UAE’s Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi elected as the President of INTERPOL
The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) has elected Inspector General Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi (UAE) as its President for a 4-year term.
The announcement was made at the 89th Interpol General Assembly meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey.
Ahmed has replaced Kim Jong Yan from South Korea.
Quick Facts: INTERPOL is headquartered in Lyon, France.
South Korea to get world’s first floating city by 2025
South Korea is soon going to get the world’s first floating city to deal with the problem of floods due to the rising sea levels.
The floating city is a joint effort by the UN Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habit) and OCEANIX.
The city will be built off the coast of Busan in South Korea and will have “flood-proof infrastructure”.
Quick Facts: South Korean Won is the currency of South Korea.
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Indian-origin executive Parag Agrawal appointed as the new Twitter CEO
Indian-origin technology executive Parag Agrawal has been appointed as the new CEO of Twitter after the social media giant’s co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped down.
Parag is now the youngest CEO in the S&P 500 besides Meta Platform Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Parag joined Twitter 10 years ago when there were fewer than 1,000 employees and has been behind every critical decision that helped uplift the company.
Quick Facts: Twitter was founded on 21 March 2006.
India’s 1st credit card made from recycled PVC plastic launched by HSBC
HSBC India has launched India’s first credit cards made from recycled PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) plastic.
The cards have been introduced in partnership with global cards manufacturer IDEMIA to gradually eliminate single-use PVC plastic.
The cards have been made from 85 percent recycled plastic and each card will save 3.18 grams of plastic waste in addition to helping lower overall carbon emission.
Quick Facts: Hitendra Dave is the CEO of HSBC India.
Saurav Ghosal wins Malaysian Open Squash Championship 2021
Indian Squash star, Sourav Ghosal has scripted history by becoming the first Indian squash player to win the Malaysian Open Championships.
The second-seeded Ghosal beat Miguel Rodriguez of Colombia in the men’s singles final in Kuala Lumpur to win the 2021 Malaysian Open Squash Championships title.
The women’s singles title of the 2021 Malaysian Open squash championships has been won by Malaysia’s Aifa Azman.
Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
The UN has recognized the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare that is held annually on November 30.
The day marks a tribute to the victims of chemical warfare as well as to reaffirm the commitment of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the elimination of chemical weapons.
The first day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare was held in 2005.
IPI India Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2021 announced
The International Press Institute (IPI) India Award for Excellence in Journalism 2021 has been awarded jointly to Sreenivasan Jain & Mariyam Alavi of NDTV and Lakshmi Subramanian & Bhanu Prakash Chandra of “The Week”.
The IPI India Award for Excellence in Journalism 2020 has been awarded to Ritika Chopra of the Indian Express.
The Vienna-based IPI is a global organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of press freedom and the improvement of journalism practices.
Quick Facts: IPI was founded by 34 editors from 14 countries at Columbia University in 1950.