1. General Bajwa takes charge as Pakistan's 16th army chief:

Gen Raheel Sharif on 29-11-2016 passed the baton of command to Gen Bajwa at a ceremony held in the Army Hockey Stadium, close to the General Headquarters (GHQ). The command stick of the Pakistan Army is made of traditional Malacca Cane.
Details of ‘baton of command’/ ‘Malacca Cane’:
Malacca Cane is prepared from a special cane in Malacca, a Singaporean island. Early in this century, Malacca was referred to as the “King of Canes.”
The handing over of ceremonial ‘baton of command’ known as ‘Malacca Cane’ symbolizes the completion of change of command in the installation of new army chief.
Malacca is one species of rattan (Calamus Ascipionum) also found on the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia.
Malacca stick’s importance in the military

The stick is considered a symbol of command in the army. The tradition of handing over Malacca stick to the new army chief dates to the British era.
The Malacca stick is part of military uniforms in several countries including Sri Lanka, India, Britain.
2. The book “Swimmer Among the Stars” has been authored by Kanishk Tharoor. The novel is a magnificent collection of short fiction.


3. Raja Gidh by Bano Qudsia is an Urdu novel. Gidh is the Urdu word for a vulture and Raja is a Hindi synonym for king.

4. World Robot Olympiad

Introduction: It is a global robotics competition that seeks to bring together young minds from across the world to develop their creativity and problem solving skills through challenging and educational robotics competition.
Established: It was formally established in 2003 and was for the first time held in 2004 in Singapore. Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea are considered the founding countries of the competition.

Hosts: India hosted the 13th edition of the World Robot Olympiad in Nov, 2016. The theme of the event was ‘Rap the Scrap’
The 12th edition of World Robot Olympiad was held in Doha, Qatar in November 2015. The theme was ‘Robot Explorers’.
The 2017, World Robot Olympiad will be held in Costa Rica.

5. 'Xenophobia' is Dictionary.com's Word of the Year for 2016

The word Xenophobia has Greek roots. The etymology of the word can be broken down to 'xenos,' which means 'stranger' or 'guest,' and 'phobos,' meaning 'fear' or 'panic.'
6. Argentina on Nov 27, 2016 defeats Croatia to win 2016 Davis Cup

At present, Argentina is Number 1 on the Davis Cup ranking by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
7. Francois Fillon wins France's Conservative Presidential primary.

Fillon is a conservative Catholic who opposes abortion and gay marriage. His campaign proposal includes radical economic reforms such as capping on immigration and slashing of public jobs.


8. The Arctic Resilience Report found that Melting of Arctic ice cap could trigger catastrophic climate change.

The report warns that the overall temperature in the Arctic region has risen to around 20 degrees, much above the expected mark.

9. Jaipur is known as the Pink City:
Every building within the walled historic center is painted a terracotta “pink” colour and there are few exceptions to this uniformly colour scheme.