Current Affairs India - 27 March 2015

1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ambitious multi-purpose and multi-modal platform PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation) in New Delhi on 26th March with the aim of addressing common man's grievances and concerns. It will also help in simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important programmes and projects of the Government of India as well as projects flagged by state governments.


2. Kerala Tourism won the national Web Ratna Award for 2014 for -exemplary e-governance initiative through the Internet.- The Official website of Keral Tourism www.keralatourism.org won the Golden Icon award in the -outstanding content- category of the Web Ratna Awards. Tourism Secretary G Kamala Vardhana Rao received the award from Union Minister of Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi.


National Informatics Centre (NIC), under the ambit of India Portal (http://india.gov.in) organised the third edition of Web Ratna Awards. For Innovative Use of Technology, MKisan?Government of India Portal for Farmer Centric Services won the Platinum award. In the Citizen Centric Service Category Passport Seva Project won the Platinum award.


3. Senior Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer and famous novelist Vikas Swarup, author of novel -Q&A- on which Slumdog Millionaire movie was made, has been appointed as new spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.


4. Justice Ashok Bhushan was sworn in as Chief Justice of Kerala High Court on 26th March. He was administered the oath of office by Kerala Governor P Sathasivam. Before that, he was serving as acting chief justice of the high court since August last.


5. Indian American Author Akhil Sharma has been presented with the Folio Prize 2015 for his novel -Family Life- by Jean-Marc Rathe of the Folio Society at the awards ceremony held in London. The award carries a cheque of 40000 pound. His novel Family Life was one of the eight books shortlisted from 80 works of fiction.


The Folio Prize was instituted in 2014 which recognizes the best English-language fiction from around the world, published in the United Kingdom (UK) during a particular year.


6. Famous writer and columnist Zachariah has been selected for CV Kunhuraman Literary Prize 2015. The prize comprises a cash component of Rs 10,001 and a statuette designed by artist BD Dathan. With this, he joins earlier winners of the prize which include MT Vasudevan Nair, M Mukundan, C Radhakrishnan and T Padmanabhan.


7. Defending Champion India's World Cup dreams crashed as they were defeated by Australia by 95 runs on 26th March. Australia scored 328 runs in 50 overs. While chasing a mammoth target of 329 runs, Indian team was bowled out for 233 runs. After this win, Australia will play against New Zealand in the final match for the ICC World Cup 2015 title.