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International Current Affairs November 3rd Week 2019

Gotabaya Rajapaksa won the Sri Lankan presidential election:

Gotabaya Rajapaksa won the Sri Lankan presidential election. Gotabaya Rajapaksa fought against ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa. Sri Lanka`s Election Commission released the final result. As per the result, Rajapaksa secured victory with 52.25% of the vote. Rajapaksa is to take oath as President of Sri Lanka on 18 November in a ceremony in the central town of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan presidential election 2019:

The 2019 presidential election of Sri Lanka was the 8th presidential election. The election was held on 16 November 2019. The election was held as the incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena`s term of office ends on 9 January 2020. The result was announced on 17 November 2019. 

Sri Lanka:

President: Maithripala Sirisena

Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremesinghe

Currency: Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)

Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte

Official languages: Sinhala, Tamil

Sri Lanka is a South Asian island country located in the Indian Ocean.

Dozens of Hong Kong protesters make daring campus breakout:

  • Dozens of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters dramatically escaped a two-day police siege at a university campus by shimmying down ropes from a bridge and whisked away on motorbikes.
  • Clashes rumbled into the early hours today between protesters and police who had threatened to use deadly force to dislodge activists holed up at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
  • The university siege has become a battle of wills between Hong Kong`s stretched police force and the constantly innovating protest movement.
  • In an apparently coordinated effort, tens of thousands of Hong Kongers streamed towards the university campus to break the siege, as clashes simultaneously raged with police nearby in Kowloon.
  • Police arrested 51 people in connection with rioting, who claimed to be medics or journalists.
  • A senior police officer claimed that 12 of purported medics had no first aid qualifications while another three people wearing press vests were also unable to provide credentials.
  • China has refused to budge on any of the protesters` demands and warned it will not tolerate dissent in the financial centre home to 7.5 million people.
  • Meanwhile, Airline SAS has reduced its number of flights to Hong Kong due to ongoing pro-democracy protests.
  • It was decreasing its five weekly flights from the Danish capital Copenhagen to four due to a drop in demand in November.
  • Protests started in June as a peaceful condemnation of a now-shelved China Extradition Bill, but have morphed into a confrontational action to defend the city`s unique freedoms from perceived encroachment by Beijing.

Indra Nooyi and Jeff Bezos inducted into NPF:

Indian-American former PepsiCo head Indra Nooyi and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have been introduced the National Portrait Gallery(NPF).

It inducted for the positive impact on America’s shared history, development and culture. National Portrait Gallery was founded by Congress in 1962. It located in Washington D.C, USA.

Kim Sajet is the director of the National Portrait Gallery.

 

 

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International Current Affairs November 3rd Week 2019

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