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  • President Ram Nath Kovind presented the 14th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards

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    President of India Ram Nath Kovind awarded the 14th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards at a ceremony held in New Delhi on 20 January 2020. The recipients of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards constitute works from the year 2018. It is awarded in various categories. The awardees were selected by a jury constituted of members including Tom Goldstein (Professor and Dean, Jindal School of Journalism & Communication, O P Jindal Global University), S Y Quraishi (Former Chief Election Commissioner), Pamela Philipose (journalist and Senior Fellow at the Indian Council of Social Science Research) and Justice B N Srikrishna (Former Supreme Court judge). Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards: The Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award was instituted in 2016. It honours journalists from print, broadcast and digital media. It recognizes their strength of character and integrity while covering news in adverse circumstances.

    SAG Awards 2020 winners list

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    The winners of the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards were awarded at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, the US on 19 January. The award honours the biggest achievements in TV and film for the year 2019. Winners' List: Television Awards: Television Movie/Miniseries (Male): Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon  Television Movie/Miniseries (Female): Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon Drama Series (Male): Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones Drama Series (Female): Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show Comedy Series (Male): Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Comedy Series (Female): Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag Ensemble in a Drama Series: The Crown Ensemble in a Comedy Series: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series: Game of Thrones Motion Picture Awards: Leading Role (Male): Joaquin Phoenix, Joker Leading Role (Female): Renée Zellweger, Judy Supporting Role(Male): Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Supporting Role (Female): Laura Dern, Marriage Story Cast in a Motion Picture: Parasite Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: Avengers: Endgame

    Sindhi writer Vasdev Mohi to received the 29th Saraswati Samman

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    Sindhi writer Vasdev Mohi has conferred with 29th Saraswati Samman for his short stories collection 'Chequebook'. The short stories collection talks about the agonies and sufferings of marginalized sections of the society. Vasdev Mohi: Vasdev Mohi was born in 1944 in Mirpur Khas. Mohi's repertoire includes 25 books of poetry, critical pieces, translated works, and short stories. His critical essays and papers have appeared in national and international literary seminars. He has also received several awards, including the Sahitya Akademi Award, Gangadhar Mehar National Award, Sindhi Sahitya Academy Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award of Sindhi Academy. He has authored 25 books of poetry, stories, and translations.  Saraswati Samman: Saraswati Samman is given annually by the KK Birla Foundation. It carries a cash award of Rs.15 lakh rupees, a citation, and a plaque.

    Dibrugarh district won the 2020 Plastic Waste Management Award

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    Assam's Dibrugarh district won the Plastic Waste Management Award 2020. It was awarded for being the best district of India in the plastic waste management category during Swachhta Hi Sewa 2019. The award was received by Pallav Gopal Jha, Deputy Commissioner from renowned Bollywood actor Amir Khan at a function held at Pride Plaza, Aerocity in Delhi. The award recognizes the innovative and effective efforts taken by the district in managing plastic waste in rural areas of the district. The function was organized by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation of the Ministry of Jal Shakti. Swachhta hi Seva 2019: Swachhta hi Seva 2019 is a nationwide awareness and mobilization campaign on Swachhta. It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mathura on 11 September 2019. Under the campaign, massive awareness and mobilization programs were organized in the Dibrugarh district. The campaign was aimed to generate awareness on single-use plastic waste collection, segregation and effective disposal under the Swachh Bharat Mission-G (SBM).

    Ishwar Sharma was honoured with 2020 the Global Child Prodigy Award

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    Ishwar Sharma from the UK has been honoured with the Global Child Prodigy Award 2020. The award recognized for the achievements in spiritual discipline yoga. He received his Certificate of Achievement at a special event attended by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and Dr. Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, in New Delhi in January 2020. He was chosen from the UK for the awards which honour child prodigies from across 45 countries and 30 different categories such as biking, choreography, paleontology, fitness and martial arts, among others. The award will now give him an opportunity to be an ambassador for yoga and spread the message. Ishwar Sharma: A 10-year-old schoolboy and under-11 yoga champion were chosen from the UK for the awards which honour child prodigies from across 45 countries and 30 different categories. Sharma who is originally from Mysore has participated in over 100 yoga events across the UK and worldwide. He has started an e-petition with the UK government to include yoga in the national school curriculum and nearly 20,000 people signed. He is promoting a yogic lifestyle to combat climate change and help yogic methods to improve mental health among children and adults.  Global Child Prodigy Awards: The award is a Global Talent Recognition for Child Prodigies. The award recognizes the kids below 15 years who are extraordinary in their own way. 100 Global Child Prodigies will be recognized and will be featured in the Global Child Prodigy Award Book 2019. 

    Nitin Gadkari confer National Highways Excellence Awards

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    The National Highways Excellence Awards will be conferred by the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Shri Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi on 14 January 2020. The award by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways acknowledges the exceptional work that is done in various aspects of highway management. Award: ♦ It recognizes the agencies that go beyond the scope of their work to deliver the finest quality of services. ♦ The 7 categories of the award is: 1) Excellence in Project Management 2) Excellence in Operation and Maintenance 3) Excellence in Toll Management 4) Excellence in Highway Safety 5) Innovation 6) Outstanding Work in Challenging Conditions 7) Green Highway ♦ A total of 104 applications were received under the seven categories on an online application platform designed by National Informatics Centre (NIC). An esteemed jury panel checked all the aspects of each project and finalized 12 winners under the 7 categories for the award. ♦ Also, Toll authorities with the best implementation of FASTag technology will be awarded for increased automation in toll collection. National Highways Excellence Awards: The award instituted in 2018. The award aims to create a spirit of healthy competitiveness amongst all stakeholders involved in the development of highway infrastructure in the country. It encourages to contribute to the larger goal of expanding the road network in the country. 

    Two Agricultural Scientists were awarded Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu National Awards

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    Famous Agricultural Scientist Prof. M S Swaminathan and Dr. Gutta Muniratnam were chosen as the first recipients of Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu National Award for Excellence and Muppavarapu National Award for Social Service respectively. The award carried a cash prize of Rs.5 lakh and citation. Prof. M.S. Swaminathan was awarded for his significant contributions in the field of agriculture. Dr. G Muniratnam was awarded for his extraordinary contribution to improving the quality of people's lives through social service. Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu National Award: The National Award for Excellence was instituted by the Muppavarapu Foundation. The award for Social Service was launched by the Swarna Bharat Trust, in Hyderabad.

    Prakash Javadekar presented the Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman

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    The Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar presented the Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman in New Delhi on 7 January 2020. The award acknowledged the positive role and responsibility of media in disseminating the outreach of Yoga in India and abroad.  The award marked a new trend to recognize the endeavour of media organizations that it should go beyond news, views, and advertisements, and work in mission mode for the benefit of society. Award categories: Thirty awards were presented under three categories:  ♦ 8 Sammans to be conferred under the category Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Newspapers.  ♦ 8 Sammans to be conferred under the category Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Television. ♦ 11 awards will be given under the category Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Radio. AYDMS: The Ministry of I&B instituted the first Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS) in June 2019. It aimed to mark the contribution of media in spreading the message of Yoga. The award will consist of a medal, plaque, trophy, and a citation. The winners were selected by a jury, consisting of 6 members who assessed the entries for the award. The jury was headed by Justice C. K. Prasad, Chairman, Press Council of India.

    Sucheta Satish won the 2020 Global Child Prodigy Awards

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    Dubai-based Indian girl Sucheta Satish, who can sing in 120 languages, won the Global Child Prodigy Awards 2020. The 13-year-old known is as the Dubai Indian High School's nightingale. Along with Sucheta Satish, 100 other Global Child prodigies across the world were honoured at the award ceremony in different categories. The award recognized her twin world records for singing in most languages during one concert and the longest live singing concert by a child. She had set as a 12-year-old two years ago in Dubai at the Indian Consulate Auditorium. During the concert, she sang in 102 languages over 6.15 hours. Global Child Prodigy Awards: The Global Child Prodigy Award celebrates the talent and power of children in different categories such as music, arts, dancing, modelling, writing, acting, innovation, science,  sports, etc. The award is supported by the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation and music producer AR Rahman among others.

    Govt. announced first Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman

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    The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has announced its first Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman. The award will be conferred by the Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Shri Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on 7 January 2020.  The award aims to acknowledge the positive role and responsibility of media in disseminating the outreach of Yoga in India and abroad.  Award categories: The award to be conferred on Media Houses would be given under the following categories: Thirty awards under three categories will be conferred.  ♦ 8 Sammans to be conferred under the category Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Newspapers.  ♦ 8 Sammans to be conferred under the category Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Television. ♦ 11 awards will be given under the category Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Radio. AYDMS: The Ministry of I&B instituted the first Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS) in June 2019. It aimed to mark the contribution of media in spreading the message of Yoga. The award will consist of a medal, plaque, trophy, and a citation. The winners were selected by a jury, consisting of 6 members who assessed the entries for the award. The jury was headed by Justice C. K. Prasad, Chairman, Press Council of India.

    Krish Srikkanth, Anjum Chopra to get CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Awards

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    Former India captain member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team Krish Srikkanth will be the recipient of this year’s prestigious CK Nayudu Lifetime Award given by the BCCI. Anjum Chopra is the co-recipient of the lifetime achievement award for the year 2019. BCCI Annual Award  The BCCI Annual Award function held in Mumbai. Srikkanth and Anjum conferred with the Lifetime Achievement award for their contributions to Indian cricket.  Srikkanth is one of the biggest names to have come out of Tamil Nadu cricket stable apart from another former India skipper, S Venkataraghavan and Ravichandran Ashwin. He represented India between 1981 to 1992. Srikkanth appointed captain in 1989 for tough tur of Pakistan where Sachin Tendulkar made his international debut. Srikkanth retired in 1992 after the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and served as the chairman of the national selection committee. Anum played 127 ODIs in which she scored a hundred and 18 fifties. She played 18 T20 Internationals. She was a part of the Indian XI that played in the Women’s World Cup final against Australia in 2005.

    Amitabh Bachchan honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award

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    The 50th Dadasaheb Phalke Awards honored legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan with India's highest film honor for his stupendous contribution to Indian cinema, in New Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Award to Mr. Bachchan. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar announced that Mr. Bachchan would be awarded the prestigious award. The legend Amitabh Bachchan who entertained and inspired for two generations selected unanimously for Dadasahab Phalke Award. Amitabh Bachchan - Achievements Amitabh Bachchan won four National Film Awards for Best Actor through his illustrious career, last winning it for his performance in the 2015 film Piku.  The award named after Dhundiraj Govind Phalke is the father of Indian cinema instituted in 1969. Amitabh Bachhan made his debut in Hindi film industry in the same year with Saat Hindustani . The highest honour for an artist in Indian cinema comprises a Swarna Kamal medallion, a shawl, and a cash prize of 10 lakh rupees. It was conferred upon late actor Vinod Khanna in 2017.

    AAO won Life Achievement honour to Dr Santosh G Honavar

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    Dr. Santosh G Honavar, India's ophthalmologist conferred with the American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) highest award Life Achievement honor. He is the first Indian chosen for the honor. The award presented to Dr. Honavar recently at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology held in San Francisco. American Academy of Ophthalmology American Academy of Ophthalmology - the world's largest association of eye specialists. The mission of the American Academy of Ophthalmology is to protect sight and empower lives by serving as an advocate for patients. It is founded in 1896 and headquartered in San Francisco, USA, American Academy of Ophthalmology have 32,000 professional members. 90 percent of its members are practicing ophthalmologists. Dr. Santosh G. Honavar Dr. Santosh G. Honavar chosen for its highest award to recognize his contributions to the Academy, its scientific and educational programs, and to the advancement of ophthalmology. He is the Chief Editor of the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology. . The ICO international retinoblastoma fellowship. Dr Honavar's overall research contributions have a very significant impact on the diagnosis and management of retinoblastoma and its outcome. Dr Honavar has extensively published in peer-reviewed journals (over 250 manuscripts with a high H-index of 43) and has written several book chapters while being a reviewer for all the major journals in ophthalmology and oncology. Award and honors Some of the major awards and honors to his credit include Col Rangachari Gold Medal by the AIOS, 1992; Zeigler International Fellowship by the Orbis International, New York, USA, 1999; Young Scientist Award by the Indian Society of Oncology, 2000.

    Kamareddy won Unicef-2019 Award for Swachh Bharat implementation

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    Kamareddy district of Telangana secured the United Nations International Children’s and Education Fund (Unicef)-2019 Award. The district won the award for the effective implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission in water sanitation. Kamareddy district  Kamareddy district on top in the country among other districts in construction of individual sanitary lavatories, swachh darpan wall paintings, swachh survekshan, swachh sundar shouchalay and many other activities. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Campaign It launched on 2 October 2014 on Gandhi Jayanti, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, by constructing 90 million toilets in rural India at a projected cost of ₹1.96 lakh crore. Slogan: One step towards cleanliness

    Major Anoop Mishra awarded Army Design Bureau Excellence Award

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    Major Anoop Mishra developed bullet-proof jacket Sarvatra to develop his bulletproof jacket the day hit by a stray bullet during an operation. Mishra hit by a ball on his coat during deployment in Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Army officer stressed that the full-body protection jacket could withstand a sniper bullet from even 10 meters. The jacket developed at the College of Military Engineering in Pune and can provide full-body protection against sniper rifle bullets. The officer awarded the Army Design Bureau Excellence Award by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat at the Army Technology Seminar for indigenously developing the bullet-proof jacket. The sniper attacks the Line of Control and Kashmir valley the full-body protection be provided to the soldiers. The jacket tried and tested by the Infantry at their test facilities. Indian Army expected to issue a tender for these full-body protection bullet-proof jackets, which would be produced by one of the selected Indian defence industry partners.

    Vice President of India honours winners for outstanding contributions in Films at 66th National Film Awards

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     Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu conferred National Film Awards for the year 2018 in various categories at its 66th edition, held at New Delhi. Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting (I&B), Shri Prakash Javadekar Secretary, Ministry of I&B, Shri Ravi Mittal Chairperson, Feature Film Category, Shri Rahul Rawail; Chairperson, Non-Feature Film Category, Shri AS Kanal; Chairperson, Best Writing on Cinema, Shri UtpalBorpujari and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion. Winners - National Film Awards The winners in various categories for this year National Film Awards include the Gujarati film Hellaroin Best Feature Film category. Badhaai Ho bagged the award for Best Popular Film, Hindi movie Padmanwas awarded Best Film on Social Issues, Aditya Dhar won Best Director Award for Uri: The Surgical Strike, AyushmanKhurana and Vicky Kaushal won Best Actor Award for their performances in Andhadhun. Keerthy Suresh bagged Best Actress trophy for her performance in Telugu movie Mahanati. Marathi movie Naal got the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director while another Marathi movie Paani won the award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/ Preservation. Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration given to Kannada film OndallaEradallaand Uttarakhand awarded the Most Film Friendly State.

    Indian Archaeologist honoured in Bangladesh

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    Echo Network program to provide a template for cross-disciplinary leadership in India. The main focus of increasing research, knowledge, and awareness of Indian ecology and the environment launched in New Delhi by Prof. K VijayRaghavan, Principal. India recently took national-level efforts to promote ecological and environmental research on the subcontinent. The trained scientists with interdisciplinary skills and collaborative mindset. The new generation of educators and students can identify and solve problems in a multidisciplinary manner. India faced unprecedented threats to its human environmental and ecosystems, explaining which requires a confluence of India’s strong technical expertise and knowledge of the natural world itself. They develop a national network to catalyze a new generation of Indians who can synthesize interdisciplinary concepts and tackle real-world problems in medicine, agriculture, ecology, and technology with no precedent for such a network anywhere in the world.   About the Program The program will train postdoctoral leaders in research and outreach on these topics incorporating current public and private efforts into a national network. International distributed institute comprising individuals housed within the industry, government, private, and academic sectors, combining their expertise and resources collectively to tackle significant scale problems. This is a mission of hope remarked Prof. Olsson at the launch program. The leaders who are trained to communicate across different sectors of society, this is the goal of the EChO Network.

    SASTRA Ramanujan Award for Warwick University faculty

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    The International Conference on number theory at the SASTRA Deemed University campus at Kumbakonam and the SASTRA-Ramanujan Award to Adam Harper, Assistant Professor, University of Warwick, England. Professor Krishnaswamy Alladi of the University of Florida and SASTRA-Ramanujan Award Committee chairman quoted that the recognition of the Royal Society at England December 2019 special issue of the Philosophical Transactions to commemorate the Centenary of Ramanujan’s election as FRS published a paper titled Ramanujan’s Legacy. This year’s SASTRA-Ramanujan Award presented to Mr. Harper for his outstanding contributions to the probabilistic number theory. SASTRA Ramanujan Prize Shanmugha Arts found it, Science, Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA) located near Kumbakonam, India, The age limit for the prize has set at 32 (the age at which Ramanujan died), and the current award is $10,000. University of Warwick It is s a public research university on the outskirts of Coventry between the West Midlands and Warwickshire, England. It is founded in the year1965 as part of a government initiative to expand higher education.

    R. Nagaswamy was honoured at the Silver Jubilee International Conference of Art

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    Renowned archaeologist R. Nagaswamy was honoured at the Silver Jubilee International Conference of Art held in Dhaka by Bangladesh Culture Minister K.M. Khalid. He was honoured for the contribution of Nagaswamy to art, archaeology, history, and culture.  The Silver Jubilee volume of the Journal of Bengal Art was dedicated to Mr. Nagaswamy. The art carries articles by international scholars. Ramachandran Nagaswamy: R. Nagaswamy is an Indian historian, epigraphist and archaeologist. He served as the founder-Director of the Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department. He is famous for his work on temple inscriptions and the art history of Tamil Nadu. In 2018, he was awarded Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian award.

    Portugal to launch a Gandhi Citizenship Education Prize

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    Portugal is to launch a Gandhi Citizenship Education Prize with an aim to promote Mahatma Gandhi's ideals. The announcement was made by the Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa. at the second meeting of the National Committee for Commemoration of the 150th Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at New Delhi on 19 December 2019. The meeting was presided by President Ram Nath Kovind. Gandhi Citizenship Education Prize: ♦ The move comes as the country was inspired by the different thoughts and quotes of Mahatma Gandhi.  ♦ The first edition of the Gandhi Citizenship Education Prize has been dedicated to animal welfare. This is after the words of Mahatma Gandhi which said that the greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. ♦ The initiation of the award shows global reverence for Mahatma Gandhi as the world is realizing that his vision of peace, equality, and non-violence.  Portugal: President: Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa Prime Minister: Antonio Costa Capital: Lisbon Official/National language: Portuguese Currency: Euro (€) (EUR) The country is bordered by: ♦ west and south by the Atlantic Ocean ♦ north and east by Spain

    Sahitya Akademi announced 22 winners for the 2019 Sahitya Akademi Awards

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    Sahitya Akademi has announced the winners of the 2019 Sahitya Akademi Awards in 23 languages on 18 December. Four of novels, seven books of poetry, six of short stories, three of essays and one each of non-fiction, biography, and autobiography won the award. Jury: The awards were recommended by distinguished Jury members who represent 23 Indian languages. The finalists were approved by the Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi under the Chairmanship of Dr. Chandrashekhar Kambar, President, Sahitya Akademi. Awardees: ♦ The winners of the Seven books of poetry are Dr. Phukan Ch. Basumatary in Bodo, Dr. Nand Kishore Acharya in Hindi, Sri Nilba A. Khandekar in Konkani, Sri Kumar Manish Arvind in Maithili, Sri V. Madhusoodanan Nair in Malayalam, Smt. Anuradha Patil in Marathi and Prof. Penna Madhusudan in Sanskrit. ♦ Three books of essays were awarded to Dr. Chinmoy Guha in Bengali, Sri Om Sharma Jandriari in Dogri and Sri Ratilal Borisagar in Gujarati.​​​​ ♦ The winners of the Four novels are  Dr. JoysreeGoswami Mahanta in Assamese, Sri L. Birmangol Singh in Manipuri, Sri Cho. Dharman in Tamil and Sri Bandi Narayana Swamy in Telugu. ♦ Six books of short stories were awarded to Sri Tarun Kanti Mishra in Odia, Sri Abdul Ahad Hajini in Kashmiri, Sri Kirpal Kazak in Punjabi, Sri Ram Swaroop Kisan in Rajasthani, Sri Kali Charan Hembram in Santali and Sri Ishwar Moorjani in Sindhi. ♦ For creative non-fiction, Dr. Shashi Tharoor in English was awarded ♦ For the autobiography, Dr. Vijaya in Kannada was awarded and for biography, Prof. Shafey Kidwai in Urdu won the award. 

    JK to receive national award for implementing PMGSY

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    Jammu and Kashmir has been selected by the Union Ministry of Rural Development for the national award in the best performing category for implementing the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). The award will be presented in a ceremony on 19 December 2019 at the National Agricultural Science Complex, Pusa, New Delhi. Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY): The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) was launched on 25 December 2000 by the Government of India. The scheme aims to provide connectivity to unconnected habitations as part of a poverty reduction strategy. In Jammu: Under PMGSY - Phase II the Union Ministry of Rural Development has sanctioned 147 Roads and Bridges projects that cover a length of 783.88 kilometres for J&K. The cost of Phase II allocated was Rs.878.53 crore in favour of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Out of 147 sanctioned projects, 13 having a length of 79 km are for UT Ladakh and 134 projects having a length of 704.88 km for UT of J&K. This entire road length has been sanctioned for up-gradation of existing road infrastructure with ten-year maintenance.

    CBI officer BP Raju won the 2019 India Cyber Cop of the Year

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    CBI officer BP Raju has won the India Cyber Cop of the Year 2019 award by the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM)-Data Security Council of India (DSCI). The award was presented by Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Ajay Prakash Sawhney at an Information Security Summit held at Gurgaon, Haryana.  Awarded for: BP Raju was awarded for cracking a fraud case in an online entrance exam conducted by an engineering college in Rajasthan. The investigation team was headed by BP Raju. They arrested nine accused persons and collected incriminating evidence from digital devices and revealed the modus operandi adopted by the accused. The investigation was also completed within the announced time period.

    UWW named Deepak Punia as the Jr Freestyle Wrestler of the Year

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    Indian Wrestler Deepak Punia has been named the Junior Freestyle Wrestler of the Year by the United World Wrestling (UWW). He was transitted from junior to the senior circuit. Punia became the first Indian wrestler to win a junior world title in 18 years. He won a silver medal on his debut at the Senior World Wrestling Championships 2019. United World Wrestling (UWW): Formed on: 1912 Headquarters: Switzerland Membership: Representatives from 176 national federations UWW is an international governing body for the sport of amateur wrestling. It oversees wrestling at the Olympics. UWW hosts the event Wrestling World Championships. 

    Amitabha Bagchi won the 2019 South Asian Literature award

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    Amitabha Bagchi's novel Half The Night Is Gone won the South Asian Literature 2019 award. Pradeep Gyawali, minister for foreign affairs of Nepal presented the award to Bagchi at the IME Nepal Literature Festival in Pokhara, Nepal. Bagchi won the prize money of $25,000. The novel topped among the chosen six works of fiction. The other shortlisted 5 books are: ♦ The Empty Room, Sadia Abbas, Zubaan ♦ There’s Gunpowder in the Air, Manoranjan Byapari, translated from the Bengali by Arunava Sinha, Eka ♦ The City and the Sea, Raj Kamal Jha, Penguin Books ♦ 99 Nights in Logar, Jamil Jan Kochai, Bloomsbury ♦ The Far Field, Madhuri Vijay, Harper Collins Half The Night Is Gone: ♦ The novel unfolds a post-colonial saga over three generations.  ♦ Though it is written in English, it gives the essence of an Indian language.  ♦ It explored human relationships, and the intertwining of fates and cultures in a thoroughly Indian context, though close attention to detail and the inventive use of language. ♦ The novel evokes the sensibility of not one but three Indian languages, Hindi, Urdu, and Sanskrit.

    Indian troops received the United Nations Medal

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    Around 850 Indian troops who serve in South Sudan have received the United Nations Medal. The award recognized the strong contribution of the Indian peacekeepers to build peace in conflict-affected South Sudan and to go above and beyond their duties to support local communities. The award recognized the dedication and sacrifice offered to protect civilians in South Sudan. Indian peacekeepers: ♦ The award recognized their efforts to support peace talks between Government and Opposition forces in the Upper Nile region. ♦ They also established the first-ever United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base on the west bank of the Nile at Kodok. ♦ In addition to their duties, the peacekeepers have supported local communities by building veterinary hospitals at Kodok and Malakal, trained cattle-keepers to better care for their livestock. ♦ They have provided life-saving medical assistance to people in need. ♦ They also worked to facilitate the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance, such as clean water, shelter, food, and healthcare, to the millions of displaced people.  ♦ It protects, monitors, investigates, and reports on human rights violations and abuses with a strong focus on the most vulnerable, such as women and children and those who are subjected to sexual and gender-based violence.

    WEF announced the winners for the WEFs Crystal Award

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    World Economic Forum (WEF) has announced 4 winners for the 26th Crystal Award. The winners will be awarded during the opening session of the WEF Annual Meeting 2020 at Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on January 20, 2020. The chosen winners are Deepika Padukone, Jin Xing, Theaster Gates, and Lynette Wallworth. Crystal Award recipients: Deepika Padukone: Indian actress Padukone has been selected for spreading awareness about the importance of mental health. She founded The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF) in June 2015 to raises awareness about mental adolescent mental health disorders. Jin Xing:  Ji is China's popular media personality. She was selected for her leadership in shaping inclusive cultural norms. Theaster Gates: Gates is a Chicago-based artist. He creates works that focus on space theory, land development, sculpture, and performance. He was awarded for his leadership in creating sustainable communities. Lynette Wallworth: The Australian artist was awarded for her leadership in creating inclusive narratives.

    Toni-Ann Singh was crowned Miss World on 14 December

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    Jamaica's Toni-Ann Singh was crowned Miss World at an annual beauty pageant held at the 69th annual beauty pageant held in ExceL London, UK on 14 December. She was crowned by the 2018 winner Vanessa Ponce de Leon of Mexico. She became the fourth Jamaican woman to win Miss World.  India's Suman Rao became the second runners-up. She was crowned as Miss World Asia. Toni-Ann Singh:  The 23-year-old was born to her Indo-Caribbean father Bradshaw Singh and African-Caribbean mother Jahrine Bailey. She is a student of women's studies and psychology at Florida State University. She aspires to be a medical doctor.  Miss World: Formed on: 29 July 1951 Headquarters: London President: Julia Morley The oldest running international beauty pageant was created by Eric Morley in 1951. The first Miss World was Denise Perrier of France. Miss World is one of the Big Four international beauty pageants. The other three are Miss Universe, Miss International, and Miss Earth.

    Gujarat police was honoured with the Presidents Colours award on 15 December

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    Gujarat police was honoured with the President's Colours award on 15 December 2019. Gujarat became the seventh state police force in India to be bestowed with the honour of the President’s Colours. It was presented by the Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu. He paid homage martyrs of Gujarat Police. President's Colours is also called NISHAAN. Now, the emblem will be worn by all the police officers of Gujarat on the left-hand sleeve of their uniform. The proposal for President's Colours was initiated by the office of the Director-General (DG) and Inspector General of Police (IGP), the head of the Gujarat Police. It was forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs, on 21 February 2019, by the home department of the Gujarat government. On 7 March 2019, the awarding of the President's Colours to Gujarat Police was communicated. President's Colours: The President's Colour is the highest honour bestowed upon a police force in India. The honour recognizes the invaluable contribution of the police force to society. Earlier, it was awarded to states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura and Assam.

    Blue Sky Analytics won the Space Oscars awards at Copernicus Masters competition

    39 days ago
    Blue Sky Analytics won the Space Oscars awards on the international competition Copernicus Masters. The awards were presented in a ceremony on 4 December 2019 during the European Space Week held at Helsinki, Finland. Blue Sky Analytics became the has become the first Indian Startup to win the Space Oscars award presented by the European Space Agency. Awarded for: The company was awarded for its innovation in using geospatial data for improved environmental monitoring, Blue Sky Analytics received the award on  Copernicus Masters: Copernicus Masters is a competition held globally. The awards are presented to innovative solutions based on Earth observation data. Big data that are produced by various Earth Observation (EO) satellites hold huge potential for the creation of innovative products and services. Blue Sky Analytics: Blue Sky Analytics was co-founded by Ms. Abhilasha Purwar, a Yale and IIT alum and Mr. Kshitij Purwar. It is one of the pioneering Indian startups analyzing large volumes of Copernicus data. 

    Angela Merkel named as the world's most powerful woman by Forbes

    40 days ago
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named as the world's most powerful woman by Forbes in the 2019 list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. She has won the title for the consecutive ninth year running. She is followed by the European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde from France, and US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and new president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.  She was praised for her steely reserve as she stood up for the US President Donald Trump. She has opened the door to refugee policy. The policy saw more than a million Syrian refugees enter the country amid the 2015 migrant crisis. Indian Personalities: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman ranked 34th in the world's 100 Most Powerful Women in the recently released list by Forbes Magazine.  Roshni Nadar Malhotra ranked 54th, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw ranked 65th in the list. Other noted people: Guler Sabancı from Turkey ranked 73rd in the list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. She is the first woman to run her family business Sabancı Holding. Queen Elizabeth II ranked 40th on the list. Ivanka Trump, the daughter and the advisor of U.S. President Donald Trump, ranked 42nd in the list. Greta Thunberg, the 16th-year-old climate activist, has been listed as the 100th most powerful woman of 2019. The news magazine TIME  selected her as the Person of the Year. Top personalities from list: 1.Angela Merkel 2.Christine Lagarde 3.Nancy Pelosi 4.Ursula von der Leyen 5.Mary Barra 6.Melinda Gates 7.Abigail Johnson 8.Ana Patricia Botín

    Greta Thunberg was named as the 2019 Person of the Year by TIME magazine

    40 days ago
    The news magazine Time has named the teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg in 2019 Person of the Year. She was named as she inspired millions of people in 150 countries to protest climate change. She has also delivered blunt and powerful speeches to leaders urging them to address the issue. Others honoured by TIME for the year 2019: ♦ Disney CEO Bob lger  was named the Business Person of the Year ♦ US Women's Soccer Team has been named as the Athlete of the Year ♦ The US Public Servants was named as the Guardians of the Year ♦ Singer Lizzo has been named as the Entertainer of the Year   About Greta Thunberg: The 16-year-old is a Swedish environmental activist on climate change. In 2018, she became kn0own for her activism as she spent her school days outside the Swedish parliament to call for stronger action on global warming. She has won awards including Goldene Kamera in 2019, Rachel Carson Prize in 2019, Fritt Ord Award in 2019, Right Livelihood Award in 2019, Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2019, Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (including Geddes Environment Medal) in 2019, International Children's Peace Prize in 2019.

    Odisha received the 2019 World Habitat Award

    40 days ago
    Odisha State government was honoured with the 2019 World Habitat Award. The award recognized the State's ambitious project Jaga Mission. The award was conferred by the World Habitat, a UK based organization, in association with the United Nations (UN)-Habitat. The programme has set a global benchmark to empower the urban poor. Jaga Mission: ♦ Jaga Mission was launched by the Odisha State government. ♦ The mission aims to leverage and converging various schemes and programs. ♦ The land titling initiative works towards turning slums into liveable habitat with all necessary civic infrastructure and services at par with the better off areas within the same Urban Local Body (ULB).  ♦ The mission improves the standards of the infrastructure and services and provide access to livelihood opportunities. World Habitat Award: The World Habitat Award was established in 1985. The award recognizes and promotes good habitat practices. The first awards were presented in 1986 in London by HRH the Prince of Wales and the Dr. Arcot Ramachandran, UN-HABITAT Executive Director. The awards were initiated as World Habitat's contribution to the United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless in 1987. World Habitat: It is an independent charity working internationally to help bring the best housing to the people who need it the most.

    Harsh Vardhan presented the UHC awards

    40 days ago
    The Universal health coverage (UHC) Awards were awarded to the best performing Primary Healthcare teams of States and Union Territories (UTs) on the occasion of Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December. The awards were presented by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan at an event organized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Events: The Ministry organized three policy labs for extensive brainstorming and deliberations on three themes namely Providing CHPC in urban areas, Communitisation for wellness, and Strengthening delivery systems. Measures taken by the Centre: ♦ The States and UTs performed well under the Health and Wellness Centres (HWC) and the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). ♦ India has various significant steps towards UHC through Ayushman Bharat with HWCs & PMJAY, National Health Policy (NHP) 2017, banning of e-cigarettes, the NMC Act, approving 22 new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), up-gradation of 157 District Hospitals as Medical Colleges, etc.  ♦ The government has plans to address the increasing and diversifying disease burden, expanding population, accountability through social audits, devising different models for urban healthcare, engaging the private sector through effective partnerships, etc.  Other launches: During the event, the release of the CPHC Booklet for AB-HWCs, a Synthesis Report of Regional Workshops on AB-HWCs, Oral Healthcare Guidelines, AB-PMJAY 2020 Calendar and launch of the revamped AB-HWC portal.

    Railway Sports Promotion Board won the 2019 FICCI India Sports Awards

    40 days ago
    Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) India Sports Awards 2019 was presented to the Railway Sports Promotion Board under the category of Best Company Promoting Sports (Public Sector) on 11 December 2019 at New Delhi. The award was conferred by a jury headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal, retired Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court.  Awarded for: Railway Sports Promotion Board was awarded for the immense contribution provided by the board in the field of sports eco-system. The organization provided support for the budding sports athletes to nurture and expose themselves to their optimum limits and bring laurels to the nation. It provided a friendly policy to develop the sports infrastructure and give all possible support to fulfill the needs of athletes Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB): Founded on: 1928 RSPB is owned by the Indian Railways. It is a member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). It promotes 29 sporting disciplines.  Railway Sports Promotion Board is not only providing all facilities and coaching to its in-serving and active 8000 athletes but also has started Summer Coaching Camps for school children to attract them towards the field of Sports and help them with mental and physical fitness.

    Peter Handke received the Nobel Literature Prize

    41 days ago
    Author Peter Handke was conferred the Nobel Literature Prize. He received the 9 million-kronor ($948,000) award from King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony in Stockholm.  Peter Handke: Peter Handke, 76,  is an Austrian author and playwright. He was recognized for his influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience. He has been a controversial figure as he supported the Serbs during the 1990s Yugoslav war. He was charged in 2001 with the Bosnian Genocide. Handke was a staunch supporter of the Serbs and has disputed that the massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in the town of Srebrenica was genocide. Other Laureates: The Nobel laureates in medicine, chemistry, physics, and economics received the prizes from the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded separately in Oslo to Ethiopia's prime minister.

    Greta Thunberg and 3 other are to be awarded the Right Livelihood Award

    42 days ago
    Four people won the Right Livelihood Award for the year 2019. The awardees are Greta Thunberg, Aminatou Haidar, Guo Juanmei and Davi Kopenawa Yanomami. Awarded for: The award aims to honour Greta Thunberg for her fight against climate change Davi Kopenawa Yanomami for her commitment and efforts to protect the indigenous rights and land Guo Juanmei was awarded for her work for women's rights in China for 25 years The award recognized Aminatou Haidar's efforts for the independence of Western Sahara. She spent four years in a secret prison, isolated from the outside world. Right Livelihood Award: The Right Livelihood Award was established in 1980. It was instituted by German-Swedish writer Jakob von Uexküll. The award is widely known as the alternative Nobel Prize.

    Asom Natya Sanmilan announced the 2019 Asom Natya Sanmilan Awards

    42 days ago
    The Asom Natya Sanmilan has announced the annual awards of Asom Natya Sanmilan Award-2019 is Nandeswar Saikia Auditorium, Nalbari, Assam. The awards were announced by Dulal Roy, president, and Bipul Chaliha, principal secretary of Asom Natya Sanmilan. The awards will be presented at the 58th conference of Asom Natya Sanmilan that will be held at Nalbari in January 2020. Awardees: ♦ One of the noted personalities of the award is actor Sayad Nazim Ahmed of Lakhimpur. ♦ The Mahendra Borthakur Award will be presented to senior actor and professor Parag Sarma.  ♦ Other awards are given to actor Pabin Sarma of Nalbari, playwright and director Ajit Borthakur of Sipajhar, playwright Pankaj Jyoti Bhuyan of Sootea, actress Bina Patangia of Tezpur, critic Atul Mazumdar of Guwahati, playwright Nitul Medhi of Pathsala and playwright Ganesh Das of Tezpur.

    Abiy Ahmed Ali received the Nobel Peace Prize

    43 days ago
    Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali received the Nobel Peace Prize on 10 December 2019 at Oslo's City Hall. The Norwegian Nobel Committee conferred the 100th Nobel Peace Prize to the Prime Minister in the presence of the Norwegian royal family. Awarded for:  ♦ Abiy Ahmed was awarded for his extraordinary efforts to end the decades-long conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.  ♦ It recognized his three major achievements for his crucial role in creating peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia, his contribution to peace and reconciliation processes in East and North East Africa and his efforts to build democracy in Ethiopia by strengthening civil liberties and developing institutions. Abiy Ahmed Ali: Abiy Ahmed was born on 15 August 1976 at Beshasha, Ethiopia. He is the fourth Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.  Eritrea-Ethiopia crisis: Eritrea got independence from Ethiopia in 1991. It fought a disastrous border war during 1998-2000 with Ethiopia. More than 80,000 people were killed in the war.  Mr. Abiy took measures to resume the stalled peace process. He led Ethiopia's first state visit to Eritrea and met Isaias Afwerki, the President of Eritrea. They declared the end of the border war in few days after the meeting.

    Abu Dhabi selected as the world's leading sports tourism destination

    44 days ago
    Abu Dhabi is selected as the world's leading Sports tourism Destination for the seventh consecutive time. The decision was made at the 26th edition of the World Travel Awards (WTA) that is being held in Muscat, Oman.  Abu Dhabi: ♦ Abu Dhabi stands as a premium destination for sports tourism in 2019. It hosted some of the world's top sporting events, such as the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Club World Cup 2017 and 2018, the AFC Asian Cup 2019, the Special Olympics World Games 2019, the 1st edition of the UAE Tour, and the Brazil vs South Korea international friendly match. ♦ The Kingdom is to host annual acclaimed sports events including the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, Formula 1 Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, and the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi. ♦ Recently, the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi announced a five-year partnership with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to host annual premier fixtures in the capital as part of Abu Dhabi Showdown Week. World Travel Awards (WTA): WTA was established in 1993. WTA acknowledges and rewards excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. The winners of the award are selected by an international jury of hospitality experts, mainly from the World Travel and Tourism Council.

    Zozibini Tunzi was crowned as the 2019 Miss Universe

    45 days ago
    South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi was crowned as the Miss Universe 2019. Zozibini and Miss Universe Puerto Rico Madison Anderson were the top two contestants for the 2019 Miss Universe title. Miss Universe Mexico Sofia Aragon won third place. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray crowned Zozibini Tunzi, the winner of the title, at the event held in Atlanta on 8 December. Zozibini Tunzi: Zozibini Tunzi, 26-year-old, is from South Africa. She fights against gender-based violence. She devoted her social media campaign to change the narrative around gender stereotypes. She is a proud advocate for natural beauty. She encourages women to love themselves the way they are. Miss Universe pageant: Miss Universe beauty pageant is held every year. It was formed on 28 June 1952. It is run by Miss Universe Organization. 2019 Miss Universe pageant: The 2019 Miss Universe pageant was held on 8 December 2019 in Atlanta, the US. 90 finalists participated in the pageant contest.  Result: Winner: Zozibini Tunzi, South Africa Runner up: Madison Anderson, Puerto Rico 3rd place: Sofia Aragon, Mexico

    Ministry of Information called entries for the 8th National Photography Awards

    46 days ago
    Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has invited entries for the 8th National Photography Awards. It released the guidelines for the awards. The awards are organized by the Photo Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Aim: The award aims to promote the medium of photography with the various facets of the country such as arts, people, society, culture, development, heritage, history, life, and traditions and to encourage professional and amateur photographers across India.  Theme: The theme of 8th National Photography awards: ♦ For Professional Category, it is Life and Water  ♦ For Amateur Category, it is the Cultural Heritage of India Categories: The award will be given under: ♦ Lifetime achievement award ♦ 8th National Photography Awards under the professional category Professional Photographer of the Year Special Mention Award (Professional) ♦ 8th National Photography Awards under amateur category Amateur Photographer Of The Year Special Mention Award (Amateur) The Ministry said the entries must be submitted by up to 6.00 PM on the last date 31 December 2019. The late entries will not be accepted.

    Mumbai Central railway station certified as India's first Eat Right Station

    47 days ago
    Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) certified Mumbai Central railway station as India's first Eat Right Station. It rated the station with four stars rating. The move comes under the Eat Right India initiative started by FSSAI in 2018.  Eat Right Station: ♦ Indian Railways (IR) launched the Eat Right Station as a part of efforts to help passengers make a healthy and right food choice. ♦ Mumbai Central Railway Station has been judged on the basis of compliance of food safety and hygiene, food handling at preparation, availability of healthy diet, food waste management, transshipment and retail, and serving point, promotion of local and seasonal food. ♦ The station aims to create awareness on food safety and a healthy diet. ♦ FSSAI in partnership with Western Railways (WR) and Indian Railways Catering Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has trained food handlers, both in base kitchens and canteens.  ♦ FSSAI officials inspected catering establishments at the station as per the procedure, rated and certified the standard of food. Eat Right India movement: ♦ The movement aims to engage, and enable citizens to improve their health and well-being. The movement is based on two basic foundations namely 'Eat Healthy and Eat Safe'. The movement was initiated by FSSAI. The collective effort ensures that both demand and supply-side interventions occur through the key stakeholders.  ♦ On the demand side, it focuses on the behavioural and social change of the consumers. It is expected to lead them to make the right food choice. ♦ On the supply side, it encourages the people involved in the food business to reformulate their products. It directs them to provide more nutritional awareness to the consumers, including matters like proper water disposal, hygiene maintenance, and following safe food practices. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI): Formed on: August 2011 Headquarters: New Delhi Chairperson: Preeti Sudan CEO: Pawan Kumar Agarwal Parent Organization: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare It is established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. FSSAI protects and promotes public health by continuous regulation and supervision of food safety.

    President Kovind presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards

    48 days ago
    The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards to nursing personnel in New Delhi on 5 December 2019. The event will be held from 5-6 December 2019. The nurses play a vital role in delivering quality and cost-effective healthcare, addressing multiple health challenges and responding to the health needs of individuals, families, and communities. The nurses are a symbol of seva, karuna, and shushrusha. Nurses are the face of healthcare services for the patients and their families. India: There is an increasing number of elderly people who deserve and require proper geriatric care. In India, the elders are taken care of their old age parents. Professional caregivers are in demand to take care of the elderly. It should be noted that the nursing training institutions can consider developing short training programs for such care-givers too. Note: World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

    Awards for the first ever VATAVARAN 2019 were presented

    51 days ago
    The Awards for the first-ever VATAVARAN-2019 Short Film Competition and Festival on Environment was presented in New Delhi. It was organized by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and Centre for Media Studies (CMS). The awards were presented by Shri Ravi Agrawal, Additional Secretary, MoEF&CC at the culmination of the four-day festival where all the shortlisted films were showcased. The Jury comprising Shri Ramesh Sippy, Shri Rahul Rawail, Ms. Manju Borah and Ms. Agnimitra Paul selected the final awardees for the competition. The award was presented in three categories namely: ♦ School students ♦ Amateur and College students ♦ Professionals Under School students category: 345 film entry was received and 35 was nominated Under Amateur and College students category: 173 film entry was received and 42 was nominated Under Professionals category: 82 film entry was received and 35 was nominated  

    Ajit Doval was awarded the honorary doctorate at HNBCIJ

    52 days ago
    Ajit Doval, the National Security Advisor (NSA), was awarded the honorary doctorate at the Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Central University (HNBCIJ) convocation ceremony held at Srinagar. Around 414 students and scholars were awarded. Among them, 45 students received gold medals for scoring excellent marks. Ajit Doval: Ajit Doval is the 5th National Security Advisor (NSA) to the Prime Minister of India. He assumed office on 30 May 2014. In 2004-05, he served as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau. He is considered as an important person in Indian revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status.  He has received Police Medal, President's Police Medal awards for his meritorious service. In 1988 he was awarded the Kirti Chakra. He became the first police officer to receive the medal.

    Akkitham Namboodiri to be awarded the 55th Jnanpith Award

    53 days ago
    Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboodiri has been chosen as the recipient of the 55th Jnanpith Award. The 93-year old considered to have brought modernism in Malayalam poetry. Akkitham is the 6th Malayalam writer to be conferred with the award after G Sankara Kurup, Thakazhi, SK Pottekatt, MT Vasudevan Nair and ONV Kurup. Akkitham Achuthan Namboodiri: Akkitham has more than 43 literary works in Malayalam. His work includes Irupatham Noottandinte Ithihasam (The legend of the 20th century). He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2017. The poet has also received several other awards, including the Kerala Sahitya Academy Award in 1971, the Sahitya Academy Award in 1973, and the Vayalar Award in 2012. Jnanpith Award: Jnanpith Award was instituted in 1961. It is sponsored by Bharatiya Jnanpith. It is India's highest literary honour. The award recognizes the outstanding contribution of the authors towards literature.  The award is presented only on the writing of the Indian writers in Indian languages that are included in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution and English, with no posthumous conferral. Jnanpith Award was awarded for the first time in 1965. The first awardee is G. Sankara Kurup.

    NDTV won International Press Institute India award

    53 days ago
    The private news channel NDTV won the International Press Institute India award for excellence in journalism. The award recognized the exposure of the conspiracy to scuttle the Kathua rape and murder case probe. It was a strong expose of the political hypocrisy across the political spectrum. The award will be presented to NDTV in December. A jury of eminent editors headed by former Attorney General of India Soli Sorabjee reviewed the nominations for the award. The jury unanimously selected NDTV for the IPI India award. International Press Institute (IPI): Founded on: October 1950 Headquarters: Vienna, Austria IPI promotes and protects press freedom and the improvement of journalism practices. IPI has members in over 120 countries. IPI India award: IPI India had instituted the International Press Institute India award in 2003. It is presented every year. The award honours and recognizes the best work done by any Indian media organization or journalist in television, radio, print, internet mediums, and public interest. The first awardee of the IPI India Excellence in Journalism is the Indian Express. The award recognized its reporting of the Gujarat riots and its aftermath. Prize: The IPI Indian award comprises a cash prize of Rs.2 lakh, a trophy, and a citation.

    Neha Dixit was awarded the 2019 International Press Freedom Award

    55 days ago
    The Indian journalist Neha Dixit was awarded the 2019 International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). She has covered gender, politics, and social justice in print, TV, and online media for more than a decade. The award recognized her investigation that shed a light on important issues in the country, including extrajudicial killings by police, in 2019. Other awardees: Other journalists who received the award are Lucia Pineda Ubau and Miguel Mora from Nicaragua, Maxence Melo Mubyazi from Tanzania, Patricia Campos Mello from Brazil, Zafar Abbas from Pakistan. Neha Dixit: Neha Dixit is an Indian journalist. She writes form investigative reports on gender, politics and social justice in South Asia. She has authored many books including The Girl Not From Madras, First Hand: Graphic Non-fiction from India, Shadow Lines. She was awarded the Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Woman Journalist for 2016. It is the highest award for women journalists in India. She has also received the Young Journalist Award by Thomson Foundation, Lorenzo Natali Award by the European Commission, News Television Awards, UNFPA Laadli Award, Anupama Jayaraman Award. Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ): Formed on: 1981 Headquarters: New York, United States CPJ is known as Journalism's Red Cross. The committee defends the rights of journalists and promotes press freedom.  International Press Freedom Award: The award was instituted by Committee to Protect Journalists in 1991. The award honours journalists who show courage in defending press freedom despite attacks, threats, or imprisonment. The first honorees of the award are Bill Foley and Cary Vaughan from US, Pius Njawe from Cameroon, Wang Juntao and Chen Ziming from China, Tatyana Mitkova from Russia and Byron Barrera from Guatemala.

    G Satheesh Reddy was awarded the honorary fellowship by RAeS

    56 days ago
    G Satheesh Reddy, the Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), was awarded the Honorary Fellowship. The award was presented by the Royal Aeronautical Society of the United Kingdom. The award recognized his contributions towards development and indigenous design, deployment of aerospace vehicles, diversified missile systems, guided weapons and avionics technologies in India. The award is very special as Reddy is the first Indian recipient of the prestigious award in over 100 years. Dr. Satheesh Reddy: Dr. Satheesh Reddy is famously known as Junior Kalam and Next-Generation Missile Man among students. He led the Mission Shakti which is India's first Anti-Satellite Missile Test (ASAT) mission. It demonstrated an extremely high degree of precision and technological prowess. This enabled India to join a select group of four nations with such capability.  He also bolstered the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) programme and successfully demonstrated missile interception capabilities at high altitudes. He led the development of advanced avionics in India. He achieved many successful missions including long-range Agni 5 strategic missile. Reddy's contributions toward Research and development have made India self-reliant in Missiles and Avionics technologies. Dr. Satheesh Reddy has received many other awards including National Aeronautical Prize, AIAA Missile Systems Award, National Design Award, National Systems Gold Medal, Homi J Bhabha Gold Medal and Technology Leadership Award, IEI-IEEE (USA) award for engineering excellence. Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS): Formed in: January 1866 Located at: London, United kingdom RAeS is a British multi-disciplinary professional institution that is dedicated to the global aerospace community. Honorary fellowship award: The first awardee of the Honorary fellowship award of the Royal Aeronautical Society was Sir Thomas Sopwith. He was awarded in 1950.

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