The Daily Brief – 13th February, 2017

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  • R. Ashwin became the quickest spinner to bag 250 wickets when he claimed Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim on Day 4 of the India-Bangladesh test in Hyderabad. He broke Australian Dennis Lillee’s record.
  • The government is keen on appointing a single point military adviser within the year to promote synergy among the Services. The issue was discussed in detail during the recent combined commanders’ conference chaired by Prime Minster Narendra Modi. The government is also intent on creating theatre commands for greater interoperability within the Services.
  • The Supreme Court has held that property inherited by a woman from her husband cannot be claimed by her brother. The decisions were given by a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and R. Banumathi. they noted that, “the language used in Section 15 of the Indian Succession Act clearly specifies that the property inherited from the husband and father-in-law would devolve upon the heirs of husband/father-in-law from whom she inherited the property”.
  • The Indian doubles pair of Arjun Madathil Ramachandran and Ramchandran Shlok won the men’s doubles title at the 26th Iran Fajr badminton tournament by defeating the fifth-seeded Indonesian duo of Kenas Adi Haryanto and Muhammad Reza Pahlevi Isfahani.
  • Indian Navy’s survey vessel INS Sarvekshak, based at the Southern Naval Command in Kochi became the first naval ship to go green by installing a solar power system on board. It has innovatively deployed the zero-maintenance solar power system, capable of generating 5.4KW electricity and replacing the ship’s traditional 4.4KW emergency diesel alternator.
  • The Union Government is targeting an investment of about Rs. 2,200 crore in start-ups working on new technologies in the electronic sector under the Electronics Development Fund (EDF) by 2019.
  • India is planning to host a conference on counter-radicalisation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in October 2017.
  • A massive evacuation has begun in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki so experts can defuse a 500-pound unexploded Second World War bomb. A state of emergency has been declared in the area and about 1,000 police and 300 volunteers are helping in the evacuation. Trains have been halted in the area and church services have been cancelled.
  • World Radio Day is observed every year on 13th February to celebrate the radio as a means of communication. To mark this day, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organizes different activities with broadcasters, organizations and communities around the world.
  • German lawmakers elected Frank-Walter Steinmeier by an overwhelming majority to be the country’s new President. Mr. Steinmeier, Germany’s former Foreign Minister, was elected in Berlin by a special assembly that was made up of the 630 members of Parliament’s lower house and an equal number of representatives from Germany’s 16 States. The German President has little executive power, but is considered an important moral authority and symbol of the country as its host for visiting dignitaries.
  • Switzerland voted on whether to make it easier for third generation immigrants to become citizens, after a campaign tainted by anti-Muslim messages and charges of religious prejudice. Preliminary results pointed to the measure being approved, in what would be a defeat for the far right nationalist Swiss People’s Party (SVP), which put issues of Islam and national identity at the centre of the debate.
  • Raymond Smullyan, a musician, magician, mathematician and a puzzle-creating logician, died last Monday in Hudson, New York. He was 97.
  • Jiro Taniguchi, a legend in Japan’s comic art of manga, died in Tokyo at the age of 69, leaving behind an international following for his exquisite line drawing of scenes from everyday life. He hit the international manga scene with A Distant Neighbourhood , about a Japanese salaryman who travels back to his childhood — widely seen to this day as his masterpiece.

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