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  • DPIIT invites applications for National Startup Awards

    29 days ago
    The DPIIT - Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade is launching the second edition of the 2021 NSA - National Entrepreneurship Award. The award aims to recognize and reward outstanding start-ups and ecosystem promoters.  Highlights: ♦ The award aims to recognize and reward outstanding start-ups and ecosystem promoters, these companies are building innovative products or solutions and scalable companies, these companies have great potential to create jobs or wealth, showing that they can Measure social impact. Not only must the economic interests of investors be considered, but also the contribution to social welfare. ♦ It also aims to recognize innovations focused on the localization of key products essential to Atma Nirbhar Bharat. ♦ The Startup Award will be divided into 15 categories in 49 areas. ♦ These 15 industries are agriculture, animal husbandry, drinking water, education and skill development, energy, enterprise systems, environment, financial technology, food processing, health and wellness, industry 4.0, safety, space, transportation and travel. ♦ In addition, six special awards were awarded to start-ups in educational institutions, which have had an impact on rural areas, women entrepreneurs, the potential of imported alternative products, innovation to combat COVID-19, and the delivery of Hindi content. ♦ It will also reward outstanding incubators and accelerators as a key component of a strong startup ecosystem. ♦ Winning start-ups in each region will each receive a cash prize of INR 500,000. The winner and two runner-ups will also have the opportunity to introduce their solutions to relevant public authorities and companies for potential pilot projects and work orders. ♦ They will also be given priority to participate in various domestic and international entrepreneurial activities. ♦ An award-winning incubator and an award-winning accelerator will each receive a cash prize of Rs 1.5 million.

    Modi Won Legion of Merit Award from the US

    29 days ago
    PM Modi won the American Legion of Excellence Award. Mr. Modi was awarded the award for his leadership in enhancing the strategic partnership between the two countries and the rise of India as a global power.  Highlights: ♦ The Prime Minister was awarded the Legion Medal, the highest honor, only to the head of state or head of government. ♦ The award was also awarded to the prime ministers of Australia and Japan. ♦ The Legion of Merit (LOM) is a military award awarded by the U.S. Armed Forces for outstanding service and achievement. ♦ The decorations were issued to eight American soldiers in uniforms and military and political figures from foreign governments. ♦ In addition to Mr. Modi, other Indians who received this award include: -    Marshall Cariappa Mustang (1950)-Chief Commander Degree -    General Satyawant Maulana Srinagesh (1955) – degree in the commander-in-chief -    General Rajendra Singh Jadeja (1946)-Commander's Degree -    Admiral Jal Cursetji (1978)-Commander Degree -    General Bikram Singh (2013)-Commander Degree -    General Dalbir Singh Suhag (2018)-Commander Degree

    Minister awarded Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Telecom Skill Excellence Awards

    31 days ago
    The Union Communications Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad and MOS for Communications and Electronics & IT, Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre awarded the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Telecom Skills Excellence Awards. The award was established by the Ministry of Telecommunications in 2017 to stimulate the telecom skills ecosystem. Highlights: ♦ Sreenivas Karanam of Bangalore won first place for its contribution to the development of a cost-effective customized technology solution under the "C Mobile" brand, which is used for deep-sea communications operating off the coast of Kerala, promoting Communication between fishermen and weather warnings, etc. ♦ This service enables fishermen to make one-to-one voice calls, group calls, SMS, location services and emergency services when they are outside the GSM coverage area. The service can run from Thiruvanathapuram to Kerakat, along the coast of Kerala for nearly 500 kilometers, and install equipment on nearly 900 motorboats. ♦ Subrat Kar, New Delhi, was selected as the second for his innovative solutions in developing and deploying large-scale sensor networks and equipment to avoid collisions between trains and animals. Wildlife protection. ♦ The system in the trial phase was installed in Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand to prevent elephants from colliding with train elephants. Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Telecom Skill Excellence Awards: Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Telecom Skills Excellence Award was established by the Ministry of Telecommunications in 2017 to stimulate the telecom skills ecosystem. Reward successful telecommunications technicians who have made outstanding contributions in the fields of telecom skills, telecom services, telecom manufacturing, and telecom applications for the deployment of sectoral solutions that rely on telecommunications in various fields such as agriculture, commerce, health, and education. The award is named after Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay to commemorate the centenary of his birth.

    Seven People Won UNEP 2020 Young Championships

    35 days ago
    The United Nations Environment Programme has appointed seven energetic environmentalists as young champions of the planet. Every year, seven entrepreneurs under the age of 30 win the "Young Champions of the Earth" award. Background: Every year, seven entrepreneurs under the age of 30 win the "Young Champions of the Earth" award. These entrepreneurs should have bold ideas about sustainable environmental change. The winners of this award will receive guidance, seed funding, and communication support to expand their efforts. The Youth Champion Award aims to encourage more young people to get closer to the United Nations Ecosystem Recovery Decade (2021-2030), the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26, to be held in Glasgow in November 2021) and the United Nations Conference on Biological Diversity (to be Held in Kunming in May 2021). Prize Winners: ♦ The following seven individuals have won the 2020 Earth Youth Championships of the United Nations Environment Programme ♦ Nzambi Matee from Kenya - He is a materials engineer and was awarded for using recycled plastic waste and sand to produce low-cost building materials. ♦ Xiao Yuanren of China - He leads the MyH20 organization, which tests and records the quality of groundwater in rural China. He won an award for developing an app that will educate communities in rural areas about clean water. ♦ Vidyut Mohan from India - He is the co-founder of Takachar. He built affordable portable biomass upgrade equipment. It allows farmers to prevent open burning by converting crops into fuel, activated carbon and fertilizer. ♦ Lefteris Arapakis in Greece - He founded Enaleia. It trains, empowers and inspires local fishing communities to collect plastic from the sea. The collected plastic is recycled into fashion goods, such as socks and swimsuits. ♦ American Niria Alicia Garcia (Niria Alicia Garcia) - Niria coordinated with the indigenous activist community to bring the Sacramento Chinook Salmon back to life on a historical trip to California's largest watershed. ♦ Fatehmah Alzelzela in Kuwait - Fatehmah established Eco Star, a non-profit recycling program. It exchanges trees and plants for waste from schools, households and businesses in Kuwait. So far, the company has recycled 130 tons of metal, plastic and paper. ♦ Max Hidalgo Quinto from Peru - Max founded Yawa. He built a portable wind turbine that can harvest 300 liters of water per day from atmospheric humidity and fog. It uses air-water technology.

    Ramanujan Prize Awarded Annually To Young Mathematicians

    38 days ago
    The Ramanujan Prize is awarded annually to young mathematicians younger than 45 years old who have conducted outstanding research in developing countries. Highlights: ♦ The award was established by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to commemorate the pure mathematics genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, who was essentially self-taught and made outstanding contributions to elliptic functions, continuous fractions, infinite series and analytical theory of numbers. ♦ Researchers working in any branch of mathematical sciences are qualified. The award includes a cash prize of $15,000. ♦ In the virtual ceremony, the Brazilian Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA) awarded the "2020 Young Mathematician Ramannuyan Prize" to the mathematician Carolina Araujo. ♦ Her field of work focuses on two-way geometry, aiming to classify and describe the structure of algebraic varieties.

    Helpage India Has Been Presented The UN Population Award

    39 days ago
    HelpAge India won the 2020 UN Population Award in the Institution category. The Queen Mother of Bhutan, Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, won the 2020 UN Population Award for Individuals for her work on sexual health and the elimination of gender-based violence. Highlights: ♦ Every year, the United Nations Population Award Committee recognizes individuals or institutions for their outstanding contributions to population and reproductive health problems and solutions. ♦ The award was first established in 1981 by the General Assembly and was first awarded in 1983. The award includes a gold medal, a diploma and a currency award. ♦ It is India's leading charity organization, working with disadvantaged seniors and serving them for nearly 40 years. It was established in 1978 and was registered under the Association Registration Act of 1860. ♦ This is the first time in the history of the United Nations Population Award that this honour has been awarded to an institution in India. ♦ Since the establishment of the award in 1981, in the past four decades, only two Indians have won the award: the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1983 and the industrialist-philanthropist Tata in 1992.

    United Nations Investment Promotion Council awarded India Investment Award

    45 days ago
    The United Nations Conference on Trade & Development - UNCTAD recently announced "Invest in India" as the winner of the 2020 United Nations Investment Promotion Awards. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of investment promotion agencies around the world. In 2020, approximately 180 such institutions will be shortlisted for this award. Highlights: ♦ UNCTAD has formed a team to monitor investment promotion agencies around the world. The group was established in March 2020 to observe best practices adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  ♦ IPA's response has become the assessment of the 2020 United Nations Investment Promotion Awards. This proves that although India is the world's second-most populous country, India's innovations help control the spread of COVID-19 in the country. ♦ UNCTAD deals with trade, investment and development issues. The main target of the organization is to maximize trade and investment.  ♦ UNCTAD was established in 1964. It publishes reports such as the "Trade and Development Report" and the "World Investment Report". ♦ World Investment Report 2020 was released by UNCTAD in June 2020. According to the report, the flow of foreign direct investment in 2020 has decreased by 40% compared to 2019.  ♦ For the first time since 2005, global foreign direct investment flows will be below US$1 trillion. By 2021, the foreign direct investment will fall further by 5% to 10%. According to the report, India's foreign direct investment flow in 2019 jumped to 9th place. Foreign direct investment inflows into India were US$51 billion, and India ranked 12th in 2018.

    Dr. Samir Damare at CSIR- NIO to receive Senior Scientist Award

    46 days ago
    Dr. Samir Damare, Principal Scientist and Head Analytical Services Division, at Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-National Institute Of Oceanography (NIO), Goa has been selected for the Senior Scientist Award for the year 2020. He was selected by the Microbiologists Society, India.  Highlights: Dr. Damare has received this award in recognition of his research in the field of Extremophiles, Microbiology, Biotechnology & Molecular Biology. The award is presented to Microbiologists working in different fields annually. The award will be presented during the Annual Meeting of Society. Dr. Damare has 33 publications in reputed national and international journals. He has successfully guided 3 Ph.D students and 23 students for Internship, Project Work, and Dissertation. Microbiologists Society: Microbiologists Society, India was established in March 1996. The society has over 30 sub-units all over India and 6 units outside India. Over 70+ Student Units in different Colleges and Universities across India. The Society has over 528 Life Members.

    Global Teacher Prize Is Awarded To An Elementary School Teacher

    46 days ago
    Ranjitsinh Disale, an elementary school teacher in Solapur, Maharashtra, won the Global Teacher Award 2020. Global Teacher Prize: ♦ It is an annual award of one million dollars to recognize outstanding teachers who have made outstanding contributions to their profession. ♦ Founder: Varkey Foundation, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving education. The award is organized in cooperation with UNESCO. ♦ Objective: It emphasizes the importance of educators and the fact that their efforts deserve recognition and praise throughout the world. ♦ It tries to recognize that the best teachers have an impact not only on their students, but also on the communities around them. ♦ Insufficient education is an important factor in the social, political, economic and health problems facing the world today. Education has the ability to alleviate poverty, prejudice and conflict. RanjitsinhDisale's Contribution: He converted a dilapidated school into a school, which later became the first school in Maharashtra to introduce a Quick Response (QR) code. A QR code is a barcode containing a matrix of dots. It can be scanned using a QR scanner or a smartphone with a built-in camera. He not only translates classroom textbooks into student's native language, but also embeds them in unique QR codes so that students can read audio poems, video lectures, stories and assignments. He is also passionate about building peace among young people in conflict areas. His 'Let's Cross the Borders' project connects young people in India and Pakistan, Palestine and Israel, Iraq and Iran, and the United States and North Korea. Impact of Disale's Efforts: Currently, there is no record of teenage marriage in the village, and the enrollment rate of girls has reached 100%. The state government announced in 2017 that they will launch QR code textbooks for all grades across the state. In 2018, it was announced that all NCERT textbooks will have QR codes embedded.

    Platinum Partner Awards Were Given For EPFO

    55 days ago
    Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) was awarded the UMANG App's highest transaction platinum partner award by the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Highlights: ♦ The Union Ministers of Electronics and Information Technology awarded the newly established UMANG Award to the partner departments of the centre and the state based on the average transaction of all services in the past six months. ♦ The Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) was awarded the Platinum Partner Award for registering more than 2.5 million transactions on the UMANG App. ♦ Since most EPFO members come from sectors that are at a disadvantaged social and economic situation, an easily available and affordable solution is needed to reach the tens of millions of EPFO users. ♦ Considering the popularity and ease of use of Internet-based devices such as smartphones, Kaios feature phones, tablets and desktops, EPFO aims to use the potential of the UMANG application to achieve easy access to services around the clock, especially for people Subscribers in the most remote areas. ♦ This led to the launch of EPFO service on UMANG. ♦ Using the UMANG App, EPFO members can access 19 different EPFO services on their mobile phones. ♦ Members can view passbooks, activate UAN, file a claim, track claim status, apply for a planning certificate, seed Aadhaar to UAN, update JeevanPramaan, register an appeal, search for institutions, obtain EPFO office addresses, etc. ♦ To use these services, a UAN (Universal Account Number) activated by Aadhaar seeds and a mobile phone number registered in EPFO is required.

    National Water Awards Winners were Declared

    67 days ago
    The winners of the National Water Awards for the year 2019 have been declared. The awards are given in several categories such as ‘Best State’, ‘Best District’, ‘Best School’, ‘Best Newspaper’, ‘Best NGO’, ‘Best Industry’, etc. with sub-categories also. Highlights: ♦ The Best State Awards for first 3 positions were backed Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. ♦ Special Category States  - 1st place is given  to Mizoram  ♦ Best District Awards in Revival of Rivers and Water Conservation were given to: ♦ Ayodhya and Almora - North  ♦ Vellore and YSR Kadapa - South ♦ Sangli and Kachchh - West ♦ Bilaspur and Surajpur - East  ♦ West Tripura (WC) - Northeast ♦ Khandana and Vizianagaram - Aspirational district category   

    National Water Awards Scheduled in November

    74 days ago
    Second National Water Awards to be presented in November. The Ground Water Augmentation Awards and National Water Award were first launched in the year 2007 with a target to support all stakeholders for adopting innovative practices of groundwater augmentation by rainwater harvesting and artificial recharge, promoting water use efficiency, recycling & re-use of water. Highlights: ♦ The National water grants are planned to make mindfulness through individuals' support in the focused on zones coming about into the manageability of groundwater assets advancement, sufficient limit working among the partners, and so on  ♦ Considering the way that surface water and groundwater are vital pieces of the water cycle, it was felt important to initiate a bound together National Water Awards with the objectives of encouraging the stakeholders to adopt a holistic approach towards water resources management in the country. ♦ In this manner, the National Water Awards 2018 were coordinated unexpectedly. The honours were given in 2019.  ♦ The honours are given by the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti, GOI.  ♦ The honours are given in a few classes, for example, 'Best State', 'Best District', 'Best School', 'Best Newspaper', 'Best NGO', 'Best Industry', and so on with sub-classifications moreover.

    Gandhian Young Technological Awards

    76 days ago
    Union Health Minister Dr Harsha Vardhan gave away the Gandhian Young Technological Awards to the awardees on November 06, 2020. Highlights: The awards were given in two categories: ♦ SITARE-GYTI: Students Innovations for Advancement of Research Explorations – Gandhian Young Technological Innovation [Under Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), Department of Biotechnology (DBT)] ♦ SRISTI-GYTI: Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technological Innovations – Gandhian Young Technological Innovation [by SRISTI] ♦ The awards and appreciations are given under these two categories to encourage technology students to set up biotech and other start-ups. ♦ Fourteen awards and eleven appreciations under SITARE-GYTI; seven awards and sixteen appreciations under SRISTI-GYTI were presented. ♦ Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Awards celebrate the spirit of student innovation in all the fields of engineering, science, technology, and design through extremely affordable/economical solution or the ones pushing the technological edge. 

    Dr Susanta Kar honoured with 2020 Prof.A N Bhaduri Memorial Lecture Award

    77 days ago
    To recognize the significant contributions towards defining the survival tactics of Leishmania donovani, CSIR-CDRI Scientist, Dr.SusantaKar, honoured with "Prof.A N Bhaduri Memorial Lecture Award-2020" by the Society of Biological Chemists (India) Highlights: ♦ Leishmania Donovani is a protozoan parasite that infects macrophages and is a causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis (Kala-Azar), a lethal infectious disease affecting millions worldwide.  ♦ Dr SusantaKar’s research group studied Leishmania's interaction with immune cells like macrophages, dendritic cells, and T cells and the fate of these interactions on the modulation of various intracellular signalling cascades that ultimately affect immune response/infection progression. Key Facts: ♦ Society of Biological Chemists (India) has instituted many awards, to recognize the meritorious and significant contributions made by the researchers/scientists on the development of biological sciences in the country. ♦ The Society of Biological Chemists (India) or SBC(I) was founded in 1930, with its Head Quarters at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.  ♦ The award is conferred every two years.  ♦ The recipient of the award should be below 50 years of age. ♦ The Award is given for Biological Chemistry and Allied sciences, preferably related to parasitic infection.

    CSIR-CDRI Scientist,Dr Satish Mishra bags DrTulsi Das chugh Award

    85 days ago
    “Tulsi Das Chugh Award 2020” won by CSIR-CDRI Scientist Dr Satish Mishra, Principal Scientist, Division of Molecular Parasitology and Immunology, CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow. Highlights: ♦Ministry of Science & Technology - Dr Satish Mishra gets this award for research work on Malaria Parasite’s Life Cycle, which is a complex process involving two hosts and three invasive stages.  ♦Invasion in both mammals and mosquitoes requires a coordinated sequence of events to be played out successfully. ♦His outstanding work focused on “Secreted Protein with Altered Thrombospondin Repeat (SPATR) which is Essential for Asexual Blood Stages but not Required for Hepatocyte Invasion by the Malaria Parasite Plasmodium Berghei”. ♦This study focuses on the dispensability of SPATR in P. bergheisporozoites and its importance for the establishment of blood-stage infection, further investigation is needed to unravel its precise role during this process. About The Academy & The Award National Academy of Medical Sciences (India) is a unique institution which fosters and utilizes academic excellence as its resource to meet medical and social goals. It was registered as the ‘Indian Academy of Medical Sciences’ on 21st April, 1961 under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860. The Academy was renamed National Academy of Medical Sciences (India) on 16th November, 1976 on the recommendations of a Working Group set up by the Govt. of India.

    Digital India Award 2020

    86 days ago
    Digital India Award formerly known as Web Ratna Awards is an initiative to acknowledge the exemplary initiatives in e-Governance. The Government of India (GoI) has been bracing for innovation and transformation in the delivery of information/services with the adoption of best ICT practices. Digital Awards: The Government of India (GoI) has been deploying innovative digital solutions to enhance the quality and reach of government services. Every year, Digital-Governance initiatives are demonstrating the power of ICT in improving the ease of living for all citizens. With the growing spread of internet & mobile, citizens are empowered to gain from government services using any digital device, anywhere, any time. As government entities at all levels - Centre, State & across India - continue undertaking various initiatives to provide accessible information & services, the Digital India Awards (DIA) offers an apt opportunity to showcase such initiatives. The Digital India Awards (DIA), instituted under the aegis of National Portal of India, serve the purpose of bringing to the fore innovative digital solutions & thereby inspiring emulation by all government entities.

    Digital India Award 2020

    86 days ago
    Digital India Award formerly known as Web Ratna Awards is an initiative to acknowledge the exemplary initiatives in e-Governance. The Government of India (GoI) has been bracing for innovation and transformation in the delivery of information/services with the adoption of best ICT practices. Digital Awards: The Government of India (GoI) has been deploying innovative digital solutions to enhance the quality and reach of government services. Every year, Digital-Governance initiatives are demonstrating the power of ICT in improving the ease of living for all citizens. With the growing spread of internet & mobile, citizens are empowered to gain from government services using any digital device, anywhere, any time. As government entities at all levels - Centre, State & across India - continue undertaking various initiatives to provide accessible information & services, the Digital India Awards (DIA) offers an apt opportunity to showcase such initiatives. The Digital India Awards (DIA), instituted under the aegis of National Portal of India, serve the purpose of bringing to the fore innovative digital solutions & thereby inspiring emulation by all government entities.

    Digital India Award 2020

    86 days ago
    Digital India Award formerly known as Web Ratna Awards is an initiative to acknowledge the exemplary initiatives in e-Governance. The Government of India (GoI) has been bracing for innovation and transformation in the delivery of information/services with the adoption of best ICT practices. Digital Awards: The Government of India (GoI) has been deploying innovative digital solutions to enhance the quality and reach of government services. Every year, Digital-Governance initiatives are demonstrating the power of ICT in improving the ease of living for all citizens. With the growing spread of internet & mobile, citizens are empowered to gain from government services using any digital device, anywhere, any time. As government entities at all levels - Centre, State & across India - continue undertaking various initiatives to provide accessible information & services, the Digital India Awards (DIA) offers an apt opportunity to showcase such initiatives. The Digital India Awards (DIA), instituted under the aegis of National Portal of India, serve the purpose of bringing to the fore innovative digital solutions & thereby inspiring emulation by all government entities.

    Digital India Award 2020

    86 days ago
    Digital India Award formerly known as Web Ratna Awards is an initiative to acknowledge the exemplary initiatives in e-Governance. The Government of India (GoI) has been bracing for innovation and transformation in the delivery of information/services with the adoption of best ICT practices. Digital Awards: The Government of India (GoI) has been deploying innovative digital solutions to enhance the quality and reach of government services. Every year, Digital-Governance initiatives are demonstrating the power of ICT in improving the ease of living for all citizens. With the growing spread of internet & mobile, citizens are empowered to gain from government services using any digital device, anywhere, any time. As government entities at all levels - Centre, State & across India - continue undertaking various initiatives to provide accessible information & services, the Digital India Awards (DIA) offers an apt opportunity to showcase such initiatives. The Digital India Awards (DIA), instituted under the aegis of National Portal of India, serve the purpose of bringing to the fore innovative digital solutions & thereby inspiring emulation by all government entities.

    List of Nobel Prize Winners 2020

    94 days ago
    Nobel Prize is announced at an international level which is administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. The man, Alfred Nobel is the reason behind the Nobel prizes. He was a versatile personality with various talents. Alfred Nobel’s will: Nobel Prize is announced in the will of versatile person Alfred Nobel. He had talents in the invention, Business, entrepreneurship, research, poetry, drama etc. On November 27, 1985, Alfred signed his last will of establishing Nobel prizes to various departments. Nobel Prize: The person who is awarded the Nobel Prize is known as Nobel Laureate. Nobel Prize initially initiated in 1901. The prizes in Literature, Chemistry, Physics, Peace, and Physiology or Medicine were first awarded in 1901. List of Nobel Prize Winners 2020: Recently Nobel Prize winners for the year 2020 were announced. Let’s have a view on the list of winners: Nobel Laureates Field Contribution Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice Medicine Discovered Hepatitis C virus Roger Penrose Physics Discovered about the black hole formation that is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez Discovered presence of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna Chemistry Discovered the method for genome editing Louise Glück Literature For the unmistakable poetic voice with austere beauty makes individual existence universal World Food Programme (WFP) Peace For the efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict. Paul R. Milgrom, Robert B. Wilson   Economic Sciences For the improvements made to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh presented Raksha MantriTrophy

    97 days ago
    Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh gives away Raksha Mantri Trophy for Best Command Hospitals Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) for the year 2019 on October 16, 2020. The Defence Secretary attended the award function besides senior service and civilian dignitaries. Highlights: ♦ Command Hospital (Air Force) Bengaluru has backed the Best Command Hospital for the year 2019. ♦ Command Hospital (Eastern Command) Kolkata has backed as the Second Best Command Hospital for the year 2019. ♦ AFMS was acknowledged for its incredible services from combat medical support to troops deployed in operational roles. ♦ AFMS has provided its services at mid-zonal, zonal, and tertiary care hospitals of its. ♦ The Raksha Mantri Trophy was first instituted in the year 1989  ♦ The Raksha Mantri Trophy is to recognize excellence in healthcare services provided by Command Hospitals of the AFMS and to make a spirit of healthy competition among them.

    Jal Shakti Minister presented 2020 Swachh Bharat Awards

    110 days ago
    Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat presented the Swachh Bharat Awards 2020 particularly under the drinking water and cleanliness categories. The awards were given to States, Districts, Blocks and Village Panchayats. GoI had earlier launched three missions namely Swachh Sundar Samudayik Shouchalaya, Samudayik Shouchalaya Abhiyan and Gandagi Mukth Bharat.  Highlights: ♦ Under the Swachh Sundar Samudayik Shouchalaya category Gujarat was awarded the first position at state level whereas Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu got the Award for cleanliness at District Level. Chinnanur Village in Tamil Nadu bagged the top slot at Gram Panchayat level. Khachrod block in Ujjain district in Madhya Pradesh was awarded the first position.  ♦ Under the Samudayik Shouchalaya Abhiyan, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh topped as best performing states. Prayagraj and Bareilly won the award for being the best performing districts.  ♦ Under the Gandagi Mukth Bharat Mission, Haryana and Telangana were awarded the top slot. ♦ Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) has transformed rural India into a Jan Andolan for  achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF). The Phase II of the SBM (G) was launched early this year. It focuses on ODF sustainability and Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) which aims at comprehensive cleanliness in villages.   

    Young researchers awarded with 2020 CDRI Award

    113 days ago
    The CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow awarded young researchers with CDRI Award for their outstanding contribution in drug discovery and development. CDRI Award 2020 was conferred to Dr Bushra Ateeq, Dr Surajit Ghosh and Dr Ravi Manjithaya.  Highlights: ♦ Dr.Bushra Ateeq was awarded for new therapeutic avenues for prostate cancer. Her findings provide an explanation for the clinical-outcomes after Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT), possibly due to SPINK1 upregulation. It offers CK1 inhibition as a strategy for Prostate Cancer adjuvant therapies. ♦ Dr.Surajit Ghosh was awarded for her contribution in Discovery of Nuclear Localizing Cell Penetrating Peptide (CPP) for an anticancer drug. The study opens up new avenues towards the development of next-generation cell-penetrating peptides (CPP) and major groove specific anticancer drugs. ♦ Dr.Ravi Manjithaya was awarded for his outstanding work on Chemical genetics-based identification of autophagy-modulating small molecules. It provides mechanistic insights and therapeutic potential. He has identified and characterized several autophagy-modulating small molecules. His research reveals potential therapeutic avenues towards diseases that currently have no cure. CDRI Award 2020: CDRI Award was instituted in the year 2004. The award is to promote scientific excellence in the country and to recognize outstanding contribution in the area of Drug Research and Development. CDRI awards are given every year to the Indian Nationals below 45 years of age. The person must carried out outstanding research work in the area having a direct bearing on Drug Research and Development. Two separate individual awards are presented in the area of Chemical Sciences and Life Sciences. CDRI Award carries a cash prize of Rs.20,000 and a citation.

    Kerala Tourisms Human by Nature campaign bagged 2020 PATA Grand Award

    118 days ago
    Kerala Tourism's internationally-acclaimed 'Human by Nature' campaign has bagged one of the three PATA Grand Awards 2020. The awards were announced live during a virtual presentation ceremony in Beijing, China. The award recognized the campaign's Marketing, giving a huge stimulus to the state's tourism industry, which has been severely impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. PATA Award Highlights: ♦ The PATA Gold Awards 2020 received 121 entries from 62 organisations and individuals across the world. ♦ The winners were selected by a judging committee of 16 personalities from various destinations. ♦ PATA 2020 presented 3 Grand Title Winners and 21 Gold Awards for best of show entries in the categories of Marketing, Sustainability and Human Capital Development.

    Sir David Attenborough awarded Indira Gandhi Peace Prize

    135 days ago
    British broadcaster David Attenborough was conferred the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize by Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a virtual event on 7th September 2020. Highlight: David Attenborough was awarded for revealing the wonders of the natural world, educating and entertaining generations of people through his films and books. The award recognized his tireless work to create awareness among the people about the need to preserve and protect the biodiversity on the earth, and advocating the necessity to live a sustainable and harmonious way of life, working with rather than against nature. Sir David has educated humankind with brilliant films and books about the natural world. Indira Gandhi Peace Prize: Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament, and Development was instituted in 1986 in the memory of the former Prime Minister by a trust in her name. The award consists of a monetary award of Rs.25 lakh along with a citation. The award is presented to individuals/organizations who work to ensure international peace and development, creating new international economic order. People who ensure that scientific discoveries are used to further the scope of freedom and better humanity are awarded the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize.

    RPF personnel honoured with Jeewan Raksha Medals

    141 days ago
    Three RPF personnel was awarded Jeevan Raksha Medals by President of India Ram Nath Kovind. The honoured Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel are Late Shri Jagbir Singh, Shri Shivcharan Singh, Shri Mukesh Kumar Meena.  Highlights: 1. Sanvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak (posthumous) - Late Shri Jagbir Singh, Constable/Northern Railway Recognized For: Late Shri Jaghir Singh was honoured as he laid down his life on duty while saving the precious lives of 4 children on railway premises. He saved them near Adarshnagar-Azadpur railway section Delhi. He went beyond the call of his duty and without caring for his own life saved the lives of these children. 2. Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak- Shri Shivcharan Singh, Constable/ Western Railway Recognized For: On 10 August 2019, Shivcharan Singh while performing train escorting duty on Train No. 12959 noticed some persons trapped in heavy flood shouting for help, when the train stopped due to waterlogging on the tracks near Shymkhayali railway station. Without caring for his own life, he rushed to their rescue and saved the precious lives of 9 persons. 3. Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak- Shri Mukesh Kumar Meena Head Constable/North Western Railway Recognized For: On 19 September 2018, Mukesh Kumar Meena, Head Constable/RPF/Jodhpur division, while on train escorting duty in Train No. 22478, saved the life of a lady passenger along with 2 children. Mukesh Meena jumped from the running train and pulled out the lady passenger from the gap between the platform and the train alongwith both her children.  

    President virtually presented 2020 National Sports and Adventure Awards

    145 days ago
    President of India Ram Nath Kovind virtually presented the National Sports and Adventure Awards, 2020 from Rashtrapati Bhavan on 29 August 2020. The achievements of these award winners are a reminder of India’s immense potential in the sports. Highlights: ♦ The sports award is presented every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports.  ♦ Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: This award is for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years ♦ Arjuna Award is presented for consistently outstanding performance for four years ♦ Dronacharya Award is for the coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events ♦ Dhyan Chand Award is presented for lifetime contribution to sports development. ♦ Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar is awarded to the corporate entities in both the private and public sectors and individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development.  ♦ Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy is given to the overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments.  ♦ In addition, the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award is awarded to recognize the spirit of adventure among the people of the country.

    Army Sports Institute is awarded 2020 Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar

    151 days ago
    Army Sports Institute, Pune was awarded the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar 2020 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India. Army Sports Institute: Army Sports Institute (ASI), Pune was raised as part of the Indian Army’s “Mission Olympics” programme on 1 July 2001. The programme was aimed to train the vast reservoir of talent in the Army in selected seven disciplines to include Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Diving, Fencing, Weightlifting, and Wrestling. The main objective was to win medals at the Olympics. The institute draws its sportsmen from the Army and young raw and proven talent in ‘Boys Sports Companies’ between 8 and 14 years of age. The selected sportsmen are supported by a team of Foreign, Indian coaches, specialists in Sports Medicine, physical conditioners, Physiology, Psychology, Biomechanics, Statistics, and Nutrition. The institute has enabled the participation of twenty sportsmen in the Olympics and 12 sportsmen have already qualified for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics with more yet to qualify. The Institute has won 6 Youth Olympic Medals, nineteen 19 medals in Asian Games, and 18 medals in Commonwealth Games.

    National Sports Awards 2020 announced

    154 days ago
    The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports announced the National Sports Awards 2020. A large number of applications were received for Sports Awards 2020. The winners were considered by the Selection Committee headed by Justice (Retd.) Mukundakam Sharma, the former Judge of Supreme Court of India, and other members comprising eminent sportspersons, persons having experience in sports journalism and sports administration, etc. Based on the recommendations of the Committee, GoI has conferred awards upon the following sportspersons, coaches and entities under various categories:  RAJIV GANDHI KHEL RATNA AWARD Shri Rohit Sharma - Cricket Shri Mariyappan T. - Para Athletics Ms. Manika Batra - Table Tennis Ms. Vinesh - Wrestling Ms. Rani - Hockey DRONACHARYA AWARD A) Life- Time Category Shri Dharmendra Tiwary - Archery Shri Purushotham Rai - Athletics  Shri Shiv Singh - Boxing  Shri Romesh Pathania - Hockey  Shri Krishan Kumar Hooda - Kabaddi  Shri Vijay Bhalchandra Munishwar - Para Powerlifting  Shri Naresh Kumar - Tennis  Shri Om Parkash Dahiya - Wrestling B) Regular Category Shri Jude Felix Sebastian - Hockey  Shri Yogesh Malviya - Mallakhamb  Shri Jaspal Rana - Shooting  Shri Kuldeep Kumar Handoo - Wushu  Shri Gaurav Khanna - Para Badminton ARJUNA AWARD Shri Atanu Das - Archery  Ms. Dutee Chand - Athletics Shri Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy - Badminton Shri Chirag Chandrasekhar Shetty - Badminton Shri Vishesh Bhriguvanshi - Basketball Subedar Manish Kaushik - Boxing Ms. Lovlina Borgohain - Boxing Shri Ishant Sharma - Cricket Ms. Deepti Sharma - Cricket Shri Sawant Ajay Anant -Equestrian Shri Sandesh Jhingan - Football Ms. Aditi Ashok - Golf Shri Akashdeep Singh - Hockey Ms. Deepika - Hockey Shri Deepak - Kabaddi Shri Kale Sarika Sudhakar - Kho Kho Shri Dattu Baban Bhokanal - Rowing Ms. Manu Bhaker - Shooting Shri Saurabh Chaudhary - Shooting Ms. Madhurika Suhas Patkar - Table Tennis Shri Divij Sharan - Tennis Shri Shiva Keshavan - Winter Sports Ms. Divya Kakran - Wrestling Shri Rahul Aware - Wrestling Shri Suyash Narayan Jadhav - Para Swimming Shri Sandeep - Para Athletics Shri Manish Narwal - Para Shooting DHYAN CHAND AWARD Shri Kuldip Singh Bhullar - Athletics  Ms. Jincy Philips - Athletics  Shri Pradeep Shrikrishna Gandhe - Badminton  Ms. Trupti Murgunde - Badminton  Ms. N. Usha - Boxing  Shri Lakha Singh - Boxing Shri Sukhvinder Singh Sandhu - Football  Shri Ajit Singh - Hockey  Shri Manpreet Singh -Kabaddi Shri J. Ranjith Kumar - Para Athletics Shri Satyaprakash Tiwari - Para Badminton  Shri Manjeet Singh - Rowing  Late Shri Sachin Nag -Swimming  Shri Nandan P Bal - Tennis  Shri Netarpal Hooda - Wrestling TENZING NORGAY NATIONAL ADVENTURE AWARDS 2019 Ms. Anita Devi - Land Adventure  Col. Sarfraz Singh - Land Adventure  Shri Taka Tamut - Land Adventure  Shri Narender Singh - Land Adventure Shri Keval Hiren Kakka - Land Adventure Shri Satendra Singh - Water Adventure Shri Gajanand Yadava - Air Adventure Late Shri Magan Bissa - Life Time Achievement MAULANA ABUL KALAM AZAD (MAKA) TROPHY Panjab University, Chandigarh RASHTRIYA KHEL PROTSAHAN PURUSKAR Identification and Nurturing of Budding and Young Talent - 1. Lakshya Institute, 2. Army Sports Institute Encouragement to sports through Corporate Social Responsibility - Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Ltd. Employment of sportspersons and sports welfare measures - Air Force Sports Control Board Sports for Development - International Institute of Sports Management (IISM)

    IIT-Madras topped the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements

    157 days ago
    The Vice-President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu announced Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) 2020 virtually on 18th August 2020. ARIIA classified the institutes into two broad categories and six subcategories.  Winners: IIT Madras topped the list under the category of Institutes of National Importance, Central Universities, and Centrally Funded Technical Institutes Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai got the top position under Government and Government Aided Universities College of Engineering, Pune under Government and Government Aided Colleges Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar under Private or Self-Financed Universities SR Engineering College, Warangal under Private or Self-Financed Colleges Avinashilingam Institue for Home Science and Higher Education for Women emerged as the top performer under Women (only higher educational institutions). ARIIA: ARIIA was launched by the Ministry of Education, GoI. The ARIIA is implemented by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). In the year 2019, IIT-Madras emerged as the top Innovative Institution and also was one of the top 10 institutes in Public funded categories.

    Ministry of Tribal Affairs received SKOCH Gold Award for Empowerment of Tribals through IT-enabled Scholarship Schemes

    174 days ago
    Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) was awarded the SKOCH Gold Award for its “Empowerment of Tribals through IT-enabled Scholarship Schemes”. It is the project of the Scholarship Divison of the Ministry. MoTA chose to participate in Digital India & E-Governance-2020 Competition. The awards were announced on 30 July 2020.  Highlights: ♦ The theme of the 66th SKOCH 2020 Competition was “INDIA RESPONDS TO COVID THROUGH DIGITAL GOVERNANCE.” ♦ The project aimed to achieve Digital India and bringing transparency and ease in the delivery of services.  ♦ The aim is to assimilate with the larger vision of ‘Digital India’ and to realize GoI's goal of e-governance.  ♦ MoTA has integrated all 5 Scholarship Schemes with DBT Portal under the guidance of DBT Mission. The initiative was rolled out on 12th June 2019 by the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Shri Arjun Munda and MoS Ms. Renuka Singh Sarota. ♦ The DBT portal provides facility to States for data sharing through Web services that have brought paradigm shift from Paper-based UC monitoring mandated for budget release to data-enabled budget release and monitoring process.  ♦ The portal has the facility to upload documents (not on Digi-Locker).   ♦ These portals have Grievance Redressal and Communication Mechanism and all stakeholders, Universities, banks, PFMS, Students, and States can upload queries, grievances, and upload documents, which has made grievances redressal mechanism easy, transparent and fast.   ♦ KPMG, as part of NITI Aayog's mandate, carried out a national evaluation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes focused on social inclusion. KPMG recognized the Direct Benefit  Transfer (DBT) Portal of Ministry of Tribal Affairs as a best practice in e-governance which has brought about greater transparency, accountability, and radical improvement in service delivery to Scheduled Tribe students.

    MoES announced National Awards for excellence in Earth System Science

    176 days ago
    Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has mandated to provide the nation with the best possible services for weather, climate, ocean, coastal and natural hazards, for the Public Safety and socio-economic benefits. The Ministry deals with exploration and sustainable harnessing of ocean resources (living and non-living) and plays a nodal role for Antarctic/Arctic/Himalayas and Southern Ocean research. Highlights: MoES aims to recognize major scientific contributions made by eminent scientists/engineers in various fields of Earth System Science. The Ministry aims to encourage women & young researchers in the field of Earth System Science. For this purpose, MoES has instituted the Life Time Excellence Award, National Awards in the field of Ocean Science; Geoscience & Technology;  Atmospheric Science & Technology; Ocean Technology/Polar Science, Two Young Researcher awards and Dr. Anna Mani National Award for Woman Scientist. Awardees: ♦ The Life Time Excellence Award will be awarded to Professor Ashok Sahni for his contribution in the field of Geology, Vertebrate Paleontology and Biostratigraphy. ♦ The National Award for Ocean Science & technology will be awarded to Dr. V. V. S. S. Sarma, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Vishakapatnam and Dr. M. Ravichandran, Director, National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, Goa.  Dr. Sarma will be awarded for his contributions in understanding biogeochemistry of the Indian Ocean.  Dr. Ravichandran will be awarded for his Formulation and Execution of Indian Argo Project and Implementation of Ocean Data assimilation and Modelling for operational ocean services. ♦ Dr. S. Suresh Babu, Scientist-SF, VSSC, Thiruvananthapuram will be awarded the National Award for Atmospheric Science & technology will be presented to. The award recognizes his contribution towards understanding the radiative impacts of black carbon aerosols on atmospheric stability and climate. ♦ N. V. Chalapathi Rao, Department of Geology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, will be awarded National award for Geoscience & technology. The award is for his research on deeper mantle petrology and geochemistry. ♦ The National Award for Ocean Technology will be presented to Dr. M. A. Atmanand, Director, National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai. He has done pioneering work in the area of deep sea technologies.   ♦ Dr. Lidita D. S. Khandeparker, Senior Scientist, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Goa will receive the Anna Mani award for woman scientist. The award is to recognize her contributions in the field of aquatic microbial ecology, Marine biofilms and their relevance in the oceans. ♦ The Young Researcher Awards will be presented to Dr. Indra Sekhar Sen, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and Dr. Arvind Singh Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad for their outstanding work in Earth System Science.

    Kannan C S Warrier received 2019 National Award of Excellence for Outstanding Research in Forestry Award

    183 days ago
    Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) awarded Kannan C S Warrier, Senior principal of Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB) scientist, the National Award of Excellence for Outstanding Research in Forestry for the year 2019.  Highlights: ♦ Kannan C S Warrier was awarded for releasing three productive clones of casuarina, known as kattadi and savukku. The clones were found suitable for salt-affected soils for the first time in the country. It should be noted that around 6.73 million hectares are salt-affected land in India. ♦ Warrier has 27 years of forestry research experience and has published 232 research articles. ♦ The clones are expected to boost ICFRE's agro forestry initiatives. ♦ Warrier holds a doctoral degree in forest genetics. He is a first rank holder in BSc and MSc forestry at Kerala Agricultural University. Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE): ICFRE functions under the Ministry of Environment and Forests. The autonomous organization was established in 1986. It is headquartered in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. It conducts research in forestry, transfers the technologies developed to the states of India and other user agencies. It also aims to impart forestry education.

    Ministry of Ayush announced the names of the winners of My Life-My Yoga Video

    191 days ago
    Ministry of AYUSH announced the names of the winners of the video blogging contest ‘My Life, My Yoga’. This global contest on the digital platform was jointly hosted by the Ministry of AYUSH and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). The event was launched on 31 May 2020 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the occasion of the 6th   International Day of Yoga.  Highlights: ♦ The contest was held in six categories- Professional, Adult (above 18 years) and Youth (under 18) with Male and Female contestants considered separately. A total of 35141 entries were received from India and nearly 2000 entries were received from other countries. The entries of other countries are being evaluated by the respective Indian Missions. ♦ The first winners in the professional category are Ashwath Hegde (male) and Rajni Gehlot (female).   ♦ Rajpal Singh Arya and Shailee Prasad are first in adult (above 18 years) category and Pranay Sharma and Navyaa.S.H are first in youth (under 18 years) category. ♦ The entries received from India were screened by 200 yoga experts and 160 videos were shortlisted.  ♦ The shortlisted entries were evaluated by a 15-member jury across these categories. Winners were decided by scores allotted independently by Jury members and averaged. Those with the highest average score were declared winners. ♦ The contest was open to participants from across the world. The participants were required to upload a 3 minutes video of 3 Yogic practices from kriya, asana, pranayama, bandha, or mudra, including a short video message and description on the influence of Yogic practices in their life. The videos were uploaded on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the contest hashtag #MyLifeMyYoga. The contest closed on the International Day of Yoga, which is on 21st June 2020.

    NTPC Ltd won 2019 CII-ITC Sustainability Awards

    193 days ago
    NTPC Ltd, a central PSU under Minister of Power and India’s largest power generation company, has won the prestigious CII-ITC Sustainability Award 2019, under the outstanding Accomplishment in Corporate Excellence Category. NTPC has received Commendation for Significant Achievement in the category of CSR.  Highlights: ♦ NTPC always strives for sustainable development around the power stations.  ♦ CSR program Girl Empowerment Mission (GEM) is a 4 weeks residential program and it has been institutionalized in the vicinity of its power stations for benefit of school-going girls from underprivileged backgrounds to support their overall development. ♦ NTPC has initiated Contractors’ Labour Information Management System (CLIMS) through which payment to contract labourers is paid on the last day of the month at project sites. ♦ NTPC Ltd was recognized and rewarded for excellence in sustainability practices.  ♦ It is considered as the most credible platform for sustainability recognition in the country. ♦ NTPC has a total installed capacity of 62110 MW. The group has 70 Power stations comprising of 24 Coal, 7 combined cycle Gas/Liquid Fuel, 1 Hydro, 13 Renewables along with 25 Subsidiary & JV Power Stations.

    MyGov Corona Helpdesk received CogX 2020 award

    205 days ago
    Artificial Intelligence-enabled MyGov Corona Helpdesk received two awards at the CogX 2020 is held annually in London, the UK. CogX is a prestigious Global Leadership Summit and Festival of AI & Emerging Technology. MyGov Corona was awarded under the categories ‘Best Innovation for Covid-19 – Society’ and ‘People’s Choice Covid-19 Overall Winner’. The awards were won by JioHaptik Technologies. MyGov Corona Helpdesk: ♦ MyGov is a citizen engagement platform that facilitates two-way communication between the Central government and citizens. ♦ It facilitates participatory governance in India, in the fight against COVID-19. ♦ The AI-enabled MyGov Corona Helpdesk was jointly developed by MyGov, JioHaptik Technologies, and WhatsApp team in the record time of five days including the weekend. ♦ MyGov Corona Helpdesk demonstrated the true Public, Private and Partnership (PPP), wherein, citizen-centric services were provided by MyGov ♦ The technology was designed, developed, and deployed by JioHaptik Technologies, and ideas given by the public were factored-in on a daily basis to improve the services and solution. ♦ Indian chatbot ‘MyGov Corona Helpdesk’ was chosen after a rigorous evaluation, among hundreds of entries that made a difference to society during the pandemic. CogX: CogX is a large AI event that is held annually in London with over 15,000 participants. Representatives from the highest levels of business, government, industry, and research participants in the event. The Cogx Awards are presented to the best-of-the-best in AI and emerging technologies across the world. The JioHaptik was awarded the honour for providing AI-enabled technological solutions for ‘MyGov Corona Helpdesk’ that has helped safeguard lives amid a pandemic.

    Indian-American soil scientist wins 2020 World Food Prize

    224 days ago
    Indian-American soil scientist Dr. Rattan Lal has won the prestigious 2020 World Food Prize, which is considered to be equivalent to a Nobel Prize in the field of agriculture. The award recognized his contribution to increasing the global food supply by helping small farmers improve the health of the soil. The award also highlights the importance of managing & restoring soil health. Dr.Rattan Lal: Dr.Rattan Lal was awarded for his role in developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increase food production that restores and conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change. Dr. Rattan Lal has a career spanning more than five decades. He has promoted innovative soil-saving techniques benefiting the livelihoods of more than 500 million small farmers. His inventions were aimed to improve the food and nutritional security of more than two billion people and saving hundreds of millions of hectares of natural tropical ecosystems. Lal is a Distinguished Professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. World Food Prize: World Food Prize was first awarded in 1987. The award is presented by the World Food Prize Foundation, with various sponsor companies. The award recognizes contributions that are made in the various field involved in the world food supply including Animal Science/Aqua Culture, Food Technology/Food Safety, Nutrition/Health, Plant Science/Seed Science, Plant Pathology/Crop Protection, Soil Science/Water/Conservation,  Policy/Research/Extension, Infrastructure/Emergency Relief, and Poverty and Hunger Alleviation. The first awardee of the award is an Indian agricultural scientist Dr. M S Swaminathan, who is the father of the Green Revolution in India.

    Kiran Mazumdar Shaw awarded EY World Entrepreneur of the year

    231 days ago
    Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Founder and Chairperson & Managing Director of Biocon, has been named EY World Entrepreneur fo the year 2020. The award is to recognize her contribution to improving universal access to affordable life-saving medicine and thus transforming the world. She became only the third Indian to receive this prestigious award after Uday Kotak and Narayana Murthy. Shaw became only the second woman to receive this award. Olivia Lum of Hyflux Limited from Singapore is the first person to have won the title in 2011. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw: ♦ Shaw founded Bangalore-based Biocon Limited in 1978. Biocon currently worth close to Rs.50,000 crore by market-cap and employs more than 11,000 people. The bio-enzyme company focus on global health care and the provision of universal access to life-saving medicine.  ♦ In September 2019, Biocon announced that the company would supply Rh-insulin at less than $0.10 per day to low and middle-income countries. The price is less than a third of current RH-insulin prices.  ♦ Biocon supplied more than 2 billion affordable doses of biosimilar insulins to patients globally in the last 15 years. ♦ Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Biocon is studying the use of its existing novel biologic drug Itolizumab to treat COVID-19 related health conditions in India.

    Indian Army Officer Major Suman Gawani received UN Award

    237 days ago
    Major Suman Gawani, an Indian Army officer is awarded the prestigious "United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award'' on 29 May 2020. She served as a women peacekeeper with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in 2019. She will receive the award from the UN Secretary-General Mr. Antonio Guterres during an online ceremony being organized at the UN Headquarters, New York on the occasion of International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. Major Suman will receive the UN award along with a Brazilian Naval Officer Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo. Highlights: ♦ Major Suman served as a Military observer in UNMISS from November 2018 to December 2019.  ♦ She was the principal focal point of contact for gender issues for Military Observers in the mission.  ♦ She encouraged participation in joint military patrols to maintain gender balance, irrespective of the hardships under extreme field conditions. She visited various mission team sites across South Sudan to integrate a gender perspective into the planning and military activity in the mission.  ♦ The officer was selected to attend specialized training on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) at Nairobi and participated in various UN forums to demonstrate how a gender perspective can help in protecting civilians, especially from conflict-related sexual violence.  ♦ She trained the South Sudan government forces on CRSV related aspects.  ♦ She also commended the UN Peacekeepers Day Parade organized at UNMISS, where she commanded twelve contingents of UNPOL, Military, and Civilians.

    Anunta won VMware 2020 Regional Partner of the Year Award

    254 days ago
    Anunta received the VMware 2020 Regional Partner of the Year Award for the Services Excellence category. Anunta was recognized for its demonstrable achievements using its skills and services capabilities, including consulting, managed, and subscription services, to help customers maximize the value received from their VMware investments.  Highlights: ♦ Anunta was honoured under the Services Excellence category. ♦ Anunta's innovative solutions work on the next generation users including cloud based-desktop services was recognized. ♦ The VMware Partner of the Year Awards various categories including Services Excellence, Partner Value, Partner Social Impact, Digital Transformation, Cloud Platform Transformation, Partner Trailblazer, and the Global Partner for Technology Innovation Award.

    Professor Saurabh Lodha received 2020 Young Career Award in Nano Science and Technology

    261 days ago
    Professor Saurabh Lodha from Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay, received the Young Career Award in Nano Science & Technology for the year 2020. The award is instituted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. The award recognized his contributions in the development of logic transistor technologies beyond silicon and nanoelectronic devices based on two-dimensional Van der Waals materials. Highlights: ♦ He worked in the area of advanced transistors and has been driven by strong industry partnerships. He did his research on technological challenges that plague beyond-silicon transistors which are the workhorse device that fuels over 90% of all electronics.  ♦ He has developed new materials and processes to improve the thermal stability and reliability of the transistor, which is 1-2 nm thin gate dielectric, to lower the resistance of metal contacts to the transistor. It will achieve higher levels of electrical impurities and keeps leakage currents under check. ♦ He also plans to leverage the capabilities and expertise in his group for developing power electronic transistors based on wide bandgap semiconductors such as silicon carbide and gallium oxide. The transistors can alleviate efficiency and reliability bottlenecks in diverse applications ranging from high voltage power grids, electric trains, renewable power conversion, and storage to strategic defense, medical and industrial instrumentation.

    Three Indian journalists were honoured with 2020 Pulitzer Prizes

    262 days ago
    Three Indian journalists have been honoured with the "Pulitzer Prize 2020" in the field of feature photography. The names of the three prize winners are Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan, and Channi Anand. The results were announced virtually on 4 May. The award was announced 15 Journalism categories and seven Book, Drama, and Music categories.  Highlihghts: Yasin and Khan are journalists based in Srinagar and Channi Anand is from Jammu.  They were honoured for their gripping photos of life captured in J&K after the revoking of Article 370.  2020 Pulitzer Prizes-Winners list: Journalism: Public Service: Anchorage Daily News with contributions from ProPublica Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky. Investigative Reporting: Brian M. Rosenthal of The New York Times Explanatory Reporting: Staff of The Washington Post Local Reporting: Staff of The Baltimore Sun National Reporting: Dominic Gates, Steve Miletich, Mike Baker and Lewis Kamb of The Seattle Times; T. Christian Miller, Megan Rose and Robert Faturechi of ProPublica International Reporting: Staff of The New York Times Feature Writing: Ben Taub of The New Yorker Commentary: Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Criticism: Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times Editorial Writing: Jeffery Gerritt of the Palestine (Tx.) Herald Press Editorial Cartooning: Barry Blitt, contributor, The New Yorker Breaking News Photography: Photography Staff of Reuters Feature Photography: Channi Anand, Mukhtar Khan and Dar Yasin of Associated Press Audio Reporting: Staff of This American Life with Molly O'Toole of the Los Angeles Times and Emily Green, freelancer, Vice News Books, Drama & Music: Fiction: The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) Drama: A Strange Loop, by Michael R. Jackson History: Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America, by W. Caleb McDaniel (Oxford University Press) Biography: Sontag: Her Life and Work, by Benjamin Moser (Ecco) Poetry: The Tradition, by Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press) General Nonfiction: The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America, by Greg Grandin (Metropolitan Books); The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care, by Anne Boyer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Music: The Central Park Five, by Anthony Davis Special Citations: Special Awards and Citations: Ida B. Wells Note: The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism were first awarded in 1917 and are considered the field’s most prestigious honor in the US.

    Adam Higginbotham won William E. Colby Award

    275 days ago
    The award is named for the late CIA director William E. Colby. In 1999, the Colby Award was established. Previous winners of the award include Karl Marlantes’ novel Matterhorn and Dexter Filkins’ The Forever War. The award is given for an excellent book. The book about the history of military or intelligence.

    Indigram awarded the winners of the Adhunik Gram program

    295 days ago
    A leading agri-tech focused incubator Indigram Labs Foundation has announced the winners of its smart village program 'Adhunik Gram', Winners: ♦ The winner of the program was Indus Till FarmeTech Pvt. Ltd. The firm was awarded a cash prize of Rs.1 Lakh.  ♦ The first runner up was Urdhvam Environmental Technologies Pvt. Ltd. It was awarded a cash prize of Rs.50,000 and the second runner up was Impagro farming solutions Pvt. Ltd. which won a cash prize of Rs.30,000.  ♦ It received over 120 applications of which 14 start-ups were shortlisted and 11 start-ups presented on demo day.  Adhunik Gram: ♦ Adhunik Gram is an initiative to empower agribusiness in rural India. The program was launched in September 2019. The program was launched with support from NABARD.  ♦ The program aimed not only to help the people in the rural area to earn a very basic livelihood but for the upliftment of the rural economy as a whole. The program aims to adopt a balanced approach to maintain a balance between rural and urban quality of life. ♦ It is also expected that policies, tools, and instruments should deliver valuable building blocks for 'Smart Villages'. The mission of the program is "A Better Life in Rural Areas". ♦ So far, the program has achieved significant outcomes for the selected start-ups to address agricultural and rural development issues in rural India in collaboration with farmers, Cooperatives, Government and private Institutions.

    Prachi Salve, Pradeep Dwivedi won 2019 Road Safety Media Fellowship award

    310 days ago
    Prachi Salve of IndiaSpend and Pradeep Dwivedi of DainikJagran jointly won the top prize in the Road Safety Media Fellowship 2019. The award recognized their contribution towards reporting on road safety by the Centre for Media Studies (CMS). The awardees were selected by a three-member jury.  Other awardees: ♦ Journalist B. Raveendra Shetty of Vijay Karnataka and Purnima Singh of Times Now Hindi shared the second prize. ♦ The third prize was jointly won by Kishor Dwivedi, Press Trust of India (PTI), and Sangamesh Menasinakai, The Times of India. CMS: CMS is a not-for-profit research think tank. It is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) India. CMS conducted a three-month fellowship program for journalists. The participating member was directed to work on road safety and related issues in the year 2019.

    Paramananda Majumder was conferred the Moghai Ojah award

    311 days ago
    Eminent researcher and writer Dr.Paramananda Majumder was presented the 10th Moghai Ojah Award at a function held at the auditorium of Jorhat Science Centre and Planetarium on 15 March. He was awarded for his significant role in raising issues of public interest and society's betterment.  Majumder compiled the first book on the life and works of folk musician Moghai Ojah. The award recognized his invaluable contribution in bringing dhol maestro Moghai Ojah and his magnificent skill of playing the dhol back to the public domain by compiling a book on him. Moghai Ojah award: The Moghai Ojah award was instituted in 2011 by the Jorhat district unit of the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP). The award is annually presented on 15 March, on the death anniversary of Ojah. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.21,000, a citation, a gamosa, a seleng chadar, and a memento.

    Rajesh Chaplot honoured with Ugandas Highest Civilian Award

    316 days ago
    Rajesh Chaplot, a distinguished Non-Resident Indian (NRI) businessman, was honoured with the Highest Civilian Award "Golden Jubilee Medal-Civilians" of Uganda. The award was conferred by the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, in a ceremony in Kampala. Chaplot was awarded for his excellence in the field of Business and Commerce, Social Service and for fostering better India-Uganda ties.  Rajesh Chaplot: Chaplot is from Udaipur in Rajasthan. He has also received Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, which is the highest award for overseas Indians. It was conferred by President Ramnath Kovind in Varanasi 2019. He received his degree from The Institute of Charted Accountants of India, New Delhi. Chaplot migrated to Africa in 1996. He is presently spearheading several companies and business associations in Uganda and Congo in different roles like Managing Director, CEO, Director, and Board Member. He also served as the Chairman of the Indian Association of Uganda, Secretary-General of Indian Business Forum Uganda, and the Board Member, Uganda Manufacturers Association.

    CRPF instituted Shakti Award

    317 days ago
    The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has instituted a special 'Shakti Award.' It will be annually presented to chosen personnel who works for the empowerment of women.  Shakti Award: ♦ The award was announced on International Women's Day on 8 March. The award will be conferred every year on 19 March, the CRPF Raising Day. ♦ Women who work for creating women-friendly infrastructure, better work environment, ease of living with safety, addressing women-specific issues, and related innovation and initiatives will be awarded.  ♦ The award will carry a reward of Rs.1 lakh, a citation, and a trophy.  ♦ The award aims to recognize the best practices and efforts made towards women empowerment and gender equality in the force.  ♦ It aims to motivate CRPF personnel to do better and innovate in the field. ♦ CRPF has raised the world's first all-women battalion with a strength of over 1,000 personnel in 1986. Currently, there are six such battalions.

    Minister Rajnath Singh conferred WTI Awards on 8 March

    319 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh conferred the Fourth Edition of the Women Transforming India Awards (WTI) on 8 March 2020, the International Women's Day. The award ceremony was organized by NITI Aayog's Women Entrepreneurship Platform. The awards recognized women from diverse fields, including healthcare, education, and food tech, amongst other fields. Winner list: WTI recognized 30 finalists, and 15 winners were awarded. The winners of the award are: ♦ Dr. Priyanka Mokshmar, Co-founder of Vaayu Home Appliance ♦ Ramya Venkataraman, Founder of Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) ♦ Shilpi Kapoor, Founder of BarrierBreak ♦ Rinka Banerjee, Founder of Thinking Forks ♦ Nidhi Pant, who combats the issue around waste and farmer living standard through her Science for Society team ♦ Anupriya Balikai, Founder of Spookfish Innovations ♦ Kalpana Sankar, Founder of Hand in Hand ♦ Khushboo Jain, Founder of ImpactGuru  ♦ Sneha Sundaram, Founder of Kutuki ♦ Jayanti Pradhan, an agro-processor and farmer from Odisha  ♦ Jugnu Jain, Founder of CSO ♦ Pratyusha Pareddy, Founder of NemoCare ♦ Poonam Bir Kasturi, Founder of Daily Dump  ♦ Ruchi Jain, Founder of Taru Naturals  ♦ Sujata Sahu, Founder of 17000 ft Foundation  ♦ Dr. Praveen Nair, Founder Trustee of Salaam Baalak Trust, was awarded a Special Jury Award. About WTI Awards: WTI Awards was initiated in the year 2018. It is awarded under the support of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform. The theme for the year is "Women and Entrepreneurship." The Platform identifies inspiring stories of successful women entrepreneurs. It processes a review of applications, jury, and super jury rounds with assistance from mentors and partners of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform. Women Entrepreneurship Platform: The Women Entrepreneurship Platform was initiated in 2017 and formally launched on 8 March 2018. It brings together stakeholders to transform the entrepreneurial ecosystem for women. The Women Entrepreneurship Platform was formulated on three pillars, namely Karma Shakti, Gyan Shakti, and Iccha Shakti. The Platform provides incubator support, mentorship, funding avenues, compliance and taxation support, and peer learning. The program was initiated with 30 partners. Presently, there are over 14,000 registered users in the Women Entrepreneurship Platform. 

    President Ram Nath Kovind conferred 2019 Nari Shakti Puraskar

    319 days ago
    President Ram Nath Kovind presented Nari Shakti Puraskar or Woman Power Award for the year 2019 on International Women's Day, which is March 8, at a special ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. 15 eminent women were awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar 2019. The award recognized the significant efforts of the women who rendered distinguished services towards the emancipation of women, especially vulnerable and marginalized women. Awardees: The winners of the Nari Shakti Puraskar for the year 2019 are from various areas, including agriculture, sports, handicrafts, afforestation and wildlife conservation, Armed Forces, and education. The awardees are Padala Bhudevi, Bina Devi, Arifa Jan, Chami Murmu, Nilza Wangmo, Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Sardarni Mann Kaur, Kalavati Devi, Tashi, and Nungshi Malik, Kaushiki Chakroborty, Bhageerathi Amma, Karthyayini Amma, Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawna Kanth, Mohana Singh.  Nari Shakti Puraskar: Nari Shakti Puraskar was initiated by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The award acknowledges the exceptional contribution made by individuals and institutions. The award was first conferred in 1999. The Nari Shakti Puraskar award carries a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh and a citation. It celebrates women as game changers and catalyst of positive change in the society. These outstanding women have contributed towards safeguarding women's rights along with pushing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It recognizes women as equal partners in the advancement of society.

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