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October 26, 2014

Nobel Prize in literature 2014

 
French novelist Patrick Modiano, whose work focuses on the Nazi occupation and its effect on his country, was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature 2014. The Swedish committee praised the 69-year-old French writer for “the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” The award - which is presented to a living writer - is worth eight million kronor (£691,000).

Patrick Modiano previously won the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2012 and the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca from the Institut de France for his lifetime achievement in 2010. His novel "Missing Person" won the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 1978.

Nobel Prize in Physiology / Medicine - 2014


The Nobel Prize in Physiology / Medicine for the year 2014 has been awarded to three neuroscientists . They are British-American John O'Keefe and Norwegian couple May-Britt and Edvard I Moser, for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine administered by the Nobel Foundation, is awarded once a year for outstanding discoveries in the fields of life sciences and medicine. 

Nobel Prize in Economics-2014




The Nobel Prize in Economic Science for the year 2014 was awarded to Jean Tirole of France, whose theories about the behavior of large companies underpin modern antitrust regulation, won this year’s Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Jean Tirole is the professor of economics who works on industrial organization, game theory, banking and finance, and economics and psychology. He is the chairman of the board of the Jean-Jacques Laffont Foundation at the Toulouse School of Economics, scientific director of the Industrial Economics Institute (IDEI) in Toulouse and founding member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST).

Nobel Peace Prize 2014

 

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNERS - 2014

The Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2014 has been jointly awarded to Indian rights activist Kailash Satyarthy and Pakistan's Malala Yusafzai.

Kailash Satyarthi is an Indian children's rights activist. He runs Bachpan Bachao Andolan Group in New Delhi, which has freed over 80,000 children from various forms of servitude and helped in successful re-integration, rehabilitation and education. He has been active in the Indian movement against child labour since the 1990s.Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani school pupil, education activist. She was shot shot at by the Taliban in 2012 for protesting against curbs on girls attending school in her town in the Swat Valley.

Highlights
  1. An Indian wins the coveted Nobel Prize for peace after 35 years.
  2. Satyarthy is the second Indian after Mother Teresa, to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  3. Malala at 17 years is the youngest ever winner of the prestigious peace award.
  4. Malala is Pakistan's first Nobel laureate.

October 24, 2014

Current Affairs Compendium 10 ( SET 2- 150 MCQ) - September 2014

Larry Ellison
101    Scotland has decisively rejected independence by winning more than half of the votes polled as its citizens have decided to stay with United Kingdom. This union is how many years old?
    A) 275-year
    B) 325-year
    C) 307-year
    D) 200-year
   
102    India's ranking dropped by eights places to ________ in the latest FIFA rankings published by FIFA in Sep 2014.
    A) 138th
    B) 142nd
    C) 158th
    D) 168th

103    _________, co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corp for last 37 years, has announced to step aside as chief executive officer of the tech giant in Sep 2014. He will be replaced by co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd.
    A) Larry Ellison
    B) Warren Buffett
    C) Charles Koch
    D) Bill Gates
   
104    Chinese company Alibaba's marked its debut at New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Sep 2014. Who is founder and Chairman of Alibaba, also rang the opening bell at the NYSE.
    A) Ma Huateng
    B) Jerry Yang
    C) Jack Ma
    D) Robin Li
   
105    The 17th edition of the Asian Games being held in which country in Sep-Oct 2014?
    A) Japan
    B) China
    C) South Korea
    D) Thailand