Current Affairs Pocket : 27th Dec. 2018

Andhra Pradesh Gets New High Court in Amaravati

  • The separate High Court for Andhra Pradesh will start functioning from January 1. Ministry of Law and Justice notified the constitution of the High Court in Amaravati.
  • Andhra Pradesh High Court will be the 25th High Court in the country. The Hyderabad High Court has been functioning as common high court till now after bifurcation of undivided Andhra Pradesh.

Sitarist Manju Mehta Gets ‘Tansen Samman’

  • Noted sitar player Manju Mehta has been conferred with the ‘Tansen Samman’ for 2018 by the Madhya Pradesh government for her contribution in the field of music. Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar presented the award to Mehta, 74, at the inaugural ceremony of the Tansen Music Festival.
  • The ‘Raja Mansingh Tomar Honour’ was given to the Sankat Mochan Pratishthan in Varanasi for 2017 and the Natrang Pratishthan of New Delhi for 2018. The award is given to institutions for nurturing good music.

Aadi Sai Vijaykaran Wins ‘Top Debater In The World’ Title

  • Aadi Sai Vijaykaran created history by winning the Junior Debate Championship at the World Scholar’s Cup held at Yale University, the USA.
  • The theme for the cup was ‘An Entangled World: diplomacy, human relationships, the science of memory, and literature, art’. It is the first time an individual from India has won the coveted title.

Ricky Ponting Inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

  • Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting was formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Ponting received his commemorative cap from compatriot ICC Cricket Hall of Famer, Glenn McGrath at the MCG.
  • Ponting was named in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame along with former India captain Rahul Dravid and England woman wicket keeper-batter Claire Taylor during the ICC Annual Conference in Dublin.

CA Kuttappa Appointed As India’s Chief Boxing Coach

  • Dronacharya awardee C A Kuttappa has taken over as India’s chief boxing coach at the ongoing national camp. He took over from veteran coach SR Singh at the beginning of the camp.
  • The 39-year-old Kuttappa is credited with shaping some of the country’s most successful boxers such as Vijender Singh, M Suranjoy Singh, and Shiva Thapa, among others.

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