Current Affairs – March, 2015

Latest Current Affairs March, 2015 with Current Affairs, news summary on current events of National and International importance of March, 2015 for Banking, SSC, CLAT, UPSC, State PCS, IBPS, Railways and other Competitive Examinations.

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Akhil Sharma’s novel Family Life wins The Folio Prize 2015

Indian-American novelist Akhil Sharma’s novel Family Life has won the prestigious Folio Prize 2015.

His novel was among the eight shortlisted books from 80 fictional works and was chosen as the best fiction novel published in the United Kingdom in 2014.

Family Life is Sharma’s second novel and took him 13 years to write.

About Akhil Sharma

  • Sharma was born in Delhi and later in 1979 immigrated to US along with his family.
  • His first novel was An Obedient Father published in 2000. It has won the prestigious PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award in 2001.
  • His stories also have been published in The New Yorker and in Atlantic Monthly. These stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories and also in O. Henry Prize Collections.
  • In 2007, he was named as one of Granta magazine’s Best of Young American Novelists.

About The Folio Prize

  • Established- 2014
  • Sponsored by the London-based The Folio Society.
  • Awarded to an author from any country for his English-language book of fiction published in the UK.
  • First recipient of the prize was American writer George Saunders for his short stories collection Tenth of December.

PM Narendra Modi launches PRAGATI platform for redressal of grievances

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 March 2015 launched Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) platform.

PRAGATI is a multi-purpose and multi-modal platform aimed at addressing grievances of common man. It also aims at simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important Union government programmes and projects as well as projects flagged by State Governments.

It is an innovative project in e-governance and good governance and accountability with real-time presence and information exchange among the key stakeholders.

Key features of PRAGATI

  • Designed in-house by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) team with the help of National Informatics Center (NIC).
  • Uniquely bundles three latest technologies including Digital data management, geo-spatial technology and video-conferencing.
  • Three-tier system that brings PMO, Union Government Secretaries, and Chief Secretaries of the States at one stage. Thus, offers a unique combination in the direction of cooperative federalism.
  • Prime Minister can directly discuss the issues with the concerned Central and State officials with full information and latest visuals of the ground level situation.
  • The system will work on strengthen and re-engineer the data bases of Centralized Public Grievance Redress And Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) along with Project Monitoring Group (PMG) and the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

On a monthly basis, Prime Minister will interact with bureaucrats i.e. on fourth Wednesday of every month at 3.30 PM- called as PRAGATI Day.

Issues to be flagged before the PM will be picked up from the available database regarding Public Grievances, pending Projects and on-going Programmes. These issues will uploaded seven days prior to the PRAGATI day.