Pakistan Current Affairs

Pakistan wins 2016 Asia Kabaddi Championship Cup

Pakistan has won the third edition of the Asian Kabaddi Championship 2016 (Circle Style) by defeating India.

In the final match held at Pakistan Ordinance Factory Sports Complex in Wah Cantonment, Pakistan (defending champion) defeated India by 50-31 points.

This is Pakistan’s second successive win in the Asian Kabaddi title as they had won it in 2012.

The championship was organised by the Pakistan Kabaddi Federation (PKF) in collaboration with POF Sports Control Board under the banner of the Asian Kabaddi Federation.

This edition of championship took place in a league format and seven teams including India, Iran, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan had participated.  It should be noted that Pakistan has hosted the Asia Circle Style Kabaddi Cup for the second time. Earlier it was held in 2012.

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Mickey Arthur appointed as Pakistan cricket team’s head coach

Former South African cricketer Mickey Arthur has been appointed as cricket team’s head coach. It was announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

With this appointment he fills the role vacated by Waqar Younis’ resignation in April 2016 following Pakistan’s early exit from the T20 World Cup.

This is Arthur’s third assignment with an assignment of international coaching. Earlier he coached South Africa from 2005 to 2010 and Australia from 2011 to 2013.

Under his coaching

  • South Africa had won first series in England in over 40 years in 2008 and their maiden series victory in Australia in 2008-09 and leading them to the No. 1 ranking in Tests.
  • Australia won 10 of their 19 Tests but the team had an uneasy relationship with him. He was sacked from the role less than three weeks before the 2013 Ashes series in England.

Arthur in his cricket career lasting a decade and a half had played 110 first-class matches in a South Africa domestic cricket.

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Swat activist Tabassum Adnan wins 2016 Nelson Mandela Award

Pakistani women’s rights activist from Swat valley Tabassum Adnan has won prestigious 2016 Nelson Mandela Graça Machel Innovation Award.

She won the award for the individual activist category on the concluding day of the International Civil Society Week (ICSW) held from April 25-28, 2016 in Bogota, Colombia.

With this Tabassum Adnan becomes the second woman from Pakistan’s Swat valley to win this international recognition after Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.

About Tabassum Adnan

  • Tabassum Adnan was a victim of child marriage and was married at the age of 13.
  • The marriage was marked by frequent domestic abuse and ended after 20 years when she gathered the courage to divorce her abusive husband.
  • Later she launched NGO Khwendo Jirga (Sister’s Council), a women-only Jirga where women meet weekly to discuss issues such as honour killings, swara and acid attacks the practice of giving women as compensation for crimes.
  • In 2015, she was awarded 2015 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award in recognition of her untiring efforts and services for women’s rights.

About Nelson Mandela Graça Machel Innovation Award

  • Established in 2004 at the CIVICUS World Assembly in Gaborone, Botswana.
  • Propose: These Awards provide seed funding for innovative ideas emerging from organisations or groups of organisations participating in the CIVICUS World Assembly.
  • Each winner gets funding value of US 5,000 dollars each and also discuss their ideas with the World Assembly participants.

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