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  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh presented Raksha MantriTrophy

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

    159 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

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    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

    167 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

    180 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

    200 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

    215 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

    216 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

    221 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

    222 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

    224 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

    224 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.

    Minister Rajnath Singh to confer WTI Awards on 8 March

    227 days ago
    The 4th Edition of the Women Transforming India Awards (WTI) is to be awarded on 8 March 2020, the International Women's Day. The award ceremony is organized by NITI Aayog's Women Entrepreneurship Platform. The Women Transforming India Awards 2019 will be conferred by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.  The WTI recognized 30 finalists fro the award. Out of which 15 winners will be felicitated. The Women Entrepreneurship Platform completes two years since its inception. Women Entrepreneurship Platform: The Women Entrepreneurship Platform is bringing together stakeholders to transform the entrepreneurial ecosystem for women. It offers information and services that will resolve the existing information asymmetry. The platform was formulated on three pillars, namely "Iccha Shakti, Gyan Shakti, and Karma Shakti." The platform also has an aggregator platform for established and aspiring entrepreneurs. It provides incubator support, mentorship, funding avenues, compliance and taxation support, and peer learning. Currently, there are over 14,000 registered users in the Women Entrepreneurship Platform. The program was initiated with 30 partners. WTI Awards: The Women Transforming India Awards was initiated since 2018. The awards are under the support of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform on the theme of "Women and Entrepreneurship." The Women Entrepreneurship Platform identifies inspiring stories of successful women entrepreneurs. This process includes a review of applications, jury, and super jury rounds with assistance from mentors and partners of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform.

    KPIT Sparkle 2020 winners awarded

    228 days ago
    KPIT announced the winners of KPIT Sparkle 2020 on 4 March. The 30 select teams who presented their ideas on transformative solutions in mobility and energy were awarded.  Winners: Army Institute of Technology, Pune, was awarded gold and a cash prize of Rs.5 Lakhs Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur and Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru jointly won silver awards of Rs.2.5 Lakhs.  KPIT Sparkle 2020: ♦ The event was associated with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under Ministry of Science and Technology, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), NITI Aayog's Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), India Design Council, National Institute of Design, and ONGC Energy Centre as its knowledge partners. ♦ The event showed the necessity of innovation to reach the end destination and pointed out that innovation could be a technology, a product, a process, but should add value and create something that is of utility. ♦ KPIT Sparkle 2020 emphasized the role of the Department of Science and Technology to encourage Science Technology and Innovation. ♦ The event provided an innovative platform that nurtures, mentors, and supports aspiring entrepreneurs and connects them with incubators in the ecosystem to transform their inventive ideas into viable products. ♦ The event inspired students from the Science, technology, engineering, management (STEM) streams to identify and solve real-life problems in sustainability by designing new technology-enabled solutions.  ♦ It encouraged and facilitated students to secure intellectual property for their solutions. Participants: Around 20,000 students from more than 1000 colleges across India and faculty members from science, engineering, design and management colleges, and universities participated in the event.

    Scientists from IIT Delhi, DRDO received National Award

    229 days ago
    Scientists from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and IIT-Delhi received National Award for Young Women Showing Excellence through Application of Technology for Societal Benefits.  Dr. Shweta Rawat: Dr. Shweta Rawat from Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), DRDO, Timarpur, Delhi was awarded for the discovery of female-specific Full Body Protector. The device aimed to safeguard the Female troops deployed in riot control actions. The gear has been developed in collaboration with the Rapid Action Force using the ergonomic design principle based on anthropometric dimensions specific for female troops. It has unique properties, including anti-stab, anti-puncture, flame retardant and acid resistance. It assures greater comfort and flexibility to the women forces while deployed in law and order maintenance duties. Dr. Shalini Gupta: Dr. Shalini Gupta, Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, was awarded as she led the development of a technology SeptifloTM. It offers fast and affordable assay for point-of-care diagnosis and treatment of bacterial septicemia. She is pursuing unconventional approaches to design novel bio-systems for medical diagnosis, drug delivery, and biomaterials fabrication on a chip through the start-up Nano DX Healthcare Pvt.

    President to confer National Lalit Kala Akademi Awards

    229 days ago
    President Ram Nath Kovind is to confer Lalit Kala Akademi's 61st annual awards to 15 artists on 4 March 2020 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. The award appreciates the extraordinary talents to perform even better in the future. Jury: The awardees were selected by jury of the eminent artists. The winners of the award are:  ♦ Anoop Kumar Manzukhi Gopi from Thrissur, Kerala ♦ David Malakar from Kolkata, West Bengal ♦ Devendra Kumar Khare from Vadodara, Gujarat ♦ Dinesh Pandya from Mumbai, Maharashtra ♦ Faruque Ahmed Halder from 24 Parganas in Kolkata, West Bengal ♦ Hari Ram Kumbhawat from Jaipur, Rajasthan  ♦ Keshari Nandan Prasad from Jaipur, Rajasthan ♦ Mohan Kumar T from Bengaluru, Karnataka  ♦ Ratan Krishna Saha from Mumbai, Maharashtra  ♦ Sagar Vasant Kamble from Mumbai, Maharashtra ♦ Satwinder Kaur from New Delhi ♦ Sunil Thiruvayur from Ernakulam, Kerala ♦ Tejaswi Narayan Sonawane from Solapur, Maharashtra  ♦ Yashpal Singh from Delhi  ♦ Yashwant Singh from Delhi The jury selected the winners from among 283 artworks selected by the first tier Jury.  Lalit Kala Akademi: Lalit Kala Akademi, also known as the National Academy of Art was set up by the Government of India on 5 August 1954. The autonomous body is located in New Delhi. In 1957, the Akademi was given statutory authority under the Societies Registration Act 1860. The Akademi serves by promoting the creative endeavors of Indian artists. It brings the fine arts of the artists to bear upon a large number of people. The Akademi plays an important role in defining and redefining, the sensibility of an entire culture, falling under the visual arts spectrum.

    Assam CM awarded 2020 Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee award

    233 days ago
    Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was conferred the Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee award 2020 for Politics on 28 February. The award was conferred by the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Speaker of People's Majlis of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed at the 6th India Ideas Conclave in Gujarat. He was awarded for his work in integrating the nation and to take Mukherjee's vision and philosophy forward. Syama Prasad Mukherjee: Syama Prasad Mukherjee was born on 6 July 1901. He served as the youngest ever Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University. He is the first Minister of Industry and Supply in independent India. In 1946, he demanded the partition of Bengal to prevent the inclusion of its Hindu-majority areas in a Muslim-dominated East Pakistan. He co-founded Janata Party (renamed as BJP) in the year 1977-1979. He was arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir State police for entering the state without a permit. He passed away in jail on 23 June 1953. Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee award: Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee award was instituted by India Foundation. The award carries a citation, a specially designed trophy and a cheque worth Rs.1 lakh.

    President presented awards to 21 winners on National Science day

    233 days ago
    President Ram Nath Kovind conferred national awards to 21 winners for science communication and popularization including women excellence awards for meritorious women scientists on the occasion of National Science Day. The awards included Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR) Awards, National Science and Technology Communication Awards, SERB Women Excellence Awards, and National Award for Young Woman Showing Excellence through Application of Technology for Societal Benefits.  Three initiatives: On the occasion, President announced three key initiatives for Gender Advancement and Equality in Academic and Research Institutions.  1) Vigyan Jyoti: Vigyan Jyoti is an initiative that will create a level-playing field for the meritorious girls in high school to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in their higher education.  2) GATI: The Gender Advancement for Transforming Institutions (GATI) initiative will develop a comprehensive Charter and a framework for assessing the Gender Equality in STEM.  3) Online portal for S&T resources for women: An online portal for science and technology resources for women will provide e-resources related to all women-specific government schemes, scholarships, fellowships, career counseling with details of subject area experts from various disciplines in science and technology. National Science Day: National Science Day (NSD) is celebrated every year on 28 February in India to commemorate the discovery of the 'Raman Effect' by the Indian physicist Sir CV Raman. This year the theme was 'Women in Science'. 

    Jadav Payeng to be conferred the 2020 Swami Vivekananda Karmayogi Award

    234 days ago
    Padma Shri Jadav Payeng will be conferred with the Swami Vivekananda Karmayogi Award on 29 February in New Delhi at a function instituted by My Home India. He was awarded the 6th Karmayogi Award for his consistent efforts in creating a real man-made forest through massive reforestation. The award is composed of a trophy, a recitation and a reward of Rs 1 lakh. Jadav Payeng: Jadav Payeng is famously known as the Forest Man of India. Padma Shri Jadav Payeng is an environmental activist and forest worker from Jorhat. In the past several years, he has planted and tended trees on a sandbar of the river Brahmaputra turning it into a forest reserve. Swami Vivekananda Karmayogi Award: Swami Vivekananda Smriti Karmayogi Award is organized by My Home India in New Delhi. The award was conferred for the first time in 2013. Karmayogi Award is presented to great personalities from North-Eastern India who dedicate their lives to Nation and promote Nationalism through art & culture, sports, education, etc. for their contribution to respective fields.

    Khanderao, Vasudev Kamath was conferred the Raja Ravi Varma Award

    235 days ago
    The Raja Ravi Varma State Award for the year 2019 was conferred on a veteran painter from Kalaburagi Prof. J.S. Khanderao and senior artist from Mumbai, Vasudev Kamath for the year 2020 at a programme organized in the institute premises located on Narasaraja Road in Chamundipuram, Mysore, Karnataka.  Prof. J.S. Khanderao was awarded for his art that defines the history of human culture as the art is a form of human expression. The painting dates back to the ages of primitive times. The art form has undergone rapid transformations over centuries. Vasudev Kamath was awarded for his more expressive form of art. Raja Ravi Varma State Award: Raja Ravi Varma State Award was instituted by Karnataka's Shri Ravivarma Art Institute. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.10,000 and a citation.

    Hrithik Roshan was conferred Best Actor award at Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival

    237 days ago
    Hrithik Roshan was conferred Best Actor award for his film Super 30 at the 10th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2020, Delhi NCR, India. In Super 30, Hrithik enacted the role of a math teacher named Anand Kumar who lives in Bihar. Anand gives free education to the unprivileged students to help them ace the IIT-JEE exams in the movie. Full list of winners: Best Film - Super 30 Best Actor - Hrithik Roshan Most Promising Actor - Kiccha Sudeep Best Actor in Television Series - Dheeraj Dhoopar Best Actress in Television - Divyanka Tripathi Most Favourite Television Actor - Harshad Chopda Most Favourite Jodi in Television Series - Sriti Jha and Shabbir Ahluwalia (Kumkum Bhagya) Best Reality Show - Bigg Boss 13 Best Television Series - Kumkum Bhagya Best Playback Singer Male - Armaan Malik

    Ms. Jiya felicitated for creating world record in open water swimming

    237 days ago
    Ms. Jiya was awarded a Certificate and Trophy for her record-breaking achievement by creating a world record. She was felicitated by Mr. Abhay Dadhe, Associate Vice President of Swimming Federation of India at an award ceremony held at K R Kama hall, Mumbai on 23 February.  Jiya Rai achievement: Ms. Jiya Rai is an eleven-year-old daughter of Madan Rai, Master Chief at Arms II, posted in INS Shikra. She is studying VI standard in Navy Children School (NCS), Mumbai. She created a world record on 15 February 2020 by becoming the fastest special girl to swim 14 Km in open water. She swam from Elephanta Island to Gateway of India, a distance of 14 Km in 3 hours 27 minutes and 30 seconds (03:27:30). The solo swimming event was conducted under the supervision of the Swimming Association of Maharashtra, an authorized body of the Swimming Federation of India.  Jiya was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Delay in Speech when she was 2 years old. The water therapy developed a passion for swimming in her. Her achievement was qualified to be registered in Asia Book, India Book of Records, and Limca Book of Records for the youngest and first special girl in the world.

    Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank conferred the 2019 Vishwakarma Awards

    237 days ago
    Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' presents Vishwakarma Awards 2019 to the winners in New Delhi. It was organized in the All India Council for Technical Training. 23 groups were awarded the Chatra Vishwakarma Awards (CVA). Six institutes were awarded the Utkrisht Santhan Vishwakarma Award (USVA). The award recognizes college students who have good potential and are an asset to the nation. He appreciated NITI Ayog and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi) to support college students by bringing their concepts into actuality. Vishwakarma Awards: Vishwakarma Awards was instituted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) since 2017. The awards were instituted for the growth of society by means of the stakeholders of its accepted institutes. The Awards are aimed to motivate younger people and inspire leaders and organizations. Class-I: Chhatra Vishwakarma Awards (CVA) is conferred for Excellent Progressive Staff (for College students & Mentor). Class-II: Utkrisht Sansthan Vishwakarma Award (USVA) is conferred for exemplary Institutional intervention. The award will boost the efficiency of their particular domains resulting in vital contributions in the direction of the expansion and growth of the Nation as an entire. The winners were chosen based on the theme "Methods to improve the revenue of Village". Indian Society of Technical Training (ISTE) and Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) of NITI Ayog agreed to collaborate with AICTE for the Vishwakarma Awards 2019.

    Dr. Niti Kumar received 2020 SERB Women Excellence Award

    238 days ago
    Dr. Niti Kumar has received the SERB Women Excellence Award 2020. The award will be conferred by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind during National Science Day Celebrations on 28 February 2020 in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The award is presented to women scientists below 40 years of age who have received recognition from national academies. The winner will be supported by a research grant of Rs.5 lakhs per annum for 3 years by Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India (SERB-DST). Dr. Niti Kumar: Dr. Niti Kumar is a Senior Scientist from Division of Molecular Parasitology and Immunology, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow. Her research group is trying to understand the protein quality control machinery in the human malaria parasite for the exploration of alternative drug targets for malaria intervention. She has won several awards and recognitions in her credit including, Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (DBT-IYBA, 2015) by Indian National Science Academy, Ramalingaswami Fellowship (2013-2018), EMBO Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2010-2012), Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (2010), INSA Medal for Young Scientist (2010), Max Planck Post-doctoral fellowship at Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (2009), and Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellowship by European Union under 6th Framework Programme (2005-2006).

    Sreeramakrishnan was conferred the Ideal Legislative Assembly Speaker Award

    240 days ago
    The Ideal Legislative Assembly Speaker/Ideal Legislative Council Chairman Award was presented to the Speaker of the Kerala Legislative Assembly, Shri P. Ramakrishnan. It was conferred by the Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu at the 10th edition of Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad in New Delhi on 20 February 2020.  P. Sreeramakrishnan: P. Sreeramakrishnan was born on 14 November 1967 in Perinthalmanna, Kerala. On 3 June 2016, he was elected as the Speaker of the Kerala State Legislative Assembly. Since June 2011, he represented the Ponnani constituency, Kerala.

    SK Barua was conferred the PSU Leadership Award

    241 days ago
    SK Barua, Chairman, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) North East Council & Managing Director, Numaligarh Refinery Ltd was conferred with the seventh PSU Leadership Award on 19 February. The award was conferred by the Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries, Arjun Ram Meghwal. SK Barua: Barua is a Cost & Management Accountant has decades of rich experience in Finance & Business Development with disciplines in Oil & Gas Industry. Prior to his appointment as Managing Director of Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL), he served as the Director (Finance) in NRL.

    RailMadad was received National e-Governance Award

    242 days ago
    RailMadad was awarded Silver under Category II of National e-Governance Awards-"Excellence in providing Citizen-centric Delivery". The award was presented at the 23rd National Conference on e-Governance which was held in Mumbai on 7-8 February 2020.  RailMadad: ♦ RailMadad is the grievance redressal portal of Indian Railways. ♦ The portal can be accessed by Railways customers using RailMadad Helpline 139, website railmadad.indianrailways.gov.in and RailMadad App. ♦ It provides ease of access, convergence & Integration, fast forward redressal, accountability, and citizen empowerment. National e-Governance Awards: National e-Governance Awards are presented every year by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG). The award aims to recognize and promote excellence in the implementation of e-Governance initiatives. More than 500 nominations were received. A total of 20 projects were selected for e-Governance Awards in six categories.

    Lewis Hamilton, Lionel Messi jointly won the Laureus World Sportsman of the year award

    242 days ago
    British racing driver Lewis Hamilton and footballer Lionel Messi were declared the joint winners of the Laureus World Sportsman of the year award. The two received the same number of votes. For the first in the 20-year history, the award was split.  Other awardees: ♦ American gymnast Simone Bile received the World Sportswoman of the year award. This is her third in four years after winning it in 2017 and in 2019. She has won five gold medals at the 2019 World Championships. ♦ Chloe Kim won the World Action Sportsperson honour. It is her second straight in the same category. ♦ Oksana Masters won the Sportsperson of the year with a disability category. She has won five gold medals and a silver at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships. ♦ The World Team of the Year Award was clinched by the South Africa Rugby team. ♦ Egan Bernal won the World Breakthrough of the Year award. He became the youngest rider to win the Tour de France at 22. ♦ German basketball player Dirk Nowitzki won the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the sport of basketball. ♦ Spanish Basketball Federation got the Exceptional Achievement Award.

    Oscar 2020 Winners List

    252 days ago
    The 92nd Academy (Oscars) Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on 9 February 2020.  Oscar 2020 Winners List: Best actor: Joaquin Phoenix- Joker Best actress: Renée Zellweger- Judy Best director: Bong Joon-ho- Parasite Best picture: Parasite  Best supporting actor: Brad Pitt in "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" Best animated feature: Toy Story 4 Best animated short: Hair Love Best original screenplay: Parasite Best adapted screenplay: Jojo Rabbit Best live-action short: The Neighbours' Window Best animated short: Hair Love Best production design: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Best costume design: Little Women Best documentary: American Factory Best documentary short: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl) Best supporting actress: Laura Dern- Marriage Story Best cinematography: 1917 Best sound editing: Ford v Ferrari Best sound mixing: 1917 Best film editing: Ford v Ferrari Best visual effects: 1917 Best makeup and hair: Bombshell Best international feature film: Parasite Best original score: Joker Best original song: I'm Gonna Love Me Again by Rocketman

    Manoj Das received the Mystic Kalinga Literary Award

    254 days ago
    Odia and English writer Manoj Das received the Mystic Kalinga Literary Award (Indian and Global Languages) at the Mystic Kalinga Festival (MKF). He received the award at the literary-cultural festival in Bhubneswar on 8 February. The award carried a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh along with a khadi shawl and certificate for the laureate. Manoj Das: Manoj Das is currently teaching English literature and Philosophy at the Sri Aurobindo International University in Puducherry. He was recently conferred Padma Bhushan, the country's third-highest civilian award for his contribution in the field of literature and education. Mystic Kalinga Festival: ♦ Mystic Kalinga Festival is being held from 8-9 February in Bhubneswar, Odisha. ♦ The festival included the amalgamation of poetry readings, lectures, music concerts, panel discussions, and dance performances. ♦ The two-day festival aimed to give deep insight into literature, both in India and the world, also promises to give a peek into the many nuances of the strange and fascinating condition called "bhakti". ♦ Poets, translators, and scholars discussed some of the greatest mystic poets of the subcontinent like Appar, Sambandar, Tulsidas, Ravidas, Adi Shankara, and several others. ♦ Mystic Mic, a platform for standup performers, designed to celebrate the innocence and beauty of rural India and its Mystic connection with nature, life, music, dance, and songs is one of the major attractions of the festival this time.

    President awarded the International Gandhi Awards for Leprosy

    256 days ago
    The President of India Ram Nath Kovind presented the International Gandhi Awards for Leprosy to Dr. N.S. Dharmashaktu under the Individual category and The Leprosy Mission Trust under the institutional category on 6 February 2020. Government's measure on leprosy: ♦ Government has accomplished levels of leprosy elimination defined as less than one case per ten thousand population. Also, the stigma and prejudice against leprosy have been reduced considerably through the efforts taken by scientists, researchers, organizations and community workers. It should be considered that the new cases continue to occur and high-burden pockets of the disease do exist. ♦ The government is now taking measures to intensify the efforts towards early detection of leprosy cases, provide equitable access to appropriate treatment and provide integrated leprosy services in the geographically focused areas. ♦ It is also creating awareness and educate people on this disease and its different dimensions ♦ Centre also plans to empower those who have been discriminated against on account of leprosy through advocacy and information dissemination. Leprosy in India: World Health Organization (WHO) reported that around 200,000 leprosy cases are detected globally and India accounts for more than 50% of these case every year. In 2005, Leprosy was declared eradicated in India. Followed by Brazil and Indonesia, India has the highest number of new leprosy cases in the world

    Salmara Mankachar district received National Award for implementing Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana

    256 days ago
    The district of South Salmara Mankachar of Assam won National Award for implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana under the category of State/Union Territory having a population of more than one crore. The award was conferred by the Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani in a prize distribution meeting held at New Delhi.  Awarded for: The award recognized the performance of Assam in implementing the scheme. In April 2019, only 24% of the targeted beneficiaries of the district were covered. The department improved its performance to cover 95% of the targeted beneficiaries. Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana: ♦ The Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana scheme was effectively implemented from 1 January 2017.  ♦ The scheme aims to meet enhanced nutritional needs and partially compensate for wage loss.  ♦ Under the Scheme, the Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers (PW&LM) will be given Rs.5,000 in three installments. ♦ The cash benefits will be transacted to the pregnant women in their bank account directly. ♦ The scheme will satisfy various conditionality namely ante-natal check-up, early registration of pregnancy, and registration of the birth of the child and completion of the first cycle of vaccination for the first living child of the family.

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