Saturday, October 16, 2010

Llosa and Xiaobo win the Nobel

Mario Vargas Llosa and Liu Xiaobo, 2010 Nobel Prize Winners for Literature and Peace respectively, are both PEN members.

Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa won the 2010 Nobel Prize for literature as the academy honored one of the Spanish-speaking world's most acclaimed authors and an activist who once ran for Peru's presidency and famously denounced leftist writers and dictators.

We are absolutely delighted that Liu Xiaobo, our Chinese PEN colleague , a literary critic, writer, and political activist who is serving an 11-year sentence in a Chinese prison, is the recipient of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.
You can read more at Albert Ashok's PEN West Bengal site.
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Moving with the times

From a non-descript village in the coastal area of the State a group of youths who passed Intermediate prepare reports for doctors across the world. Sitting in the calm environs of the village they are revolutionising the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry where the big guns are talking about starting operations in tier-I and tier-II cities to cut costs.
 
The rural BPO set up by an enterprising entrepreneur Ramakrishna Tummala in Kavur village of Guntur district with a workforce of just 30 people (now many more in strength – all drawn from the village and nearby -- has not only slashed the costs by nearly 60 per cent but has also fulfilled his ambition of serving his birthplace.

Read the article in The Hindu here.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Screening of The Cove halted

From P.E.N., Japan
We are seeing the gradual spread of circumstances that are very regrettable from the standpoint of freedom of speech and expression. Some theaters are moving to exercise self-censorship by not showing The Cove, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. From the time of its completion, there have been arguments for and against the content of this film. In preparation for distribution in Japan, the Japanese distributor worked to resolve legal issues that had been pointed out, and then the company announced plans to show the film nationwide.

However, after protests by certain groups, some movie theaters have already decided to cancel planned showings so our members and the public are being robbed of the opportunity to actually see and think about this film. Furthermore, the situation has deteriorated to the extent that showings have even been cancelled by universities, which are supposed to intrinsically be bastions of free expression.

Just about two years ago, movie showings and lectures were being cancelled because of protests similar to those we are seeing today. At that time, the Japan P.E.N. Club responded by issuing a statement and also holding film showings. Read More by Clicking Here.
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