Divij Sharan and Scott Lipsky crowned European Open champions
India’s Divij Sharan and America’s Scott Lipsky won the European Open trophy in Antwerp, Belgium.
European Open champions:
i. Divij Sharan and Scott Lipsky defeated Santiago Gonzalez and Julio Peralta by 6-4, 2-6, 10-5 in the finals. They won the 2017 European Open title.
ii. Divij Sharan has won his first title of the 2017 season on the ATP World Tour, and third overall, by winning the European Open trophy.
iii. His first two ATP titles came with compatriot Purav Raja, who now plays with Leander Paes. They had won titles in Bogota (2013) and at Los Cabos (2016).
iv. Divij Sharan will next play a Challenger event in Brest with Scott Clayton and may also play in two home Challengers in Pune and Bangalore in November 2017.
About 2017 European Open:
♦ Date – 16 – 22 October 2017
♦ Surface – Hard / Indoor
♦ Location – Antwerp, Belgium
Thakkar first Indian to top ITTF Junior Circuit standings
Manav Thakkar has become the first Indian to occupy the top spot (3,455 points) on the ITTF World Junior Circuit standings.
First Indian to top ITTF Junior Circuit standings:
i. Manav Thakkar hails from Surat. He was previously placed at No. 5 position. He has reached the top position of top ITTF Junior Circuit standings after finishing runner-up at the 2017 Serbian Junior and Cadet Open, Belgrade.
ii. Through this Manav Thakkar has ensured a place for himself in the ITTF World Junior Circuit Finals to be held in February 2018 in Luxembourg.
iii. The players that follow him in ITTF World Junior Circuit standings are American Kanak Jha (2,950 points), Argentinas Francisco Sanchi (2,895 points), Frenchman Bastien Rembert (2,880 points) and Chinese Taipeis Feng Yi-Hsin (2,706 points).
♦ Full form – International Table Tennis Federation
♦ Headquarters – Lausanne, Switzerland
♦ President – Thomas Weikert
Jitu Rai, Heena Sidhu win Gold in 10m Air Pistol mixed team event at ISSF World Cup
Jitu Rai, a Commonwealth and Asian Games gold-medallist, and Heena Sidhu, also a former Commonwealth Gamesgold-winner, 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 .
i. India is hosting the tournament for the first time in its history.
ii. Rai and Sidhu finished with 483.4 points, while Florian Fouquet and Celine Goberville of France took Silver with 481.1. China’s Xiaoxue Cai and Wei Yang came third with 418.2 points.
iii. “It feels great to win here in front of our people, even if this puts a little extra-pressure on us,” said Sidhu at the end of the medal ceremony. “There were high expectations on us and a lot of eyes were looking at me and Jitu for this final, that’s why we trained a lot together in the last days.”
iv. “We like this format, it’s a bit longer than the other ones we tried, but we like definitely like it,” added Rai, who previously won two medals duringthe ISSF World Cup Stage 1 that took place in New Delhi last February and March.
ISSF WORLD CUP
♦ ISSF – International Shooting Sport Federation
♦ Introduced – 1986
Flemming joins NBA India as head of Basketball operations
The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced Scott Fleming, former India men’s national team head coach, has joined NBA India as Head of Basketball Operations.
Flemming – head of Basketball operations – NBA India:
i. Scott Fleming will oversee the league’s youth and elite basketball development in India, including the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program, NBA Academy India and NBA Basketball School.
ii. Fleming, was earlier head coach of the Crusaders Basketball team at the Northwest Nazarene University. He served as India men’s head coach from 2012-2015. He spend two years as an assistant coach for Texas Legends of the NBA G League.
iii. He has 25 years coaching experience, including 20 seasons as head coach and athletic director at Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Ohio). He has won two National Coach of the Year awards and a Christian College National Championship.
About National Basketball Association (NBA):
♦ Purpose – men’s professional basketball league in North America
♦ Commissioner – Adam Silver
♦ Headquarters – New York City
Noted Malayalam director IV Sasi passes away
On 24th October 2017, noted Malayalam filmmaker I.V.Sasi passed away in Chennai.
Death of IV Sasi:
i. I.V.Sasi was 69 years old. He had been ill for a while. He passed away on 24th October 2017 in Chennai. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
ii. His wife Seema is also an actress. He has directed more than 150 movies in his 40 year career. He started his career as an art director for Kaliyalla Kalyanam in 1968.
iii. He made his debut as a director with the movie Ulsavam. He has directed blockbuster movies like Ee Nadu, Itha IvideVare, Angadi, Vartha, Devasuram, Avanazhi and Avalude Ravukal.
iv. He has won various awards like National Film Award, Kerala State Film Awards, Filmfare Awards South, etc.
About I.V. Sasi:
♦ Occupation – Film director
♦ Known for – Malayalam and Tamil movies
World Development Information Day – October 24
On 24th October 2017, the World Development Information Day was observed all over the world.
World Development Information Day:
i. The UN General Assembly declared 24th October as World Development Information Day in 1972. This was done to draw the attention of the world to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them.
ii. The UN General Assembly decided that, the date for the World Development Information Day should coincide with United Nations Day. Hence 24thOctober was chosen.
iii .The United Nations day aims to make people know about the achievements of the United Nations Organization.
iv. The main aim of World Development Information Day is improving the accessibility of information and the mobilization of public opinion, particularly among young people.
About UN General Assembly:
♦ President – Miroslav Lajcak
♦ Purpose – the main policy-making and representative organ of the UN
Disarmament Week – October 24-30
On 24th to 30th October 2017, the Disarmament Week is observed all over the world.
i. The Disarmament week was established in 1978. The observance of Disarmament Week focuses on raising public awareness of the dangers of the arms race and the need for international disarmament.
ii. This week highlights the need to increase the global understanding of the importance of disarmament. An important focus of this week is trying to convince nations to only keep the weapons they need for an adequate police force.
iii. Disarmament Week focuses on both weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, and also small arms.
About UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA):
♦ Purpose – to promote nuclear disarmament
♦ High Representative for Disarmament – Izumi Nakamitsu
United Nations Day – October 24, 2017
United Nations Day is celebrated on 24th October every year across the world.
More Details about United Nations Day:
i. United Nations Day is celebrated on 24th October every year to mark the anniversary of UN Charter which came into force on October 24, 1945. UN Charter is the foundational treaty of the United Nations.
ii. United Nations General Assembly declared 24th October as United Nations Day in 1948.
iii. This day is celebrated to spread awareness about aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization.
iv. In 1971, United Nations General Assembly even adopted a resolution declaring United Nations Day as international holiday and recommended that member states should observe this day as a public holiday.
v. Across the world, UN Day is generally marked by meetings, discussions and seminars revolving around role of UN in modern world.