Current Affairs – January, 2015

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India, US inks pact to cooperate in ICTE to facilitate Digital India programme

India and United States have agreed to cooperate in the field of Information and Communications Technology and Electronics (ICTE) to facilitate Union government’s ambitious Digital India programme(DIP).

In this regard, Joint Declaration of Intent for cooperation was signed by Secretary in the Department of Electronics and IT- RS Sharma and US Ambassador to India- Richard Rahul Verma.

Key highlights of Joint Declaration

  • It will facilitate Union government’s flagship DIP, including electronic manufacturing and cyber security and several other such related fields between the two countries.
  • Within period of next five years, it will help in strengthening industrial, technological, research and innovation and economic cooperation between India and the US.
  • Under the umbrella of the ongoing India-US ICT Dialogue, it will also provide platform to US companies for exploring opportunities to collaborate in DIP, electronics manufacturing and human resource development

Jhumpa Lahiri wins DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015

Indian American Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri has won prestigious DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015. Fifth edition of this prize was announced at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

She has received the prestigious $50,000 DSC Prize for her book The Lowland. Her book was chosen by 5 judges from 75 books.

The Lowland is a tale of two Indian brothers during time of 1950’s in Calcutta. It depicts story of both brothers one who get involved in the Naxalite movement in the late 1960s and the other leaves for the United States.

Jhumpa Lahiri

  • Her original name is Nilanjana Sudeshna.
  • Works- Her debut short story collection Interpreter of Maladies (1999) has won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
  • Her first novel was Namesake (2003) was adapted in a movie with the same name which was directed by Mira Nair. Suresh Kalpenn acted in this movie. The Lowland (2013).
  • Currently, she is a member of US President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

  • It is awarded annually to writers of any ethnicity or nationality writing about South Asia such as culture, politics, history, or people. It was instituted in 2011.
  • It is funded by infrastructure company the DSC Group.
  • Other recipients are: Pakistani author H.M. Naqvi (Homeboy)- 2011, Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka (Chinaman)-2012, Jeet Thayil(Narcopolis) 2013 and Cyrus Mistry (Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer)-2014.