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SOON TO BE DECOMMISSIONED INS VIRAAT WINS LAST REGATTA
1.Aircraft-carrier INS Viraat on Saturday won the coveted Cock Trophy during the Western Fleet Whaler Pulling Regatta, making it the last time the warship participated in the event before she is decommissioned.
2.INS Viraat was declared overall winner team and awarded the trophy. In the keenly contested event, aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya emerged runner-up.
3.The winning ship will be called the Cock Ship till the next regatta.
U.P. AN AFFORDABLE AND SAFE TOURIST DESTINATION: SURVEY
1.Improved air connectivity, proper care of heritage sites and better management of pilgrimage spots have helped Uttar Pradesh emerge as an affordable and safe holiday destination for the domestic and foreign tourists.
“Tourist spots in Uttar Pradesh alone might be able to attract about three lakh of these travellers,” the survey- analysis on ‘Year-end tourism trends in India: 2015’ said.
MULAYAM INAUGURATES SAIFAI MAHOTSAV
1.Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday inaugurated ‘Saifai Mahotsav’, a cultural festival held every year in his native village in Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh.
2.The 17-day event, which will see performances by Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, ghazal singer Peenaz Masani and several Bollywood stars, was declared open after Mr Yadav paid obeisance to Lord Hanuman and performed a havan.
ROGER FEDERER, NOVAK DJOKOVIC POISED TO BECOME FIRST $100 MILLION MEN IN TENNIS
1.Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are poised to become the first $100 million men in tennis in 2016, in a gripping sub-plot to the new Grand Slam season.
2.Djokovic, 28, has just over USD 94 million in prize money while Federer, six years the Serb’s senior, has banked USD 97.3 million.
AKSHAY KUMAR IS PBL BRAND AMBASSADOR
1.Premier Badminton League on Saturday announced Bollywood actor and sports enthusiast Akshay Kumar as its brand ambassador. The event is set to start on January 2.
CONGRESS WINS 5 CIVIC BODIES IN M.P.
1.The Congress on Saturday won five out of eight urban local bodies in the municipal election that was held on December 22.
2.The ruling BJP won only three seats—Mandsour, Sehoreand, Shahganj. In the last election the party had won seven out of eight seats.
3.The five urban local bodies which Congress won are: Shajapur Municipal Council and city councils of Majholi, Bhedaghat, Dhamnod and Orcha.
TAMIL NADU SWEEPS CADET TITLES
1.Tamil Nadu reigned supreme in the cadet section while Gujarat boys clinched their maiden sub-junior title at the 77th cadet and sub-junior National table tennis championships on Saturday.
2.Gujarat boys defeated PSPB A 3-1 to win their first title in 77 years in the team championship final.