1. Ravuri Bharadwaja selected for Jnanpith Award 2012
i. Ravuri Bharadwaja, 86, the Telgu writer on 17 April 2013 was selected for the prestigious Jnanpith Award 2012.
ii. He got the award for his contributions to Telgu Literature for over a period of six decades.
iii. Ravuri on his credit has written 37 Volumes of Short Stories and 17 Novels. He was selected for the award by the Jnanpith Award Committee chaired by the noted poet Sitakant Mahapatra.
iv. Ravuri is the third recipient of the highest literary award from Andhra Pradesh.
About Ravuri Bharadwaja
i. Ravuri Bharadwaja studied till class eight, but his works and write-ups turned up to be a basis for many research works and are prescribed as text books in Universities
ii. He is a poet, a playwright, a novelist of distinction and a popular science writer
iii. He has written six short novels for children namely Kadambari, Pakudurallu, Jeevana Samaram, Inupu Tera Venuka and Koumudi – these novels have been translated into several Indian languages as well as English
iv. Earlier he has been awarded with awards like Sahitya Akademi Award, Soviet Land Nehru Award, Balsahitya Parishad Award, Telugu Akademi Award
It is the highest literary award of India that was instituted to recognize the works of Indian Citizens in official Indian languages. It carries a cheque for 7 lakh, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Saraswati, the Indian goddess of knowledge, music, and the arts.
2. World Heritage Day observed today
i. World Heritage Day on the 18th April is celebrated around the globe, and offers an opportunity to raise the public's awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it.
ii. Even as World Heritage is being celebrated today and Indian cinema will complete its journey of 100 years on May 3 this year, there is an unfortunate loss of invaluable cinematic heritage, including the first silent film as well as the first talkie.
iii. World Heritage Day was first celebrated by International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on 18 April 1982 in Tunisia, which was later also approved by UNESCO in 1983.
iv. The day suggests that the historical monuments and sites located in every part of the world needs to be protected and this can be only done with collective efforts at international levels.
v. Also known as "International Monuments and Sites Day", World Heritage Day marks a specific theme every year and this year also the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has decided a theme for World Heritage Day 2013, which is "Heritage in Education" and its " Expressions in Diverse Geo-cultural Contexts".
vi. The theme focuses on promoting the traditional education system and the cultural diversity across the globe.
3. President wishes nation on Ram Navami
i. President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday extended warm greetings to the nation on the eve of Hindu festival Ram Navami, the birthday of Lord Ram
ii. "On the auspicious occasion of the Ram Navami, I extend warm greetings and good wishes to all the fellow citizens," the president said in his message
iii. "May the celebration of this joyous festival unite our people and inspire us to build a glorious future for our nation," he added.
iv. Ram Navami will be celebrated across India Friday
4. India’s only Women Chief Election Commissioner Ramadevi Died
i. Former Governor of Karnataka, V.S. Ramadevi died in Bangalore on 17 April following a massive Cardiac Arrest. She was 79.
ii. Rama Devi also served as the Chief Election Commissioner of India. She is now survived by her son V S Rakesh, daughters V S Rekha, V S Radhika Choudhary.
About V.S. Ramadevi
i. Born on 15 March 1934, she served the Election Commission of India as its only women Chief Election Commissioner from 26 November 1990 to 11 December 1990, she succeeded R. V. S. Peri Sastri and was succeeded by TN Sheshan
ii. She served as the governor of Karnataka from 2 December 1999 to 20 August 2002
5. New Plastic Voter Identity Cards to be issued First in Assam and Nagaland: EC
i. Election Commission of India on 17 April 2013 announced that it is planning to come up with a driving license like-hard plastic voter ID cards and replace the long existing laminated voter identity cards.
ii. The Deputy Election Commissioner, Alok Shukla made that announcement at New Delhi that new voter cards with colour photos would be first issued in North-Eastern States, Assam and Nagaland.
iii. The Election commission will charge a fee of 50 Rupees from the people who want their ID Cards to be converted into the Plastic Cards.
iv. The choice of getting the Voter Cards converted into the hard plastic cards will completely depend upon the voters will.
6. IMF slashed Economic Growth Rate of India to 5.7% for 2013
i. International Monetary Fund in its latest release on 16 April 2013 of the World Economic Outlook (WEO) slashed the growth projection of India from its earlier prediction of 5.9 percent to 5.7 percent for the calendar year 2013.
ii. The IMF slashed its projection for India based on the significant structural challenges faced by India, which would lower down the potential output keeping inflation elevated by regional reasons.
iii. IMF also slashed the global outlook to 3.3 percent from 3.5 percent predicted in January 2013 and for 17-nation Euro Zone, the forecast was 0.3 percent.
iv. It has advocated to the policymakers of European nations to come up with aggressive monetary policies to pull out Eurozone from the crisis situation.
7. Mishra guides Sunrisers to sensational 11-run win
i. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra produced a stunning performance taking four wickets in five deliveries, including a hat-trick, as Sunrisers Hyderabad pulled off an incredible 11-run victory over Pune Warriors in the Pepsi Indian Premier League in Pune on Wednesday.
ii. Mishra (4/19) took the wickets with his second, fourth, fifth and sixth deliveries off his final over as Warriors were bowled out for 108 in 19 overs while chasing a mediocre target of 120 runs.
iii. First it was skipper Angelo Mathews (20), who was fooled by a flighted delivery as he holed out in the deep.
iv. Mishra then bowled three consecutive googlies to snap up Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma and Ashoke Dinda for noughts.
v. Sunrisers, thus, have registered their fourth win in six matches while it was the fourth loss for Warriors and one which could seriously dent the morale of the side.
8. Saina retains 2nd spot in latest Badminton ranking
i. London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal has retained her second position in the latest rankings list issued by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) today.
ii. In the Men's section, Parupalli Kashyap also retained his seventh spot.
iii. Besides Saina, rising India shuttler P V Sindhu, who is currently playing in Badminton Asia Championship in Taipei, has also held on to her 16th place in the women's singles rankings.
9. Himayat Baig sentenced to death in German Bakery Blast
i. Himayat Baig, the lone German Bakery blast case convict was sentenced to death by a Pune Sessions Court.
ii. The Court had found Beg guilty of criminal conspiracy and murder in connection with the blasts that killed 17 people an injured 58.
iii. Five other accused in the case which include two Bhatkal Brothers are still absconding in the case.