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1. West Indies won maiden ICC U19 Cricket World Cup
1. The West Indies on 14 February 2016 lifted their maiden ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup title. In the final played at Mirpur, West Indies defeated three time champions India by five wickets.
2. It was the first major title for the West Indies at any level since Darren Sammy’s senior team won the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in 2012.
3. Earlier put in to bat, India team was bowled out for 145 in 45.1 overs. The Caribbeans achieved the target in 49.3 overs.West Indies’ Keacy Carty grabbed the Man of the Match title while Mehidy Hasan Miraz from Bangladesh was declared the Player of the Tournament.
2. President Pranab Mukherjee conferred Infosys Prize 2015
1. President Pranab Mukherjee conferred Infosys Prize 2015 on six winners in New Delhi. The awards were received by Prof Umesh Waghmare, Prof Jonardon Ganeri, Dr Amit Sharma, Prof Mahan Mj, Prof G Ravindra Kumar and Dr Srinath Raghavan.
List of Winners
1. Engineering and Computer Science: Won by Prof. Umesh Waghmare of Theoretical Sciences Unit, of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore.He was awarded for his innovative use of first-principles theories and modelling in insightful investigations of microscopic mechanisms responsible for specific properties of certain materials such as topological insulators, ferroelectrics, multiferroics and graphene.
2. Humanities: Won by Prof. Jonardon Ganeri, Global Network Professor of Philosophy, New York University and Recurrent Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy, King’s College London, UK.
He was awarded for his originality in interpreting and scrutinizing analytical Indian Philosophy and shedding light on dichotomy between Indian and Greek traditions of philosophical reasoning.
3. Life Sciences: Won by Dr. Amit Sharma, Group Leader, Structural and Computational Biology Group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi.
He was awarded for his pioneering contributions towards deciphering the molecular structure, at the atomic level, of key proteins involved in the biology of pathogenesis of the deadly malarial parasite.
4. Mathematical Sciences: Won by Prof Mahan Mj, Professor of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.
He was awarded for establishing a central conjecture in the Thurston program to study hyperbolic 3-manifolds and introduced important new tools to study fundamental groups of complex manifolds.
5. Physical Sciences: Won by Prof. G Ravindra Kumar, Professor in the Department of Nuclear and Atomic Physics (DNAP), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai.
He was awarded for his contributions to the physics of high intensity laser matter interactions. He provided, for the first time, unequivocal evidence of turbulent magnetic fields and the discovery of terahertz frequency acoustic waves, in laser produced hot dense plasmas. These results have significance to testing stellar and astrophysical scenarios.
6. Social Sciences: Won by Dr. Srinath Raghavan, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.He was awarded for outstanding research that synthesizes military history, international politics, and strategic analysis into powerful and imaginative perspectives on India in global context.
3. Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis won 2016 St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy
1. Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis won the 2016 St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy in St. Petersburg, Russia.
To win the title, the top-seeded Indo-Swiss pair defeated the Russian-Czech team of Vera Dushevina and Barbora Krejcikova by 6-3 6-1 in the women’s doubles final.
2. For the duo, the victory in the final was consequent 40 match win. Also, the title was the fourth in the 2016 season and the 13th overall.
3. In early 2016, the pair won Australian Open, Apia International Sydney title and Brisbane Tennis trophy.
4. 7th India, Seychelles joint military exercise LAMITYE 2016 began in Seychelles
1. LAMITYE 2016, the 7th joint military training exercise between the Indian Army and the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces (SPDF) began on 15 February 2016.
2. It will be a 2-week long exercise till 28 February 2016 and conducted at Seychelles Defence Academy (SDA) in Victoria, Seychelles.
3. Features of Exercise LAMITYE 2016
• Lamitye, which means friendship in Creole dialect, will be conducted with the aim of enhancing military cooperation and interoperability between the two countries.
• LAMITYE 2016 is the 7th biannual exercise since its inception in 2001.
• In 2016 exercise, the Indian contingent will comprise of an Infantry platoon and representatives from the Special Forces.
• The SPDF will be represented by 20 personnel from Tazar (Special Forces Unit) and 32 from Seychelles Infantry.
5. Film on conservation efforts by Nagaland villagers won Golden Beaver Award
1. Nagaland is changing, But..., a film on conservation efforts by villagers, on 13 February 2016 won the Golden Beaver Best Film Award in the institutional category at the 6th National Science Film Festival and Competition in Mumbai.
2. The film also received the technical excellence award for best sound design at the festival, organized by Vigyan Prasar of the Department of Science and Technology.
Renowned film maker M S Sathyu presented the award to the director of the film, Gurmeet Sapal.
6. 69th British Academy Film Awards announced
1. The 69th British Academy Films Awards (BAFTAs) were announced. The award ceremony was held at the Royal Opera House in London.
2. The awards were announced to honour the best British and international contributions to film in 2015. Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), accolades were handed out for the best in feature-length film and documentaries of any nationality, that were screened at British cinemas during 2015.
3. The nominees were announced on 8 January 2016 by Stephen Fry and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Wilderness drama The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, won the Best Film Award. Brooklyn was named the Outstanding British Film while Inside Out won the Best Animated Film. Amy won the award in Best Documentary category.
Complete list of winners:
Best Film The Revenant
Outstanding British Film Brooklyn
Adapted Screenplay The Big Short
Original Screenplay Spotlight
Leading Actor Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant
Leading Actress Brie Larson for Room
Supporting Actor Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies
Supporting Actress Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs
Best Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu for The Revenant
Outstanding Debut Naji Abu Nowar (Writer/Director), Rupert Lloyd (Producer)
Animated Film Inside Out
British Short Animation Edmond
British Short Film Operator
Cinematography The Revenant
Costume Design Mad Max: Fury Road
EE Rising Star John Boyega
Editing Mad Max: Fury Road
Film Not In The English Language -Wild Tales
Make Up and Hair Mad Max: Fury Road
Original Music The Hateful Eight
Production Design Mad Max: Fury Road
Sound The Revenant
Special Visual Effects- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
7. Canada, US, Mexico ink MoU to Cooperate on Climate Change
1. Canada, United States (US) and Mexico have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Climate Change and Energy Collaboration to tap into energy cooperation among three countries.
2. The MoU was signed at the North American Energy Ministers Meeting held in Winnipeg, Canada and hosted by Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr.
8. Swachh Survekshan 2016: Mysuru cleanest city of India
1. Mysuru has topped the sanitation survey 'Swachh Survekshan 2016' under the Swachh Bharat Mission. While Chandigarh is second in the ranking, Tiruchirapalli has come in third.
New Delhi Municipal Council has come in fourth while Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency Varanasi has been ranked 65th among 73 cities.
2. Ministry of Urban Development had in October last year commissioned a survey of sanitation scenario in 75 major cities including 53 with a population of above 10 lakhs each and state capitals.
3. Kolkata and Noida will participate in the next round, hence the ranking this year is for 73 cities.
4. This is the first such survey since the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission in October, 2014. It was carried out by Quality Council of India.
9. Sindh becomes first Pakistan province to adopt Hindu Marriage Bill
1. Pakistan’s Sindh Assembly today passed the Hindu Marriage Bill making the province the first in the country to allow the minority community to register their marriages, amid calls from a leading Hindu group to remove a controversial clause in the landmark bill.
2. The bill, moved in the assembly by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Nisar Khuhro, will apply to entire Sindh province, which has a sizeable population of Hindus.
3. It was passed after a national parliamentary panel last week cleared its draft, paving way for registration of marriage and divorce for the Hindu community in Pakistan.The bill fixes the minimum age of marriage at 18.
4. According to the bill, it is necessary that a marriage is solemnised after consent of both male and female and at least two witnesses must be present at the time of the solemnisation and registration of the marriage.
5. According to the bill, every marriage being solemnised under this act will be registered with the union council/ward within 45 days of the solemnisation.
10. Vidya Balan awarded Pride of Kerala Award
1. Bollywood actress Vidya Balan has been awarded with the ‘Pride of Kerala’ Award by the World Malayalee Council and Kairali TV. National award-winning actress hails from Kerala and had made her debut in Bollywood in 2005 in Parineeta.
11. Indian Ambassador to Tajikistan Biraja Prasad passes away
1. India’s Ambassador to Tajikistan Biraja Prasad passed away following a massive cardiac arrest. He was the youngest Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer to be appointed as India’s Ambassador to any country.