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FIFA U-17 World Cup to begin from 6 October

The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 will be held in India from October 6 to 28.
●    The mega-event, to be held across six venues in India, will take place on July 7.
●    State sports minister Aroop Biswas said 75 to 80 per cent work has been done and the stadium will be complete by January 31.
●    Tournament director iS Javier Ceppi.
●    Kochi, Mumbai, Guwahati, Delhi and Margao have already been ratified as venues following inspections by the FIFA delegation.
●    The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup will be the 17th edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
●    Nigeria, the 2015 champions, will not be able to defend their title as they failed to reach the final round of the CAF qualifying tournament. 
●    They became the first incumbent title holder since Switzerland in 2009 to fail to qualify for the subsequent tournament.

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G Balakrishna, Bengaluru water tanker driver, crowned Mr Asia 2016

G Balakrishna in October 2016 won the Mr Asia title at the 5th Phil-Asia bodybuilding championships in the Philippines. 25-year-old Balakrishna is a Bengaluru-based water tanker driver.
●    In 2013, he won Mr Universe Under-24 junior contest in Germany
●    In 2014, he won Mr Universe title in the same category at the world championship in Athens
●    He joined the water-tanker business in 2010 in Whitefild, Bengaluru to supplement his income as a gym instructor.
●    He is a resident of Ramagondanahalli near Varthur
●    An ardent fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Balakrishna was trained by renowned bodybuilders from Mumbai and Punjab, named Sangram Chougla and Manish Kumar respectively
●    As per reports, he is known as the Arnold Schwarzenegger of Whitefield


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North Korea's women's U-17 team wins the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

North Korea's women's U-17 team on 21 October 2016 won the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. The North Koreans defeated Japan in penalty kicks to grab the title.
●    This is North Korea's second U-17 Women's World Cup title. The country won the first ever U-17 Women's World Cup in 2008.
●    The 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup was held in Jordan from 30 September to 21 October 2016.
●    The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is an international association football tournament for female players under the age of 17.
●    It is organized by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
●    The tournament is held in even-numbered years, starting in 2008.
●    The official emblem of the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup was unveiled on 3 May 2015, which was designed to showcase Jordan's most iconic symbols. Visual aspects of the Jordanian culture can be seen on the emblem that has the traditional shape of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Trophy.
●    Aseela is an Arabian oryx, which is the national animal of Jordan, was the mascot of the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.


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India's first female Olympic wrestler Geeta Phogat appointed DSP

●    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar appointed India's first female Olympic wrestler Geeta Phogat as police superintendent on October 20, 2016.
●    Geeta Phogat won gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
●    He also took part in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Geeta Phogat was born on December 15, 1988 in Bhiwani district in the Hindu Jat family.
Vinesh Phogat and Babita Kumari, Geeta Phogat sisters have won the Commonwealth Games gold medal.
●    Geeta Phogat in 2009 in Jalandhar won gold in the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship.
●    She then won the gold medal after defeating Australia's Emily Bensted in 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games 
●    In the qualifying match for the 2012 Olympics, she won the gold medal by defeating Canada's Tonya Vrbik.
●    The Asian Championships held in Doha in 2015, she finished third and won the bronze medal.

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India Rises to Best Fifa Ranking in 6 Years

The Indian football team on 20 October 2016 achieved its best FIFA ranking in over six years. The team jumped 11 placed to be 137th in the latest list.
●    India, who defeated 114th ranked Puerto Rico in an International Friendly in Mumbai in September 2016, garnered 230 points for the month.
●    In August 2010, India were ranked 137th which stayed India’s best ever FIFA Ranking since then.
●    The Indian team was ranked 171st in February 2015 and slipped to 173rd in March 2015.
●    At present, Argentina tops the FIFA World Rankings, followed by Germany and Brazil.
●    The FIFA World Ranking is a ranking system for men's national teams in association football.
●    The teams of the member nations of FIFA are ranked based on their game results with the most successful teams being ranked highest.


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Kochi Gets First Nod for U-17 World Cup

Kochi on 19 October 2016 became the first Indian city to be officially declared as one of the venues for hosting the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. 
●    The tournament will be hosted in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium of the city.
●    A 23-member high-level delegation comprising experts from FIFA and Local Organising Committee (LOC) ratified Kochi as the venue for next year's mega event. 
●    Earlier, the delegation visited the Jawarharlal Nehru International Stadium.
●    The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 will be held in India.
●    Indian football team took part on the 1948 London Olympics, their first major international tournament.
●    The nation qualified regularly for the Olympics until 1960.

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Vaishnav Hegde Wins Gold in South Asian Aquatic Meet

Vaishnav Hegde, an ace swimmer from Puttur Aquatic Club, bagged a gold for India in the 50m breastroke at the South Asian Aquatic Championship (SAAC) in Colombo.
●    This SAAC swim championship has top swimmers from SAARC nations. 
●    Vaishnav clocked 29.31 to clinch the gold. 
●    Jashandeep Singh of India who clocked 29.60, bagged second and third was Kiran Jayasinghe from Sri Lanka.
●    Vaishnav qualified for this event by winning the silver in the 70th Glenmark national swimming championship held at Ranchi last month.
●    Vaishnav is also the youngest among 10 swimmers from India who met the qualifying standards for the Asian Swimming Championship to be held in Tokyo.
●    Vaishnav is also the youngest swimmer with the 3rd highest FINA points in India with 766 points for his 50m breastroke.

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Sania Mirza Completes 80 weeks as World Number 1, an Indian Record

Sania Mirza, ended 2015 as the top-ranked doubles player in the world with partner Martina Hingis.
●    She took that title alone this year with Barbora Strycova.
●    The 29-year-old completed a total of 80 weeks as the top-ranked player – the tenth-highest number of weeks as the WTA No. 1 doubles player. 
●    The all-time record rests with American legend Martina Navratilova, who yesterday celebrated her 60th birthday. 
●    Widely considered among the greatest players of all time, Navratilova won a staggering eighteen Grand Slams in the singles, 31 in the doubles.
●    Mirza, who initially started out in the singles and is considered one of India’s finest ever players, is the highest-ranked doubles player in Indian women’s history and was the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam title.

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India - First Cricket Team to Play 900 ODIs

When India walked out to the middle for the first match of the five-match series against New Zealand, it was the 900th time the team took field in the format. 
●    No side has played more ODIs than India.
●    India played its first ever ODI in 1974 against England at Leeds which ended in a victory for the hosts. 
●    The match was part of a series that would be famously known as the ‘Summer of  42,’ based on the number of runs India managed to score in the second of a three match Test series preceding the ODIs. 
●    Ajit Wadekar was the man who led the Indian side.
●    Since then, India have won two World Cups in 1983 and 2011 and have topped the ICC ODI Rankings multiple times. 
●    India are currently ranked fourth and need a 4-1 victory against New Zealand to move up to third in the rankings.


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Andy Murray Wins Shanghai Masters

●    Andy Murray defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (1), 6-1 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday, his second title in as many weeks and the sixth overall in what is shaping up to be his most successful season on tour.
●    Bautista Agut challenged Murray with his powerful forehands and sharp angles in the first set, keeping the second-seeded Scot on the defensive and forcing him to commit errors.
●    Serving for the set at 5-4, Murray appeared distracted by movement in the crowd and wasted three set points before Bautista Agut broke back to level the match. 
●    Murray settled down in the tiebreaker, however, and closed out the second set in just 31 minutes.
●    He had 16 unforced errors in the opening set, but only three after that.
●    No player outside the top 10 had beaten the top two ranked players in the same tournament since David Nalbandian beat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to win the Paris Masters in 2007.


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