English Current Affairs - 2020

Govind Prasad Sharma appointed as Chairman of NBT

Educationist and Author Govind Prasad Sharma has been appointed as the Chairman of National Book Trust (NBT).

Govind Prasad Sharma

Govind Prasad Sharma in his long carrier has served as the Principal of Government P.G. College in Madhya Pradesh, Additional Director of Higher Education of Gwalior Chambal Division, Director of Madhya Pradesh Hindi Granth Akademi and also as Vice Chairman of Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education.

National Book Trust

National Book Trust (NBT) is an apex body established by the Government Of India in the Year 1957 under the Department Of Higher Education, Ministry Of Human Resource Development.

Objectives of NBT
  • To produce and encourage the production of good literature in English, Hindi And Other Indian Languages.
  • To make such literature available at moderate prices to the public.
  • To bring out book catalogues.
  • Arrange Book Fairs/Exhibitions and Seminars.
  • Take all necessary steps to make the people book-minded.

To pursue these objectives NBT publishes:

  • The Classical Literature of India.
  • Outstanding works of Indian authors in Indian Languages and their translation from one Indian Language to another.
  • Translation of outstanding books from foreign languages.
  • Outstanding Books of Modern Knowledge for Popular Diffusion.

The major activities of NBT include publishing non- textbooks, organizing book fairs, book exhibitions, conducting literary events, activities for children, training in publishing throughout the country, participating in international book fairs to promote Indian literature.

Hindi Included as third official court language in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has included Hindi as the third official language to be used in its courts, alongside Arabic and English. It is part of the efforts of Abu Dhabi to improve access to justice.

Inclusion of Hindi

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) has announced that it has extended the adoption of interactive forms of statement of claims filed before courts by including the Hindi language alongside Arabic and English in labour cases.

The inclusion of Hindi language is aimed at helping Hindi speakers to learn about litigation procedures, their rights and duties without a language barrier, in addition to facilitating registration procedures via unified forms available through the ADJD website.

The adoption of multilingual interactive forms for claim sheets, grievances and requests aim to promote judicial services in line with the plan Tomorrow 2021 and increase the transparency of litigation procedure.

Indians in the UAE

The population of UAE is estimated to be around nine million of which 2/3rd are immigrants from foreign countries and the Indian community in the UAE, numbering 2.6 million, constitutes 30 per cent of the total population and is the largest expatriate community in the country.