Indian Junior Hockey team wins 2015 Men’s Junior Asia Hockey Cup

India’s junior men’s hockey team has won the Eight edition of Men’s Junior Asia hockey cup.

In the finals played at Kuantan (Malaysia) India defeated arch rivals Pakistan 6-2 goals.

For Indian team Harmanpreet Singh scored highest four goals followed by Armaan Qureshi and Manpreet Singh scoring 1 goal each.

Captain of Indian team was Harjeet Singh, while Captain of Pakistan team was Ahmad Shakeel Butt.

In the history of this Cup which is considered as Asia’s Premier Junior tournament both arch rivals had reached the final of for record six times in the last 27 years. South Korea won the bronze medal by defeating Japan by 2-1 goal score in this edition of Cup.

Eight international teams had participated including India, Malaysia, Japan, China, Korea, Pakistan, Oman and Bangladesh in the 8ht Men’s Junior Asia Cup.

Other Awards of Cup

  • Top goal scorer: Harmanpreet Singh of India. He had scored 14 goals.
  • Man of the Match: Harjeet Singh (India).
  • Best Player of the Tournament: Shahril Saabah (Malaysia).
  • Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Vikas Dahiya (India).
  • Fair Play Award: Japanese Team.


Pakistani Cricketer Shoaib Malik announces retirement from Test Cricket

Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik announced his retirement from Test cricket and now will play only in the One-Day International (ODI).

He made this announcement after finishing Test match against England in Sharjah, UAE after he had made a comeback in Test format after five years of gap.

Cricket Career

  • Shoaib Malik had made his ODI debut in 1999 against the West Indies and his Test debut was against Bangladesh in 2001.
  • In his career, Malik had played 35 Tests matches and scored 1,898 runs. It comprised of three centuries and eight half-centuries.
  • He had taken 29 wickets in his Tests career and his best was of 4-33 against England in October 2015.
  • His bowling action also had come under scrutiny and was banned for one-year ban from international cricket in March 2010.
  • Malik is married to Indian tennis legend Sania Mirza since 2010.


7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Hindu Kush Region of Afghanistan

A powerful earthquake of magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter scale has hit the Hindukush region of north-eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The focus of earthquake was centred 196 km deep beneath the Hindu Kush Mountains. It was centred 82 km southeast of Feyzabad district in Afghanistan’s sparsely populated Badakhshan province bordering with Pakistan, Tajikistan and China. Tremors from this earthquake were felt in northern India and Tajikistan.

Tectonic activity in Western Himalayan region

  • Western Himalayan region is one of the most dangerous seismic zones in the world.
  • In this region, Indian tectonic plate under the Himalayas is getting subducted under the Eurasian tectonic plate at Pamir Mountains with a rate of 4-5cm per year.
  • Usually earthquakes in this region originate at depths greater than 100 km and faultlines along this convergence point releases huge energy making it more destructive.
  • Earlier in 2005, a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.6 on Richter scale had hit the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK) region and killed more than 75,000 people dead.