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Colson Whitehead wins Pulitzer Prize for 'Underground Railroad'

  • Colson Whitehead's novel ‘The Underground Railroad’ has won the ‘Pulitzer Prize’ for fiction.
  • The novel is about an escaped slave that combined liberating imagination and brutal reality.
  • This is for the first time in more than 20 years that the same work won the Pulitzer and National Book Award for fiction.
  • The novel had last year received the National Book Award of the US.
Note:
  • The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine, online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States(US).
  • It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) ‘Joseph Pulitzer’.
  • Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories and each winner receives a certificate and a USD 15,000 cash award (raised from USD 10,000 in 2017).

British-Indian educationist named ‘Asian Businesswoman of the Year'

  • Indian-origin educationist in the UK Asha Khemka (65-year) has been named the 'Asian Businesswoman of the Year' in an award ceremony in Birmingham (United Kingdom).
  • Earlier, she was awarded one of Britain's highest civilian awards Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
  • Khemka is the Principal and CEO of West Nottinghamshire College.
  • She was honored for her efforts in the field of education and skills at the Asian Business Awards ceremony.

Venkaiah Naidu releases book 'Gandhi in Champaran'

  • The Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu has released a book "Gandhi in Champaran" by DG Tendulkar printed by Publications Division.
  • The book aims at relieving, recounting & retelling the experiences that have had a deep impact on Gandhi and how it had shaped the course of our nation’s history.
  • Naidu has also released a book containing a collection of letters and articles of the correspondence between Nobel laureate Romain Rolland and Mahatma Gandhi as well as DG Tendulkar's 8 volume biography of Mahatma Gandhi.

Union govt. releases nearly Rs. 23,500 crore to the states under ‘MGNREGS’

  • The ministry of Rural Development has released nearly 23,500 crores (includes all pending liabilities) to the states as the first tranche for this Financial Year, under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
  • The Government is laying considerable emphasis on Water Conservation and Water Management works under MGNREGS and a list of 2264 water-stressed Blocks in 324 districts of 21 states has been prepared.
  • All States have been advised to ensure that such works are taken up wherever required with appropriate technical and scientific scrutiny.

Haryana Govt decides to increase the number of ‘Science Clubs’

  • The Haryana Government has decided to increase the number of ‘Science Clubs’ being operated in ‘Sanskriti Schools’ from 20 to 200 to scale up the interest of youth in science and technology.
  • The financial assistance to these Clubs will be enhanced from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 50,000.
  • A new projector would be installed at the Department-run ‘Kalpana Chawla Memorial Planetarium’, Kurukshetra at a cost of about Rs. 1.5 crore to Rs. 2 crores.
  • The financial assistance of up to 10 lakh would be provided for research and development projects in science.

‘nakshe’ portal launched to celebrate Survey of India’s 250 Anniversary

  • The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences ‘Harsh Vardhan’ has launched a new web portal called ‘nakshe’ to celebrate Survey of India’s 250 Anniversary in New Delhi.
  • The portal ‘nakshe’ will offer Topographic maps for free download in a pdf format through ‘Aaadhar’ enabled user authentication process.
  • The principal mapping agency of the country ‘The Survey of India’ is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year.
Note: Topographic maps or Open Series Maps (OSM) containing natural and man-made geographical features including terrain or topography are prepared by the SoI since its inception in 1767 and is in conformity with the National Map Policy-2005.

Assam govt. to electrify all villages in the state by 30th June

  • The ‘Assam government’ will electrify all villages in the state by 30th June this year.
  • The deadline to connect un-electrified villages in Assam under ‘Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana’.

Kerala makes Malayalam mandatory in schools

  • The ‘Kerala Government’ has promulgated an Ordinance to make the teaching of ‘Malayalam language’ mandatory in all schools in the State.
  • The usage of the official language ‘Malayalam’ has been made compulsory in all government offices from 1st May.
  • This would be applicable to quasi-government institutions, public sector undertakings, autonomous institutions, and institutions in the cooperative sector.

Paytm Mall launches QR code feature

  • The Digital wallet company ‘Paytm’ has launched of new feature QR code on its Paytm Mall application.
  • This QR code will allow consumers to place online orders at the physical stores.
  • The seller will be able to earn a percentage margin on each purchase that is made by scanning the Paytm QR code.
  • Currently, this application has been launched for its partnership with Samsung, the feature will soon be extended to other brands and categories.
  • Now, the Paytm has become the first company to invest in QR code-based payment solution.
Note: Paytm Mall aimed to offer combination on the Mall and Bazaar concepts to Indian consumers.

Flipkart acquires eBay India

  • India's largest online retailer Flipkart buys eBay's India business, and closing a USD 1.4 billion fund-raising round from Tencent, US-based e-commerce firm ‘eBay’ and software maker ‘Microsoft’.
  • eBay Inc has put USD 500 million in Flipkart and sold its India business to the Flipkart.
  • Flipkart also acquired eBay’s Indian operations in a move to counter an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company ‘Amazon’.
Note: In will continue to operate as a separate entity from Flipkart and the two companies plan to tap in each other's inventory to expand sales, giving Flipkart customers and sellers access to eBay's global marketplace.

China topped on ‘executions in 2016’: Amnesty International

  • According to the Amnesty International (Global death penalty-2016), China has topped on executions in 2016, despite the number of executions worldwide dropped by 37%.
  • The agency said it believes that China executed thousands each year, Iran executed (567 people), Saudi Arabia (154 people) and Pakistan (87 peoples) in 2016.

Mukta Dutta Tomar appointed next ambassador to Germany

  • Mukta Dutta Tomar (Indian Foreign Service: 1984-batch) has been appointed as the new ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • She will succeed Gurjit Singh.
  • Tomar is presently Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.

Former Supreme Court judge Shiva Kirti Singh to head ‘TDSAT’

  • The union government has appointed retired Supreme Court judge ‘Shiva Kirti Singh’ as the next chairman of the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) for a period of three years.
  • He replaced Justice ‘Aftab Alam’.
  • Earlier, Justice Singh had served as the chief justice of ‘Allahabad High Court’.
Note: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) was established to adjudicate disputes and dispose of appeals with a view to protect the interests of service providers and consumers of the telecom sector and to promote and ensure orderly growth of the telecom sector.
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