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News in Short - 10-June-2019

Virat Kohli ranked 100th in Forbes list of top paid athletes

Date: 10 June 2019 Tags: Sports
  • Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli was ranked 100th in 2019 Forbes list of world's highest-paid athletes. He is only Indian to feature in this list.
  • He has been estimated with annual earnings of US $25 million of which $21 million are from endorsements and $4 million are from salary and winnings for the last 12 months.
  • He has dropped 17 spots to 100th place in the rankings  from last year despite an increase of $1 million in endorsements. He was ranked 83rd in 2018.
  • The 2019 list was topped by Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi with annual earnings of $127 million via salary and endorsement deals. Juventus and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo was ranked second with earnings of $109 million.

India extends Rs 1.6 Billion aid to Nepal for Rebuilding Earthquake-hit Houses

Date: 10 June 2019 Tags: India & World
  • Indian has extended financial aid of 1.6 billion Nepalese rupees to Nepal to help 50,000 people in Nuwakot and Gorkha districts to rebuild their houses damaged in 2017 devastating earthquake.
  • India so far has granted Nepal, total of Rs 4.5 billion Nepalese rupees under housing reconstruction projects.
  • For this, India has partnered with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
  • The aim India’s financial aid is to provide socio-technical facilitation to the house owners to ensure that they rebuild their homes as per Nepal government’s earthquake resilient norms.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev sworn in as President of Kazakhstan

Date: 10 June 2019 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was sworn in as President of Kazakhstan. He had won recently concluded election with 70.96% of votehare contested against six government-approved candidates.
  • He succeeded Nursultan Nazarbayev, who announced his resignation in March 2019 after 30 years in power.
  • With this, Tokayev bemace first elected President of Kazakhstan since the collapse of the Soviet Union.  He was interim president and hand-picked successor of Nursultan Nazarbaye

IAAF re-branded as World Athletics

Date: 10 June 2019 Tags: Sports
  • The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has changed its name from IAAF to World Athletics.
  • The rebranding proposal was approved by members of IAAF council at its meeting held in Monaco. The change in name and re-designed logo will come in effect after the 2019 World Athletics Championship in Doha in October 2019.
  • Purpose of rebranding: The new name and logo of IAAF has been designed to represent modern and positive face for athletics. It aims to attract the younger audience.
  • IAAF: It is international governing body for the sport of athletics. It was established in July 1912. Its headquarters is located in Monaco. It has 215 member federations.