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  • Sahitya Akademi announces winners of 2019 Bal Sahitya Puraskar, Yuva Puraskar

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    Sahitya Akademi, India's national academy of letters has announced a list of 22 winners of the Bal Sahitya Puraskar and 23 recipients of the Yuva Puraskar for the year 2019. The selection of awardees in Agartala has been approved by the Executive Board of the Akademi, under the chairmanship of its President, Chandrashekhar Kambar. The Bal Puraskar awaard is to be conferred upon the winners on the Children's Day. The day for the Yuva Puraskar is yet to be decided. Prize: The winners of both the awards will receive a casket containing an engraved copper plaque and a cheque of Rs 50,000. Awardees: Six books of children's poetry has won the Bal Sahitya Puraskar. The books includes works by Vijay Sharma (Dogri), Naji Munauwar (Kashmiri), and Sanjay Chaubey (Sanskrit); five story books by authors including Govind Sharma (Hindi), Mohammad Khalil (Urdu), and Swmim Nasrin (Assamese); and five authors for their total contribution in children's literature. One folk tale author, Lakhminath Brahma, in Bodo language, three novels by Chandrakanth Karadalli (Kannada), Salim Sardar Mulla (Marathi), and Pawan Harchandpuri (Punjabi); one history book by Devika Cariapa in English, and one play by R K Sanahanbi Chanu in Manipuri The books that won the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2019 includes eleven books of poetry, including works by Anuj Lugun (Hindi), Sagar Nazir (Kashmiri), Anuja Akathoottu (Malayalam); six of short stories by authors, including Tanuj Solanki (English), Ajay Soni (Gujarati), Keerti Parihar (Rajasthani); five novels by Moumita (Bengali), and Salman Abdus Samad (Urdu).

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    Akshaya Patra was awarded the BBC World Service Global Champion Award

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    The Bengaluru-based NGO Akshaya Patra has been awarded the BBC World Service Global Champion Award for the programme. The award is presented at the BBC Food and Farming Awards in Bristol, London. The award recognises a project or person who is changing the way the world produces, processes, consumes or thinks about food for the better. Akshaya Patra was selected by an international panel of judges from nominations sent in by the World Service audience around the world. Other projects on the shortlist included UK charity WRAP, and Food 4 Education. Akshaya Patra: Akshaya Patra is a non-profit organisation which was established on 2000. The organisation runs one of the world’s largest school meals project in India.  The mission aims to ensure that no child is deprived of education because of hunger. It recognises that children may abandon education to do menial jobs to earn enough money to eat and also an empty stomach in the classromm can make it hard for them to concentrate. 20 years ago, the charity started its mid­day meal programme. Initially it provided 1,500 free school lunches every day. Today, it feeds 1.75 million children all over India. The organisation has its location in various states like Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh.

    Author Amitav Ghosh was conferred the 54th Jnanpith Award

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    Author Amitav Ghosh was conferred the 54th Jnanpith Award. He was awarded for his contribution to the enrichment of Indian literature in English at a ceremony. The award was presented by the former governor of West Bengal Gopalkrishna Gandhi in New Delhi on 13 June. Amitav Ghosh is the first English writer to get this prestigious  Jnanpith Award Amitav Ghosh: Amitav Ghosh is an Indian writer. He is best known for his work in English fiction. In 2007, the government of India awarded him the civilian honour of Padma Shri. He also received the Israeli Dan David Prize, together with Margaret Atwood. His works and awards: His book, The Circle of Reason won the Prix Médicis étranger which is France's top literary awards.  His work 'The Calcutta Chromosome' won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for 1997.  Also, his work 'Sea of Poppies' was shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize.  The book 'River of Smoke' was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2011.  Jnanpith Award: The Jnanpith Award is an Indian literary award. It was instituted in 1961. The award was sponsored by Bharatiya Jnanpith, a literary research organization. It is presented annually by the Bharatiya Jnanpith to an author for their outstanding contribution towards literature. The award is bestowed only on Indian writers who writes in Indian languages that are included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India and English, with no posthumous conferral. G. Sankara Kurup was the first who received the award in 1965. The award consists of a citation plaque, a cash prize of Rs.12 lakh (around), and a bronze replica of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge and wisdom



    Priyanka Chopra to be honoured with humanitarian award by UNICEF

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    Indian actress Priyanka Chopra with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)Snowflake Ball in the month of December. The event will be held on December 3 in New York. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She visited Ethiopia last month. She is known for her contribution to social causes  She will raise her voice for children’s education. India to raise awareness against child welfare. She is also to improve the education, health and safety of girl child in India. About UNICEF Headquarters: New York, New York, United States Head: Henrietta H. Fore Founded: 11 December 1946, New York, New York, United States Executive director: Henrietta H. Fore  

    JNU to confer alumni award to Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and S Jaishankar

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    Executive Council of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) planned to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar with the 'Distinguished Alumni Award' on the third convocation of the university The function is to be held in the month of August. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman studied in the School of Social Sciences and the School of International Studies of the university for her MA and M Phil degrees respectively. Minister of External Affairs Dr S Jaishankar studied in the School of International Studies where he completed his M Phil and Doctoral research with the specialisation in nuclear diplomacy. About Nirmala Sitharaman Nirmala Sitharaman is an Indian politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) It is currently serving as the Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs. She is a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.

    Ministry for Information and Broadcasting instituted Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS)

    10 June 2019
    The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) has instituted its first Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS). It was announced by the Minister Prakash Javadekar. The aim of the award is to acknowledge the positive role & responsibility of media in disseminating the outreach of Yoga in India and abroad. The award will be conferred to Media Houses engaged in Print Media, Electronic and (Television & Radio).  Prize: The award comprises of a special medal/plaque/trophy and a citation. Six juries will assess the contribution of Media in the popularising of Yoga. The duration of the coverage for AYDMS would be from 10th June to 25th June 2019. Announcement of the honors will be announced and Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS) ceremony in July 2019 (tentative date). Categories: The award would be given under the following categories: 1)Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Newspapers - Eleven Sammans will be conferred in 22 Indian languages and English 2)Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Television - Eleven Sammans will be conferred in 22 Indian languages and English 3)Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Radio - Eleven Sammans will be conferred in 22 Indian languages and English In 2019, the year the award was instituted, thirty-three awards have been conferred under the 3 categories. Yoga: United Nations has universally acknowledged Yoga under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Yoga is being practiced globally around 200 countries on 21 June every year. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophical traditions.

    Maldives to confer its highest award Nishan Izzuddin on Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    10 June 2019
    Shri Narendra Modi is conferred with Maldives highest award ‘Nishan Izzuddin’ The main aim of the visit is to further cement ties with the Indian Ocean archipelago. Earlier, Prime Minister Modi and President Solih held delegation-level talks as the two countries signed a slew of agreements to strengthen bilateral ties in a number of key areas including defence. His last was in November 2018 to attend President Solih's swearing-in, this visit is the first by an Indian prime minister at a bilateral level in eight years. Relation between India and Maldives The relations between India and the Maldives after the sworn in of President Abdulla Yameen. The Imposition of restrictions on work visas for Indians and signing of a new Free Trade Agreement with Beijing also did not go down well with New Delhi. The Maldives is a key to its Maritime Silk Road project in the Indian Ocean acquired Hambantota port in Sri Lanka and Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. Indian Government offered the Maldives a line of credit 800 million us dollars and three important projects have already been identified and the project report preparation is underway.  Water supply and sewerage for 36 of the Islands are implemented. Another one is Addu Urban Development Centre  The third project is the SME Development Financing project. About Maldives Capital: Malé Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa Continent: Asia President: Ibrahim Mohamed Solih Trending

    Former Indian President of India Pratibha Patil conferred the Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca award

    2 June 2019
    Former Indian President Pratibha Patil has been conferred the "Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca" (Order of the Aztec Eagle), the highest civilian award of Mexico given to foreigners, on 1 June 2019. The Ambassador of Mexico to India, Melba Pria, conferred the award on Patil, who created history as this country's first woman President (2007-2012), at a special ceremony held in the MCCIA Bhavan, Pune. Recognized for: Mexico's highest distinction for foreigners is in recognition of their outstanding services to the Mexican nation or humanity, significant contributions to strengthening the bilateral relations between Mexico and other countries. Other India Awardees: Ms. Patil, 85, becomes only the second Indian head of state to get the award. Earlier, the late President S. Radhakrishna had been conferred this honour. Other Indian recipients in various categories include Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, renowned artist Satish Gujral, industrialist Raghupati Singhania, Consul-General of Mexico in Mumbai Rajju Shroff and others. Order of the Aztec Eagle Award: The royal eagle is Mexico's national animal, sacred to the ancient Aztecs and it is present on the National Emblem of the Mexican flag. It is an essential symbol that links their Aztec past with the modern nation.  It is of gold and turquoise and is given to express the respect and admiration of the Mexican people. The award was created by a decree in 1993 by the then President of Mexico, Abelardo L. Rodriguez, it is awarded to prominent heads of state or government, ambassadors after they have served in Mexico, important personalities who have made a major contribution in various fields, service to the country or its people. The award comes in five degrees namely Collar, Sash of Special Category, Sash, Plaque, Venera and Insignia.

    Zaidi wins USD 100,000 Nine Dots Prize

    30 May 2019
    Mumbai-based Writer Annie Zaidi was announced as the 2019 winner of the $100,000 Nine Dots Prize, an award for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues. She won the prize for her entry titled ‘Bread, Cement, Cactus’, a piece that combined memoir and reportage to explore concepts of home and belonging. Her proposed book, based on the prize-winning essay, will be published in May 2020 and will examine how a citizen’s sense of home might collapse, or recover. The varied themes it will address include the politics and economics of death in India, the crossing of caste and religious lines in a marriage, and the Partition of India as a great cultural and emotional sundering. Annie Zaid: She is a freelance writer whose work includes reportage, essays, short stories, poetry, and plays. She has published both fiction and non-fiction, including a collection of essays Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales and Love Stories # 1 to 14, a collection of short fiction published in 2012. Nine Dots Prize: The Nine Dots Prize is sponsored by the Kadas Prize Foundation, a U.K.-registered charity, with support from the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Press.  It aims to promote, engage and encourage innovative thinking so as to address problems facing the modern world. The prestigious book prize is awarded for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues. The winner receives US$100,000 to write a short book expanding on their ideas. Entrants are asked to answer the given question in 3,000 words. All entrants with a minimum of 18 years of age can write. Responses and the resulting book will be in English. 


    Guy Gunaratne received the 2019 Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize

    28 May 2019
    Sri Lankan writer Guy Gunaratne was announced as the winner of 2019 Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize.  He won the award for his debut novel 'In Our Mad and Furious City'. Guy Gunaratne is a 35 years old British-Sri-Lankan human rights documentary filmmaker, turned debut novelist. He won over 5 other shortlisted authors.  The other titles shortlisted for the Swansea prize were: House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Trinity by Louisa Hall, FOLK by Zoe Gilbert and Melmoth by Sarah Perry. 2018's winner Kayo Chingonyi won for his critically-acclaimed debut poetry collection, Kumukanda, which explores black masculinity. About Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize: It is awarded every year for the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under.  The prize includes a prize sum of £30,000 and celebrates the international world of fiction in all its forms including novels, poetry, drama, and short stories.  The year 2019 marks the 11th year of worlds largest English language literary prize for young authors.  

    Prof. Bhargava awarded 2019 Dr Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize

    27 May 2019
    Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Professor Balram Bhargava jointly won the 2019 Dr. Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. He bagged the award for his achievements as a clinician, innovator, researcher, and trainer. Professor (Dr) Balram Bhargava: Professor (Dr) Balram Bhargava, Secretary, Department of Health Research, (Ministry of Health & Family Welfare) and Director General of ICMR joined on 16th April 2018. He is Professor of Cardiology at AIIMS, New Delhi and also serves as the Executive Director for Stanford India Biodesign Centre, School of International Biodesign (SiB). He is an outstanding cardiologist, one of the foremost leaders in biomedical innovation, public health, medical education, and medical research.  Professor Bhargava has excellent leadership qualities and has established the India-Stanford Biodesign program, a unique interdisciplinary fellowship program to foster innovation, design in low-cost implants/devices. He set up the c-GMP Centre for Excellence for Stem Cell Studies, at AIIMS which has initiated treatment of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy which has benefitted a number of no-option heart failure patients waiting on the cardiac transplant list.  Awards: He has been awarded the SN Bose Centenary award, Tata Innovation Fellowship and Vasvik Award for Biomedical Technology Innovation, Ranbaxy Award and the OP Bhasin Award in the field of Health and Medical Sciences. He has been awarded the Padma Shri high civilian award by the Honourable President of India and the UNESCO Equatorial Guinea International Prize for research in Life Sciences at Paris. Dr. Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize: The Dr. LEE Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health was established in 2008. It is awarded to individuals, institutions, and governmental or nongovernmental organizations who have made an outstanding contribution to public health. The Prize aims at rewarding work that has extended far beyond the call of normal duties, and it is not intended as a reward for an excellent performance of duties normally expected of an official position of a governmental or intergovernmental institution. The prize is awarded once a year and consists of a plaque from the Founder and a sum of money which will not exceed US$ 100 000. It will be presented at a special ceremony during the World Health Assembly.

    Indra Nooyi was presented with an honorary degree by the prestigious Yale University

    23 May 2019
    Former PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi was presented with an honorary degree by the prestigious Yale University, her alma mater. The degree is to recognize her achievements in business and for being a global role model who encouraged women and girls to see themselves as top corporate executives. She is celebrated for her leadership and her commitment to helping women achieve success.  Nooyi, She received a degree in Master of Public and Private Management from the university's Yale School of Management in 1980, was presented with the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Nooyi was among 11 individuals to be presented with the honorary degrees for achieving distinction in their fields. Others who received the honorary degrees included author and feminist activist Gloria Steinem, wildlife researcher Cynthia Moss, entrepreneur and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa and Harvard University president Lawrence Bacow. Indra Nooyi: In 2006, Nooyi became the first woman to helm the global food and beverage giant PepsiCo. She stepped down in October 2 last year as PepsiCo's CEO, after 24 years with the company, the last 12 as CEO of the global beverage giant.  Nooyi was recently elected to the board of Amazon, on whose audit compensation committee she sits. She is a member of the World Economic Forum board of trustees and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She is also an independent director of the International Cricket Council and chair of the compensation committee at Schlumberger, an oilfield services company, on whose board she serves.  One of 25 women to have led a Fortune 500 company, Nooyi has appeared frequently on the Forbes and Fortune rankings of the world's most powerful women.

    Shyam Saran will be conferred with Japans second highest national award

    23 May 2019
    Former foreign secretary Shyam Saran is to be awarded Japan's second highest national award The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star. He will be awarded in 2019 Spring Imperial Decorations for his contributions to strengthen strategic ties and enhancing mutual understanding between India and Japan.  Shyam Saran: Saran was India's Foreign Secretary from 2004 to 2006. He had played an important role to elevate Japan-India relationship to a strategic partnership.  During his tenure, the then Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi had visited India for the first time in 5 years. When he was Deputy Chief of Mission of Embassy of India in Japan he contributed to strengthening mutual understanding between Japan and India includes India Festival, which was held in Japan in 1988. Since 2017, he has been enhancing mutual understanding between two countries, such as by hosting an India-Japan Colloquium. The Order of the Rising Sun  It is a Japanese government honour established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji. It was the first national decoration awarded by the Japanese government. It is awarded to those who have made distinguished achievements in international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment.  It consists of badge featuring rags of sunlight from the rising sun. Its design symbolizes energy as powerful as the rising sun in parallel with the "rising sun" concept of Japan (Land of the Rising Sun).

    Govt. invites nomination for Vayoshreshtha Samman for Senior Citizens 2019

    22 May 2019
    The Department of Social Justice And Empowerment had invited nominations for the Vayoshreshtha Samman awards 2019. Nominations for Vayoshreshtha Samman- National Awards for Senior Citizens 2019 for individuals/institutions should be sent by 31st May 2019.  The Ministries/Departments of Government of India and their autonomous organisations/State Govts. or UT Administration can nominate the suitable individuals/institutions for the said Awards. About Vayoshrestha Sammans:  The series of National Award-Vayoshreshtha Samman awards were instituted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in 2005. In 2013 these were elevated to the level of national awards. It is an annual award which is conferred in thirteen categories.  These are conferred to eminent senior citizens and Institutions who are involved in providing distinguished services for the cause of elderly persons.  The Department of Social Justice And Empowerment as part of the celebration of the International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) on 1st October every year has been conferring National Award – Vayoshreshtha Samman to eminent senior citizens and institutions involved in rendering distinguished services for the cause of elderly persons. The National Awards are conferred by the President of India.

    Oman author Jokha Al Harthi wins Booker International Prize

    22 May 2019
    Oman Author Jokha Al Harthi won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for "Celestial Bodies", the story of three sisters of a desert country confronting its slave-owning past and a complex modern world. Jokha Alharthi, the first Arabic-language writer to take the prize, will split the 50,000 pounds or 64,000 US dollar purse with her UK-based translator, Marilyn Booth.  About Man Booker International Prize Country: United Kingdom Awarded for: Best book in English translation Presented: by Man Group Reward(s):£50,000 First awarded: 2005

    Pramod Kumar Mishra was awarded the Sasakawa Award

    19 May 2019
    United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) has awarded the Sasakawa Award 2019 for Disaster Risk Reduction to Pramod Kumar Mishra. The award recognized his dedication to improving the resilience of communities most exposed to disasters. He is currently serving as Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.  The theme of the 2019 Sasakawa award was Building Inclusive and Resilient Societies. He was conferred the award during ongoing 6th Session of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) 2019 at Geneva, Switzerland. GPDRR is biennial multi-stakeholder forum established by UN General Assembly (UNGA) to review progress, share knowledge and discuss the latest developments and trends in reducing disaster risk.  United Nations Sasakawa Award: The was instituted in 1986 by Nippon Foundation. It is jointly given bg the UNDRR and the Nippon Foundation. It is most prestigious international award in area of Disaster Risk Management.    It is awarded either to organizations or individuals in recognization of their contributions for ensuring inclusive participation in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities for all sections of society, especially the poor.

    IPS officer who oversaw Nirbhaya rape case receives McCain Institute Award 2019

    13 May 2019
    IPS officer Chhaya Sharma conferred with the 2019 McCain Institute Award for Courage and Leadership. She headed the investigation team of the infamous Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case. She has guided teams in the detection and investigation of sensitive criminal cases and protection of human rights. In 2017, Chhaya performed a crucial role in drafting Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines to Combat Trafficking of Persons in India. The award is granted to those who manifest courage on behalf of human rights, humanitarian compassion, justice, freedom, and human dignity. About McCain Institute : Founded: 2012 Leader: Kurt Volker Location: Washington, D.C.

    Tiger Woods was awarded the USs Presidential Medal of Freedom

    9 May 2019
    US President Donald Trump awarded golfer Tiger Woods the US's Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honour. The award described the 43-year-old as a true legend who transformed golf and then fought through years of injury to return to the sport's summit. He was awarded after his fifth Masters' title. He became the fourth and youngest golfer to receive the prestigious award after other golfers Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Charlie Sifford. Trump has given the award to several athletes in 2018 including former professional NFL players Roger Staubach and Alan Page, Miriam Adelson as well as posthumously to baseball great Babe Ruth.   Presidential Medal of Freedom: It was first established by President Truman to honour extraordinary civilian accomplishments related to World War II. Later, in 1963 the medal was re-established by President Kennedy by an executive order. It is awarded by U.S. President to any person, living or dead (i.e. posthumously). The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded annually to people who have made outstanding contributions to the security or national interests of the country, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavours. About Tiger Woods: Eldrick Tont Woods, nicknamed as Tiger, is an USA's professional golf player. He ranks second in both major championships and PGA (Professional Golfers' Association of America) He holds numerous records in golf and is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time  

    Israel honoured 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War hero Lt. Gen JFR Jacob

    7 May 2019
    Israel honoured Lt. Gen. (retd) Jack Farj Rafael (JFR) Jacob who negotiated the historic surrender of Pakistani troops in Dhaka after the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war, with a plaque on the Wall of Honour at the Ammunition Hill. Lt. Gen. Jacob, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 92, was one of the most prominent members of India’s relatively small Jewish community serving as a Lieutenant General in the Indian Army and later as a Governor of two Indian states-Goa and Punjab. About Israel Capital: Jerusalem Currency: Israeli new shekel President: Reuven Rivlin Prime Minister: Benjamin Netanyahu

    G D Robert Govender honoured with V K Krishna Menon Award

    7 May 2019
    Indian –origin journalist G D ‘Robert’ Govender conferred with V K Krishna Menon Award 2019 in UK for his contribution as a pioneer of decolonised journalism.  The award is given to mark the 123rd birth anniversary of V K Krishna Menon, Indian diplomat and politician.  He is the first person who has been awarded the V K Krishna Menon posthumously.  He died in the UK in 2016. Govender had written many books in the field of journalism but his one of the outstanding work was “The Martyrdom of Patrice Lumumba” which had exposed the role of western intelligence agencies in the murder of the Congolese independence leader.

    PC Chandra Puraskaar 2019 conferred to Padma Bhushan Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty

    6 May 2019
    India’s most reputed cardiac surgeon and humanitarian, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty were awarded 27th P.C. Chandra Puraskaar the annual national award from the P.C. Chandra Group at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre. General Secretary of Ramakrishna Mission, Belur math, SwamiSuviranandajiMaharaj graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and gave away the award. He is also known as  ‘The Man with Divine Hands’. About P.C. Chandra Puraskaar: This award ceremony was introduced in 1993 as a tribute to  late ShriPurna Chandra. The award has recognized people from various field and paths of life achieving great success in their respective fields. About Ramakrishna Mission: ♦ Founder: Swami Vivekananda ♦ Founded: 1897 ♦ Headquarters: Belur Math, West Bengal, India ♦ Purposes: Education, Philanthropy, Religious studies, Spirituality

    Bandana sets Guinness World Records on Longest Dancing Marathon by an Individual

    6 May 2019
    An 18-year old girl from Nepal named Bandana set a Guinness World Records on 'Longest Dancing Marathon by an Individual'. She danced exclusively to Nepalese music continuously for 126 hours (over five days).  She broke the record set by India's Kalamandalam Hemlatha, who danced continuously for 123 hours and 15 minutes in 2011. She performed classical dance form Mohiniyattam and set the record at age of 37.  About Guinness World Records: Since its inception from 1933 to 2000, it was known as 'The Guinness Book of Records', later it was renamed Guinness World Records. It is a reference book which lists record-breaking achievements. It is published annually.  

    World Press Freedom Prize 2019 awarded to Myanmar Journalists

    5 May 2019
    The World Press Freedom Prize also known as UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2019 is formally conferred every year by Director-General of UNESCO, on occasion of World Press Freedom Day observed on 3 May. In 2019 award would be shared by two jailed Myanmar journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who reported on alleged human rights violations in the state of Rakhine, Myanmar. The Reuters reporters are serving a seven-year prison sentence in Myanmar. They are charged with breaking the country's secrets law for their journalistic investigation on the military's brutal crackdown and killings of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. Recognised for: The award recognises their exceptional courage in reporting on alleged human rights violations in the Myanmar's state of Rakhine. Both Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo's documentary on the taboo topic regarding crimes committed against Rohingyas landed them behind the bars. The award paid a tribute to their courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression. UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize: The award was established in 1997. The Prize is named after Guillermo Cano Isaza, the Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper El Espectador in Bogota, Colombia, on 17 December 1986. It is an initiative of UNESCO's Executive Board. It honours a person, organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and, or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world in the face of danger.

    Ex-ISRO chief AS Kiran Kumar received France's highest civilian award

    5 May 2019
    Former ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar was conferred with France's highest civilian award 'Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur' for his contribution to India-France space cooperation. About AS Kiran Kumar: He served as the ISRO chief from 2015 to 2018 and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2014. He has contributed to projects like India's first experimental remote sensing satellite, Bhaskara-1, launched in 1979 and even Chandrayaan-1 and Mangalyaan.  About Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur: Created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Ordre national de la Lgion d'Honneur (National Order of the Legion of Honour) is the highest civilian award given by the French for outstanding service to France, regardless of the nationality of the recipient. The President of the French Republic is the Grand Master of the Ordre national de la Lgion d'Honneur.  About France: President: Emmanuel Macron Prime minister: Edouard Philippe Capital: Paris Currencies: Euro, CFP franc

    Nileena M S won the ACJ Award for Investigative Journalism

    5 May 2019
    The article titled 'Coalgate 2.0' authored by Nileena M S and published in The Caravan magazine in March 2018 has won the ACJ Award for Investigative Journalism, 2018. The award, which comprises a trophy, a citation, and Rs. 2,00,000 cash prize. It was presented to the winner by John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg News, who was the chief guest at the journalism school's annual convocation ceremony. Jury's Verdict: On 3rd May, the final jury comprising Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Nilita Vachani and Dr A R Venkatachalapathy unanimously decided on Nileena's work as the winner. The article is has been recognised for its detailed, exhaustive and persuasive investigation and its clear exposition. It also met the criteria of what comprises a solid work of investigative journalism, combining extensive research uncovering new evidence to reveal a truth, hitherto unknown to most, and of essential public interest. Other awardees: Other stories that were considered as final nominations and have been awarded special mentions by the jury are: The Chronicle of Crime Fiction That is Adityanath's Encounter Raj authored by Neha Dixit and published by The Wire The Death of Judge Loya written by Nikita Saxena for The Caravan magazine Coalgate 2.0: Coalgate 2.0 investigates the allotment of captive coal blocks in Chhattisgarh to the Rajasthan. Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam in a joint venture with a subsidiary of the Adani Group despite a landmark Supreme Court judgement from September 2014. The court had cancelled permissions for captive mining of coal blocks and was considered to have put a halt on the Coalgate scam.

    AIFF recommends names of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Jeje Lalpekhlua for Arjuna award 2019

    1 May 2019
    All India Football Federation (AIFF) recommended the names of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Jeje Lalpekhlua for the prestigious Arjuna award this year. The federation had been pushing the cases of the two footballers since 2017 but the Arjuna award committee continued to ignore their claims. In 2017, the AIFF recommended the two footballers along with then Indian women`s team captain Bembem Devi but only the last named was conferred with the award. Sandhu and Jeje`s names were sent again last year but they did not receive the approval.  

    Alfred Brownell was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize

    30 April 2019
    Alfred Brownell, an environmental lawyer, and activist was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize. He was awarded for exposing alleged abuse by the palm oil company Golden Veroleum Liberia and helping to prevent it from converting about 50 km2 of forest that is home to elephants, pygmy hippopotamuses, and chimpanzees. The company had been given a green light in 2010 by the government to expand in the country and was poised to turn more than 2,000 km2 of the lush forest into palm oil plantations. He won the Goldman prize along with five others for grassroots environmental activism.  Other Awardees: Linda Garcia of Vancouver, Washington, who rallied local communities to successfully prevent the construction of North America’s largest oil terminal. Ana Colovic Lesoska of North Macedonia, whose seven-year campaign helped stop hydroelectric projects from being built in the country’s largest national park. Bayarjargal Agvaantseren of Mongolia, who led the fight to create the Tost Tosonbumba Nature Reserve. Jacqueline Evans of the Cook Islands, whose work led to the conservation and sustainable management of all of the Cook Islands’ ocean territory and creation of 15 marine protected areas. Alberto Curamil of Chile, a jailed indigenous activist who had protested several hydroelectric projects in the country. About Goldman Environmental Prize: The prize was created in 1989 by philanthropists Richard and Rhoda Goldman. Winners are selected from nominations made by environmental organisations and others. The prize carries a $200,000 award.

    Jacques Kallis has been honoured with the Order of Ikhamanga in the Silver Division

    30 April 2019
    Ex-South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis has been honoured with the Order of Ikhamanga in the Silver Division. Kallis has been rewarded for his successful cricketing career. He played 166 Tests, 328 ODIs and 25 T20Is, returning 62 hundred and 577 wickets. The national honour is bestowed by the President of South Africa.  The honour recognizes the citizens who have made significant contributions to arts, literature, music, journalism, culture, and sports. Order of Ikhamanga Grades:  Gold (OIG) - For exceptional achievement  Silver (OIS) - For excellent achievement Bronze (OIB) - For outstanding achievement Eligibility: South African citizens South Africa: President: Cyril Ramaphosa Deputy President: David Mabuza Currency: South African Rand (ZAR)

    Gagandeep Kang: The 1st Indian to be receive Fellowship of the Royal Society (FRS)

    29 April 2019
    Gagandeep Kang becomes first Indian woman scientist to be awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society (FRS), United Kingdom. Gagandeep Kang is a clinician-scientist. She is well known for her key role in the development of Rotavac. She is currently appointed as executive director of Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad. Rotavac Rotavac is India's first indigenously developed vaccine for rotavirus infections, which is responsible for childhood diarrhea. It was developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech Limited and Pune-based Serum International. Rotavac was licensed for use in India in 2014 and is manufactured by Bharat Biotech International Limited. Rotavirus vaccine is a vaccine used to protect against rotavirus infections. Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhea among young children. Rotavac is a live attenuated, monovalent vaccine containing a G9P[11] human strain isolated from an Indian child. It is given by mouth in a three-dose series, 4 weeks apart, beginning at 6 weeks of age up until 8 months of age. The vaccines prevent 15–34% of severe diarrhea in the developing world and 37–96% of severe diarrhea in the developed world. Vaccines decrease the risk of death among young children due to diarrhea. Immunizing babies decreases rates of disease among older people and those who have not been immunized. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that rotavirus vaccine be included in national routine vaccinations programs.  Fellowship of the Royal Society (FRS): It is the oldest scientific academy since 1663. The award is sponsored by Royal Society of London. The award recognizes the individuals who made a substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge in fields of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science, and medical science.   

    Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award 2019 was announced

    28 April 2019
    The prestigious Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award 2019 was awarded to National Award-winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, popular scriptwriter Salim Khan and dancing diva Helen. The award aims to encourage legends from the fields of music, drama, art and social work. Complete list of Awardees: Lifetime Award – Salim Khan Special Award for the contribution to Indian cinema – Madhur Bhandarkar Special Award – Helen Vagvilasini Award – VasantAbaji Dahake Mohan Wagh Award (Best Drama of the Year 2019) – SoyareSakal Anandmayee Puraskar– Pandit Suresh Talwalkar Award for music and art – Classical dancer Sucheta Bhide-Chapekar Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award 2019: Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan, Pune, a charitable trust established and nurtured over the last 30 years by the Mangeshkar family, felicitated legends from the fields of music, drama, art and social work with the Deenanath Award and other awards.

    Rana Dasgupta received the 2019 Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize

    26 April 2019
    Author Rana Dasgupta was awarded the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019 for his 2010 novel Solo which is a tale of estrangement and the ultimate failure of material existence. It is the second edition of the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize. The Prize aims to revive poetry and books that can change lives. The prize consists of an amount of $10,000, a Tagore statue and a certificate for contribution to literature will be given to the awardee.  Other Awardees: Yohei Sasakawa, the World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination was awarded for the category of social achievement. He was recognized for his incredible efforts to uproot leprosy and great contribution to world peace. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was awarded as a beacon of democracy. About the Tagore Awards:  Tagore Prize is founded and launched with a strong vision to be a platform and a vehicle for improving and inspiring World Peace, Literature, Art and Education. The prizes promote the culture and beauty of literature just as Rabindranath Tagore had taught us to, but also, the culture and society of tolerance, harmony and non - discrimination. Rabindranath Tagore: Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath, poet, musician, and artist from the Indian subcontinent. He reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of the profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse of Gitanjali, he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.  Tagore's poetic songs were viewed as spiritual and mercurial. He is sometimes referred to as the Bard of Bengal. His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India's Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh's Amar Shonar Bangla. The Sri Lankan national anthem was inspired by his work.  

    Benny Antony won National Intellectual Property Award

    24 April 2019
    Benny Antony, Joint Managing Director, the Kochi-based Arjuna Natural Ltd, has been conferred with the National Intellectual Property Award for 2019 in the category of Top Individual for Patents and Commercialization. He is the inventor of BCM-95, the world’s leading patented turmeric extract formulation, with over 80 international patents to his credit. Antony was also conferred with the ‘WIPO Medal for Inventors’ jointly by Intellectual Property Office India and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). National Intellectual Property (IP) awards: The Indian Intellectual Property Office bestows National Intellectual Property (IP) awards to outstanding innovators, organisations and companies in the field of patents, designs, trademarks and geographical indications on the occasion of World IP Day every year. Both the awards will be given away on April 26 at a function jointly organised by the Indian Intellectual Property Office and the Confederation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CII) in New Delhi.

    Swacchta Pakhwada Awards 2019 awarded to All India Radio

    24 April 2019
    All India Radio, Publication Division and Children’s Film Society of India were given Swacchta Pakhwada Awards-2019 in New Delhi. Secretary in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry Amit Khare gave away the awards. Director General of All India Radio F. Sheheryar and Director General (News) Ms. Ira Joshi received the Award for All India Radio. Press Council of India, Press Information Bureau and BECIL were also mentioned during the award ceremony for their efforts during the Swacchta Pakhwada. Swachhata Pakhwada: Swachhata Pakhwada started in April 2016 with the objective of bringing a fortnight of intense focus on the issues and practices of Swachhata by engaging GOI Ministries/Departments in their jurisdictions.

    KAU IPR Cell Won The National IP Award 2019

    23 April 2019
    Intellectual Property Rights Cell (IPR Cell) of Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) The award comprises of INR 1 lakh, citation and memento. About World IP Day  World IP Day is observed on April 26. The award constituted by the Indian Intellectual Property Office under the Union Ministry of Industry and Commerce  It is conferred on persons and organisations working in the field of patents, trademarks, and Geographical Indications.

    Malayalam film Bhayanakam won best cinematography at 2019 Beijing International Film Festival

    22 April 2019
    Malayalam film Bhayanakam (Fear) directed by Jayaraj won the best cinematography award at the Beijing International Film Festival. The cinematography was done by Nikihil S Praveen. The film had also won the best cinematography award at the 65th National Film Awards. The film portrays the visits of first World War veteran to a small village in the backwaters of Kerala's Kuttanand as a postman during the World War-II. He shares with the families the good and bad news of the soldiers who took part in the war. Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Zero was screened at the end of the festival. The festival also screened five Indian films, including Satyajit Ray's "Pather Panchali", "Apur Sansar", "Aparajito", the romantic comedy "Love Per Square Foot", the 2018 Indian romantic comedy and the thriller "Ittefaq".

    Cipla chairman Hamied receives UK Royal Society honour

    21 April 2019
    Prominent scientist and businessman Yusuf Hamied is among a host of Indian-origin experts honoured in the 2019 list of new fellows of the UK's Royal Society. He is known for his effort to produce low-cost drugs to treat diabetes, cancer and other diseases. The Royal Society is an independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science. His honorary fellowship of the world's oldest scientific academy came alongside 51 new fellows and 10 new foreign members as part of the 2019 cohort. Other Indian scientists elected fellows were Gurdyal Besra, Manjul Bhargava, Anant Parekh, Akshay Venkatesh, Gagandeep Kang who has become the first Indian woman scientist to be selected as a fellow of the UK’s Royal Society.

    Three teams from India are awarded in NASAs Human Exploration Rover Challenge

    16 April 2019
    NASA has awarded three teams from India as part its annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge, which invites high school and college students to build and test roving vehicles for future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Nearly 100 teams took part in the competition. The team from KIET Group of Institutions in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, won the “AIAA Neil Armstrong Best Design Award”. The Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering from Mumbai, Maharashtra, won the “Frank Joe Sexton Memorial Pit Crew Award”. A team from Lovely Professional University in Phagwara, Punjab, won the “STEM Engagement Award”.   NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge: The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge is to encourage research and development of new technology for future mission planning and crewed space missions to other worlds. The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge prior to 2014 referred to as the Great Moonbuggy Race. It is an annual competition for high school and college students to design, build, and race human-powered, collapsible vehicles over simulated lunar/Martian terrain. The competition was first held in 1994. NASA sponsors the competition since 1996, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, hosts.   

    Crying Girl photo by John Moore won the World Press Photo of the Year Award

    16 April 2019
    Veteran Getty Images photographer John Moore’s photograph of a young girl Yanela Sanchez crying as she and her mother are taken into custody by US border officials in McAllen, Texas, USA, after crossing into the US from Mexico won the World Press Photo of the Year and the first prize in the Spot News, Singles, category. He received €10,000 (£8,600) as prize amount. Dutch-Swedish photographer Pieter Ten Hoopen won the “World Press Photo Story of the Year Award” for the image of 2018 mass-migrant caravan to the US border. For 62 years, the World Press Photo Foundation has recognized the best contributions to visual journalism by professional photographers through its international World Press Photo Contest. This year's winners were selected from 78,801 images entered by 4,738 photographers world-wide.

    Pulitzer Prize for New York Times and Wall Street Journal

    16 April 2019
    The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal were awarded Pulitzer Prizes for their separate investigations of President Donald Trump and his family.  The Times won the prestigious journalism award for a probe of the Trump family’s finances that debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges. The Associated Press won a Pulitzer for international reporting for its coverage of the war in Yemen. Reuters was honoured for international reporting for its coverage of atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Pulitzer Prize: ♦ Awarded for: Excellence in newspaper journalism, literary achievements, musical composition ♦ Country: United States ♦ Presented by: Columbia University ♦ First awarded: 1917 ♦ The Prize was instituted by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher. Currently, it is administered by Columbia University in New York City ♦ Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of the categories, each winner receives a certificate and a US$15,000 cash award (raised from $10,000 in 2017) ♦ The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal

    Digital Sukoon founder, Sudhanshu Kumar received Best Digital Agency award

    15 April 2019
    Digital Sukoon founder, Sudhanshu Kumar was honoured with the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Nobel Award by International Human Rights Council at Hotel Sea Princess Juhu Mumbai. Among the awardee, Digital Sukoon was the Best Digital Agency of the Year 2019 to receive the award. Yogesh Lakhani of Bright Outdoor Media, Actor Johnny Lever, Jasleen Matharu also received awards in various other categories.

    Dr. A K Singh honoured with 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

    15 April 2019
    Dr. A K Singh, director at Life Sciences, DRDO has been honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 during 4th APJ Abdul Kalam Innovation Conclave at Chandigarh University, Mohali.  He has made notable contributions in Internal Decorporation of Fission Produced Radionuclides and Infection Imaging. He also discovered a Diagnobact Kit to detect the infectious lesion. He also introduced Pharmacosyntigraphy,  i.e. application of nuclear medicine imaging in drug research. 4th Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Innovation Conclave: For Best Innovative Project Awards 2019, 965 innovative projects competed against each other. Pankaj Sharma bagged the first position and Best Innovation of the Year Award 2019, for Smart Trolley Bag project.  Pratul and Abhishek shared second place. Pratul acquired award for Automatic Toilet Cleaner project. Abhishek won for prototype model for Accident Management System respectively. Third prize was jointly won by Vaibhav and Daniyal for treatment of textile affluent and plastic with bio-mass to help in controlling water and air pollution. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO): ♦ Formed on: 1958 ♦ Headquarters: New Delhi ♦ Chairman: Dr.G.Satheesh Reddy  ♦ Minister responsible: Nirmala Sitharaman ♦ Parent: Ministry of Defence ♦ It is charged with the military's research and development

    Telugu Poet K Siva Reddy Selected For Prestigious Saraswati Samman 2018

    15 April 2019
    Telugu poet K Siva Reddy selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman 2018 for his collection of poetry titled Pakkaki Ottigilite.  The award carries a cash prize of 15 lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque. About Saraswati Samman 2018 Awards The Saraswati Samman is an annual award for outstanding prose or poetry literary works in any 22 Indian languages listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India.  It is named after an Indian goddess of learning and is considered to be among the highest literary awards in India. Currently held by Sitanshu Yashaschandra

    UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize 2019 announced

    15 April 2019
    The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize 2019 has been awarded to Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. The prize carries a reward of $25,000 Prize. It is funded by the Guillermo Cano Isaza Foundation (Colombia), the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation (Finland), and The Namibia Media Trust. The award recognises their exceptional courage in reporting on alleged human rights violations in Myanmar's state of Rakhine. Both Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo's documentary on the taboo topic regarding crimes committed against Rohingyas landed them behind the bars. The award paid a tribute to their courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression. UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize: The award was established in 1997. The Prize is named after Guillermo Cano Isaza, the Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper El Espectador in Bogota, Colombia, on 17 December 1986. It is an initiative of UNESCO's Executive Board. It honours a person, organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and, or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world in the face of danger.

    Two schemes of West Bengal won WSIS awards

    14 April 2019
    Two schemes, Utkarsh Bangla and Sabooj Sathi, of the West Bengal government for skill development and distribution of bicycles to students have won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) awards of the United Nations.  The announcement was made by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Utkarsh Bangla Scheme: ♦ The scheme is to give vocational training to school dropouts by providing training ranging from 400 to 1200 hours free of charge.  ♦ Under this scheme, beneficiaries will be trained in driving, tailoring, repairing television and other electronic equipment's, beautician courses, etc.  Sabooj Sathi scheme: ♦ The objective of the scheme is to empower the students, especially the girls and reduce drop-outs in higher education.  ♦ Under the scheme, 34.94 lakh bicycles are already procured and distributed to target group students of class 9 to 12. About West Bengal: ♦ Capital: Kolkata ♦ Chief Minister: Mamata Banerjee ♦ Governor: Keshari Nath Tripathi  

    Alice G. Vaidyan awarded the Freedom of the City of London

    14 April 2019
    Alice G. Vaidyan, Chairman and Managing Director of the General Insurance Corporation (GIC) of India, India’s reinsurance major awarded the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of her work to promote insurance ties between India and the UK. Alice G. Vaidyan holds post graduate degree in English literature trained at Harvard Business School, Boston, USA. She is a Fellow of the Insurance Institute of India. Alice G. Vaidyan was the first lady officer to assume the post of Chairman-cum-Managing Director of General Insurance Corporation of India. She was also the first lady chairman cum managing director of General Insurance Corporation of India. Freedom of the City is an honour bestowed by a City of London Corporation upon a valued member of the community, or upon a visiting celebrity or dignitary.

    Russia honours PM Narendra Modi with its highest civilian award

    14 April 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi honoured with Russia’s highest state decoration, the Order of St Andrew the Apostle. The award has been given to PM Modi for “exceptional services in promoting a special and privileged strategic partnership between the Russian Federation and the Republic of India and friendly relations between the Russian and Indian peoples. This is the seventh award conferred on PM Modi by a foreign country. The award was established at the end of the 17th century by Tsar Peter I in honour of Apostle Andrew the First-Called. The award has been given to only 18 people, including weapons designer Mikhail Kalashnikov; writers Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II; doctors Valery Shumakov and Boris Petrovsky; singers Lyudmila Zykina and Irina Arkhipova; choreographer Yuri Grigorovich; and former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev.

    Namami Gange got Public Water Agency of the Year award at Global Water Summit

    12 April 2019
    India's flagship programme, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) or Namami Gange  was felicitated with ‘Public Water Agency of the Year’ award by Global Water Intelligence at the Global Water Summit in London. Namami Gange Mission: ♦ The Namami Gange programme is an integrated mission for Ganga rejuvenation, and approved by the Union Government in June 2014 with budget outlay of Rs.20,000 Crore. ♦ The Namami Gange Mission aims to provide comprehensive and sustainable solutions for major pollution hot spots along the stretch of 97 towns and 4,465 villages on the Ganga stem. ♦ Kanpur has been the hotspot of major pollution on the Ganga stem. ♦ In Namami Gange programme, a total of 289 projects have so far been sanctioned at a cost of Rs 28,377 crore out of which 87 projects have been completed. Global Water Summit: ♦ Global Water Summit is the major business conference for the water industry worldwide. ♦ Global Water Awards recognise excellence across the entire international water industry and reward those initiatives in the water, wastewater, and desalination sectors which bring remarkable improvements in the lives of people.

    Dost Education won the Next Billion Edtech Prize

    11 April 2019
    India's education technology startup 'Dost Education' has bagged a $25,000 Next Billion Edtech Prize 2019. Two other startups, Ubongo (Tanzania) and PraxiLabs (Egypt), also won the award. Dost Education was awarded for its ability to empower parents to take charge of their child's early education by creating short, friendly audio content that is sent to them via their mobile phones. Because of this app low-income families need no longer send their children to primary school behind and without a chance to catch up. Next Billion Edtech Prize 2019: ♦ Next Billion Edtech Prize 2019 is awarded by the UK-based Varkey Foundation ♦ The award recognises the most innovative technology destined to have a radical impact on education in low income and emerging world countries ♦ The award also highlights technologies potential to tackle the problems that have proven too difficult for successive generations of politicians to solve

    AIMA Managing India Awards 2019 to Azim Premji, Mahendra Mohan Gupta and 9 others

    10 April 2019
    The All India Management Association (AIMA) Managing India Awards 2019 was held on April 08, 2019 at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi. Mahendra Mohan Gupta, Chairman & Managing Director, Jagran Prakashan Ltd and Editorial Director, Dainik Jagran, was awarded under Lifetime Contribution to Media category. Complete Winners List: 1. Lifetime Contribution Award: Azim H Premji (Chairman, Wipro Ltd) 2. Outstanding Institution Builder: Prathap C Reddy (Founder-Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group) 3. Corporate Citizen Award: Devi Prasad Shetty (Founder & Chairman Narayana Hrudalaya) 4. Entrepreneur of the year: Sanjiv Bajaj (Managing Director, Bajaj Finserv Ltd) 5. Business Leader of the Year: Sanjiv Mehta (Chairman & Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever Ltd) 6. Lifetime Contribution to Media: Mahendra Mohan Gupta (Chairman & Managing Director, Jagran Prakashan Ltd and Editorial Director, Dainik Jagran) 7. Outstanding Contribution to Media: Uday Shankar (President, 21st Century Fox, Asia and Chairman and CEO, Star India) 8. Indian MNC of the Year: Pawan Goenka (Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, Managing Director and Member of the Group Executive Board) 9. MNC in India of the Year: T Krishnakumar (Coca-Cola India, President & CEO, India & Southwest Asia) 10. Outstanding PSU of the Year: Sanjiv Singh (Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd) 11. Director of the Year: Rajkumar Hirani (Director, Producer, Writer & Editor - Sanju Movie) About AIMA Managing India Awards 2019: ♦ It is one of the most prestigious leadership honours in the country. ♦​​​​​​​ Established in: 2010 ♦​​​​​​​ Prime objective: To recognize achievers i.e. leading icons from the Indian industry, media, sport and entertainment

    Presidents Certificate of Honour and Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman Awards Conferred

    9 April 2019
    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu conferred President’s Certificate of Honour and Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman Awards at New Delhi.  The award of the Certificate of Honour was introduced in the year 1958 to honour the scholars of Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian Languages. Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman Distinction is conferred on persons in recognition of their substantial contribution in the field of Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic, Pali, Prakrit, Classical Odiya, Classical Kannada, Classical Telugu and Classical Malayalam.

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