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  • ISRO chairman K.Sivan conferred with A.P.J. Abdul Kalam award

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    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Sivan awarded the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Award by the Tamil Nadu government.Kailasavadivoo Sivan, who led ISRO's successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 mission receive the award in person receive it from Chief Minister K Palaniswami. The award is given in recognition of his stellar work in promotion of science and technology.The Kalam award is to honour those who work for promoting scientific growth, humanities and students' welfare.The award carries 8 gm gold medal, Rs. five lakh in cash and a citation.Mr Sivan's leadership led to the historical achievement of most successful GSLV flight with indigenous cryogenic stage. ISRO successfully launched Chandrayaan 2, the second mission to the moon on July 22 and he was the chief architect of SITARA, a 6D trajectory simulation software.He worked on the design and development of launch vehicles for ISRO and has contributed immensely towards end to end mission planning, design, and mission integration and analysis.The 62-year-old space scientist was a first graduate in his family, who got a Bachelor's degree in engineering from the Madras Institute of Technology in 1980.He was a recipient of several awards including Dr Vikram Sarabhai Research Award (1999). Mr Sivan to receive the award at the Independence Day celebrations at Fort St George in Chennai.The Kalam's birthday (October 15) will be observed as "Youth Renaissance Day."The first Kalam award was presented by Jayalalithaa in 2015 to ISRO scientist N Valarmathi and it is given on Independence Day every year. ISRO Director: Kailasa Vadivoo Sivan Trending Headquarters: Bengaluru Founder: Vikram Sarabhai Founded: 15 August 1969

    Rajasthan bagged the Best innovation and initiative leadership award

    August 15, 2019
    Rajasthan bagged the Best innovation and initiative leadership award 2019 in the 14th elets World Education Summit (WES) held at New Delhi. The award is for its achievements in higher education. The award was received by the  Minister of State for Higher Education Bhanwar Singh Bhati.  The State was award for promoting higher education with the emphasis on inculcating ethical values among the students and developing their skills to face competitive exams. Minister Bhanwar Singh Bhati of Rajasthan helped to improve Free education for girls in higher studies. Because of this now there are 100 boys of 108 girls studying in  government colleges. Organised by: The summit was organised by Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd in association with Government of Nagaland, Government of Manipur, Government of Uttarakhand and the Government of Rajasthan. The summit was powered by NoPaperForms on 9-10 August in Delhi 2019. World Education Summit:  The representatives from 8 countries and 17 States of India attended the two-day summit including the State Higher and Technical Education Secretary Vaibhav Galriya and Commissioner of College Education Pradeep Kumar Borad.  The summit will felicitated edu-tech corporate and start-up for their innovation in education landscape. The summit also recognises the contributions of teachers through “Teachers Glory Awards” introduced for the first time.

    Police Personnel were awarded the Union Home Minister Medal for Excellence in Investigation

    August 15, 2019
    The Union Home Minister Medal for Excellence in Investigation for the year 2018 have been awarded to 101 Police personnel belonging to 25 States/UT/ Central Investigating Agencies.  Aim: The aim of medal of Excellence in Investigation is to promote high professional standards of investigation of crime. The award also recognizes Excellence in Investigation by Investigating officers and well appreciable working too. Awardees: The Police personnel receiving the Awards about: ♦ 11 are from Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra Police each  ♦ 8 are from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh police ♦ 7 are from Tamil Nadu police  ♦ 9 are from CBI  ♦ Rest are from the other States/UT and Central Investigating Agencies ♦ The awardees include twelve women police officers also The investigation team who solved the Gauri Lankesh murder case are also awarded. The state government had also awarded the team with price amount of  Rs.25 lakhs prize for their exemplary work during the probe.

    Abhinandan Varthaman to be awarded Vir Chakra

    August 15, 2019
    Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be awarded the Vir Chakra gallantry medal on Independence Day. The Vir Chakra award is an Indian gallantry award for acts of  Bravery  on the battlefield. The award will recognises his grit, determination and bravery.  His capture and release: Days after Pulwama attack, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out an airstrike at a terror camp run by Jaish-e-Mohammed. During confrontation, IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman shot down a Pakistan F-16 jet on February 27. He spent nearly 60 hours in Pakistan's custody after his MiG-21 Bison was shot down by Pakistan Air Force F-16s in February in the dogfight. Abhinandan Varthaman downed an F-16 fighter jet of the Pakistan Air Force. The wing commander cleared all medical tests and likely to rejoin flying duties. He had suffered injuries after ejecting from his damaged plane and parachuting to safety. The pilot went through a series of physical and mental evaluations since his capture and release.

    Service and Gallantry Medals for 946 police personnel

    August 15, 2019
    A total of 946 police personnel have been awarded Service/Gallantry Medals on the occasion of the Independence Day, 2019. The awards were approved by the President of India. Awardees: Among the awardees 72 are from CRPF, 61 are from J&K police, 23 are from Odisha, 9 are from Chhattisgarh and the remaining from the other States/UTs and CAPFs. ♦ President Police Medals for Gallantry (PPMG) - 3 personnel ♦ Police Medals for Gallantry (PMG) - 177 personnel ♦ President's Police Medals for Distinguished Service - 89 personnel  ♦ Police Medal for Meritorious Service -677 personnel 180 Gallantry awards: Among the 180 gallantry awards: ♦ 114 personnel - For their action in Jammu & Kashmir ♦ 62 personnel - For their left wing extremism affected areas  ♦ 4 personnel - For their action in the north-east region

    BAFTA LA to honour Steve Coogan with Charlie Chaplin Award

    August 11, 2019
    Actor Steve Coogan won with the Charlie Chaplin Award by the British Academy’s Los Angeles branch. He will receive the honor during the 2019 Britannia Awards. The Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy recognizes the talents whose popularity and cultural impact exemplifies the uniquely transcendent quality of excellent comedy. 2019 Britania Awards Britannia Awards are presented by BAFTA Los Angeles. It is a branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), as a bridge between the Hollywood and British production and entertainment business communities. The Britannia Awards ceremony is presented at a black-tie gala dinner and Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee was awarded the Bharat Ratna

    August 10, 2019
    The Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India, at Rashtrapati Bhawan. He was awarded by the President Ram Nath Kovind. The award recognizes his selfless service to the nation for decades. He is the fifth President to receive the award.  Pranab Mukherjee: Pranab was born in a village in Birbhum district in West Bengal. He was fondly known as Pranab Da. He was the President of India between 2012 and 2017. Pranab has inspired the politicians with his knowledge, wisdom and experience.  Other Awardees: Along with him the late Assamese singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika and the late social activist Nanaji Deshmukh were also honoured with the award. Bharat Ratna: Bharat Ratna is the highest award among republic of India and  highest recognition in service and performance in the highest order without any distinction of sex, race, position. Bharat Ratna is being awarded after a gap of four years. 

    NITI Aayog to launch the 4th Edition of WTI Awards

    August 10, 2019
    NITI Aayog launched the 4th Edition of Women Transforming India (WTI) Awards. The WTI Awards is being organized in collaboration with the United Nations to recognize women entrepreneurs from across India. This year’s theme is ‘Women and Entrepreneurship’, in continuation of the theme for WTI Awards 2018. WhatsApp collaborated with NITI Aayog for WTI Awards 2019. The main aim is to provide support amounting to US$100,000 to the award winners. The Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) is a Government of India initiative by NITI Aayog to promote and support aspiring as well as established women entrepreneurs in India, assist and handhold them in their journey from starting to scaling up and expanding their ventures. NITI Aayog  NITI Aayog is a policy of the Government of India. It is established with the aim to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and to enhance cooperative federalism by fostering the involvement of State Governments of India in the economic policy-making process using a bottom-up approach. Headquarters: New Delhi

    ISRO institutes Vikram Sarabhai Journalism Award

    August 9, 2019
    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced Vikram Sarabhai Journalism Award in Space Science, Technology and Research as a reward and recognition to journalists.  Nominations: All Indian journalists can be nominated and those articles that are published from the year 2019 till 2020 can be submitted. Candidates will be nominated and judged based on the standard criteria set by ISRO. The names of the selected will be declared on August 1, 2020. Vikram Sarabhai Award: Vikram Sarabhai is the father of Indian space program. He was an Indian Scientist. The centenary year celebrations of the father of Indian space programme announced the award. ISRO institutes two categories of awards instituted in the field of journalism:  1) An award that includes a cash price of Rs.5,00,000, a medal and citation to two journalists or freelancers of print media. 2) An award that includes 3 cash prizes such as Rs.3,00,000, Rs.2,00,000 and Rs.1,00,000 to the articles or the success stories that are published in Hindi, English, or Regional languages in popular Periodicals, Science magazines, or Journals in India from 2019 to 2020.

    President Ram Nath Kovind was awarded the National order of Merit

    August 5, 2019
    President Ram Nath Kovind was awarded the National order of Merit by the President of Guinea on 3rd August. This is the highest award Republic of Guinea by African government.  He was honoured for his exceptional contribution to the advancement of overall relations and development of mutual cooperation between India and Guinea. It also recognised his efforts for promoting friendship and partnership between the people of both the countries.  President's Visit to Guinea: During his visit to Guinea, President Ram Nath Kovind signed 3 MoUs between India and Africa. The agreements aimed cooperation in the Field of Traditional System of Medicine, e Vidhya bharati, e Aarogya Bharati Network Project and Renewal Energy.  Both countries also agreed on sign in  the need for reform of the UN Security Council to make it reflective of contemporary realities. The leaders expressed their deep concern over the rise of extremism and terrorism around the world in the meeting. The  President also announced a new Line of Credit of US$ 170 million for Water Supply Project of Conakry city.

    Bhasha Mukherjee was crowned MISS ENGLAND

    August 4, 2019
    Bhasha Mukherjee, an Indian-origin doctor, has been crowned MISS ENGLAND in Miss England competition in London. The event was held from 31 July to 1 August. The winners bagged over GBP 30,000 worth of prizes, which include a luxury holiday to Mauritius. Alisha Cowie was crowned MISS ENGLAND 2018. Bhasha Mukherjee is a indian Haryana  origin girl about 23 year old from Derby. She holds two different medical degrees. She is fluent in five languages. She has started new job as a junior doctor in a hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, after the Miss England final ended on 1st August. She will be participating in the 69th Miss World contest to be held in December in London.

    Indian journalist Ravish Kumar was awarded the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award

    August 3, 2019
    NDTV journalist Ravish Kumar was awarded the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award. The award recognizes the greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in Asia. It is the highest honour given to Asian individuals and organisations. The award is often referred to as the Asian version of the Nobel Prize.  Ravish Kumar was honoured for his dedicated commitment to a professional, ethical journalism of the highest standard. It also recognised his moral courage in standing up for truth, integrity, and independence. Other Awardees: Along with Ravish Kumar, four other winners were also  honoured. The awardees are:  ♦ Ko Swe Win from Myanmar ♦ Angkhana Neelapaijit from Thailand ♦ Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab from Philippines ♦ Kim Jong-Ki from South Korea Ramon Magsaysay Award: The Ramon Magsaysay Award was established in April 1957. It is awarded every year. The was instituted to continue the former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay's example of integrity, courage in servicing the people, community leadership. It was instituted by the New York based Rockefeller Brothers Fund along with the Philippine government.

    Ruhan Rajput honoured with Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2019

    August 1, 2019
    Ruhan Rajput co-founder and Director of Einfolge Technologies Pvt Ltd was awarded the prestigious Entrepreneur Award 2019. The event was held at the JW Marriot Hotel, New Delhi. He won the award on 18 July in the category of 'Entrepreneur of the Year in Service Business. Ruhan was acknowledged for his contributions and achievements in the business industry.  Einfolge Technologies Pvt Ltd Einfolge Technologies Pvt Ltd is one of the leading players in the knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) industry. The company operates to provide comprehensive research, analysis, and expert solutions. Entrepreneur India, America's number one business magazine along with Franchise India hosted the event from 17th July to 18th July. The inspiration behind the event is to bring leading entrepreneurs, start-ups, sme, investors, global luminaries; Indian government officials etc under one roof and acknowledge them for their milestones. They are the real heroes who work day and night to make this company great and achieve new heights. Ruhan Rajput excels as an actor and model in Bollywood. He made a debut in the film industry with Pravat Rout's film, 'Prarabdh', followed by three music albums: 'Mohabataiyan', 'Khidki ka Parda' and 'Saiyan Re'.He was starred in 'Dil Mera' produced by Zee Music Company He is currently working on a music album with Arman Malik.

    Sudarsan Pattnaik won the Peoples Choice Award at the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

    July 30, 2019
    Sudarsan Pattnaik, the Indian sand artist and Padma Awardee, has won the People's Choice Award at the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival in Boston, US. He won the award for his sand sculpture 'Stop Plastic Pollution, Save Our Ocean'. Pattnaik was among the top 15 sand artists who were selected from across the world to participate in the Sand Sculpting Festival. Pattnaik's Sand sculpt: Pattnaik's Sand sculpt was sculpted with a turtle caught in a plastic bag and a fish with plastic trash such as slippers, bottles and glass inside its body. The tail of the fish is lead in to the mouth of a human, to signify how plastic pollution in the oceans is adversely impacting human beings also when they consume sea food. The sculpture highlighted the problem of plastic pollution that spoils the oceans and supported the urgent need to take action to save oceans and planet. Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival: The festival is one of the largest sand sculpting festivals in the world. The Sand festival is celebrating its 16th year. Sand sculptors all around the world has participated in the event. The 2019 edition of festival was held from 26-28 July. It was attended by a million people.

    Priya Priyadarshini Jain won Indian Women of Influence award

    July 30, 2019
    Eminent fashionista Priya Priyadarshini Jain won with the prestigious “Indian Women of Influence” award at the House of Lords, The United Kingdom Parliament, London. About Priya Priyadarshini Jain She is among the others featured in the coffee table book on ‘50 most influential Indian women worldwide’  She featuring top Indian women like former Indian president Pratibha Patil, Nita Ambani, MP Caroline, Hema Malini, Shilpa Shetty. Indian Women of Influence Awards The award recognizes the power of Indian women residing in different parts of the world and it is presented by the Barons of the UK parliament.

    Inaugural Tribute actor award won by Meryl Streep in TIFF 2019

    July 29, 2019
    Meryl Streep won the inaugural Tribute Actor award in Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It is the most nominated actor in Academy Award. The actress won the Oscar, three times. She has won three Academy Awards for her roles in “K​Kramer vs. Kramer,​” “Sophie’s Choice​,” and ​” The Iron Lady”  She set an unsurpassed record with her 21st Oscar nomination for her role in “The Post.​” Her tremendous contribution to cinema, television, and the stage spans five decades; from her early roles in ​’The Deer Hunter,​’ ‘​Kramer vs. Kramer,’​ ​ and ​’Sophie’s Choice’​ to later films including​ ‘The Devil Wears Prada,​’ ‘​The Iron Lady​,​​’ and​ ‘The Post,.  TIFF could not be more thrilled to honour such a skilled and exemplary artist.” TIFF It is an annual fundraiser “to support TIFF’s year-round programs and to celebrate the film industry’s outstanding contributors.” Location– Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Founded- 1976

    Mohun Bagan Ratna Award 2019: Keshav Dutt, Prasun Banerjee

    July 24, 2019
    Keshav Dutt, Prasan Banerjee Chosen for Mohun Bagan Ratna Award 2019 Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning hockey player Keshav Dutt and former India football captain Prasun Banerjee will get this year’ MOHUN BAGAN Ratna Award on the annual celebration of Mohun Bagan Day on July 29. About Mohun Bagan Ratna Award  Mohun Bagan Ratna Award is an award presented each year on Mohun Bagan Day to outstanding former players. Every year 29 July is celebrated as Mohun Bagan Day. It is on this day in 1911 the Mariners became 1st club to defeat a British club. First recipient was former captain Sailen Manna in 2001. Mohun Bagan Day to outstanding former players. First recipient was former captain Sailen Manna in 2001. Keshav Dutt The 93 year old Dutt, who played as a half-back, was part of National hockey team that won gold medals after India’s Independence– 1948 London Games.From where India won the 1st gold post-Independence and 2nd Olympic gold in 1952 Helsinki.He is one of the oldest surviving hockey Olympians of country. Prasun Banerjee  The 64-year-old Banerjee, was a prominent midfielder of his times. He is the younger brother of iconic footballer P.K. Banerjee. Other Awards: The club will also confer life membership to distinguished personalities- Chuni Goswami, Sourav Ganguly, Dr.Vece Paes, Deb Shankar Halder and Prasenjit Chatterjee Arijit Bagui: The Best Football Player for the season 2018-19  Mohammed Shami: India’s hat-trick hero of 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Ashok Chatterjee. (Footballer): The Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Padma Shri awardee Raghu Ram receives FRCS of Thailand

    July 15, 2019
    Popular breast surgeon and Padma Shri awardee P.Raghu Ram bagged with Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) of Thailand  The function held at the 44th annual congress of the Royal College in Pattaya  The theme of the function is  “ASEAN collaboration in value-based surgery”. The highest recognition got by the Institute in recognition of  Raghu Ram’s bold vision coupled with an intense body of work  It paved towards significantly improving the delivery of breast healthcare in India. It helps in the recognition of his contribution in promoting the highest standards of surgical education in India through his association with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and England. It was conferred by professor Tanaphon Maipang, the President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand. Raghu Ram achieved the rare distinction conferred FRCS from six Royal Colleges include London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ireland, and Thailand & from the American College of Surgeons. In 1995, he qualified to become a surgeon and he had 24 years of experience.  He also created awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. About Thailand: ♦ Capital: Bangkok ♦ Prime Minister: Prayut Chan-o-cha

    Northeast Frontier Railways' (NFR) PLAN BEE won the Best Innovation Award on 9 July

    July 11, 2019
    The Northeast Frontier Railways' (NFR) PLAN BEE won the Best Innovation Award on 9 July. It has adopted a unique strategy to keep wild elephants away from train tracks. In the forest area of Assam, elephants would often come in the way of speeding trains and die as a large portion of rail tracks passing through forested areas. In a bid to tackle the problem NFR came up with 'Plan Bee' in 2017.  PLAN BEE: Idea: The project aims to save the lives of the elephants by installing devices at several level crossings in the state to play the sound of buzzing honey bees to drive away the pachyderms. Studies suggest elephants are scared of swarming bees. Despite the 29 earmarked wildlife corridors, where trains slow down and drivers restrict speed as a norm, elephants have often ventured into train tracks beyond the corridors. Implementation: Trials were conducted successfully. An equipment was designed to generate amplified sound of honey bees from a distance of about 700-800 m. With the first instrument installed at level crossing gate between Azara and Kamakhya stations under Rangiya division. It has been claimed that the strategy has been helpful in diverting herds of elephants, especially when trains are approaching.               NFR:  The Northeast Frontier Railway is one of the 18 railway zones in India. It is headquartered in Guwahati, Assam. NFR is responsible for rail operations in the entire Northeast and parts of West Bengal and Bihar.

    Gully Boy won NETPAC award in Bucheon film festival

    July 10, 2019
    Film-maker Zoya Akhtar's directorial 'Gully Boy' won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award at the 23rd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) in South Korea.  NETPAC Jury Committee, comprised of NETPAC members and film professionals which features newer genres and varied stories of comedy, fantasy and drama 'Gully Boy', features actors Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, is based on the lives of street rappers. The film performed well in the Indian and overseas market.  It will also be screened at the 2019 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.  Akhtar recently made the Indian film industry proud by joining the list of new members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that organizes the annual Oscar awards.

    Mark Tully presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at UK-india Awards 2019

    July 3, 2019
    Veteran British journalist Sir Mark Tully awarded as the Lifetime Achievement Award  The award was provided in order to recognize his contributions to the IJK-India relationship.  The annual UK-India Awards honors special talents and organizations which are worldwide influenced. Their main aim is to strengthen UK-India ties.  The 2019 UK-India Awards marked the conclusion of the annual LJK-India Week in London.   

    NALCO to get Presidents award for excellent CSR

    July 3, 2019
    National Aluminium Company Limited selected for President’s award for utilization of Corporate Social Responsibility fund in social development. The company started a scheme “Aliali Jhia” in 2015. The main aim is to promote the education of Girls of BPL families. Ministry of Corporate Affairs explained about the CMD of NALCO, Tapan Chand who initiated the scheme. Their main aim is to adapt and promote the poor and talented girls for education.  About Aliali Jhia Scheme It is a new scheme on the line of BETI BACHAO BETI PADHAO"  It is initiated from the year 2015.  Under this scheme around 416  girls from BPL families of 66 villages of Angul, Damanjodi and Potangi area in Angul and Koraput districts have been adopted by Company.  Girls are reading in 45 different schools.  This scheme where the company is bearing all the expenditure for education and promotion of talent from 8th to 10th class.  The employees of the company joined the scheme. About NALCO  Headquarters: Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India Chairman and managing director: Dr.T.K.Chand Net income: Increase ₹ 1,732 crore

    Aparna Kumar created history by becoming the first civil servant and IPS officer to achieve the 7 Summits challenge

    July 1, 2019
    Aparna Kumar created history by becoming the first civil servant and IPS officer to achieve the incredible and rare feat of completing ‘7 Summits’ challenge'.  Kumar hoisted India's tricolour on Mount Denali in Alaska, USA. Mount Denali is the highest peak of North America standing at 20,310 ft. She scaled the summit in her third attempt. Aparna Kumar: Aparna Kumar is an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Dehra Dun Frontier DIG. She is also the first woman IPS officer to reach the South Pole on January 13 after walking 111 kilometres with 35 kilograms of equipment on her back. In 2016, she became the first officer of the All India Services to successfully scale Antarctica’s highest peak Mount Vinson Massif followed by Mount Manaslu in Nepal in 2017. Mount Denali: Mount Denali is considered the third most prominent and third most isolated peak on Earth, after Mount Everest and Aconcagua. Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world, Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Southern and Western Hemispheres. It is also the tallest peak outside of Asia. Seven Summits: The seven listed summits in the challenge are: 1) Mount Everest in Nepal/China 2) Aconcagua in Argentina 3) Denali in the US 4) Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania 5) Mount Elbrus in Russia 6) Mount Vinson in Antarctica 7) Puncak Jaya and Mount Kosciuszko in Australia Other Mountaineers in Summit Challenge: Canadian mountaineer Patrick Morrow was the first man to climb the Seven Summits in 1986.  Indian Army officer Colonel Ranveer Singh Jamwal is the first Indian to summit the seven highest peaks spread across the seven continents. He is a recipient of India's highest adventure award, Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award Jamwal is also the first officer from the Indian Army to achieve this feat.

    Sir Mark Tully was conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 at UK-India Awards in London

    July 1, 2019
    Veteran British journalist Sir Mark Tully was conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 at UK-India Awards in London. The award celebrate special talents and organisations who use their worldwide influence to strengthen UK-India ties. Sir William Mark Tully: Sir William Mark Tully, KBE is the former Bureau Chief of the BBC, New Delhi. He worked with the BBC for a period of 30 years before resigning in July 1994. He held the position of Chief of Bureau, BBC, Delhi, for 20 years. He has received awards and written books. He is a member of the Oriental Club. He has been previously knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the UK and conferred with the Padma Bhushan in India. UK-Indian Awards: The UK-India Awards 2019 now in its third year. The Awards brings together over 300 senior leaders from the world of business, politics, diplomacy, media, arts & culture to recognise individuals and organisations. All nominees and winners are inspirational figures at cutting edge of business, technology, innovation, international relations and culture. Other Awardees: Market Entrant of the Year category– Oyo, Indian hospitality Social Impact category– British Telecom (BT) Global Indian Icon of the Year– Kunnal Nayyar, best known for his role as Rajesh Koothrappali on US sitcom The Big Bang Theory Special Significant Contribution to UK-India Relations Award- To Indian-origin peer and Cobra Beer founder Lord Karan Bilimoria Start-up of the Year Award- Maanch, a new platform that matches up funders and receivers to accelerate global sustainable development.

    Nitesh Kumar Jangir Indian Engineer won innovation award in UK

    July 1, 2019
    An Indian engineer, Nitesh Kumar Jangir won the Commonwealth Secretary-General's Innovation for Sustainable Development Award 2019. The award won in the "People" category in London, UK (United Kingdom) It is for the creation of a low-cost neonatal breathing device named "Saans"  The main use for saving the lives of newborn babies The award was presented by Prince Harry, Youth Ambassador of Commonwealth and Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General.   Saans: It is breath supporting device which is used for tackling avoidable deaths of premature babies from Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) It is the world's first neonatal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device powered in multiple ways.

    India born Priya Serrao has won the Miss Universe Australia title for 2019

    June 29, 2019
    India born Priya Serrao has won the Miss Universe Australia title for 2019. Serrao edged past 26 other women from across the country in Melbourne to win the title on 27 June. She will now represent Australia in the Miss Universe Australia 2019. Australian-Ugandan Bella Kasimba was announced the first runner-up in the finale. She is a law graduate who currently works in Department of Jobs, Precincts and regions in Melbourne.  Priya Serrao: Priya was born in India and grew up Oman she then migrated to Australia. Prior to becoming Miss Universe Australia, Serrao worked as a policy adviser for the Government of Victoria and was to be admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria as a lawyer later in 2019.

    Sameer Gulati bags Rs. 3 lakhs for 'world's best coder' at TechGig Code Gladiators 2019

    June 28, 2019
    6th Edition of TechGig Code Gladiators 2019 Ex-champion, Sameer Gulati won the title as 'world's best coder' . He won prize money of Rs 3 lakhs a trophy and a certificate The event was held at Reliance Corporate Park, Navi Mumbai. The event featured 10 hackathon theme rounds on technologies which includes Chatbots, Robotic Process Automation, Fintech, Software Testing, and New Commerce. Around 2.6 lakh coders fought for 87 days to claim the title this year.  Around 21 per cent (55,633 out of 2,62,906) were female coders.  TechGig Code Gladiators 2019  Industry: Competitive programming Headquarters: Gurgaon, India

    Rachna Khaira of The Tribune News Service won the 2019 Journalist of the Year

    June 26, 2019
    Rachna Khaira of The Tribune News Service won the Redlnk Award for Excellence in Indian Journalism Journalist of the Year 2019. She is currently working for The Huffington Post.  Awarded for: The award is for her expose during 2018 on functioning of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and its Aadhaar data cache. The investigation that was conducted by Rachna Khaira confirmed that personal data of millions of citizens were at risk of being hacked/traded for a price.  The journalists ran a series of sting operations regarding the isssue and it helped to raise serious doubts over government claims that Aadhaar data stored on UIDAI servers was safe and secure.  Other awardees: The Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019 was jointly awarded to two retired senior journalists, Dinu Ranadive, who retired from the Maharashtra Times, and Photojournalist Sebastian D’Souza, who served as Photo Editor of Mumbai Mirror.  Ranjeet Jadhav was awarded the Redlnk 'Star Mumbai Reporter' award for 2019. About the award: The Red Ink awards are a set of annual awards which were instituted by The Mumbai Press Club in 2010. Th award recognises an individual for his/her excellence in journalistic achievements as assessed by a special jury. These award grants national recognition to journalists by a professional body.  

    Indian engineer wins Innovation for Sustainable Development Award

    June 20, 2019
    Indian engineer Nitesh Kumar Jangir whose low-cost neonatal breathing device saved the lives of new-born babies across small towns. India won the 2019 Commonwealth Secretary-General's Innovation for Sustainable Development Award in London. Nitesh Kumar Jangir created Saans as a breathing support device to avoid deaths of premature babies from respiratory distress syndrome due to a lack of immediate access to complex medical equipment. He received his award in the People category alongside 14 other innovators from across the 53 member-countries of the Commonwealth. The main aim is to ensure that babies don't lose their lives due to the lack of access to a piece of technology. This device can be used anywhere to deliver crucial support to premature babies. About CPAP Device It is the world's first neonatal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device which can be used in multiple ways through direct source electricity including a vehicle's electrical supply, a rechargeable battery, compressed gas, or even manual air pumping. It is of low cost and this award for use in similar conditions in regions like Africa.  The Commonwealth Innovation Awards receive a trophy, a certificate and 2,000 pounds in prize money. The awards are divided with five thematic categories improving the lives of People; boosting prosperity; protecting the planet, promoting peace; and building partnerships for development.

    Matri Shree Media Award was presented to 29 journalists from print and electronic media

    June 19, 2019
    Twenty-nine journalists from print and electronic media was awarded the Matri Shree Media Awards for their contribution towards journalism. Apart from media personalities, a social activist was also presented the Bharat Mata shield at the 44th Matri Shree media award ceremony organized in New Delhi. A former mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation Adesh Gupta was also felicitated for his contribution to social service.  The awards were presented by Working President of Punjab Kesari Delhi Swadesh Bhushan Jain and Chairman of the Committee Ashok Aggarwal, Harish Chopra, Ankush Aggarwal, Chetan Sharma, Ramesh Bajaj, Vishal Rana and Kailash Agrawal.

    Social activist Makarand Tilloo won 'Save Water Hero Award'.

    June 17, 2019
    Social activist Makarand Tilloo won 'Save Water Hero Award'.  This award presented to him in order to encourage his efforts to raise awareness about water conservation in the city.  The ceremony was held in Pune, Maharashtra. He is a Laughter Yoga trainer and motivational speaker and its campaign to save water by replacing leaking taps with new ones.  He was honored by the HridayMitra Foundation with the presence of writer and philanthropist Ramchandra Dekhane and foundation president Shrikant Mundada. He is the founder of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) named Jalrakshak Prabodhini.  About HridayMitra Foundation:  An organization aims to spread awareness about diseases as well as the surgeries required to remedy them.  They offer people financial guidance and also provide a free helpline.

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

    June 15, 2019
    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).

    Akshaya Patra was awarded the BBC World Service Global Champion Award

    June 15, 2019
    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

    June 14, 2019
    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

    June 14, 2019
    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

    June 13, 2019
    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)

    June 10, 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

    June 10, 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

    June 2, 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

    May 30, 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

    May 28, 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

    May 27, 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

    May 23, 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

    May 23, 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

    May 22, 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

    May 22, 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

    May 19, 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

    May 13, 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

    May 9, 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

    May 7, 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

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