Bharat Khandare becomes first India-Born Fighter to sign with Ultimate Fighting Championship
On 11th November 2017, Bharat Khandare became first Indian-born Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter to be signed by the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).\
Bharat Khandare – signed by UFC:
i. Bharat Khandare will have his debut fight against Pingyuan Liu, who has won 12 fights in the tournament, in the UFC Bantamweight division at the UFC Fight Night in Shanghai on 25 November 2017. It will be the first UFC event held on mainland China.
ii. Arjan Singh Bhullar was the first Indian-origin fighter to be signed by the UFC. Bhullar had represented Canada at the 2012 London Olympics.
iii. Khandare Bharat was introduced to Mixed Martial Arts through the Internet. He had a wrestling background and soon, he took up kickboxing.
About UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship):
♦ American mixed martial arts organization
♦ Headquarters – Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
♦ President – Dana White
Dhoni inaugurates his first global cricket academy in UAE
On 11th November 2017, Mahendra Singh Dhoni inaugurated his first global cricket academy in the United Arab Emirates.
Dhoni’s global cricket academy:
i. The academy was officially launched by Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the presence of trainees, parents and other key stakeholders of the facility.
ii. The academy was jointly launched by Dubai-based Pacific Sports Club and Aarka Sports Club. It has been in operation for a couple of months at theSpringdales School in Al Quoz.
iii. The facility named the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy (MSDCA) will have coaches from India to train the wards.
iv. The academy has the following facilities: four turf, three cement and three matted pitches, spin and swing bowling machine, safety nets, lights for night practice, in-house sports shop for quality cricket gear and video analysis.
About Mahendra Singh Dhoni:
♦ Captained the Indian team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014
♦ Role – Wicket-keeper batsman
♦ Awards – Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, ICC World ODI XI, ICC World Test XI, ICC ODI Player of the Year etc.
Teddy Riner remains undefeated and claims tenth World title
On 11th November 2017, Teddy Riner won his tenth World title in the 2017 Judo World Championships Open in Marrakesh and remains undefeated emperor in judo.
Teddy Riner – 10th world title in judo:
i. French heavyweight judo champion Teddy Riner won his 10th world title with victory at the open-weight world championships in Marrakech.
ii. Teddy Riner is 28 years old. He is from Guadeloupe, France. He obtained his 144th consecutive win by beating Belgian Toma Nikiforov in the final.
iii. Teddy Riner won his ninth gold medal at the world championships in Budapest two months ago. He had already become the most successful judoka of all-time with his eighth title in 2015.
iv.He has not faced defeat since losing in the final of the open-weight championships to Japanese fighter Daiki Kamikawa in September 2010.\
About 2017 World Judo Open Championships:
♦ Highest level of international judo competition, along with the Olympic judo competition
♦ Venue – Marrakech, Morocco
♦ Dates – 11-12 November 2017
Veteran Cyclist Ashok Khale Passes Away
On 11th November 2017, veteran cyclist Ashok Khale, who was recently injured in an accident on the Sion-Panvel highway, died in Bombay Hospital during treatment, in Mumbai.
Death of Ashok Khale:
i. Ashok Khale was 64 years old. He met with an accident near Mankhurd recently when he was on cycling to Khopoli.
ii. He was injured in the hit-and-run case and was battling for life in the Bombay Hospital. He died on 11th November 2017 during treatment.
iii. He has won several medals for cycle-riding in state and national-level championships. He used to participate in the Giro d’Italia, an annual multiple-stage bicycle race primarily held in Italy and covered several countries in 5-6 days.
iv. He was also called as the King of the Ghats. He was also the recipient of the Shiv Chhatrapati award.
About Ashok Khale:
♦ Occupation – Cyclist
♦ Nick Name – King of the Ghats
Former Nepal PM Kirti Nidhi Bista passes away
On 11th November 2017, Nepal’s three-time Prime Minister Kirti Nidhi Bista passed away at Gyaneswor, in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Death of Kirti Nidhi Bista:
i. Kirti Nidhi Bista was Nepal’s three-time Prime Minister. He passed away on 11th November 2017 in his residence at Gyaneswor, Kathmandu after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 90 years old. He is survived by two sons and three daughters.
ii. He served as Prime Minister from 1969 to 1970, 1971 to 1973 and 1977 to 1979 during the party-less Panchayat system under two monarchs – King Mahendra and King Birendra.
iii. Later in 2005, he served as the Vice Chairman of the government under the direct regime led by King Gyanendra.
About Kirti Nidhi Bista:
♦ Occupation – Nepali politician
♦ Positions held – Prime Minister of Nepal thrice, Vice Chairman of Nepal government
Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) to celebrate Child Rights Week ‘Hausla 2017’
The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) will celebrate the Child Rights Week ‘Hausla 2017’ from 16th to 20th November, 2017.
i. India celebrates Children’s Day on 14th November and the International Child Rights Day is on 20th November every year. The in between period will be celebrated as Child Rights Week by WCD Ministry by hosting an Inter CCI Festival for the children who reside in Child Care Institutions (CCIs).
ii. The following events are to be organized in Hausla 2017:
1.Bal Sandad – 16th November 2017
2.Painting Competition – 16th November 2017
3.Athletics Meet, Chess Competition and Football Matches – 19-20th November 2017
5.The Concluding Ceremony – 20th November 2017
About Universal Children’s Day:\
♦ Date – 20 November
♦ Purpose – to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare
Public Service Broadcasting Day – November 12
On 12th November 2017, Public Service Broadcasting Day was observed all over India.\
Public Service Broadcasting Day:
i. In the memory of the first and only address by Mahatma Gandhi on All India Radio (AIR) on November 12 in 1947, this day was announced as a Public Service Broadcasting Day.
ii. Mahatma Gandhi had stepped inside the studios of Broadcasting House on 12 November 1947 to address refugees camping in Kurukshetra in Haryana whom he could not personally visit.
iii .The All India Radio, Hyderabad, celebrated the Public Service Broadcasting Day on 12th November 2017 with a meeting at Bakaram village of Moinabad mandal in Ranga Reddy district, to make villagers aware on the need to listen to AIR programmes to enlighten themselves on various subjects.
About All India Radio (AIR):
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi
♦ Owner – Prasar Bharati
♦ Also known as – Akashvani
World Pneumonia Day – November 12
On 12th November 2017, World Pneumonia Day was observed all over the world.
World Pneumonia Day:
i. World Pneumonia Day was first observed in 2009 when over 100 organisations joined to form the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia.
ii. World Pneumonia Day helps to highlight the severity of pneumonia and encourages more organisations to look at ways of fighting the disease.
iii. The objectives of this day are to raise awareness about pneumonia, promote methods to protect against pneumonia, prevent and treat pneumonia and generate action to fight pneumonia.
iv. Pneumonia is one of the most solvable problems in global health and yet a child dies from the infection every 20 seconds.
♦ Inflammatory condition of the lung affecting primarily the small air sacs known as alveoli
♦ Causes – infection with viruses or bacteria and less commonly by other microorganisms
♦ Symptoms – productive or dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing