Current Affairs, News & Facts of 08 Jul 2016

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  •  South African writer Lidudumalingani wins Caine Prize

    Lidudumalingani Mqombothi a South African writer, filmmaker and photographer has won the 17th edition of prestigious Caine Prize 2016 for his short story entitled 'Memories We Lost' published in "Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You (Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015)".

    South African writer Lidudumalingani wins Caine PrizeAbout the story :

    Memories We Lost is told by a girl who acts as protector of her sister, whose serious mental illness is badly misunderstood in a South African village. 

    He memories fades one after the other until her past becomes blur.  As the sister’s situation deteriorates the protector sister trusts a local man who employs traditional techniques to rid people of their demons.

    About Caine Prize

    The Caine Prize for African Writing is an annual literary award for the best original short story by an African writer, whether in Africa or elsewhere, published in the English language. It is famously referred as the African Booker Prize.

    The award carrying British Pound 10,000 prize, was founded in the United Kingdom in 2000,  in memory of Sir Michael Harris Caine,  former Chairman of Booker Group plc. Because of the Caine Prize's connection to the Booker Prize, the award is sometimes called the "African Booker".

  • BRICS drug control meeting begins in New Delhi  

    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the second anti-drug Working Group meeting of Heads of Drug Control Agencies of BRICS  in New Delhi to discuss issues related to narco-terrorism and money laundering. The meeting is being organized by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).

    BRICS drug control meeting 2016

    BRICS drug control meeting begins in New DelhiThe delegates from the member countries of BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) and  the Ambassadors of the respective countries will participate in the meeting.

    The Directors General of Border Guarding Forces and the Paramilitary will also attend the inaugural session along with the heads of the Intelligence and Investigative Agencies like the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

    The Indian delegation shall be headed by Shri Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau and shall comprise of officers from the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Ministry of Health and Family welfare and Narcotics Control Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs. 

    Background :

    The anti-drug working group meeting of heads of anti-narcotics agencies has been organised by India in accordance with the ‘eThekwani Declaration’ adopted during the BRICS summit in March 2013 at Durban, South Africa where it was decided that the heads of anti-drug agencies of the five member countries may meet regularly under the aegis of the BRICS anti-drug working group meeting. In keeping with the spirit of the eThekwani Declaration, the first anti-drug working group meeting of BRICS countries was organized at Moscow, Russia in November, 2015. 

  • India-Mozambique ink three agreements

     India-Mozambique ink three agreementsIndia and Mozambique have signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on reduction of drug trafficking and psychotropic substances and related materials, cooperation in the field of youth affairs and sports, and long term agreement for purchase of pulses .

    These MoUs were signed between Secretary of Economic Relations in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Amar Sinha and Mozambique's Finance Minister in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique.

    Modi is the first Indian prime minister to visit Mozambique in 34 years. He will also visit South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.

    Long term agreement for purchase of pulses : India's commitment to buy pulses from Mozambique would help meet India's requirement. It will also facilitate long-term investments in commercial farming, generation of farm employment and raise farmers' incomes in Mozambique. India will encourage greater production of pulses in Mozambique with an assurance that it will be purchased by India at a mutually-agreed price.

  • World famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath begins

    The annual celebrations of Puri’s world famous Rath Yatra commences today in the coastal city of Puri at 12th century Jagannath temple.This annual festival is celebrated on Ashadha Shukla Paksha Dwitiya (second day in bright fortnight of Ashadha month). It will see congregation of more than 10 lakh devotees.

    Significance :

    World famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath beginsRath Yatra marks the annual journey of Lord Jagannath, his brother Lord Balbhadra and sister Subhadra to the Gundicha temple. They are taken in their respective chariots to the Gundicha temple, place of their aunt’s house. 

    During this traditional procession, the chariots carrying these deities are pulled by thousands of devotees. The celebration ends nine days later with Bahuda Yatra or return journey to their temple which will take place on the 14th of this month.

    Note : The second oldest Rath Yatra in the country is held at Mahesh in Serampore, West Bengal. A large number of people have assembled to have a share in pulling the long ropes attached to the chariots of three deities from the Mahesh temple to Gundicha Bari.

  • Veteran Music Director Om Prakash Sonik Passes Away

    Veteran Music Director Om Prakash Sonik Passes AwayNoted music director Om Prakash Sonik, also known as Omi, part of the Sonik-Omi duo, passed away in Mumbai following a brief illness.  He was 77. 

    Sonik–Omi was an Indian composer working in duo consisting of Master Sonik (a blind music director) and his nephew Omi.

    The duo was known for their work on Hindi film soundtracks. Some of their best-known works are Bhakti Mein Shakti, Dharma, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya (1966), Sawan Bhadon, Aabroo, and Raftaar.

    Born in Sialkot (now in Pakistan), he along with his family had moved to India after Partition in 1947. The Sonik-Omi team gave music to over 100 Hindi films in the 1950-1980s period.

    Some films where the duo acted as a composer includes : Mahua, Truck Driver, Mahua, Beti, Dharti Ki God Mein, Chowki No. 1 etc. His last musical track was for film Biwi No.2 in 2000, after which he eased into retirement.

  • Union Government constitute Shankar Acharya Committee to examine desirability and feasibility of new financial year

     desirability and feasibility of new financial yearThe government has constituted a committee, headed by former Chief Economic Adviser Shankar Acharya, to examine "desirability and feasibility" of having a new financial year.

    Committee composition: Besides Acharya, the members of the committee are former Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar, former Finance Secretary Tamil Nadu P V Rajaraman and Centre for Policy Research Senior Fellow Rajiv Kumar.

    Objectives of  Shankar Acharya Committee:

    • The Committee will examine the merits and demerits of various dates for the commencement of the financial year including the existing date (April to March), taking into account the various relevant factors.
    • The committee will also have to analyse its impact on businesses, taxation systems and procedures, statistics and data collection and the convenience of the legislatures for transacting budget work.
  • India’s widening gender gap a concern : ILO 

    India’s widening gender gap a concernThere is a difference of 25 per cent in workforce participation rate of men and women worldwide but in India it is up to 40 per cent.

    International Labour Organisation (ILO) Director General Guy Ryder has expressed concerns over the widening gender gap in workforce in India.

    ILO will work with the government in its labour reform process by bringing in international experience and setting international labour standards. The reforms would probably bridge the gap of  gender gap in workforce in India.

    India does poorly in comparison to its neighbours despite a more robust economic growth. In 2015, women comprised of 43% of the labour force in Bangladesh,

    The rate has also increased in Pakistan, while participation has remained relatively stable in Sri Lanka. Myanmar with 79% and Malaysia with 49% are also way ahead of India.


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