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Current Affairs for 9 February 2016
February 9, 2016
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CHINAPPA BEATS PAKISTANI RIVAL, CLINCHES SQUASH GOLD

1.Star player Joshna Chinappa clinched the gold in women’s individual squash after beating Maria Toorpaki Wazir of Pakistan in a tense and ill-tempered summit clash to make up for India’s disappointment in the men’s event on Monday.

2.Top seed Chinappa, ranked 14th in the world, recovered from one set down to beat second seeded Wazir 10-12 11-7 11-9 11-7 at the brand new squash facility at the R G Baruah Sports Complex here.

3.With Chinappa’s gold, India has so far won three medals in squash with Sourav Ghosal and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu having grabbed a bronze each after losing to their Pakistani opponents yesterday.


 

MADHESIS CALL OFF PROTEST, END INDIA-NEPAL BORDER BLOCKADE

1.Nepal’s agitating Madhesis on Monday called off their nearly five-month long blockade at the India-Nepal border, bringing relief to the country suffering severe shortages of fuel, medicine and other supplies due to the protests against a new constitution.

2.The announcement to end the border blockade comes ahead of Prime Minister KP Oli’s trip to India on February 19, the first overseas visit of the new Nepalese premier.

3.The UDMF has announced only three protest programmes including a torch rally, a lathi rally and a people’s vote collection campaign in district headquarters.

4.Nepal’s Madhesi community, largely of Indian origin, are opposed to the new constitution that divides their ancestral homeland under the seven-province structure and have led an ongoing blockade of key border trade points with India.


 

INDIA MAKES A CLEAN SWEEP

1.The youthful exuberance of Vikas Thakur was on full display as India made a clean sweep of the four gold medals to be decided in the weightlifting competitions of the 12th South Asian Games at the Bhogeswari indoor stadium here on Monday.

2.The 22-year-old from Ludhiana came off with only two lifts — one each in snatch and clean & jerk — as he polished off the field in the men’s 85kg class to collar the gold with a total of 300kg.

3.The 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games silver medallist cleared 140kg in snatch on his first attempt and then passed the chance to raise the bar further.

4.In clean & jerk, he repeated the tactic ensuring the gold with a lift of 160kg.


THREE CHEERS FOR SANDEEP SEJWAL

1.India’s Sandeep Sejwal was the cynosure of all eyes for the third day running at the Dr. Zakir Hussain swimming pool here on Monday.

2.The 27-year-old from Delhi, who took the gold in the men’s 100m and 200m breaststroke over the last two days, proved unbeatable once again as he clinched his third gold medal of the 12th South Asian Games.

3.The day was also marked by good performances from P.S. Madhu — who led India to a 1-2 in the men’s 100m backstroke — and V. Malavika, winner in the women’s 800m freestyle with a record timing.


 

SOUTH ASIAN GAMES: JOSHNA CHINAPPA CLINCHES GOLD

1.Star player Joshna Chinappa clinched the gold in women’s individual squash after beating Maria Toorpaki Wazir of Pakistan in a tense and ill-tempered summit clash to make up for India’s disappointment in the men’s event at the South Asian Games here on Monday.

2.Top seed Chinappa, ranked 14th in the world, recovered from one set down to beat second seeded Wazir 10-12 11-7 11-9 11-7 at the brand new squash facility at the R G Baruah Sports Complex here.

3.With Chinappa’s gold, India has so far won three medals in squash with Sourav Ghosal and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu having grabbed a bronze each after losing to their Pakistani opponents on Sunday.


 

INDIA SWEEPS BADMINTON AND ARCHERY GOLDS

1.India walked away with all the gold medals on offer in badminton and archery at the South Asian Games on Monday.

2.India steamrollered Sri Lanka 3-0 in both the men’s and women’s sections to win the badminton crown. The host dominanted the archery events as well clinching all the five titles at stake: compound team men’s and women’s, individual men’s and women’s and mixed.

3.K. Srikanth started cautiously against Buwanaka Goonathileka, the Sri Lankan No.1, before running away with the match 21-14, 21-14 in the first men’s match.

4.Goonathileka was at his best when attacking in the first game, matching the World No.9 from the backcourt, at the net, even employing effective jump smashes that yielded a lot of points in the beginning.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  India (IND) 53 20 6 79
2  Sri Lanka (SRI) 11 27 23 61
3  Pakistan (PAK) 4 11 14 29
4  Bangladesh (BAN) 3 7 21 31
5  Nepal (NEP) 1 4 7 12
6  Afghanistan (AFG) 0 2 5 7
7  Bhutan (BHU) 0 1 1 2
8  Maldives (MDV) 0 0 1 1
Total 72 72 80 224

NOTED POET NIDA FAZLI PASSES AWAY, CONDOLENCES POUR IN

1.Condolences poured in for noted Hindi and Urdu poet Nida Fazli, who died here on Monday. He was in his late 70s.

2.Fazli’s daughter confirmed the poet’s demise, a member of the organising team of upcoming Urdu festival Jashn-e-Rekhta told IANS. Fazli was a key guest at the festival.

3.Fazli and Jagit Singh also collaborated on the 1994 album named “Insight”.


 

MIT TEAM BUILDS ENERGY-FRIENDLY CHIP TO BETTER PERFORM AI TASKS

1.A team of US researchers has built an energy-friendly chip that can perform powerful artificial intelligence (AI) tasks, enabling future mobile devices to implement “neural networks” modelled on the human brain.

2.The team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) developed a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks.

3.It is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) so it could enable mobile devices to run powerful AI algorithms locally rather than uploading data to the internet for processing.


 

INSIDE OUT WINS TOP PRIZES AT THE ANNIE AWARDS

Inside Out was the big winner at the 43rd Annie Awards, which honor the year’s achievements in animation. Going into the awards, Inside Out led with 14 nominations, more than any other film, and it won in 10 categories, including best animated feature. Peter Docter also won for best director and outstanding achievement in writing (with Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley), and Phyllis Smith, who voices Sadness, was recognized for outstanding achievement in voice acting.


 

NEW LUMINOUS CREATURES FOUND IN THE RED SEA

The Red Sea is known as one of the best tourist destinations for good relaxation and scuba diving, but few imagined that this place is inhabited by many sea creatures awaiting discovery. An international team of biologists, which included researchers from the Lomonosov Moscow State University and the Russian Academy of Sciences, has discovered a new kind of beautiful luminous creature. They also report for the first time that the localization of luminescence in certain parts of the body can distinguish different species of organisms that have otherwise identical structures. The collections of the MSU have been enlarged by these new fauna species and their DNA.


 

BRENDON MCCULLUM FINISHES ODI CAREER WITH WIN OVER AUSTRALIA

1.New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum ended his one-day international career with a 55-run win over Australia which gave the Kiwis a 2-1 series victory.

2.McCullum, who will retire from all cricket after the Test series against the same opponents this month, scored 47 from 27 balls in his side’s 246.

3.Australia regularly lost wickets and were bowled out for 191.