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New Zealand’s Greg Barclay Elected ICC Chairman

  • Greg Barclay has been named the new independent chair of the International Cricket Council, beating Imran Khwaja to succeed Shashank Manohar, the sport’s governing body announced.
  • The former New Zealand Cricket boss needed a two-thirds majority of the 16-person ICC board and received the all-important 11th vote from Cricket South Africa. Khwaja had been the interim chairman since Manohar stepped down in July.
  • CEO of ICC: Manu Sawhney.
  • Headquarters of ICC: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Former Delhi Chief Secretary M.M. Kutty to be the chairperson of Air Quality Commission

  • Former Chief Secretary of Delhi M.M. Kutty was late appointed Chairperson of the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas (CAQM), according to a gazetted notification from the Environment Ministry made public

Ivory Coast Constitutional Council confirms Ouattara re-election

Ivory Coast’s Constitutional Council has formally ratified President Alassane Ouattara’s re-election to a third term after a tense election that was marred by clashes and an opposition boycott.

  • Ivory Coast Capital: Yamoussoukro.
  • Ivory Coast Currency: West African CFA franc.

Duarte Pacheco of Portugal elected as new President of Inter-Parliamentary Union

  • Duarte Pacheco of Portugal has been elected as the new President of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) for the period 2020-2023.
  • Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla congratulated Pacheco for his election as President of IPU.
  • In a message to Pacheco, Birla said “Your success in the election is a success of your vision of strengthening parliamentary diplomacy.” Speaker Om Birla hoped that Pacheco’s belief in ideals of democracy, rule of law, consensus building and multilateralism would help in building a stronger and more focused Inter-Parliamentary Union in sync with the changing times.
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is based in Geneva, Switzerland,
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU): founded in 1889.
  • It consists of representatives from the National Parliaments of 179 countries.