Current Affairs International - 7 October 2015

1. Swedish Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and Turkish-born Aziz Sancar have been chosen for the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discoveries in DNA repair, as per announcement made by the Nobel Committee. Their work uncovered the mechanisms used by cells to repair damaged DNA - a fundamental process in living cells.


Prof Lindahl has worked in the UK, Paul Modrich is professor of Biochemistry at Duke University in North Carolina and Turkish-born biochemist Aziz Sancar is professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, US.


2. Raif Badawi, the blogger from Saudi Arabia, was named the 2015 International Writer of Courage and the joint winner of the PEN Pinter Prize today along with British poet and literary critic James Fenton. He was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for his liberal writings.


Fenton officially accepted the 2015 PEN Pinter Prize While, due to Badawi's imprisonment, his award was accepted by Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia and campaigner for Raif Badawi.


3. Russian Chess player Sergey Karjakin won 2015 World Cup Chess Championship held at Baku, Azerbaijan. He defeated Peter Svidler (Russia) by 6-4 score in the final match. He also holds the record for being world-s youngest Chess Grandmaster at the age young of 12 years and 7 months.