The Daily Brief – 1st December 2018


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  1. The Kimberly Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) will be chaired by India from 1st January 2019. It was handed the onus of chairmanship by the European Union during KPCS Plenary 2018, held in Brussels, Belgium. Kimberly Process is a joint initiative of governments, industry and civil societies to stem flow of ‘conflict diamonds’, rough diamonds used by rebel groups to finance wars against legitimate governments. At present, KPCS has 54 members representing 81 countries including EU with 28 members.
  2. The Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched country’s first advance earth observation satellite Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS) along with 30 other satellites from eight countries. They were launched on board of ISRO’s workhorse PSLV-C43 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. HysIS is India’s first hyperspectral imaging satellite for advanced earth observation developed indigenously by ISRO and very few space agencies have such a satellite.
  3. ‘eDrishti’ software was unveiled by the Indian Railways that will help the Union Railway Minister keep track of punctuality of trains as well as freight and passenger earnings and much more from anywhere in the country. The software has been developed by Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS).
  4. UNESCO has added six new elements – Jamaican reggae, Georgian wrestling (Chidaoba), hurling, Raiho-shin, As-Samer and festive rites of horse breeders of Kazakhstan – into its coveted list of “intangible heritage”. They were added at UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage meeting held in Mauritius. The list, that was established in 2008, is made up of those intangible heritage elements that help demonstrate diversity of cultural heritage and raise awareness about its importance.
  5. Konkan 18, the naval exercise between India and United Kingdom, will be conducted from November 28th to December 6th, 2018 off Goa with units participating from both navies. This exercise was started in 2004 and this time, the Royal Navy will be represented by HMS Dragon while the Indian Navy will be represented by INS Kolkata.
  6. Indian Air Force and US Air Force will participate in bilateral exercise ‘COPE INDIA 2019’ scheduled to be held between December 3rd and 14th, 2018 in West Bengal. It will be a long-stnding bilateral US Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)-sponsored Field Traning Exercise (FTX), conducted with IAF.

    Salome Zurabishvili
  7. Salom Zurabishvili was elected as the first female President of Georgia. Georgia is a country located in Eurasia with Tbilissi as its capital. It was a part of the Soviet Union and had announced its independence in 1991.

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Today’s Quiz

1. Who will be chairing the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) from 1st January 2019?

2. India is the first to launch a hyperspectral imaging satellite for advanced earth observation. True or False?

3. eDrishti is a software that is connected to surveillance of what?

4. UNESCO added six new elements to its coveted list of intangible heritage. Out of these, the festive rites of horse breeders of which country have been included?

5. Konkan 18 is a naval exercie between India and _______ and is set to be conducted from November 28th to December 6th.

6. What is the bilateral exercise called wherein the Indian Air Force and US Air Force will participate?

7. Salom Zurabishvili was elected as the first female President of which country?


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