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29- NOVEMBER - 2016

 

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DEATH UNDER THE DEODARS AUTHORED BY RUSKIN BOND RELEASED

Death Under The Deodars: Ruskin Bond

The much-popular writer, storyteller Ruskin Bond has returned after a long sabbatical with a brand new collection of stories titled ‘Death under the Deodars: The Adventures of Miss Ripley-Bean’.

The book consisting of 8 fresh thriller stories is set in the popular holiday destination, Mussoorie, in the bygone era of 1960-70. Through the stories, the writer narrates a murder mystery featuring an elderly woman- Miss Ripley-Bean and her friends.

It has been published by Penguin India. It is, in fact, a product of numerous thoughts and conversation shared between Ruskin Bond and Udayan Mitra from Penguin India. Like any other Ruskin Bond book, these stories too are replete with humour and unique characters. The suspense is such that it can hook the attention of both children and adults alike.

About Ruskin Bond

• Indian Author of British descent, Ruskin Bond lives in Landour, Mussoorie with his adopted family.

• He was awarded the Sahitya Academy Award in 1992, Padma Shri in 1999 and Padma Bhushan in 2014 for his immense contribution to the growth of children’s literature in India.

• He wrote his first novel, ‘The Room on the Roof’ at the age of 17 in London. The book, which was semi-autobiographical, was based on an Anglo-Indian boy called Rusty. He was awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for the same in 1957.

• He has published several pieces of work since then including non-fiction stories, supernatural fiction, short stories, autobiographies, poems, essays and children’s books.

• Some of his best works include ‘The Blue Umbrella’, ‘The Eyes are not Here’, ‘A Face in the Dark and other Hauntings’, ‘Funny Side up, ‘A Flight of Pigeons’ and ‘The Lamp is Lit’.

• Bond’s much-awaited Memoirs will debut next year. It is expected to reveal a lot about the author’s life in Mussoorie.

SACHIN SINGH WINS GOLD AT THE AIBA YOUTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sachin Singh became the third Indian boxer to bag gold medal at the AIBA Youth World Championships. In the summit clash at St Petersburg, Russia, Sachin recorded a stunning unanimous victory over Cuban national champion Jorge Grinan in the 49kg weight class.

Sachin defeated his rival 5-0 to record a rare Indian triumph over a Cuban boxer. 16-year-old Sachin has joined Thokchom Nanao Singh (2008) and Vikas Krishan (2010) in the Indian youth world championships gold club.

With this, India finished the tournament with one gold and a bronze. Naman had settled for a bronze Tanwar in the 91 kg after losing in the semifinal. In 2014 edition, India was able to secure just a bronze medal.

After this win, the newly-formed Boxing Federation of India (BFI) announced a cash prize for the two medalists. It announced Rs one lakh for Sachin and Rs 25000 for Naman. Besides, the BFI also promise to suitably reward the coaches who travelled with them.

ADITI ASHOK WINS INAUGURAL QATAR LADIES OPEN

Indian golfer Aditi Ashok won the inaugural Qatar Ladies Open in Doha. With this, she recorded her second straight victory on the Ladies European Tour.

Ashok shot a final round of three-under 69 to card a total of 15-under. She finished three strokes ahead of Lydia Hall and Caroline Hedwall.

Nanna Koerstz Madsen ended in fourth place on 11-under-par. Annabel Dimmock ended in fifth and Nicole Garcia in sixth. Georgia Hall and Becky Morgan were joint seventh.

About Aditi Ashok

Aditi Ashok is an Indian professional golfer.

On 13 November 2016, she became the first Indian woman to win a Ladies European Tour title by clinching the Hero Women's Indian Open.

She made history by being the youngest and first Indian to win the Lalla Aicha Tour School and therefore secured her Ladies European Tour card for the 2016 season. This victory also made her the youngest winner of a Q School for an international tour.

She is the first and the only Indian golfer who played the Asian Youth Games in 2013, Youth Olympic Games in 2014, Asian Games in 2014 and Rio Olympics in 2016.

AMITABH KANT COMMITTEE CONSTITUTED TO PUSH CASHLESS TRANSACTIONS

The Union Government in the last week of November 2016 announced the formation of new committee to form a strategy to accelerate the process of transforming India into a cashless economy.

The committee will be headed by Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant. The other members of the committee are the Secretary of the Department of Financial Services, Secretary of Department Of Industrial Policy & Promotion and Secretary of Department of Investment and Public Asset Management, Secretaries of the IT and Rural Development Ministries, Managing Director of the National Payments Corporation of India and the Chairman of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

The task of the committee is to identify various obstructions affecting access of digital payments.

The committee was constituted following a directive from the Prime Minister’s Office to back up the demonetisation move.

Tasks of the committee

The committee will identify and operationalise in the earliest possible time frame user-friendly digital payment options in all sectors of the economy.

It will engage regularly with Union ministries, regulators, state governments, district administration, local bodies, trade and industry associations to promote adoption of digital payment systems.

It will attempt to establish and monitor an implementation framework with strict timelines. This will be done to ensure that nearly 80% of the transactions in India moves to the digital-only platform.

The committee will execute an action plan on advocacy, awareness and handholding efforts among public, micro enterprises and other stakeholders.

It will also attempt to estimate costs involved in various digital payments options and supervise implementation of measures to make such transactions between the government and citizens cheaper than cash transactions.

During the first meeting of the committee on 24 November 2016, it was decided to involve Common Service Centres to help train merchants to use digital payment methods.

LIEUTENANT-GENERAL QAMAR JAVED BAJWA APPOINTED PAKISTAN'S 16TH ARMY CHIEF

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed Lieutenant-General Qamar Javed Bajwa as the 16th Chief of Pakistan Army. Bajwa will replace General Raheel Sharif, who will retire on 29 November 2016.

On the other hand, Lieutenant-General Zubair Hayat was appointed as the Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC).

Both Bajwa and Hayat will be promoted to the rank of four-star generals. They will take over their new positions on 29 November 2016.

About Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa

Lieutenant-General Qamar Javed Bajwa is currently serving at the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army as Inspector General of Training and Evaluation.

In 1980, he was commissioned in the Baloch Regiment.

From 2013 t o 2015, he served as the Corps Commander X Corps, which is responsible for the area along the Line of Control.

From 2015 to 2016, he served at the GHQ as the Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation.

He also served as a peacekeeper in the UN mission in Congo as a brigade commander. He was there with former Indian Army chief General Bikram Singh, who had gone there as a Division Commander.

He holds extensive experience in dealing with affairs related to Kashmir and the northern areas of Pakistan.

PINK INVITED FOR SPECIAL SCREENING AT UN HQ

Pink, the Amitabh Bachchan starrer Bollywood film, has been invited by the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations for a special screening at its headquarters in New York, USA.

Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and written by Ritesh Shah, the film- a modern Indian courtroom drama- highlights the issue of gender violence. It is by far being considered as one of the best works by the all-time Bollywood superstar- Amitabh Bachchan and one of the most successful releases of 2016.

The film was very well received by audience and critics alike from all across India for its extremely realistic narrative. It was released on 16 September 2016 under the U/A category with four verbal cuts. It was specially screened for the Rajasthan Police, in order to train them to become more sensitive towards women’s rights and dignity.

It completed a 50-day run in the theatres on 4 November 2016.

Plot Summary

• The film is about three working professionals- Taapsee Pannu, Andrea Tariang and Kirti Kulhari- who share a flat in a posh South Delhi colony.

• Amitabh Bachchan plays a retired lawyer, who is also the neighbour of the three girls.

• It shows how the lives of the three women change when they encounter gender violence at the hands of an influential politician’s son and his friends. It also highlights the social stigma attached to women who are modern and less bound by traditional norms.

• The girls end up being accused of ‘attempt to murder’ and here enters Amitabh Bachchan as their defence counsel, who goes up against the odds to fight for their innocence.

 

 

 

 

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