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Arab poet Adonis chosen for 2015 Kumaran Asan World Prize for poetry

Syrian-Lebanese Arab poet Adonis has been chosen for 2015 Kumaran Asan World Prize for poetry.

Adonis was born as Ali Ahmad Said Esber in Western Syria in 1930. Since 1985, he had settled in Paris, France.

He has been described as one of the greatest living poet of the Arab world. 

Adonis has authored more than twenty volumes of poetry in Arabic, which are widely translated into almost all languages.

His poems had helped him to be a perennial contender for the Nobel Prize for many years.

His famous work includes- If Only the Sea Could Sleep, Pages of Day and Night, Songs of Mihyar the Damascene, Not A Star, A Voice, A King is Miyhar, The Adoring Rock, Take me to God.

About Kumaran Asan World Prize for poetry

  • The award is instituted by Chennai based Kumaran Asan Memorial Association.
  • Named after eminent Malayalam poet Kumaran Asan to honour poets of international stature and introduce them to Indian readers.
  • The award carries a cash prize of three lakh rupees, a memento and citation.

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Pakistan 8th most dangerous country in the world: Country Threat Index

Recently released Country Threat Index (CTI) by US-based intelligence think tank- Intel Center has placed Pakistan eighth in the list of the most dangerous countries in the world as of March 2015.

Top 10 Most Dangerous Countries in the world

Rank

Country

CTI Score

1Iraq

811

2Syria

717

3Nigeria

272

4Somalia

257

5Afghanistan

186

6Libya

157

7Yemen

132

8Pakistan

122

9Ukraine

103

10Egypt

74

 Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two South Asian countries in the list.

The rankings were prepared based upon CTI after examining the volume of terrorist and rebel alerts, messaging traffic, videos, photos, incidents and the number of killed and injured in a country over the past 30 days.

Intel Center is a Washington-based company established in 1989. It works globally for intelligence agencies a by providing them counterterrorism intelligence services. 

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US, Turkey ink deal to train, arm Syrian rebels to fight IS militants

United States (US) and Turkey have signed an agreement to train and arm moderate Syrian opposition forces taking on Islamic State (IS) militants.

The deal was inked by Turkey’s foreign ministry undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu and US ambassador to Ankara John Bass.

Key facts

  • Under the plan, the US will train about 5,000 Syrian fighters from the Free Syrian Army a year for three years. To train these fighters US is planning to send more than 400 troops.
  • This deal marks important  step for US President Barack Obama’s plan to turn moderate Syrian rebels into ground forces that will wage war on IS militants.
  • While, Western and Arab countries assist them by providing airstrikes to stop IS militants.
  • Saudi Arabia and Qatar also have agreed to host similar training programmes which will begin in March 2015.

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