Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs.
Sushil Kumar is the most expensive wrestler in PWL
Sushil Kumar was wanted by all the teams ahead of the new season of Pro Wrestling League (PWL) and the bidding war created history in New Delhi. Sold to Delhi Sultans for a whopping amount of Rs 55 lakh, Sushil is now the most expensive player in the history of the tournament. PWL 3 is slated to begin from January 9, 2018, and the auction in underway as teams fight to pick the best players and set up a strong team. Sakshi Malik, India’s 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, was bought by the Mumbai Maharathi side for Rs.39 lakh. World Championship gold medalist Helen Maroulis was bought for Rs.44 lakh by Haryana Hammers.
Jairam Thakur to be next Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh
The Bharatiya Janata Party has named Jairam Thakur as legislature party leader in Himachal Pradesh, effectively making him the state’s next chief minister. The BJP’s central observer Narendra Singh Tomar announced Thakur’s name after a meeting of BJP MLAs was convened, with all unanimously deciding in his favour.
Centenary Celebrations of Yoga Institute inaugurated
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has inaugurated the Centenary celebrations of the Yoga Institute in Mumbai. The institute was founded by Shree Yogendraji Mani Haribhai Desai, the disciple of Paramahansa Madhavadasji in 1918. It helps spread yoga practices. According to Naidu practice of Yoga is a holistic way of life leading to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Vijender Singh retains WBO Oriental and the Asia Pacific titles
Vijender Singh defended his WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific super middleweight titles against Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The 32-year-old Haryana pugilist, who is currently sixth in WBO rankings, fought in the mega show called ‘Rajasthan Rumble’. It wasn’t a technical knockout and Vijender Singh had to fight out all 10 rounds to earn the victory. This was his 10th straight win in his pro boxing career.
Sabha Karim appointed General Manager Cricket Operations by BCCI
Former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim has appointed as General Manager (Cricket Operations) of the BCCI. Karim will assume office from 01st January and he will report to CEO Rahul Johri. He will assist Johri in meeting the Board’s vision and strategy. The General Manager’s post has been lying vacant since the resignation of MV Sridhar in September over the issue of conflict of interest. Sridhar passed away on October 30th, 2017.
Mystic Kalinga poetry festival begins in Bhubaneswar
Mystic Kalinga, the international poetry festival began in Bhubaneshwar on the 22nd December 2017. A festival is a two-day event. The theme for this year’s festival is “Aseema- Transcending Boundaries”. Mystic Kalinga is an extension of the Kalinga Literary Festival. Poetry sessions in Hindi, English, Urdu and Bengali were conducted.
United Nations General Assembly Rejects Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital
On 21st December 2017, the UN General Assembly rejected the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. A total of 128 countries voted in favour of the resolution. This included India. Nine members voted against the resolution and 35 countries abstained from the voting.
Henrietta Fore appointed as Executive Director of UNICEF
Henrietta Fore, a former US Aid Head, has been appointed as the Executive Director of UNICEF. She was the first woman to be appointed as the administrator of the US Agency for International Development (US Aid) and held that position from 2006 to 2009. Currently, she is the CEO of Holsman, an investment and manufacturing company. She will assume charge at UNICEF on 1st Jan 2018, replacing the current ED Anthony Lake.
Professor Dhirendra Pal Singh appointed UGC Chairman
On 22nd December 2017, Prof Dhirendra Pal Singh was appointed as the Chairman of the University Grants Commission UGC. He is currently the Director, Assessment and Accreditation Council. He has been appointed Chairman of UGC for a period of five years. Earlier, he was the Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University etc.
NASA astronaut Bruce Mccandless dies aged 80
On 21st December 2017, former NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless died at the age of 80. He was the first person to walk in space without tethers. He performed the spacewalk in 1984 and has been honoured with several awards and citations.
Ex-UP and Delhi Governor Banwari Lal Joshi passes away
The former Governor of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, Banwari Lal Joshi passed away on 22nd December 2017. He was also the former Governor of Meghalaya, Uttarakhand.