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Evening News Digest: 23 May 2018 (including PDF)

Olga Tokarczuk wins Man Booker International Prize 2018

  • Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for fiction.
  • She won it for his novel Flights, a novel that charts multiple journeys in time, space and human anatomy.
  • With this, she became the first women for Poland to win this prestigious award.
  • The £50,000 ($67,000) award is split evenly between the writer and her translator, Jennifer Croft.
  • Since 2016, the Man Booker International Prize is awarded annually for a single book, translated into English and published in the UK.
  • The Man Booker International Prize was announced in June 2004 to complement the Man Booker Prize.
  • Sponsored by the Man Group, from 2005 until 2015 the award was given every two years to a living author of any nationality for a body of work published in English or generally available in English translation.

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Akal Takht sets up a 'Sikh Censor Board'

  • Akal Takht constituted the Sikh Film Censor Board (SFCB) saying it is "mandatory" for filmmakers now to seek approval from it before making a movie on a subject related to Sikhs and their religion.
  • The 21-member board includes Takht Damdama Sahib jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh, members of the SGPC and the Delhi Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, and academicians from Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar, Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana and Punjabi University Patiala.
  • The move comes after a row over the release of 'Nanak Shah Fakir', a film on the first Sikh guru, in April 2018.
  • The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is a statutory censorship and classification body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Its chairperson is Prasoon Joshi.

Indian Navy conducts security exercise, called Prasthan

  • The Indian Navy on May 22, 2018 conducted a security exercise, called "Prasthan", in the Offshore Development Area (ODA) off the coast of Mumbai.
  • The exercise, conducted by the Headquarters Western Naval Command, is held every six months.
  • The exercise aims to integrate maritime stakeholders, including the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, ONGC, Port Trust, Customs, State Fisheries department and Marine Police, towards refining standard operating procedures for response to various contingencies that could occur in the ODA

Assam govt to provide pension to 16 lakh senior citizens

  • The state government would provide pension to all senior citizens who are 60 years and above irrespective of APL (Above poverty line) or BPL (Below poverty line category.
  • The pensioners would get Rs. 250 per month as pension and this will be transferred through online.
  • The Chief Minister of Assam is Sarbananda Sonowal.

Rock theme Park with world's largest bird sculpture to be opened in Kerala

  • The Rock theme Park called Jatayu Nature Park being built at nearby Chatatayamangalam, Kerala will be thrown open to the public on July 4, 2018.
  • The park situated 1000 feet above sea level and spanning 65 acres houses the world's largest bird sculpture and a state-of-the-art cable car.
  • The park, a tourism imitative under BOT (Build, Operate, Transfer) basis, would also have an adventure zone and helicopter flying service facility.
  • An amount of Rs 100 crore has been invested in the project by nearly 150 Non-Resident Keralites and Guruchandrika Builders and Properties Ltd, run by Rajiv Anchal.

Russian adopts bill threatening cooperation with US

  • Russia's parliament Duma has adopted a wide-ranging bill that could freeze crucial exports to the United States and imports to Russia from the US and other countries.
  • The bill allows the Russian president to “ban or suspend cooperation with a hostile state” and ban imports of goods from unnamed countries.
  • Lawmakers who backed the bill portrayed it as a warning to the West against further sanctions on Russia.
  • Russia is the world’s largest nation with its capital in Moscow. Its president is Vladimir Putin and currency is Ruble.

CCI approves US $66 bn Bayer-Monsanto deal

  • Fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the acquisition of US-based biotech major Monsanto by German chemical and pharma major Bayer AG.
  • Earlier in January 2018, CCI had launched a public consultation process to determine whether the billion-dollar merger deal between Bayer and Monsanto to create the world’s largest seeds and pesticide firm will have any adverse impact on competition in India.
  • CCI is a statutory body of the Government of India responsible for enforcing The Competition Act, 2002 throughout India and to prevent activities that have an appreciable adverse effect on competition in India.

Veteran actor Hemu Adhikari passes away

  • Veteran film and theatre actor Hemu Adhikari was known for his cameo in Rajkumar Hirani’s Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006). He was 81.
  • He was suffering from a lung infection for the last one-and-a-half years.
  • He acted in Sai Paranjpe's "Katha" and Marathi films like "Dhyaas Parya" and "Harishchandrachi Factory".

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HD Kumaraswamy sworn-in as Karnataka Chief Minister

  • The Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. He was administered the oath of office by Governor Vajubhai Vala.
  • On the other hand, Congress leader G Parameshwara was sworn-in as the Deputy Chief Minister of the state.
  • This is second swearing-in ceremony in less than a week after BJP's BS Yeddyurappa resigned on Saturday right before the floor test in the state assembly.

First Ebola vaccines given by WHO amid outbreak in Congo

  • The first batch of 4,000 experimental Ebola vaccines ‘VSV-EBOV’ to combat an outbreak suspected of killing 23 people arrived in Congo’s capital Kinshasa on May 23, 2018.
  • The experimental vaccines shot developed by Merck will be used for the first time since it was developed two years ago. The shot is designed for use in so-called ring vaccination plans.
  • The outbreak of the virus in 2018 was first spotted in the Bikoro zone of Congo and it is the first outbreak since it hit the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2014.
  • Ebola virus disease (EVD), also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) or simply Ebola, is a viral hemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates caused by ebolaviruses.
  • It spreads by saliva (kissing or shared drinks), by touching a contaminated surface (blanket or doorknob), by animal or insect bites or stings, and by blood products (unclean needles or unscreened blood).

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