Current Affairs of 17 January 2016

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1. Anuradha Roy wins 2016 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
1. Indian writer Anuradha Roy has won the on the prestigious . $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for her novel ‘Sleeping on Jupiter’. She was awarded with prize and a unique trophy by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo.
2. Her novel Sleeping on Jupiter deals with the subject of violence . against women with story revolving around girl named Nomi and is set in Jarmuli, a city of temples. She was selected among the 6 shortlisted authors for this edition (sixth) of prize by jury headed by Mark Tully.

2. Tsai Ing-wen elected as first female President of Taiwan
1. Pro-Independence Opposition candidate of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen (59) has been elected as first female and 14th President of Taiwan. Ms Tsai’s victory is the biggest mandate ever won by a DPP president and is only the second-ever victory for the DPP since Taiwan split with China in 1949.
2.  The first was Chen Shui-bian who also was pro-independence (from China) advocate. During his time as President between 2000 and 2008 tensions had escalated with China.

3. US, EU lift economic sanctions against Iran, releases $100 billion of assets
1. The US and the EU today lifted biting oil and financial sanctions against Iran and released about $100 billion of its assets after UN inspectors concluded that Tehran has complied with a historic deal with world powers to curb its nuclear ambitions.
2. The landmark deal between Iran and world powers — the US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany — was agreed last July.
3. Iran has always maintained its nuclear programme is peaceful, but opponents of the deal — such as some US Republicans — say it does not do enough to ensure the country cannot develop a nuclear bomb.
4. Lifting of sanctions will unfreeze nearly $100 billion of assets, allow Iran’s oil to be sold internationally and reconnect Iranian banks to the global system.

4. India to switch to bivalent oral polio vaccine
1. With India remaining polio-free for five years now, the government on Saturday said that it plans to switch to bivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV) from its present trivalent version in “some months” even as President Pranab Mukherjee launched the countrywide Pulse Polio programme for 2016 on the eve of National Immunisation Day.
2. Trivalent OPV contains live and weakened versions for all the three types (1, 2 and 3) of wild polio while the bivalent vaccine will contain type 1 and 3.
3. India has already introduced injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunisation programme along with oral polio vaccine (OPV) from November 2015.
4. In the first phase, IPV has been introduced in Assam, Gujarat, Punjab, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh.