Current Affairs Today - Current Affairs 2014 - Page 62

Sachin Tendulkar chosen as Goodwill Ambassador of the 35th National Games

Kerala Government has announced cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar as the Goodwill Ambassador for the 35th edition of National Games, slated to be held across seven cities in Kerala early in 2015.

Sachin was chosen as the ambassador during his meeting with Oommen Chandy, the Chief Minister of Kerala. Besides, Mr. Chandy also announced the name of the Kochi franchise team owned by Sachin Tendulkar in the Indian Super League Football Tournament. The team will be called Kerala Blasters Football Club.

Ahmed Maitiq is Libya’s new PM

Ahmed Maitiq took oath as Libya’s new Prime Minister along with his cabinet ministers amidst objections against his election process. Libyan Parliament has been in an impasse since former leader Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011 after protests.

Politicians have raised objections against Maitiq’s election as PM because out of the 200 lawmakers, only 93 were present in the confidence vote. Out of the 93 votes, 83 votes supported Maitiq as the PM. Many have called the confidence vote meaningless considering the absence of over 50% of lawmakers.

Badminton: Japan beat Malaysia to win its first Thomas Cup

Japan clinched its first Thomas Cup defeating Malaysia in the final match held at Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi. Japan defied all the odds and pre-tournament predictions to carve their name in history winning their first Thomas Cup.

The 2014 Thomas & Uber Cup was the 28th tournament of the Thomas Cup and 25th tournament of the Uber Cup, the prestigious badminton team championships for men and women respectively. The Thomas Cup (World Men’s Team Championships), is an international badminton competition.

This was the first time India hosted both the events i.e. Thomas Cup and Uber Cup.

Delhi Govt approves scheme to provide financial help to children of prisoners

A scheme that will provide a fixed amount of money to children of imprisoned parents has been approved by the Delhi Government. The scheme will provide money on a monthly basis to children of incarcerated parents till they attain the age of 18 or until his or her parents are released from prison. The Women and Child Development Department will provide Rs.3,000 for the first child, Rs.2,000 for the second child and Rs.1,500 for the third child.

Japan defeats Australia to lift AFC Women’s Asian Football Cup 2014

Japan won its maiden women’s Asian Football Cup (AFC) defeating defending champion Australia in the final match held in Vietnam. With this win, Japan became the first country to simultaneously hold both the FIFA Women’s World Cup (2011) and AFC Women’s Asian Football Cup (2014). Aya Miyama, the captain of Japan, was awarded the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for her efforts.