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US wins Women’s FIFA World Cup for 3rd time

United States (US) won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. It is overall third world cup title of US.

In the World Cup final match played at Vancouver, Canada US defeated Japan by 5-2 goals score. US captain and skipper Carli Lloyd scored three goals. Lauren Holiday and Tobin Heath scored one goal each.

2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Awards

  • Golden Ball Award: Carli Lloyd (US), Amandine Henry (France), Aya Miyama (Japan).
  • Golden Boot Award: Celia Sasic (Germany), Carli Lloyd (US), Anja Mittag (Germany).
  • Golden Glove Award: Hope Solo (US).
  • Young Player Award: Kadeisha Buchanan (Canada).
  • Fair Play Award: France.

About Women’s FIFA World Cup

  • Established: (61 years after the men’s first FIFA World Cup held in 1930).
  • Played every 4 years amongst women’s national football teams of the member states of FIFA.
  • After it establishment it was known as Women’s World Cup tournament.
  • Most wins: United States for 3 times (1991, 1999 and 2015), followed by Germany 2 times (2003, 2007).

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Chile wins Copa America title 2015 of football for first time

Chile won South America’s most prestigious football trophy, the Copa America title 2015 for the first time. It is Chile’s first ever international trophy in Football.

In the final match played at Santiago de Chile, the hosts defeated 14 times champion Argentina by 4-1 goals in the penalty shootout as regular match had ended in a goal-less draw.

In the penalty shootout Matías Fernández, Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez and Charles Aránguiz of Chilean team scored 1 goal each. While from Argentina team only Lionel Messi scored goal in the penalty shoot.

It should be noted that Argentina had won Copa America title in 1921, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1991, 1993.

About Copa America title

  • The Copa America (means America Cup in Spanish and Portuguese) title is an annual international football competition.
  • It is played between the men’s national football teams of South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL).
  • It is oldest international continental football competition established in 1916.
  • The present tournament format was restructured in 1993 which involves 12 teams. These teams compete at venues in a host nation over a period of one month.
  • Uruguay has won this title for record 15 times in 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1956, 1959, 1967, 1983, 1987, 1995 and 2011.

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FDI in manufacturing of tobacco products prohibited: RBI

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) prohibited the foreign direct investment (FDI) in manufacturing of tobacco products.

In this regard, RBI has issued a notification which prohibits the manufacturing of tobacco products activities such as wholesale cash and carry, retail trading as they fall under the sectoral restrictions.

This prohibition will be in case of manufacturing of cigars, cigarillos, cheroots and cigarettes of tobacco or of tobacco substitutes. Henceforth with this FDI  restriction, other activities related to these products will be governed by the sectoral restrictions laid down in the FDI policy.

It should be noted that the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), under the aegis of Union Commerce Ministry has framed these guidelines on this sectoral restrictions.

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