Sen clinches Asia Junior C’ship title

Sen clinches Asia Junior C’ship title
Indian badminton player Lakshaya Sen bagged the gold medal after defeating world no. 1 Kunlavut Vitidsaran in the final match of the Badminton Asia Junior Championship held in Jakarata. The Indian shuttler created history by beating the top-seed 21-19 and 21-18, thus clinching the championship. He was previously the runners-up in Tata Open India International, 2017.

Meghalayan Age: Latest Era in Earth’s History

Meghalayan Age: Latest Era in Earth’s History
The last 4,200 yrs have been classified by geologists as a new distinct age in Earth’s history, called the “Meghalayan Age,” named after the northeastern Indian state. The International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS) has made it a part of Holocene Era. The Meghalayan goes back 4,200 yrs when a drought severely impacted civilizations in Egypt, Greece, the Indus Valley, Yangtze River Valley.

Google announces Android Dev Summit

Google announces Android Dev Summit
The Android Dev Summit is being organized at the Computer History Museum, Moutain View, California on 7 – 8 Nov 2018. The last one was in 2015, and it also happened at the Computer History Museum. Android Developer Days, or ADD, is an open conference held at various locations worldwide each year.

Dwayne Johnson is highest paid actor

Dwayne Johnson is highest paid actor
Dwayne Johnson, with earnings of Rs. 850 Crore has been named the highest-paid actor by Forbes. It is also the highest-ever total for acting earnings in the 20-year history of Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list. He ranked fifth on the overall list of Forbes highest entertainer list. Dwayne earned double the earnings total of $65 million he posted in 2017’s list.

Jeremy Hunt named UK foreign secretary

Jeremy Hunt will replace Boris Johnson as the U.K. foreign secretary following Johnson’s resignation. Hunt had served as health minister for more than 5 and half years, the longest term in the history of the State-funded National Health Service.

NASA prepared to ‘touch the sun’

NASA is prepared for a launch on August 4 to touch the sun, for the first time in human history. NASA unveiled a cutting-edge heat shield that will protect the spacecraft from getting burnt. It was installed on June 27, 2018. The shield will prevent the spacecraft core from being exposed to temperatures around 1,370 degrees Celsius.

Second Youngest Chess Grandmaster

R Praggnanandhaa made history by becoming the 2nd youngest chess grandmaster in the world by earning his 3rd GM norm during Gredine Open. Praggnanandhaa who is just 12 years, 10 months and 14 days old is also the youngest Indian Grandmaster. Ukraine’s Serget Karjakin remains the youngest ever Grandmaster. Viswanathan Anand, India’s first ever GM, was 18 years old when he earned his 3rd norm

‘Utsonmobile’ app developed by CRIS

CRIS has developed a mobile-based application ‘utsonmobile’. The ‘utsonmobile’ application enables booking & cancellation of unreserved tickets, issue and renewal of season and platform tickets, check & load R-wallet balance & helps maintain user profile management and booking history. The ‘utsonmobile’ application is very handy, free and is available for both Android and Windows smartphone.

India to get its 1st police museum in Delhi

India will get its first national police museum in Lutyens Delhi, a senior official said. The museum, which will depict the history of central and state police forces, will come up as an underground facility in the premises of the National Police Memorial. It will be inaugurated on Police Commemoration Day, which is held on October 21.

A historic moment for Arunachal Pradesh

A 42 seater ATR Aircraft of Alliance air landed in Arunachal Pradesh carrying CM Pema Khandu and 24 other passengers. This is a history in making since this is the state’s first commercial flight. This new commercial flight would develop new prospects of economic development in this region. The flights will be operated thrice a week.

Prominent historian Lewis dead

Bernard Lewis, a preeminent scholar of Middle Eastern history whose work profoundly shaped Western views of the region has passed away. He was a Cold War hawk, a strong pro-Israel Jew, and influential among White House and Pentagon planners of the US-led 2003 invasion of Iraq. His prolific scholarship, including more than 30 books traced fault lines that define the modern Middle East.

BRO built a road from India’s border to China

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has created history by establishing a road link to India’s border with China beyond Limeking and along the Tama Chung Chung-Taksing Axis recently. The road from Limeking now connects TCC to Taksing, covering a distance of approximately 80 kilometers. BRO develops and maintains road networks in India’s border areas. It comes under the Ministry of Defence.

Guatemala opened its embassy in Jerusalem

Guatemala has opened its embassy in Jerusalem, following in the footsteps of the United States, which recently inaugurated its embassy in the city. Guatemala, the second country to recognise Israel as a state in 1948, has had a long history of military cooperation with Israel. All embassies to Israel were situated in the commercial capital Tel Aviv, before US and Guatemalan embassies moved.

Supreme Court Reserves Verdict On The Aadhar

The Supreme Court reserved its verdict on petitions challenging the Constitutional validity of the 2016 Aadhaar Act, which lasted for 38 working days spread over four months. This was the second longest oral hearing in the history of the Supreme Court. The first being the landmark Kesavananda Bharati case in which the apex court in 1973 outlined the basic structure of the Constitution.

Alvarado sworn in as Costa Rican President

Journalist Carlos Alvarado has been sworn in as Costa Rica’s President, accepting the sash of office from his predecessor and ally, Luis Guillermo Solis. At 39, Alvarado is the country’s youngest president in modern history. Although Costa Rica is one of the region’s most stable economies, the Central American nation is struggling to get its deficit under control amidst a Fitch downgrade.

India’s longest serving chief minister

Pawan Chamling has created history by surpassing the record of former communist ruler of West Bengal, Jyoti Basu, as the longest serving chief minister in the country.Chamling became the chief minister of Sikkim on December 12, 1994, and has ruled the tiny Himalayan state ever since. Chamling joined politics in 1973, and was elected to the Sikkim assembly for the first time in 1985.

Mumbai to host food archaeology conference

Mumbai is hosting a conference that will look at food from point of views of history, archaeology and sociology.Titled “ArchaeoBroma”, the conference, to be held on May 5 and 6, is being touted as India’s first-ever national meet on “food as culture”. It will be organised by the India Study Centre Trust and the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies of the University of Mumbai.

Mohamed Salah crowned PFA Player of the Year

Liverpool and Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah was named Player of the Year by England’s Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).Salah was rewarded for his performances which have yielded 41 goals in all competitions since joining from AS Roma last year. Salah has become the first person in Premier League history to claim three Player of the Month awards in the same season.

First rapper to win Pulitzer Prize for music

Kendrick Lamar has become the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize for music.Lamar won the Pulitzer for his 2017 album “DAMN” & was also the first music winner in the history of the Pulitzers to come from outside of the world of classical or jazz. Lamar’s fusion of jazz, poetry and blues with social themes and love songs has made him one of the most innovative rappers of his generation.

Saina Nehwal won second CWG gold

Shuttler Saina Nehwal defeated world number three PV Sindhu by 21-18, 23-21 in the first-ever all-Indian women’s singles final at the Commonwealth Games.With this, Nehwal claimed her second Commonwealth Games singles gold medal after having won it at the 2010 Delhi Games. Nehwal is the only Indian female badminton player to win singles gold in Commonwealth Games history.

Paes becomes most successful doubles player

Leander Paes created a new world record by becoming the most successful doubles player in Davis Cup history after winning his 43rd such match.Paes combined with Rohan Bopanna to create the new record. He made his Davis Cup debut in 1990 alongside Zeeshan Ali. Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi weaved the longest unbeaten winning streak of 24 matches.

Second Indian woman fighter pilot to go solo

Flying Officer Bhawana Kanth became the 2nd woman pilot of IAF to fly solo in a fighter aircraft. She flew in a MiG-21 Bison aircraft from Ambala Air Force Station. In Feb, flying officer Avani Chaturvedi made history by becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo. Only selected countries, such as Britain, US, Israel & Pak have allowed women in the role of fighter pilots.

Mauritius president Ameenah Fakim resigned

The president of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, resigned from her position amid accusations of financial impropriety. It has been alleged that Gurib-Fakim made personal purchases worth thousands of dollars with a credit card provided by an NGO. Gurib-Fakim took the honorary position of president in 2015, becoming the first woman to do so in Mauritian history.

Stephen Hawking passed away

Stephen Hawking, the British Physicist and the black hole theorist have died on 14th March. Hawkings redefined cosmology by proposing that black holes emit radiation and later evaporate. He is also the author of the best selling book, ‘A Brief History of Time’.

Rashid became Youngest captain

The leg-spinner from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan (19-year-old) has become the youngest captain in international cricket history. He now holds the ICC No. 1 rank for bowlers in both the ODIs and T20Is and also became the youngest player ever to hold the top spot for any form of ICC men‘s ranking. England‘s Arran Bindle is the youngest woman player at the age of 19 years.

Merkel secures fourth term in power

Angela Merkel has secured her 4th term in power after Social Democratic party agreed to form another ?grand coalition? govt with conservative Christian Democratic Union. The decision ends almost 6 months of political uncertainty in Germany, the longest time the country has been without a govt in its post-war history. The deal will form her third grand coalition during her time as chancellor.

U.S. aircraft carrier to arrive in Vietnam

A US Navy aircraft carrier will set anchor in Vietnam, for the 1st time since the end of the Vietnam War more than four decades ago. The four-day visit by the USS Carl Vinson and its contingent of 5,000 sailors and aviators has been deemed as a historic opportunity to enhance the budding friendship. Cultural exchanges, including culinary and sporting activities, will take place between them

All-female marathon held in Saudi Arabia

For the first time in the nation‘s history, Saudi Arabia‘s women participated in an all-female marathon. The three-km-long marathon, held in the eastern province of al-Ahsa on Saturday, reportedly saw participation from 1,500 women across several categories. Earlier in January, Saudi Arabia allowed its women, for the first time, to spectate at a football match.

Phirangipuram to be all-women rail station

An all-women railway station is launched at Phirangipuram, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. The railway station on the Guntur-Narsaraopet line would be handed over to an all-women crew from the station master to the signalling staff. Only the third-of-its-kind railway station in the country after Jaipur‘s Gandhi Nagar and Mumbai‘s Matunga, the all-women station is set to create history.

Amazon buys video doorbell startup Ring

E-commerce giant Amazon has agreed to buy US-based video doorbell startup Ring, the companies confirmed.According to reports, the deal could be worth more than $1 billion, making it one of the most expensive acquisitions in Amazon’s history. Founded in 2012, the startup makes video doorbells and security cameras that connect to users’ phones or computers.

Federer won Most Decorated Laureus Award

Tennis legend Roger Federer became the most decorated winner in the history of Laureus World Sports Awards after he won twin honors at the 18th edition of the awards ceremony in Monaco.It was his sixth award.American tennis great Serena Williams won the Sportswoman of the Year Award. She is now the most decorated female Laureus Award winner with five Laureus statuettes.

1st Indian woman to fly fighter aircraft solo

Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi has scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo.She flew a MiG-21 bison in her first solo sortie from IAF’s Jamnagar base in Gujarat. She is one of the three in the first batch of female pilots, besides Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh, who were inducted in Indian Air Force fighter squadron in 2016.

1st Indian to cross 900 points in ICC ranking

Virat Kohli has become only the second batsman in the history of the game to cross 900-point mark concurrently in Tests & ODIs.Kohli is only the 2nd batsman after AB de Villiers to attain the 900-point mark concurrently in both formats. Kohli thus moved ahead of Brian Lara in the all-timers’ list & ranks 7th in ODI list of all-time rankings that is led by Vivian Richards with 935 points.

MoU Signed between BSI and NHM, UK

Botanical Survey of India & Natural History Museum have signed a MoU for cooperation in the field of genetic studies, research, training & conservation in India.NHM will help in capacity building in areas of systematic botany & long-term conservation of plant genetic resources. BSI is an organization for survey, research & conservation of plant resources, flora & endangered species of India

Ronaldo 1st player with 100 goals for 1 club

Real Madrid frontman Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player in UEFA Champions League history to score 100 goals for a single club.His overall tally in the tournament has gone up to 116 goals, 19 more than Lionel Messi. Further, Ronaldo has scored 10+ UCL goals for the seventh straight season, no other player has done so in three.

Jerome became Chairman Of Federal Reserve

Jerome H Powell was sworn in as the 16th Chairman of the Federal Reserve for a four-year term.Mr Powell has succeeded Janet Yellen, the first woman to lead the US central bank in its 100-year history.Powell was nominated for the post in November 2017 by President Donald Trump.The oath was administered by Vice Chairman Randal K. Quarles in the Board Room.

Modi’s birth place to be a major tourist hub

With a ?100 crore budget, Gujarat and the Centre are jointly developing the historical and ancient town of Vadnagar, PM Narendra Modi’s birth place, as a major tourist hub.The town full of sites related to Hinduism and Buddhism is being showcased as a heritage destination.The projects cover Vadnagar’s famous Kirti Toran, Sharmishtha lake, Hatkeshwar Temple and archaeological sites.

Mughal-themed Taj Mahotsav to start

5 : This year’s ‘Taj Mahotsav’ will start with a dance-drama based on Lord Ram instead of the usual theme based on Mughal culture.The move has led to the state government being accused of ignoring the Mughal history.The government has, however, denied any role in the decision, saying that the event is organised by local administration.

4,400-year-old tomb discovered in Egypt

The tomb of ancient priestess Hetpet has been uncovered by archaeologists near Cairo, Egypt.The tomb, which dates back 4,400 years, is covered in paintings showing Hetpet hunting and receiving gifts from her children.Notably, Hetpet served Hathor, the goddess of fertility who assisted women in childbirth.

Sushma Swaraj to visit Nepal

In a bid to revive ties with Nepal, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Kathmandu from February 1 to 2.The visit comes weeks after Nepal elected a Leftist coalition, which won the first historic poll under the new Constitution of the country. The visit by Ms. Swaraj will be the first big diplomatic engagement with the newly elected Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli.

“Biggest protest in history”: London

London will hold the “biggest protest in British history” against US President Donald Trump’s visit to the country, Labour MP David Lammy has claimed.This comes after Trump said he will make his first state visit to Britain in October this year. Several MPs have requested PM Theresa May to withdraw the invitation for a state visit extended to Trump.

Idukki dam to screen laser show

30 : Officials are planning to screen a laser show depicting Kerala’s history on the Idukki dam, which is Asia’s oldest arch dam.“The laser show is planned to be screened on the dam wall surface, which is 500 feet high and 600 feet wide,” an official said. The Idukki Dam is a double curvature arch dam constructed across the Periyar River between two granite hills Kuravan and Kuravathi in Kerala.

Ramayana festival with ASEAN nations

The five day Ramayana festival with the ASEAN nations will kick off in Delhi.The festival seeks to underline the common cultural heritage and India’s friendship with ASEAN nations. It will see the participation of 10 countries which will stage various episodes of Rama story, through a harvest of sights and sounds, nuanced interpretations & revelations.

Last 3 years hottest on record

UN’s weather agency, World Meteorological Organization has said the last three years were the hottest on record.2016 remains the hottest year ever measured, due to the warming effect of El Nino, while 2017 was the warmest non-El Nino year. The 21st century has so far been a period of the hottest weather, accounting for 17 of the 18 warmest years on record.

Tata Steel raises $1.3 bn through bonds

Tata Steel has raised $1.3 billion by issuance of unsecured bonds in the international markets.The issue comprises $300 million 4.45% Unsecured Bonds due on July 24, 2023 & $1 billion 5.45% Unsecured Bonds due on January 24, 2028. The bonds are rated BB- by S&P and will be listed on Singapore Exchange. Proceeds of the bonds will be used to refinance the offshore obligations of the Group.

Jeff Bezos Becomes Richest Person

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon has become the richest man in the history, overtaking Bill Gates, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.The Index showed that Bezos’ net worth had hit USD 105.1 billion. Index mentions Mukesh Ambani as the richest Indian and the 20th richest person in the world.

Aanchal Thakur bags Bronze in Skiing

Aanchal Thakur made history as she won India’s first ever international medal in skiing.The 21-year-old Manali resident clinched bronze in the coveted Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup. The Championship was organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski (skiing’s international governing body) in Erzurum, Turkey. She won the medal in the slalom race category.

Mankidia denied habitat in Simlipal

Mankidia, one of the 13 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups in Odisha were denied habitat rights inside the Similipal Tiger Reserve.They are denied their rights under the historic Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006. State Forest Department has objected on grounds that tribals could be attacked by wild animals, especially tigers.

Philippe Coutinho Joins Barcelona

Team Liverpool sold Brazilian football player Philippe Coutinho to Team Barcelona for 160 million Euros ($192 million).With this, transfer of Philippe Coutinho has become the 2nd Most Expensive transfer in World Soccer History. World’s most expensive transfer is Brazilian football player Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain team in 200 million pounds in 2017.

Colin Munro Hit Three T20I Centuries

New Zealand’s Colin Munro slammed a belligerent century in the T20 international against the West Indians.Munro hit as many as 10 sixes and three boundaries as he scored 104 runs off 53 deliveries to power New Zealand to their biggest ever T20 score. Munro also became the first batsman in the history of T20 internationals to slam three centuries.

Karnataka International Travel Expo

The Karnataka government announced that ‘Karnataka International Travel Expo’ will be held here from February 28.The three-day event will see close to 400 delegates from 25 countries take part.The aim is to project Karnataka globally and attract tourist footfall, with emphasis on promoting the state’s wild life, adventure destinations, historical monuments and UNESCO world heritage sites.

India Hosting 10 Asean Leaders on 26 Jan

Leaders of 10 ASEAN countries will be the chief guests on 26th January 2018. It would be the first time in history. ASEAN is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising ten Southeast Asian states.Since its formation on 8 August 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, its membership has expanded to include Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Vidarbha win their 1st ever Ranji Trophy

1 : Vidarbha made history by winning their first ever Ranji Trophy title, beating Delhi by nine wickets in Indore.This was Nagpur-based Vidarbha’s first ever appearance in a Ranji Trophy final.Fast bowler Rajneesh Gurbani took 6 for 59, including a hat-trick.

78th Session of Indian History Congress

The 3 day long 78th session of the Indian History Congress began in Kolkata. The Indian History Congress will have 6 sections this time – Ancient India, Medieval India, Modern India, Countries Other than India, Archaeology and Contemporary India.The aim of conducting Indian History Congress is for promotion and encouragement of the scientific study of Indian History.

ISC to be held in March in Imphal

The 2018 edition of the historic Indian Science Congress will be held at Manipur University, Imphal, in March. The event was scheduled at the Osmania University (OU), Hyderabad, in the first week of January but had to be moved out due to “security problems.”The aim of the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) is to advance and promote the cause of science in India.

Fossil shows life existed 3.5 b yrs ago

An analysis of ancient fossil microorganisms indicates that life on Earth evolved very early on the planet’s history – at least about 3.5 billion years ago.The microorganisms were found preserved in rocks from Western Australia.The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.This strengthens the case for life existing elsewhere in the universe.

First museum dedicated to female artist

Iran has opened its first museum dedicated to a solo female artist – Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who received widespread international attention during decades of exile.The institution will showcase fifty works from the ninety-three-year-old artist’s personal collection.The Monir Museum is located in in the historic Negarestan Museum Park Gardens, a former Qajar-era palace complex.

International Migrants Day

18 : Adopted by the United Nations in 2000, the International Migrants Day is celebrated every year on December 18.The day is intended to raise awareness about migrant rights amid rising migration and globalization.The theme of this year is ‘Safe Migration in a World on the Move’.According to UN, the total number of international migrants are 244 million, highest ever in human history.

WB Group to stop investing in oil & gas

World Bank Group will end its financial support for oil & gas exploration within next 2 years in response to growing threat posed by climate change.It marks a major change in strategy for WBG, which has historically sought to support extraction of natural resources.The Bank currently holds $961m of guarantee operations, set up to support private sector investments in gas & oil explorations

1st batsman to hit 3 ODI double hundreds

Rohit Sharma hit his third double hundred in ODI cricket as he scored unbeaten 208 runs in the second ODI against Sri Lanka.With this Rohit has become the only cricketer to have scored 3 double centuries in ODIs, 2 of them have come against the same opponent, Sri Lanka.He is also the third Indian & first captain to score a double ton in the history of cricket.

Afghanistan to play their 1st ever Test

India will host Afghanistan for their first ever Test in 2019-2020.Afghans were scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 versus Australia but considering the historic relationship between India and Afghanistan, BCCI decided to host their first Test.Afghanistan & Ireland were made full members of the ICC in June, becoming the sport’s 11th and 12th Test-playing nations.

Britain & EU reach historic deal

Britain & EU reached a historic deal on terms of Brexit divorce after European Commission found sufficient progress made by Britain on separation issues.The agreement paves way for EU leaders to open the 2nd phase of Brexit negotiations, covering trade talks & a transition period.Britain voted in June 2016 to become the 1st state to leave EU, after more than 4 decades of membership.

Kanchanmala Pande wins Gold

Visually impaired swimmer Kanchanmala Pande scripted history as she became the 1st Indian to win gold at World Para Swimming Championship, taking place in Mexico.Pande stood 1st in the in 200 meters medley event in the S-11 category.She was selected in the Indian squad on basis of her excellent performance at IDM Berlin Para-Swimming Championship at Berlin.

Book on Indian cinema

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has launched a book based on Indian cinema in Mumbai.The book, titled ‘Bollywood: The Films! The Songs! The Stars!’ is Co-authored by S.M.M. Ausaja, Karan Bali, Rajesh Devraj and Tanul Thakur.It is a coffee table book, which provides historical insights & behind-the-scene exclusives of the most iconic movies made in the history of Indian film industry.

Assam to celebrate ‘Lachit Divas’

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the Assam government would celebrate ‘Lachit Divas’ at various state capitals in India from next year. ‘Lachit Divas’ is celebrated to promote the ideals of Lachit Borphukan – the legendary general of Assam’s history. Sarbananda Sonowal took part in the Lachit Divas celebration at the statue of Lachit Borphukan at Brahmaputra riverfront.

26th November: Constitution Day

26th November is Constitution Day. On the day in 1949, the constitution was adopted which came into force on January 26, 1950, marking the beginning of a new era in the history of India. From 2015, the Government is observing 26th November as Constitution Day. The HRD Ministry has launched a Digital Signature campaign to generate awareness on fundamental duties enshrined in the Constitution.

Lucknow to get its first woman mayor

When it goes to polls on November 26, Lucknow will create history of sorts by electing its first-ever woman mayor in a hundred years. This time, the Lucknow mayoral seat has been reserved for women, hence all parties have fielded women candidates. In 1916, when UP Municipalities Act came into being, Barrister Syed Nabiullah became the first Indian to head the local body.

Paytm acquires stake in CreditMate

Paytm has acquired a stake in CreditMate, a Mumbai-based startup which evaluates creditworthiness of people seeking loans to buy two-wheelers. Paytm will leverage CreditMate’s proprietary credit and asset valuation technology to create a loan management system in collaboration with its lending partner. CreditMate technology will help Paytm offer loans to users with limited credit history.

Issue size of Bharat 22 ETF increased

Central Government announced that issue size of New Fund Offer (NFO) of Bharat 22 Exchange Traded Fund has been raised to Rs 14500 crore from Rs. 8000 crore earlier. Bharat 22 ETF was oversubscribed by four times. It received the highest subscription to any new fund offer (NFO) in the history of Indian mutual fund industry. NFO of Bharat 22 ETF was managed by ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund.

Sarah Clarke: 1st female Black Rod

Sarah Clarke, a former director of the Wimbledon tennis championships, has been appointed as Black Rod at the House of Lords. It is the first time a woman has held this position in the UK parliament’s 669-year history. She is currently championships director at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Black Rod is the senior official responsible for maintaining order at the House of Lords.

India wins ICJ seat

India’s nominee to the ICJ Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected after the United Kingdom withdrew its candidate Christopher Greenwood. The U.K. chose to withdraw after it became clear that it would not win the contest in the General Assembly and it did not have adequate support in the UNSC. This is the first time in the 70-year history of the United Nations that the U.K. will not be on ICJ.

Army Organises Youth Fest at Kishtwar

Army organised a mega event Youth Fest : 2017 on 13 Nov 2017 at the historic Chowgan ground of Kishtwar. The Fest was an amalgamation of varied programmes highlighting the rich culture of different regions of India and stalls of food and games for people of all the age groups to rejoice & cherish. The event also encompassed display of various ethnic specialties from across the country.

Starc made history with two hat-tricks

Mitchell Starc became the 1st man to take 2 hat-tricks in the same first-class game. He became only the 18th player in first-class cricket history and the first in 39 years to achieve the feat. Having removed Jason, David Moody & Simon Mackin in WA’s first innings to complete his first career hat-trick, Starc then got both Behrendorff and Moody again off the final two deliveries

New ant species in the Western Ghats

Researchers have discovered a new species of ant in the Western Ghats. The new species was found in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The research, published in the latest issue of journal Zootaxa, was undertaken by Kalesh Sadasivan and Manoj Kripakaran, members of the NGO Travancore Natural History Society’s Ant Research Group.

Srirangam temple wins UNESCO award

Srirangam temple of Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu has won the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award of Merit 2017 for cultural heritage conservation. The use of traditional methods in renovating temple and re-establishment of rainwater harvesting and historic drainage system were the main reasons behind getting the award. It has become the first temple in Tamil Nadu to be given the prestigious award.

Former BCCI GM M.V. Sridhar passes away

On October 30 2017, Dr. M.V. Sridhar, 51 a Former Hyderabad Ranji Trophy star and ex-secretary of the Hyderabad Cricket Association passed away. He was also serving as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) General Manager from 2013. He has the distinction of the third-highest individual score in the history of the Ranji Trophy against Andhra in January 1994.

Kidambi Srikanth Wins French Open

India’s Kidambi Srikanth created history as he became the first Indian player to win four Superseries titles in a year after he won the men’s singles title at the French Open. He defeated Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 in the final to achieve this feat. This win was another addition to the Indian’s list of firsts as he also became the only Indian to win the French Open.

Jeff Bezos: World’s richest person

According to Forbes magazine, Jeff Bezos surpassed Bill Gates as the richest person in the world. The fortune of Amazon’s founder reached some $90.6 billion, compared with the $90.1 billion that the online edition of the magazine attributes to Gates. This is not the first time that Bezos has outpaced Gates – it previously happened in July 2017 when Amazon shares hit a historic high.

1st War of Independence: Paika Bidroha

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar mentioned that from the next academic session, ‘Paika Bidroha’ of 1817 will be included in history text books as ‘the First War of Independence’. Paika Rebellion was an armed rebellion against British East India Company, which broke out in the year 1817 across Odisha. Combination of social-political-economic causes triggered the Paika rebellion.

Playboy features first transgender model

Men’s magazine Playboy has featured its first ever transgender model as ‘playmate’ in its November 2017 issue. This has been done in a move to create way for all women including transgenders in fashion and other sectors. Ines Rau, a French fashion model has become the first transgender model to appear as a centerfold in the Playboy magazine’s 64-year history.

Verghese appointed as WBCSD Chairman

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has appointed NRI businessman Sunny Verghese, co-founder and CEO of Singapore-based Olam International, as its new chairman from 2018. He is the first ever Asian CEO to be appointed as Chairman in World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s 25 years of history. Sunny will succeed Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever as the Chairman.

Gandhi museum inaugurated in Durban

On 18th October 2017, Gandhi museum was inaugurated on a piece of land once owned by Mahatma Gandhi in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. The museum will reflect the life and universal influence of Mahatma Gandhi. The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Trust has constructed this museum. An exhibition titled ‘Gandhi in Durban’ has been set up at the museum by the Durban Local History Museum.

Pranab Mukherjee’s launched his new book

Pranab Mukherjee launched his new book “The Coalition Years”. The Coalition Years begins its journey in 1996 and explores the highs and lows that characterized sixteen years of one of the most tumultuous periods in the nation’s political history. It is an insightful account of the larger governance phenomenon in India.

Historian Satish Chandra passes away

Veteran and one of the India’s eminent historian Satish Chandra passed away on 13 october 2017, at the age of 95. Satish’s important works include Mughal Empire and its downfall. He was also the author of NCERT’s leading history book ‘History of Medieval India’ which is widely preferred in schools and colleges around India.

Dilli Seminar 2017 at Naval Academy

The 2017 edition of the annual Dilli seminar on ‘India and Southeast Asia – Maritime Trade, Expedition and Civilisation Linkages’ commenced at the Indian Naval Academy. The seminar is being attended by a large delegation of serving senior Naval and Coast Guard officers. The seminar, continues to serve its purpose of apprising the Indian Naval Academy cadets about the rich maritime history.

Claire Polosak all set to make a history

Claire Polosak is going to make history with her umpiring debut in JLT Cup one-day match between New South Wales and Cricket Australia XI, scheduled to be held on 8th Oct. at the Hurstville Oval in Sydney. Polosak will become the first woman to officiate a first-class men’s domestic fixture. She has also officiated four matches at the Women’s World Cup in England earlier this year.

CRPF constable wins gold at Wushu Worlds

4 : Rohtak player Pooja Kadian created history by becoming first Indian wushu player to win a gold medal in the World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Kadian, who is a head constable with CRPF, became the world champion with a win over Evgeniya Stepanova of Russia in the women’s 75 kg event. She had earlier won 3 silver medals in different weight categories in the previous World Championships.

Saudi Authorises Women to Issue Fatwas

Saudi Arabia women can now issue fatwas after the historic recommendation was approved by 107 votes in the Shoura Council. With this, the 45 years old tradition of only specialist men being able to issue fatwas in the Kingdom ended. The ruling comes just days after Saudi Arabia lifted a ban on women’s driving.

Jitu Rai, Heena Sidhu win Gold

Jitu Rai, and Heena Sidhu, picked up their third gold together in the 10m air pistol mixed team event, being held officially for the first time at an ISSF World Cup on the opening day of competitions. India is hosting the tournament for the first time in its history. Rai and Sidhu finished with 483.4 points, while Florian Fouquet and Celine Goberville of France took Silver with 481.

First US military base in Israel

For the first time in history, U.S. has established a permanent military base in Israel. The base will be located within Israel Defense Forces Air Defense School in southern Israel. It will include barracks & several other buildings for U.S. troops to be stationed in the country, as well as systems to identify & intercept aerial threats. It will operate under Israeli military directives.

First African-American to win best actor

Sterling K Brown created history by becoming the 1st African American to win the best actor drama Emmy awards in 19 years for his performance as Randall Pearson in “This Is Us”. This was the second Emmys win for K Brown, who took home a supporting-actor trophy last year. The last African American actor to win the award was Andre Braugher in 1998 for his role in “Homicide: Life on the Street”

PV Sindhu wins Korea Open

PV Sindhu avenged her World Championship loss in Glasgow by beating Nozomi Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 in the Korea Open 2017 women’s singles final to clinch her 3rd Superseries title. Sindhu made history by becoming the first Indian to win the Korea Open. This is Sindhu’s second Super Series title of the year, having earlier won the India Open, beating Spain’s Carolina Marin in the final.

India out of top 100

Indian football team has dropped 10 places to be placed 107 in the latest FIFA ranking released today. Sunil Chhetri-led side notched up 2 victories & a draw in three matches after they were placed 97th last month. India had achieved one of their best rankings in recent history when they climbed to the 96th spot in July. India have dropped below the 100th spot for the first time since May.

Pluto mountains named

12 : 2 mountain ranges on Pluto have been named after Tenzing Norgay & Edmund Hillary respectively by International Astronomical Union. These are the 1st geological features to be named following close flyby by New Horizons spacecraft in 2015. Names pay homage to pioneering space missions, historic pioneers who crossed new horizons in exploration & scientists associated with Pluto & Kuiper Belt.

Longest-serving Prince of Wales

Prince Charles has become the longest-serving Prince of Wales in history The 68-year-old broke the record of Queen’s Victoria’s son Albert, who went on to become King Edward VII after holding the title of Prince of Wales for more than 59 years before becoming monarch. The milestone came a day after his wife, Camilla – Duchess of Cornwall, named a Royal Navy aircraft carrier after her husband

Star India Bag IPL Media Rights

Star India has piped 23 top companies participating in the auction to win the Indian Premier League media rights for a period of five years from 2018-2022. Star India bagged the IPL media rights for a whopping Rs. 16347.5 cr making it the biggest deal in the history of Indian television. Star now hold the both TV and digital rights for IPL all over the world.

Australia and Timor-Leste strike deal

Australia and Timor-Leste have reached a historic agreement, concluding a long-running and bitter maritime boundary dispute over the Timor Sea through conciliation. The deal clarifies the legal status of the Greater Sunrise gas fields, and establishes a regime to develop and share revenue from the resource. Timor sea holds 9tn cubic feet of gas.

1st wicket keeper to have 100 stumpings

Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first wicketkeeper in the history of One-day Internationals to effect 100 stumpings. He surpassed the record of Kumar Sangakkara who has the record of 99 stumpings. Dhoni, recently, became the sixth Indian player to play 300 matches in the 50-over format.

Peggy Whitson returns to Earth

A record-shattering NASA astronaut is set to return to Earth, finishing a 288-day mission that put her over the top as the American who has spent the most cumulative amount of time in space. She is also the oldest female astronaut in the history of space exploration. She is eighth on the all-time space endurance list, NASA said.

Pogba wins Player of the Season award

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been named the Europa League Player of the Season for 2016-17. Pogba was part of the United side that won the Europa League for the first time in the club’s history with a 2-0 win over Ajax in May. United colleagues Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were also shortlisted for the award but Pogba came out on top.