1) Sochi Winter Olympics end with glitzy, emotional closing ceremony: The Sochi Winter Games have wrapped up with the closing ceremony held in the Fisht Olympic Stadium. Games ended on Sunday night as they do at every Games, be they summer or winter, with the Olympic Flame being extinguished. This time, it was a larger-than-life mechanical bear that "blew out" the flame towards the end of a glitzy, emotional closing ceremony. The host Russia rediscovered its dominance on snow and ice. The closing ceremony took place at Fisht Olympic Stadium, the same site of the opening ceremony for the 17-day winter sports extravaganza. Russia led all nations with 13 gold medals and 33 medals in total, topping the Winter Olympics medal table for the first time since 1994.
2) Pyeongchang, South Korea to host next Winter Olympics in 2018: The next Winter Games are to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. The east coast alpine town Pyeongchang, will stage South Korea's first Winter Games. South Korea had its largest Winter Olympics delegation ever with 71 athletes, competing in every sport except for ice hockey. It came up just short of its stated objective of winning four gold medals for a top-10 finish in the medals. With three gold medals -- one by speed skater Lee Sang-hwa and two by short tracker Park Seung-hi -- along with three silver and two bronze medals, South Korea ended in 13th place.
3) First-in-India ISO tag for Malappuram: Malappuram municipality, Kerala on Sunday became the first municipal body in the country to win an ISO certification for quality management. The ISO 9001-2008 certificate has added another feather to the cap of Malappuram, which was chosen the State’s second best municipality last year.
4) Maria Franziska von Trapp passes away at the age of 99: The last surviving member of the real von Trapp family that inspired The Sound of Music has died. Maria Franziska, one of seven brothers and sisters from the famous family, passed away in her sleep aged 99 at home in Vermont, America. Their story later inspired the 1965 musical hit, which won five Oscars and remains one of the most successful films ever made.
5) Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System Launched on Pilot Basis: The Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare has launched a web based Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System “ BHAVISHYA” which provides for on-line tracking of sanction and payment processes by the individual as well as the administrative authorities. The new proposed system will capture information relating to the pensioner’s personal and service data including contact details like mobile number and e-mail etc. It will also have electronic Forms required to be submitted to pension sanctioning authority. The system will keep retiring employees informed of the progress of pension sanction process through SMS/E-mail in future.
6) Cheteshwar Pujara brand ambassador of Gujarat Election Commission: ndia's middle order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has been appointed as the 'brand ambassador' of the Gujarat state Election Commission. The district authorities had sent a suggestion to the Election Commission of India (ECI) in this regard.
7) Delhi Waveriders lifts 2nd edition of Hockey India League cup: Delhi Waveriders beat Jaypee Punjab Warriors to emerge as the champions in Hockey India League at Ranchi on Sunday. The Waveriders beat Warriors 3-1 in the shoot-out after the regulation 70 minutes ended in a 3-3 tie. The second edition of the Indian Hockey League is over and like the first edition, this edition has also been a success. Delhi Waveriders won the tournament and according to the team’s captain Sardar Singh, HIL has been a great learning experience for the young Indian players.