Current Affairs - May 2015

India wins 2017 Asia Cup hockey title

India won 2017 Asia Cup hockey title by defeating Malaysia in the final match held in Dhaka, Bangladesh by 2-1 score. It was India’s overall third Asia Cup title and earlier it had won it in 2003 and 2007.

For India goals were scored by Ramandeep Singh (3rd minute) and Lalit Upadhyay (29th). For Malaysia single goal was scored by Shahril Saabah (50th minute). Pakistan won bronze medal by defeating South Korea by 6-3 score in third-fourth place play-off match.

In this edition of tournament, top-ranked India finished unbeaten as it won all matches except for the 1-1 draw against South Korea in the Super 4s stage. For Malaysia, it was their best result in the tournament. They had earlier won bronze medal in 2007 edition of the event in Chennai.

Asia Cup hockey title

The ASHF Asia Cup is an international men’s and women’s field hockey tournament governed by Asian Hockey Federation (ASHF). It was introduced in 1982 for men’s competition and later women’s competition in 1985. So far, South Korea has been most successful team with 4 titles in Men’s (1994, 1999, 2009, 2013) and 3 titles in Women’s competition. India has reached most number of finals in Men’s (8 times) and South Korea, Japan(tied) in Women’s (5 times) competitions.

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31 May: World No-Tobacco Day

World No-Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed every year across the world on 31 May.

This day highlights the health risks associated with consumption all forms of tobacco and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

WNTD 2015, calls on countries to work together to end the illicit trade of tobacco products which is a major global concern including for health, legal and economic, governance and corruption.

Goals of the WNTD 2015 campaign

  • Raise awareness on the harm to people’s health caused by the illicit trade in tobacco products.
  • Promote: Health care gains and programmes, tobacco control policies like increased tax and prices, pictorial health warnings and other measures to curb illicit trade in tobacco products.
  • Demonstrate: How the tobacco industry has been involved in the illicit trade of tobacco products.
  • Highlight: How the illicit trade of tobacco products finances criminal groups for organised crime activities including drugs, human and arms trafficking as well as terrorism.
  • Ratification of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products by all Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) to curb illicit trade.

Each year, global tobacco epidemic kills nearly around 6 million people of which more than 6 lakh are non-smokers who die from breathing second-hand smoke.

Background

  • In 1988, WHO’s World Health Assembly had passed a resolution calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on May 31.
  • Since then, the WHO has supported World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) every year, linking each year to a different tobacco-related theme.
  • WNTD is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the WHO.

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