National Puzzle Day
January 29 is National Puzzle Day, the perfect day to do a little brain exercise. Whether it’s a crossword, jigsaw, or Sudoku, puzzles engage our brains in more ways than one. Scientists have discovered that when we work on a jigsaw puzzle, we utilize both sides of the brain, improving memory, cognitive function and problem-solving skills in the process. By utilizing puzzles, people can stimulate the brain to improve a number of skills.
Government to hand over 1,000 sites to the private sector under Monument Scheme
- The government will hand over around 1,000 monuments under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India to the private sector for their upkeep under the Monument Mitra Scheme, announced by the Ministry of Culture.
- Corporate entities will take over these monuments as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. Under the scheme, monument amenities will be revamped by the private sector.
- The government has set the target to hand over 500 sites under the revamped Monument Mitra Scheme by the end of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav on15 August 2023
- This Monument Mitra Scheme had been started some years back under the Ministry of Tourism. Now the Ministry of Tourism has transferred the scheme to the Ministry of Culture in respect of the monuments under the Archaeological Survey of India.
Indian-American astronaut Chari was named for US Air Force Brigadier Gen
- Indian-American astronaut Raja Chari has been nominated by US President Joe Biden for the post of Air Force brigadier general in Jan 2023.
- Chari is currently serving as the Crew-3 commander and astronaut, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Johnson Space Center, Texas USA.
New Zealand to introduce Debbie H. Medal to honour women cricketers
- New Zealand Cricket has announced the introduction of the Debbie Hockley Medal to honor the outstanding female cricketer.
- Cricketer Debbie Hockley played 19 Tests and 118 ODIs for New Zealand from 1979 to 2000.
- Hockley was the fourth woman to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, in 2013.
- New Zealand awards the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for the outstanding male cricketer of the year.
M Yeoh becomes first Asian to bag Oscar nomination for Best Actress
- Michelle Yeoh became the first Asian to bag an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her movie “The ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once”.
- Malaysian descent, Michelle Yeoh has also won the Golden Globe Award in the Best Actress category for her performance in the movie ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once.’
- She was also nominated for the Gotham Independent Film Awards 2022.
Aasif become the 1st Nepali cricketer to win the ICC Spirit of Cricket
- Nepal wicketkeeper Aasif Sheikh has been awarded the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award for 2022 after his selfless decision to refuse the run-out of Ireland’s Andy McBrine in their T20I match in the Oman Quadrangular Series back in February.
- Sheikh’s incredible gesture in the cricketing field saw Balbirnie safely reach the striker’s end after that batter had taken a tumble while running.
England’s Ben Stokes and Nat Sciver won ICC annual awards
- England Test captain Ben Stokes and England all-rounder Nat Sciver have won ICC cricketer of the year 2022 awards.
- All-rounder Stokes has been named Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year while Sciver won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year.
- Sciver, 30, is also named Women’s one-day international (ODI) Cricketer of the Year.
- The 31-year-old Stokes took over the Test captaincy from Joe Root in April 2022 and has won nine of his 10 Tests in charge.
- ICC awards winners for 2022-
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy- Babar Azam (Pakistan)
Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy- Nat Sciver (England)
Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year- Ben Stokes (England)
Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year- Babar Azam (Pakistan)
Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year- Nat Sciver (England)
Men’s T20 International Cricketer of the Year- Suryakumar Yadav (India)
Women’s T20 International Cricketer of the Year- Tahlia McGrath (Australia)
Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year- Marco Jansen (South Africa)
Women’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year- Renuka Singh (India)
Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Year- Gerhard Erasmus (Namibia)
Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Year- Esha Oza (India)
David Shepherd Trophy- Richard Illingworth (England)
Spirit of Cricket Award- Aasif Sheikh (Nepal)
Arina Sabalenka won the Australian Open title
- Arina Sabalenka of Belarus has won the women’s singles title by defeating Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan in the Australian Open 2023.
- Sabalenka has won the Grand Slam title for the first time, while Rybakina missed out on winning the Grand Slam for the second time.
- Sabalenka defeated Elena Rybakina 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the final match played at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
- While the Brazilian duo of Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos won the Mixed Doubles title.
- The Brazilian pair defeated the Indian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza 7-6, 6-2 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
- Mirza was the first Indian to win a WTA singles title in her hometown Hyderabad in 2005.