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Saturday, October 22, 2016

PEN International Writer of Courage Award


Ahmedabad-based Navajivan Trust, an organisation founded by Mahatma Gandhi, has announced that it will publish a quarterly magazine prepared entirely by inmates of Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad, where Gandhi was lodged during the Independence struggle. The first issue of the magazine is nearing completion.

Six years after announcing that it would attempt to revise the language used in Enid Blyton’s books in order to better connect with younger audiences, Hachette has ended the experiment, stating that it was not received well by readers. Some of the changes made to the revised editions include the replacement of the word “tinker” with “traveller”, “mother and father” with “mum and dad” and “awful swotter” with “bookworm”.

Bangladeshi publisher, writer and activist Tutul has been chosen as this year's winner of the PEN International Writer of Courage Award. Tutul published and edited a magazine, Shuddhashar, which was widely recognised as a platform for young and free-thinking voices in his country. He was left critically injured after being attacked in his offices by Islamic fundamentalists in 2015.

The estate of T.S. Eliot and Faber & Faber have launched a new website,, that will feature a collection of unpublished letters, essays and numerous photographs that have never been available to the public before. The website will feature a number of rare items such as the first and last edition of Criterion, the journal edited by Eliot.

The National Book Trust is launching a new scheme titled the ‘Mahila Lekhak Protsahan Yojana’, under which it will publish the first work of female authors in English or any of the 22 Indian languages mentioned in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. Authors below the age of 40 are eligible for participation. The scheme follows a similar initiative the NBT launched for younger people last year.

Courtesy: The Hindu

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Insurgency in India


Insurgency in India is not a rare incident. The country for the last decade has seen many such incidents. We being a patient neighbor keep our heads cool and try to fix the problem with a hope that such incident would not take place deliberately in future. But we have been proved wrong. The Indian army is always alert and confront bravely any such incident. To protect the people the army can take necessary decision. After all, to save the countrymen is to serve the mother. All the political parties are united in such situation and none is agree to negotiate. The moto of all the political parties should be same of the safety and interest of our motherland. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

All Blood types will be Universal donors soon...


Canadian researchers, including one of Indian origin, have now developed a way to transform all donated blood into a neutral type that can be given to any patient.

The researchers have created an enzyme that could potentially pave the way for changing blood types. The enzyme works by snipping off the sugars, also known as antigens, found in Type—A and Type—B blood, making it more like Type—O.

Type-O blood is known as the universal donor and can be given to patients of all blood types. With this enzyme, Jayachandran Kizhakkedathu from the University of British Columbia and colleagues were able to remove the wide majority of the antigens in Type-A and B blood.

“We produced a mutant enzyme that is very efficient at cutting off the sugars in A and B blood, and is much more proficient at removing the subtypes of the A-antigen that the parent enzyme struggles with,” said lead author of the study David Kwan from the University of British Columbia in Canada.

To create this high-powered enzyme capable of snipping off sugars, researchers used a new technology called directed evolution that involves inserting mutations into the gene that codes for the enzyme, and selecting mutants that are more effective at cutting the antigens.

In just five generations, the enzyme became 170 times more effective. While the researchers were able to remove the wide majority of the antigens in Type-A and B blood, before it can be used in clinical settings, the enzyme used would need to remove all of the antigens.

The immune system is highly sensitive to blood groups and even small amounts of residual antigens could trigger an immune response. The findings appeared Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Courtesy: The Hindu

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Women Empowerment in the society


Gender inequality is the main social issue in India in which women are getting back in the male dominated country. Women empowerment needs to take a high speed in this country to equalize the value of both genders. Uplifting of women in all means should be the utmost priority of the nation. Inequalities between men and women in the society generate lots of problems which become a big obstruction in the way to success of nation. It is the birth rights of the women to get equal value to the men in the society. To really bring empowerment, every woman needs to be aware about their rights from their own end. They need to take positive steps and involve in every activities instead of only involving in the household chores and family responsibilities. They should know about all the happenings in their surroundings and country.
Women empowerment has the power to change many things in the society and country. They are much better than men to deal with certain problems in the society. They can better understand the disadvantages of the overpopulation for their family and country. They are fully able to handle the economic conditions of the family and country through proper family planning. Women are capable enough to handle any impulsive violence in comparison to the men whether in the family or society.
Through women empowerment, it can be possible to change the male dominated country into the equally dominated country of rich economy. Empowering women may easily help to grow each and every member of the family without any extra effort. A woman is considered to be responsible for everything in the family so she can better solve all the problems from her own end. Empowerment of the women would automatically bring empowerment of everyone.
Women empowerment is the better treatment of any big or small problems related to human being, economy or environment. In few last years, the advantages of the women empowerment are coming out in front of us. Women are being more conscious about their health, education, career, job and responsibilities towards family, society and country. They are taking part in the every area and showing their great interest in each field. Finally, after long years of hard struggle they are getting their rights to go ahead on the right track.

Courtesy: India Celebrating

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