NOBEL LAUREATE

  • West Bengal Urban Development department to launch website on Tagore August 4, 2014

    Kolkata: The West Bengal Urban Development department is ready to come up with a website on the biography on Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, a senior official in the government said on Monday. "We've plans to launch a digital biography of Rabindranath Tagore and an agency has already been entrusted to set...
  • On Dorothy Hodgkin's 104th birthday Google doodles the structure of penicillin May 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Google has posted a doodle displaying the chemical structure of penicillin on its home page to commemorate the 104th birth anniversary of Dorothy Hodgkin. English chemist Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (nee Dorothy Mary Crowfoot) won the 1964 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for determining the structure of penicillin and vitamin B12. Dorothy...
  • Fans pay tribute to Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez in Mexico City April 22, 2014

    Fans and family paid their last respects to much-loved Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Monday, leaving flowers and playing music in a colorful remembrance of the Nobel laureate and giant of Latin American literature. Hundreds thronged outside Mexico City's Palace of Fine Arts, a domed jewel of early 20th century...
  • Curtains down at the Jaipur Literature Festival January 21, 2014

    The seventh edition of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival concluded in Jaipur on Tuesday on a rainy day with organisers vowing to maintain the event as a platform to celebrate the freedom of speech and expression. "We have always advocated this festival to be a platform supporting freedom of expression for...
  • China's jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo seeks retrial November 22, 2013

    Beijing: Five years into his 11year prison term, Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo plans to challenge his subversion conviction on grounds that he was legally exercising his right to free speech, his lawyer said Tuesday. The complaint seeking a retrial would likely have slim chances for success. But lawyer Mo...
  • Wall on India's Nobel laureates set up at Metro station November 10, 2013

    DMRC in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy has set up a Nobel Memorial Wall at the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station in New Delhi to spread awareness about Nobel laureates of India with special focus on Rabindranath Tagore. An exhibition on the country's Nobel laureates and their work will be on display...
  • Alice Munro: Marathons in Sprint October 22, 2013

    In Boys and Girls, Alice Munro accomplishes the perfect storyteller's featinstilling in the reader feelings of delight, shock, surprise, suspense, and dejection, all over the course of a single short story. The narrator is a young girl whose father raises foxes in a pen for selling their fur to traders...
  • Vargas Llosa says latest novel his 'most optimistic' October 1, 2013

    Segovia: Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa says his latest novel, 'El heroe discreto' (The Discreet Hero), reflects on the growth and consolidation of democracy in Peru, making the work his "most optimistic" so far. The Peruvian writer, who also holds a Spanish citizenship, discussed his latest work during an appearance on...
  • Irish poet Nobel winner Seamus Heaney dies at 74 August 30, 2013

    Dublin: Seamus Heaney, Ireland's foremost poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, died on Friday after a half-century exploring the wild beauty of Ireland and the political torment within the nation's soul. He was 74. Heaney's family and publisher, Faber & Faber, said in a statement that Heaney...
  • Pablo Neruda's bone remains to be analyzed in US April 13, 2013

    Santiago: Bone remains of Chilean Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda will be analyzed in the United States as investigators seek to resolve a fourdecade mystery about his death. Neruda's body was exhumed this week in an effort to discover if he died from prostate cancer or if he was poisoned by agents...
  • South Africa: Nelson Mandela released from hospital December 27, 2012

    Johannesburg: Former South African President Nelson Mandela was released on December 26 from hospital after being treated for a lung infection and having gallstones removed, a government spokesman said. The 94yearold antiapartheid icon will continue to receive medical care at home. Mandela had been in the hospital since December 8....
  • Random House reissues Nobel laureate Mo Yan's book October 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Following the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2012 to Mo Yan, Publishing house, Random House India announced it will be reissuing his acclaimed novel Red Shorgum in November. Spanning three generations, the novel is about family and myth whose stories are told through a series of flashbacks...
  • Nobel laureate Mo Yan's books sold out October 12, 2012

    Beijing: Less than half an hour after Chinese writer Mo Yan was announced the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, his books were sold out in China. A person who was lucky enough to get his book, posted online: "Rushed to purchase, but to my shame, I have not read...
  • Dalai Lama speaks of Chinese plot to kill him May 13, 2012

    London: Chinese agents have trained Tibetan women to poison the Dalai Lama while posing as a devotee, the Tibetan spiritual leader has said. The Nobel Laureate told Sunday Telegraph that he had received reports from inside Tibet warning about some Chinese agents training Tibetan women for a mission to poison him. "We...
  • War must only be last resort: Nobel laureates April 24, 2012

    Chicago: Poverty, a lack of education and arms proliferation present daunting obstacles, yet peace can be achieved if world leaders are more willing to talk and young people are encouraged to get involved, Nobel Peace Prize winners said on Monday at their annual meeting. Former US President Jimmy Carter and expresidents...
  • 'Education system driving young to be mundane' January 29, 2012

    Davos: Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus on Sunday blamed the education system for driving the young to be very mundane and detracting them from pursuing social objectives. Speaking at the World Economic Forum, he said that money is now the king, becoming an "intoxication in the system". "We don't have in our...
  • US: Tagore's 83yearold notebook to be auctioned November 18, 2011

    New York: A notebook belonging to legendary Indian poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, containing poems and drafts of his work, will go under the hammer in New York at a Sotheby's auction next month. The previously unknown manuscript notebook dates back to 1928 and contains 12 poems and lyrics for...
  • Nobel laureate Maathai's death mourned September 26, 2011

    Nairobi: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Monday mourned the death of Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai, who died of cancer here Sunday night. Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, becoming the first environmentalist and the first African woman to receive the honour. The 71yearold activist was founder of Kenya's...
  • Bangladesh clears Yunus bank of misconduct April 25, 2011

    Dhaka: A Bangladesh government probe cleared microlender Grameen Bank of financial irregularities, the finance minister said on Monday, but the finding will not change the decision to fire Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus. Yunus, 70, was dismissed by a central bank order upheld by the High Court and Supreme Court ...
  • B'desh court rejects Yunus plea against removal April 5, 2011

    Dhaka: Bangladesh's highest court rejected on Tuesday an appeal by Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus against his dismissal as managing director of Grameen Bank, the microlender he founded, lawyers said. Associates say Yunus's removal is prompted by government vendetta after he briefly considered a political career to challenge Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Yunus,...
  • Court upholds Yunus' ouster from Grameen Bank March 8, 2011

    Dhaka: In a major setback to Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladesh High Court on Tuesday upheld his dismissal from the Grameen Bank he founded nearly three decades ago. The petitions by 70yearold Yunus challenging legality of a Central Bank order removing him as Managing Director of the Grameen Bank "are...
  • B'desh HC to deliver verdict on Yunus today March 7, 2011

    Dhaka: Bangladesh High Court is expected to deliver its verdict on Monday on a petition by Nobel laureate and microfinancier Muhammad Yunus challenging the legality of a central bank order removing him as the chief of the Grameen Bank. "We would make our submission when the court would reconvene," Bangladesh Attorney...
  • Grameen Bank: Yunus drags Bangla govt to court March 3, 2011

    Dhaka: A day after he was sacked as the chief of the Bangladesh's Grameen Bank, Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus on Thursday took his battle to the court to overturn the government's decision to remove him from the institution he founded. Yunus petitioned the High Court challenging his sacking after the Bangladeshi...
  • Nobel laureate Yunus ousted from Grameen Bank March 2, 2011

    Dhaka: Nobel laureate Mohammed Younus, a celebrated pioneer of microfinance was on Wednesday forced out from the Grameen Bank, he founded nearly three decades ago, amid a growing spat with the Bangladesh government, officials said. Yunus was relieved of his duties as Managing Director of the Grameen Bank, a central bank...
  • 'NonEnglish authors don't get better representation' January 24, 2011

    Jaipur: Agitated by the categorisation often assigned to nonWestern writers by the Western world, Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk feels nonEnglish authors do not get better representation globally. The author, who did not seem to be in the best of humour during a discussion at the Jaipur Literature Festival, said that even...
  • Pamuk says being rhetorical is not his type January 21, 2011

    Jaipur: His characteristic literary style was born out of a quest to rediscover the roots of a diminishing Ottoman Islamic tradition in a westernising Turkey, but Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk believes one does not have to be rhetorical in wanting to preserve the historical culture of his birthplace. "What is my...
  • Tagore's compositions in 450yearold chapel January 19, 2011

    Panaji: Temple bells and compositions by India's legendary creative genius Rabindranath Tagore will echo within the walls of a beautifully restored 450yearold chapel a Christian place of worship in Goa next month. The Monte Hill Music Festival, organised annually by the Goabased Portuguese cultural institute Fundacao Oriente and...
  • Canada invites its honorary citizen Suu Kyi December 28, 2010

    Toronto: Prime Minister Stephen Harper has invited Myanmar's prodemocracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Canada. The Nobel peace laureate, who was freed from house arrest by the military junta on November 13, is an honorary Canadian citizen along with other famous leaders such as Nelson Mandela, the Aga Khan...
  • PM's integrity is irreproachable: Amartya Sen December 26, 2010

    Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to Devil's advocate. At the end of the year that seems to be one of the most troubled in recent times, we look back at 2010 with the Nobel Laureate, economist and philosopher Amartya Sen. Professor Sen, you've come to India at a time when country...
  • Devil's Advocate: Amartya Sen on scams of 2010 December 26, 2010

    Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen said that not the Prime Minister individually, but the political system is to be blamed for corruption. ...