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Daily Current Affairs- 20 July 2016
1. Rohit Khandelwal becomes first Indian to win Mr. World title
1. Indian actor, model, television personality Rohit Khandelwal won the prestigious 2016 Mr. World title. With this he became first Indian and first Asian to win the Mr. World title. Rohit received a cash prize of 50,000 dollars after winning this covet title.
2. Besides, Fernando Alberto Alvarez Soto (Puerto Rico) was named the first runner-up and Aldo Esparza Ramirez (Mexico) was named the second runner-up. The competition was held in Southport Theatre in Southport, England. In it 47 participants from around the world had participated.
2. SC accepts Lodha committee’s recommendations on structural reforms in BCCI
1. The Supreme Court has accepted major recommendations of Lodha Committee on reforms in BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), the world’s richest cricketing body. The committee had submitted its recommendations to Supreme Court in January 2016. 2. The committee was constituted by SC to bring structural reforms in the country after it had come under the scanner for its opaque functioning and conflict of interests among its top office-bearers.
Approved Recommendations are
3. Barring ministers and civil servants and those above 70 years of age from becoming BCCI members. An office-bearer of BCCI cannot hold a post for more than three years. Parliament to decide whether BCCI should come under the Right to Information Act (RTI). There should be a player’s association in the BCCI Disallowing BCCI office-bearer from holding dual posts simultaneously i.e. in a state cricket association and in the BCCI.
3. Hockey legend Mohammed Shahid dies
1. Mohammed Shahid, one of the greatest names in Indian hockey, died on 20 July 2016 due to severe liver condition and kidney failure. He was 56.
2. Shahid was the part of the Indian hockey team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
4. Nigeria's Didi Akinyelure wins BBC World News Komla Dumor Award
1. Nigerian journalist Didi Akinyelure on 19 July 2016 won the BBC World Service News Komla Dumor Award for 2016.
Akinyelure is the second recipient of the award, which was established to honour Ghanaian BBC World News presenter Komla Dumor.
2. The Award aims to celebrate African journalism and reward exceptional talent.
3. Ugandan news anchor Nancy Kacungira was the winner of the first BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.
5. Chennai's Advay Ramesh wins Google Community Impact Award from Asia
1. Advay Ramesh, a Class 10 student from Chennai, on 19 July 2016 won the prestigious Google Community Impact Award from Asia, a theme based award part of Google Science Fair 2016.
Ramesh bagged the award for creating a device that enhances fishermen's safety and productivity.
2. Ramesh's FishErmen Lifeline Terminal (FELT) hand-held terminal uses the Standard Position Services (SPS), an open service without encryption provided by the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, to enhance fishermen's safety and productivity at the sea.
3. The 14-year-old Ramesh is also among 20 finalists shortlisted to compete for a 50000 US dollar scholarship from Google.
6. Canada to conduct world's first Zika vaccine test on humans
1. A Canadian university in July 2016 said that it will conduct the world's first Zika vaccine test on humans. The vaccine that is under development will be tested on humans in the near future. Until now, vaccines have been tested on mice.
2. Professor Gary Kobinger of the Universite Laval, based in Quebec City, said that they are very proud to be part of the first international team in the world to complete all of the steps in the regulatory process for the test. He said that development of the Zika vaccine has been authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada.