The Daily Brief – 5th August, 2016


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Vijay Rupani (left) and Nitin Patel (right) (Source: The Hindu)
  • The BJP Party has appointed Vijay Rupani as the new Chief Minister of Gujarat, following the resignation of Anandiben Patel earlier this week. Nitin Patel has been appointed as his deputy. Mr. Rupani has been the Mayor of Rajkot and has served as a minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • A militant attack in Assam has killed twelve civilians and left several others injured. The militants had been heavily armed, and opened fire in a crowded market place in Assam’s Kokrajhar district. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has condemned the killings and directed the provision of immediate medical aid.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a new mobile app for the Prime Minister’s Office tomorrow, in order to celebrate two years of the government’s online citizen engagement platform The app, developed by a team of engineering students from Delhi Technical University, aims to provide every citizen access to the PM’s office through a mobile device. MyGov was launched by the Prime Minister in July 2014. The platform has several groups like Clean Ganga, Girl Child Education, Digital India, Food Security and Healthy India.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has launched a website ( to curb illegal and unauthorised pooling of funds. It will help people obtain information about entities allowed to collect deposits.
  • Founder chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani has been elected as an individual member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). With this, she becomes the first Indian woman to join the prestigious body which governs Olympic sports in the world.
  • The Gujarat High Court has quashed the 10 percent reservation quota for economically backward classes (EBCs). In this regard, the Court has declared the Gujarat Unreserved Economically Weaker Sections (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) Ordinance, 2016 as unconstitutional.
  • The Delhi High Court has ruled that the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi continues to be a Union Territory (UT) under the administrative control of the Lt Governor (LG).
  • Eminent Assamese litterateur Mahim Bora has passed away. Bora was a Padma Shri and Sahitya Akademi winner, and was known for his poetry and short stories.
  • Sri Lanka has set up a support task force, which will introduce a range of services to families of missing persons and others in Sri Lanka who suffer from the post-conflict trauma. The support task force has been formed by the Office for National Unity & Reconciliation (ONUR), and is headed by former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandarnaike.
  • Youssef Chahed has been appointed as the Prime Minister of Tunisia. Prior to this, Chahed was Minister for Local Affairs of Tunisia. He is an agricultural sciences specialist and academic who has taught in France and Tunisia. The appointment came after parliament ousted Habib Essid in a vote of no-confidence because of his handling of economic reforms and security.
  • Google has released a new application called ‘Verne: the Himalayas’. It is specially designed for children to let them explore the Himalayas using maps, 3D imagery and gameplay.

Today’s Quiz

  1. Who has recently been appointed as the new Chief Minister of Gujarat?

2. Who is currently serving as the Chief Minister of Assam?

3. Who has become the first Indian woman to be a member of the IOC?

4. Which court has recently quashed the 10% reservation for economically backward classes as being unconstitutional?

5. Who heads the support task force set up in Sri Lanka?

6. Which Court recently ruled that the NCT of Delhi will continue to be a Union Territory and not a State?

7. Which eminent Assamese Sahitya Akademi awardee recently passed away?

8. Who has recently been appointed as the Prime Minister of Tunisia?

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