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‘’Paper 3-GS-II, Topic: Recognition relating to health & Poverty sector – Kolkata doctor gets Asian Award

Jack Preger has been helping city’s poor for 38 years

   Brief:

  • Dr Jack Preger, the city of joy’s ‘Pavement Doctor’, has become the first living westerner to be honored at the Asian Awards.
  • Dr Jack Preger MBE was named ‘Philanthropist of the Year’ at a star-studded Asian Awards ceremony in London on Friday. The award was in recognition of his extraordinary service in helping the poorest of the poor in Kolkata for past 38 years.
  • It was the first time that a living person, not of Asian origin, was honoured with the award. NGO named ‘Calcutta Rescue’ was founded by Dr. Preger.

   Rare Honour:

  • It is the first time that a living person, not of Asian origin, has been honoured at the awards, though Mother Teresa had received a posthumous award last year.
  • The charity Calcutta Rescue had been founded by him and helped more than half a million people over the past 38 years.
  • This award will be of great help in this country for our support groups raising funds. It’s a great help in Kolkata.
  • The 86-year-old doctor lives in Kolkata helping run his charity which provides free health care and education to tens of thousands of people living on the streets of the city.

   Source: The Asian Age

 

‘’Paper 2-GS-I, Topic: Role of Women – Leila Seth, first woman judge of Delhi High Court, dies

Pioneering legal mind and mother of writer Vikram Seth

 

   What you need to know:

  • Leila Seth, the first woman judge of the Delhi High Court and a member of the Justice J. S. Verma committee set up to take a re-look into rape laws in India after the December 16, 2012 gang rape in Delhi, died of cardiac arrest.
  • A family member said there would be no cremation. As per her will, Justice Leila Seth’s body would be donated to the Army Research and Referral Hospital here for the advancement of medical sciences and research.
  • Justice Leila Seth was considered a pioneering legal mind who was appointed the first woman judge of the Delhi HC in 1978. Leila Seth is the mother of novelist Vikram Seth, Shantum, a Buddhist teacher and Aradhana, an artist and filmmaker.
  • In her life time, Justice Seth broke many a glass ceiling becoming the first woman to top the London Bar exam, the first female judge of the Delhi High Court, and also the first woman chief justice of a state high court (Himachal Pradesh).
  • She headed and chaired numerous judicial and humanitarian institutions. She was a member of the 15th Law Commission of India from 1997 to 2000. She was also the Chair of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative for several years.

   Source: Hindu

 

‘’Paper 2-GS-I, Topic: Indian/World History – 85-year-old dies on Everest during world record bid

Min Bahadur Sherchan wanted to get back his title of oldest climber

 

   What you need to know & its importance:

  • An 85-year-old ex-Gurkha who was attempting to reclaim his title as the world’s oldest person to summit Mount Everest died at the base camp on 7th May, 2017
  • Min Bahadur Sherchan was on a bid to reclaim a title that he lost to Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura in 2013. “He passed away at the base camp today [Saturday] at 5:14pm.
  • The former soldier became the world’s oldest climber to summit Everest in 2008 when he was 76, but he lost the record five years later when Miura summited the 8,848-metre peak at the age of 80.
  • Speaking to AFP this year before returning to Everest, the slightly hard-of-hearing climber said he just wanted to prove to himself that he could still make it to the top of the world. “My aim is not to break anybody’s record; this is not a personal competition between individuals. I wish to break my own record,” Sherchan had said.
  • Sherchan’s death is the second fatality of the spring climbing season on Everest, which runs from late April to the end of May. Experienced Swiss climber Ueli Steck died last month when he fell from a steep ridge.

   Source: Hindu