India presents 10 translated books of modern Indian literature to SCO

KJM Varma

Beijing

India on Tuesday presented English, Russian and Chinese translations of 10 classic works of modern literature written by prominent Indian authors in different languages to the headquarters of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri presented the books to SCO Secretary General Vladimir Norov at the SCO secretariat here.

The SCO is an eight-member economic and security bloc consisting of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.

Tuesday's presentation was a follow-up to the announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the SCO Council of Heads of State Summit in Bishkek in 2019 that 10 great works of Indian literature will be translated into Russian and Chinese, which are the official languages of the SCO.

Accordingly, the Sahitya Akademi had commissioned the translation project and completed it by the end of last year.

9 of 11 US Spelling Bee finalists Indian-Americans

Washington

9 of the 11 finalists for this year’s US Spelling Bee contest are Indian-Americans, reflecting the dominance young kids from the small ethnic commu­ni­ty have had on this prestigi­ous and high-pressure endura­nce test for over a decade now.

The 11 spellers, of whom 9 are Indian-Americans, will compete for the champion title during the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals on July 8, a statement said on Monday. During the in-person finals, the Bee will have the option of activating a spell-off if needed.

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