The Daily Brief – 4th July 2016

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  • At least 119 people were killed in Baghdad, Iraq after a suicide car bombing ripped through a busy market. The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing.
  • Elie Wiesel, who was a Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner, passed away recently. He is the author of 57 books among which Night has accounts of his experiences as a prisoner in the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
  • Linda Burney became the first Indigenous woman to be elected to the House of Representatives (Lower House) of the Parliament of Australia.
  • China is going to hold military drills in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. This comes prior to an international tribunal ruling in The Hague that was brought forth by Philippines challenging China’s claims in the resource-rich waterway.
  • The biggest oil refinery of India is estimated to cost around $30 billion and is going to set up by the IOC and other state-run industries on the west coast.
  • The first Commercial Court and Commercial Disputes Resolution Centre of India was inaugurated at Raipur, Chhattisgarh and has facilities like e-Court, e-Filing, e-Summons, etc.
  • The 2016 BRICS Youth Summit concluded on 3rd July 2016 at Guwahati, Assam and the theme of the summit was “Youth as bridge for Intra-BRICS Exchanges”.
  • The State Bank of India has signed an agreement with World Bank to support the grid connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (GRPV) programme. The cost of the agreement was a whopping $625 million and with this, at least 400 MW solar capacity will be created in India.
  • The 1st BRICS Working Group on Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency began in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh to deliberate on a working plan for developing cooperation in energy saving and energy efficiency with BRICS countries.
  • Supreme Court of India held that once a post has been identified by the government as being suitable for a disabled person to be appointed to, then it should be reserved for them irrespective of the mode of recruitment that the state might adopt to fill the post.
  • The Government of Kerala has banned the electronic cigarette after studies revealed that it can cause various health problems. Earlier, the States of Punjab, Maharashtra and Karnataka had banned the e-cigarettes.
  • Serena Williams clinched the 300th Grand Slam win of her career after defeating Annika Beck at the Wimbledon Championship.
  • Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, an Indian footballer became the first Indian to play in the Europa League. He plays for the Norwegian club Stabaek FC.
  • Lewis Hamilton won the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix held in Spielberg, Austria.
  • B Sai Praneeth from India won the Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton Men’s Singles title at Calgary after defeating Lee Hyun II of Korea.

Today’s Quiz

1. Who became the first Indigenous woman to be elected to the House of Representatives (Lower House) of the Australian Parliament?





2. What kind of a terror attack killed 119 people at a market place in Baghdad, Iraq?





3. The biggest oil refinery in India is going to be set up at a cost of $30 billion. On which coast is it going to be set up?





4. Where was the first Commercial Court and Commercial Disputes Resolution Centre of India inaugurated?





5. Which state was the first to ban the electronic cigarette in India?





6. Who won the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix held in Spielberg, Austria?





7. China and Philippines have a case pending before an international tribunal at The Hague regarding which disputed water body?





8. Which Indian bank has signed an agreement with the World Bank to support the grid connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (GRPV) programme?





9. Where was the 2016 BRICS Youth Summit held?





10. Who became the first Indian footballer to play in the Europa League?









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