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  • KAU IPR Cell Won The National IP Award 2019

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    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

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    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

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    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.
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    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.

    Tata Steel won 'Global Slag Company of the Year' award

    8 April 2019
    The award has been presented to Tata Steel for its innovative practices in development of new applications for Steel by-products (Slag). The award was given at the 14th Global Slag Conference and Exhibition 2019, held recently in Aachen, Germany. The conference is one of the largest global annual slag event, attended by major steelmakers, steel mill service providers & associated companies. About Tata Steel: ♦ Formerly called: Tata Iron and Steel Company Limited ♦ It is a subsidiary of the Tata Group and is an Indian multinational steel-making company. ♦ Founded: 25 August 1907, Jamshedpur ♦ Headquarters: Mumbai ♦ Founder: Jamsetji Tata

    Dr. Sohini Sastri honoured with D. Litt by National American University

    7 April 2019
    Indian Astrologer Dr Sohini Sastri has been honoured with 'D. Litt in Astrology' by National American University, USA. Dr Sohini Sastri is one of the most trusted names in Astrology and is known for her services over the years. She is also a receipt of 'Champions of Change Award' which was given to her by Honourable Vice-President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu at Vigyan Bhawan, Delhi recently. Other prominent personalities who were also awarded Doctorates at the same event includes Bollywood singer Mohit Chauhan and choreographer Terence Lewis.

    Shah Rukh Khan conferred with Honorary Doctorate from University of Law, London

    6 April 2019
    Eminent Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan conferred with an honorary doctorate in Philanthropy by the University of Law, London. He was awarded this for his efforts to give back to society. He has received the merit during a graduation ceremony which had more than 350 students in attendance.

    PM Modi awarded UAE's highest civilian honor Zayed medal

    5 April 2019
    President of the UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan honoured Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the prestigious Zayed Medal for boosting relations between the Emirates and India. The 'Order of Zayed' is the highest civil decoration instituted by the UAE. It consists of a collar cantered by a medallion bearing the name 'Zayed' - the founding father of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In the past, this award has been conferred to Russian President Vladimir Putin, then US President George W Bush, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping and the UK's Queen Elizabeth II. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited UAE twice in three years. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi also visited India in 2017. About UAE: ♦ Capital: Abu Dhabi ♦ Currency: Dirham

    Vikram Patel receives John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award

    3 April 2019
    Vikram Patel, a psychiatrist and professor of global health at Harvard Medical School, has won the prestigious John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award. Mr.Patel has led research generating knowledge on the burden and determinants of mental health problems in low and middle-income countries and pioneered approaches which utilise community resources for the prevention and treatment of mental health problems in India with global impact. Laureates received a $100,000 cash honorarium and will be formally presented with their awards on October 24, 2019, at the annual Canada Gairdner Awards Gala in Toronto. Canada Gairdner Global Health Award: The John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award recognizes the world’s top scientists who have made outstanding achievements in Global Health Research. Since its inception, the Global Health Award has grown significantly to become one of the world’s most prestigious awards recognizing excellence in global health research.  

    Lewis Hamilton won Bahrain Grand Prix 2019

    2 April 2019
    Lewis Hamilton won Bahrain Grand Prix 2019 title  He defeated Valtteri Bottas of Finland who secured the second position.  Charles Leclerc was finished with the third position and becoming Ferrari’s youngest ever race winner at the age of 21. About Bahrain Grand Prix 2019 First race took place at the Bahrain International Circuit on 4 April 2004. Number of times held: 15 First held:2004 Most wins (drivers): Germany Sebastian Vettel  Most wins (constructors): Italy Ferrari

    Dr Rajendra Joshi Conferred With Pravasi Bharatiya Samman

    1 April 2019
    NRI scientist Dr Rajendra Joshi conferred with the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind.  The Indian Ambassador to Switzerland Sibi George handed over the award citation signed by the President to Dr Joshi at his residence in Switzerland. About Switzerland Largest city: Zürich Official languages: German, French, Italian, Romansh Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)

    Nobel Prize recipient Amartya Sen awarded with Oxford University's Bodley award

    29 March 2019
    The 85-year-old winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, was awarded with the prestigious Bodley Medal, the highest honour granted by the University of Oxford's world-famous Bodleian Libraries, for his contribution in literature, culture, science and communication. This year's other winner of the Bodley Medal is Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro. Past winners of the honour include physicist Stephen Hawking, novelist Hilary Mantel and inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee.

    Turing Award, the Nobel Prize of computing, won by 3 Pioneers in Artificial Intelligence

    29 March 2019
    The 2018 Turing Award, known as the “Nobel Prize of computing,” has been given to Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun — sometimes called the ‘godfathers of AI’, for their work developing the AI subfield of deep learning. The trio believed in the potential of AI and brought to the world the innovations such as neural networks, self-driving cars, facial recognition, CNN and much more. About Turing Award: Initiated in 1966, this annual award is named after British mathematician Alan M. Turing, whose work laid the foundation for computer science and artificial intelligence. It honors the individual for contributing major technical importance in the computer field. First recipient – Alan Perlis

    ADNOC Awards Onshore Block To Indian Consortium

    27 March 2019
    A consortium of two Indian oil companies, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and Indian Oil Corporation Limited awarded as the exploration rights for Abu Dhabi Onshore Block 1.  The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, Monday signed agreements awarding the exploration rights. The award has been endorsed by Abu Dhabi’s Supreme Petroleum Council.  

    President Kovind honoured with highest civilian order in Croatia

    27 March 2019
    President Ram Nath Kovind was honoured with Croatia's highest civilian award -- the Grand Order of the King of Tomislav, by President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. He was awarded for his "exceptional contribution to the advancement of relations and development of mutual cooperation between Croatia and India." President Kovind is the first Indian President to visit Croatia. Kovind is in the European country as part of his eight-day three-nation visit to Croatia, Bolivia and Chile to further strengthen bilateral ties between India and the three countries. About Croatia: ♦ Capital: Zagreb ♦ Currency: Croatian kuna ♦ President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović

    Peter Tabichi won Global Teacher Prize 2019

    26 March 2019
    Peter Tabichi, a science teacher from rural Kenya, who gives away most of his salary to support poorer pupils, has won a $1m prize (£760,000) for the world's best teacher. The award, in a competition run by the Varkey Foundation, has seen him beating 10,000 other nominations from 179 countries. Last year's winner was an art teacher from north London, Andria Zafirakou.

    Sixty fourth Filmfare Awards 2019 was held at Jio Garden

    25 March 2019
    The 64th Filmfare Awards 2019 was held at Jio Garden, BKC, Mumbai. The event was hosted by Bollywood’s leading Actors, Directors, Musicians, and Singers. Few of the winners of the 64th Filmfare Awards are as below: Category Winner Best Film Raazi Critics Best Film Andhadhun Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male) Ranbir Kapoor (Sanju) Critics Best Actor in Leading Role (Male) Ayushmann Khurrana (Andhadhun), Ranveer Singh (Padmaavat) Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female) Alia Bhatt (Raazi) Critics Best Actor in Leading Role (Female) Neena Gupta (Badhaai Ho) Best Director Meghna Gulzar (Raazi) Best Music Album Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Patmaavat) Best Lyrics Gulzar (Raazi) Lifetime Achievement Award Sridevi Best Short Film in Fiction Rogan Josh Best Short Film in Non-Fiction The Soccer City

    Leeladhar Jagudi will be honoured with the Vyas Samman 2018

    24 March 2019
    Hindi writer Leeladhar Jagudi honoured with Vyas Samman 2018 for his collection of poems ‘Jitne Log Utne Prem’. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2004 apart from other awards, including Sahitya Akademi Award, Akashvani National Award and Uttarakhand Gaurav Samman. Vyas Samman: The award is given annually to outstanding literary work in Hindi authored by Indian citizen which has been published in the last decade. It was started in 1991 by the KK Birla Foundation. It carries monetary amount of Rs. 4 lakh.

    Brazilian astronomer Marcelo Gleiser wins 2019 Templeton Prize

    23 March 2019
    Brazilian physicist and astronomer Marcelo Gleiser (60) was awarded 2019 Templeton Prize worth $1.4 million for his work on blending science and spirituality. It makes him first Latin American to win this award. Templeton Prize is awarded annually on person for outstanding his/her contributions in affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. Mother Teresa was the first winner in 1973. Some of its other recipients include Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1975), Dalai Lama (2012) etc. In 2018, it was awarded to King Abdullah II of Jordan.

    Irfan Ramzan Sheikh who fought against 3 terrorists as 14-yr-old awarded Shaurya Chakra

    20 March 2019
    Jammu and Kashmir's Irfan Ramzan Sheikh, who fought off three armed terrorists in 2017, when he was 14 years old, was awarded Shaurya Chakra by President Ram Nath Kovind. Sheikh fought off the terrorists who wanted to kill his father and didn't let them enter his house. The terrified terrorists left one of the terrorists' body and ran away. About Shaurya Chakra: ♦ Shaurya Chakra is an Indian military decoration awarded for valour, courageous action or self-sacrifice while not engaged in direct action with the enemy. ♦ It comes after the Ashoka Chakra and the Kirti Chakra. ♦ Category: Peacetime gallantry award ♦ Established: 1952

    Mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck becomes 1st woman to win prestigious Abel Prize

    20 March 2019
    Mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck (76-year-old) has become the first woman to win the Abel prize, sometimes called the Nobel prize of mathematics, for the impact of her work on "analysis, geometry and mathematical physics". She is also an advocate for gender equality in science and mathematics. About Abel Prize: It is named after Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel and directly modeled after the Nobel Prizes. It comes with a monetary award of 6 million Norwegian Kroner. Established: 23 August 2001 First awarded‎: ‎2003 Country: Norway Awarded for: Outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics Presented by: Government of Norway

    Indian writer Raghu Karnad won Windham Campbell Prize

    19 March 2019
    Indian Writer Raghu Karnad has won the Windham-Campbell Prize $165,000 under the non-fiction category for his debut book, The Farthest Field: An Indian Story Of The Second World War. Raghu Karnad is the second Indian to receive the award. Earlier in 2016, Jerry Pinto had won the award for his novel, Em And The Big Hoom.  Karnad is one of the eight winners chosen across four categories: fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry. The other awardee in the non-fiction category was American writer Rebecca Solnit for the diverse body of work she has produced over her career.  The Windham-Campbell Prize is administered by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University in the US. It was established in 2013. The award was constituted with the generous gift from writer Donald Windham in memory of his partner Sandy Campbell. The jury selects two winners each for each of the category.

    Business line Changemaker Awards 2019 were announced

    19 March 2019
    Business line Changemaker Awards were constituted in the year 2018 to mark the completion of 25 years by the Hindu Business Line.  The winners of the Businessline Changemaker Award for 2019 are listed below:  ♦ Changemaker of the Year: Petitioners against Section 377 ♦ Changemaker of the Year: GST Council ♦ Iconic Changemaker: Bezwada Wilson (Safai Karmachari Andoloan) ♦ Social Transformation: The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences ♦ Digital Transformation: eNAM (Electronic National Agriculture Market)  ♦ Young Changemaker: Anju Verma (promoting the education of underprivileged children) ♦ Young Changemaker: Kush and Arjun Pandey (developers of ScoutMe app for tapping football talent) The awards seek to celebrate the Changemaker maker individuals, entities and organizations, who through their work, have contributed to materially improve the condition of society, economy and the planet. 

    Former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan received Padma Bhushan from President

    18 March 2019
    President Kovind presented Padma Bhushan to Shri Sankaralingam Nambi Narayanan for Science & Engineering. Shri Narayanan is an accomplished scientist with more than three decades of experience in Indian Space Research Organisation. The scientist was instrumental in developing the Vikas engine that would be used for the first PSLV that India launched. But, Nambi Narayanan, who was falsely implicated in the ISRO spy case, was accused of selling state secrets comprising confidential test data from rocket and satellite launches. In 1994, Narayanan was arrested by Kerala police over espionage charges, which were dismissed by CBI in 1996. The Supreme Court declared him not guilty in 1998 and ordered Kerala to pay ₹50-lakh compensation over "mental torture" in 2018.

    Manmohan Singh presented the BusinessLine Changemaker Of The Year award to Arun Jaitley

    17 March 2019
    Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley received the award over successful implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The award was also presented to the petitioners against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which criminalised homosexuality.

    Kent RO receives the Best Domestic Water Purifier Award 2019

    16 March 2019
    Kent RO Systems Pvt. Ltd. has been bestowed with the Best Domestic Water Purifier Award 2018-19 for its RO (Reverse Osmosis)+ UV + UF (Ultra Filtration) technology at the Water Digest Water Awards organized at The Lalit, New Delhi. Water Digest Water Awards is backed by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and UNESCO. Reverse Osmosis (RO) removes the all pollutants and contaminants from water, UV also known as Ultra Violet Radiation kills bacteria and virus and Ultra Filtration, an additional layer of security which works without electricity, filters remnants of microbial bodies. Thus, a combination of all three provides multistage purification which makes the water 100% safe and pure.

    Three Kirti Chakras and 15 Shaurya Chakras awarded by the President to Army Personnel

    15 March 2019
    President Ram Nath Kovind conferred 3 Kirti Chakras and 15 Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty at the Defence Investiture Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.  2 Kirti Chakras and 1 Shaurya Chakra were given posthumously. 15 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, 1 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal and 25 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals were also conferred on senior officers of the Armed Forces for their distinguished service by the President.

    Army Chief Bipin Rawat conferred PVSM by President Kovind

    15 March 2019
    Army Chief General Bipin Rawat was conferred with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), the highest military medal award in recognition of peace-time service not accounting to gallantry, by President Ram Nath Kovind. President also awarded three Kirti Chakras and 15 Shaurya Chakras to armed forces personnel for displaying gallantry. Two Kirti Chakras were posthumously awarded to Sepoy Vramha Pal Singh of the Rajput Regiment and Rajendra Kumar Nain, a constable with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). A Shaurya Chakra was also posthumously awarded to Ravindra Dhanawade by the President, who is the Supreme Commander of the armed forces.

    Padmanaban Gopalan bagged the Commonwealth Youth Award for the Asian region

    15 March 2019
    Social entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu, Padmanaban Gopalan, founder of No Food Waste named the winner of the Commonwealth Youth Award for the Asian region worth 3,000 Pounds at a ceremony at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. He was given the honour for his work towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of Zero Hunger with his innovative system of recovering excess food to distribute to those in need.  

    Sweden's 16-year-old Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

    15 March 2019
    Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish student and activist has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in climate activism and fighting global warming. She began her weekly protest in August 2018 by riding her bicycle to the Swedish Parliament with ''School strike for climate'' sign. The #FridaysForFuture movement went viral and spread over 80 countries. If she were to win, she would be the youngest recipient since Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, who was 17 when she received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. About Nobel Peace Prize: ♦ Established by: Alfred Nobel ♦ Established on: 1895 ♦ First awarded: 1901 ♦ Awarded for: Outstanding contributions in peace ♦ Reward: 90 lakhs SEK (2017)

    Ved Rahi will be awarded with Kusumagraj Rashtriya Sahitya Puruskar

    14 March 2019
    Famous Novelist and Film Director, Ved Rahi will be awarded prestigious Kusumagraj Rashtriya Sahitya Puruskar which carries a cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh, A memento and a citation. Ved Rahi was born in Jammu in 1933 and he had written seven novels in Dogri Language. He also wrote in Hindi and Urdu. He was given Sahitya Akademi Award in 1983 for his Novel “Aale” which was written in Dogri Language.

    Vastradan Campaign has set the Guinness World Record

    13 March 2019
    Vastradan Campaign initiated by the erstwhile royal family of Udaipur has set the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of clothes for donation.  Through the Vastradan Campaign, over 3,29,250 pieces of clothing from over 76,000 donors were collected and distributed to the needy. The campaign reached out to over 120 schools, 15 colleges and around 30 NGOs. The certificate for the Guinness World Record was handed over to Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar, a descendant of Rajput ruler Maharana Pratap. The campaign highlighted the empathy of the citizen's especially young boys and girls.

    Venkaiah Naidu conferred Honorary Doctorate from the University of Peace

    12 March 2019
    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu was conferred Honorary Doctorate from the UN established the University of Peace. He is the first Indian to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Peace. The university has stated that the degree of "Doctor Honoris Causa" (Doctor of Philosophy) was conferred on the Indian Vice President recognising his contribution to the Rule of Law, democracy and sustainable development in India.  The University of Peace was established in accordance with the Resolution 35/55 passed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1980. The main campus of the University of Peace is located in Costa Rica. It aims to be a forward-thinking, transformational and inspirational educational institution dedicated to the goals of quality teaching, research, and service for serving humanity in building a peaceful world.

    President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Padma Awards on 47 recipients

    12 March 2019
    President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Padma awards on 47 of this year's 112 recipients at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The remaining winners are likely to be conferred the honour on March 16. The Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian awards of the country, is conferred in three categories — the Padma Vibhushan, the Padma Bhushan, and the Padma Shri. The Padma Vibhushan, which is India’s second highest civilian award after Bharat Ratna, was conferred to ♦ folk artist Teejan Bai, ♦ Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh, ♦ Larsen & Toubro chairperson Anil Manibhai Naik, and ♦ writer and theatre personality Balwant Moreshwar Purandare. The Centre announced 14 recipients for the Padma Bhushan and 94 people for the Padma Shri award, this year. Padma Bhushan: ♦ John Chambers (Trade and Industry-Technology) ♦ Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (Public Affairs) ♦ Pravin Gordhan (Public Affairs, South Africa) ♦ Mahashay Dharam Pal Gulati (Trade and Industry-Food Processing) ♦ Darshan Lal Jain (Social Work) ♦ Ashok Laxmanrao Kukade (Medicine-Affordable Healthcare) ♦ Kariya Munda (Public Affairs) ♦ Budhaditya Mukherjee (Art, Music-Sitar) ♦ Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair (Art, Acting, Film) ♦ S Nambi Narayan (Science and Engineering-Space) ♦ Kuldip Nayar (Literature and Education – posthumous) ♦ Bachendri Pal (Sports-Mountaineering) ♦ V K Shunglu (Civil Service) ♦ Hukumdev Narayan Yadav (Public Affairs) Padma Shri: Notable Padma Shri awardees include actor Manoj Bajpayee, footballer Sunil Chhetri, choreographer and director Prabhu Deva, cricketer Gautam Gambhir, singer Shankar Mahadevan and freestyle wrestler Bajrang Punia. Actor Kader Khan will be awarded the Padma Shri posthumously.

    Japanese woman honoured by Guinness World Records

    11 March 2019
    A 116-year-old Japanese woman who loves playing the board game Othello is being honored as the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records.  Tanaka was born January 2, 1903, the seventh among eight children. The previous oldest living person was another Japanese woman, Chiyo Miyako, who died in July at age 117.

    Arata Isozaki won Pritzker Architecture Prize

    10 March 2019
    Arata Isozaki, a prominent Japanese architect renowned for his versatility and transnational approach to design, has won his field's highest accolade, the Pritzker Architecture Prize. He is the 46th person and eighth Japanese architect to receive the Pritzker Prize.

    BIAC India won the Women on a Mission award

    8 March 2019
    Brandix India Apparel City (BIAC) India’s partner P. Doraswamy was conferred with ‘The Women on A Mission Award’. It was presented to him by philanthropist Sudha Narayana Murthy at the women’s summit organized under ‘he for she’ category in Bengaluru.  The award was given to him for his contribution to the welfare of women workforce in Visakhapatnam by organizing free medical camps, cancer screening initiatives, distribution of free amenities.

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