Virat Kohli becomes first Indian to cross 900 points in ICC ODI player rankings
On 20th February 2018, ICC (International Cricket Council) announced that, Virat Kohli has become the first Indian to cross 900 points in the ICC ODI player rankings with 909 points.
Virat Kohli becomes first Indian to cross 900 points in ICC ODI player rankings:
i. Virat Kohli with a rating of 909 points has become the seventh player in the world to cross 900 points in the ICC ODI player rankings.
ii. Virat Kohli is only behind Sir Vivian Richards – 935 points (1985), Zaheer Abbas – 931 points (1983), Greg Chappell – 921 points (1981), David Gower – 919 points (1983), Dean Jones – 918 points (1991) and Javed Miandad – 910 points (1987).
iii. Virat Kohli is the second batsman after South Africa’s AB de Villiers to cross the 900 point mark in both Tests and ODIs.
About International Cricket Council (ICC):
♦ Chairman – Shashank Manohar
♦ CEO – David Richardson
Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA Lokendra Singh dies in road accident
On 21st February 2018, Lokendra Singh, BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) MLA, passed away in a road accident, in Uttar Pradesh.
Death of Lokendra Singh:
i. Lokendra Singh was an MLA from Bijnor’s Noorpur in Uttar Pradesh. His car collided with a truck in Sitapur, while he was travelling to attend the ‘Investors Meet’ in Lucknow.
ii. Lokendra Singh was 45 years old. His gun men Brijesh Mishra and Deepak Kumar and the truck driver also died in the accident.
Some dams of Uttar Pradesh:
♦ Dhanraul Dam – Ghaghar River
♦ Dhurwara Dam – Betwa River
♦ Matatila Dam – Betwa River
Renowned cardiologist, Padmashri awardee, Dr BK Goyal passes away
On 20th February 2018, Dr BK Goyal, a reputed cardiologist, died after suffering from cardiac arrest, at the Breach Candy Hospital, in Mumbai.
Death of Dr BK Goyal:
i. Dr B K Goyal served patients at the Bombay Hospital since 1966. He was the head of cardiology. In 1980, he was made the Sheriff of Bombay.
ii. He received Padma Shri in 1984, Padma Bhushan in 1989 and Padma Vibhushan in 2005.
iii. He was one among the youngest doctors to become the president of Cardiological Society of India. He also served at the JJ Hospital in an honorary position.
Some stadiums in Maharashtra:
♦ Akola Cricket Club Ground – Akola
♦ Ambajhari Ordinance Factory Ground – Nagpur
♦ Bandra Kurla Complex Ground – Bandra
Eminent Malayalam writer Kunhiraman Panoor passes away
On 20th February 2018, Kunhiraman Panoor, author and civic rights activist, passed away due to age related ailments, in Kerala.
Death of Kunhiraman Panoor:
i. Kunhiraman Panoor was 91 years old. He started his career as an official in the revenue department.
ii. His popular book is ‘Keralathile Africa’. He had received Kerala Sahithya Akademi honour in 2006.
iii. He retirement as deputy collector, and later served as the registrar of Malayala Kalagramam, in New Mahe. He had fought for various human right causes.
Some dams of Kerala:
♦ Malampuzha Dam – Malampuzha River
♦ Parambikulam Dam – Parambikulam River
♦ Solaiyar Dam – Chalakkudi River
International Mother Language Day – February 21
On 21st February 2018, International Mother Language Day was celebrated all over the world.
International Mother Language Day:
i. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) first announced about International Mother Language Day in 1999. It was welcomed by the UN General Assembly later.
ii. International Mother Language Day has been celebrated annually since February 2000. It aims to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
iii. The theme for International Mother Language Day 2018 is: Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development.
About United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):
♦ Director-General of the UNESCO – Audrey Azoulay
♦ Headquarters – Paris, France