Current Affairs 9th december 2015

5th Heart of Asia conference begins in Pakistan

  1. The fifth edition of ‘Heart of Asia conference, an annual regional gathering of Asian and other countries commenced in Islamabad Pakistan.    
  2.  Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani jointly inaugurated the ministerial-level meeting. Key facts Theme of the meeting: ‘Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process: Enhanced cooperation for countering security threats and promoting connectivity in the Heart of Asia region.’ Focus of the two day conference: To increase cooperation for countering security threats and promotion of connectivity in the region.

Shuttler Carolina Marin wins Female Player of the Year award

World number one women shuttler Carolina Marin from Spain has won the 2015 Female Badminton Player of the Year award. She was presented with the award by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) President Poul-Erik Hoyer in Dubai. India’s Saina Nehwal along with Zhao Yunlei of China (2014 winner) and another Chinese Bao Yixin were in race for this annual award in Female category. Other categories winners Male Player of the Year award: Chen Long (China). Most Promising Player of the Year: Zheng Si Wei (China).

Male Para-Badminton Player of the Year award: Lee Sam Seop (South Korea). Female Para-Badminton Player of the Year award: Helle Sofie Sagoy (Norway). Carolina MarĂ­n is currently ranked No. 1 in the world by Badminton World Federation Women’s Singles 2015 rankings. She has won in World Championships in women’s single category two times in 2014 and 2015 respectively. She also has won five World Superseries titles.

Iran tests Ghadr-110 ballistic missile, 

breaches UNSC resolution

Iran has successfully carried out test of medium range Ghadr-110 ballistic missile near the Chabahar, a port city in southeast of country along the Gulf of Oman. The test was held in November 2015, but was disclosed by the western intelligence agencies in December 2015. With this Iran so far has  breached of two United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions which compels it to refrain from any work on ballistic missiles for 8 years. Key facts Ghadr-110 ballistic missile is an improved and advance version of Shahab 3 missile which is similar to the precision guided missile that was tested by Iran in October 2015. It has a range of 1,800 –2000 km and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead as well as conventional warheads.