Current Affairs India - 18 February 2013

1. Journalist-author Jerry Pinto has bagged The Hindu Literary Prize 2012 for his novel Em and the Big Hoom. The book, published by Aleph Book Co, is Mr. Pinto-s first work of fiction and is set in Mahim, Mumbai.  Other shortlisted authors for the prize were the Man-Booker-Prize-shortlisted author Jeet Thayil for Narcopolis, Kiran Nagarkar for The Extras, Anjum Hasan for Difficult Pleasures and Easterine Kire for Bitter Wormwood.

2. Famous social worker Ela Ramesh Bhatt was conferred the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2011 by President Pranab Mukherjee today. The Prize has been awarded to Bhatt for her lifetime achievements in comprehensively empowering women in India and elsewhere through grassroots entrepreneurship and Self-Employed Women's Association she founded. The Prize carries a citation and a cash award of Rs. 25 lakh.

3. World champion Viswanathan Anand won his first title of the year when he scored a victory over German Arkadij Naiditsch to lift the Grenke Chess Classic trophy today.  The much-needed tournament victory for Anand came after a long time and it will be a perfect confidence booster just before the the World Championship match which will start later this year.

4. Telecom Service Provider Uninor has closed down its mobile networks in Kolkata and West Bengal as well as in Mumbai from Saturday midnight following the recent Supreme Court order that directed all operators, which did not win spectrum in the previous auctions, to close down services immediately.