15-17 July 2018 Current Affairs

FIFA World Cup 2018 | France | Golden Ball | Luka Modric | Rajya Sabha | nominations | UN Panel on Digital Cooperation | Wimbledon 2018 |

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1) France won the FIFA World Cup for the second time by ending battling Croatia’s dream of a first title with a 4-2 victory in the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup that was played in Moscow on 15 July 2018. This final turned out to be one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades. Who was awarded the Golden Ball award as the best player at the World Cup? - Luka Modric (Croatia)

Explanation: Croatian midfielder Luka Modric won the prestigious Golden Ball award as the best player at the 2018 FIFA World Cup after his side lost to France 2-4 in the finals on 15 July 2018. Real Madrid star Modric scored two goals in the group stage and converted both of his attempts in penalty shootouts to help Croatia reach the final.

- It was a heartbreak for the first time finalists Croatia as France defeated them convincingly in the finals. France led 2-1 at half time after a Mario Mandzukic own goal and an Antoine Griezmann VAR penalty, with Ivan Perisic briefly bringing first-time finalists Croatia level in the World Cup 2018 final.

- Quickfire strikes by Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe midway through the second half put France on course for the title but Mandzukic was gifted a goal by French keeper Hugo Lloris to set up a nervous last 20 minutes. It was the highest-scoring world cup final since England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in 1966.

- The victory means that Didier Deschamps, captain of the 1998 side, becomes the third man to win the World Cup as player and coach after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.

- England captain Harry Kane won the Golden Boot as the top scorer of the 2018 World Cup with six goals in his kitty. France's Antoine Griezmann, who scored in the final, finished second with his four goals.

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2) Which team finished third at the 2018 FIFA World Cup by winning the classification match for third place on 14 July 2018? – Belgium

Explanation: Belgium gave its best-ever performance in FIFA World Cup by finishing third at the 2018 FIFA World Cup as it comprehensively defeated England by 2-0 in the classification match for third place on 14 July 2018. England thus finished fourth by which they equaled their performance of 1990 FIFA World Cup.

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3) President Ramnath Kovind on 14 July 2018 nominated which four personalities to the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Parliament? - Sonal Mansingh, Rakesh Sinha, Raghunath Mohapatra and Ram Shakal

Explanation: Classical dancer Sonal Mansingh, columnist and RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha, renowned sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra and farmer leader Ram Shakal were nominated to the Rajya Sabha by President Ramnath Kovind on 14 July 2018.

- These new nominations were made to fill the vacancies caused due to the retirement of nominated members Sachin Tendulkar, Rekha, Anu Aga and K Parasaran.

- Under Article 80 of the Constitution, the President can nominate 12 members to the Rajya Sabha "from amongst persons who have special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as literature, science, art and social service." The nominated members have six-year term.

- The other sitting nominated members include boxer Mary Kom, columnist Swapan Dasgupta, advocate K.T.S. Tulsi, economist Narendra Jadhav and BJP members Subramanian Swamy, Roopa Ganguly, Suresh Gopi and Sambhaji Chhatrapati.

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4) During July 2018 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the launch of a High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation. Who are co-heading this new panel? - Jack Ma and Melinda Gates

Explanation: Jack Ma of Alibaba Group and Melinda Gates of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will co-chair the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation that was constituted by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on 12 July 2018.

- The panel has been asked to contribute to the public debate on the importance of cooperative and interdisciplinary approaches to ensure a safe and inclusive digital future for all, taking into account relevant human rights norms.

- It will undertake a wide range of public consultations, including at least two public events and an open process inviting global inputs. It will hold its first in-person meeting in late September 2018 and is expected to submit its final report to the secretary-general within 9 months.

- The panel has a total of 20 members, representing a cross-section of expertise from government, private industry, civil society, academia and the technical community.

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5) Novak Djokovic earned his first Grand Slam title in more than two years by beating Kevin Anderson in Wimbledon’s men’s singles final on 15 July 2018. This was ………… Wimbledon’s men’s singles for Djokovic – Fourth

Explanation: Serbia’s Novak Djokovic won his illustrious career’s Wimbledon’s men’s singles title on 15 July 2018 as he defeated South African Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-3).

- This was the 13th Grand Slam title for Djokovic and first Grand Slam title in more than two years since French Open title in 2016.

- He is now in outright fourth place on the all-time list of Grand Slam men's singles titles, moving clear of Roy Emerson and closing the gap on Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (17) and Pete Sampras (14).

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6) Who won the women’s singles title of 2018 Wimbledon championship on 14 July 2018? - Angelique Kerber

Explanation: Angelique Kerber of Germany blew away Serena Williams (US) 6-3, 6-3 in the women’s singles final of 2018 Wimbledon championship on 14 July 2018 to win her third singles Grand Slam title.

- Kerber had earlier won the Australian Open and US Open in 2016.

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