Current Affairs - May, 2019

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Naveen Patnaik sworn in as Odisha Chief Minister

Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Naveen Patnaik takes oath as CM of Odisha for a record 5th consecutive term. BJD has been in power in Odisha since 2000.

Key Highlights

  • The 72 year old Naveen Patnaik is the longest-serving chief minister of coastal state. BJD has been in power in the state since 2000.
  • He won a clear mandate of 112 out of the 147 seats in the recently conducted Odisha state election that were held along with national elections.
  • Out of 20 Parliamentary seats Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) bagged 8 seats and BJD won 12.
  • Oath Ceremony: His oath was administered oath by Odisha’s Governor Ganeshi Lal at a function in Bhubaneswar. Unlike past low-key oath taking ceremonies this is the first time that swearing in was held in full public view, outside the Raj Bhavan. 20 newly elected BJD MLAs also took oath as ministers, including 11 of Cabinet rank.
  • The Decisive Mandate: The Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was once a part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) between year 1998 and 2009. But later, maintained “equidistant” from BJP as well as the Congress. On Claiming that no party will get a majority in national election 2019 Mr Patnaik announced his support for any party or coalition that supports the Odisha’s development especially in aftermath of Cyclone Fani that left a trail of destruction in the state and killed 64 people.

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Nine Dots Prize 2019: winner Annie Zaidi

Indian writer Annie Zaidi was announced as the winner of Nine Dots Prize 2019.

About The Nine Dots Prize

  • The name of this global book prize is in reference to the ‘nine dots puzzle’ which is a lateral thinking puzzle that can only be solved by thinking outside the box.
  • Objective: to promote, engage and encourage innovative thinking so as to address problems facing modern world. The prestigious book prize is awarded for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues.
  • Selection Criteria: Entrants are asked to answer the given question in 3,000 words.
  • Eligiblility: All entrants with minimum 18 years of age and over are welcome to enter but responses and resulting book must be in English.
  • Cash Prize: The winner receives US$100,000 to write a short book expanding on their ideas. The Prize is sponsored by the Kadas Prize Foundation with support from the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Press.

About Annie Zaidi

  • She is a Mumbai-based freelance writer.
  • She won Nine Dots Prize for her entry titled ‘Bread, Cement, Cactus’. It was a combining memoir and reportage which explores concepts of home and the belonging rooted in her experience of contemporary life in India.

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