Awards & Honours Current Affairs - 2020

Awards and Honours in Current Affairs 2019 with latest winners of various awards in India and world. Current Affairs list of awards and prize won in India and world for 2019.

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Amitabha Bagchi wins 2019 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

Author Amitabha Bagchi has won DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019, for his novel ‘Half the Night is Gone’. It is Bagchi’s third novel. A major part of Half The Night Is Gone, is based in old-forgotten world of scheming zamindars, dubious morals and a man lamenting lost opportunities. His attention to detail ensures the readers are transported to that time, smelling the grime and listening to creaking sound made by rusted doors.

Key Highlights

The winner for this year’s DSC Prize was announced at the IME Nepal Literature Festival in Nepal. Author Amitabha Bagchi was handed over the prize by Nepal’s Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali. This year’s international jury panel was chaired by Harish Trivedi.

One of the major takeaways from this years award was the fact that among 90 entries received, 37 were by first-time authors. At the same time, there was also a significant presence of women writers, with 42 novels penned by them and 6 women involved as translators.

Apart from Bagchi’s, 6 other books were shortlisted, these included:

  • The Far Field- by Madhuri Vijay (which also won JCB Prize for Literature)
  • The City and the Sea- by Raj Kamal Jha
  • There’s Gunpowder in the Air- by Manoranjan Byapari (Translated by Arunava Sinha)
  • The Empty Room- by Sadia Abbas
  • 99 Nights in Logar- by Jamil Jan Kochi

About DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

It is a prestigious international literary prize. It is awarded annually to writers of any ethnicity or nationality writing about South Asia themes such as culture, history, people or politics. It defines ‘South Asia’ as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Maldives, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. It is given for an original full-length novel written in English/ translated into English. The DSC Prize is worth US $25,000 and is awarded for novels published in year preceding judging of prize.

The awards are in its ninth edition. This year the award received 90 entries and the submissions came from 22 publishers, pointing to an increased interest and variety in South Asian writing. The entries served as a timely marker of trends in South Asian fiction writing.

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Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh crowned Miss World 2019

Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh was crowned as Miss World 2019 at a beauty pageant held in London, UK. She won the coveted Miss World title for the year 2019 after beating her contenders, Ophely Mezino from France and Suman Rao from India. She received her crown from Mexico’s Vanessa Ponce de Leon, the winner of Miss World 2018. The event was hosted by British television personality Piers Morgan, who was also the head judge of the event.

Key Highlights

France’s Ophely Mezino was adjudged first runners-up. India was represented at the annual beauty pageant by Suman Rao India. She was declared second runners-up (3rd) while.

Suman Rao, who is from Rajasthan, had earlier won Femina Miss India World 2019 title in June. She is a Chartered Accountant student hailing from Rajasthan, was crowned Miss India World 2019 in June this year.

India had won the last Miss World title was in 2017, when Manushi Chillar represented the country. This 2017 win had come in 17 years after Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra had bagged the title in year 2000.

About Toni-Ann Singh

The 23-year-old Toni-Ann Singh is born to Indo-Caribbean father Bradshaw Singh and African-Caribbean mother Jahrine Bailey. She is a student of women’s studies and psychology at US’s Florida State University and aspires to be a medical doctor. She has previously served as the president of Caribbean students association at the university. She is the fourth Jamaican woman to win the coveted beauty pageant. The Caribbean island nation has previously won Miss World titles in 1963, 1976 and 1993 (when Lisa Hanna had represented).

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