Nobel laureate Doris Lessing passed away

Screenshot_2Doris Lessing (94), one of the UK’s most-influential writer and a Nobel Literature laureate passed away.

Doris Lessing:

Born: October 22, 1919, in Kermanshah, Iran
British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer.
Authored more than 80 books, including poetry, two operas, short stories, plays and non-fiction.
She is best-known for ‘The Golden Notebook’.
Other illustrious works: The Grass is Singing (her first novel), the sequence of five novels collectively called Children of Violence, The Golden Notebook , The Good Terrorist , and five novels collectively known as Canopus in Argos.

Awards and Honors:

In 2001, Lessing was awarded the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime’s achievement in British literature.  The Swedish Academy awarded her the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Abdulla Yameen becomes President of Maldives

Screenshot_1Abdulla Yameen has been elected as the new President of the Maldives after a run-off poll.  The event ended nearly two years of political tumult that blighted the incipient democracy and raised international concerns over the country’s future.

Yameen, the half-brother of former autocratic ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, was sworn in as the 6th president of the Maldives by Chief Justice Ahmad Faiz.

Yameen, 54, a candidate of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), bagged an unexpected win in the presidential run-off  by securing 51.39% of the votes over opposition leader and former president Mohamed Nasheed belonging to Maldives Democratic Party (MDP)  who received 48.61% of the votes.

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