Myanmar Current Affairs - 2019

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IBSF World Billiards Championship: India’s Pankaj Advani wins title

The Bengaluru-based cueist Pankaj Advani increased his tally of world titles to 22 by winning a 4th straight final in the 150-up format at IBSF World Billiards Championship 2019 held in Mandalay, Myanmar. Pankaj Advani defeated Nay Thway Oo of Myanmar.

Key Highlights

With this win and another trophy in the bag, Advani extends his remarkable run of winning a global crown since 2003.

In the short format of billiards, this is Pankaj’s 5th title in last 6 years.

The 34-year-old is one of India’s most consistent sportspersons and has brought home a world trophy every year ever since returning from a professional stint in the UK in 2014. He has won more world titles in his sport than anyone else.

About IBSF World Billiards Championship

It is the premier, international, non-professional tournament for game of English billiards.

It was established in 1951 however, the event has been sanctioned by International Billiards and Snooker Federation since 1973.

Extinct bird had an extra-long toe: Study

In 2014 fossil of Elektorornis chenguangi, a small bird which lived nearly 99 million years ago, with a weird elongated toe were discovered in amber tree resin in  Hukawng Valley of Myanmar.

The study was led by Lida Xing, a palaeontologist at China University of Geosciences who specialises in Cretaceous birds and was published in Current Biology.

Key Finding of Study

The bird was found partially buried in amber (fossilized tree resin) with its lower leg and foot remained undisturbed in hardened tree resin until amber miners eventually discovered fossil in Hukawng Valley in 2014.

Preserved toe of bird measures less than half an inch (O.5 inch) from knuckle to claw-tip, which makes it 41% longer than next longest digit on creature’s foot.

Its elongated toe structure has never been observed in other birds either living or even extinct.

Probable Reason: Elektorornis chenguangi may have used long, sensitive digit to probe cracks in trees for insects and grubs.