Current Affairs – March, 2015

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Katherine Viner appointed as Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian newspaper

Katherine Viner has been appointed as editor-in-chief of The Guardian newspaper. She will be 12th editor-in-chief and the first woman to run the newspaper in its 194-year history.

Viner will succeed Alan Rusbridger who is stepping down after 20 years and taking over as Chair of the Scott Trust which owns the Guardian.

Prior to this appointment Viner was serving as deputy editor of the Guardian and editor-in-chief of Guardian US.

She had joined the Guardian in 1997. Since then she had served at various posts in the newspaper including editor of G2, Guardian’s daily supplement, deputy women’s editor and editor of the Guardian Weekend magazine.

She was also a deputy editor of the title as well as editing the Saturday edition of the newspaper from 2008 until 2012. She also was responsible for launching the Guardian’s Australian operations.

About The Guardian newspaper

  • It is a British national daily founded in 1821. Till 1959 it was called as The Manchester Guardian.
  • Its sister newspaper are The Observer and The Guardian Weekly.
  • The newspaper has won Pulitzer Prize 2014 and is respected for its independent voice and investigative strengths.

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Renowned Malayalam poet Yusuf Ali Kechery passes away

Renowned Malayalam poet Yusuf Ali Kechery passed away on 21 March 2015 in Kochi, Kerala. He was 81 and had been suffering from bronchial pneumonia.

Kechery was one of the leading poets of the modern era Malayalam poetry and was known for his mystic lyrics on Hindu gods.

About Yusuf Ali Kechery

  • He was born on 16 May 1934 in Kechery, Thrissur district of Kerala. Kechery had studied Sanskrit under well-known scholar K P Narayana Pisharody.
  • Kechery along with ONV Kurup and P Bhaskaran had dominated Malayalam films as a top-notch lyricist. His debut as lyricist was in 1971 with Malayalam film Sindooracheppu.
  • In his career he had penned hundreds of songs known for their mystic and romantic charm with a semi-classical touch.
  • Apart from being poet and lyricist, he was also film producer and director. His directorial debut was Maram (Tree) in 1973 and his first film as a producer was Sindooracheppu (1971).
  • Kechery also had served as assistant secretary of Kerala Sangaeetha Natak Academy and also served as the president of Kerala Sahitya Academy.
  • Awards- He was awarded a National Film Award for Best Lyricist for a Sanskrit song written for the Malayalam film Mazha (Rain) in 2000, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award(1985), Kerala State Film Award for Best Lyrics in year 1993, 1994 and 1998.

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