Typhoon Damrey batters Vietnam
Typhoon Damrey hit Vietnam on 4th November 2017 and made landfall causing devastation. This was the strongest cyclone in Vietnam in 16 years. It weakened and fully dissipated on 5th November 2017.
i. Typhoon Damrey killed at least 27 people and 22 are missing after it hit southern Vietnam. Winds of 140 kmph sunk around 228 vessels off the coast of Phu Yen Province and 17 of the the crew of a cargo ship went missing.
ii. More than 36,000 people in the coastal Can Gio district of Ho Chi Min city were evacuated. Thousands of houses were damaged and 600 were destroyed. Hundreds of trees and electricity poles were felled. 40,000 hectares of crops were destructed.
♦ Capital – Hanoi
♦ Currency – Vietnamese dong
♦ President – Tran Dai Quang
♦ Prime Minister – Nguyen Xuan Phuc
National Cycling Championships organized in Delhi to promote fuel conservation
On 5th November 2017, the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) organised Delhi’s first ‘Saksham Pedal Delhi’ cyclothon event to promote cycling and conservation of transport fuel.
Saksham Pedal Delhi:
i. The Saksham Pedal Delhi event started from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. The event was supported by the Cycling Federation of India.
ii. The event was conducted in four categories – Elite Cycling (50km/30km), Amateur Ride (30 km), Open Ride (10 km) and Green Ride (5 km).
iii. More than 5,000 participants took part in the event including India’s 150 elite cyclists. Main objective of event was spreading public awareness on fuel conservation.
iv. The event was inaugurated by Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. Actor Farhan Akhtar was the brand ambassador of Saksham Pedal Delhi.
About Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA):
♦ Purpose – helps the government in proposing policies and strategies aimed at reducing India’s dependency on oil
♦ Executive Director – Alok Tripathi
India beat China to lift women’s Asia Cup hockey title
On 5th November 2017, India won the women’s Asia Cup hockey title 2017 at Kakamigahara in Japan.
India wins women’s Asia Cup hockey title 2017:
i. The Indian women’s hockey team ‘Women in Blue’ defeated China in the final of the Asia Cup 2017 with a score of 1-1. India has won the gold medal after 13 years.
ii. In the penalty shootout Rani scored twice and Monica, Lilima Minz and Navjot scored a goal each. Savita was selected as Goalkeeper of the Tournament andMonica won the Woman of the Match award.
iii. This is India’s second title in the history of the tournament. India has finished at top place after 2004. With this victory, the Indian team has also booked a place at the 2018 Hockey World Cup.
About 2017 Women’s Hockey Asia Cup:
♦ Host – Japan
♦ Dates – 28 October – 5 November 2017
♦ Teams – 8
Shiv Kapur clinches Panasonic Open title
On 5th November 2017, Shiv Kapur won his first Asian Tour title in India, bagging the Panasonic Open title 2017 at the Delhi Golf Club.
Shiv Kapur – Panasonic Open title 2017:
i. Shiv Kapur won the Panasonic Open title 2017 by three strokes, after bringing home a card of four-under 68 in the fourth and final round at the Delhi Golf Club.
ii. It is the second Asian Tour title of the season for Shiv Kapur. He had won the Yeangder Heritage in April and finished second at the Thailand Open this season. He had won his first Asian tour title in 2005 at the Volvo Masters of Asia.
iii. Others who finished tied second are Karandeep Kochhar, SSP Chawrasia and Om Prakash Chouhan.
About Panasonic Open title 2017:
♦ Location – New Delhi
♦ Format – Stroke play
Veteran Malayalam Actor Vettoor Purushan passed way
On 4th November 2017, Veteran Malayalam actor Vettoor Purushan passed away following old age illness, in Kerala.
Death of Vettoor Purushan:
i. Malayalam actor and comedian Purushothaman was also called as Vettoor Purushan. He was 70 years old. He died as his condition deteriorated while being taken to hospital.
ii. He is survived by his wife. His body was cremated at his wife’s house at Palode, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
iii. Vettoor Purushan started his career on silver screen with the movie ‘Nadee nadanmare avashyamund’ which was released in 1974.
iv. He had acted in ‘Athbhutha Dweep’, ‘Sooryavanam’, ‘Itha Innu Muthal’ films. He had played various characters. He had also acted in television serials.
About Vettoor Purushan:
♦ Occupation – Actor
♦ Language – Malayalam
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
On 6th November 2017, International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict was observed all over the world.
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict:
i. On 5th November 2001, the UN General Assembly declared 6 November of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.
ii. This day is an opportunity to take steps to reduce the damage from conflicts and protect the natural resources that are crucial for sustainable development.
iii. In regard to this day, the UN insists on the importance of including action plan on the environment as part of conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peace-building strategies.
About UN General Assembly:
♦ Purpose – main deliberative, policy-making and representative organ of the UN
♦ President – Miroslav Lajcak