Current Affairs Feb 2017 - Persons in NEWS


News 1 - UNODC chose Satinder Sartaaj for campaign against trafficking


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has roped in Punjabi folk singer Satinder Sartaaj for the Blue Heart Campaign, an awareness project against human trafficking.

The campaign is an initiative for raising awareness to fight human trafficking and its impact on society. AR Rahman, Sonu Nigam and 30 artists from around the world have come together for the campaign and released an album ‘Music to Inspire’.

News 2 - Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a Guinness World Record

Sudarsan Pattnaik

Sudarsan Pattnaik created yet another world record by building the world’s tallest sand castle which is 48 feet and 8 inch (14.84 metre) at the Puri beach. He has broken the record of 45 feet and 10 inch sand castle which was created in USA, a Guinness World Records.

The sand sculpture was built with theme of World Peace. It featured sculptures of Mahatma Gandhi, Gautama Buddha, and Nelson Mandela.

News 3 - Diego Maradona named ambassador at FIFA

Diego Maradona

The 56-year-old Argentina’s former soccer player Diego Maradona was named as brand ambassador of the FIFA by the FIFA governing body to promote the game worldwide. Maradona was Napoli's veteran player in the European Cup encounter in 1987. Diego was famous player as he led Argentina to the World Cup title in 1986, and to a runner-up finish in 1990.

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is the international governing body of association football and beach soccer and conducts football's major international tournaments.

News 4 - Virat Kohli signs a Rs. 100 crore deal with Puma

Virat Kohli Puma

Indian Cricket team captain, Virat Kohli, became the first Indian sportsperson to sign a Rs. 100 crore endorsement deal with a single brand. He has signed an eight-year deal with sports lifestyle brand Puma worth about Rs. 110 crores.

Puma is expected to work with Kohli in markets like UK, Australia, South Africa and the Middle East. Kohli has joined the likes of Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Thierry Henry and Oliver Giroud as a global ambassador for the brand.

News 5 - Shilpa Shetty named as the Swachh Bharat brand ambassador

Shilpa Shetty

The Government roped in actress Shilpa Shetty as a brand ambassador for its cleanliness initiative Swachh Bharat Mission. The actress will feature in TV and radio campaigns aimed at discouraging people from littering on roads.

Campaign posters featuring the actress will be displayed at various places across the country. Ministry has also approached other celebrities like Priyanka Chopra to support the mission, which aims cleanliness and eradication of open defecation by 2019. Shilpa Shetty joined the list of the mission's ambassadors like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Shankar Mahadevan and Sachin Tendulkar.

News 6 - Gopi, Athare won men's and women's races in Delhi Marathon

Gopi and Athare

Rio Olympian Thanackal Gopi won the men's title in the second edition of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon. Monika Athare claimed the honours in the women's section.

In Men's full marathon New Delhi, Gopi clocked 2 hours, 15 minutes and 37 seconds to win the race in his first appearance in the event. Bahadur Singh Dhoni finished second while T H Sanjith was third. In women's full marathon, Monika Athare from Nashik completed the race in 2 hours, 39 minutes and 08 seconds, to bag her maiden title at this distance. Athare was followed by Jyoti Gawate in the second position, while Ranjan Kumari finished third.