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Poet Jacob Polley wins 2016 TS Eliot Prize for Jackself, 'a firework of a book'


  • Jacob Polley has won the 2016 TS Eliot Prize for poetry, joining the ranks of previous winners including ;
    1.Ted Hughes,
    2.Seamus Heaney and
    3.Carol Ann Duffy.
  • Polley won the coveted £20,000 award with his fourth collection, Jackself, a sequence of narrative poems partly inspired by his childhood in Cumbria.
  • The chair of the judging panel, poet Ruth Padel, called Jackself "a firework of a book; inventive, exciting and outstanding in its imaginative range and depth of feeling".
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who has won the 2016 TS Eliot Prize for poetry? 
 - Jacob Polley. 
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Cyber Pathshala:A for ATM, B for BHIM, C for Cashless


  • A for ATM, B for BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money), C for cashless, D for Demonetisation is the new way alphabets have been associated to popular terms related to demonetisation in a new book "Cyber Pathshala" authored by former Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay.
  • The book by the ex-parliamentarian from Uttarakhand was launched by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar at the ongoing World Book Fair here.
  • The book relates H to Honest Money and describes demonetisation decisiosn as "NDA government's initiative to get rid of dishonest money".
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
What is the full form of application BHIM? 
- Bharat Interface for Money. 
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Book titled The People's President: Dr A P J Abdul Kalam released


  • S M Khan Vice President Hamid Ansari on 4 January 2017 released a book titled The People's President: Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
  • The book was released at a function in New Delhi which was attended by Union Finance
    The book is written by SM Khan who is a senior IIS officer.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who released the book titled The People's President: Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on 4th of January 2017? 
- Vice President Hamid Ansari. 
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Amul's 'India 3.0' book launched


  • Covering topical grounds and popular incidents from the contemporary context, Indian dairy cooperative Amul launched the updated edition of 'Amul's India 3.0'.
    The book was unveiled by ;
    1. social commentator Santosh Desai,
    2. Amul's Managing Director R.S. Sodhi, and 3.journalists Indrajit Hazra,
    4.Rahul Da Cunha and
    5.Jai Arjun Singh.
  • They shared many insights and observations shared about the iconic 'Amul Girl'
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Indian dairy cooperative Amul launched which book recently? 
- 'Amul's India 3.0'.
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Shah Rukh Khan launches his biography in Mumbai


  • Actor Shah Rukh Khan launched his biography 'SRK- 25 Years of a Life' by Samar Khan at an event in Mumbai.
  • Shah Rukh Khan was speaking at an event to launch a biography on him by “Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye” director Samar Khan.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which Indian actor launched his biography 'SRK- 25 Years of a Life' by Samar Khan at an event in Mumbai?

 - Shah Rukh Khan.

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The Adivasi Will Not Dance: Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar


  • The book titled “The Adivasi Will Not Dance, penned by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar” has shortlisted for The Hindu Prize 2016.
  • It establishes Jharkhand’s Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar as one of our most important contemporary writers.
  • The characters of the book are set in the fecund, mineral-rich hinterland and the ever-expanding, squalid towns of Jharkhand.
  • The Adivasi Will Not Dance is a mature, passionate, intensely political book of stories, made up of the very stuff of life.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which book of the writer Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar has been shortlisted for The Hindu Prize 2016?

 - The Adivasi Will Not Dance.

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Former CIC Shailesh Gandhi authors e-book on RTI


  • Shailesh Gandhi (69-year), former Central Information Commissioner (CIC) has authored an e-book in order to lend a better interpretation of the Right To Information (RTI) legislation for common people.
  • The e-book (81-page) named ‘RTI Act- Authentic Interpretation of The Statute’.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Who wrote the book ‘RTI Act- Authentic Interpretation of The Statute’?

 - Shailesh Gandhi, former Central Information Commissioner.

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Naidu releases book titled ‘Modi’s Midas Touch in Foreign Policy’


  • Minister for Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu has released the book titled Modi’s Midas Touch in Foreign Policy.
  • The book is authored by Surendra Kumar.
  • The book draws round the progress and the indelible imprint on the conduct of India’s Foreign Policy by the Prime Minister Modi in the last two and a half years.
  • # It maps the different policy initiatives focusing on the vision of developing India into a strong economically developed nation.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

What is the name of the book released by Minister for Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu?

 - Modi’s Midas Touch in Foreign Policy.

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President, PM launch VP’s book titled “Citizen and Society”


  • President Pranab Mukherjee and PM Narendra Modi has launched Vice President Mohd Hamid Ansari’s book titled “Citizen and Society” at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
  • The book is a collection of lectures delivered by Hamid Ansari ranging from the role of women in a multicultural society to other dynamics of a democratic nation.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

What is the name of Vice President Mohd Hamid Ansari’s new book launched by President Pranab Mukherjee and PM Narendra Modi  ?

 - “Citizen and Society”

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book launched


The book based on the script of the play 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' launched today globally. This is JK Rowling’s eighth Harry Potter story written along with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.

Thorne scripted the two-part play based on the original story, which begins 19 years after 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows', which was published in 2007.

Quick Question for SSC/ Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

What is the name of JK Rowling's eigth Harry Potter novel which was published recently ?

- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable: AmitavGhosh


Noted writer AmitavGhosh’s latest book “The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable” is an extended essay of sorts on climate change.

The book addresses the challenges of representing the complexity of climate change in literature and the responsibility of writers to document the extreme reality humans are now facing.

Ghosh examines the inability at the level of literature, history and politics to grasp the scale and violence of climate change.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exam 2016-17:

Who is the author of the bok “The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable”?

- AmitavGhosh

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Courage & Commitment authored by Margaret Alva


A book titled Courage & Commitment: An Autobiography by Margaret Alva was in news in the second week of July 2016.

Via this book, Alva narrates her forty-year career under four Prime Ministers, namely Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, PV Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh. It also tells about her transition from politician to Governor.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exam 2016-17:

What is the name of autobiography of Margaret Alva?

- Courage & Commitment: An Autobiography by Margaret Alva

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A Life in Diplomacy authored by ‘MK Rasgotra’


The book titled "A Life in Diplomacy" has been released which is written by former Indian diplomat Maharaja krishna Rasgotra.

It is an insider's account of the personalities and policies that shaped Indian diplomacy.

The book provides a ringside view of the beginnings of ethnic violence in Sri Lanka, the last years of the Cold War, the negotiations on the formation of SAARC, Indira Gandhi's assassination and the Bhopal gas disaster.

Quick Question: Who is the author of "A life in Diplomacy"?

- MK Rasgotra

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The Unseen Indira Gandhi authored by Dr KP Mathur released


In May 2016 a new book 'The Unseen Indira Gandhi' authored by Dr KP Mathur was released. The Book was published by Konark Publishers. The foreword of the book was written by her granddaughter Priyanka Gandhi.

The book provides some interesting peeps into the responses of Mrs Gandhi’s to challenges both personal and political. It describes that Mrs Gandhi was very tense, a bit confused and not sure of herself in early years of her power. It covers several milestone moments in Indira’s life.

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Indian author Aditi Krishnakumar won 2016 Scholastic Asian Book Award


In fourth week of May 2016 Aditi Krishnakumar, an Indian woman author in Singapore, won the 'Scholastic Asian Book Award'. She was awarded for her 32000-word manuscript "Codex: The Lost Treasure of the Indus".

She won the 10000 Singapore dollar award for her manuscript that carried contemporary feel and roots deep into history of India. The manuscript will be published by Scholastic Asia.

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Book Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up authored by Rana Ayyub released


In May 2016 Book titled Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up authored by Rana Ayyub was released.

The book is an account of an eight-month long undercover investigation by journalist Rana Ayyub, who posed herself as Maithili Tyagi, a filmmaker from the American Film Institute Conservatory to investigate the Gujarat riots. She was in Gujarat in 2010, when she was working for Tehelka magazine.

The book narrates the story of fake encounters and the murder of state Home Minister Haren Pandya.

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A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve by Mother Teresa


On 25 May 2016 the book titled A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve was in news. The book is a collection of previously unreleased writings by Mother Teresa.

The material in the book offers, how we can show mercy and compassion in our day-to-day lives.

The book was compiled by the Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk, who has led the case for Mother Teresa’s sainthood.

The book is all set to be released in August 2016 weeks before the late Nobel Peace Prize winner is to be canonized.

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My Favourite Nature Stories authored by Ruskin Bond released


On 19 May 2016 the book titled 'My Favourite Nature Stories' authored by famous author Ruskin Bond, was released.

In the book, Bond details various encounters with the natural world. He offers detailed explanation why he has such an overwhelming love for nature.

The book was brought out by Rupa Publications to celebrate Ruskin Bond's 82nd birthday.

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Han Kang wins 2016 Booker Prize


On 16 May 2016, South Korean author, Han Kang, won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize (commonly known as the Booker Prize) for her novel 'The Vegetarian'.

About the novel 'The Vegetarian'

- The novel tells a story of a wife who decides to become a vegetarian. Her decision provokes cruelty from her husband and her father.

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