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1)   Which of the following is the title of a coffee table book on Department of Defence Production?
- Published on 30 Oct 17

a. A Journey Towards Prosperity
b. A Journey Towards Self Reliance
c. A Journey Towards Independence
d. A Journey Towards Indigenisation
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: A Journey Towards Self Reliance

Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman released a coffee table book on the Department of Defence Production (DDP), titled 'A journey towards self-reliance'.

The first ever coffee table book on the department, it chronicles the post-independence years of development, indigenisation and production of arms, ammunition and defence equipment, with a view to achieve self-reliance for the Armed Forces of India.

The contents of the book are a remarkable collection of past and current defence equipment produced in India.

Avid readers will find themselves immersed in a world of illustrations and remarkable photographs, captured at 'the' moments, and revealing relevant texts, which will be of interest to the 'defence technology-savvy' Indians.

The book epitomises the visionary approach of the Government of India seeking to establish India as a global manufacturing hub, under the 'Make in India' initiative.

It lends credence to the sincere efforts put in by thousands of unknown faces, to mould and shape the Indian defence industry.

2)   American author George Saunders won the Man Booker Prize for fiction for which novel?
- Published on 18 Oct 17

a. Lincoln in the Bardo
b. Tenth of December
c. In Persuasion Nation
d. The Brain Dead Megaphone
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Lincoln in the Bardo

American author George Saunders won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction on Oct 17, 2017 for Lincoln in the Bardo, a polyphonic symphony of a novel about restless souls adrift in the afterlife.

It is the second year in a row an American has won the £50,000 ($66,000) prize, which was opened to US authors in 2014.

The book is based on a real visit President Abraham Lincoln made in 1862 to the body of his 11-year-old son Willie at a Washington cemetery.

By turns witty, bawdy, poetic and unsettling, Lincoln in the Bardo juxtaposes events from Lincoln’s life and the US Civil War through passages from historians both real and fictional with a chorus of otherworldly characters who are dead, but unwilling or unable to let go of life.

In Tibetan Buddhism, the bardo is the transition state between death and rebirth.

Baroness Lola Young, who chaired the Booker judging panel credited that the novel stood out because of its innovation, its very different styling, the way in which it paradoxically brought to life these almost-dead souls.

Saunders was awarded the prize by Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during a ceremony at London’s medieval Guildhall.

The author said he resisted telling the story of Lincoln, an American icon, for 20 years.

But the novel, which took four years to write, turned out to be pointedly timely in a divided United States.

Lincoln in the Bardo is the first novel by the 58-year-old Saunders, an acclaimed short story writer who won the Folio Prize in 2014 for his darkly funny story collection Tenth of December.

A former oil industry engineer who teaches creative writing at Syracuse University in New York state, Saunders is probably best known outside literary circles for a commencement speech he gave in 2013 with the key message “Try to be kinder.”

Saunders beat five other finalists- New Yorker Paul Auster’s quadruple coming-of-age story 4321; US writer Emily Fridlund’s story of a Midwest teenager, History of Wolves; Scottish author Ali Smith’s Brexit-themed Autumn; British-Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid’s migration story Exit West; and British writer Fiona Mozley’s debut novel Elmet about a fiercely independent family under threat.

Saunders is the second American in a row to win the prize, founded in 1969 and until 2013 limited to writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth.

The 2016 winner was Paul Beatty’s The Sellout.

The move to admit all English-language writers spurred fears among some British writers and publishers that Americans would come to dominate a prize whose previous winners include Salman Rushdie, Ben Okri, Margaret Atwood and Hilary Mantel.

Prize organizers said 30 percent of the 144 books submitted by publishers for consideration this year were American, a figure slightly down from last year.

3)   Which journalist and activist has won the Anna Politkovskaya Award in Oct 2017?
- Published on 09 Oct 17

a. Jose Antonio Vargas
b. Javed Anand
c. MM Kalburgi
d. Gauri Lankesh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Gauri Lankesh

Gauri Lankesh posthumously wins Anna Politkovskaya award

Journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead by unknown assailants on September 5, has been posthumously accorded with the prestigious Anna Politkovskaya Award.

This award is instituted by Reach All Women (RAW) in War.

RAW, in a statement, said that it was honoured to award the annual Anna Politkovskaya Award for women human rights defenders from war and conflict zones jointly to Gauri Lankesh posthumously, and to a brave Pakistani activist Gulalai Ismaial, who similarly is fighting against Islamic extremism.

Ms. Ismail has faced the death threats for speaking out against the Taliban in north-west Pakistan.

Gauri is the 12th woman to receive this prestigious award. Nominations Committee members have observed that they were deeply moved by Gauri and Gulalai's bravery and dedication to peace and human rights.

The announcement of the award was an emotional one, as Gauri's brother Indrajit Lankesh, mother Indira Lankesh and close friend M.S. Ashadevi struggled to find words to express their feelings on RAW honouring Gauri with this international award.

Gauri was awarded with Periyar Award posthumously by the Thinkers Forum on September 17 in Bengaluru.

Anna Politkovskaya: Know More

  • Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist was killed in 2006 in Moscow for her courage to speak out on behalf of the suffering of the civilians in the war in Chechnya.
  • It is not by coincidence that Gauri's work, her personality and the way she was killed for her work reminded us so much of the way Anna lived and died for the truth.
  • To mark the anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya's murder on October 7, 2006 and to honour Anna and the women like in the world, RAW in War annually presents the award to a female human rights defender from conflict zone.

4)   Which eminent Marathi writer and journalist was known as Ha Mo?
- Published on 04 Oct 17

a. Hanumant Moreshwar Marathe
b. Namdeo Dhasal
c. BS Mardhekar
d. GA Kulkarni
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Hanumant Moreshwar Marathe

Eminent Marathi writer and journalist Hanumant Moreshwar Marathe passed away on Oct 2, 2017 owing to prolonged illness, said doctors operating him.

The 77-year-old writer, popularly known as ‘Ha Mo’, breathed his last at Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital where he was undergoing heart-related treatment and had difficulty in breathing.

According to his relatives, Marathe was admitted to the hospital few days ago.

Born on March 2, 1940, Marathe wrote many books. Of them, ‘Nishparna Vrukshavar Bhar Dupari’ became very popular.

He started his career with teaching at a college in Kolhapur. He also worked in Tarun Bharat and Kirloskar magazine.

5)   Who is the author of art book  “Bhartiya Kala Mein Salil Kridayen Evam Sadyahsnata Nayika” released on Sept 20, 2017?
- Published on 21 Sep 17

a. Mahesh Sharma
b. Sanjib Kumar Singh
c. Kshetrapal Gangwar
d. Both b and c
e. All the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both b and c

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Culture released the book entitled “Bhartiya Kala Mein Salil Kridayen Evam Sadyahsnata Nayika”.

It was authored by Dr. Kshetrapal Gangwar and Shri Sanjib Kumar Singh at a function in National Museum.

This is an Art Book based on original research, written in Hindi and published by National Museum after few decades.

Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Labour and Employment presided over the function.

This is a book written to highlight the Indian Art and describes the Water Sports (Salil Kridayen).

This form of art has been the part of Indian Art from time immemorial.

The literary sources and archaeological evidence proves that it was a dear subject for the artist and Literary persons.

Almost all the famous school of art of India bears these kind of sculptures and Paintings.

6)   Which government agency has developed a Handbook of State Statistics?
- Published on 01 Sep 17

a. DEA
b. NITI Aayog
c. Planning Commission
d. Both a and b
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


NITI Aayog has developed a Handbook of State Statistics that consolidates key statistics across sectors for every Indian State/UT.

While the State data on crucial indicators is currently fragmented across different sources, this handbook provides a one-stop database of important State statistics.

Starting with Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP), the handbook provides sectorial compositions of State economies from 1980-81 to the latest possible year.

Five different GSDP series are available between 1980-81 and now, and this database covers all of them.

It covers statistics on State government finances from 1981 to 2017across indicators such as gross fiscal deficits, revenue deficits, social sector expenditure, capital expenditure etc.

Labour statistics from the national sample surveys (NSS), statistics on labour force participation rates (LFPR), worker-population ratio (WPR) by industry and unemployment rates are also presented.

Data on education covers primary, secondary and tertiary levels including enrolment ratios, schools, enrolment, teachers and performance indicators, among others.

Some of the health indicators covered by the handbook include infant mortality rate (IMR), birth rates, life expectancy, sex ratio at birth, immunisation and institutional deliveries among others.

For certain indicators such as IMR, TFR, birth rates, data from 1971 onwards to 2015 is available.

For other indicators the data series starts in 2005.

Data in the Handbook: Know More

  • The final section of the publication provides state-wise estimates of poverty numbers. Data has been presented according to the Lakdawala Methodology (data from 1973-74 to 2004-05) and the Tendulkar Methodology (data from 1993-94 to 2011-12).
  • Data is quinquennial, as estimates for poverty are derived from NSS Household Consumption Surveys.

7)   Who is the world's most highest paid author in 2017 with earnings of US 95 million according to Forbes?
- Published on 07 Aug 17

a. JK Rowling
b. Stephen King
c. John Grisham
d. Dan Brown
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: JK Rowling

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has been named the world's most highly-paid author with earnings of £72.2m ($95m) this year.

The Edinburgh-based writer beat Dan Brown, Stephen King and John Grisham to top Forbes' list of the 10 highest earners in the global industry for the first time in almost 10 years.

Fans recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of her first book.

She has written a further six Harry Potter titles.

Her books have been turned into eight blockbuster feature films, and last year she made her screenwriting debut with a prequel movie, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

The mother-of-three, 52, first began writing about the wizarding world while struggling to make ends meet living as a single mother on benefits in Edinburgh.

The books' popularity soon made her a multi-millionaire and she has since released several other novels, founded children's charity Lumos.

She has amassed more than 11 million Twitter followers keen to keep track of her regularly-shared thoughts on political and social issues.

Aside from Rowling, the US business magazine's list also includes British authors Paula Hawkins and EL James–whose respective novels The Girl On The Train and 50 Shades Of Grey have both been turned into major movies in recent years - while the others are all American.

List organisers added that Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin, The Fault In Our Stars writer John Green and Divergent trilogy author Veronica Roth, just failed to make the top 10.

8)   National Book Trust is celebrating how many years of the organization in 2017?
- Published on 03 Aug 17

a. 65 years
b. 50 years
c. 55 years
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: None of the above

A two-day national seminar was organized by the National body for book promotion and publication, National Book Trust, under Human Resource Development Ministry to coincide with the 60 Years programme of the Trust.

Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of State of Human Resource Development indicated that the Government of India is working on finalizing a National Book Promotion Policy, which will take care of providing a policy direction to the whole spectrum of book publication, writing and distribution in order to promote a culture of reading in the society.

The significant role is played by National Book Trust, India in creating a culture of reading and re-affirmed the commitment of the Government of India to support its endeavours to meet its avowed objectives.

Geographically India is surrounded by sea from three sides and its boundaries are open. We have been attacked several times by foreign invaders since ancient times and for about 200 years we were ruled by the British, even then we were able to preserve our culture and literature.

Moving ahead in empowering India because of wisdom provided by our ancient texts and sense of nationalism in our literature, the importance of printed books will not diminish.

On this occasion NBT books in Hindi tiled Aapki Sehat, authored by Dr Vijay Mittal and Dr Shyama Prasad: Ek Shikshak, authored by Ms Namrata Sharma were also released.

The speakers on the occasion included well-known writers - Dr Neerja Madhav, Dr Reeta Shukl, Dr Advaita Kala and Ms Malti Joshi.

They said that women writers like Subhadra Kumari Chauhan, Mahadevi Verma through their writings on nationalism tried to awaken the people of India.

9)   Who has titled her new political book “What Happened”?
- Published on 28 Jul 17

a. Hillary Clinton
b. Condoleeza Rice
c. Sarah Palin
d. Angela Merkel
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is calling her new book What Happened and promises unprecedented candour as she remembers her stunning defeat last year to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Simon & Schuster said that Ms. Clinton’s book will be a highly personal work that also is a “cautionary tale” about Russian interference in last year’s election and its threat to democracy.

In public remarks since last fall, the Democrat has cited Russia as a factor in her defeat to her Republican opponent, along with a letter sent by then-FBI Director James Comey less than two weeks before the election.

Mr. Comey’s letter, sent to Congress on Oct. 28, said the FBI “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation” into the private email server that Ms. Clinton used as Secretary of State.

Days later, Mr. Comey wrote that the FBI did not find anything new.

Clinton was the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election in the US.

What Happened is scheduled to come out September 12. Ms. Clinton’s previous works include the 2003 memoir Living History, published while she was a U.S. senator from New York, and a book about her years as secretary of state, Hard Choices, which came out in 2014 as she prepared to launch her presidential candidacy.

She also wrote It Takes a Village - And Other Lessons Children Teach Us when she was U.S. First Lady.

Ms. Clinton’s upcoming memoir isn’t the first political book to be called What Happened. Scott

McClellan, a former White House press secretary during the George W. Bush administration, released a book with the same title in 2008.

Mr. McClellan’s memoir was an unexpectedly critical take on his former boss that became a bestseller.

Hillary Clinton: Know More

  • Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician who was the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, U.S. Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009.
  • She is also a former First Lady of the United States
  • Born: 26 October 1947 Edgewater Hospital, Chicago
  • Party: Democratic Party
  • Spouse: Bill Clinton (m. 1975)
  • Education: Yale Law School (1969–1973)

10)   Which book is being released by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen on 17th July on the issues faced by Indian Universities?
- Published on 17 Jul 17

a. Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and Global Perspectives
b. Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives
c. Future of Indian Colleges: Comparative and Global Perspectives
d. Future of Indian Colleges: Comparative and International Perspectives
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will receive the first copy of the book ‘Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives’ at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on July 17, 2017.

He will receive the first copy of this book from Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen who will formally release it.

The book ‘Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives’ is the academic and research work of scholars, educationists and practitioners from India and abroad.

It aims to provide international and comparative perspectives on higher education and highlights issues being faced by Indian Universities.

It has been complied by Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor of JGU University and is published by Oxford University Press.

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