Current Affairs – January, 2015

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National Voters Day observed on 25th January every year

Every year National Voters’ Day (NVD) is observed on 25th January.

This year i.e. 2015 is fifth National Voters’ Day and theme of this year is Easy Registration, Easy Correction.

Functions: On this occasion, awards for best electoral practices are given to Chief Electoral Officers and District Election Officers. Media houses and civil society organisations are also given awards for best campaign in Voters’ Education and Awareness.

Background

  • It was initiated in 2011 to commemorate the foundation day of the Election Commission of India (ECI).
  • The ECI’s aim behind National Voters’ Day is to enhance registration of voters, particularly of the spring chickens, by using this social occasion to make Universal Adult Suffrage a complete reality, and thus increase the worth of Indian democracy.

Arundhathi Subramaniam wins inaugural  Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry

Poetess Arundhathi Subramaniam has won the inaugural Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry.

She has been conferred this prize for her work When God is a Traveller. Her name was announced at a prize ceremony held at Jaipur Literature Festival.

The jury, which included Ashok Vajpeyi, Jeet Thayil, Namita Gokhale, Pavan K. Varma and Soli Sorabjee had chosen her work When God is a Traveller from among the nominated books of poetry by a single author published between September 15, 2013 and 2014.

Arundhathi Subramaniam

She is a poetess and a writer on spirituality and culture.

Work- She has authored three books of poems: Where I live (2005), Sadhguru- More Than A Life (2009), Pilgrim’s India (2011).

Award: She has received the Raza Award for Poetry (2009)

Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry

It was established in 2014 by Suhel Seth in memory of the late Khushwant Singh.

It is conferred to Indian poets writing in English or Indian language translation. The award is carrying a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh.

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