Current Affairs – February, 2019

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Kelly Knight Craft is the new US ambassador to the UN

US President Donald Trump has announced the nomination of Kelly Knight Craft as the new US ambassador to the UN. The post of the US ambassador to the UN was vacant due to the resignation of Nikki Haley. Kelly Knight Craft is currently serving as the US ambassador to Canada. The appointment would be formalised after the approval by the US Senate.

Functions of the US ambassador to the UN

  • Representing the United States on the U.N. Security Council and during almost all plenary meetings of the General Assembly
  • Keep the U.S. State Department informed of events at the United Nations.
  • Making recommendations to the State Department and the president as to what course of action the United States should pursue.

The US ambassador to the UN currently holds the Cabinet-level position. Reports suggest that role will probably be downgraded from the Cabinet-level position.

Kelly Knight Craft

Kelly Knight Craft who is currently serving as ambassador to Canada was the first woman to ever hold the post. Previously she had served as an alternate delegate to the UN during President George W Bush’s reign where her focuses included Africa.

Afghanistan Posts Highest Ever T20 International Score

Afghanistan has created history in its second Twenty20 International against Ireland at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Afghanistan scored 278 for the loss of three wickets in the 20 overs and registered the highest-ever total in T20s. Afghanistan broke the record of Australia. Australia had scored 263/3 back in 2016 against Sri Lanka.

Hazratullah Zazai was a star performer in Afghanistan’s innings with a score of 162 runs from just 62 balls. He hit 11 fours and 16 sixes and scored 140 runs from boundaries alone.

Usman Ghani also made a significant partnership with his 73 runs from 48 balls including 7 fours and three sixes. The 236 run partnership of Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani beat the earlier record of Australia’s Aaron Finch and Darcy Short who had a score of 223-runs.

Why India is Hosting Afghanistan’s home series?

Afghanistan hit by war is still in the process of recovery. The Afghanistan Cricket team is making significant progress. Lack of necessary infrastructure and law and order issues makes it impossible to host the cricket matches.

India which is the time tested friend of Pakistan is hosting the home series for Afghanistan and is providing all infrastructural facilities for the country to enhance its excellence in the game of cricket.

In a significant development, all international teams touring India will now play a practice match against Afghanistan.