1. Anil Khanna re-elected as president of Asian Tennis Federation
Anil Khanna was re-elected as the president of Asian Tennis Federation (ATF). He was elected for four years in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
At present, he is the president of the All India Tennis Association (AITA).
And, in September 2015, he was elected as the Vice President of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in the elections held in Santiago, Chile.
In the election, he missed out the chance of becoming the next ITF President by a margin of 8 votes.
2. Great Britain defeated Belgium to win 2015 Davis Cup tennis title
Great Britain won the 2015 Davis Cup tennis title by defeating Belgium 3-1 at Ghent in Belgium.
While Leon Smith was the captain of the winning team, Andy Murray played a crucial role in the victory as he beat Belgium's David Goffin to clinch the decisive point.
Murray beat Goffin by 6-3 7-5 6-3 to give Great Britain 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie.
With this win, Murray joined John McEnroe and Mats Wilander as the only men to have an 8-0 singles record in a Davis Cup year.
For Great Britain, it was the first title since 1936 which was won by defeating Australia. Overall, it was the tenth title for the team in the competition’s 116-year history.
3. Russia imposes economic sanctions against Turkey
Russia has imposed economic sanctions against Turkey, a NATO member over the issue of downing of a Russian Sukhoi 24 warplane on the Syrian border. In this regard, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree adopting a series of retaliatory economic measures against Turkey with an effect from 1st January 2016.
4. Interceptor boat ICGS C-422 commissioned into Indian Coast Guard service
Indian Coast Guard has commissioned interceptor boat ‘ICGS C-422’ into its fleet to further enhance its vigil along Pondicherry and South Tamil Nadu coast in the Bay of Bengal. It was commissioned in a traditional ceremony held at Karaikal port in Tamil Nadu by Puducherry Assembly Speaker V Sabapathy.
5. Saudi Arabia Women to Vote and Contest in Municipal Elections for the First time
For the first time, Saudi Arabia allowed women to vote and contest in municipal elections. As per a royal decree issued in 2011, the authorities on 29 November 2015 allowed 979 women to register and campaign for 284 municipal councils.
They were out of the total 6917 registered candidates who obtained campaign permits from the authorities in the capital Riyadh.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia held municipal elections in 2005 and 2011, but only men were allowed to take part.
At present, women make up a quarter of the country's Shura Council (Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia), an unelected body appointed by the king that can propose laws but cannot pass them.
6. Ethiopian Birhanu Legese, Kenyan Cynthia Limo won Delhi Half Marathon
Ethiopian Birhanu Legese and Kenyan Cynthia Limo won the Delhi Half Marathon in the men and women categories respectively.
In the men’s category, Legese clocked 59.20 minutes to claim the first spot while Mosinet Geremew claimed the second spot. World record holder in half marathon Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese finished third in 59.24 minutes.
It was the first time in the year that six men athletes completed the half marathon inside 60 minutes.
In the women's category, Cynthia won the race in an hour, eight minutes and 35 seconds. World Championships marathon silver medallist Helah Kiprop who was back with fraction of a second won the silver title. Gladys Chesir claimed the third spot in an hour, eight minutes and 36 seconds.
Among the Indian runners Nitendra Singh Rawat and Lalita Babar topped in the men's and women's category.
7. Three-day Mayyazhi Mahotsavam kicked off in Mahe, Puducherry
The Mayyazhi Mahotsavam (Fete de Mahe), a three-day cultural extravaganza, started on 29 November 2015 at Mahe, Puducherry.
The festival is being organised jointly by the Department of Tourism and the Legislative Assembly Secretariat at Mahe, which is Puducherry’s exclave in Kerala.
8. ICC suspends West Indies spinner Sunil Narine for illegal bowling action
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine from bowling in international cricket with an immediate effect. The ICC took a decision after an independent assessment found that his bowling action illegal after the 3rd ODI match of West Indies against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in November 2015. Test of his bowling action was performed at the ICC’s accredited testing centre in Loughborough University which revealed that all variations of his bowling deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of permitted tolerance limit under the international cricket regulations. Narine’s international suspension would be also be enforceable within domestic cricket and shall be recognised by all National Cricket Federations events played in their own jurisdiction.