Current Affairs Global - 22 October 2013

1. Nokia has unveiled its first phablets - extra-large phones - as well as its first tablet computer after it is being acquired by Microsoft recently. The new products, showcased at an event in Abu Dhabi, will help the company make its presence felt in the two booming markets. Nokia Lumia 2520 is a Windows RT-based tablet with a 10-inch 1080p HD display with Gorilla Glass 2 protection. Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 are its first phablets, with screens measuring 6-inch. Both devices run on Microsoft Windows Phone 8 operating system with the recently unveiled GDR3 update.


2. The US economy added 148,000 new jobs in September, as per the official figure released by the Labor Department. The unemployment rate dropped to 7.2% in September compared to 7.3% in August. The release of the figures was delayed by the partial shutdown of the US government earlier this month. Lower unemployment rate confirms strong economic recovery and improvement in job market.


3. The longlist for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was announced today at the Goethe-Institue, Max Mueller Bhavan by editor, columnist and jury chair Antara Dev Sen. Fifteen books, which made it to the longlist from a selection of 65 entries, will compete for the USD 50,000 prize. The shortlist will be announced on 20 November in London and the winner at the Jaipur Literature Festival in January.