07 January 2018 Current Affairs

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NASA’s Astronaut John Young Passes Away

Legendary astronaut John Young, who walked on the Moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, has died at 87. Young was the only agency astronaut to go into space as part of the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs and the first to fly into space six times. He was the ninth man to walk on the Moon.

Federer-Bencic Lead Switzerland to Hopman Cup Title

Switzerland won their third Hopman Cup as Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber in the deciding mixed doubles to secure a 2-1 victory in the final at the Perth Arena. It was Federer’s second Hopman Cup triumph after victory in 2001 alongside then world number one Martina Hingis.

24th Federation Cup All India Carrom Championship

Kajal Kumari and Moha. Ghufran, both representing Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB), registered contrasting wins to bag the women s singles and men s singles crowns respectively in the LIC of India sponsored 24th Federation Cup All India Carrom Championship.

Former President of Japan’s Toyota dies at 88

Toyota’s Former President Tatsuro Toyoda, who helped the Japanese auto giant establish a foothold in North America, has died at the age of 88. Toyoda joined the company founded by his father Kiichiro Toyoda in 1953 and in 1984 became the first president of a new firm formed by Toyota and General Motors. Toyoda served as Toyota president between 1992 and 1995.

Lagaan actor Shrivallabh Vyas passes away

Lagaan actor Shrivallabh Vyas has passed away. He had appeared in over 60 Hindi films, with occasional stints in regional cinema, television and theatre.

Elina Svitolina Wins Brisbane International

Elina Svitolina secured her first WTA title in Australia with a straight-sets victory in the Brisbane International final. Svitolina beat Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Nick Kyrgios moved a step closer to claiming his first ATP title on home soil with a semifinal win over defending champion Grigor Dimitrov. He will face American Ryan Harrison in finals.

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