Current Affairs 2017 – May

Virat Kohli becomes Only Indian in Top 10 of ICC ODI Rankings

Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli has become the only cricketer to get featured in the top 10 of the ICC Players Rankings for ODIs as he managed to stick to the third spot in the ODI batsman’s chart.


The top three batsmen featured in the ICC ODI Rankings are South Africa’s De Villiers (874), Australia’s David Warner (871) and Kohli (852). The other Indian batsmen who feature in the list are  Rohit Sharma (12th), MS Dhoni (13th) and Shikhar Dhawan (15th). In the top 20 positions of  the list, India, South Africa and England have four batsmen each inside the top 20 while New Zealand (three), Australia and Pakistan (two each) also have registered significant presence.


In the ICC bowler’s chart, India’s left-arm spinner Axar Patel shares 11th position along with New Zealand’s Matt Henry. However, not even a single Indian has featured in the top 10 list of bowlers. The bowler’s chart has been  headed by Kagiso Rabada of South Africa. The second and third positions were occupied by Imran Tahir (722) and Mitchell Starc (701).

The other Indians who feature in the top 20 list include Amit Mishra (13th) and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (joint 18th).
Among the bowlers, Bangladesh and England have three bowlers each inside the top 20, followed by New Zealand, South Africa and Australia with two each.


The all-rounders’ list of the ODI rankings is led by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.

The top five ODI teams are South Africa (122), Australia (118), India (117), New Zealand (114) and England (112).


Darwaza Band Campaign Launched

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has launched a nation wide campaign titled ‘Darwaza Band’ to promote toilet use and freedom from open defecation across the villages of the country. The campaign has been launched in Maharashtra in the presence of actor Amitabh Bachchan, Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Narendra Singh Tomar, and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis.

Salient Highlights

The campaign will run under the Swachh Bharat Mission. The campaign will be rolled out immediately across the country.

Darwaja Band symbolically stands for shutting the door on open defecation.

The campaign is supported by the World Bank.

The campaign envisages to bring about a behaviour change in men who have toilets but are not using them.

Actress Anuskha Sharma is also part of the campaign who will encourage women to stand up for this issue and assume leadership roles in their villages.

Swachch Bharat Abhiyan

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Mission, launched on 2nd of October 2014, is so far the largest programme on sanitation by Indian Government. It has two sub-Missions viz. Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) and Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban). While rural mission comes under the purview of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation; the urban mission comes under Ministry of Urban Development.
The basic objective is to provide sanitation facilities to every family, including toilets, solid and liquid waste disposal systems, village cleanliness, and safe and adequate drinking water supply by 2nd October, 2019.