Indian author & poet Meena Kandasamy won German PEN award

Indian author and poet Meena Kandasamy has been announced as this year’s recipient of the Hermann Kesten Prize by the PEN Centre in Germany’s Darmstadt. The Hermann Kesten Prize honours personalities who, in the spirit of the charter of the PEN association, stand up for the rights of persecuted authors and journalists. The PEN Center, Germany, will present the award to the Indian author at a ceremony in Darmstadt on November 15 this year. The winner will receive an amount of €20,000 ($19,996) as prize money.

India’s first plant-based meat shipped to US

Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has announced that Greenest, which is a leading plant protein food brand, has shipped India’s first plant-based meat export consignment to the USA from Gujarat in India. The plant-based consignment is 5000 kg and consists of mini samosas, hot and spicy strips, momos, spring rolls, nuggets, grilled patty, and other vegan products.

India is third largest market for Lladro

The Indian market has surpassed Spain to emerge as the third largest market for iconic Spanish porcelain brand Lladro after Japan and the US as a comeback in gross sales in 2022. In 2021, the Indian market grew by 33 percent and in 2022 India has set a target to grow between 35 to 37 percent. Year to date compared to last year India is growing at the rate of 15 percent. The Global Sales Director of Lladro SA, Fernando Gallego Cruz praised the growing and promising Indian market and wishes to invest in the Indian market in the future. As a part of the development of the Indian market, The Valencia, Spain-based firm plans to open three new ships in India within the subsequent 18-24 months.

India’s first successful full-arm transplant performed in Kerala hospital

India’s first full arm transplant was performed at the Kerala-based Amrita Hospital. 20 surgeons, 10 anesthetists, and 5 practice sessions were performed which took 18 hours of surgery. It is the third of its type in the world, such a transplant was only performed previously in Mexico and France.

Uttar Pradesh Legislature reserves a women-only day

Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly is all set to have a day reserved for women legislators to speak and raise women-centric issues in the House. The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath wrote a letter to all women legislatures and told them about initiatives taken by Government under Mission Shakti Scheme which is a historic moment. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath also informed that the session at the country’s largest legislature would set an example.

Chinese Scientists create world’s first cloned wild Arctic wolf ‘Maya’

A wild Arctic wolf was successfully cloned for the first time in the world by a Beijing-based gene firm. The cloning of the Arctic wolf, also known as the white wolf or polar wolf, which is native to the High Arctic tundra of Canada’s Queen Elizabeth Islands, is considered a milestone achievement in conserving rare and endangered species through cloning technology. According to the company, the wolf named “Maya” is in good health. The donor cell of the wolf came from the skin sample of a wild female Arctic wolf and its oocyte was taken from a female dog.

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