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Nobel committee Fails to get Response from American Icon Bob Dylan for Confirmation of Nobel Prize in Literature

On October 13, Dylan was announced the winner of the prize but he did not speak a word about the award

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Stockholm, October 19, 2016: Nearly a week after Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, the prize committee has given up trying to reach the American icon for confirmation, media reported.

“We have stopped trying — we said everything we needed to his manager and friend … but we haven’t heard anything back,” the administrative director of the Swedish Academy Odd Zschiedrich told CNN on Tuesday.

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“We will have the ceremony as usual, he will have the prize even if he is not there…now we are just waiting for information,” he added.

“Right now we are doing nothing. I have called and sent e-mails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies,” said Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

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On October 13, the very day that Dylan was announced the winner of the prize for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”, he gave a concert in Las Vegas but did not speak a word about the award.

When Dylan performed on the next day in the US city of Coachella, once again he failed to mention the prize, although another band on the same stage congratulated Dylan on winning the award and spoke highly of his achievements.

Dylan’s silence about the Nobel Prize puts a question mark on his appearance at the award ceremony in Sweden scheduled in December.

However, Danius said she is not worried. “If he doesn’t want to come, he won’t come. It will be a big party in any case and the honour belongs to him.”

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But “I think he will show up,” Danius added.

Bob Dylan was born on May 24, 1941 in Minnesota, US.

On May 29, 2012, at the White House in Washington D.C., US President Barack Obama, who called himself a fan, presented Dylan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is one of the nation’s highest civilian honours.(IANS)

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Criticising the US President Donald Trump for his protectionists policies, Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman on Saturday accused President Trump of not taking his jobs seriously. Following the protectisists measures taken by the US President, there could be “risks of disruptive trade war”, he said.

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“He does not take the job seriously. He doesn’t say to himself that I am the most important official in the world; I have better do my homework for understanding the issue. ..He just goes that these are my gut feeling and hires people who make him feel good…that is a frightening prospect,” Krugman said responding to a query on his perception on Trump. On the economic issues President Trump’s gut feelings are “protectionist” and his views of America were “50 years out of date”.

“He wants America a heavy industrial country in the way it was when he was a young man. That is not just going to happen but he attempts to make it happen, which is extremely disruptive to America and to the global as a whole,” Nobel Laureate said. Krugman said he was until recently optimistic that Trump’s protectionist policies would not see the light of the day.

“Until about two weeks ago, I was quite optimistic that it would not happen. The reason was not because the President would get good economic advice but because the US businesses are invested in a globalised economy. All the investments the businesses have made is based upon the assumptions that the open trading system would continue. There is an enormous amount of fiscal capital and a large number of jobs are dependent on these value chains,” he said at the News18 Rising India Summit here.

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Krugman further said: “I had assumed the influence of these business communities would be sufficient… that it would not happen. I am less optimistic now…we have seen reasonably sensible Economic Council Head was fired, completely irrational tariff (was) imposed on steel and aluminium.”

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According to him, immediate issue is going to be confrontation not with China, but with Europe as the “steel tariffs” will hit Europe. He said there are possible risks of “disruptive global trade war”.

Speaking on Chinese economy he said, “China is a financial crisis waiting to happen. China is a widely unbalanced economy…the country is sustaining itself with a credit bubble that is waiting to burst…There is a significant risk of Chinese bubble burst.”