The Daily Brief – 23rd August, 2016


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  • Andhra Pradesh became the first state in the country to launch DNA Index System (DIS) for DNA (Deoxyribonucleac acid) profiling of criminals. The system uses the latest DNA technology tool developed by IntegenX, based in the United States.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani  jointly tele-inaugurated the restored Stor Palace in Kabul. The newly renovated and restored building will house Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • The International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) has announced that the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup will be hosted in Ahmedabad, Gujarat between October 7 and 22, 2016. The event will see participation from 12 Kabaddi teams from around the world representing all the five geographies of the Olympic Games. These 12 teams are India, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Iran, Australia, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Korea, Japan and Kenya.
  • India and Germany have signed an agreement on vocational training that aims to foster conditions to create and improve workplace-based vocational training in India’s industrial clusters. These clusters include the Automobile cluster in Maharashtra and the Electronics cluster in Bangalore.
Sunita Jain
Sunita Jain
  • Hindi scholar and writer Sunita Jain was conferred with the prestigious Vyas Samman Award, 2015, for her poetry collection KshamaThe Vyas Samman award award was instituted by the K.K. Birla Foundation in 1991. It is awarded annually to an outstanding literary work in Hindi authored and published in the past 10 years by an Indian citizen.
  • The Union Government announced the National Sports Awards for this year. The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, India’s highest sporting award, was awarded to PV Sindhu (Badminton), Sakshi Malik (Wrestling), Dipa Karmakar (Gymnastics) and Jitu Rai (Shooting). The Dronacharya Award, bestowed upon coaches, was given to Nagapuri Ramesh (Athletics),Sagar Mal Dhayal (Boxing), Raj Kumar Sharma (Cricket),Bishweshwar Nandi (Gymnastics), S. Pradeep Kumar (Swimming) and Mahabir Singh (Wrestling). Other awards given included the Arjuna Award, the Dhyan Chand Award, and the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad trophy.
  • The Indian-origin former Singapore President S.R. Nathan has passed away. He was the sixth and longest-serving President of Singapore. He was elected unopposed as President for first time in August 1999, and served until 2011. The Government of India had conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Overseas Indian Award) upon him in 2012 in recognition of his contribution in building closer links between India and Singapore.
  • The 31st Summer Olympics (or 2016 Rio Olympics) hosted at the Brazilian City, Rio de Janeiro ended after 16 days of sporting. The games saw participation from 205 countries, including a first-ever refugee teamUnited States topped medals tally with 46 Gold, 37 Silver and 38 Bronze. Great Britain finished on the second spot with 27 Gold, 23 Silver and 17 bronze. China finished on third position with a tally of 26 Gold, 18 Silver and 26 Bronze. India finished at joint 67th position in the medals tally with two medals. They were won by Sakshi Malik (Bronze medal in 58 kg weight class of Wrestling) and PV Sindhu (Silver medal in Badminton).
  • Scientists from the University of South Florida have discovered three strains of fungi that can help find a low-cost and environment-friendly method to recycle used rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

Today’s Quiz

  1. Which state recently became the first to launch a DNA profiling system for criminals?

2. Who is currently serving as the President of Afghanistan?

3. Where will the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup be held?

4. With which country has India entered into a vocational training agreement with?

5. Who has been awarded the Vyas Samman Award, 2015?

6. What is India's second highest sporting award?

7. Which of the following was not a recepient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award this year?

8. Name the Indian origin former Singaporean President who recently passed away.

9. Which country topped the medal tally at the Rio Olympics this year?

10. What is India's position at the medal tally at the Rio Olympics?


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