Current Affairs May 2017 - Books


News 1 - Aamir Khan launched Asha Parekh’s autobiography

Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan launched Asha Parekh's autobiography “Asha Parekh: The Hit Girl” in New Delhi. The autobiography was written by film critic-writer Khalid Mohamed.

The book has been published by Om Books International.

Asha Parekh was one of the top stars in Hindi films from 1959 to 1973. She was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1992.

She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for Kati Patang (1971) and Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (2002).

News 2 - Narendra Modi released 23 Volumes of Basavanna’s Vachana


On the occasion of Basavanna's birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released translated volumes of Vachana in 23 Indian languages, penned by 12th century social reformer Basavanna and various other saints.

Vachana is a prosaic form famously known in the Kannada literature. The 23 Vachana volumes are edited by literary scholar late M M Kalburgi and translated by even more than 200 people. Basavanna was a 12th-century philosopher and Kannada poet together with a social reformer.

News 3 - M. Venkaiah Naidu released book titled “Swachh Jungle ki kahani – Dadi ki Zubani”


Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Information & Broadcasting released a set of books titled ‘Swachh Jungle ki kahani – Dadi ki Zubani’ published by Publications Division. The books aimed at sensitizing and creating awareness amongst children would provide a fillip to the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

The set of four books written in a storytelling format by renowned children’s author Dr. Madhu Pant would conveyed the message in an interesting manner through the clean Jungle tales. The series of books had been published in 15 Indian languages.

News 4 - National Book Trust to host book fairs in Panchayat

National Book Trust

National Book Trust has planned to conduct book fairs at the panchayat level to inhibit the reading habit in villagers under scheme called as ‘Panchayat Pustak Mela’. Under this scheme, regular book fairs will be conducted in rural areas.

The National Book Trust (NBT) is an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Books will be displayed related to lives of freedom fighters, children's books etc. The NBT will also ask State governments to arrange libraries at the panchayat level.

News 5 - The WCD Ministry released a Manual titled “Living conditions in Institutions for Children in conflict with Law”

WCD Ministry

Women and Child Development Ministry has developed a manual on “Living conditions in Institutions for Children in conflict with Law”.

Manual provides guidelines to the States and union territories and other stakeholders which will help them to establish institutions for Juveniles and providing appropriate institutional and rehabilitative services to them.

The Manual has been drafted within the purview of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 and Juvenile Justice Model Rules, 2016.

News 6 - President received first copy of “Metaphysics, Morals and Politics”

Pranab Mukherjee

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of book ‘Metaphysics, Morals and Politics’ from Prof. Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay.

Prof. Amal Mukhopadhyay was a research scholar at the London School of Economics. Prof. Mukhopadhyay was awarded Ph.D. degree by London University.

His thesis was published in a book titled ‘The Ethics of Obedience’. Now, the book has come with a new title ‘Metaphysics, Morals and Politics’. Prof. Mukhopadhyay was applauded for establishing the extreme relevance of Green’s ideas in the modern world.

News 7 - Prime Minister Released 2 Part Book Series written by MS Swaminathan


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, released a two-part book series on the eminent agricultural scientist Dr. M.S. Swaminathan. The series is titled - M.S. Swaminathan: The Quest for a world without hunger.

Dr. M S Swaminathan is known as the Father of the Green Revolution in India for his leadership and success in introducing and further developing high-yielding varieties of wheat in India. In 1987, he was the first recipient of the World Food Prize, considered equal to a Nobel in the field of agriculture.

News 8 - Union Home Minister released the book ‘India 2017 Yearbook’

India 2017 Yearbook

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh released the book ‘India 2017 Yearbook’ authored by the Union Home Secretary, Shri Rajiv Mehrishi.

The book was published by the Mc Graw Hill Education India. The book was written in a very professional manner and have important persons on the panel of contributors.

India 2017 YEARBOOK is published annually and provides information on current affairs of the Indian Union, including facts on Indian policy, political systems, the Indian Constitution and states, international relations and recent issues like the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and demonetization.

News 9 - Reader titled “Raising Happy Children and Providing Safe Childhoods” released

Raising Happy Children

The Ministry of Women and Child Development developed a reader titled “Raising Happy Children and Providing Safe Childhoods”.

It provides advisory guidelines to parents, teachers and community to protect children from being involved in delinquent behavior through early detection, counselling and positive engagement.

It draws upon basic principles laid down in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015 which provides a strong formal framework for dealing with children in conflict with the law throughout the criminal justice process.

News 10 - Abhirup Bhattacharya released book on Virat Kohli's triump

Abhirup Bhattacharya

"Winning like Virat: Think & Succeed like Kohli" is the new book released by author Abhirup Bhattacharya, revealing secrets of success of cricketer Virat Kohli.

The book unveils Virat's personal life as a family man and love for his family. Author has also included detailed study of his fitness regime of batsman Virat Kohli.

The book is published by Rupa publications. Book defines cricketer’s art of nurturing relationships both inside and outside the game.

News 11 - Kiren Rijiju launched world's first philosophical novel on God

Kiren Rijiju

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju launched world's first philosophical novel on God named as "Confessions of a Dying Mind", penned by IAS officer Haulianlal Guite. He is the first Indian civil servant to write on philosophy. Book reveals the nature of science, religion, evidence etc. It makes use of the latest surveys and research of modern science and the most solid theories in philosophy.

"Confessions of the dying mind" is a story about journalist, Albert Dyers, who undergoes a life transformation near-death experience.