Current Affairs 9 July 2015

 Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to face Muguruza in Wimbledon final 

Serena Williams_Muguruza in finalWorld number one Serena Williams beats fourth seed Maria Sharapova to set up a Wimbledon final against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.

Serena Williams scored a 17th straight victory by beating Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-4, to move into final.

This could be Serena’s sixth Wimbledon and 21st major title and she can also complete a ‘Serena Slam’ by holding all four Grand Slam titles.

Spain’s Muguruza, 21, beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 3-6 6-3 in the first semi-final to enter into Wimbledon final.

 WHO released fifth Global Tobacco Epidemic 2015 Report 

who-logo1WHO launches the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2015. This is the fifth in a series of periodic reports about the extent and character of the tobacco epidemic and measures to stop it. This report has a particular focus on tobacco taxation and in-depth analyses of tobacco taxes in all WHO Member States, allowing for a more detailed understanding of progress and future challenges in this area.

This report provides a snapshot of the MPOWER measures, with all country-specific data updated and aggregated through 2014. In addition, the report provides a special focus on tobacco taxation and in-depth analyses of tobacco taxes in all WHO Member States, allowing for a more detailed understanding of progress and future challenges in this area.

 Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka entered Guinness World Records for spending 804 days on ISS 

Padalka-tecake-700x525Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka achieved Guinness World Records for spending most number of days in the space.  He achieved this title by spending 804 days on the International Space Station (ISS). He surpassed cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev’s record of 803 days, nine hours and 41 minutes in the space which Sergei achieved across six missions from 1998 to 2005.

About ISS: ISS is a space station that was launched in 1998. ISS is the largest artificial satellite body that orbits earth nearly 400 km above the surface and it can be seen with naked eye. ISS moves at a very high speed and it completes 15.54 orbits per day.

 Goa to host the Youth Delphic Games in February 2016 

ydg-goa2016-logo_comGoa will host the Youth Delphic Games in February 2016. The Delphic Games is to art and culture what the Olympics is to sports.

The youth edition of the Delphic Games will be hosted in India for the first time, from February 1 to 14, 2016, in Goa.

About Delphic Games: The Youth Delphic Games are held every four years and are aimed at participants in the age group of 15 to 25. The motto of the 2016 Games is ‘Celebrating Arts and Cultures.’

It will include competitions in six categories — musical arts & sounds, performing arts, language arts, visual arts, social arts and ecological arts & architecture.

The Delphic Games, touted as the twin sister of Olympics, came into being over 1,000 years ago in Delphi, Greece, to praise the gods and honour peace. They were so momentous that even wars and conflicts had to cease during the Games, which were subsequently banned in 394 AD. The International Delphic Council (IDC), founded in 1994, revived the Games.

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