the other hand, scripted history as they progressed to the semifinals of the Olympics after a gap of 96 years.
  • 0.15 - it is the points by which Dipa Karmakar of India lost the bronze medal in the women's vault final gymnastic at the Rio Olympics. The 23-year old Dipa, who had become the first Indian woman gymnast to have qualified for the Olympics, scored an average of 15.066 points, a mere 0.15 less than the eventual bronze winner Giulia Steingruber (15.216) of Switzerland.
  • Sakshi Malik - Indian women wrestler scripted history by becoming the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal and only fourth female athlete from the country to climb to the podium at the biggest sporting event. The 23-year-old from Haryana, a silver medalist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and bronze winner at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, earned a dramatic come-from-behind 8-5 win over Kyrgysztan's Aisuluu Tynybekova to win the bronze medal in the Women's Freestyle 58 kg.
  • Nozomi Okuhara - this badminton player of Japan was defeated by P V Sindhu in the semifinal at the Rio Olympic Games recently to make her the first Indian shuttler to reach the final at the Olympics in the women's singles. The two-time World Championships bronze medalist scored a sensational 21-19, 21-10 victory over the All England champion in 49 minutes. She won silver medal after she lost to two-time World champion and top seed Carolina Marin of Spain in the finals.
  • Repechage - it is a French word which means second chance. This word came into news recently after under this the Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik got another chance to fight for bronze medal which she won. Under 'repechage' all the players defeated by the finalists on the way to finals get a chance to fight for bronze medal.
  • USA - it is the country which won its 1, oooth gold medal in Olympics history when the American's women team won the 4x100 metre medley relay race. Of the 1,000 gold medals, more than half have come from track and field (323) and swimming (246).
  • Sri Lanka - they completed a rare 3-0 sweep over Australia after left-arm spinner Rangana Herath with 7 wickets for just 64spun the hosts to a comprehensive 163-run victory in the final test in Colombo recently. Herath claimed a 13-wicket match haul to bag the man-of-the-match award while his 28 wickets from three tests also made him the obvious choice for the man-of-the-series award. Sri Lanka clinched the Warne-Muralitharan trophy in emphatic style.
  • United States - they achieved the 100 metres hurdles event's first ever Olympic podium sweep when all the three medals were won by athletes from this country itself at the Rio Olympics 2016. Brianna Rollins won the gold in a time of 12.48 seconds leading compatriots Nia Ali won silver with 12.59 seconds and Kristi Castlin won the bronze with 12.61 seconds.
  • Argentina - they defeated Belgium to claim the Olympic title and win their country's first Games medal in men's hockey. Long playing in the shadow of a much-celebrated women's team, Argentina's men will leave Rio with their first Olympic hockey medal. Belgium's sliver was their best finish at the Games in 96 years. They last took home bronze in Antwerp in 1920.
  • David Rudisha - the athlete from Kenya who became the first man in 52 years to clinch back-to-back 800m titles in the Olympics when he won the title at Rio Olympics with a timing of 1minute 42 seconds. The last man to win consecutive 800mtitles was New Zealand's Peter Snell in 1960 and 1964.
  • Joao Havelange - the former President of FIFA for two decades who transformed soccer's governing body into a multibillion-dollar business died recently. He oversaw six World Cups in 24-year term as FIFA President and led the number of team expansion in World Cup from 16 to 32 teams.
  • 67th - the final position achieved by India with one silver and one bronze in the medal tally of Rio Olympics. USA finished at the top of the medals tally with 121 medals which included 46 gold, 37silver and 38 bronze.
  • CAS - stands for Court of Arbitration for Sport. This was in the news recently after it set aside the decision of the Indian doping body NADA and slapped a four year ban on Narsingh Yadav.
  • Sakshi Malik - the Indian wrestler who won the India' s first medal was the country' s flag bearer during the closing ceremony of Rio Olympics.
  • Jitu Rai - the ace shooter of India has been conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the country's highest sporting award. The other winners of this award are Olympic medalists P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik alongside trail-blazing gymnast Dipa Karmakar. The Keel Rant Award is given for spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years. Apart from a medal and citation, the Keel Ratna awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh.
  • Lalita Babar - the long distance runner of India who stood 10th in the 3000m steeplechase at the Rio Olympics 2016 has been selected for this year Arjuna Award. The sports ministry announced 15 athletes for this year's Arjuna Award. The Arjuna Award is given for consistent performance over four years. Arjuna awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs 5 lakh each.
  • Bishweshwar Nandi - the name of coach of famous Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar who has been conferred with the famous Dronacharya Award. This year's Dronacharya Award will be conferred on six coaches, the most notable among others are India Test team captain Virat Kohli's mentor Raj Kumar Sharma, Nagapuri Ramesh (athletics), Sagar Mal Dhayal (boxing), Pradeep Kumar (swimming, lifetime) and Mahabir Singh (wrestling, lifetime). The Dronacharya Award is given to coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events. Dronacharya Awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs 5 lakh each.
  • The Punjabi University, Patiala - this university was awarded the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2015-16.The overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments is presented the MAKA Trophy, award money of Rs 10 lakh and certificates.
  • Port of Spain - the venue of the fourth and final Test match between India and West Indies which was washed out after only 22 overs of play on the opening day after which four successive days were lost to a wet outfield. It is the third shortest match ever in the history of Test cricket. India ended up losing the number one spot in the ICC Test rankings. The draw benefitted Pakistan, who replaced India at the top of the ICC Test rankings, reaching the coveted position for the first time ever.
  • Pink - the colour of the ball which is being used in the day-night Duleep Trophy by the Indian Cricket Board for the first time on an experiment basis. Rs.8000 is the cost of the pink Test ball, almost four times the cost of its red variant. Adelaide hosted the first pink-ball Test in November 2015 between Australia and New Zealand. The original colour of the ball was red and it was used for Tests, first-class cricket and ODI' s with swing and seam movement. The white ball was introduced in World series Cricket in Australia by Kerry Packer in 1977. In 2009 Marylebone Cricket Club picked pink as best suited for D/N Tests.
Current Affairs[July 2016]
  • Dutee Chand - she became the first Indian in 36 years to complete in 100m race at the Olympics when she defied all odds to qualify for the women's 100 metres event at the Rio Olympics recently. She broke her own national record with a timing of 11.30 seconds in the heats at the 26th G Kosanov Memorial Meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan to win the berth. P.T.Usha who competed at the 1980 Olympics was the last to represent India in this event.
  • Serena Williams - she defeated Angelique Kerber to win the Wimbledon tennis women's single title 2016. This was her 7th Wimbledon title and she also equaled the record of 22 Grand Slam victories of Steffi Graf.
  • Portugal - this country defeated France to win the Euro Cup 2016. Substitute Eder scored in extra time to secure Portugal's first European Championship title after they overcame the early loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to snatch a 1-0 smash-and-grab victory over hosts France recently.
  • Lionel Messi - the famous footballer of Argentina who along with his father was recently sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud. The Barcelona court found the Barcelona star and his father guilty of three counts of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million). However these two sentences are likely to be suspended as in Spain, sentences of less than two years for first offences are usually suspended, and meaning neither will go to jail.
  • Andy Murray - he won the men's singles Wimbledon tennis title 2016. He defeated Milos Raonic in the finals to claim a second Wimbledon title.
  • Antoine Griezmann - the player of France who was awarded the Golden Boot for his 6 goals in the Euro Cup football 2016 championship which concluded recently. Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Oliver Giroud of France followed with 3 goals each.
  • Misbah-ul-Haq - the Pakistan captain became the oldest player to score a Test century for 82 years, when he scored an unbeaten 110 runs against England at Lord's recently. The 42-year old, who was playing his first Test on England soil, celebrated his 10th Test century by doing press-ups at the 'home of cricket'. In 1934, England's Patsy Hendren had scored a century against Australia and still holds the record for being the oldest player to score a Test century.
  • Golf - this game is being re-introduced in the Olympics after a gap of 112 years. While the men's competition will be staged at the Olympic golf course in Rio de Janerio from August 11-14, the women's event will begin on August 17, 2016.
  • PR Sreejesh -he was appointed as the captain of the Indian's men hockey team for the Rio Olympics. He also captained Indian team during the recently concluded Champions Trophy. The experienced goalkeeper is the first hockey player from Kerala to lead the national team at the Olympics. S V Sunil has been named as the deputy to Sreejesh.
  • Sushila Chanu - she was appointed as the captain of the Indian's women hockey team for the Rio Olympics. She replaced Ritu Rani who was dropped on grounds of poor form and attitude. Goalkeeper Deepika Kumari will be Chanu's deputy.
  • Vijender Singh -the Indian boxer who defeated Australia's Kerry Hope to win WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight title.
  • D Harika - the Grandmaster of India who won her maiden Fide Women's GP title in Chengdu, China. K Humpy finished second which made a rare one-two for India in the women's GP series. Both tallied seven points in the 11 rounds but Harika edged on the tie break.
  • South Korea - this country was defeated by India in the Asia Oceania Davis Cup tennis match played recently at Chandigarh. It ensured that India has now qualified for the World Group play-offs.
  • India Gate, New Delhi - the place from where the Great India run was flagged off on 17th July 2016. The 1480-km run from Delhi to Mumbai features 15 top ultra-marathoners of the world and is claimed to be Asia's longest. The run spread over 21 days will pass through Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra before concluding on 6th August 2016 at Gateway of India, Mumbai.
  • Saurav Ghosal - he won the men's title at the 73rd Squash Nationals which was played recently at Mumbai. He won the national title for the 11th time to surpass RK Narpat Singh's record of ten titles that he won between 1946 and 1955.
  • Dipika Palikal - she won the women's title at the 73rd Squash Nationals which was played recently at Mumbai. This was Dipika's second national title.
  • Yasir Shah - the leg spinner of Pakistan who topped the International Cricket Council(ICC) Test rankings after his heroics in the Lord's Test victory against England. The 30-year-old, who picked up 10 wickets to guide his side to a 75-run victory over England in the first Test, is followed by India's off-spinner R Ashwin and the England pace duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad. He also became the first Pakistani bowler in 20 years to top the ICC Test rankings. Mushtaq Ahmed was the last bowler from Pakistan to top the rankings since in December 1996.
  • Russia - the country on which the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided not impose a blanket ban for next month's Rio Olympics over the nation's doping record. However it said that it will leave decisions on individual athletes' participation with their sports federations. The IOC's announcement follows the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) call for a Rio ban in response to the independent McLaren report that found evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
  • Sania Mirza - the sportsperson whose autobiography 'Ace against Odds' was recently launched at a function in Mumbai. The legend Indian tennis player, Sania has penned the biography at the age of 29.
  • Navjyot Singh Sidhu - the veteran cricketer and three-time Amritsar MP who resigned from Rajya Sabha recently. He was MP from Amritsar from 2004 to 2014.
  • Lodha Committee - the committee whose recommendations on the functioning of the Board of Control of Cricket in India were accepted by The Supreme Court recently. As per the recommendations there will be no minister in BCCI and age cap of 70 has been accepted for officials. It also accepted the recommendations of 'One state-One vote'.
  • Mohammed Shahid - the India's former hockey captain, who won a gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games died at a Gurgaon hospital recently.
  • Virat Kohli - the Indian Test match skipper who recently completed 3000 Tests runs while playing 1st Test match against West Indies at Antigua recently. It was his maiden hundred in the Caribbean Islands and his fifth as captain of the Indian team.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin - he was adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his century and 7 for 83 in the first Test against West Indies at Antigua. It was Ashwin's first five-wicket haul outside the subcontinent. India recorded their biggest ever win outside the subcontinent by thumping the West Indies by an innings and 92 runs in the first Test at Antigua. The off-spinner also became the first Indian to score a hundred and take a fifer in the same Test on two different occasions.
  • Narsingh Yadav - the wrestler who was in the news recently after he failed a dope test conducted by NADA, which casts serious doubts on his participation in the 74kg freestyle category at the Rio Olympics.
  • James Anderson - the star England paceman who recently broke Australian legend Glenn McGrath's record for number of wickets by a pacer in home conditions. Anderson, who claimed four wickets in England's thumping victory against Pakistan in the second Test, has now 291 wickets at home. The England pacer overcomes McGrath's long-standing record of 289 wickets that he took in Australia. However, Anderson remains a long way behind Muthiah Muralidaran's overall record of 493 wickets at home, with fellow spinners Anil Kumble (350) and Shane Warne (319) also ahead of Anderson.
  • Pallekele - the place in SriLanka which was the venue of the first cricket Test match in which the hosts defeated the top ranked Australia by 106 runs. Australia for the first time have now lost seven successive Tests in the subcontinent.
  • Neeraj Chopra - the player from India who set a world record in javelin throw during the IAAF World U20 Championships at the Zawisza Stadium in Poland. He threw his spear at a record-breaking distance of 86.48m and became the first Indian world champion in athletics at any level.
  • Mumbai 5's - they defeated Kochi 5's to win the inaugural edition of Premier Futsal football championship played at Mapusa, Goa.
  • Mohammed Shami - the Indian fast bowler who equaled the record for the fastest 50 Test wickets by an Indian fast bowler. Venkatesh Prasad is the only other Indian pacer to pick 50 wickets in 13 Tests. Overall, seven Indian bowlers have taken 50 test wickets in fewer matches but all have been spinners.
  • 6 - it is the number of dismissals effected by Indian wicket keeper Wriddhiman Saha in the first innings of the Antigua Test against West Indies. For India, Syed Kirmani and MS Dhoni are the only other wicket keepers to effect six dismissals in an innings. Saha, is also the first Indian wicket-keeper to be associated in the dismissals of the top five batsmen in Test innings.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin - the Indian off-spinner surged to the top of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after a superb outing in the first Test against the West Indies in Antigua which the visiting side won by an innings and 92 runs. Ashwin, who was top-ranked in the 2015 year-ending rankings, not only regained the top spot with his second-innings haul of seven for 83 but has also gained in the batsmen's rankings with a knock of 113 and resultantly strengthened his grip on the top spot among all-rounders.
  • Patna Pirates - the reigning champion defeated Jaipur Pink Panthers 37-29 to win the 4th Pro Kabaddi League. The finals was played at Gachibowli Indoor stadium in Hyderabad. Puneri Paltan defeated Telgu Titans to win the third place.
Current Affairs[June 2016]
  • Boxing - the sports with which Muhammad Ali, one of the world's greatest athletes, who transcended his sport, race and politics who died recently was related. Born Caussius Marcellus Clay on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Ali began boxing at the age of 12 itself.
  • France - the country which is hosting the EURO 2016 football tournament.
  • Maria Sharapova - the Russian former world number one who has been given a two-year ban by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) following her positive test for the banned drug meldonium at this year's Australian Open. Meldonium was added to WADA's list of banned substances at the start of the year after evidence that it boosted blood flow and enhanced athletic performance. Sharapova is the world's highest-paid female athlete. Her career earnings amount to $36 million while her off-court earnings, according to Forbes, are around $200 million.
  • Laos - this country was defeated by India in one of the biggest ever wins and to help India book a berth in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup football Qualifiers. The victory and a berth in the Asian Cup Qualifiers will ease a lot of pressure on Coach Stephen Constantine whose future has been under a scanner after a string of poor shows by the national team.
  • Sun Yu - the badminton player of China was defeated by Saina Nehwal in the finals to win the Australian Open badminton title. It is Saina's second Australian Open victory, having clinched the title in 2014 as well.
  • KL Rahul - he became the first Indian player to score an ODI century on debut when he scored an unbeaten 100 against Zimbabwe in the first ODI at Harare. He is the 11th player overall to do so. He is also the first player to score a century in both Tests and ODIs in his maiden innings as opener. India defeated Zimbabwe by 9 wickets in this match.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni - he became the first Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to complete 350 dismissals in 50 over's cricket. Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the fourth wicketkeeper in the world to effect 350 dismissals in One-day Internationals, while widening the gap further with his India predecessors. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has taken 261 catches and effected 89 stumpings in 278 matches. He is now placed fourth in the overall list behind Kumar Sangakkara (482 victims), Adam Gilchrist (472) and Mark Boucher (424 victims).
  • Cleveland Cavaliers - the basketball team which won the NBA basketball championship for their first ever Larry O'Brien trophy. They ended their 52-year old drought in major sports championship and it is also their first NBA title. They also became the first team to comeback after trailing 3-1 in the finals. The Most Valuable Player for the team was LeBron James who led the charges for Cavaliers with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists-his 7th triple double in the NBA finals. Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Golden State Warriors 93-89 in the finals.
  • Chile - the country which upset favourites Argentina with a penalty shootout victory in the Copa America final to retain their title in the world's oldest continental soccer competition. Chile earned themselves bragging rights as South America's dominant team as they beat heavyweights Argentina 4-2 on penalties for a second straight year to win their second Copa America title. The Centenary Copa America was played in the United States for the first time this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the inaugural Copa America in 1916.The tournament was expanded to 16 teams, 10 from South America and six from the CONCACAF region of North and Central America and the Caribbean.
  • Lionel Messi - the 29 year old famous football player from Argentina announced his retirement from international soccer after Argentina lost to Chile in Copa America final recently. Argentina lost to Chile 4-2 on penalties. Messi, who took the first penalty for Argentina, missed the goal. This is the seventh straight loss for Argentina in major international tournaments including Copa America, Confederations Cup and Fifa World Cup. Messi has suffered agonizing defeats in the 2014 World Cup final against Germany and to the Chileans last year.
  • India - this country won silver medal in the Champions trophy hockey championship played at London recently. They were defeated by Australia 1-3 in the shootout which was marred by controversy. This was India's best performance in Champions Trophy, bettering the bronze in 1982.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni - the Indian cricket captain who equalled Australian great Ricky Ponting's record of leading the side in 324 international matches across all formats. Dhoni achieved the milestone during the third and final Twenty20 International against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club. Dhoni, who was appointed captain in 2007, has led India in 60 Tests, 194 ODIs and 70 T20 Internationals. The 34-year-old is also India's most successful captain ever, having overseen 27 Test match victories, 107 ODI wins and 40 T20 successes. During his nine-year tenure, Dhoni has guided India to title triumphs in the World T20 (2007), the World Cup (2011) and the Champions Trophy (2013) besides leading the side to the top of the ICC Test rankings.
  • Anil Kumble - the former India captain was named as India's new cricket coach. The Board of Control for Cricket in India made the announcement in Dharamsala recently on the sidelines of the Board's Working Committee meeting. The BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee comprising three of India's greats -- Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and V V S Laxman -- were entrusted the job of picking the right candidate for the top post.

Sports Current Affairs 2016

Current Affairs[May 2016]
  • Leicester City - they won the English Premier League for the first time in the club's 132-year history. Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been voted Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association (FWA).The 29-year-old has scored 22 league goals to help fire his team from 5,000-1 outsiders to odds-on favourites to win the Premier League title for the first time this season.
  • Sachin Tendulkar - the cricket legend who has accepted the Indian Olympic Association's invitation to become a goodwill ambassador for the country at the upcoming Rio Olympics. He is the third goodwill ambassador roped in by the IOA after Bollywood actor Salman Khan and ace shooter Abhinav Bindra.
  • Michel Platini - he resigned from the post of President of UEFA after his appeal against a ban from football activities failed though it was cut to four years. He has been UEFA president since 2007 and the FIFA ban upheld the Court of Arbitration of Sport effectively ended his career, one of the most powerful figures in sports.
  • Novak Djokovic - the tennis player who defeated Andy Murray to win the Madrid Open men's tennis title which helped him to clinch a record 29th Masters title.
  • Tony Cozier - the legendary West Indian commentator passed away recently. Winston Anthony Cozier was born in July 1940 in Barbados. An icon in international cricket commentary, Cozier was widely regarded as the voice of West Indian cricket.
  • Tokyo - this city has been selected as host of 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee awarded the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 to Tokyo, which was chosen over fellow Candidate Cities Istanbul and Madrid after two rounds of voting during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires. The games are planned to be held from 24 July to 9 August 2020 in Tokyo. The city was announced as the host at the 125thIOC Session in Buenos Aires on 7 September 2013.Tokyo previously hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics, and in 2020 will become the fifth city (and the first in Asia) to host the Summer Olympic Games more than once. Tokyo will also be hosting the 2020 Summer Paralympics.
  • Real Madrid - the Spanish football giants retained top spot on a list of the world's most valuable football teams for a fourth consecutive year, according to a Forbes poll released recently. Barcelona was second on the list with a value of $3.5 billion, also up 12 percent from last year.Manchester United ($3.3 billion), Bayern Munich ($2.7 billion) and Arsenal ($2 billion)rounded out the top five.
  • Barcelona - the club which defeated Granada to win the La Liga title which made them the champions of Spain. Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick to help the defending champion Barcelona clinch their 24th La Liga title. He scored 40 goals in 35 games to become the first player other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to finish as La Liga top scorer since 2009.
  • Andy Murray - the tennis player of Great Britain defeated Novak Djokovic of Serbia in straight sets in the final of the Italian Open in Rome recently.No British man had won the Italian title since 1931 and the triumph gives the world number three Murray a major boost before the second of the season's grand slams, the French Open, starts next week.
  • Serena Williams - she overcame a stubborn effort from Madison Keys to win the first all-American women's tour final for four years in straight sets and lift the Italian Open title in Rome on Sunday.It was Williams's fourth title triumph in Rome in 14 years, her 70th career title in all and her first since winning in Cincinnati nine months ago.
  • Sania Mirza - the India's tennis star who along with her Swiss partner Martina Hingis won their first ever title on red clay, capturing the Internazionali BNL d'Italia trophy with a win over Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the final in Rome. This was their 14th title as a pair, and their fifth of 2016.
  • Sevilla - the Spanish football club defeated Liverpool 3-1 to clinch a record third successive Europa League title recently. Sevilla captain Coke lifted the trophy at Basel's St Jakob-Park having been the architect of their heroics, scoring twice in the match against Liverpool.
  • RH Shodhan - better known as Deepak Shodan is India's oldest ex-Test cricketer who passed away recently. Shodan was India's first batsman to score a century to debut in the first innings of a Test. He accomplished the feat against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens in December 1952.
  • India - the country which won the silver medal in the women's Asian Team Squash championship played recently at Taipei. The championship was won by Malaysia. India's performance was better than their bronze medal finish in the earlier edition of the championship.
  • Anurag Thakur - he was recently unanimously elected as the second youngest BCCI President post-Independence, while Ajay Shirke was chosen as Secretary .The 41-year-old Thakur replaced Shashank Manohar who quit the position to take up the ICC chairman's job.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni - he will lead the Indian team for the coming limited over's tour of Zimbabwe. The national team is scheduled to play a series consisting of three One Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals against Zimbabwe, beginning on June 11th, before traveling to the Caribbean Islands for a four-Test series in July-August.
  • Denmark - the country which won the Thomas Cup for 2016, the world badminton championship. They defeated Indonesia to secure their first world badminton team championship and also became the first European team to win the Thomas Cup.
  • Sanjay Bangar - former India and Railways all-rounder was recently named coach of the national cricket team for the upcoming tour to Zimbabwe. The Indian cricket team is slated to play three T20s and as many ODIs in Zimbabwe, starting June 11. The team will be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad - the team which won the cricket Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016. They defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in the finals by 8 runs to clinch first IPL title at Bengaluru recently.
Current Affairs[April 2016]
  • Afghanistan - the team defeated West Indies by six runs in the group phase at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. The Afghanistan team which was one of the qualifiers in the Super10 phase impressed everyone by their play and lion-hearted effort in each of their match.
  • Victoria Azarenka - the tennis player of Belarus defeated Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova to win the Miami Open women's singles title.
  • Ratchanok Intanon - the player from Thailand pocketed her second India Open Super Series title with a straight game victory over Olympic champion Li Xuerui at New Delhi recently. The men's crown was claimed by Kento Momota of Japan.
  • Novak Djokovic - the World No.1 tennis player won his third consecutive Miami Open crown with victory over Japan's Kei Nishikori. Djokovic's win-his sixth career victory in Miami equaled the Andre Agassi record and helped him in surpassing Roger Federer as the highest earning player in ATP Tour history.
  • Australia - they won the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey tournament. They defeated India 4-0 at Ipoh, Malaysia to lift the Sultan Azlan Shah trophy.
  • Ratchanok Intanon - the badminton player from Thailand pocketed her second India Open Super Series title with a straight game victory over Olympic champion Li Xuerui at New Delhi recently. The men's crown was claimed by Kento Momota of Japan.
  • Novak Djokovic - the World No.1 tennis player who won his third consecutive Miami Open crown with victory over Japan's Kei Nishikori. Djokovic's win-his sixth career victory in Miami equaled the Andre Agassi record and helped him in surpassing Roger Federer as the highest earning player in ATP Tour history.
Current Affairs[March 2016]
  • Bangladesh - the cricket team was not able to win a single match in the Final Super 10 matches of the World Cup T20. Bangladesh was one of the qualifiers to the Super 10 stage. The other qualifier to the Super 10 stage, Afghanistan defeated West Indies to win one match and finish with 2 points.
  • England - the country which won the first semifinal of the World Cup T20. They defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets in the first semifinal played at New Delhi. England opener Jason Roy was adjudged Man of the Match for his 44 ball 78 runs.
  • West Indies - they defeated India by 7 wickets in the second semifinals of the World Cup T20 played at Mumbai. Lend Simmons was awarded Man of the Match for his unbeaten 83 runs off 51 balls. They will meet England in the finals of the World Cup T20 to be played at Kolkata on 3rd April, 2016. West Indies defeated England to lift the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2016.
  • Australia - they were defeated by West Indies team to win their maiden Women's title of ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2016.
  • Carlos Brathwaite - he hit the winning four consecutive sixes foe West Indies in the finals of the World Cup Twenty20 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. He took three English wickets and with 19 needed in the final over hit four consecutive sixes to steer his team to victory.
  • New Zealand - the team which along with India qualified from Group 2 and West Indies and England qualified from Group 1for the semifinals of the 2016 World Cup T20. The first semifinal will be played between New Zealand and England at New Delhi on 30th March 2016 while the second semifinal will be played between West Indies and India on 31st March 2016 at Mumbai.
  • Amitabh Bachchan - the Indian super star sang the National Anthem before the historical India-Pakistan at Eden Gardens during the T20 World Cup recently. The Pakistani national song was sung by famous Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali. India beat their arch rivals by six wickets to maintain their all-win record against Pakistan in the World Cup.
  • Virat Kohli - the Indian vice-captain made an unbeaten 51 ball 82 runs to steer India to six wickets victory in the last league match against Australia at Mohali. This victory steered India into the semifinals of T20 World Cup.
  • Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia - he recently won the Indian Open Golf Championship which was played at New Delhi. The defending champion Anirban Lahiri settled for the tied second spot.
  • Gurmmet Singh - he created history by becoming the first Indian athlete to clinch a gold medal in the Asian 20km Race Walk Championship as he won the men's event with his season's best efforts recently. He defeated Japan's Isamu Fujisawa in a close fight in the last 5km.
  • HS Prannoy - the Indian badminton player who defeated Marc Zwiebler of Germany to win the Swiss Open Badminton men's title. This was his second Grand Prix title as he has won the Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold in 2014.
  • Virat Kohli - India's ace batsman who was awarded Man of the Match award in the match against Pakistan at Eden Gardens during the World Cup Twenty20 which India won by 6-wickets. He has scored 3 consecutive half centuries against Pakistan in the last three editions of the World T20.
  • Chris Gayle - the West Indies opener smashes 100 off 47 balls to score the first century of the sixth Twenty20 World Cup. His efforts helped his team chase down 183 to beat England by six wickets in Mumbai. Gayle took 47 balls to reach his ton which is the joint third fastest in T20 internationals. The fastest are by Richard Levi (SA)-45 balls, Faf du Plessis (SA)-46balls, Aaron Finch (Aus)-47 balls.
  • Maria Sharapova-the tennis legend who was recently suspended for testing positive for drugs. The five times Grand Slam champion and the highest paid female athlete was banned on March 12, 2016 for testing positive for the recently prohibited drug 'Meldonium' at the Australian Open. The drug was added to the Prohibited list of 2016 on January 1 after being on the World Anti-Doping agency (WADA) monitoring list of 2015.
  • Bangladesh-this country along with Afghanistan from the qualifiers qualified for the main draw of ICC T20 World Cup.
  • Tamim Iqbal-he became the first cricketer from Bangladesh to score a century in Twenty20 format as he led his side to the World T20 Super 10s.
  • Martin Crowe - the former New Zealand cricket captain who died recently after a long battle with cancer.
  • Virat Kohli - the Indian batsman who won the Man of the Match award for his unbeaten 56 to enable India defeat Sri Lanka by five wickets which enabled India to enter the final of the Asia Cup cricket.
  • Mumbai - they defeated Madhya Pradesh to bag the under-23 CK Nayudu cricket trophy.
  • Jitu Rai - the Indian shooter who clinched the gold in the 50m pistol at the ISSF World Cup in Bangkok recently.
  • Patna Pirates - they defeated U Mumba 31-28to win the Pro Kabaddi League final at New Delhi.
  • India - they clinched the Asia Cup trophy for record sixth time after beating hosts Bangladesh by eight wickets.
Current Affairs[February 2016]
  • Australia- they reached the top Test rankings with a 2-0 series victory over New Zealand recently.
  • Rohit Sharma- he was awarded Man of the Match for his 83 off balls in the first match of Asia Cup in which India defeated Bangladesh by 45 runs at Mirpur, Bangladesh.
  • India- they stood second in the ICC Test championship while South Africa and Pakistan came third and fourth respectively.
  • Mumbai- they defeated Saurashtra by an innings and 21 runs to win their 41st Ranji Trophy cricket title.
  • Virat Kohli-he was awarded Man of the Match in the Asia cup match against Pakistan at Mirpur which India won by 5 wickets.
  • Mohd.Shami- the Indian pacer who was recently ruled out of India's squad for the upcoming Asia Cup in order to give him more time to recover from injury. Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named as replacement for him.
  • Punjab Warriors- they defeated Kalinga Lancers to win their maiden title of the Hockey India League in the fourth edition of the tournament.
  • Brendon McCullum- the New Zealand captain who while playing his last international match hit the fastest century in Tests- off 54 balls- against Australia at Christchurch recently. He surpassed the 56 ball century record of West Indies Vivian Richards achieved against England in 1985-86.
  • Mehedi Hasan Miraz- the Bangladesh captain who was adjudged Man of the Series in the U-19 Cricket World Cup 2016 played at Mirpur, Bangladesh.
  • Kasun Rajitha- the Sri Lankan fast bowler who was awarded man of the match in the first T20 match at Pune in which they defeated India by five wickets.
  • Shikhar Dhawan- he smashed his maiden fifty in T20 internationals to help India win the second T20 match against Sri Lanka at Ranchi.
  • Pakistan- they defeated India in the summit clash of men's hockey at the 12th South Asian Games at Guwahati recently.
  • West Indies- they defeated India to win their maiden U-19 Cricket World Cup played at Mirpur, Bangladesh.
  • R.Ashwin- he was adjudged Man of the Match as well as Man of the Series for his impressive form in the recent T20 series against Sri Lanka which India won 2-1.
  • Virat Kohli- he climbed to the top of ICC rankings list for Twenty20 batsman replacing Australian captain Aaron Finch.
  • Pawan Negi- the uncapped Delhi all-rounder who was surprised inclusion in the Indian squad for the cricket Asia Cup and WT20 squad.
  • Guwahati- the place where the South Asian Games were inaugurated recently by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Around 2600 athletes from eight countries- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka besides India-will be vying for top honours in the games to be co-hosted by Shillong.
  • Paradip- the place in Odisha where Prime Minister recently inaugurated the Indian Oil Corporation's (IOC) refinery. This refinery has helped IOC overtake Reliance Industries as the country's top refiner, has a capacity of 15 million tonnes and is touted to be among one of the most modern refineries in the world that can process cheaper high sulphur content crude oils.
Current Affairs[January 2016]
  • Angelique Kerber- she defeated World No.1 Serena Williams to clinch the Australian Open title and become the first German to win a Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1999.
  • Novak Djokovic- he hammered Andy Murray in straight sets to win a record equaling 6th Australian Open title. The world No.1 equaled the tally of Australian's Roy Emerson who won the tournament sis times between 1961 and 1967.
  • Saina Nehwal-India's ace badminton player who was awarded Padma Bhushan award, India's third highest civilian award. She was bestowed with the Khel Ratna and Padma Shri in 2010.
  • Virat Kohli- he struck his second unbeaten half century in the T20 series during the second match against Australia which India won. He is the first Indian player to score more than one 50+ score in a T20 series. He was also adjudged Man of the series in the T20 series against Australia which India won 3-0.
  • Sania Mirza- she along with Martina Hingis defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka to win the doubles title of 2015 Australian Open.
  • India- they recorded its highest run chase ever on Australian soil as they pulled off a dramatic 7 wicket victory in the third and final T20 ODI to achieve a clean sweep of 3-0 against the hosts.
  • K Srikanth- the Indian shuttler who defeated China's Huang Yuxian to win his maiden Syed Modi International Badminton championship.
  • Chris Gayle- the West Indies batsman who recently equaled Yuvraj Singh's Twenty20 record with a 12 ball 50 for Melbourne Renegades in a Big Bash League match against Adelaide Strikers.
  • John Ward- he started a new trend by becoming the first umpire to officiate in an international match with a helmet during the Big Bash League at Sydney recently.
  • Shivnarine Chanderpaul- the West Indies batsman and the seventh highest Test match run maker in history announced his retirement recently.
  • Ajit Chandila- the former Rajasthan Royals player who banned for five years for misconduct and corruption by the disciplinary committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI).
  • Uttar Pradesh- they defeated Baroda to clinch their first ever domestic T20 championship when they won the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
  • Manish Pandey- he scored a century in the last one day international cricket against Australia at Sydney.
  • India- they became the first side to successfully chase a score of 300 or more versus Australia in Australia in One Day Internationals when India defeated Australia in the last one day match at Sydney.
  • PV Sindhu- the Indian badminton player who defeated Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour to win the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix gold title.
  • Mohammad Shahzad- the Afghanistan batsman who smashed the fourth highest score in the T20 history when he made 118 against Zimbabwe at Sharjah recently.
  • Lionel Messi- he won the FIFA world player of the year award for the record fifth time. He also ended Cristano Ronaldo's two year hold on FIFA Ballon d Or trophy to lift soccer's top individual honour when he won the FIFA Ballon d Or trophy 2015 at the FIFA event in Zurich, Switzerland recently.
  • Rohit Sharma- he scored a back to back century in the first and second international cricket match against Australia, both of which were won by the host country. He also became the first Indian player to hit four hundreds in ODIs in Australia, eclipsing the three by VVS Laxman.
  • India- this country climbed to the top of ICC's Test rankings recently with 110 ranking points, one point more than Australia who are second with 109 ranking points. South Africa has dropped to No.3.
  • Virat Kohli- he scored his 24th ODI century when he made 117 against Australia in the third one day international match at Melbourne recently.
  • Gideon Kipketer- the Kenyan athlete who won the Mumbai Marathon in the men's category.
  • Shuko Genemo- the Ethiopian athlete who won the Mumbai Marathon in the women's category.
  • Delhi Acers- the team which won the title of the Premier Badminton League.
  • Hashim Amla-he recently stepped down from the post of skipper of Test cricket of South Africa.
  • Pranav Dhanawade- the Mumbai teenager who recently scored 1009 runs off 327 balls in the under-16 Bhandari trophy in Mumbai, thus becoming the first batsman ever to notch up a four-figure individual score. He broke the 117 year old record of AEJ Collins of 628 runs in 1899.
  • R Ashwin- the Indian off spinner who has been ranked as ICC's top Test bowler for 2015, 42 years after Bishan Singh Bedi became the first Indian to achieve the feat. He was also named as the No.1 Test all-rounder.
  • Virat Kohli- India's Test captain who was named as the winner of the Polly Umrigar award for BCCI's International cricketer of the year.
  • India- the defeated Afghanistan 2-1 to win the seventh SAAF Cup played at Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Ben Stokes- he English cricketer who smashed his way to the second fastest double century in Test history on the second day of the second Test against South Africa at cape Town. He scored double century in 163 balls while the record for the fastest double century is held by New Zealand's Nathan Astle who made it off 153 balls against England in 2002.

Sports Current Affairs 2015

Current Affairs[December 2015]
  • R Ashwin- the Indian off spinner who has been ranked as ICC's top Test bowler for 2015, 42 years after Bishan Singh Bedi became the first Indian to achieve the feat. He was also named as the No.1 Test all-rounder.
  • Virat Kohli- India's Test captain who was named as the winner of the Polly Umrigar award for BCCI's International cricketer of the year.
  • India- the defeated Afghanistan 2-1 to win the seventh SAAF Cup played at Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Ben Stokes- he English cricketer who smashed his way to the second fastest double century in Test history on the second day of the second Test against South Africa at cape Town. He scored double century in 163 balls while the record for the fastest double century is held by New Zealand's Nathan Astle who made it off 153 balls against England in 2002.
  • Sania Mirza- she was recently named as captain of the Indian team for the next year Fed Cup to be held at Hua Hin, Thailand in February 2016.
  • Sepp Blatter- the president of FIFA along with Vice-president Michel Platini were recently banned for 8 years from all football activities recently by FIFA's Ethics Committee.
  • Serena Williams- she was named as women player of the year by the International Tennis Federation. She won three of the four Grand Slams in 2015.
  • Novak Djokovic- he was named as men player of the year by the International Tennis Federation. He won three of the four Grand Slams in 2015.
  • Steve Smith- Australian captain who was recently named as ICC Cricketer of the year by International Cricket Council recently. He was also adjudged Test cricketer of the year.
  • Barcelona- they defeated Argentina's River Plate to capture a record third Club World Cup football title.
  • M.S.Dhoni- India's limited over captain who was recently picked up by Pune franchise for IPL 2016 after his original team Chennai Super kings was banned for two years.
  • Chennaiyin FC- they defeated Goa FC to win the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament of 2015.
  • Yuvraj Singh- the veteran batsman who was recalled to the Indian cricket side after his selection in the T-20 squad for the tour of Australia in January 2016.
  • Vijender Singh- the Indian professional boxer who continued his remarkably dominant run in the professional circuit, notching up a third successive knockout triumph by thrashing Bulgaria's Samet Hyuseinov at Manchester recently.
  • Ajinkya Rahane- he was awarded man of the match in the fourth and final Test in which India defeated South Africa.
  • R. Ashwin - he was awarded man of the series in the Test match series in which India defeated South Africa 3-0.
  • Pune- this team along with that of Rajkot were declared as the two new Indian Premier League franchises that will replace the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years. The 2016 edition of the IPL will be from April 9 to May 29, 2016.
  • Australia- they defeated Belgium to emerge champions in the Hockey World League played at Raipur.
  • Nagpur- the venue where India defeated South Africa in the third Test match to win the series for the first time in 11 years after the spinners took all 20 wickets to set up a 124-run win. South Africa lost a Test series away from home after 9 years.
  • PV Sindhu- the Indian badminton player who completed a hat-trick to win the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold.
  • India- they defeated Bangladesh to win the cricket U-19 tri-nation series.
  • Adelaide- the venue of the first day-night cricket Test match in the history of cricket which was played between Australia and New Zealand with the pink ball.Australia defeated New Zealand to win the first-ever day-night Test match.
  • Britain- they defeated Belgium to win the Davis Cup tennis title for the first time in 79 years.
  • Tyson Fury- he defeated Wladimir Klitschko to snatch the champion's four titles-WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO and become the first Briton to hold a world heavyweight crown since 2011.
  • Nagpur- the venue where India defeated South Africa in the third Test match to win the series for the first time in 11 years after the spinners took all 20 wickets to set up a 124-run win. South Africa lost a Test series away from home after 9 years.
  • PV Sindhu- the Indian badminton player who completed a hat-trick to win the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold.
  • India- they defeated Bangladesh to win the cricket U-19 tri-nation series.
Current Affairs[November 2015]
  • Adelaide- the venue of the first day-night cricket Test match in the history of cricket which was played between Australia and New Zealand with the pink ball.Australia defeated New Zealand to win the first-ever day-night Test match.
  • Britain- they defeated Belgium to win the Davis Cup tennis title for the first time in 79 years.
  • Tyson Fury- he defeated Wladimir Klitschko to snatch the champion’s four titles-WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO and become the first Briton to hold a world heavyweight crown since 2011.
  • Nagpur- the venue where India defeated South Africa in the third Test match to win the series for the first time in 11 years after the spinners took all 20 wickets to set up a 124-run win. South Africa lost a Test series away from home after 9 years.
  • PV Sindhu- the Indian badminton player who completed a hat-trick to win the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold.
  • India- they defeated Bangladesh to win the cricket U-19 tri-nation series.
  • Ross Taylor- the New Zealand batsman who hit 290 against Australia at Perth in the second Test to surpass the previous top score of 287 runs set by visiting England batsman Reg Foster in 1903.
  • Novak Djokovic- he defeated Roger Federer to win the ATP World tour Finals recently and also became the first player in the tournament’s 46-year old history to win the title four years in a row.
  • India- they defeated Pakistan 6-2 to clinch the eighth Junior Men’s Asia Cup at Kuntan in Malaysia recently.
  • Lion Messi- the great international footballer who was recently appointed as the Global Brand Ambassador of Tata Motors.
  • Sundar Raman- the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of IPL who recently resigned before his deposition before the Supreme Court appointed Justice RM Lodha Committee looking after the spot fixing and betting scandal that emerged in 2013 edition of the League.
  • Mohali- the venue of the first Test cricket match in which South Africa was defeated by India within three days.
  • Wasim Jaffer- he became the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Ranji Trophy. He made his debut for Mumbai against Gujarat on October 27, 1996 and took 19 years and 13 days to reach this landmark in 126 matches. Presently he plays for Vidarbha.
  • Lewis Hamilton- he won the US Grand Prix tournament recently and joined an elite group of triple Formula One World Champions. Hamilton is only the second Briton since Jackie Stewart in 1973 to win three titles.
  • Deepika Kumari- India's archer who bagged her fourth silver medal in five years at the archery World Cup final after going down to reigning world No.1 and top seed Korea's Choi Misun at Mexico City recently.
  • Sania Mirza- she partnered with Martina Hingis to win her 9th doubles title of the year at the WTA at Singapore and also clinched the year end No.1 doubles ranking.
Current Affairs[October 2015]
  • Lewis Hamilton- he won the US Grand Prix tournament recently and joined an elite group of triple Formula One World Champions. Hamilton is only the second Briton since Jackie Stewart in 1973 to win three titles.
  • Deepika Kumari- India's archer who bagged her fourth silver medal in five years at the archery World Cup final after going down to reigning world No.1 and top seed Korea's Choi Misun at Mexico City recently.
  • Sania Mirza- she partnered with Martina Hingis to win her 9th doubles title of the year at the WTA at Singapore and also clinched the year end No.1 doubles ranking.
  • Virender Sehwag- one of the most explosive batsman of India who announced his retirement from international cricket recently. He is the only triple centurion for India in Tests. He scored a career best 319 against South Africa in 2008 and 309 against Pakistan in 2004.
  • Virat Kohli- he slammed his 23rd ODI century to help India beat South Africa by 35 runs in the 4th ODI at Chennai and level the five match series 2-2.He is now fifth on the list of players with most ODI centuries. Sachin Tendulkar (49), Ricky Ponting (30), Sanath Jayasuriya (28) and Kumar Sangakara (25) are the top four.
  • South Africa- they clinched the one day cricket series 3-2, after India slumped to a humiliating 214-run defeat in a lopsided series decider at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai recently.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo- the Portuguese player who received his record fourth Golden Shoe award after leading all scorers in Europe domestic leagues last season.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni- he was adjudged Man of the Match in the second one day international match against South Africa at Indore recently which India won by 22 runs.
  • Zaheer Khan- the Indian fast bowler, master of seam and 2011 world cup hero who announced his retirement from international cricket recently.
  • PV Sindhu- the Indian shuttler who lost the finals of the Denmark Open badminton championship to Olympic Champion Li Xuerui of China.
  • South Africa- they defeated India at the second T-20 match at Cuttack to win the T20 series.
  • Vijender Singh- the Indian boxer who got his professional career off to a flying start in Manchester by defeating Britain’s Sonny Whiting.
  • Sania Mirza- she partnered with Martina Hingis to win their eighth trophy of the season when they lifted the WTA China Open at Beijing recently.
  • Ajay Jayaram- the Indian shuttler who defeated Estonia’s Raul Must to win the men’s singles title at the Dutch Open Grand Prix at Almere in Netherlands.
  • Shashank Manohar-he was recently elected as President of BCCI to replace Jagmohan Dalmiya who died in September 2015.
  • Rohit Sharma- he scored a century in the first T20 international which India lost to South Africa at Dharamsala.
  • Wuhan Open- the seventh tennis title of 2015 which was won by doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis.
Current Affairs[September 2015]
  • Shashank Manohar-he was recently elected as President of BCCI to replace Jagmohan Dalmiya who died in September 2015.
  • Rohit Sharma- he scored a century in the first T20 international which India lost to South Africa at Dharamsala.
  • Wuhan Open- the seventh tennis title of 2015 which was won by doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis.
Current Affairs[August 2015]
  • Rafael Nadal- the Spaniard tennis player who defeated Italian Fabio Fognini to win the Hamburg Open tennis title which was his 67th career title.
  • Rajat Chauhan- he became the first Indian to win an individual medal at the World Shooting Championship when he bagged the silver medal in the men's compound round.
  • Shah Rukh Khan- the actor from whom the Mumbai Crocket Association (MCA) recently revoked its ban of entering the Wankhede stadium.
  • Deepaki Kumari- she led Indian women’s recurve archery team to a silver medal at the World Championships held recently at Copenhagen.
  • Katie Ledecky- the US swimmer who recently broke her own 1,500 freestyle records in the world swimming championship at Kazan, Russia.
  • 60- the shortest first innings score in Test history which was scored by Australia recently in the fourth Test match against England at Nottingham.
  • Stuart Broad- the England fast bowler who recently achieved the fastest ever five wicket haul in just 19 balls when he took 8 wickets in the first innings against Australia during the fourth Test match at Nottingham.
  • England- they won their fourth consecutive Ashes series at home, the longest such sequence for them since 1896-97, as they crushed Australia by an innings and 78 runs in the fourth Test.
  • Gabala- the place in Azerbaijan which recently hosted the shooting World Cup 2015.
  • R.Ashwin- the Indian spinner who with bowling figures of 6/46 against Sri Lankan the 1st Test match at Galle became the best Indian spinner while bowling in first innings of an away test, surpassing the 6/94 by Chandrashekhar against NZ at Auckland in 1976.
  • SainaNehwal- the India’s shuttler who won the silver at the World Badminton Championship at Jakarta, Indonesia. She was defeated in the finals by Spanish top seed Carolina Marin. She also became the first Indian to reach the final of World Championship.
  • Galle- the venue of the first Test match where Sri Lanka defeated India by 63 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-Test series.
  • Andy Murray- he defeated Novak Djokovic to clinch the Montreal Masters tennis title recently.
  • Sebastian Coe- he defeated Sergey Bukka by 115 votes to 92 to be elected as President of IAAF-the world apex body of athletics.
  • Usain Bolt- he retained the 100m World Championship title besting his closest rival Justin Gatlin by one-hundredth of a second at Beijing recently.
  • Anirban Lahiri- the Indian golfer who recently notched India’s best ever result in golf at a major championship by finishing fifth at the PGA championship at Wisconsin. He overshadowed the previous best-ever finish by an Indian-Jeev Milkha Singh who had taken joint ninth spot at the PGA Championship in 2008.
  • Aditi Chauhan- she recently became the first player from the national women’s football team to play competitive football when she played her first game for West Ham Ladies in a FA Women's Premier League in England.
  • Ajinkya Rahane- the Indian cricketer who created a world record of taking catches in a Test match when he took eight catches in the first Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle.
  • Lokesh Rahul- India's test cricket opener, who scored his second century in the second Test match against Sri Lanka at Colombo recently.
  • India -they beat Sri Lanka by 278 runs to win the second Test and level the three- match series between the countries in Colombo recently. The victory was first under ViratKohli which came after five Tests.
  • U Mumba- they won the Pro Kabaddi League Championships 2015 defeating Bengaluru Bulls in the finals.
  • SaniaMirza- the ace tennis player of India who was recently honoured with country's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna from President Pranab Mukherjee. She became only the second tennis player after Leander Paes to be awarded the country’s highest sporting honour.
  • CheteshwarPujara- the Indian batsman who scored century in the third Test match against Sri Lanka at Colombo. He also became only the fourth Indian batsman to carry his bat through a completed Test innings when he scored 145 not out in that match.
  • Hockey-the game in which women’s team qualified for the next year’s Olympic at Rio de Janerio- entry to Olympic after 36 year long wait.
  • Kumar Sangakkara - the Sri Lankan cricketer who announced his retirement recently. He has to his credit 12,400 Test runs and 14,234 ODI runs.
  • AB de Villers- the South African batsman who recently achieved the distinction of reaching 8000 run mark in ODI in the fastest time. He achieved this feat in 190 matches. The previous record was held by India’s Saurav Ganguly who has achieved this in 208 matches.
Current Affairs[July 2015]
  • Floyd Mayweather- the boxer who with a pay of $300 million recently topped the Forbes Celebrity 100 list of highest paid celebrities in the world. His fierce opponent Manny Pacquiao was ranked second and musician Katy Perry was ranked third.
  • Nelson Piquet Jr- the Brazilian who recently became the first Formula E champion recently at London as the new electric series wrapped up its debut season with a race that had the crowd making more noise than the cars.
  • Ryan Harris- the veteran Australia fast bowler who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket recently after suffering a recurrence of the knee trouble that has plagued his career.
  • Chile- they defeated Argentina to win the Copa America football tournament for the first time in the tournament's 99-year history.
  • Ajinkya Rahane- he was named as the captain of Indian cricket team to tour Zimbabwe.
  • Vijender Singh- the Indian boxer who announced his decision to turn professional and signed landmark 4 year promotional agreement with British promoter Queensbury Promotions, thus excluding himself from representing India at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
  • Jwala Gutta- she paired with Ashwini Ponnappa to win the $50,000 Canada Open Grand Prix badminton tournament recently defeating the Dutch pair Eefje Muskens and Selena Piekof in the finals at Calagary.
  • Great Britain- they defeated India to win the bronze medal at the hockey World League at Antwerp recently.
  • Lewis Hamilton- he recently claimed his third British Grand Prix at Silverstone making him the British Grand Prix's most modern home-made hero.
  • United States- they defeated Japan to win the women football World Cup at Vancouver recently. Carli Llyod became the first woman to score a hat trick in the world Cup final. US also became the first team to win the World Cup three times-1991, 1999 and 2015.
  • Bavalan Pathmanathan- the 24-year old batsman who died while playing in the British Tamil League recently.
  • Pakistan- they defeated Sri Lanka in the third Test at Pallekele to win their first series in Sri Lanka since 2006.
  • Kagiso Rabada- the South African bowler who became only the second man in history to claim a hat-trick on debut in the first one day international against Bangladesh at Dhaka which south Africa won by eight wickets.
  • Serena Williams- she defeated Garbine Muguruza to win her sixth Wimbledon women tennis title played at All England Club which was her fourth consecutive Grand Slam title and the 21st of her career.
  • Novak Djokovic- the Serbian who defeated seven times champion Roger Federer to retain the Wimbledon men's singles titles which was his third Wimbledon title and ninth Grand slam title.
  • Ambati Rayadu- the Indian batsman who hit a century in the first one day matches against Zimbabwe at Harare which India won by four runs.
  • Sania Mirza- she became the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam trophy when she clinched the Wimbledon title with Swiss partner Martina Hingis.
  • Sumit Nagpal- he partnered with Vietnam's Nam Hoang Ly to win the boy's double Wimbledon tennis title .
  • Bangladesh- they defeated South Africa in the third and final one day international to win the one day series which help them to have successive series wins over India and Pakistan earlier this year.
  • Jules Bianchi- the French Formula One driver who died after nine months in coma from the head injuries he suffered in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix. He is the first Formula One driver to die from a racing accident since triple world champion Ayrton Senna lost his life in San Marino in 1994.
  • Genzebe Dibaba- the Ethiopian women athlete who made a world record in the 1500m by winning the race in 3min50.07sec at the Herculis Diamond League at Monaco recently. The previous best belonged to Yunxia Qu of China.
  • Leander Paes- he partnered with Martina Hingis to win the mix double's Wimbledon tennis title which was his 16th Grand slam title.
  • RM Lodha- the former Chief Justice of India who headed the Supreme Court appointed panel on match fixing in IPL. The panel recently suspended IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) for two years after their officials were found guilty of illegally betting on games. The three member committee also slapped a life ban on former CSK official Gurunath Meiyappan and RR's co-owner Raj Kundra from any cricket activities.
  • Kedar Jadhav- he hit a century in the third and last one day match of the one day series against Zimbabwe which India won 3-0.
  • India- they defeated New Zealand in the Davis Cup title at Christchurch to qualify for the World Group playoffs in September 2015. The Indian team comprising of Somdev Devvarman, Yuki Bhambri, and Rohan Bopanna was led by Captain Anand Amritraj.
  • Zimbabwe- they defeated India in the second T-20 match at Harare to square the T-20 match series 1-1.
  • Mick Fanning- the 34-year old three time world surfing champion who was recently survived a terrifying encounter with a shark while competing in the final heat of a world tour event in Jeffrey's bay in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.
  • Zach Johnson- the American golf player who won recently won the British Open title.
  • Pakistan- they recently defeated Sri Lanka in the one day cricket series.
  • Eden Gardens- the famous cricketing venue which has been chosen to host 2016 World Twenty 20 finals.
  • Virat Kohli-he will lead India against Sri Lanka fir the 3-Test series which will be his first full series as captain after he led in two of the four Tests in Australia and the one-off match in Bangladesh.
  • Shubham Jaglan- the young golfer from India who recently etched his name into history book by winning his second successive title when he won the International Junior Golf Academy World Stars of Junior Golf event at Las Vegas. Recently he also bagged the Junior World Golf Championship title in California.
  • Paul van Ass- the Dutch hockey expert who was recently removed from the post of national hockey coach of India.
  • S Sreesanth- the former Indian cricketer who along with 35 others which included Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan was recently exonerated by a Delhi court after the police failed to make out case against them.
  • Rafael Nadal- the Spaniard tennis player who defeated Italian Fabio Fognini to win the Hamburg Open tennis title which was his 67th career title.
  • Rajat Chauhan- he became the first Indian to win an individual medal at the World Shooting Championship when he bagged the silver medal in the men's compound round.
  • Shah Rukh Khan- the actor from whom the Mumbai Crocket Association (MCA) recently revoked its ban of entering the Wankhede stadium.
  • Deepaki Kumari- she led Indian women's recurve archery team to a silver medal at the World Championships held recently at Copenhagen.
Current Affairs[June 2015]
  • MS Dhoni- India’s most successful cricket captain who became the only Indian to be featured on the Forbes magazine 100 highest paid athletes in the world list, which is topped by American boxer Floyd Mayweather.
  • Shikhar Dhawan- he along with Murali Vijay scored centuries in the only Test match played against Bangladesh recently at Fatullah which ended in a draw.
  • Serbia- they defeated Brazil to win the U-20 football World Cup at Auckland recently.
  • Sunil Chhetri- the prolific football striker who became the first Indian footballer to score 50 international goals.
  • Guam- this country defeated India 2-1 in the football World Cup qualifiers.
  • Mustafizur Rahman- the debutant fast bowler of Bangladesh who took five wickets which helped his country defeat India in the first one day international at Mirpur. He also took six wickets in the second one day international in which India were defeated again. He became the first bowler to take 11 wickets in his first two ODIs’ bettering Zimbabwe left arm seamer Brian Vittori’s record-five wickets in first two ODI’s.
  • Mustafizur Rahman- he took 13 wickets in the India Bangladesh one day series and was awarded the Man-of-the-Series. His 13 wickets is the most by a bowler in the first three ODI’s of career.
  • Suresh Raina- he was awarded the Man- of- the- Match in the third one day international in which India defeated Bangladesh.
  • Veselin Topalov- the Bulgarian player who defeated India’s Vishwanathan Anand to win the Norway Chess title.
  • Satnam Singh Bhamara- the 19 year became the first Indian to play in NBA when he was picked for the Mavericks.
Current Affairs[May 2015]
  • Eden Hazard- the football player of Chelsea who recently won the England's Professional Footballer's Association (PFA) Player of the Year award.
  • Mayweather- he defeated Manny Pacquiao in the famous bout to become the undisputed king of boxing.
  • Chelsea- they won their first Premier League title since 2010.
  • Romeo Fernandes- he became the first Indian footballer to play professionally in Brazil after making his debut for top-flight club Atletico Paranaense.
  • Andy Murray-the British tennis player who recently won his first clay title after he defeated Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber to win the Munich's ATP tournament.
  • Jonathan Trott- the England batsman who recently announced his retirement from international cricket.
  • Rohan Bopanna- he partnered with Florin Mergea to win the Madrid Open tennis title recently.
  • Korea- they defeated India in the Sudirman Cup of badminton played at Dongguan in China.
  • Zimbabwe- the first Test playing nation which recently visited Pakistan for international matches since an attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus six years ago.
  • Harbhajan Singh- he was recently recalled for India’s test playing team after two years period for playing against Bangladesh.
  • Mumbai Indians- they defeated Chennai Super Kings to win the IPL 2015.
  • Sepp Blatter- he was reelected President of Federation Internationale de Football Association(FIFA) for a fifth term after Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein conceded defeated at the annual Congress of world’s society governing body at Zurich.
  • Serena Williams- she defeated Lucie Safarova to win her third French Open title. The top seed with 20 Grand Slam titles is now third on the list of women Grand Slam titles winners, two behind Steffi Graf and four behind Margaret Court.
  • Barcelona- they defeated Juventus to win its fourth Champions League title in 10 years and became the only club to twice win three titles in a season-domestic league and cup and the top spot in Europe.
  • Stanislas Wawrinka- he defeated Novak Djokovic to win his first French Open men’s singles title.
  • Sundaram Ravi- he became the first Indian umpire to be included in the International Cricket Council’s Elite panel after 11 years. S. Venkataraghavan was the last umpire from the country to feature in it.
  • Rahul Dravid- the legend cricketer who was recently named as coach of India’s junior cricket team.
Current Affairs[April 2015]
  • Mustafa Kamal- he recently resigned from the post of International Cricket Council (ICC) president.
  • Brendon McCullum- the skipper of New Zealand who was recently named as the captain of ICC World Cup XI.
  • Daniel Vettori- the New Zealand left arm spinner announced his retirement from international cricket recently. He is the ninth player to take more than 300 wickets in both Tests and ODIs.
  • Gursimran Bhullar- the Indian origin basketball player of Canada who became the first player of Indian descent to get in NBA squad.
  • Serena Williams- the world number one tennis player who recently claimed her eighth Miami WTA title.
  • Novak Djokovic- the world no.1 Serbian tennis player who defeated Andy Murray to win his fifth Miami Masters Open.
  • Kolkata- the first match of IPL 8 was played here between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.
  • Sania Mirza- she captured her 25th WTA doubles titles when she won the Miami Open trophy in partnership with Martina Hingis.
  • India- they defeated South Korea to clinch bronze medal in the 24th Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament played at Ipoh, Malaysia.
  • Jitu Rai- he clinched the men's 10m air pistol bronze at the ISSF World Cup in Changwon, Korea.
  • Jordan Spieth- the 21 year old American golfer who won the 79th Masters Golf Tournament recently.
  • Novak Djokovic- the Serbian tennis player who was awarded with Sportsman of the Year award at the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai recently. These awards are recognized as Oscars of Sports.
  • Genzebe Dibaba- the Ethiopian middle and long distance runner who was awarded with Sportswoman of the Year award at the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai recently. These awards are recognized as Oscars of Sports.
  • Germany National Football Team- they were awarded with Team of the Year award at the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai recently. These awards are recognized as Oscars of Sports.
  • Bangladesh- they secured their first series win in the one day international against Pakistan.
  • Sania Mirza- she recently became the first Indian female tennis player to be ranked first and the third to be ranked world number one in doubles ranking of tennis. Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi were the first two Indians to achieve this feat.
  • Liam Livingstone- the young Lancashire batsman who smashed a world record 350 runs in just 138 balls with 34 fours and 27 sixes during a one day match.
  • Lin Dan- the badminton player from China who won the men's singles at the Badminton Asia Championships in China recently.
  • Ankit Keshri- the Bengal batsman who died after collision with his teammate while playing for East Bengal club against Bhowanipore club recently.
  • Eden Hazard- the football player of Chelsea who recently won the England's Professional Footballer's Association (PFA) Player of the Year award.
  • Mayweather- he defeated Manny Pacquiao in the famous bout to become the undisputed king of boxing.
  • Chelsea- they won their first Premier League title since 2010.
  • Romeo Fernandes- he became the first Indian footballer to play professionally in Brazil after making his debut for top-flight club Atletico Paranaense.
Current Affairs[March 2015]
  • Rafael Nadal- he won his first title in nearly nine months beating Juan Monaco to win the Argentina Open.
  • Chelsa- they defeated Wembley blues to claim FA Cup football title at London recently.
  • Jagmohan Dalmiya- he was recently elected unopposed as the President of Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI).
  • Virat Kohli- the Indian batsman, who abused the Hindustan Times journalist, Jasvinder Sidhu at Perth, Australia recently.
  • Mohammed Shami- India's fast bowler who was declared Man of the Match in the India's World cup match against West Indies which India won by 4 wickets.
  • Glen Maxwell- the Australian batsman who hammered the second fastest hundred in cricket World Cup off 51 balls when he scored 102 against Sri Lanka at Sydney. The fastest record is 50 ball ton made in 2011 by Kevin O' Brien of Ireland.

  • Bangladesh- they defeated England by 15 runs to storm into the World Cup knock out stage for the first time where they will face India.

  • Mahmudullah- he scored in the first World Cup ton by a Bangladesh batsman when he scored 103 against England.

  • 4- the number of Asian countries which entered the quarter finals of the world Cup 2015-India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan.

  • Kumar Sangakara- he became the first player to hit four consecutive One Day internationals hundreds. He also became the first player to score four hundreds in a World Cup.
  • Saina Nehwal- she lost to reigning world champion from Spain Carolina Marin in the All England badminton singles final at Birmingham recently.

  • Ireland – the country which was defeated by 8 wickets by India at the World Cup in which Shikhar Dhawan scored his century.

  • MS Dhoni- he became the most successful captain of India at the World Cup when he led India to 12 matches which is one more than of 11 matches won under the captaincy of Kapil Dev.

  • Karun Nair- the Karnataka batsman who became the first batsman since Independence to score triple century in a Ranji Trophy final.

  • Karnataka- they defeated Tamilnadu to win and retain the Ranji trophy cricket title and also become the second most successful team in Ranji Trophy after Mumbai.

  • Suresh Raina- he hit century in the India's last league match against Zimbabwe to help India win all its six league matches.
  • South Africa- they beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets to enter the semifinal of the ICC cricket World Cup 2015. Imran Tahir was adjudged man of the match while JP Duminy took a hat-trick.
  • Mahela Jayawardene- the batsman from Sri Lanka who announced his retirement from One day international after playing in 448 ODIs and scoring 12,650 runs which included 19 centuries.
  • Kumar Sangakkara- the batsman from Sri Lanka who announced his retirement from One day international after playing in 408 ODIs and scoring 14,234 runs which included 25 centuries.
  • Qatar- the country which will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in November-December 2022 with finals on December 18,2022.
  • Australia- they defeated Pakistan by 6 wickets to enter the semifinal of the ICC cricket World Cup 2015. The man of the match award was given to Josh Hazlewood for taking 4 wickets for just 35 runs.
  • Shahid Afridi- the Pakistani all rounder who announced his retirement from One Day International (ODI) recently. He has played 398 matches scored 8064 runs with 6 centuries and has also taken 395 wickets.
  • Misbah-ul-Haq- the Pakistani batsman who announced his retirement from One Day International (ODI) recently. He has played 162 matches scored 5122 runs.
  • New Zealand- led by Martin Guptill's 237 not out, the highest individual score in the history of the tournament, they crushed West Indies by 143 runs to enter the semifinals of the ICC World Cup 2015.
  • India- they defeated Bangladesh by 109 runs to enter the semifinal of the ICC cricket World Cup 2015.
  • Rohit Sharma- he was adjudged man of the match for his 137 runs off 126 balls in the quarter final match against Bangladesh.
  • Karnataka- they defeated rest of India to retain the Irani Trophy in cricket. It became the second team after Mumbai to defend the Irani Cup. They completed a domestic treble for the second time in a row after having won the Vijay Hazare and Ranji Trophy.
  • Sania Mirza- she partnered with Swiss legend Martina Hingis to win the double title at the ATP India Wells Master tennis tournament.
  • Novak Djokovic- he defeated Roger Federer to successfully defend his Indian Wells crown in tennis and to claim his 50th career ATP title.
  • Grant Elliot- the New Zealand batsman who was awarded the Man of the match for his gutsy 84 which helped his country to defeat South Africa in the semifinal of World Cup 2015 played at Auckland.
  • Steve Smith- the Australian batsman who scored 105 off 93 balls to propel his side to victory over India at the semifinal of World Cup 2015 at Sydney.
  • Australia- they defeated co-hosts New Zealand by seven wickets at Melbourne to win the fifth cricket World Cup title.
  • Martin Guptill- the New Zealand opener who scored 547 runs in the World Cup 2015, the most in the tournament.
  • Mitchell Starc- the Australian bowler who along with Trent Boult of New Zealand were ranked the highest wicket takers in the World Cup 2015 with 22 wickets each. He was also declared man of the Tournament.
  • 417- the highest score in cricket World cup which was scored by Australia in 2015 against Afghanistan.
  • Kumar Dharmasena- he became the first person to both play and umpire in a World Cup final. The Sri Lankan player played in the 1996 final and umpired the 2015 final.
  • Michael Clarke- the Australian winning captain of World Cup 2015 who announced his retirement from one day internationals on a high note.
  • Saina Nehwal- she won the women's single title at the Indian Open super series badminton tournament in New Delhi recently. She also became the first Indian woman to be ranked world No.1 in badminton singles ranking.
  • Kidambi Srikanth- he won the men's single title at the Indian Open super series badminton tournament in New Delhi recently.
  • Mustafa Kamal- he recently resigned from the post of International Cricket Council (ICC) president.
  • Brendon McCullum- the skipper of New Zealand who was recently named as the captain of ICC World Cup XI.
  • Daniel Vettori- the New Zealand left arm spinner announced his retirement from international cricket recently. He is the ninth player to take more than 300 wickets in both Tests and ODIs.
  • Gursimran Bhullar- the Indian origin basketball player of Canada who became the first player of Indian descent to get in NBA squad.
  • Serena Williams- the world number one tennis player who recently claimed her eighth Miami WTA title.
Current Affairs[February 2015]

International

  • Chris Gayle set Highest Score in World Cup Knock
    Explosive West Indies batsman Chris Gayle scored the highest cricket World Cup score by smashing 215 runs in a Pool B encounter against Zimbabwe at the Manuka Oval here on Feb 24, 2015.
    West Indies made 372 for the loss of two wickets.
    His 147-ball knock included 10 boundaries and 16 sixes. The previous best World Cup score was 188 which was scored by South Africa's Gary Kirsten against the United Arab Emirates way back in 1996.

  • Golfer Lahiri wins Indian Open
    Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri won his second title in three weeks after defeating countryman S.S.P. Chawrasia on the first play-off hole at the $1.5 million Indian Open here on Feb 22, 2015.
    The 27-year-old, who was seven shots off the pace at the start of the day, fired a two-under-par 69 as overnight leader Chawrasia struggled in the blustery conditions to return with a disappointing 76 at the challenging Delhi Golf Club (DGC).

  • Novak Djokovic- he defeated Britain's Andy Murray to win his fifth Australian Open title and his eight Grand Slam. He became the first player to win the Australian Open five times in the Open era.

  • Leander Paes- he combined with Martina Hingis of Switzerland to win the mixed double title of Australian Open.

  • Australia- they defeated England to win the cricket tri-series final at Perth.

  • Ivory Coast- they defeated Ghana to win the African Nations Cup in football.

  • Ireland- they caused the first upset of the World Cup when they defeated two-time champions West Indies by 4 wickets in Nelson.

  • Afghanistan- they defeated Scotland for their maiden victory in their first ever World Cup cricket.

National

  • Thiruvananthapuram- the venue of the 35th National Games.

  • Dipa Karmakar- the gymnast who excelled with a haul of five gold medals for Tripura in the 35th National Games at Thiruvananthapuram.

  • Mohit Sharma- the medium pacer who replaced fast bowler Ishant Sharma in the Indian squad of cricket World Cup.

  • Anirban Lahiri- he recently captured his maiden European Tour golf title and became only the fourth Indian golfer to do so.

  • Mumbai- they defeated Punjab to win the under 19 Cooch Behar Trophy in cricket.

  • Virat Kohli- he scored his 22nd ODI century to help India beat Pakistan in their opening match of the World Cup 2015 at Adelaide.
Current Affairs[January 2015]
  • Virat Kohli-He recently became the first batsman to score four hundred in four test series against Australia in Australia.

  • Australia- they won the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2-0 defeating India in the recently played Test series.

  • Stan Wawarinka- the Swiss player who won the tennis singles crown in the Chennai Open.

  • Tesfaye Abera- the Kenyan who clinched the men's title at the Mumbai Marathon recently.

  • Dinknesh Mekash-the Ethiopian who clinched the women's title at the Mumbai Marathon recently.

  • N Srinivasan- the BCCI chief-in-exile, who has been barred from contesting the board's top post by Supreme Court .

  • India- this country will host the ICC World Twenty 20 tournament in March-April 2016.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo- the Portugal player who won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for 2014 at a ceremony in Zurich recently, second time in a row and third overall.

  • Serena Williams- she beat Maria Sharapova to win her sixth Australian Open women's tennis title and her 19th Grand Slam title.

  • AB de Villiers- the South African cricketer who struck the fastest century in one day internationals when he made 100 in 31 balls with 16 sixes and 9 fours against West Indies at the Wanderers, Johannesburg recently.

  • Super Over- ICC has decided to use this in the event of tie in the upcoming cricket World Cup final.

  • Bangladesh- this country will host the U-19 ICC cricket World cup in February 2016.

  • England- this country will host the ICC Women's World cup in August 2017.

Sports Current Affairs 2014

Current Affairs[December 2014]
  • Rafique Heads Atletico De Kolkata To Become ISL Champions
    Substitute Mohammad Rafique netted an injury time header as Atletico De Kolkata clinched the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) crown with a 1-0 win over Kerala Blasters here Saturday.
    Rafique, who replaced Mohammad Rafi in the 74th minute of the mega clash at the packed D.Y. Patil stadium, followed up a corner from Czech defender Jakub Podany to fire the header in the 94th minute, a minute before the second half injury time was slated to end to send Atletico De Kolkata fans into raptures here as also in Kolkata and other parts of the world.

  • Germany lift Hockey Champions Trophy
    Germany emerged victorious in the Hockey Champions Trophy, beating Pakistan 2-0 in a pulsating final at a packed Kalinga stadium here .
    Christopher Wesley (18th minute) and Florian Fuchs (56th) scored for Germany to lift the trophy for the 10th time. Germany had won the title for the last time in 2007.

Current Affairs[November 2014]
  • I Still Have Lot More To Do: Rohit Sharma
    After cracking a world record 264 against Sri Lanka in an ODI here, India's stylish opener Rohit Sharma on Nov 13, 2014 (Thursday) made it clear that he would not rest on his laurels, as he had "still lot more to do".
    Having set the stage for India's emphatic 153-run win over the islanders at the Eden Gardens with his dream comeback innings, when he surpassed Virender Sehwag's existing world record of 219, the 27-year-old Mumbaikar said he was now a happy man.

  • Sindhu retains Macau Open title
    Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu successfully defended her Macau Open Grand Prix Gold women's singles title, beating South Korean Kim Hyo Min in straight games at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion here.
    Two-time World Championships bronze medallist Sindhu registered a comprehensive 21-12, 21-17 victory in 45 minutes in the final of the $120,000 event.
  • Magnificent Magnus punishes Anand's misadventure, retains world chess title
    World chess champion, Norway's Magnus Carlsen retained his title, handing out a punishing defeat to Indian challenger Viswanathan Anand in the 11th round of their title match in Russia on Nov 23, 2014.
    The reigning world champion punished Anand for his misadventurous exchange sacrifice on move 24 to wrap up the game in 45 moves.
  • Sachin Tendulkar releases autobiography 'Playing It My Way'
    Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar released his much awaited autobiography "Playing It My Way" among other star cricketers on Nov 5, 2014.
    Emcee Harsha Bhogle took the packed hall through Tendulkar's life and the evolution of Indian cricket with on-stage conversations with Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Vasu Paranjpe, and the 'fabulous four' — Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, V.V.S. Laxman and Tendulkar himself.

  • Pole vaulter Sureka sets record, wins gold at national athletics
    Pole vaulter V.S. Surekha set a new national record in her event, jumping 4.15 metres to better her own mark by 0.07 metre at the 54th National Open Athletics Championships here on Nov 4, 2014.
    Surekha, the first Indian woman pole vaulter to clear 4.0 metres, previously held the national record of 4.08 metres, set at a national circuit meet in Patiala in 2006.
Current Affairs[October 2014]
  • Sania-Cara win WTA Finals crown

    The India-Zimbabwe tennis pairing of Sania Mirza and Cara Black clinched the prestigious season-ending WTA Finals title here on Oct 27, 2014.

    The third seeds, playing their last tournament together, took exactly an hour to thrash second seeds Hsieh Su-wei (Chinese Taipei) and Peng Shuai (China) 6-1, 6-0 in the women's double final, being played on the hard-courts of the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

  • Advani emerges World billiards champion

    Pankaj Advani, the 29-year old from Bangalore, set a record of sorts when he defeated Peter Gilchrist 6-2 in the final of the World billiards championship (points format).

    It was Advani's 10th individual World title and his third of the year in different formats of the game, having won the World 6-Red Snooker and the World Team Billiards titles earlier.

  • India retain Sultan of Johor Cup title

    Drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh's brace helped the Indian Under-21 hockey team successfully defend their Sultan of Johor Cup title by defeating Great Britain 2-1 in the final here on Oct 19, 2014.

    Continuing his prime form, Harmanpreet scored in the 46th and 70th minutes while Great Britain's solitary goal came from the stick of Samuel French (55th minute) at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.

  • Boxer Sarita Devi, Coaches Suspended By AIBA

    Indian woman boxer L. Sarita Devi, who refused to accept 2014 Asian Games bronze after losing the semi-final bout over a controversial decision, has been provisionally suspended by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

    Also suspended with her are her coaches Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu, B.I. Fernandes and Sagar Mai Dhayal and India's chef-de-mission Adille Sumariwala to the Incheon Asiad 2014.

Current Affairs[September 2014]
  • Hockey team win gold after 16 years, women's relay team champions again

    The national anthem was played twice during the day as the men's hockey won the gold medal after 16 long years and the women's 4x400m relay team emerged champions for the fourth consecutive time taking India back into top-10 at the ninth spot again in the 17th Asian Games here Thursday.

    Besides the two gold medals, India also got three bronze medals in the day from boxers Satish Kumar, Vikas Krishan and shotputter Inderjit Singh and took the tally to 54 medals, including nine gold, nine silver and 36 bronze. China is the runaway leader with 321 medals followed by hosts South Korea (211) and Japan (184).

  • Mary Kom strikes Asiad boxing gold

    India's M.C. Mary Kom clinched the gold medal in the women's flyweight (48-51kg) boxing competition of the 17th Asian Games here Wednesday.

    Mary, a five-time World Champion, defeated Kazakhstan's Zhaina Shekerbekova 2-0, with one judge scoring the bout 38-38.

  • Yogeshwar ends India's 28-year wait for wrestling gold in Asian Games

    Indian Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt ended India's 28-year-old wait for an Asian Games gold medal but his compatriots Babita Kumari and Satywart Kadian missed out on the bronze at the Dowon Gymnasium here.

    Yogeshwar, Olympic bronze medallist, put on a stupendous show in winning 3-0 in the title-clash against Zalimkhan Yusupov of Tajikistan. Yogeshwar's gold in men's 65kg freestyle was India's first since 1986, when Kartar Singh had won the yellow metal in the Seoul Games.

  • Arjuna Award for boxer Manoj Kumar: Sports ministry

    Indian boxer Manoj Kumar, who was forced to drag the sports ministry to the court after he was controversially denied the Arjuna Award, will finally get the prestigious award, an official said Wednesday (sep 17, 2014).

    Sports secretary Ajit Sharan told IANS that the government had decided to bestow the Arjuna Award upon Manoj, a 2010 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, after the Incheon Asian Games.

Current Affairs[August 2014]
  • Dipa first Indian woman to clinch CWG gymnastics medal

    Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian woman and the second person from the country to clinch a historic Commonwealth Games medal in artistic gymnastics when she won the women's vault bronze at the SSE Hydro here Thursday.

    Ashish Kumar had won India's maiden gymnastics medals in CWG when he scalped the men's vault silver and men's floor bronze fours years ago in New Delhi.

  • Dhyan Chand Recommended For Bharat Ratna

    India's legendary athlete Milkha Singh was delighted with the news of hockey wizard late Dhyan Chand being recommended for the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award.

    "I am delighted to hear the news that late Major Dhyan Chand has been nominated for the Bharat Ratna by the Home Ministry," the 'Flying Sikh' said.

  • Mahavir Phogat Overlooked For Dronacharya Award

    Despite training three Commonwealth Games gold medallists, women's wrestling coach Mahavir Singh Phogat has been ignored for the Dronacharya Award for the third consecutive year.
    The Dronacharya Award selection committee, headed by Ajit Pal Singh, that met here Monday nominated greco-roman wrestling coach Mahavir Prasad, G. Manoharan (boxing), Jose Jacob (rowing), N. Lingappa (athletics) and Gurcharan Singh Gogi (judo) for the prestigious awards.

Current Affairs[July 2014]
  • Glasgow 2014: City set for Commonwealth Games opening

    The 2014 Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 23 July to 3 August 2014.

    Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond welcomed the international media to cover the event from July 23 to Aug 3 with 71 Commonwealth countries participating in 261 events of 17 sports.
    He noted that the 575 million pounds (about $981 million) of the 20th Commonwealth Games' budget will be "well spent", with 80 percent of the budget from the Scottish government and 20 percent from Glasgow city council.

  • Pistol Shooter Jitu Rai Is World No.1

    A historic gold medal in the recent World Cup catapulted pistol shooter Jitu Rai to the No.1 spot in 10m air pistol event in the latest ISSF rankings released Tuesday.
    Rai is the seven Indian shooter to be ranked No.1 in the world. Anjali Bhagwat, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Gagan Narang, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Ronjon Sodhi and Heena Sidhu have been No.1

  • Germany Beat Argentina 1-0 For Fourth FIFA World Cup Crown

    Mario Gotze's extra time goal gave Germany their fourth FIFA World Cup title after a 1-0 win over Argentina in the final at the Maracana stadium here Sunday.
    Both teams were locked 0-0 at the end of the full-time with the match going into extra time.

  • Djokovic wins Wimbledon, regains No.1 spot

    Novak Djokovic regained the No.1 spot for the first time since September last year as he beat Roger Federer in a thrilling final to win his second Wimbledon crown here Sunday.

    Djokovic beat Federer 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 in three hours and 56 minutes and thus ended his 18-month wait for his seventh Grand Slam title.

  • Kvitova Wins Women's Wimbledon Title

    Czech sixth seed Petra Kvitova lifted her second women's singles Wimbledon title after defeating Canadian 13th seed Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets in the final here Saturday.

    Kvitova, who also won here in 2011, completely destroyed her opponent to come out victorious 6-3, 6-0 in only 55 minutes. This was the first even Grand Slam final for Bouchard.

Current Affairs[June 2014]
  • Saina first non-Chinese to win Super Series in 2014

    India's Saina Nehwal became the first non-Chinese shuttler to win a women's singles Super Series title in 2014 after clinching the Australian Badminton Open at the State Sports Centre here Sunday.

    The Olympic bronze medallist defeated Spain's Carolina Marin 21-18, 21-11 in 43 minutes to win her first Super Series crown in 20 months, after coming out on top in the Denmark Open in October 2012.

  • Pankaj Advani Pockets Snooker World Title

    India's Pankaj Advani won his ninth World title when he annexed the IBSF 6 Reds World Championship snooker crown here Sunday, defeating Kacper Filipiak of Poland 6-1 in the final.

  • Pistol shooter Jitu Rai bags historic World Cup gold

    Indian pistol shooter Jitu Rai followed up his silver with a historic gold in the men's air pistol event Thursday during ISSF World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia. It was the first time an Indian shooter won two medals in a World Cup championship.

    Rai, who missed the free pistol gold by 0.1 point and had to settle for silver, shot 200.8 in the final round of the air pistol event to clinch the gold medal, according to information received here.

Current Affairs[May 2014]
  • Manipur won national women football championship

    There was no stopping the Manipur juggernaut as they downed reigning champions Orissa 3-1 in a lopsided summit clash of the 20th Women's National Championship for the 17th time at the Golaghat Stadium here Monday.

    Goals at the beginning of the first and second period from Bala Devi and one from iconic India player Oinam Bembem Devi sealed the issue for Manipur.

  • Snooker Chitra Magimairaj Nominated For Arjuna Award

    The Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) has nominated Chitra Magimairaj, Vidya Pillai and Brijesh Damani for the prestigious Arjuna Award.

    According to a BSFI press release here Wednesday, the nominations have been made based on their performances over a four-year cycle.

  • Saina created history to India ensure maiden Uber Cup bronze

    The Saina Nehwal-led Indian women's badminton team created history Thursday by ensuring their first ever bronze medal finish at the World Women's Team Championship for the Uber Cup being played at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here.

    Indian shuttlers drubbed powerhouse Indonesia 3-0 in the quarter-finals to set up a semi-final clash against Japan Friday. Even if India lose now, they will take home a bronze medal. Japan, on the other hand, whitewashed Denmark 3-0 to also proceed to the last four.

Current Affairs[March 2014]
  • Hockey to become 60-minute game from Sep 1

    Lausanne, March 20 (IANS) The international hockey federation (FIH) Thursday introduced major changes to the structure of the sport including reducing the 70-minute game to 60 minutes comprising four 15-minute quarters instead of two 35-minute halves. The changes will come into effect from Sep 1.

  • Virat Kohli reclaims No.1 ODI ranking

    India's Virat Kohli has reclaimed the No.1 position in the latest ICC rankings for One-Day International (ODI) batsmen released Sunday at the conclusion of the Asia Cup which was won by Sri Lanka.

    Kohli had entered the Asia Cup, trailing No.1 ranked AB de Villiers by two points. Kohli's tournament aggregate of 189 runs in three innings, with 136 against Bangladesh as his series best, earned him 12 points which has put him ahead of South Africa ODI captain by nine points.

Current Affairs[February 2014]
  • India draws second Test, New Zealand clinch series 1-0

    India drew the second and final Test as New Zealand clinched the series 1-0 at the Basin Reserve here Tuesday.'

    Chasing a target of 435, India finished at 166/3 with Virat Kohli scoring an unbeaten 105 and Rohit Sharma 31 not out.

Current Affairs[January 2014]
  • Sachin Tendulkar and CNR Rao conferred with Bharat Ratna

    Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour was conferred on cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar (40) and eminent scientist Prof CNR Rao (79) by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. The awards were given at the Durban Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on 4 February 2014.

    The recipient of the award will receive a Sanad (certificate) signed by the President and a medallion. This award does not carry any monetary grants.

    With this felicitation, Sachin became the first sportsperson to be conferred with the honour of Bharat Ratna. He is also the youngest person alive to be conferred with the award. Master blaster Sachin retired from international cricket on 16 November 2013. Sachin after receiving the award dedicated it to his mother.

  • Joshna Chinappa won the Winnipeg Winter Club Open trophy

    Squash player Joshna Chinappa won the Winnipeg Winter Club Open trophy on 3 February 2014. She defeated Heba El Torky of Egypt.

    The fourth seeded Indian triumphed 3-2 (11-13 11-8 11-5 3-11 12-10) in a see-saw battle.

    The world number 27 Chinappa rallied after losing the opening game which was dominated by Heba.

    The triumph of Chinappa marked the second consecutive year of an Indian winning the trophy with Dipika Pallikal being the first to clinch it before her in 2013.