The Daily Brief – 17th November 2016


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  • Ladakh based engineer, Sonam Wangchuk, is awarded the ‘Rolex Awards for Enterprises 2016’ for his ‘Ice Stupa’ project. Aimed at reducing water shortage in high altitudes, the project, which will be supported by the Rolex fund, involves conical ice mounds designed like mini-glaciers to slowly release water.
  • Microsoft will join the nonprofit technology trade association Linux Foundation as a high paying member. This was revealed in an announcement by the former.
  • Telengana government has signed a MoU with Microsoft Corporation India for helping the government explore cloud, machine learning and mobile based solutions to improve citizen service, education, health care, and agriculture.
  • Peggy Whitson, an astronaut of NASA, at an age of 56 years, will become the oldest woman in space history after she will takeoff for the International Space Station (ISS) the next day. Notably, she holds the record for most time spent in space by a woman and she is also the first woman to become ISS commander.
  • Indian Film and Literature Festival 2016, a grand three day event, will be held at Gururgram this time, at DLF CyberHub. This will begin from 2nd The festival will feature panel discussions on several themes, including film making and advertising, as well as film screenings, book readings, a music concert and a poetry slam. It will be attended by author Ruskin Bond and actor Piyush Mishra, among others.
  • The digital wing of The Times of India i.e., Times Internet has appointed former Twitter India head Rishi Jaitly as the CEO of its business division Times Global Partners. Jailty was the Head of Public-Private Partnerships at Google India before joining Twitter.
  • Technology major Microsoft partners with Elon Musk and Peter Thiel backed research project called OpenAI, which aims at the democratization of artificial intelligence and make it more assecible to public. OpenAI will use microsoft’s Azure as its primary cloud platform to create new tools and technologies that are possible only with the cloud.
  • Thailand celebrated the festival of lights called Loi Krathong which is celebrated in order to pay homage to Lord Buddha. The celebration primarily includes the releasing sky lanterns and floating krathongs, meaning decorated baskets.
  • Former Australian Test Captain and Indian Cricket Team’s coach, Greg Chappell has been drafted in the Australia’s four-man national selection panel on an interim basis. Trevor Hons will be serving as interimn chairman of the panel after Rod Marsh left the position on Wednesday.

    Today’s Brief

    1. Who among the following has been selected for Rolex Awards for Enterprises 2016?

    2. Which state has signed a MoU with Microsoft Corporation India for helping the government explore cloud, machine learning and mobile based solutions?

    3. Who has been named as the selector of Australian Cricket Team?

    4. Who is the CEO of Times Global Partner?

    5. Which city will be hosting the Indian Film and Literature Festival 2016?

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