सामयिक विषय: Short Notes

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.


3rd India International Science Festival

India International Science Festival 2017

Question: At which of the following places third India International Science Festival, 2017 is being organized?
(a) New Delhi
(b) Ahmedabad
(c) Chennai
(d) Kolkata
Answer: (c)
Related Facts:

  • During 13-16 October, 2017, the 3rd edition of IISF 2017 was organized at Chennai.
  • The festival was inaugurated jointly by the ministers of science and technology from Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Portugal.
  • The theme of the festival was ‘science for the common man’.
  • An important event of the IISF-2017 is the Science Village program which is linked with the Pradhan Manthri Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana to reach out to the rural masses and propagate science to the extent of seeking scientific solutions to the diverse challenges facing our society, particularly rural India.
  • Each Member of Parliament nominated 5 students from class 9th – 11th and 1 teacher to attend the festival from their adopted village.
  • Other expo, conferences, workshops, programs etc. were being organized on different dates under this festival.


Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Edited

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) week

Question: How long is the Bachao Beti Padhao’ (BBBP) week organized by the Central Women and Child Development Ministry?
(a) From 10 to 15 October, 2017
(b) From 9 to 14 October, 2017
(c) From11 to 16 October, 2017
(d) From 8 to 13 October, 2017
Answer- (b)
Related Facts:

  • Between 9-14 October, 2017, ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ (BBBP) week is being celebrated throughout the country.
    This week is being organized as the symbol of International Girl’s Day on October 11, 2017.
    The theme of the program will be Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Week- The Daughters of New India..
  • It is notable that the Central Women and Child Development Ministry is celebrating this week to popularize national and mainstream communication and BBBP among the people in favor of girls and women.
  • It is notable that, the BBBP scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 22, 2015 in Panipat, Haryana.
  • Its aim is to focus on the issue of decreasing childhood ratio (CSR) and limited rights of women during the life cycle.
  • This scheme is being implemented in 161 districts of the country and has completed 2.5 years.


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