Edristi Navatra Current Affairs September-2017

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Man Booker Prize, 2017

Man Booker Prize, 2017

  • On 17 October 2017, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is named winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
  • He was presented with a trophy from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and a £50,000 cheque by Luke Ellis, Chief Executive of Man Group.
  • Saunders also receives a designer bound edition of his book and a further £2,500 for being shortlisted.
  • Lincoln in the Bardo is the first full-length novel from George Saunders, internationally renowned short story writer.
  • The 58-year-old New York resident, born in Texas, is the second American author to win the prize in its 49-year history.
  • He was in contention for the prize with two British, one British-Pakistani and two American writers.

Lola, Baroness Young, 2017 Chair of judges, comments: ‘The form and style of this utterly original novel, reveals a witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative. This tale of the haunting and haunted souls in the afterlife of Abraham Lincoln’s young son paradoxically creates a vivid and lively evocation of the characters that populate this other world. Lincoln in the Bardo is both rooted in, and plays with history, and explores the meaning and experience of empathy.’

  • Lincoln in the Bardo is published by Bloomsbury, making it the third consecutive year the prize has been won by an independent publisher, following Oneworld Publications’ success in 2015 with Marlon James and 2016 with Paul Beatty.
  • Bloomsbury has won the prize three times before, with Howard Jacobson (2010), Margaret Atwood (2000) and Michael Ondaatje (1992).
  • Saunders’ win comes in the month that 1989 Booker Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro was named as this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature recipient.
  • Man Group, an active investment management firm, has sponsored the prize since 2002.


PM dedicates All India Institute of Ayurveda to the nation

PM dedicates All India Institute of Ayurveda to the nation

  • On 17 October 2017, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, dedicated the All India Institute of Ayurveda, in New Delhi, to the nation.
  • It is the first ever All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) is set up along the lines of AIIMS.
  • As an apex institute under the Ministry of AYUSH, the AIIA will bring synergy between the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern diagnostic tools and technology.
  • Speaking on this occasion, the Prime Minister congratulated the gathering on the celebration of Dhanvantari Jayanti as Ayurveda Divas.
  • He complimented the Ministry of AYUSH for the establishment of the All India Institute of Ayurveda.
  • On this occasion the Prime Minister said the Union Government has approved 100 percent FDI in healthcare systems.
  • The Ministry has signed an MOU with the National Health Organization of USA for development of Ayurveda and Yoga.
  • On this occasion, The Prime Minister released the “Ayurvedic Standard Treatment Guidelines”.
  • The All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) has been set up with a total campus area of 10.015 acres with a budget of Rs.157 Crore.
  • It has an NABH Accredited Hospital and an Academic Block. Out Patient Services are being provided in the hospital block of the AIIA and medicines are given free of cost.
  • Currently clinical specialties running in the hospital block are Neurological & Degenerative Disease Care Unit, Rheumatology & Musculoskeletal Care Unit, Diabetes & Metabolic/Allergic Disorders Care Unit, Yoga, Panchakarma Clinic, Kriya Kalpa, Diabetic Retinopathy Clinic, Kshara Evum Anushastra Karma and Infertility Clinic.
  • It also has pathology, biochemistry, microbiology and radiology laboratories/diagnosis facilities.
  • The indoor patient department has provision for 200 beds.


‘women for women’: #IamThatWoman

Ministry WCD launches campaign on 'women for women' IamThatWoman

  • On 17 October 2017, In an attempt to end Gender bias in women against women, the Ministry of Women and Child Development launches online campaign on ‘women for women’: #IamThatWoman.
  • Through the campaign, the Ministry seeks to highlight the various aspects of women standing ‘by’ and ‘for’ women.
  • Ministry of WCD has urged people to shun stereotypes associated with women harming other women.
  • Twitter and Facebook users have been encouraged to tag and share stories of women helping women with a photograph and post online with the hashtag #IamThatWoman.


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