The Daily Brief – 15th November 2016


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  • Former air force commander and pro-Russian candidate Rumen Radev has won the Bulgarian presidential election. He got 59.4% of the total votes and is against immigration. Radev will assume office on January 22, 2017, for a five year term.
  • The government will reintroduce compulsory class X board examination for CBSE schools from the 2017-18 academic year, Education Minister Prakash Javadkar
  • Using an airborne laser-tracking system, Stanford University researchers have announced the discovery of fifty of the world’s tallest tropical trees in a rainforest situated at the Borneo Island in Southeast Asia. The trees belong to the Shorea group of species.
  • Japan and South Korea signed a preliminary pact to share and safeguard information about North Korea’s missiles and nuclear activities. The ‘General Security of Military Information Agreement’ was originally intended to be signed in 2012 but was postponed by South Korea amid domestic opposition.
  • American stock exchange NASDAQ said its CEO Robert Grefeld would retire and that Adena Friedman (current President and COO) will preside over the chair from January 1.
  • International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Narinder Dhruv Batra has announced India will be hosting the hockey Asian Championship Trophy and Youth Olympic Asian Qualifiers in 2018. This comes after the country was finalised as the venue for 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup, to be held in Bhubaneshwar. Batra was recently elected as first Indian to head FIH.
  • Sonam Kapoor will be honoured by the Icon of India award along with the award for the Best Actress for her work in the movie Neerja. at the upcoming 11th Asiavision Movie Awards. The award ceremony will take place at UAE on 18th of November.
  • Socialist leader and pro-Russian candidate Igor Dodon has won the Moldovan presidential elections, winning around 54% of the vote. Dodon has promised to pursue closer ties with Russia rather than EU, which is in direct contradiction of the pro-European stance of the current government.

    Today’s Quiz

    1. Who won the Bulgarian presidential election?

    2. Who is the education minister of India?

    3. Hockey Asian Championship Trophy 2018 will be hosted by which country?

    4. Who will be honoured by the award for Best Actress at 11th Asiavision Movie Awards?

    5. Who has been elected as the President of the International Hockey Federation?

    6. Who has won the Moldovan presidential elections?


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