George Saunders wins 2017 Man Booker Prize
US author George Saunders on 17 October 2017 won Britain’s renowned 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction for his first full-length novel 'Lincoln in the Bardo'. The book 'Lincoln in the Bardo' chronicles the death of Abraham Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie using the accounts of hundreds of narrators.
With this, Saunders became second American writer to win the award. In 2016, Paul Beatty became the first American to win the award for his novel The Sellout.
Launched in 1969, Man Booker Prize was only open to writers from Commonwealth states until it began permitting authors from other English-speaking countries in 2014.
Indian peacekeepers in Sudan awarded UN medal
Fifty Indian peacekeepers stationed in South Sudan were on 17 October 2017 awarded with the UN Medal for their professionalism and service in protecting civilians and building durable peace in the conflict-ridden country.
The peacekeepers were presented with the award by UNMISS Force Commander General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi.
These Indian peacekeepers are part of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). They are deployed with the Indian battalion stationed at Bor in the Jonglei region of South Sudan.
Justice Naresh Kumar Gupta appointed as Lokayukta of MP
Naresh Kumar Gupta was on 17 October 2017 appointed as the Lokayukta (Ombudsman) of Madhya Pradesh. Gupta is a retired judge of Madhya Pradesh High Court
The post of Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta had been lying vacant since June 2016 after the retirement of PP Naolekar, former Justice of Supreme Court. Since then, UC Maheshwari, former judge of MP High Court, was looking after the work of Lokayukta.