Current Affairs: 27 October 2016

Paul Beatty wins Man Booker prize 2016

  • Paul Beatty has become the first US author to win the Man Booker Prize. 
  • He won the award for his racial satire, ‘The Sellout’ at a ceremony in London’s Guildhall. 
  • The novel tells the story of a young black man who tries to reinstate slavery and racial segregation in a suburb of Los Angeles. Amanda Foreman, Chair of the Judges, said the book managed to eviscerate every social taboo.

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AIR’s entry on dwindling tiger habitats wins ABU award

  • All India Radio (AIR) has won the first prize in the Community Service Announcement category of the prestigious Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) awards for this year. 
  • AIR’s entry (Diary of a Tiger) was declared the winner at a glittering award ceremony held in Bali, Indonesia, on the sidelines of ongoing 53rd ABU General Assembly and Associated Meetings. 
  • The selected programme is an 89-second spot in Hindi on the dwindling forests and gradually decreasing habitat of tigers. 
  • The award includes a trophy, certificate and cash prize of US Dollars 2000.

G Balakrishna crowned Mr. Asia

  • Bengaluru-based water tanker driver G Balakrishna (25-year) has won the Mr. Asia title at the 5th Phil-Asia bodybuilding championships in the Philippines. 
  • Earlier, Balakrishna has won Mr. Universe Under-24 junior contest in 2013 in Germanyand Mr. Universe title in the same category at the world championship in Athens in 2014.

PM Narendra Modi launches Urja Ganga in Varanasi

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of highly ambitious gas pipeline project Urja Ganga in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. 
  • The gas pipeline project aims to provide piped cooking (PNG) gas to residents of the eastern region of the country and CNG gas for the vehicles. 
  • It envisages laying a 2,050-km pipeline connecting Jagdishpur (UP) to Haldia (West Bengal) by 2018.

India ranks 130th in World Bank’s ease of doing business Index

  • India has moved a place up but is still 130th in the World Bank’s ease of doing the business ranking for 2017. 
  • The marginal improvement came on the back of slight improvement in four indicators (getting electricity, enforcing contracts, trading across borders and registering property). 
  • The report examines regulations that enhance or constrain business activity, assesses 190 countries and ranks them according to the impacts of their regulatory environment on business. 
  • New Zealand has been ranked the top country in the world (up one place).

Brazil World Cup hero Carlos Alberto passes away

  • Brazilian football great Carlos Alberto (72-year) has passed away due to the heart attack. 
  • Alberto had scored one of the greatest goals in FIFA World Cup history while captaining Brazil to glory in 1970 final against Italy in Mexico. 
  • He earned the nickname ‘The Captain‘ for his leadership qualities.

Indo-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise Mitra Shakti 2016 begins

  • The fourth edition of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise Mitra Shakti 2016 has begun at Sinha Regimental Centre in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka. 
  • The exercise will continue till 6th November 2016. 
  • The main focus of the joint exercise is to enhance inter-operability while carrying out Counter Insurgency (CI)/Counter Terrorism (CT) operations under the United Nations Mandate.

FIH appoints Jason McCracken as Chief Executive Officer

  • The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has appointed New Zealand’s Jason McCracken as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). 
  • He will replace Kelly Fairweather, who is leaving for the International Tennis Federation after six years in the role. 
  • McCracken has served as an Olympic and World Cup umpire, FIH committee member and technical official for over 20 years. 
  • The International Hockey Federation is the international governing body of field hockey and indoor field hockey.

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