The Daily Brief – 12th November 2018


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  1. World leaders gathered in Paris on November 11, 2018 to lead the global commemorations to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. A conference called the Paris Peace Forum took place after the memorial service on the Champs-Elysees. Envisioned by French President Emmanuel Macron, the Peace forum is aimed at highlighting the importance of international institutions in helping resolve conflicts, avert wars and spread prosperity.
  2. The world’s largest supercomputer designed to work in the same way as the human brain has been switched on for the first time. The newly formed million-processor-core Spiking Neural Network Architecture (SpiNNaker) machine is capable of completing more than 200 million actions per second, with each of its chips having 100 million transistors. The SpiNNaker machine designed and built in The University of Manchester in the UK, can model more biological neurons in real time than any other machine on the planet.
  3. In his first visit as the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will travel to Male on November 17 to attend the swearing-in ceremony of new Maldivian president, indicating an attempt to mend bilateral ties, which nosedived during the outgoing Abdulla Yameen government. Presidential elections were held in Maldives on September 23 in which joint opposition leader Solih defeated Mr. Yameen. Maldives is an important country for India’s maritime security.
  4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to deliver a late Deepavali “gift” to his constituency, Varanasi, in the form of projects worth over ₹2,400 crore. On November 12, Mr. Modi will launch 17 infrastructure projects in Varanasi. While 10 projects built at a total cost of over ₹2,300 crore would be inaugurated, foundation would be laid for seven costing ₹111 crore.
  5. As the world commemorates the centenary of the armistice of the First World War, an Indian War Memorial was unveiled at Villers Guislain, 200 km from Paris, on Friday to highlight the contribution of the Indian soldiers to the freedom of France in the Great War. The memorial was unveiled by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, who is in France to represent India at the centenary commemoration.

    Bajrang Punia
  6. World championships silver medallist wrestler Bajrang Punia became the first Indian to secure the No. 1 slot in men’s freestyle 65kg category in the United World Wrestling (UWW) rankings. Cuban Alejandro Enrique Tobier (66) is ranked No.2. Pooja Dhanda, who won a bronze medal in the World championships, is sixth in the women’s 57kg. Ritu Phogat (50kg) is number 10. United World Wrestling (UWW) is the international governing body for the sport of amateur wrestling; its duties include overseeing wrestling at the Olympics. It was formed in 1912.

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Today’s Quiz

1. World leaders gathered in ____to lead the global commemorations to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War?

2. The peace forum is the vision of ___

3. Who designed and built the world’s largest supercomputer SpiNNaker?

4. Who unveiled the Indian War memorial at Villers Guislain, France?

5. Who is the first Indian to top the UWW rankings?

6. When was United World Wrestling (UWW) formed?


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