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Day To Day Current Affairs - 26th October 2014

Day To Day Current Affairs - 26th October 2014

13.  Ashwika Kapur won 2014 Panda Award for her film on a Kakapo parrot
i. Ashwika Kapur on 24 October 2014 became the first Indian woman to win prestigious Wildscreen Panda Award. She won the coveted wildlife photography award in best newcomer category for her film, Sirocco - how a dud became a stud. 
iiPanda award also known as Green Oscar of the natural history and wildlife film industry was announced at the annual Wildscreen Film Festival held at Bristol, UK.

About the film Sirocco - how a dud became a stud
Ashwika’s film is a tale of a Kakapo parrot named Sirocco, which is perhaps the only bird in the world to have bagged a government job. Sirocco, a male bird was appointed as the official Spokesbird for Conservation in New Zealand who helped in conservation advocacy on social media.

14.  Sahil Doshi won 2014 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
i. Sahil Doshi, an Indian-American student on 22 October 2014 won the 2014 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
ii. He was awarded for his innovative design of an eco-friendly battery that could help lower harmful greenhouse gases.
iii. His prototype named PolluCell is capable of converting Carbon Dioxide into electricity, ingeniously helping to reduce our carbon footprint while offering power for household uses and developing nations.
iv. The 2014 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge prize also included 25000 US dollar and a student adventure trip to a destination such as Costa Rica.

15.  Sania-Cara pair clinches WTA Finals doubles title
i. Indian ace Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black ended the season and their partnership on a remarkable high by clinching the WTA finals women's doubles title with a comprehensive triumph in the summit clash in Singapore on Sunday.
ii. Sania and Cara, making their debut at the season finale, prevailed 6-1 6-0 over Su-Wei Hseih of Chinese Taipei and Shuai Peng of China in a clash that lasted just about an hour. 
iii. The Indo-Zimbabwean combination, which would be breaking up after this, broke the East Asians thrice in the opening set itself and were decisively better with their first serve. 

16.  Dhoni buys Ranchi franchise of Hockey India League
i. India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sahara Adventure Sports Limited are co—owners of new Ranchi—franchise of Hockey Indian League (HIL), Ranchi Rays, which was unveiled on Saturday.
ii. Ranchi Rhinos, who were the inaugural champions of HIL, was scrapped following distrust between owners (Patel—PS Group and Uniexcel Group) and Hockey India (HI).

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