Monday, July 7, 2014

Important Current Affairs for SSC Exams

(1) Kvitova won the Women’s Wimbledon Tennis 2014 Tournament

  • Petra Kvitova of Czechslovakia on 5 July 2014 won the women’s single of 2014 Wimbledon Tennis . To win her second title, she defeated the Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0.
  • On the other hand, Bouchard (20-years-old) became the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final.
  • Sixth seeded, Kvitova with this win, will move up to fourth in the world rankings.

(2) Novak Djokovic won the Men’s Wimbledon Tennis Open defeating Roger Federer

  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia on 6 July 2014 won the Men’s Wimbledon Tennis Open defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland. He defeated Federer 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4.
  • This is the second Wimbledon title for 27-year-old, Djokovic and seventh career Grand Slam. Djokovic won his first Wimbledon title in 2011.
(3)MCC XI won the match played to celebrate 200 years of Lord’s Cricket Ground
  • Sachin Tendulkar-led MCC XI beat Shane Warne-led Rest of the World XI in Lord’s in London, UK.
  • Batting first MCC XI made 296 for 3 wickets. Aaron Finch with unbeatable 181 was the highest scorer of the match. On the other hand, Yuvraj Singh of Rest of the World XI was able to make 132 runs and helped the team to reach a respectable score of 293.
(4)Jitu Rai became first Indian shooter to win three medals in successive ISSF Shooting World Cup
  • Jitu Rai became World Number 1 pistol shooter in the men's 10m air pistol category.
(5) Pankaj Advani won IBSF 6-Red World Snooker title in Egypt
  • Pankaj Advani, the Indian cueist on 29 June 2014 won his maiden IBSF 6-Red World snooker title at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt.
  • To win the title, he defeated Kacper Flilpiak of Poland in a game that lasted for an hour. 
  • He is also one of the youngest Indians to be honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award
(6) Saina Nehwal won Australian Open Super Series title
  • Saina Nehwal, Indian badminton ace, on 29 June 2014 won 750000 US dollar Australian Open Super Series by defeating Carolina Marin of Spain in straight-game 21-18, 21-11 in final played at Sydney.
(7) 35th National Games to be held in Kerala from 31 January to 14 February 2015
  • Mascot: Ammu, the Great Indian Hornbill 
  • Logo: Design in the pattern of Kanikonana (Indian Laburnum Cassia) also resembling a nettipattom (festival elephant's mask)
  • Indian Olympic Association Secretary-general - Rajeev Mehta
  • Indian Olympic Association President - N Ramachandran
  • Goodwill Ambassador of 35th National Games - Sachin Tendulkar
(8) Former Captain of Bangladesh Mohammad Ashraful banned for eight years
  • Former Captain of Bangladesh Mohammad Ashraful on 18 June 2014 was banned for eight years by the disciplinary panel set up by the Bangladesh Cricket Board. 
  • He was found guilty on four charges of fixing matches in Bangladesh Premier League of 2013. Ashraful has also been ordered to pay a fine of one million taka (12280 US dollar).
(9) Australia won the 2014 edition of Men’s Hockey World Cup
  • Australia won the 2014 edition of Men’s Hockey World Cup for second successive time. Australia won against the Netherlands with 6-1 in the final held at Kyocera Stadium in The Hague, Netherlands on 15 June 2014.
  • Best Goal of the Tournament: Sebastien Dockier of Belgium
  • Top Scorer: Gonzalo Peillat of Argentina
  • Best Player of the Tournament: Mark Knowles of Australia
  • Best Goal Keeper: Jaap Stockmann of Netherlands 
  • Young Player of the Tournament: Jeremy Hayward of Australia
(10) Murli Kartik announced his retirement from all forms of cricket
  • Left-arm spinner Murali Kartik on 14 June 2014 announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. During his career, he had played eight Tests and 37 ODIs for India between 1999 and 2007. Also, Kartik had taken 644 wickets from 203 matches.
  • His international debut was against South Africa at Mumbai in February 2000, whereas, it took his two years to play his maiden ODI for India. 
(11) Netherlands won the 2014 edition of Women’s Hockey World Cup
  • Netherlands won the 2014 edition of Women’s Hockey World Cup held in The Hague, Netherlands on 14 June 2014. It defeated Australia 2-0 in the final.
  • This is Netherlands seventh title. It previously won the titles in 1974, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1990 and 2006.
  • Captain of Netherlands: Maartje Paumen 
  • Captain of Australia: Madonna Blyth
  • Best Goal of the Tournament: Kim Lammers of Netherlands
  • Hero Top Scorer: Maartje Paumen (seven goals) 
  • Best Player of the Tournament: Ellen Hoog of Netherlands
  • Best Goal Keeper of the Tournament: Rachael Lynch of Australia
  • Young Player of the Tournament: Florencia Martina Habif of Argentina
(12) Rafael Nadal won French Open Title for the ninth time
  • Rafael Nadal (rank no. 1) of Spain won the French Open title 2014 for the ninth time on 8 June 2014. He is the first men to win five French Open titles in a row
  • He won against Novak Djokovic (rank no. 2) of Yugoslavia with 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, and 6-4 in the final.
(13) Sourav Ganguly joined Mudgal Committee on IPL spot-fixing
  • Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian cricket captain, joined the Mudgal Committee on IPL spot-fixing as an expert on cricketing affairs on 8 June 2014. 
(14) Amla appointed as test cricket captain of South Africa
  • Hashim Amla was appointed as new test captain of South African cricket team on 3 June 2014. 
  • Amla is the successor of Graeme Smith who retired in March 2014 after serving the test side of South African cricket for more than a decade. 

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