Current Affairs Today - Current Affairs 2015

Martin Crowe inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

Former cricket captain of New Zealand Martin Crowe was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

He is 79th male member of the Hall of Fame.

Martin Crowe is third cricketer from New Zealand to be inducted in the Hall of Fame after Sir Richard Hadlee and Debbie Hockley.

About Martin Crowe

  • Crowe started his cricket career in February 1982 against Australia in Wellington. His career spanned 13 years and retired in 1996. He also captained New Zealand team in 16 Tests and 44 ODIs.
  • In his career, he played 77 Tests and had scored 5,444 at an average of 45.36.  It included 17 centuries.
  • Crowe also played 143 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and scored 4,704 runs at an average of 38.55. It included four centuries and 34 half-centuries.


Winners of Dubai ATP Tennis Championship 2015

Men’s singles

Roger Federer of Switzerland won the ATP Tennis Championship Men’s single title held in Dubai. In the final match, he defeated Novak Djokovic of Serbia by score of 6–3, 7–5.

It was Roger Federer’s seventh win in Dubai ATP Tennis men’s single’s title. Earlier, he had won in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012 and 2014.

Women’s singles

Romanian professional tennis player Simona Halep won the ATP Tennis Championship women’s single title held in Dubai.

In the final match, she defeated Karolína Plíšková of Czech Republic by score of 6-4, 7-6.

Men’s doubles

Rohan Bopanna (India) and Daniel Nestor (Canada) won the Dubai ATP Tennis Championship men’s doubles title.

In the final match they defeated Aihsan-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Pakistan) and Nined Zimonjic (Serbia) by score of 6-4, 6-1.

Women’s doubles

Tímea Babos (Hungary) and Kristina Mladenovic (France) won the Dubai ATP Tennis Championship women’s doubles title.

In the final match they defeated Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain) and Carla Suárez Navarro (Spain) by score of 6-3, 6-2.


DAC gives nod to MCMV project

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on 28 February 2015 gave approval for afresh Mine Counter Measure Vessel (MCMV) project worth over Rs 32,000 crore.

This decision was taken by DAC meeting chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

MCMV project will built specialized vessels for the Indian Navy as per Make in India policy at Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) in collaboration with a foreign manufacturer. These ships will weigh around 600 to 1,000 tonnes and will be used to dismantle antiship mines.

DAC also gave approval for

  • Buying one C-130J medium transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) at a cost of Rs. 530 crore. This aircraft will replace a C-130 J which had crashed in 2014 near Gwalior.
  • Buying 38 more Pilatus trainer aircraft from Switzerland a cost of Rs. 1,500 crore. These trainer aircraft will train IAF fighter pilots.

It should be noted that DAC is the apex body for clearing defence procurement proposals forwarded by the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.