Dubai Current Affairs - 2020

Indian girl honoured in UAE for Green efforts

An 8 year old Indian origin student named Nia Tony was honoured during 22nd edition of Emirates Recycling Awards in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). She won the award in the paper section in individual category for collecting a total of 14,914 kg of paper waste.

Key Highlights

  • Ms. Tony was honoured with Eco Champions of Recycling award for her efforts in keeping the environment clean by collecting paper waste.
  • She collected nearly 15,000 kg of paper waste in Gulf’s United Arab Emirate (UAE) as part of a nationwide recycling campaign.
  • She campaigned around her residency area to collect paper, so that it can be recycled. Every week, she used to go out for collecting newspapers, magazines, and other paper that people threw away or didn’t wanted to keep.

About Emirates Recycling Awards

  • The campaign was organized by the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), a non-governmental professional working group based in UAE.
  • The Emirates Recycling Awards were conducted to celebrate World Environment Day (observed on 5 June). The event was held under the Patronage and in esteemed presence of H.E. Engr. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of Department of Civil Aviation and Honorary member of EEG.
  • Categories: This eco-friendly drive in UAE was based on three categories- (1) corporations, (2) academic institutions and (3) individuals/families.
  • The materials that were collected during campaign included paper, plastic, glass, cans, mobiles, among other items.
  • Significance: Through this nationwide recycling campaign, EEG was able to reduce projected carbon emissions by about 73,393 metric tonnes.

India’s G.S. Lakshmi becomes 1st Female ICC Match Referee

India’s G.S. Lakshmi ha becomes first woman to be appointed to International Cricket Council’s (ICC) International Panel of Match Referee. She will be eligible to take charge in international games with immediate effect.

Key Facts

  • Women Officials on ICC Development Panel of Umpires: now includes eight women, namely Eloise Sheridan, Claire Polosak, Shivani Mishra, Lauren Agenbag, Mary Waldron, Kim Cotton, Jacqueline Williams and Sue Redfern.
  • Earlier in May 2019, Claire Polosak became first ever woman umpire to stand in a men’s ODI.
  • Kathy Cross was the first woman on development panel of umpires retired in 2018.

About G.S. Lakshmi

Lakshmi, (now aged 51) was first appointed as a match referee in domestic women’s cricket in 2008-09. As a referee she has overseen three women’s ODI matches and three women’s T20I matches.

About ICC

  • It is the global governing body of cricket and was earlier named as ‘Imperial Cricket Conference’.
  • It was founded in 1909 by representatives from South Africa, Australia and England
  • It is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).