27 December 2016 Current Affairs

Samit Gohel makes world record 359 for Gujarat

Gujarat’s Samit Gohel made history on Tuesday by scoring 359 runs and thus taking his team’s total to 641. It is the highest unbeaten score by an opening batsman in first-class cricket. Gohel achieved the adventure in 723 balls and smashed 45 fours and one six on the way. Gohel is also the first opener to remain unbeaten after crossing the 300-run-mark in 81 years in first class cricket. With his innings, he beat the previous highest total of 357 scored by county cricket legend Bobby Abel back in 1899.


Indus Waters Treaty dispute with Pakistan foreign minister: World Bank chief discuss

World Bank president Jim Yong Kim called Pakistani finance minister Ishaq Dar on phone to discuss the Pakistan-India water dispute, an official said on Tuesday.The phone call on Monday was in relation with the latest dispute concerning two hydroelectric power plants — Kishanganga and Ratle — that India is building on the Indus river system, Dawn online reported.Dar earlier wrote to Kim requesting him to help settle the water dispute between the two neighboring nations. He said that delaying agreement would seriously conclusion Pakistan’s interests and rights under the mutual Indus Waters Treaty which was signed in 1960.


Global Diamond Business dry As Cash Crisis Hits Indian Stone Cutting

The global diamond industry is facing break that could bridge through the first few months of next year, including Valentine’s Day in February, as a result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s essential move to abolish most of the nation’s cash overnight. In Surat, craftsmen usually spend 10-12 hours a day in small mills or unclean sheds cutting and polishing 80 percent of the world’s diamonds but the business is based on cash and the demonetization of the high-value banknotes from Nov. Thousands of diamond brokers in the area’s narrow lanes are also doing little business. The lack of cash is not the only problem for an industry that employs 1 million people in India, most of them in this city. Modi’s shock treatment is proposed to make it much more difficult for those clean ill-gotten gains or evading taxes and that means diamond buyers are demanding proof of tax payments that are often not available, the traders said. The cash crisis has also badly hurt consumer demand for diamond jewellery in India, the world’s third-biggest market.


Russia to Build-up Red Army Choir: Defence minister

Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday he will aim to quickly strengthen the country’s signature Red Army Choir, which lost most of its singers in the weekend’s military plane crash. Sixty-four members, including the conductor Valery Khalilov and most singers of the Alexandrov Ensemble, also known as the Red Army Choir internationally, died when their Syria-bound plane went down in the Black Sea near the resort city of Sochi. Shoigu said that he will do what is necessary “so that we can restore the troupe in the nearest future, as much as we could, hold auditions, pick the best people, so that they continue the traditions that the Alexandrov Ensemble is known for.”

Updated: January 2, 2017 — 4:36 pm

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