15 April 2014 Current Affairs

Supreme Court Recognizes Transgenders As ‘ Third Gender ‘

The Supreme Court of India, in a landmark judgment on 15th April 2014, created the “third gender” status for transgenders. A bench of Supreme Court comprising Justice KS Radhakrishnan and AK Sikri in its decision had directed the center and state governments to take essential steps for bringing the community into the mainstream by providing adequate healthcare, education and employment.

India Born Poet Vijay Seshadri Won 2014 Pulitzer Prize

India-born poet Vijay Seshadri has won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his collection of poems entitled 3 Sections published in 2013. The 98th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Drama, Letters and Music was announced by Columbia University in New York. As a reward, Vijay would receive 10000 US dollar.

Arvind Mayaram Appointed As new Finance Secretary

Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram has been appointed as theĀ  new Finance Secretary on 15 April. Mayaram is a 1978 batch Rajasthan cadre IAS officer and has been holding charge as the Economic Affairs Secretary since 2012. The post of Finance Secretary was lying vacant after Sumit Bose retired on 31 March 2014.


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