Archive For The “Persons in News 2018” Category

UCI strips Lance Armstrong of titles

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  International Cycling Union (UCI), the governing body of cycling, stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life. The decision came following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that has accused him of leading a massive doping programme on his teams. The move will allow Tour…

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Persons in News: Sunil Gangopadhyay

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Eminent Bengali writer and poet Sunil Gangopadhyay passed away. He was Sahitya Akademi President. Known for his poems and novels in both West Bengal and Bangladesh. Used the pen names Nil Lohit, Sanatan Pathak, and Nil Upadhyay First poem: ‘Ekti Chithi’ (A letter) First novel: ‘Atmaprakash’ (Emergence) Other significant works: ‘Pratham Alo’ (‘First Light’), and…

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Persons in News: Yash Chopra

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Renowned filmmaker Yash Chopra(80) passed away. Yash Chopra Born: 27 September 1932 Lahore, British India Directorial debut with Dhool Ka Phool in 1959 Famous Films: Waqt, Ittefaq, Daag, Diwar, Silsila, Kabhie Kabhie, Darr, Dharmaputra, Kala Pathhar, Lamhe   Awards and honors: As a producer he received National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment…

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Persons in News: Anaka Alankamony

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Indian Squash player Ms Anaka Alankamony clinched Ipswich Open women’s title after defeating top seed Kylie Lindsay of New Zealand. With which sports is Ms Anaka Alankamony associated ? Squash           Source:gktoday

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Saina wins Denmark Open

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India’s Badminton star Saina Nehwal has won Denmark Open Super Series Premier Badminton trophy. She defeated Germany’s Juliane Schenk in the finals.           Source:gktoday

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Persons in News: Anil Kumble

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New Chairman of ICC Cricket Committee Former India cricketer and captain Anil Kumble was  appointed as the new head of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) cricket committee. He  replaced former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd. About ICC Cricket Committee:  ICC is a 16-member committee which meets twice a year to consult on playing matters and…

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Persons in News: Ali Zidan

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New Prime Minister of Libya Ali Zidan elected as the new Prime Minister of Libya.  He beat a candidate supported by the Justice and Construction party which is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.           Source:gktoday

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Persons in News: Felix Baumgartner

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First Skydiver to break Sound  barrier Austrian skydiver  Felix Baumgartner: 1) The first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound, reaching a maximum velocity of 1,342 km/h. 2) He also broke the record for the highest ever freefall, after he jumped from a balloon 39 kilometers above New Mexico.        …

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Persons in News: Nkosazana D. Zuma

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First woman chief of African Union Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma became the first woman to take office as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) at the A.U. headquarters in Addis Ababa. She is a South African politician and former anti-apartheid activist. She became the first woman to lead the organization (including its predecessor, the…

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Persons in News: Monisha Kaltenborn

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First Woman Team Principal in Formula one Monisha Kaltenborn of Indian origin became the First  Woman Team Principal in Formula one after taking the hold of team Sauber, a swiss Formula one team. Monisha took the place of Peter Sauber, the founder of the Sauber team, who stepped down from the position.      …

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Persons in News: Malala Yousafzai

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Malala Yousafzai: A school student and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province. She is famous for her education and women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban has at times opposed girls from attending school. Yousafzai gained prominence by giving interviews in print…

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Persons in News: T. Samuel

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Cartoonist T. Samuel passed away The pioneer of pocket cartoons in India, T. Samuel (86) passed away. Samuel belonged to Kollam in Kerala. He began his career as a cartoonist with the Civil and Military Gazette published from Lahore before independence. He came to Delhi during partition as a refugee and joined the famous Shankar’s…

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Persons in News: Rajat Kumar Gupta

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Two-year jail term to Rajat Gupta A U.S. court sentenced Rajat Gupta (63), the former Goldman Sachs Director and McKinsey and Company Managing Partner a 2 year jail term. Who is Rajat Gupta and what is the case? Rajat Kumar Gupta, is an Indian American Businessman. He was global head of McKinsey & Company, the…

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Bhupathi, Bopanna clinch ATP World Tour Masters 1000

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The duo of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna lifted their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title by vanquishing Pakistan’s Aisam- Ul- Haq Qureshi and Netherlands’ Jean- Julien Rojer in the final of the BNP Paribas Masters.           Source:gktoday

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Bangladesh awarded Jagjivan Ram with “Friends of Liberation War Honour”

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Bangladesh awarded Former Deputy Prime Minister  and Defence Minister of India Jagjivan Ram, “Friends of Liberation War Honour” posthumously in recognition to his contribution to the 1971 war.           Source:gktoday

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Persons in News: Ruchir Sharma

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Ruchir Sharma bags Tata Literature First Book Award. Author Ruchir Sharma was honored with the Tata Literature Live! First Book Award for his book Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles. The book gives a clear picture of the shifting balance of global economic power and how it will play out for emerging…

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BCCI awards 2011-12

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BCCI will honor Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli with Polly Umrigar Award at its Annual Awards ceremony to be held on November 21, 2013 in Mumbai. Sachin will be honored for his 100th century while Virat will awarded for being India’s top international cricketer of 2011-12. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar will be receiving the…

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“Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters” French honor to Aishwarya Rai

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was conferred the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans  l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres). The coveted honor was given in recognition of her invaluable contribution to the world of cinema and the development of Indo-French cooperation in cinema, art, and culture. Earlier Indian recipients include Shahrukh Khan,…

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Gulzar honored with Indira Gandhi National Integration award

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Famous lyricist, poet and film director, Gulzar has been conferred with the Indira Gandhi National Integration Award. The award was given to mark the 28th death anniversary of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.           Source:gktoday

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Indian Women Cricket Team lifts ACC T20 Asia Cup 2012

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The Indian women’s cricket team is the winner of first Asian Cricket Council’s (ACC) Twenty20 Asia Cup 2012. They beat Pakistan in the final match held in Guangzhou city of People’s Republic of China. Harmanpreet Kaur played the role of skipper in the absence of Mithali Raj.            Source:gktoday

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Persons in News: Pankaj Advani

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Pankaj Advani clinches World Billiards Championship Pankaj Advani of India beat defending champion Mike Russell of England to win seventh World Billiards Championship 2012 title.           Source:gktoday

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