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Harmanpreet became the first Indian cricketer to play 100 T20Is

9th October, 2019 - Harmanpreet Kaur became the first Indian cricketer to play 100 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). Kaur achieved the milestone before MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma, who has played 98 T20Is for India. She played her 100th T20I against South Africa in Surat, Gujarat on 4 October.

About Harmanpreet Kaur: She was born on 8 March 1989. In June 2009, the all-rounder made her debut against England in Taunton. Kaur has taken 27 wickets and scored 2,003 runs at an average of 28.61 in T20Is so far. In 2017, she was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award for Cricket by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. In 2018 November, she became the first woman for India to score a century in a Women's T20I match.

Month: Current Affairs October2019

Katarina Johnson won Heptathlon gold at the World Championships

8th October, 2019 - Katarina Johnson-Thompson won Heptathlon gold at the World Championships 2019 in Doha, Qatar. She won with a British record of 6,981 points. She defeated 2017 champion Nafissatou Thiam by 304 points. Austria's Verena Preiner took third.

2019 World Athletics Championships:
Edition: 17th Venue: Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar
Dates: 27 September-6 October Events: 49 (24 men, 24 women, 1 mixed)
Organized by: IAAF, Qatar Athletics Federation
Individual prize money (US$): 60,000 (gold), 30,000 (silver), 20,000 (bronze) Team prize money (US$): 80,000 (relay gold), 40,000 (silver), 20,000 (bronze)

Month: Current Affairs October2019

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Roger Binny elected KSCA president

8th October, 2019 - Former India cricketer Roger Binny and his team swept the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) election. It was outgoing KSCA supremo Brijesh Patel swept the polls and he thus retains control of the association. BCCI politics is known to be a close ally of former BCCI president N Srinivasan. Roger Binny elected as the president while J Abhiram became the vice-president. Santosh Menon and Shavir Tarapore were elected as secretary and joint secretary, Vinay Mruthyunjaya, who was elected Treasurer. He defeated Captain MM Harish, while Abhiram won against former journalist Joseph Hoover. Santosh Menon and Mruthyunjaya defeated Raghuram and BN Madhukar respectively. Tarapore won against Preet Hegde. There were 1,066 voters. It was a landslide victory for Binny, Mruthyunjaya.

About Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA)
Founded: 1933
President: Sanjay M Desai
Secretary: Sudhakar Rao

Month: Current Affairs October2019

Maj Khan won a Silver at the 53rd Asian Body Building and Physique Sports Championship

8th October, 2019 - Maj Abdul Quadir Khan of the Corps of Signals won a Silver Medal at the 53rd Asian Body Building and Physique Sports Championship held at Batam, Indonesia. The event was held from 27th September - 03rd October 2019. Maj Abdul Quadir Khan: Maj Khan was commissioned into Body Building in June 2014. In July 2019, he participated in the Indian Body Building Federation (IBBF) selection trials held at Khammam, Telangana. He got selected to represent India. He brought glory to the Indian Army and Corps of Signals.

About Indian Army Corps of Signals: Formed on: 15 February 1911 Corps of Signals is an arm of the Indian Army. It handles military communications. The corps works with the DRDO to develop command and control software.

Month: Current Affairs October2019

India gets its first Floating Basketball Court

7th October, 2019 - India got its first-ever Floating Basketball Court in the Arabian Sea near Bandra Worli Sealink. It was installed by the National Basketball Association on 2 October.

NBA India Games 2019: On 20 December 2018, NBA India had announced that the first-ever NBA game would be organized in the country in October in Mumbai. The NBA India Games 2019 has been prepared to feature the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers, who will play two pre-season games on October 4 and 5 at the Dome, NSCI, SVP Stadium.

About National Basketball Association:
Founded on: June 6, 1946
Countries: United States (29 teams), Canada (1 team)
Headquarters: New York City Champion(s): Toronto Raptors

Month: Current Affairs October2019

Alyssa set the record by scoring highest T20I score in Womens cricket

7th October, 2019 - Alyssa Healy, Australia women's cricket team opener, created a world record by scoring the highest T20I score in Women's cricket on 2 October 2019. She broke the previous record which was held by Australia women's cricket team skipper Meg Lanning. She scored 133 not out against England in 2019.

Record score: Alyssa Healy scored an unbeaten 148 runs off just 61 balls against Sri Lanka in the third and the final Twenty20 International (T20I) held at the North Sydney Oval, Australia. In just 46 balls she reached the three-figure mark. It made her the fastest Australian and the second-fastest in history to complete a century. Healy's previous best score in T20Is was 90 which she scored against India in 2012.

Month: Current Affairs October2019

Avinash Sable is the first Indian man to qualify for World Championships

7th October, 2019 - India's Avinash Sable qualified for the finals of the men's 3000-meter steeple chase under dramatic circumstances after bettering his own national record at the World Championships. in Doha. Avinash became the first Indian man to qualify for a track event final. He clocked 8 minutes 25.23 seconds bettering his earlier national record of 8:28.94, to finish seventh in the first round. The Athletics Federation of India filed an appeal and it is blocked twice during the race, and he got a favourable decision. There was no change in his position and added as a competitor for the final race.

About Avinash Sable: He is an Indian athlete who specializes in 3000 metres steeplechase and holds the national record of 8:25.23 set in 2019.

Month: Current Affairs October2019

Annu Rani Becomes First Indian To Qualify For Women's Javelin Throw Final

5th October, 2019 - Annu Rani became the first Indian to qualify for the women's javelin throw final in World Athletics Championships She did her best attempt of 62.43m which is a National Record. She finished fifth in the qualifying round of World Athletics Championships in Doha, a place above the current World Record holder Barbora Spotakova. Annu Rani had smashed her own national record during the qualification round of the World Athletics Championships. She is 27-year-old Annu opened the qualification round Group A with a 57.05m before sending the iron spear to a distance of 62.43m in the second round. Those who touch the automatic qualifying mark of 63.50m or 12 best performers from Group A and Group B taken together will qualify for the final round.

Month: Current Affairs October2019

Fraser Pryce and Allyson Felix won gold in World Athletics Championships

2nd October, 2019 - Jamaican sprint queen Shelly-Ann and Fraser-Pryce won her fourth 100m crown at the World Athletics Championships 2019 held at Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Qatar. Britain's Dina Asher-Smith won silver and she clocked a time of 10.83sec. Ivory Coast's Marie-Josee Ta Lou won bronze by clocking 10.90sec. Also, the US legend Allyson Felix smashed Usain Bolt's gold medal record tally as she won gold in the World Athletics Championships 2019. She won 26 medals including 6 Olympic golds and 12 World Championship crowns.

World Athletics Championships 2019:
Host: Doha, Qatar
Edition: 17th
Organized by: IAAF, Qatar Athletics Federation.
The Championships is being held from 27 September - 6 October 2019
Participants: Over 2000 athletes from 209 nations

Month: Current Affairs October2019

World Athletics Championships India finish 7th in 4x400m mixed relay final USA win gold

30th September, 2019 - The Indian 4x400m mixed relay team finished seventh in the final race of the World Championships. The team of Muhammed Anas, VK Vismaya, Jisna Mathew and Tom Nirmal Noah clocked 3 minute 15.77 seconds to finish seventh in the field of eight countries on Sunday. It is slower than the 3:15.71 clocked by the Indian team while winning gold in the Asian Games last year. The thord leg Jisna collided with a second leg runner of another country after collecting the baton from Vismaya. Noah recovered a bit but India ended at seventh in the end, ahead of Brazil. United States took the gold in world record timing of 3:09.34 in the event which was making debut in the championships. Jamaica (3:11.78) and Bahrain (3:11.82) secured the silver and bronze respectively. The Indian team finished third in its heat and seventh overall on Saturday with a timing of 3:16.14 to qualify for the finals, which had ensured a Tokyo Olympics berth for the country.

2019 World Athletics Championships:
Host city: Doha
Nations participating: 209
Athletes participating: 1972 entries

Month: Current Affairs September 2019

Parupalli Kashyap storms into semi-finals of Korea Open

30th September, 2019 - Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap progressed to the men's singles semi-finals of the Korea Open Badminton World Tour Super 500 Tournament with a straight-game win over former world no 2 Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen in the quarterfinal match played in Incheon. He is 33-year-old from Hyderabad, who is the lone Indian left in the fray, outsmarted Jorgensen 24-22, 21-8 in 37 minutes to make it to his second semifinal of the season. The 2014 Commonwealth Games gold-medalist will now face world No 1 and two-time world champion Kento Momota of Japan tomorrow. A former World No 6, Kashyap, who was promoted from the qualifying round, had last played Jorgensen five years ago at the Denmark Open. The Indian entered the match with a 2-4 record against Jorgensen, a 2015 World Championship bronze medalist.

2019 Korea Open is the 19th tournament of the 2019 BWF World Tour and also part of the Korea Open championships. The event held since 1991. This tournament is organized by the Badminton Korea Association with sanction from the BWF. This international tournament is held at Incheon Airport Skydome in Incheon, South Korea.

Month: Current Affairs September 2019

England woman wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor retires from International Cricket

30th September, 2019 - England wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor called time on her international career, a statement from the England Cricket Board.

About Sarah Taylor: She made her England debut in 2006. She scored 6,553 international runs is second on England Women's all-time list of run-scorers. Taylor was also a magnetic keeper behind the stumps creating waves with her innovative methods that led her to 232 dismissals, the most in women's cricket. She previously goes on an indefinite break from cricket after the 2016 World T20 in India before returning for the 2017 World Cup.

Month: Current Affairs September 2019

Deepak Punia reached first rank in Wrestling Ranking

29th September, 2019 - World Championship silver medallist wrestler Deepak Punia jumped to world number one position in 86kg, but Bajrang Punia lost the top rank in the 65kg category in the latest rankings issued by the international federation (UWW). He settled for a silver after an ankle injury forced him to pull out of the final against Iranian great Hasan Yazdani. The 20-year-old now has 82 points, four more than World Champion Yazdani. Deepak won a silver Yasar Dogu and bronze medals at Asian Championship and at Sassari tournaments. He has been rewarded for his consistent show. The 25-year-old now has 63 points while Russia's Gadzhimurad Rashidov, who won gold in Nur Sultan, is the new world number one in 65kg.

Month: Current Affairs September 2019

Vedaant won silver at International Swimming Championship

28th September, 2019 - Actor R Madhavan, 14-year-old son Vedaant clinched a silver medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay for Group II boys at the Asian Age Group Swimming Championship. Vedaant, along with other participants Utkarsh Patil, Sahil Laskar and Shoan Ganguly, won a silver medal in the category. Thailand scored the gold medal and Japan won bronze in the third spot. India won gold in the 4x100m men's freestyle relay at the Asian Age Group Swimming Championship. Madhavan shared an appreciation post for the young swimmers including his son. India gets her silver medal at the Asian Games. Vedaant along with other participants Utkarsh Patil, Sahil Laskar, and Shoan Ganguly, won a silver medal in the category.

Month: Current Affairs September 2019

N Srinivasan's Daughter Rupa Gurunath Becomes First Woman To Head A BCCI State Unit

28th September, 2019 - Rupa Gurunath, daughter of former BCCI chief N. Srinivasan elected unopposed as president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), She is the first woman to head a state unit of the Indian Board. Rupa is the wife of Gurunath Meiyappan, who is serving a life ban for his involvement in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal. She is elected at the TNCA's 87th Annual General Meeting in Chennai. The TNCA's Executive meeting decided to hold the elections. TNCA recently hit the headlines after unnamed officials, coaches and players in its franchise-based Tamil Nadu Premier League were accused of being involved in match-fixing. The Supreme Court allowed the TNCA to hold elections for its office-bearers.

Month: Current Affairs September 2019

Koneru Humpy wins 2019 Skolkovo FIDE Womens Grand Prix

27th September, 2019 - Koneru Humpy wins Skolkovo FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2019 for women title at Skolkovo, Russia. The Indian grandmaster Koneru scored 8 points in 11 games with six draws and five wins. Skolkovo FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2019: The Skolkovo FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2019 is a 12-player round-robin taking place in Skolkovo. It was held in Moscow from 11-22 September 2019. The game forms the 1st of four stages of the 2019-20 FIDE Women's Grand Prix. It will determine two places in the 2021 Candidates Tournament. In the event, 16 players competed in the series. Each will be playing in three of the four events. The prize includes 80,000 euros, with 15,000 euros and 160 Grand Prix points for the winner.

Month: Current Affairs September 2019

Laxman Rawat won the World 6Reds title

27th September, 2019 - Laxman Rawat clinched the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) World 6Reds title in Mandalay, Myanmar. He defeated Pakistan’s Muhammad Asif and secured 6-5 to clinch the title. In the women’s final, Indian snooker player Amee Kamaniwas defeated by three-time junior world champion Nutcharat with a score of 2-4.

International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF): The World Billiards and Snooker Council was formed in 1971. It was renamed in the year 1973 to the International Billiards and Snooker Federation. IBSF is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The President of IBSF is Mubarak Al-Khayarin.

Month: Current Affairs September 2019

Shafali Verma became the youngest women player to play T20I for India

27th September, 2019 - Shafali Verma, 15, became the youngest women player to play Twenty20 International (T20I) for India. She achieved the feat at the age of 15 years and 239 days. She played the T20I for the first time against South Africa at Lalabhai Contractor Stadium, Surat. Shafali is also the second youngest to play an international match for the Indian team after Gargi Banerji.

Previous record: The previous record was held by Sneha Deepthi. Ms. Deepthi had made her debut at the age of 16 years and 204 days against Bangladesh in 2013.

About Shafali Verma: Shafali Verma was born on January 28, 2004, in Rohtak, Haryana. The Right-hand batswoman played for major teams including Haryana Women, Velocity. In September 2019 she was selected in India's Women's Twenty20 International (WT20I) team. On 24 September 2019, She made her WT20I debut for India, against South Africa.

Month: Current Affairs September 2019

Lionel Messi won the best FIFA Mens Player award for the first time

26th September, 2019 - Barcelona striker Lionel Messi won the FIFA 2019 Men's Player of the Year 2019 award for the first time at a ceremony in Milan, Italy. Messie edged out Virgil Van Dijk, who won the UEFA player's award in August 2019. He also won the European Golden Shoe after scoring 36 goals, the La Liga title with Barcelona and helped Argentina to bronze at 2019 Copa America. Messi's rival and Juventus forward Ronaldo was also shortlisted for the award. He did not attend the ceremony as he was named in FIFA's World 11 best team along with Messi. Both Messi and Van Dijk are now counting on the Ballon d'Or which will be announced on 2 December 2019.

The Best FIFA Men's Player Award: The Best FIFA Men's Player was initiated in the year 2016. The award recognizes the excellence in the association football team and individual achievements.

  • The first awardee, in 2016, of the award is Cristiano Ronaldo
  • In the year 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo won the award
  • In the year 2018, Luka Modrić won the award

Month: Current Affairs September 2019

Bajrang Punia won a bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championships

23th September, 2019 - Bajrang Punia bagged the bronze medal in the World Wrestling Championships. He defeated Mongolia's Tulga Tumur Ochir 8-7 to clinch the medal in the 65 kg weight category. The wrestler was trailing to win in the match. The 25-year-old had secured a spot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after an impressive 8-1 win over North Korea's Jong Son in the tournament. Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian wrestler to qualify for the upcoming global games. He booked her place in the 53kg category. She bagged back-to-back gold medals in the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games. In the 2018 Asian Games, she clinched a gold medal in the 50kg category. World Wrestling Championships World Wrestling Championships are the Amateur Wrestling World Championships organized by the United World Wrestling.

Month: Current Affairs September 2019

Sumit Nagal achieves Best ATP Ranking

19th September, 2019 - India's Sumit Nagal jumped 15 places to achieve a career-high ranking of 159 in the latest Association of Tennis Professionals ATP rankings. The 22-year-old from Haryana ended runners up in the Banja Luka ATP Challenger following a first-round appearance at the US Open. He had leapfrogged 16 places after his first-round exit in the US Open. Prajnesh Gunneswaran continued his run in the top-100. He rose three places to be world no. 82. Ramkumar Ramanathan slipped three spots to be 179th rounding up the top-three Indians in the men's singles. In doubles, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan maintained their 43rd and 49th position, while Leander Paes moved one spot to be placed 78. The WTA rankings, Ankita Raina continues to be India's top-ranked player at 191 and is followed Pranjala Yadlapalli who is placed at 338. Sumit Nagal is the 2nd highest-ranked Indian on the ATP at No. 174. Prajnesh Gunneswaran continues to be the No. 1 in the country. He earned 48 points in Bosnia. He is an Indian tennis player.

Month: Current Affairs September 2019

Mayank Vaid becomes first Indian to complete Enduroman triathlon

18th September, 2019 - Mayank Vaid becomes the first Indian to complete the Enduroman. It is a triathlon from England to France which is considered to be one of the toughest endurance competitions in the world. He is the 44th person in the world to have completed this triathlon. He is also the first Asian person to complete this triathlon in solo capacity. He also broken the record for the shortest time taken to complete the Enduroman Arch to Arc triathlon. He completed the triathlon involving running, swimming and cycling. The time duration is around in 50 hours and 24 minutes. The previous record for this triathlon was 52 hours and 30 minutes. It is held by Julien Deneyer of Belgium. The triathlon starts with a 140 km run from London’s Marble Arch to Dover on the Kent coast, then a cross-Channel swim (shortest distance 33.8 km) to the French coast, and finishes with a 289.7 km bike ride from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. This is the longest point to point triathlon in the world. Only 44 persons have completed it so far. It is truly the toughest and most brutal triathlon in the world.

Month: Current Affairs September 2019