• Current Affairs , 28 November 2019

    • November 28, 2019
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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1. PM congratulates ISRO team on successful launch of PSLV-C47 carrying indigenous Cartosat-3 satellite
    2. DEFCOM India 2019
    3. Four-Day ‘Destination North East’ Festival concludes in Varanasi
    4. RBI enhances scope of Non-Resident Rupee Accounts
    5. Muthoot Finance to acquire IDBI Mutual Fund for Rs 215 crore
    6. Central GST Delhi North Commissionerate unearth a racket involving supply of goods-less invoices and invoice-less goods
    7. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was thanked for protecting farmers’ interest by not joining RCEP
    8. E-Marketing Support to States for High Quality Products Made by Self Help Groups
    9. Nagrik Kartavya Palan Abhiyan
    • UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Spain
    1. India to host SCO forum of Young Scientists and Innovators 2020
    2. India has transformed from Nation wants to know to Nation First: PM
    3. Microsoft rolls out the K12 Education Transformation Framework in India
    4. Athletes of the Year
    5. Scottish Open title

     

     

     

    NATIONAL NEWS

     

     

    1. PM congratulates ISRO team on successful launch of PSLV-C47 carrying indigenous Cartosat-3 satellite

     

     

    • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has congratulated the entire ISRO team on yet another successful launch of PSLV-C47 carrying indigenous Cartosat-3 satellite and over a dozen nano satellites of USA.
    • The advanced Cartosat-3 will augment our high resolution imaging capability. ISRO has once again made the nation proud”, the Prime Minister said.
    • India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty ninth flight (PSLV-C47), successfully launched Cartosat-3 along with 13 Nanosatellites of USA from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota
    • PSLV-C47 lifted-off at 0928 Hrs (IST) from the Second Launch Pad. After 17 minutes and 38 seconds, Cartosat-3 was successfully injected into a sun synchronous orbit of 509 km. Subsequently, the 13 nanosatellites were injected into their intended orbits. After separation, solar arrays of Cartosat-3 were deployed automatically and the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network at Bengaluru assumed control of the satellite. In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration.
    • “Cartosat-3 is the most complex and advanced earth observation satellite built by ISRO.” Dr Sivan said. He further added that it was a third generation agile advanced satellite having high resolution imaging capability.
    • The mission life of the Cartosat-3 is 5 years. Cartosat-3 will address the increased user’s demands for large scale urban planning, rural resource and infrastructure development, coastal land use and land cover, etc.
    • ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan congratulated and complimented the launch vehicle and satellite teams involved in the mission. He also acknowledged the support from Indian Industry.
    • PSLV-C47 was the 21st flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with 6 solid strap-on motors). This was the 74th launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota and 9th satellite of Cartosat series.

     

    2. DEFCOM India 2019

    ·        The two day DEFCOM INDIA 2019 seminar commenced at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi on 26 November 2019. The theme for the seminar is, “Communications: A Decisive Catalyst for Jointness”. The seminar is devoted to the seminal theme of leveraging communications for achieving jointness between the three services.

    ·        In his inaugural address the Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik highlighted that the announcement of Chief of Defence Staff by the Hon’ble Prime Minister has been made keeping in view the much needed reform to streamline and further improve the coordination and integration between the three services. He stressed that seamless communications between the three services were a pre-requisite for achieving the vision of jointness.

    ·        General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff during his key note address brought out the security challenges confronting the Nation and stressed on the need for ‘jointness’. He brought out that secure and interoperable joint communications were the need of the hour. General Bipin Rawat also stressed on the need for the industry to meet the aspirations of the Armed Forces and offer solutions which meet the operational requirements.

    ·        DEFCOM 2019 one the first day witnessed active participation from the armed forces, industry, research and development organisations and the academia. It provided an excellent opportunity for the industry to understand the requirements of the Armed Forces. The DEFCOM exhibition showcased cutting edge communication solutions from the industry and gave officers from the three services an opportunity to gain insights on technology and industry capabilities. The prestigious DEFCOM journal was also released during the seminar.

    3. Four-Day ‘Destination North East’ Festival concludes in Varanasi

    ·        The Four-day ‘Destination North East’ festival organised by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Government of India concluded in Varanasi today. The festival was organised in Varanasi for the first time. The Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey was the Chief Guest at the Closing Ceremony of the festival.

    ·        Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey said that North east has been developing at a faster rate in the recent years. This includes economic development as well as connectivity. He said that Varanasi has its own rich culture and thanked people for being associated with festival of Brahmaputra on the banks of river Ganga. He said that such events help people to understand the cultural diversities of the country and to know the culture of North east.

    ·        During the 4-day event from 23rd to 26th November 2019 held at IIT BHU grounds, Varanasi, all the eight North Eastern States participated in the event along with their respective handicrafts, handloom, organic products and cultural troupes. During the Closing ceremony, the Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Shri Rameswar Teli, Minister of Textile, Government of Manipur, Shri Jayanta Kumar Singh, Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Assam, Shri Ranjeet Dutta, Secretary, North East Council (NEC) Shri K Moses Chalai and former cricketer Praveen Kumar, were present among other dignitaries.

    ·        Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey said these kind of opportunities are an opportunity to connect different cultures. He also spoke about the initiatives of Skill Development Ministry for the north east region and said that a centre is being set up in Guwahati. The Union Minister Shri Rameswar Teli also discussed various development schemes being implemented by the Centre Government.

    ·        The four-day festival attracted people from all walks of life. B2B sessions were also held during the festival. The previous editions of ‘Destination North East’ were held in Delhi and Chandigarh. The festival was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh on 23rd May. The Secretary DoNER Inder Jit Singh, Secretary North East Council K Moses Chalai, veteran cine star Zeenat Aman, Former cricketer R P Singh and several other celebrities for the world of films, music and sports were also present during the inaugural ceremony of the festival.

     

    1. RBI enhances scope of Non-Resident Rupee Accounts

     

     

    • The RBIexpanded the scope of Special Non-Resident Rupee Accounts (SNRR account) by permitting non-residents to open such accounts for rupee-denominated overseas borrowings, trade credit and trade invoicing for popularising cross-border transactions in the domestic currency.
    • Any person resident outside India, having a business interest in India, can open a non-interest bearing Special Non-Resident Rupee Account (SNRR account) with a bank for bona fide transactions in rupees.
    • The restriction on the tenure of SNRR account, which is currently 7 years,has also been removed.
    • RBI has also modified norms regarding re-export of unsold rough diamonds from the special notified zone of Customs without export declaration form (EDF) formality.
    • The Reserve Bank of India was established on April 1, 1935, in accordance with the provisions of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.
    • Governor of RBI: Shaktikanta Das; Headquarters: Mumbai.
    1. Muthoot Finance to acquire IDBI Mutual Fund for Rs 215 crore

     

     

    • Muthoot Finance Ltd,the largest gold loan non-banking finance company in the country, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire IDBI Asset Management Ltd and IDBI Mutual Fund Trustee Company Ltd.
    • Muthoot Finance will purchase 100 per cent equity shares of IDBI Asset Management and IDBI MF Trustee for a total consideration of Rs 215 crore.
    • The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of February 2020.
    • The deal is subject to receipt of approval from regulators including the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

     

     

    6. Central GST Delhi North Commissionerate unearth a racket involving supply of goods-less invoices and invoice-less goods

    ·        Central GST Delhi North Commissionerate has unearthed a racket involving supply of goods-less invoices and invoice-less goods. One person has been arrested and remanded to judicial custody for 14 days by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM), New Delhi at Patiala House Courts. The accused was found to be operating 10 fake firms which were created for rotation of money and fraudulent Input Tax Credit (ITC), thus defrauding the Exchequer. Prima facie fraudulent ITC of about Rs 140 crores has been passed on using invoices involving an amount of Rs 1,040 crores.

    ·        The modus operandi of the accused, inter alia, involved obtaining GST registration of fake firms using documents of unsuspecting individuals and generating good-less invoices and e-way bills of these firms from a premise in Tilak Bazar, Delhi. On preliminary scrutiny it appears that there is no nexus between inward and outward supplies of the errant firms. Further, the said fake firms have passed on fraudulent ITC to a range of buyers who have availed the same to discharge their GST liability on outward supplies, thus defrauding the Exchequer.

    ·        Therefore, the accused has committed offences under the provisions of Section 132(1)(a), (b) and (c) of the CGST Act 2017, which are cognizable and non-bailable under Section 132(5) being punishable under Section 132(1)(i) of the said Act. Accordingly, the accused was arrested on 25.11.19 and has been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days on 26.11.2019 by the CMM, New Delhi at Patiala House Courts. Investigations are underway to identify the key beneficiaries of this racket and to recover GST involved.

    7. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi  was thanked for protecting farmers’ interest by not joining RCEP

    ·        The Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying Shri Giriraj Singh today addressed entrepreneurs, milk producer farmers, academia and media on the occasion of National Milk Day-2019 at Pusa in New Delhi. Addressing the august gathering Shri Singh thanked Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for protecting interest of 10 crore farmers by not joining Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). He said that Prime Minister has always given the prime importance to the betterment of “Gaon Gareeb Kisaan” and RCEP was not in favour of farmers (Kisaan). Shri Singh further added that PM Modi had said that he cannot turn away from the needs of India’s farmers.

    ·        Shri Giriraj Singh stated that milk production has increased significantly from 137.7 million tonnes in 2013-14 to 187.75 million tonnes in 2018-19, thereby indicating an increase by 36.35%. Similarly, the per capita availability of milk increased from 307 grams in 2013-14 to 394 grams in 2018-19.  Annual growth rate of Milk Production during the period 2009-14 was 4.2%, which has increased to 6.4% during 2014-19. The annual growth rate of world milk production has increased by 1.2% during 2014-19. The Union Minister added that India is the ray of hope of the global dairy industry with opportunities galore for the entrepreneurs globally. Since last 20 years, India continues to be the largest producer of milk in the world. This phenomenal increase is due to several measures initiated by the Union Government to increase the productivity of livestock.

    ·        Shri Singh also said that Livestock sector contributes significantly towards livelihoods and security net for the landless and marginal farmers. About 70 million rural households are engaged in dairying in India with 80% of total cow population. During the last 15 years, Milk Cooperatives have converted about 20% of milk procured into traditional and value added products that offers about 20% higher revenue. This share of value-added products is estimated to increase to 40% by 2023-24.

    ·        Addressing the gathering, Minister of State, Shri Sanjeev Kumar Balyan said that the 6.5% growth rate is still low due to the base effect but this will change as the Ministry is ensuring all policies and schemes are being formulated for improving the quality of livestock and quantity of milk. Shri Balyan thanks PM Modi for setting up a separate Ministry for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying so that emphasis can be laid on their development. He said that resources of the Government are limited and private sector should also support the initiatives of the Government. Shri Balyan also said that there is a perception in the minds of the people about milk adulteration and it needs to be changed.

    ·        Minister of State, Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi said that technology should be harnessed properly for improvement of the sector overall. He said that breed improvement can be done with innovative ways. He also said that policies should be made favourably to ensure both quality and quantity of domestic production, consumption and exports can be improved.

    ·        The Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying emphasized that Government has initiated a number of dairy development schemes in order to meet enhanced demand of milk through domestic sources by laying special emphasis on raising milk production through improved productivity and health of our dairy animals. In this direction a new scheme has been launched by the Prime Minister called “National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP)” with an allocation of Rs.13343 crores for complete control of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis in the country. Nationwide Artificial Insemination Programme for enhancing AI coverage thereby increasing milk production and productivity was also launched by the Prime Minister along with Start-up challenges. The Department is also working on convergence of schemes with the schemes of other Departments and Ministries so as to double farmers’ income.

    8. E-Marketing Support to States for High Quality Products Made by Self Help Groups

    ·        The Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) organised a one day national workshop on accreditation of training centres on Skill Management & Accreditation of Training Centre (SMART) portal and stressed that from the next financial year, allocation of targets to trading partners would be subject to their SMART accreditation.  The states were advised to start the process of accreditation immediately, if not already done so. The workshop was attended by representatives from the states, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and TPs. It aimed at providing handholding support to the states for streamlining the accreditation process on SMART and addressing any other specific query, especially in respect to Employment through Skill Training & Placement (EST&P) component of DAY-NULM. The technical session on SMART portal was conducted by representatives from National Skill Development Corporation.

    ·        The state representatives were urged to take full benefit of this workshop so that they are able to provide further handholding support to other stakeholders in the statesand emphasised on delivery of quality training programmes on ground and role of TPs in ensuring the same.

    ·        In the later part of the day, a dedicated session on e-marketing of high quality products made by Self Help Groups (SHGs) was also undertaken with the states. The session, which was also attended by representatives from various e-commerce portals, was important considering that DAY-NULM envisages facilitating on-boarding of SHG products on e- commerce platforms to provide them access to bigger and emerging markets. The salient features in the proposed MoU with these e-commerce portals were also discussed along with the expected roles of stakeholders involved.

    ·        The deliberations in the workshop will be useful in effective implementation of the Mission on ground in line with the overall objective to create sustainable livelihoods for urban poor and addressing their social and occupational vulnerabilities.

    ·        Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) is one of the flagship schemes of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs that works towards alleviating urban poverty through strong community institutions, skill training, access to affordable credit for self-employment, support for street vendors and provision of shelters for the urban homeless.

    9. Nagrik Kartavya Palan Abhiyan

    ·        Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched the kartavya.ugc.ac.in portal on the occasion of ‘Constitution Day’ today, as a part of year long Nagrik Kartavya Paalan Abhiyan being observed throughout the country. The portal will be used primarily for holding monthly essay competitions for students as well as other activities like quizzes, debates, poster making etc pertaining to Nagrik Kartavya Paalan Abhiyan.  Minister of State for HRD Shri Sanjay Dhotre was also present on the occasion. Secretary, Higher education, MHRD Shri R. Subrahmanyam; Chairperson AICTE Shri Anil Sahasrabudhe , Secretary UGC, Shri Rajnish Jain and Director IISER Kolkata, Shri Sourav Pal and senior officials of the ministry were also present on the occasion.

    ·        the Minister said that today we are laying the foundation of a great mission because the Nagrik Kartavya Paalan Abhiyan will give direction to the youth of the country.  This will make them aware that rights are automatically realized when we follow our duties religiously, he added. This principle will help the students to channelize their talents and capabilities in the right direction which will help them realize their mission with ease, the Minister explained.

    • Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal said that today we are observing the Constitution Day and the Indian Constitution is one of its kind in the world. It is an incredible Constitution that offers inspiration and opportunity to us to create a New India, the Minister added. He informed that the Department of Higher Education will be holding eleven rounds of National Essay Competitionsduring the year and the topics of the essay will be based on one Fundamental Duty every month.
    • While addressing the gathering Shri Sanjay Dhotre said that all of us are conscious of our rights guaranteed by the Constitution, but duties enshrined in the Constitution do not get the same attention. Therefore, this awareness campaign is for sensitising people regarding their duties towards the society and the nation has been launched on the occasion of Constitution Day.
    • Shri Dhotre further exhorted the students that while building their careers they should also be able to develop a sincere concern for the society. In this way only, they can contribute towards the collective well-being of the society and the nation. He also added that Fundamental Duties should become an integral part of their moral selves.
    • During the occasion Shri Pokhriyal also launched the portal ‘Abhiyanta’ of AICTE. The portal hosts e-contents in important emerging areas like Artificial Intelligence, Cloud computing, Big data, Augmented Reality etc. Prof Anil Sahasarbudhe, Chairman AICTE informed that this portal has been developed free of cost by the students of Graphic Era Deemed University, Dehradun, under an internship project of AICTE in a record time, and will be of immense use in making authentic and quality learning resources in emerging areas available to the student community free of cost. Describing the efforts of the students as an example of ‘Kartyavya’, the Minister appreciated the initiative of AICTE and outstanding contribution of the students.

    ·        The competition will be held online through the infrastructure and testing centres of National Testing Agency and will be open for every student registered in any higher education institution in the country. Registration for the essay competitions can be done through the Kartavya portal. The choice of centres for writing the essays will be made available to contestants when they do the online registration. The essays can be written in Hindi or English. There will be four prizes worth Rs 15000, Rs 12,000, Rs10,000 and Rs7500.

     

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS

     

     

     

    10.   UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Spain

    ·        The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today approved the negotiating stand of India at the 25th Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) scheduled to be held in Madrid, Spain (under the Presidency of Chile) from 2-13 December 2019.

    ·        The Indian delegation will be led by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister, Environment, Forest and Climate Change. COP 25 is an important conference as countries prepare to move from pre-2020 period under Kyoto Protocol to post-2020 period under Paris Agreement. India’s approach will be guided by principles and provisions of UNFCCC and Paris Agreement particularly the principles of Equity and Common But Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capability (CBDR-RC).

    ·        India’s leadership on climate change has been evident and well recognised across the globe. Government of India has been undertaking several initiatives to address climate change concerns under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and these initiatives reflect India’s commitment and ambition towards climate action. In the recently held Climate Action Summit convened by United Nations Secretary General, the Prime Minister announced India’s plan on scaling up of renewable energy target to 450 GW and called for responsible action by all on the principles of equity and CBDR-RC. India has been leading the world in its pursuit of enhanced solar energy capacity through International Solar Alliance (ISA).

    • In addition to ISA, two new initiatives have been launched by India as part of its efforts to mobilize world on climate action. These include Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, which will serve as a platform to generate and exchange knowledge on different aspects of climate and disaster resilient infrastructure and ‘Leadership Group for Industry Transition’ launched jointly by India and Sweden, which will provide a platform for government and the private sector in different countries to work together on accelerating low carbon growth and cooperation in the area of technology innovation.
    • India has been ambitious in its actions and has emphasized that Developed countries should take lead in undertaking ambitious actions and fulfil their climate finance commitments of mobilizing USD 100 billion per annum by 2020 and progressively and substantially scale up their financial support to inform Parties for future action through NDCs. India will further stress upon need for fulfilling pre-2020 commitments by developed countries and that pre-2020 implementation gaps should not present an additional burden to developing countries in the post-2020 period.
    • Overall, India looks forward to engaging in negotiations with a constructive and positive outlook and work towards protecting its long-term development interests.

     

    1. India to host SCO forum of Young Scientists and Innovators 2020

     

     

    • India will host the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Forum of Young Scientists and Innovators in 2020.
    • The 5th Meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Member States Heads of Ministries and Departments of Science and Technology and Permanent Working Group on S&T Cooperation concluded in Moscow, Russia.
    • Eight SCO member states’ heads of delegation signed the Protocol of the 5th Meeting of Ministries and Departments of Science and Technology at the end of the three-day meeting.
    • The meeting agreed with India & proposal to host the SCO Forum of Young Scientists and Innovators in 2020.

     

    12.   India has transformed from Nation wants to know to Nation First: PM

    ·        Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi delivered keynote address in Republic Summit here today. Theme of this year’s summit is “India’s Moment Nation First”.

    ·        PM said that From Nation wants to know India has transformed to Nation First. He also said that things which were not solved for decades have been solved now. This happened due to two reasons – 130 Crore people’s thinking that India’s Moment and Nation First.

    ·        On the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir, PM said that India eliminated big reason behind terrorism. He added that Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir was a temporary provision in the Constitution but due to “some families”, it was considered as permanent.

    ·        He emphasized that when nation is first, country takes big decision. And when country accepts that decision nation moves forward. He also said that people went to the Supreme Court so that Aadhaar could not get legal recognition. These people put all their strength to malign Aadhaar. But Aadhaar helped a lot in revealing their truth. It has saved about Rs 1.5 lakh crores from falling into the wrong hands. He added that every year, almost the same amount was falling into the wrong hands and there was no one to stop it. We did the work to stop this huge leakage of the system, because India is first for us.

    ·        Prime Minister said that GST could never have been implemented in the country earlier. Today, 99 percent of the things related to ordinary citizens are being taxed on an average of half as compared to before. There was a time when refrigerators – mixers, juicers, vacuum cleaners, geysers, mobile phones, washing machines, watches, all taxed more than 31 percent. Today, tax on all these things has been reduced to about 10 to 12 percent.

    ·        On regularization of illegal colonies in Delhi, he said that for decades, there was a lot of uncertainty in the lives of millions of families. People used to buy houses here with their hard-earned money, but they could not completely own them. These problems remained always. Our government has decided to end it and now more than 50 lakh Delhiites have got the certainty/hope/confidence of their home and a better life. Certainly it will benefit our middle class and help in getting their dream home, he added.

    ·        Prime Minister emphasized that the speed and Scale that is being worked on in India today is unprecedented. Toilet facilities to be provided to nearly 60 crore Indians in 60 months. These types of plans and programs can be planned and executed only when Nation is first.

    ·        He added that when you get out of selfishness, make everyone’s support – everyone’s development and everyone’s trust the basis of policy and politics. This thinking has left us behind in the race for development, learning how to work with new approaches on 112 aspirational districts of the country.

    ·        PM said that it was the spirit of Nation First that opened more than 37 crore bank accounts to connect the poor with the banking system. It was this thinking of Nation First that started the water life mission. In the coming time, about Rs.3.5 lakh crore will be spent on this mission, so that people in remote areas of the country can get clean drinking water, water can reach every house.

     

    13.     Microsoft rolls out the K12 Education Transformation Framework in India

     

     

    • Microsoftrolled out its K12 Education Transformation Framework more widely to schools across India at the second edition of the Microsoft Education Days in Gurgaon.
    • Microsoft Education Days 2019 brought together more than 700 school leaders, educators, students and Microsoft partners to deliberate on the future of learning.
    • It featured sessions moderated by Microsoft leaders and Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts on using technologies like AI, Teams, Minecraft and Flipgrid to collaborate and create unique learning experiences.
    • Teachers and students from schools across India also demonstrated the innovative ways in which they are digitally transforming education by bringing in AI, gamification, personalization and simplifying STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)learning for students.

     

    SPORTS NEWS

     

     

    1. Athletes of the Year

     

     

    • Eliud Kipchoge,the first man to run a marathon in less than two hours, and 400 metres hurdles world champion Dalilah Muhammad won the World Athlete of the Year awards.
    • Kipchoge, claimed governing body World Athletics’ year-ending prize in Monaco after making history last month when he ran the marathon distance of 42.195 kilometres (26.219 miles) in 1hr 59min 40.2sec.
    • American Muhammad won her award after a magnificent year that saw her set a world record of 52.20 seconds at the US Trials in Iowa in July breaking a record that had stood since 2003.
    1. Scottish Open title

     

     

    • India’s Lakshya Senhas won the Scottish Open badminton men’s singles title, defeating Brazilian Ygor Coelho to seal his fourth title in 3 months.
    • Entering the tournament as the top seed, the world number 41 registered an 18-21, 21-18, 21-19 win in 56 minutes to claim the title in Glasgow, Scotland.

     

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