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  • ICMR awarded 46 scientists in biomedical research

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    The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) awarded 46 biomedical scientists for their work in the area of health research to solve various health issues. The awards were presented by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. Awardees: ♦ A total of 39 awards for 2017 and 2018 were presented to 46 scientists, including 14 women scientists.  ♦ Among the 39 awards, two awards were given to scientists who belong to underprivileged communities and one award to a scientist who has conducted research in under-developed areas. ♦ The awardees are from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-labs, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), Lucknow, IITs, Puducherry's Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, state and central universities and other reputed institutions.

    Kiran Uniyal sets Guinness World record

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    Kiran Uniyal, the wife of a serving Colonel of Indian Army, has created Individual Guinness World Records for The most full contact knee strikes in three minutes (one leg) (female) with 263 strikes and The most full contact knee strikes alternate legs in one minute(female) with 120 strikes. The previous records were of 177 strikes and 102 in the female category, respectively.  The aim of her records was to promote martial arts for girls and women's safety and self-defense. She also surpassed the existing male category record of 226 knee strikes. Uniyal has achieved 15 World Records, including 10 Guinness World Records in Martial Arts, Fitness, and Social Work, so far.

    GoAir received the Best Airline award

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    GoAir received the Best Airline award by Andaman Tourism Award 2019 in its first edition for its leadership in attaining on-time performance for 12 consecutive months. The Andaman Tourism Award ceremony was organized at Port Blair in association with the Andaman Ministry of tourism and Andaman Association of Tour Operators. DGCA report: Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) reported that GoAir has emerged as the most punctual airline in August 2019. The airlines created history in the Indian aviation sector.  GoAir has set the record of a consecutive 12th-month achievement of distinction by being on top of on-time-performance (OTP) charts. The report also said that GoAir registered 85.1% OTP, which is the highest among scheduled domestic airlines in August 2019. GoAir currently operates over 325 daily flights. It has also carried around 13.91 lakh passengers in August 2019.

    Atwood and Evaristo won the 2019 Booker Prize

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    Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have been announced as the joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize. This is the first time joint winners are announced. Atwood won for The Testaments, her sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, and Evaristo won for her novel Girl, Woman, Other. The winners were awarded at a ceremony at London’s Guildhall on 15 October. Margaret Atwood: Margaret Atwood became the oldest winner of the Booker Prize. Her novel The Testaments became the fastest-selling hardback novel in four years on its publication in September. The book is a follow up of The Handmaid’s Tale which is set 15 years. Bernardine Evaristo: Evaristo became the first black woman and the first black British author to win the Booker since it began in 1969. At 79, Atwood becomes the prize’s oldest winner. The Canadian author previously won the Booker in 2000 for The Blind Assassin. She became the fourth author to have won the prize twice.

    Three Mumbai landmarks won UNESCO Asia Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation

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    Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue at Kala Ghoda, Gloria Church in Byculla, and Flora Fountain, three-city landmarks, of Mumbai won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation for the year 2019. The award recognized Mumbai's heritage conservation movement under which the three city landmarks were spruced up. The awards were given at a ceremony held in Penang, Malaysia. UNESCO Asia Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation: The UNESCO Asia Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation recognized the efforts of private individuals and organizations who successfully restored and conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the region. The international jury of conservation experts recognized 16 projects from five countries, namely Australia, Bhutan, China, India, and New Zealand. The jury reviewed a total of 57 entries from 14 countries across the Asia-Pacific region in August 2019. Other awards: ♦ The top award of Excellence was conferred to the renewal of the historic Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong ♦ Conservation architect Vikas Dilwari and his team were awarded the fourth and most prestigious honor, the Award of Distinction. The team restored a library in IIM-Ahmedabad ♦ The Jewish Synagogue restored by Abha Narain Lambah was given the Award of Merit ♦ Gloria Church which was restored by David Cardoz and Ainsley Lewis received the Award of Merit

    Complete list of 2019 Nobel Prize winners announced

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    The Nobel Foundation has declared the complete list of winners for 2019. Fifteen eminent personalities will receive the highest honour on 10 December 2019. The winners were recognized for their individual contributions in the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry, literature, economics, and peace. Laureates, except the peace prize winner, will receive their prize in Stockholm, Sweden. Nobel Peace Prize will be given at Oslo, Norway. List of 2019 Nobel Prize Winners:

    Abhijit Banerjee, Duflo and Kremer win Nobel in Economics

    October 14, 2019
    Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee with his Wife Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won Nobel For Economics for the year 2019. The award recognized their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. The new experiment-based approach has transformed development economics in a flourishing field of research.  Banerjee was educated at the University of Calcutta, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1988. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to his profile on the MIT website. The research conducted by this year's laureates has considerably improved the ability to fight global poverty. In just two decades, their new experiment-based approach has transformed development economics, which is now a flourishing field of research. In 2003, Abhijit Banerjee founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), along with Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan, and he remains one of the lab's directors. He also served on the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

    Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu conferred highest Civilian Honour of Comoros

    October 12, 2019
    Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu conferred the highest Civilian Honour of Comoros The Order of the Green Crescent. The honour was conferred by the President of the Union of Comoros Azali Assoumani in Moroni. He is on a first-ever high-level visit to Comoros. India and Comoros signed six agreements on defence, health and culture. The countries decided to exempt each other from Visa for diplomatic and official passport holders for short visits. India as a maritime neighbour is ready to share the experience of its progress with the people of Comoros. The Comoros and India have a commonality of approach on most of the important issues facing the world community and have consistently supported each other in different multilateral forums. India’s trade with Comoros was at USD 47.11 million for 2018-19. The potential for trade between #India and Comoros is vast. India would like to become a valuable partner in the economic development of Comoros. Comoros  Capital: Moroni Currency: Comorian franc President: Azali Assoumani

    Olga and Handke won the Nobel Prize for literature

    October 11, 2019
    Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke have won the Nobel Prize for literature for the year 2018 and 2019. It was announced by the Royal Swedish Academy. Each received a nine million Swedish kronor, a medal and a diploma. 2018 award: As the award was not announced for the year 2018, the academy awarded two winners, one for the year 2018 and one for 2019. The Swedish Academy suspended it in 2018 after a sexual assault scandal. Olga Tokarczuk: Polish author Olga Tokarczuk was awarded the Nobel Prize for the year 2018. She also won the Man Booker International Prize in 2018. Tokarczuk, 57, was rewarded for a narrative imagination with an encyclopaedic passion that represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life. In 1993, her debut novel was published. She has also authored the famous Primeval and Other Times.  The Nobel prize committee appreciated The Books of Jacob that presents a rich panorama of a little-known chapter in European history. she became the 15th female winner of the Nobel Prize out of 116 literature laureates. Peter Handke: The Austrian author and playwright Peter Handke, 76, was recognized for his influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience. He has been a controversial figure as he supported the Serbs during the 1990s Yugoslav war. He was charged in 2001 with the Bosnian Genocide.

    Pakistan PM Imran Khan declared as 2020 Muslim Man of the Year

    October 10, 2019
    Jordan’s Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) has declared the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan as Muslim Man of the Year 2020. He won the title in the recent list of the most persuasive Muslims in the world issued by the Centre. His name has also been included in The Muslim 50, the Most Influential Muslims in the World published by the RISSC. Mr. Khan has also become the 6th most popular world leader on Twitter with 10.5 million followers on the social media platform. The RISSC has also declared Rashida Tlaib as Muslim Woman of the Year 2020. She is an American Congresswoman. RISSC: The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (RISSC) is an autonomous research organization in Jordan. It is affiliated with the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought. It aims to protect, preserve and propagate Islam as defined by the international Islamic Consensus on the Three Points of the Amman Message arrived at over the years 2005-2006. It also aims to publicize the religious and legal positions of Islam on key issues relevant to life in the modern world.

    Goodenough, Whittingham, Yoshino won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    October 9, 2019
    John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the year 2019. The announcement was made by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.  Awarded for: The researches were awarded for the development of lithium-ion batteries. Their invention laid the foundation of a wireless, fossil fuel-free society. Advantages of Li-ion batteries:  Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have revolutionized the world of technology. These batteries entered the market in 1991.  These batteries are used to power various day-to-day products such as smartphones, laptops and even electric vehicles. Awardees: 1) John B. Goodenough is working at the University of Texas in the US.  2) M. Stanley Whittingham is a professor at Binghamton University in the US.  3) Akira Yoshino is currently a professor at Meijo University in Japan. Nobel Prize: The Nobel Prize was established by the will of Alfred Nobel, a businessman, chemist, engineer, inventor, and philanthropist. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. It is one of the 5 Nobel Prizes. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry award has been awarded 110 times to 180 individuals between 1901 and 2018.

    IFS officer Ramesh Pandey to receive Asia Environmental Enforcement Award

    October 9, 2019
    Senior Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Ramesh Pandey has been selected for the prestigious Asia Environmental Enforcement Award for the year 2019. He was selected by the UN Environment in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He will receive the award at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok on 13 November 2019. The selection panel recognized Pandey for his excellent work to combat transboundary environmental crime. Ramesh Pandey: Ramesh Pandey is a 1996-batch IFS officer. He was posted as Chief Conservator Forests in Lucknow and Secretary, UP State Bio-diversity Board. He is popularly known for his investigation and intelligence gathering on poachers.  He was selected to be a part of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau by the Indian government because of his work in Katarniaghat to curb poaching. He also served as Field Director of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. He introduced the Monitoring System for Tigers Intensive Protection & Ecological Status (M-Strips), a new software-based patrolling in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve on the recommendation of the National Tiger Conservation Authority. Asia Environmental Enforcement Award: The Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals and public organizations in Asia to combat transboundary environmental crime. The awards are given in different categories like collaboration, impact, innovation, integrity, and gender leadership.

    The US to award Pepsico India for saving more than 17 bn litres of water

    October 9, 2019
    The United States has named PepsiCo India for the 2019 Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). The award will be presented in a ceremony on 31 October 2019.  Awarded for: The award recognizes the company's efforts to save more than 17 billion litres of water. The company saved water through community water programmes which positively impacted 60,000 community members. The award appreciates the company's sustainable operations for its sustainable farming initiative in India.  Other awardees: The other recipients of the award are: ♦ Chambers Federation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ♦ Procter and Gamble Asia Pacific in Singapore ♦ Agilis Partners in Uganda Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE): ACE is established in 1999. The first recipient of the award is Xerox, Brazil and F.C. Schaffer & Associates, Ethiopia. The award recognizes US companies that promote and uphold high standards as responsible members of their communities where they do business.

    Kaelin, Ratcliffe, Semenza won 2019 Nobel Prize for Medicine

    October 9, 2019
    Researchers William Kaelin, Peter Ratcliffe, and Gregg Semenza won the Nobel Prize award for Physiology or Medicine in 2019. The award recognized the discoveries that are crucial for understanding diseases such as cancer. In 2016, the team also won the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. Discovery: The researchers described how cells sense and respond to changing oxygen levels by switching genes on and off. This discovery has been key to understanding human diseases such as cancer and anaemia. It has helped researchers to understand how the body adapts to low oxygen levels by, for example, cranking out red blood cells (RBCs) and growing new blood vessels. Awardees: ♦ Cancer researcher William Kaelin works at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts ♦ Physician-scientist Peter Ratcliffe works at the University of Oxford, UK, and the Francis Crick Institute in London ♦ Geneticist Gregg Semenza works at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

    James, Michel, Queloz won 2019 Physics Nobel Prize

    October 9, 2019
    Scientists James Peebles, Michel Mayor, and Didier Queloz won Physics Nobel Prize in 2019 for their work in astronomy.  They were awarded for their work in exploring the evolution of the universe and discovering a new kind of planet. Work: James Peebles: The Canadian-American cosmologist James Peebles, 84, is a professor at Princeton University. He was awarded for his theoretical discoveries in cosmology.  Peebles interpreted the first rays and showed that in the universe just 5% is known matter. The rest is unknown dark matter & dark energy. His insights turned cosmology from speculation to science sparking further research. Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz: Swiss scientists Michel Mayor, 77, and Didier Queloz, 53, are from the University of Geneva. They were honoured for finding 51 Pegasi b, an exoplanet, a planet outside our solar system, that orbits a sun-like star. It is the first-ever exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star ever found.  51 Pegasi b: The planet was as big as Jupiter, which is 1,300 times Earth's volume. It is located very close to its star so that it takes just 4 days to orbit.

    Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded to William Kaelin and Gregg Semenza of US, Peter Ratcliffe of Britain

    October 7, 2019
    Three researchers from the US and Britain on Monday shared the Nobel Medicine Prize for discoveries on how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability, paving the way for new cancer treatments. William Kaelin and Gregg Semenza of the US and Britain's Peter Ratcliffe split the nine million Swedish kronor ($914,000, 833,000 euros) award. They established the basis for our understanding of how oxygen levels affect cellular metabolism and physiological function, The trio identified molecular machinery that regulates the activity of genes in response to varying levels of oxygen, which is central to a large number of diseases. The intense ongoing efforts in academic laboratories and pharmaceutical companies are now focused on developing drugs that can interfere with different disease states by either activating, or blocking, the oxygen-sensing machinery. All animal cells use oxygen to convert food to usable energy. This prize is for three physician scientists who found the molecular switch that regulates how our cells adapt when oxygen levels drop Kaelin, 61, works at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the US, while Semenza, 63, is director of the Vascular Research Program at the John Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering. Ratcliffe, 65, is director of clinical research at the Francis Crick Institute in London, and director of the Target Discovery Institute in Oxford. Peace prize The Peace Prize will be awarded in Oslo on Friday, with speculation rife that Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg could win for her campaign to raise awareness about climate change. Experts remain however divided on whether there is an actual link between armed conflicts and climate change.Other names circulating are Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who clinched a peace deal with arch foe Eritrea, and NGOs such as Reporters without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

    Abhinandans Squadron to receive a citation for Balakot airstrikes

    October 7, 2019
    The 51 Squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF), to which Abhinandan Varthaman belongs to, is to be awarded a unit citation by the newly appointed IAF chief RKS Bhadauria. The group commanding officer of the Squadron Captain Satish Pawar will receive the award.  Other awardees: ♦ Also, the 9 Squadron will receive the unit citation. 9 Squadron's Mirage 2000 jets also dropped bombs on the JeM camp.  ♦ The 601 Signal Unit will also get a citation for defeating an approaching air strike by Pakistani jets on 27 February. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman: The IAF bombed the JeM camp after 40 CRPF soldiers died in a terror attack in Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir.  During a dogfight in February after the IAF dropped bombs on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman had shot down Pakistan's F-16 before himself falling. Pakistani forces had captured Abhinandan Varthaman on 27 February and released him later.

    Salford University honours Asha Bhosle with doctorate degree

    October 7, 2019
    Ace singer Asha Bhosle added yet another feather to her cap. She was conferred with an honorary doctorate by the University of Salford in Greater Manchester, England. The 'Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main' singer shared the news on Twitter. Receiving the Doctorate from the University Of Salford. The Fondly called Asha Tail, the songstress has won several other prestigious awards including the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in music history, in 2011. The singer has provided playback for smash hits like 'Parde Mein Rehne Do', 'Piya Tu Ab To Aaja', 'Dum Maro Dum', among many others. Bhosle has been a recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2008.

    Anant Vashistha honoured by President for teaching poor kids for free

    October 5, 2019
    Anant Vashistha, a 22-year-old IIT-Roorkee student, received a gold medal from President Ram Nath Kovind on 4 October. He was honoured as he taught underprivileged students from a nearby village for free. He was awarded during IIT Roorkee’s 19th annual convocation.  Anant Vashistha: Anant Vashistha completed his B.Tech in Production and Industrial Engineering in IIT-Roorkee in 2019. He won the prestigious Dr. Jai Krishna Gold Medal for excellent contribution in the field of youth leadership amongst students admitted through JEE. He is currently working at Master Card in Gurgaon Free Class: After his college, in 2015, he started taking classes free of cost for the poor and underprivileged students of Kaliyar village near his college. He took classes for 4 years from 2015 until 2019 every Saturday and Sunday along with a group of his friends. The classes began with 5 and expanded to 15-20 children.

    Ben Stokes won PCA Players Player of Year award

    October 4, 2019
    Ben Stokes voted Players Player of the Year at the Professional Cricketers Association awards. Stokes played a starring role in England's first 50-over World Cup triumph culminating in his dynamic man-of-the-match display in their dramatic final win against New Zealand in July. The 28-year-old then repeated his heroics with a superb match-winning 135 not out in the third Ashes Test against Australia. He was honored for those achievements by scooping the Reg Hayter Cup ahead of fellow nominees Simon Harmer, Ryan Higgins, and Dom Sibley. He picked up the PCA young player of the year, while England bowler Sophie Ecclestone collected the women's player of the summer. Other award winners included ODI player of the summer Chris Woakes, Test player of the summer Stuart Broad, and County Championship player of the year Harmer.

    President Ram Nath Kovind conferred 2019 Vayoshreshtha Samman

    October 3, 2019
    The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind conferred Vayoshreshtha Samman 2019 on Eminent Senior Citizens and Institutions on 3rd October 2019. The awards were presented at an event organized by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in New Delhi. The recipients are from various fields. The Awards are presented to institutions, organizations, and individuals from any part of the country. Aim: The award recognized the services towards the cause of the elderly persons to mark the International Day of Older Persons. The awards aimed to showcase the Government’s concern for the senior citizens in the country. It also shows its commitment towards the senior citizens with the aim to strengthen their legitimate place in society. It also provides an opportunity for the younger generation to understand the contribution of the elderly in building the society and the nation. Vayoshreshtha Samman: Vayoshreshtha Samman awards are instituted by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. It is awarded to individuals, institutions involved in rendering distinguished service for the cause of elderly and indigent senior citizens. It is presented to eminent citizens in recognition of their service/achievements. These awards are presented as part of the celebration of the International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) on 1st October.

    The seventh edition of the India Research Excellence awards were announced

    October 1, 2019
    Clarivate Analytics has announced the seventh edition of the India Research Excellence-Citation Awards for 2019. The awards were announced in New Delhi. The award aims to identify and recognize the most influential researchers and institutions for their outstanding and pioneering research contributions to the country. The individual award recipients are: ♦ Dr. Gautam R. Desiraju, Lifetime Achievement ♦ Dr. Sujit Ghosh, Young Researcher ♦ Dr. Vinod Kumar Gupta, Research Excellence in Natural Sciences ♦ Dr. Anuradha Chowdhary, Research Excellence in Medical and Health Sciences ♦ Dr. Dinesh Mohan, Research Excellence in Engineering and Technology ♦ Dr. Narpinder Singh and Dr. Amritpal Kaur, Research Excellence in Agricultural Sciences ♦ Dr. Vikram Patel, Research Excellence in Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Sciences The institutional award recipients are: ♦ Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Institutions Established over 15 Years ♦ National Institute of Science Education and Research, Institutions Established within 15 Years ♦ Indian Institute of Science, Research Excellence in Natural Sciences ♦ All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Research Excellence inMedical and Health Sciences ♦ Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Research Excellence in Engineering and Technology ♦ Guru Nanak Dev University, Research Excellence in Agricultural Sciences ♦ Indian School of Business, Research Excellence in Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Sciences ♦ Aligarh Muslim University, Central University ♦ Bharathiar University, State University ♦ Vellore Institute of Technology, Deemed or Private University ♦ Christian Medical College Vellore, College - Professional Degree ♦ Loyola College, College - General Degree

    Sanjay Kapoor awarded Most Inspiring Indian Bollywood Actor in UK

    October 1, 2019
    Sanjay Kapoor appointed for most of the inspiring Indian Bollywood Actor in UK. The actor has been a part of some of the best films in the past. The actor has been recognised for all the performances he has put together, and in fact, he is also relatively popular. The actor also received an award for his performance. He has received an award at the House of Common Parliament of the United Kingdom, for being the Most Inspiring Indian Bollywood Actor. Dil Sambhal Ja Zara to the web series and my recent Bollywood release Mission Mangal. The web series has recently been nominated at the Emmys which feels great. It is a 30 minutes video which is being present.

    Kavitha Gopal won President of India Prize

    October 1, 2019
    Kavitha Gopal created history by becoming the first girl student of the Indian Institute Technology-Madras (IIT-M) to win the President of India Prize 2019. This is the first time a girl student has won the award in 60 years. So far, only male students had won the prize at the institute. On the Institute’s 56th convocation, she received the prize and medals from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Kavitha Gopal: ♦ She is graduated with a B.Tech degree in Computer Science and Engineering.  She is the first woman to bag 3 top awards at IIT Madras. She is a student of the 2015-19 Computer Science batch. ♦ She secured a CGPA of 9.95, she also bagged the Bharat Ratna M. Visvesvaraya Memorial Prize and the B. Ravichandran Memorial Prize for the highest CGPA in B.Tech CSE.  ♦ Ms. Gopal studied at the Atomic Energy Central School, Anupuram. She that at the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kalpakkam. She is currently employed at Google India, Bengaluru, as a software engineer.

    Kalli Purie was awarded the Indias Most Powerful Women in Media

    October 1, 2019
    India Today Group Vice-Chairperson Kalli Purie was awarded India's Most Powerful Women in Media award. She received the award at the British Parliament. Kallie Puri: Kallie Puri is a graduate in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from the Oxford University in England. She is the Vice-Chairperson of the India Today Group. She began her work with the India Today Group in 1996 as a marketing executive and reporter for the magazine, India Today. She leads a wide range of media verticals including Aaj Tak, India Today Television, Aaj Tak HD,  Tez, a digital newspaper, apps, and Dilli Aaj Tak. In March 2017, She was named as the 5th most powerful woman at the sixth edition of Impact Magazine’s Awards. She was awarded the Outstanding Media & Entertainment Award at the annual 21st Century Icon Awards in London. Confluence Excellence Awards: The award was (mainly) organized by the Confluence Foundation. This was the second edition of the awards. The award aims to recognize individuals for their innovative leadership and the success they have achieved through revolutionizing their field of work. Chairperson & Founder: Smita Srivastav

    Thanu Padmanabhan received the M P Birla Memorial Award 2019

    September 30, 2019
    Noted physicist Thanu Padmanabhan received the M P Birla Memorial Award 2019 for his contributions to the world of cosmology. Padmanabhan, a professor of Inter-university Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune received the award at a programme held at the M P Birla Planetarium The Gravity and the Cosmos the Padma Shri recipient scientist spoke about the role gravity played in shaping the Universe. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar awardee dwelt on open questions about the Universe Padmanabhan, a visiting faculty to several institutes in the US and the UK, has contributed to the fields of general relativity, gravitation, and cosmology,  M P Birla Memorial Award 2019  The M P Birla Memorial Award comprises a citation, trophy and a cheque for Rs 2,51,000. The award was introduced in 1993 in recognition to the excellence in research in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Science and related areas.

    Ayushmann named Actor of the Year at GQ Men of the Year Awards 2019

    September 30, 2019
    Ayushmann Khurrana won the Actor of the Year award at the 11th edition of GQ Men of the Year Awards held in Mumbai. Shahid Kapoor won the Ultimate GQ Man award and the Rule Breaker of the Year award went to Katrina Kaif. Hrithik Roshan was given the Game Changer of the Year award. The theme for this year's Men of the Year awards was Aqua. Actor Shahid Kapoor deservedly took home the Ultimate GQ Man award The environmentalist Afroz Shah presented with Eco-Warrior award for his efforts at cleaning the beaches of Mumbai.

    Infosys won the United Nations Global Climate Action Award

    September 27, 2019
    Infosys won the prestigious United Nations Global Climate Action Award in the Climate Neutral Now category. Infosys, a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, is the only corporate from India to earn the award. The award recognized the company's efforts to combat climate change. The award will be presented to Infosys at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) which has been scheduled to be held on December 2019 in Santiago, Chile. Organized by: The UN Global Climate Action Award is organized by the Momentum for Change initiative of the UN Climate Change Secretariat.  The winners were selected based on innovative solutions that address climate change and help drive progress on many other sustainable development goals, such as poverty alleviation, gender equality, and economic opportunity. Achievements of Infosys: ♦ Infosys started its action to combat climate change in 2008.  ♦ In 2011, Infosys made a voluntary commitment to the United Nations to become carbon neutral.  ♦ The company has been on an accelerated plan focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy (RE) and offsetting emissions.  ♦ In October 2018, Infosys has pledged to demonstrate its commitment to moving to a low carbon economy, at the Climate Neutral Now platform by UNFCCC.

    National Tourism Awards for 2017 and 2018 were presented

    September 27, 2019
    The National Tourism Awards 2017-18 are presented on World Tourism Day, 27 September 2019, at New Delhi. A total of 76 Awards under various categories are presented this year. The Ministry of Tourism presents National Tourism Awards to various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. The award recognizes the performance in their respective fields.  The awards are presented to the States/Union Territories (UTs), classified and heritage hotels, approved travel agents, tour operators, tourist transport operators, individuals, and other private organizations. A total of 82 international delegates participated in the World Tourism Day (WTD) Celebration. National Tourism Awards 2017-18: The awards emerged as a prestigious recognition of achievements in the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors. This year, a total of 76 awards were presented to the tourism industry stakeholders, state governments, central agencies, and individuals.

    DSC Prize For South Asian Literature 2019 has been announced

    September 27, 2019
    The $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019 was announced on 26 September 2019. The list included 15 authors including Perumal Murugan, Rajkamal Jha, and Fatima Bhutto.  The winners were selected by a jury chaired by Harish Trivedi. The list comprises of three translated works from Malayalam, Tamil and Bengali, seven female authors, and an equal number novelists. LSE: The jury will further evaluate the entries and the shortlist five to six books. The announcement will be made on 6 November 2019 at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). The 15 authors and winners of the $25,000 DSC Prize are listed below: ♦ Perumal Murugan’s A Lonely Harvest  ♦ Rajkamal Jha’s The City and the Sea  ♦ Fatima Bhutto’s The Runaways  ♦ Akil Kumarasamy’s Half Gods  ♦ Amitabha Bagchi’s Half the Night is Gone  ♦ Devi S. Laskar’s The Atlas of Reds and Blues  ♦ Jamil Jan Kochai’s 99 Nights in Logar ♦ Madhuri Vijay’s The Far Field  ♦ Manoranjan Byapari’s There’s Gunpowder in the Air  ♦ Mirza Waheed’s Tell Her Everything ♦ Nadeem Zaman’s In the Time of the Others  ♦ Sadia Abbas’ The Empty Room  ♦ Shubhangi Swarup’s Latitudes of Longing ♦ T.D. Ramakrishnan’s Sugandhi alias Andal Devanayaki. ♦ Tova Reich’s Mother India DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019:  The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature is an international award for literary. The award is announced every year. The award was initiated in the year 2011. The first recipients of the award are Amit Chaudhuri, Musharraf Ali Farooqi, Tania James, Manju Kapur, Neel Mukherjee. It is awarded for the original full-length novel inspired by South Asia, written in English, or translated into English by any writer across the globe.

    IAAF honoured the Indian legend PT Usha

    September 26, 2019
    International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) honoured the former Indian athlete and Olympian PT Usha with the prestigious IAAF Veteran Pin Award. Usha received the award from the IAAF president Sebastian Coe at the 52nd IAAF conference in Doha. IAAF Veteran Pin Award recognizes the efforts of the players who have made matchless contributions to athletics.  PT Usha: The Indian legend player Usha has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979. She is known for her extravagant performance at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. In the event, she missed the bronze medal in the 400m hurdles finals by 1/100 second.  She is nicknamed as Payyoli Expres. In 1985, She won five gold medals at the Asian Games in Jakarta. She was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1983. In 1985, she received the Padma Shri Award.

    Journalist Paolo Borrometi Won Mackler Prize For Mafia Coverage In Italy

    September 26, 2019
    Italian journalist coverage of mafia activity in Sicily won the Peter Mackler Award. Paolo Borrometi, 36, worked for Italian agency AGI before founding the news website La Spia in 2013, where he documented the role of organized crime in local agribusiness. The family's home in the town of Modica targeted in an attempted arson attack. He dedicated the prize to three journalists killed while working, including Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, and Italy's Antonio Megalizzi and Giulio Regeni.  The award was established in 2008 to recognize courageous and ethical journalism. It honors the memory of longtime AFP journalist Peter Mackler, who died of a heart attack that year. Peter Mackler Award Peter Mackler award honors reporters and editors who have demonstrated a commitment to fairness in the story. He was chief editor for North America at Agence France-Presse. In 29 years at AFP. He also served as chief editor in Asia, desk chief in Paris, director for Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, senior correspondent for Europe, senior international correspondent, and Iraq war coordinator.

    Minister for Jal Shakti presented the 2019 National Water Mission Awards

    September 26, 2019
    Twenty Organizations received the National Water Mission Awards 2019 was presented on 25 September in New Delhi. The awards were presented under 10 categories. The award recognized the excellence of organization in water conservation, efficient water use, and sustainable water management practices. The 10 categories are: ♦ Comprehensive Water DataBase in Public Domain ♦ Assessment of the impact of Climate Change on Water Resources ♦ Promotion of citizen and state action for water conservation, augmentation ♦ Focused attention to vulnerable areas including over-exploited area. ♦ Water use efficiency increase by 20% in Local Individuals/Farmers/Citizens ♦ Water use efficiency increase by 20% in Water Users Associations/ Self Help Groups/ Resident Welfare Associations ♦ Water use efficiency increase by 20% in Public Agencies –ULBs/Cities, Govt Organisations ♦ Water use efficiency increase by 20% in Industries/Corporate ♦ Water use efficiency increase by 20% in Small and Medium Enterprises ♦ Promotion of basin level integrated water resources management National Water Mission Awards 2019: The award was instituted by the Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti. The prize money includes Rs.2 lakh for the first, Rs.1.5 lakh for the second and Rs.1 lakh for the third.

    Payal Jangid received the Changemaker award

    September 26, 2019
    Payal Jangid, an Indian teenager, received the Changemaker Award at the Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards in New York. The award recognized her campaign to end child labour and child marriage. The award was presented to her by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Payal Jangid: The 17-year-old Rajasthani girl Payal Jangid fought against her own marriage at the age of 11. She is currently campaigning to discourage child marriage and persuade parents to keep their children in education. Payal served as the President of her village’s Children’s Parliament (Bal Panchayat). She has conducted numerous field activities to empower women and children of her own village and villages nearby. She organized rallies and protests and worked with various women’s groups and youth forums of her village and surrounding villages. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world. It was established in the year 2000. It is located in Seattle, Washington. The foundation is claimed by a very rich person donor Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his significant other Melinda Gates. Global Goalkeeper Award 2019 is a special award of the foundation. It celebrates a leader who has demonstrated their commitment to the Global Goals through impactful work in their country or/and globally.

    Greta Thunberg, 16 year old, won alternative Nobel Prize

    September 25, 2019
    Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg was named as one of four winners of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award. The award is also known as Sweden's alternative Nobel Prize. She was awarded for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts. The award was announced by the Right Livelihood Foundation. The awardees triggered a thirst to strive for a liveable future for all on planet Earth. Awardees: Along with Thunberg, 3 other visionaries were awarded. The award recipients are: ♦ Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg ♦ Chinese women's rights lawyer Guo Jianmei ♦ Davi Kopenawa of the Yanomami people, the Brazilian indigenous leader  ♦ Western Sahara human rights defender Aminatou Haidar.  The 4 laureates received a cash award of 1 million Swedish crowns ($103,000) each. Thunberg: The 16-year-old denounced the world leaders for failing to tackle climate change in a speech at the start of a climate summit at the United Nations in New York. The climate activist started solitary weekly protests outside the Swedish parliament a year ago. Millions of young people were inspired by her and started to demand the governments that attended the summit to take emergency action.

    Binny Bansal gets IIT Delhi distinguished alumni award

    September 25, 2019
    Flipkart Co-founder Binny Bansal has become the youngest alumnus this year to be recognized as a distinguished alumnus by IIT Delhi. He was recognized for the outstanding contribution made in entrepreneurship. Binny Bansal: Binny is the co-founder of e-commerce platform Flipkart. He co-founded Flipkart along with Sachin Bansal in 2007. He had quit as Flipkart's Group CEO in November 2018. He has been recognized as distinguished alumni by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He was graduated from the prestigious institution in 2005. He is the youngest alumni to be awarded this year for his outstanding contribution made in entrepreneurship.

    Government of India has instituted Sardar Patel National Unity Award

    September 25, 2019
    Government of India has instituted Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It will be the highest civilian award in the field of contribution to the unity and integrity of India. The Ministry of Home Affairs notified the institution of the Sardar Patel National Unity Award on 20th September 2019. Aim: The Award recognizes the contributions to promote the cause of national unity and integrity and to reinforce the value of a strong and united India. The award will be announced on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel on 31st October. The day is observed as the National Unity Day. Award committee: Centre has also instituted an Award Committee for the selection of the award recipient. The panel constitutes of the Prime Minister including the Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Secretary to the President, Home Secretary as Members and three-four eminent persons selected by the Prime Minister. About the Award: The Award shall be conferred by the President. Not more than three Awards will be given in a year. The Award comprises of a medal and a citation. No cash award prize would be attached to the Award.

    Amitabh Bachchan to be awarded the Dada Saheb Phalke award

    September 25, 2019
    Amitabh Bachchan has been selected for the Dada Saheb Phalke award for the year 2018. The award recognizes his contribution to the Indian film industry. The announcement was made by the Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar. The delay in the announcement of the award was because of the Lok Sabha elections 2019. Amitabh Bachchan: Amitabh Bachchan, 76, gained popularity in the 1970s. He made his big-screen debut with Saat Hindustani. The Big B has been honoured with four National Film Awards, for the films Agneepath, Black, Paa, and Piku. He also received the Padma Shri in 1984. In 2001, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015. Dada Saheb Phalke award: Dada Saheb Phalke award is India's highest film honour. The award was initiated in the year 1969. It is sponsored by Directorate of Film Festivals. It is presented every year at the National Film Awards ceremony. The award comprises of a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a shawl, and a cash prize of Rs.1,000,000. The first recipient of the award is Devika Rani. 

    President Kovind conferred the 2017 to 2018 NSS Awards

    September 24, 2019
    President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the National Service Scheme Awards 2017-18 in a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.  Aim of the award: The award aims to recognize and reward the outstanding contributions towards voluntary community service made by the Universities and Senior Secondary Councils, NSS Units/ Programme Officers and NSS Volunteers. National Service Scheme Awards: The National Service Scheme is conferred by the Department of Youth Affairs under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports every year. The National Service Scheme Awards 2017-18 was awarded in 3 categories namely: 1) University/ +2 Council 2) NSS Units and their Programme Officers 3) NSS Volunteers ♦ Under the University/ +2 Council category 2 candidates were awarded. ♦ Under the NSS Units and their Programme Officers category 10+10 candidates were awarded. ♦ Under the NSS Volunteers category 30 candidates were awarded. Note: The National Service Scheme (NSS) Scheme was launched on 24th September 1969. This year NSS celebrates the Golden Jubilee year.

    Journalist Ravish Kumar awarded first Gauri Lankesh Memorial Award

    September 23, 2019
    Senior journalist and Ramon Magsaysay awardee Ravish Kumar received the first Gauri Lankesh Memorial Award in Bengaluru He was chosen for the award for sharp news analysis and uncompromising secular stance by the Gauri Lankesh Memorial Trust, founded in memory of the journalist. Three books launched at the event titled Delhi Nota by senior journalist D Umapathi, Ravish Kumar’s ‘Free Voices’ translated as Maatige Enu Kadime and Neera Nade by Prof Vinaya Okkunda. Gauri Lankesh Gauri Lankesh is an Indian journalist-turned-activist from Bangalore, Karnataka. She worked as an editor in Lankesh Patrike, a Kannada weekly started by her father P. Lankesh and ran her own weekly called Gauri Lankesh Patrike. She was shot to death by assailants outside her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar on 5 September 2017. On behalf of her, we give the award to the journalists who are eminent in their work.

    Seventy First Emmy Awards 2019 declared

    September 23, 2019
    The 71st annual primetime Emmy Awards honors handed out at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. There is a complete list of Winners of EMMY AWARDS 2019: Sl. No. Category Winner 1. OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES Game of Thrones (HBO) 2. OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES Fleabag (Amazon) 3. LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA Billy Porter, Pose 4. LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA Jodie Comer, Killing Eve 5. LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY Bill Hader, Barry 6. LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag 7. SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones 8. SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA Julia Garner, Ozark 9. SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel 10. SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel 11. OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES Chernobyl (HBO) 12. OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix) 13. LEAD ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us 14. LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon 15. SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal 16. SUPPORTING ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE Patricia Arquette, The Act 17. COMPETITION PROGRAM RuPaul’s Drag Race 18. VARIETY SKETCH SERIES Saturday Night Live

    Sonu Nigam has been honoured with the Magnificent Performing Arts Award

    September 22, 2019
    Sonu Nigam, the Popular Bollywood playback singer, was honoured with the Magnificent Performing Arts Award at the 21st Century Icon Awards in London. Nigam was among a host of winners across a range of categories at a gala awards ceremony held at the UK.  21st Century Icon Awards: The 21st Century Icon Awards is initiated by UK-based Indian-origin entrepreneurs and co-founders of Squared Watermelon Ltd. Tarun Ghulati and Preeti Rana.  The judges panel include personalities across varied fields namely: ♦ British Indian peer Baroness Sandip Verma ♦ Ibukun Adebayo from London Stock Exchange’s (LSE) International Markets Unit ♦ Former British Olympic champion Denise Lewis Initially, 700 were nominated and were narrowed down to 44 finalists. It was then scrutinized to a final list of 18 winners. Other Awardees: Other winners of the award included: ♦ Outstanding Media and Entertainment Award - Kalli Purie, Vice-Chairperson of India Today Group  ♦ Specialist Professional Award - Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of Innovate Finance UK ♦ Inspirational Icon Award - Asha De Vos, Marine Biologist, Ocean Educator and Pioneer Blue Whale Research within the Indian Ocean ♦ Competitive Sports Award - Rachael Burford, Rugby Player and Founder of Burford Academy the UK

    IIFA 2019 winners awarded

    September 20, 2019
    The 20th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards 2019 was conferred to the winners in Mumbai on 19th September 2019. The list of 2019's IIFA Award winners is given below: Best Film: Raazi Best Story: Pooja Ladha Surti and Sriram Raghavan for AndhaDhun Best Direction: Sriram Raghavan for AndhaDhun Best Music Direction: Amaal Mallik, Guru Randhawa, Rochak Kohli, Saurabh-Vaibhav, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Zack Knight for Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety Playback Singer (Male): Arijit Singh for Ae Watan (Raazi) Playback Singer (Female): Harshdeep Kaur, Vibha Saraf for Dilbaro (Raazi) Best Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya for Dhadak (Dhadak) Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Male): Vicky Kaushal for Sanju Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Female): Aditi Rao Hydari for Padmaavat Best Debut- Male: Ishaan Khatter for Beyond the Clouds and Dhadak Best Debut- Female: Sara Ali Khan for Kedarnath Best Performance in a Leading Role (Male): Ranveer Singh for Padmaavat Best Performance in a Leading Role (Female): Alia Bhatt for Raazi

    Twenty two scientists received 2018 National Geoscience Awards

    September 20, 2019
    Twenty-two scientists were awarded the National Geoscience Awards for the year 2018. They were awarded for their outstanding contributions in the field of geosciences, mining, and allied areas. The award was conferred by the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines, Shri Pralhad Joshi. Aim of the award: The award aims to strengthen the synergy between the professional and academic institutions working in the field of geoscience.  Award categories: The National Geoscience Awards 2018 were given in three categories namely: 1) National Geoscience Award for Excellence 2) National Geoscience Awards 3) Young Scientist Award National Geoscience Awards includes areas like Groundwater exploration, Mineral exploration, Mineral beneficiation, Mining technology, Basic and applied geosciences, Sustainable mineral development, Geo-environmental studies Natural hazards investigation. Awardees: The list of National Geoscience Awards 2018 is given below: The Award for Excellence was conferred to Prof. Syed Wajih Ahmad Naqvi, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for his significant global contributions in the field of aquatic biogeochemical research.  The Young Scientist Award-2018 was received by Dr. Sohini Ganguly, Goa University. She was awarded for her significant work in the fields of petrology, volcanology, and geochemistry. About National Geoscience Awards: The annual award was instituted by the Ministry of Mines in 1966. The awards are an incentive of the Ministry to encourage geoscientists for striving towards excellence. The award recognizes contributions in the field of fundamental or applied geosciences, mining, and allied areas.

    Secunderabad station received the first green Platinum rating

    September 19, 2019
    Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has awarded Secunderabad junction station of Indian Railways with a green Platinum rating. The biggest rail hub is the first Indian Railways to be awarded so.  Various initiatives: The Secunderabad station has been awarded as it has introduced several energy conservation initiatives and inclusion of modern passenger amenities.  Other initiatives include: ♦ Air-conditioned waiting halls equipped with CO2 sensors ♦ Installation of solar panels and LED lights ♦ Solid waste management system Secunderabad junction station: The Secunderabad railway station falls under the Secunderabad division of the South Central Railways (SCR) zone. It is the biggest rail hub in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. It is influenced by historical Nizamesque architecture. The station building resembles a fort. Other awards: It has been awarded ISO 14001-2015 Certificate- Environmental Management system. It has also received the National Tourism Award 2016-2017. Indian Green Building Council: Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) is a part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). It was formed in 2001. The aims to enable a sustainable built environment. It also works to facilitate India to be one of the global leaders in the sustainable built environment by 2025. It includes developing initiatives like developing new green building rating programs, certification services, and green building training programmes.

    Microsoft Bill Gates to Honour PM Modi with Annual Goalkeepers Global Goals Award

    September 17, 2019
    Microsoft Bill Gates honor India Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 which gave the state its special status. A dozen people, some wearing Free Kashmir T-shirts, with the Justice For All coalition delivered 100,000 petition signatures to the Gates Foundation's Seattle headquarters. It is the world's largest private nonprofit not to honor Modi's Swachh Bharat Mission, a sanitation initiative that improved access to toilets. The Gates Foundation in a statement said it respects the petitioners' views, but Modi will receive its annual Goalkeepers Global Goals Award for providing 500 million people in India safer sanitation. The Gates Foundation's annual event focusing on global inequality on September 24 and 25 coincides with the UN General Assembly gathering and has drawn big-name politicians and celebrities, from Barack Obama to Ed Sheeran. The Gates Foundation confirmed actors Jameela Jamil and Riz Ahmed have dropped out of their event. Jamil, who stars in the US sitcom The Good Place hinted at the geopolitical tensions  The White House said Trump will use the "Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures" event to "emphasize the strong ties between the people of the United States and India" and reaffirm the two countries' strategic partnership. Swachh Bharat Mission The efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage and to put focus on sanitation, the Prime Minister of India launched the Swachh Bharat Mission on 2nd October, 2014. The Mission Coordinator for SBM is Secretary, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jalshakti with two Sub-Missions, the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) and the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban). The aim of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) is to achieve a clean and Open Defecation Free (ODF) India by 2nd October, 2019 The improvement in the general quality of life in the rural areas by promoting cleanliness, hygiene and eliminating open defecation. The main aim is to encourage cost effective and appropriate technologies for ecologically safe and sustainable sanitation.Its aim to develop, wherever required, community managed sanitation systems focusing on scientific Solid & Liquid Waste Management systems for overall cleanliness in the rural areas.  

    HRD Minister Confers CBSE Teachers Award 2018 To 35 Teachers

    September 14, 2019
    Central Board of Secondary Education conferred Teacher's Award 2018 to 35 Teachers and Principals. The awards were given away by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. The Union HRD Minister launched the CBSE's portal Vidyadhan on Diksha App, a Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing National Forum for Teachers and released  CBSE's Annual Activity Calendar Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal greeted all the awardees and principals and thanked them for their in nation building through teaching. The awards are a symbol of their hard work. The teachers to create a positive environment with quality and values that meet the present and future needs of students. The HRD Minister released 10 CBSE Manuals on various subjects like art integration, experiential learning, enjoyable teaching and learning of mathematics, new initiatives, school quality assessment and assurance, 10 + 2 post-academic courses, artificial intelligence, hubs of learning and eco-club and water conservation. State for Human Resource Development was the Guest of Honour at the event.The  student is different and unique, and education should meet individual needs and nature of each student so that children become courageous, confident human beings with strong character and are able to build a bright future. Ms. Anita Karwal congratulated the awardee teachers and said that it will give new energy to the recipients and at the same time inspire many other teachers to uplift the education sector.

    Anil Agarwal honoured with a lifetime achievement award at 19th Annual Asian Achievers Awards 2019 held in London

    September 9, 2019
    The Chairman of Vedanta Resources Anil Agarwal conferred with the lifetime achievement award at the 19th Annual Asian Achievers Awards. BBC News Economics Editor Faisal Islam chose for the media achievement award. The Deputy Mayor of London Rajesh Agrawal received the editor's award for public service. The Novelist Jeffrey Archer helped raise GBP 150,000 for India-based charity group Yuva Unstoppable in an auction at the awards. The editor of Asian Business Publication C B Patel. This year our theme was inclusivity.

    Vatican awards Yunus the Lamp of Peace of Saint Francis award

    September 7, 2019
    Bangladesh Professor Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Lamp of Peace of Saint Francis award by the Vatican. The award recognizes his contribution towards establishing peace and harmony. Papal Basilica of Assisi and Father Mauro Gambetti who is the master of the Holy Convent conferred the award to Yunus. Muhammad Yunus: Muhammad Yunus was born on 28 June 1940 in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He is a professor, banker, and economist. He is famous for his work in microcredit. The book Banker to the Poor was published by him. In 2008 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for founding Grameen Bank. Lamp of Peace of Saint Francis award: The Lamp of Peace was first presented in the year 1981. The first awardee was Lech Walesa, a Polish trade union leader. The award recognizes the distinguished work by an individual for promoting peace and dialogue among people.  Representation of the Lamp: It represents the simplicity of the Franciscan message. The lamp that is made of glass represents the nature of the glass. It recalls purity. Representation of the Oil: The oil that burns inside represents the desire of rebirth and social commitment.  The Lamp is a replica of a glass oil lamp which burns at the side of the grave of Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis of Assisi is the founder of the Franciscan order behind the peace prize. Previous recipients of the award: Previous recipients of the award include Pope John Paul II, Dalai Lama, Angela Markel and King Abdullah II of Jordan.

    President Ram Nath Kovind to conferred National Award 2018 to teachers

    September 5, 2019
    President Ram Nath Kovind presented the National Teachers Awards 2018 on the event of Teachers Day 2019 in New Delhi. The award recognizes the unique and special contribution of some of the finest teachers in the country. It also honours those teachers who played a vital role in not only improving the quality of school education but also enriching the lives of their students. National Teacher’s Award 2018: The year 2018 was the 61st year of the National Teachers Award. The awardees were selected by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).  46 teachers were chosen from across the country to be felicitated in the national capital as India geared to celebrate Teachers' Day. The National Teachers award carries a silver medal, certificate and cash prize of Rs.50,000.

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