Lionel Messi named World’s Best Playmaker of 2016
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi was voted as the World’s Best Playmaker for the second consecutive year. It was announced by International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). Messi topped the list with 172 points ahead of Andres Iniesta (66 points) and Toni Kroos (45 points). Notably, this year’s Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo did not feature in the list. The first World’s Best Playmaker title was won by current Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane in 2006, followed by Kaka in 2007.
Government derecognises Indian Olympic Association
The Union Sports Ministry has recognised the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on the issue of nominating scam tainted duo Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala as its life presidents. The deemed recognition of IOA has been suspended until it reverses its decision. Kalmadi was jailed in connection with the Common Wealth Games (CWG) scam while Chautala is facing charges in disproportionate assets case. Earlier on 27 December 2016, Kalmadi and Chautala were elevated to the honorary position of life Presidents at the IOA’s Annual General Meeting in Chennai. The IOA was given time to reply the show-cause notice issued by the Ministry threatening de-recognition if it does not reverse its decision
Kush Bhagat creates history by wining 3 gold medals at Western Asia Youth Chess Championships
Chess prodigy Kush Bhagat created history by winning all three gold medals on offer in the 1st Western Asia Youth Chess Championships. The event held at Al Ain Chess Club in UAE. He won in all the three categories – rapid, blitz and standard. With this he becomes only Indian to bag all the crowns in the competition. To win all three events, he overcame the challenges from 158 participants from 20 countries across the world. Kush Bhagat is second standard student of the NSS Hill Spring International School, Mumbai (Maharashtra).
Key announcements of PM Narendra Modi’s new year eve’s speech
Following the tough decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today thanked citizens for undertaking sacrifice to cleanse the economy of black money. In his address, he announced a number of welfare sops to help the poor, the rural sector, small businesses and other citizens to lighten the burden of demonetization