IREDA was established as Public Limited Government Company in 1987 to promote, develop and extend financial assistance for renewable energy and energy efficiency /conservation projects with the Motto Energy for Ever.
It was created as Non-Banking Financial Institution (NBFI) in Schedule C of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and was upgraded as Schedule B in 2010.
The Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of IREDA is KS Popli.
Finance Minister inaugurated new Bank Note Paper Line unit in Hoshangabad, MP
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 30 May 2015 inaugurated the new Bank Note Paper Line unit of 6000 metric tonne capacity at Security Paper Mill in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh.
With opening of this, India will become self-reliant in producing Bank Note Paper for big denominations. Earlier, India was considerably dependent on import of bank note paper for currency of big denominations.
He also flagged off the first consignment of one thousand rupees bank note paper made indigenously to Currency Note Press Nashik.
It is part of the indigenisation of the Bank Note paper under taken by Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited. The project has been completed at a cost of 495 crore rupees within the time schedule.
The plant is capable of incorporating the advanced security features into the Bank Note paper. It is also capable of manufacturing all denominations of Bank Note paper including 1000 rupees.
It is expected that the plant will help in generating both direct and indirect employment and overall will boost the economy of the state.
Another such unit will be soon operationalised in Mysore.
Czech Republic defeated Russia to retain Fed Cup
The Czech Republic on 15 November 2015 successfully defended its Fed Cup crown after beating Russia in final day's play in Prague.
Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova emerged as the team’s hero as she not only won her singles rubber to tie the match at 2-2 but also returned to court after a break to secure another comeback victory in the finals of the deciding doubles.
• The victory marked a fourth Fed Cup success for the Czech Republic in five years.
• The country has won the Fed Cup nine times overall, including Czechoslovakia's five before its split in 1993.
About Fed Cup
• Fed Cup is the premier international team competition in women's tennis.
• It was launched in 1963 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
• The competition was known as the Federation Cup until 1995.
Siril Verma clinched silver at World Junior Badminton Championships
Young shuttler Siril Verma on 15 November 2015 grabbed a silver medal at the BWF World Junior Championships held in Lima, Peru.
China’s Chia Hung Lu clinched the gold medal at the Boys' singles event.
With this, Verma joined the ranks of Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu, R.M.V. Gurusaidutt, H.S. Prannoy and Sameer Verma, who have won medals for India in the World junior championships.
Verma came into limelight when he clinched the Junior U15 Asian Championships title in 2013. He also became the first Indian player to win the Badminton Asia Youth Championships in 2013.
The 15-year-old shuttler trains at the Pullela Gopichand Academy.
Verma was born on 25 December 1999 in Andhra Pradesh (now Telangana).
About BWF World Junior Championships
The BWF World Junior Championships is also known as the World Junior Badminton Championships.
It is a tournament organized by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to crown the best junior badminton players (under-19) in the world.
IAAF provisionally suspended Russia from World Track and Field Events
Russia on 13 November 2015 was provisionally suspended from track and field events by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) due to doping allegations against the country’s athletes, coaches, trainers, doctors and officials.
The IAAF’s council members voted 22-1 in favour of Russia being banned from the events.
The ban will keep Russian athletes out of all sanctioned international track and field events worldwide. It could also affect the country’s preparations of 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
After the suspension, Russia will also not be able to host world race walking team championships to be held in 2016 in Cheboksary and the world junior championships in Kazan.
The strict action was taken by IAAF after the Independent Commission (IC) on Doping in Sports on 9 November 2015 submitted its report to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Earlier in June 2015, the Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV) Report for 2013 published by WADA revealed that Russia has maximum number of dope offenders.
Nico Rosberg beat Lewis Hamilton to win Brazilian Grand Prix
German Formula One motor racer Nico Rosberg on 15 November 2015 defeated Lewis Hamilton to grab the Brazilian Grand Prix trophy.
Sebastian Vettel grabbed the third position in the race.
With the win, Rosberg reserved his place as runner-up in 2015 Formula One world championship.
The Brazilian Grand Prix was German F1 Driver's second consecutive win following the 2015 Mexican Grand Prix. Besides, it was his fifth win of 2015 and the 13th of his career.
Born on 27 June 1985, Rosberg has also briefly competed for Finland very early in his career.
Rosberg entered Formula One in 2006 with Williams Grand Prix Engineering. He joined the re-branded Mercedes team for the 2010 Formula One season.
About 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix
The 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix is a Formula One motor race that was held at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, in São Paulo, Brazil.
The race was the 18th round of the 2015 season. It also marked the 44th running of the Brazilian Grand Prix as a round of the Formula One World Championship since its inception in 1950.
Xuerui Li defeated Saina Nehwal to clinch Women's Singles title at China Open Superseries
Chinese shuttler Xuerui Li on 15 November 2015 won the 700000 US dollar Women's Singles final of China Open Superseries Premier Badminton tournament. In the final played at Fuzhou, Li defeated India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal 21-12, 21-15.
The top seed and defending champion Saina and Li, the reigning Olympic champion, have met 12 times against each other. Saina has won just 2 of those games. This was Saina's fifth final of the year 2015.
It was Li’s 2nd championship title of the year after she won the Denmark Open Superseries Premier in October 2015, beating India’s PV Sindhu to the title.
Srinivasan removed as ICC Chairman; Shashank Manohar to take his place
Narayanaswami Srinivasan was on 9 November 2015 removed as the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC). He was removed after Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to recall him and nominate its current president Shashank Manohar as the chief of the world body.
The decision to drop him was taken at the BCCI’s 86th Annual General Meeting in Mumbai. Now, BCCI will recommend this change to ICC.
Srinivasan was elected the first chairman of the International Cricket Council for a two-year term (from June 2014 to June 2016). His tenure will be completed by Shashank Manohar as it is India's turn to hold the top position.
As per protocol, respective Boards name a representative on the Ex-Co. The BCCI will propose former ICC President Sharad Pawar's name as an alternative director in the executive committee.
Other decisions taken at the 86th Annual General Meeting of BCCI includes
• Ravi Shastri has also been removed from the IPL governing council.
• Rajeev Shukla has been retained as IPL Chairman.
• Roger Binny was removed from the Team India selection committee. He will be replaced by MSK Prasad from the South zone.
• Gagan Khoda is the other new member of the selection committee, chosen to replace Rajinder Singh Hans.
• Former India captain and current Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly will replace Anil Kumble as the chairman of BCCI’s technical committee.
• The BCCI also named Visakhapatnam, Ranchi, Indore, Pune and Rajkot as the five new venues for hosting Test cricket.
Besides, the BCCI accepted in principle the proposed rules on conflict of interest and other amendments to its constitution. It also appointed retired Justice A.P Shah as the ombudsman, who will look into all conflict of interest disputes.
Nigeria won 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup
Nigeria on 8 November 2015 won the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. It was held across 8 cities in Chile since 17 October 2015.
To win its third championship Nigeria defeated Mali 2-0. Oshimhen and Bamgboye scored the goals for Nigeria at the 56th and 59th minute respectively.
India will host the bi-annual championship in 2017.
Heena Sindhu won gold in 13th Asian Shooting Championship
India’s Heena Sindhu on 6 November 2015 won the gold medal in the 10m air pistol women’s event at the 13th Asian Shooting Championship.
The championship was started on 1 November 2015 and will be held for 12 days in Kuwait City.
Incidentally, Heena was also the winner of the gold medal in the 10m air pistol event in 8th Asian Air Gun Championship. It was held in New Delhi in September 2015.
Other Indian medal winners in 13th Asian Shooting Championship
• Nivetha won gold in the 10m air pistol junior women’s event
• In the 25m pistol men’s junior event, Shivam Shukla won gold.
• Angad Bajwa secured the individual gold in the junior skeet men’s competition
• Shreya Gawande, Nivetha and Oshin Tawani won gold in the women’s team event.
• Nayani Bharadwaj, Harshada Nithave and Malaika Goel won the gold in the team event of the 10m air pistol.
• Shivam, Arjun Das and Achal Pratap Grewal also won the silver medal in the team event.
• Angad Bajwa, Anant Naruka and Arjun Mann together won the gold in the junior skeet men’s team event.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin became fastest Indian to reach 150 test wickets
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on 6 November 2015 became the fastest Indian to reach 150 wickets mark in the Indian test cricket history.
He achieved this feat when he took Imran Tahir’s wicket in the first innings of the first test against South Africa in Mohali, Punjab.
In this match, Ashwin also became the first bowler in over 100 years to take 50 wickets after opening the bowling. He achieved this feat in 12 matches off 1888 balls.
The previous record was held by Colin Blythe of England who took 74 wickets between 1902 and 1910 in 13 tests.
The test is a part of four-match test series played to win Freedom Trophy, which is in turn is a part of the larger Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Series that includes ODIs and T20s as well.
FIFA World Rankings 2015: Belgium topped for first time
Belgium on 5 November 2015 moved to the top of the FIFA world ranking list in football for the first time. The team rose from third to first after overtaking Argentina and world champions Germany. This follows their victories in October’s European qualifiers.
The former No. 1 ranked side, Argentina, dropped to third, while Copa America champions Chile rose four places to fifth, their highest ranking. Austria improved one place to a best ever tenth place. Iran continued to top the rankings among AFC countries followed by Korea and Japan.
Jitu Rai won silver in 13th Asian Shooting Championship
Ace shooter Jitu Rai on 4 November 2015 won India's first senior medal at the 13th Asian Shooting Championship in Kuwait City. He bagged the silver in the finals of the men's 50 metre pistol event.
Korea’s Park Daehun, who won the gold medal of the event, shot finals world and Asian record score of 199.2, while Jitu finished with a finals score of 189.5.
In the process, Jitu defeated his long-time rivals Jin Jongoh of Korea and Vladimir Issachenko of Kazakhstan.
Apart from this, India also won four silver and two bronze medals in the junior events of the championships. In the women's 25 metre pistol event, Heena Sidhu, Gauri Sheoran and Annu Raj Singh could not qualify for the finals.
Results of some other shooting events
10m air rifle junior men's event
Junior Women's 50m Rifle Prone Event
• Gold: Xuechao Qian of China
• Silver: Akhil Sheoran of India
• Bronze: Prashant of India
• Team silver: Akhil, Prashant and Pratik Borse of India
• Team bronze: Satyajeet Kandhol, Gajendra Rai and Babu Mithiliesh of India
• Gold: Fatemeh Karamzadeh of Iran
• Silver: N Gayathri of India
• Bronze: Najmeh Khidmati of Iran
• Team Silver: Gayathri, Srinithi Venkatesh and Sonika
Shiva Thapa was on 3 November 2015 ranked number 2 in the latest international rankings in the 56 kilogram category. He moved up by 5 places compared to previous rankings.
While Shiva got 1550 points overall, the top spot was occupied by Michael Conlan of Ireland with 2150 points.
In the World Amateur Boxing Championships held in Doha in October 2015, they won the gold and bronze medal respectively.
Vikas Krishan Yadav, who lost in the quarterfinals of the Doha event, was the next best-placed Indian at sixth in the 75kg middleweight division.
Satish Kumar, who was also a quarterfinalist in Doha, took the seventh spot in the rankings for super heavyweight (plus 91kilogram) boxers.
2015 Paragliding World Cup concluded
The 2015 Paragliding World Cup (PWC) was held in Bir village of Himachal Pradesh between 24 October and 31 October 2015.
It was for the first time India hosted a PWC and it is the biggest aero sport event held in India so far.
At the end of the event, while Swiss pilot Michael Kuffer topped the table in the men’s category, Yuki Sato of Japan topped the table in the women’s league.
From the Indian side, Ajay Kumar emerged as the best pilot by positioning himself at the 31st rank overall. Gurpreet Dhindsa (63) and Arvind Paul (70) were the only two other Indians figured in the top 100 list.
The 2015 PWC was organised by the Billing Paragliding Association of India and Airports Authority of India (AAI) was the title sponsor.
Nico Rosberg of Germany won 2015 Mexican Grand Prix Formula 1 championship
Mercedes racing driver Nico Rosberg of Germany on 1 November 2015 won the 2015 Mexican Grand Prix Formula 1 championship.
In the final race held at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, he defeated his team mate Lewis Hamilton of Britain with a seven point lead.
While Felipe Massa of Brazil representing Williams was at the sixth position, Force India drivers-Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) and Sergio Perez (Mexico) were at the seventh and eight positions respectively.
For Rosberg, it was the fourth title in the 2015 season. Prior to the present championship, he won the titles in Spain, Monaco and Australia. Overall, it was the 12th title in his career.
Roger Federer won 2015 Swiss Indoors men’s singles title by defeating Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer of Switzerland on 1 November 2015 won the Swiss Indoors men’s singles tennis title. He defeated Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-3 5-7 6-3 at the final match held at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland.
For the 17-time Grand Slam winner, it was seventh Swiss Indoors title and 88th of his career. In 2015, it was his sixth title.
However, Nadal still has the upper hand as he has an impressive 23-11 head-to-head record against Federer.
About Swiss Indoors
• It is a professional men's tennis tournament played on indoor hard courts.
• It is originally an event of the Grand Prix tennis circuit between 1970 and 1989.
• It is currently part of the World Tour 500 Series of the ATP Tour and held annually at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland since 1995.
New Zealand won Rugby World Cup for record third time
New Zealand on 31 October 2015 won the Rugby World Cup for the third time. In the final played at Twickenham Stadium in London, the New Zealanders defeated Australia 34-17.
With this win, New Zealand became the first team to retain the Webb Ellis Cup. For the All Black Caps, this was their first World Cup win outside New Zealand.
Since 2011, New Zealand has won 49 of the 54 games under Coach Steve Hansen.
World Rugby Awards Winners
• Man of the Match: Dan Carter (New Zealand)
• Team of the Year: New Zealand
• Coach of the Year: Michael Cheika (Australia)
• Player of the Year: Dan Carter (New Zealand)
• Breakthrough Player of the Year: Nehe Milner-Skudder (New Zealand)
• Try of the Year: Julian Savea (New Zealand) vs France
• The Webb Ellis Cup is the trophy awarded to the winner of the Rugby World Cup, the premier competition in men's international rugby union.
• The Cup is named after William Webb Ellis, who is often credited as the inventor of rugby football.
• The trophy is silver gilt and has been presented to the winner of the Rugby World Cup since the first competition in 1987.
• It has been held thrice by New Zealand (1987, 2011 & 2015), twice by Australia (1991 & 1999) and South Africa (1995 & 2007), and once by England in 2003.
Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis won women's doubles title of Singapore Open
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis on 1 November 2015 won Singapore BNP Paribas WTA Finals women's doubles title. The top-seeded Indo-Swiss pair defeated eighth seed Spanish team of Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-3.
Extending their incredible unbeaten record, Mirza and Hingis lifted their ninth trophy of the season. The other eight titles are Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Wimbledon, US Open, Guangzhou, Wuhan and China Open.
Earlier in 2014, Sania won this tournament with Zimbabwean Cara Black.
Besides, Agnieszka Radwanska claimed her maiden WTA Finals title with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Czech Petra Kvitova at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Amit Kumar won silver in men's club throw F51 event of IPC Athletics World Championships
Indian para-athlete Amit Kumar Saroha on 28 October 2015 won silver medal in men's club throw F51 event in the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha. With this, Amit sealed a berth for 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
Amit clinched silver with an effort of 25.44m, behind Serbia's Zeljko Dimitrijevic who won gold in a championship record of 26.29m. Milos Mitic of Serbia bagged the bronze in 25.40m.
Amit’s medal helped the 15-member Indian team to end the campaign with two silvers. Devendra Jhajharia had won silver in men's javelin throw F46 event on 27 October 2015.
2015 IPC Athletics World Championships
2015 IPC Athletics World Championships held in Doha, Qatar from 21 October to 31 October 2015 was one of the last major competitions ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The competition featured around 1300 athletes from 90 countries and was held in the 12000 capacity Qatar Sports Club’s - Suhaim Bin Hamam stadium.
J&K to host South Asian Rugby 7’S Championship in 2016
Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Youth Services and Sports Molvi Imran Raza Ansari on 27 October 2015 announced that Kashmir Valley will host South Asian Rugby 7’S Championship in 2016.
The decision was made during the 131st Standing Committee meeting of J-K State Sports Council, which was chaired by Ansari. As per the decision, the championship will be held at Bakhshi Stadium from 18 June to 20 June 2016.
The Championship will be participated by eight teams consisting of 180 participants from various countries like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and India.
IOC allowed refugees to compete in Olympics for the first time
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach on 26 October 2015 announced that all the highly qualified athletes who are refugees will be allowed to compete in the Olympic Games. This is for the first time that refugee athletes will be competing in any Olympic Games.
As per the announcement, all the eligible athletes will be able to compete for the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The announcement was made during the UN General Assembly (UNGA) meeting which adopted a resolution urging all countries to stop fighting and observe a truce during the 2016 Summer Olympics. Bach also appealed to all 193 UN member states to help the IOC identify talented refugee athletes.
IOC has created a 2 million US dollars fund to bring hope through sport to refugees. Having no national anthem to play for them, these refugee athletes will be welcomed to the Olympic Games with the IOC flag and the IOC anthem.
While participating in the 2016 Olympics, refugee athletes will stay in the Olympic Village alongside the other 11000 athletes from 206 national Olympic committees. Until now, qualified refugee athletes were not able to participate because they couldn't represent their home country and its national Olympic committee.
Currently, there are about 20 million refugees in the world - and the number is growing. Earlier in October 2015, more than 500000 refugees and economic migrants have entered Europe and thousands more are following in their footsteps.
ICC released Test, ODI, T20I and Women’s Ranking
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on 26 October 2015 launched the official ICC men’s Team Rankings from Test, One Day International (ODI) and T20I cricket.
South Africa with 125 rating was placed at the top position in the Test ranking list; while Australia topped the ODI list with 127 ratings. Sri Lanka with 126 points topped the list of T20I rankings.
On the other hand, Australian women team with 134 ratings topped in the ICC Women’s Rankings, which was released for the second time ever.
The ICC on 1 October 2015 launched the official ICC Women’s Team Rankings, which incorporated results in all three formats of the game into one rankings system. The innovative new system treated results from Test, ODI and T20I cricket equally.
In Test, ODI, T20I as well as Women's Cricket, India was placed at fifth, second, sixth and fourth position respectively.
Top three Rankings in the three formats of Men’s team