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  • Ministry of Ayush announced the names of the winners of My Life-My Yoga Video

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    Ministry of AYUSH announced the names of the winners of the video blogging contest ‘My Life, My Yoga’. This global contest on the digital platform was jointly hosted by the Ministry of AYUSH and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). The event was launched on 31 May 2020 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the occasion of the 6th   International Day of Yoga.  Highlights: ♦ The contest was held in six categories- Professional, Adult (above 18 years) and Youth (under 18) with Male and Female contestants considered separately. A total of 35141 entries were received from India and nearly 2000 entries were received from other countries. The entries of other countries are being evaluated by the respective Indian Missions. ♦ The first winners in the professional category are Ashwath Hegde (male) and Rajni Gehlot (female).   ♦ Rajpal Singh Arya and Shailee Prasad are first in adult (above 18 years) category and Pranay Sharma and Navyaa.S.H are first in youth (under 18 years) category. ♦ The entries received from India were screened by 200 yoga experts and 160 videos were shortlisted.  ♦ The shortlisted entries were evaluated by a 15-member jury across these categories. Winners were decided by scores allotted independently by Jury members and averaged. Those with the highest average score were declared winners. ♦ The contest was open to participants from across the world. The participants were required to upload a 3 minutes video of 3 Yogic practices from kriya, asana, pranayama, bandha, or mudra, including a short video message and description on the influence of Yogic practices in their life. The videos were uploaded on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the contest hashtag #MyLifeMyYoga. The contest closed on the International Day of Yoga, which is on 21st June 2020.

    NTPC Ltd won 2019 CII-ITC Sustainability Awards

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    NTPC Ltd, a central PSU under Minister of Power and India’s largest power generation company, has won the prestigious CII-ITC Sustainability Award 2019, under the outstanding Accomplishment in Corporate Excellence Category. NTPC has received Commendation for Significant Achievement in the category of CSR.  Highlights: ♦ NTPC always strives for sustainable development around the power stations.  ♦ CSR program Girl Empowerment Mission (GEM) is a 4 weeks residential program and it has been institutionalized in the vicinity of its power stations for benefit of school-going girls from underprivileged backgrounds to support their overall development. ♦ NTPC has initiated Contractors’ Labour Information Management System (CLIMS) through which payment to contract labourers is paid on the last day of the month at project sites. ♦ NTPC Ltd was recognized and rewarded for excellence in sustainability practices.  ♦ It is considered as the most credible platform for sustainability recognition in the country. ♦ NTPC has a total installed capacity of 62110 MW. The group has 70 Power stations comprising of 24 Coal, 7 combined cycle Gas/Liquid Fuel, 1 Hydro, 13 Renewables along with 25 Subsidiary & JV Power Stations.

    MyGov Corona Helpdesk received CogX 2020 award

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    Artificial Intelligence-enabled MyGov Corona Helpdesk received two awards at the CogX 2020 is held annually in London, the UK. CogX is a prestigious Global Leadership Summit and Festival of AI & Emerging Technology. MyGov Corona was awarded under the categories ‘Best Innovation for Covid-19 – Society’ and ‘People’s Choice Covid-19 Overall Winner’. The awards were won by JioHaptik Technologies. MyGov Corona Helpdesk: ♦ MyGov is a citizen engagement platform that facilitates two-way communication between the Central government and citizens. ♦ It facilitates participatory governance in India, in the fight against COVID-19. ♦ The AI-enabled MyGov Corona Helpdesk was jointly developed by MyGov, JioHaptik Technologies, and WhatsApp team in the record time of five days including the weekend. ♦ MyGov Corona Helpdesk demonstrated the true Public, Private and Partnership (PPP), wherein, citizen-centric services were provided by MyGov ♦ The technology was designed, developed, and deployed by JioHaptik Technologies, and ideas given by the public were factored-in on a daily basis to improve the services and solution. ♦ Indian chatbot ‘MyGov Corona Helpdesk’ was chosen after a rigorous evaluation, among hundreds of entries that made a difference to society during the pandemic. CogX: CogX is a large AI event that is held annually in London with over 15,000 participants. Representatives from the highest levels of business, government, industry, and research participants in the event. The Cogx Awards are presented to the best-of-the-best in AI and emerging technologies across the world. The JioHaptik was awarded the honour for providing AI-enabled technological solutions for ‘MyGov Corona Helpdesk’ that has helped safeguard lives amid a pandemic.

    Indian-American soil scientist wins 2020 World Food Prize

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    Indian-American soil scientist Dr. Rattan Lal has won the prestigious 2020 World Food Prize, which is considered to be equivalent to a Nobel Prize in the field of agriculture. The award recognized his contribution to increasing the global food supply by helping small farmers improve the health of the soil. The award also highlights the importance of managing & restoring soil health. Dr.Rattan Lal: Dr.Rattan Lal was awarded for his role in developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increase food production that restores and conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change. Dr. Rattan Lal has a career spanning more than five decades. He has promoted innovative soil-saving techniques benefiting the livelihoods of more than 500 million small farmers. His inventions were aimed to improve the food and nutritional security of more than two billion people and saving hundreds of millions of hectares of natural tropical ecosystems. Lal is a Distinguished Professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. World Food Prize: World Food Prize was first awarded in 1987. The award is presented by the World Food Prize Foundation, with various sponsor companies. The award recognizes contributions that are made in the various field involved in the world food supply including Animal Science/Aqua Culture, Food Technology/Food Safety, Nutrition/Health, Plant Science/Seed Science, Plant Pathology/Crop Protection, Soil Science/Water/Conservation,  Policy/Research/Extension, Infrastructure/Emergency Relief, and Poverty and Hunger Alleviation. The first awardee of the award is an Indian agricultural scientist Dr. M S Swaminathan, who is the father of the Green Revolution in India.

    Kiran Mazumdar Shaw awarded EY World Entrepreneur of the year

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    Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Founder and Chairperson & Managing Director of Biocon, has been named EY World Entrepreneur fo the year 2020. The award is to recognize her contribution to improving universal access to affordable life-saving medicine and thus transforming the world. She became only the third Indian to receive this prestigious award after Uday Kotak and Narayana Murthy. Shaw became only the second woman to receive this award. Olivia Lum of Hyflux Limited from Singapore is the first person to have won the title in 2011. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw: ♦ Shaw founded Bangalore-based Biocon Limited in 1978. Biocon currently worth close to Rs.50,000 crore by market-cap and employs more than 11,000 people. The bio-enzyme company focus on global health care and the provision of universal access to life-saving medicine.  ♦ In September 2019, Biocon announced that the company would supply Rh-insulin at less than $0.10 per day to low and middle-income countries. The price is less than a third of current RH-insulin prices.  ♦ Biocon supplied more than 2 billion affordable doses of biosimilar insulins to patients globally in the last 15 years. ♦ Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Biocon is studying the use of its existing novel biologic drug Itolizumab to treat COVID-19 related health conditions in India.

    Indian Army Officer Major Suman Gawani received UN Award

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    Major Suman Gawani, an Indian Army officer is awarded the prestigious "United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award'' on 29 May 2020. She served as a women peacekeeper with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in 2019. She will receive the award from the UN Secretary-General Mr. Antonio Guterres during an online ceremony being organized at the UN Headquarters, New York on the occasion of International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. Major Suman will receive the UN award along with a Brazilian Naval Officer Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo. Highlights: ♦ Major Suman served as a Military observer in UNMISS from November 2018 to December 2019.  ♦ She was the principal focal point of contact for gender issues for Military Observers in the mission.  ♦ She encouraged participation in joint military patrols to maintain gender balance, irrespective of the hardships under extreme field conditions. She visited various mission team sites across South Sudan to integrate a gender perspective into the planning and military activity in the mission.  ♦ The officer was selected to attend specialized training on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) at Nairobi and participated in various UN forums to demonstrate how a gender perspective can help in protecting civilians, especially from conflict-related sexual violence.  ♦ She trained the South Sudan government forces on CRSV related aspects.  ♦ She also commended the UN Peacekeepers Day Parade organized at UNMISS, where she commanded twelve contingents of UNPOL, Military, and Civilians.

    Anunta won VMware 2020 Regional Partner of the Year Award

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    Anunta received the VMware 2020 Regional Partner of the Year Award for the Services Excellence category. Anunta was recognized for its demonstrable achievements using its skills and services capabilities, including consulting, managed, and subscription services, to help customers maximize the value received from their VMware investments.  Highlights: ♦ Anunta was honoured under the Services Excellence category. ♦ Anunta's innovative solutions work on the next generation users including cloud based-desktop services was recognized. ♦ The VMware Partner of the Year Awards various categories including Services Excellence, Partner Value, Partner Social Impact, Digital Transformation, Cloud Platform Transformation, Partner Trailblazer, and the Global Partner for Technology Innovation Award.

    Professor Saurabh Lodha received 2020 Young Career Award in Nano Science and Technology

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    Professor Saurabh Lodha from Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay, received the Young Career Award in Nano Science & Technology for the year 2020. The award is instituted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. The award recognized his contributions in the development of logic transistor technologies beyond silicon and nanoelectronic devices based on two-dimensional Van der Waals materials. Highlights: ♦ He worked in the area of advanced transistors and has been driven by strong industry partnerships. He did his research on technological challenges that plague beyond-silicon transistors which are the workhorse device that fuels over 90% of all electronics.  ♦ He has developed new materials and processes to improve the thermal stability and reliability of the transistor, which is 1-2 nm thin gate dielectric, to lower the resistance of metal contacts to the transistor. It will achieve higher levels of electrical impurities and keeps leakage currents under check. ♦ He also plans to leverage the capabilities and expertise in his group for developing power electronic transistors based on wide bandgap semiconductors such as silicon carbide and gallium oxide. The transistors can alleviate efficiency and reliability bottlenecks in diverse applications ranging from high voltage power grids, electric trains, renewable power conversion, and storage to strategic defense, medical and industrial instrumentation.

    Three Indian journalists were honoured with 2020 Pulitzer Prizes

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    Three Indian journalists have been honoured with the "Pulitzer Prize 2020" in the field of feature photography. The names of the three prize winners are Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan, and Channi Anand. The results were announced virtually on 4 May. The award was announced 15 Journalism categories and seven Book, Drama, and Music categories.  Highlihghts: Yasin and Khan are journalists based in Srinagar and Channi Anand is from Jammu.  They were honoured for their gripping photos of life captured in J&K after the revoking of Article 370.  2020 Pulitzer Prizes-Winners list: Journalism: Public Service: Anchorage Daily News with contributions from ProPublica Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky. Investigative Reporting: Brian M. Rosenthal of The New York Times Explanatory Reporting: Staff of The Washington Post Local Reporting: Staff of The Baltimore Sun National Reporting: Dominic Gates, Steve Miletich, Mike Baker and Lewis Kamb of The Seattle Times; T. Christian Miller, Megan Rose and Robert Faturechi of ProPublica International Reporting: Staff of The New York Times Feature Writing: Ben Taub of The New Yorker Commentary: Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Criticism: Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times Editorial Writing: Jeffery Gerritt of the Palestine (Tx.) Herald Press Editorial Cartooning: Barry Blitt, contributor, The New Yorker Breaking News Photography: Photography Staff of Reuters Feature Photography: Channi Anand, Mukhtar Khan and Dar Yasin of Associated Press Audio Reporting: Staff of This American Life with Molly O'Toole of the Los Angeles Times and Emily Green, freelancer, Vice News Books, Drama & Music: Fiction: The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) Drama: A Strange Loop, by Michael R. Jackson History: Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America, by W. Caleb McDaniel (Oxford University Press) Biography: Sontag: Her Life and Work, by Benjamin Moser (Ecco) Poetry: The Tradition, by Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press) General Nonfiction: The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America, by Greg Grandin (Metropolitan Books); The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care, by Anne Boyer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Music: The Central Park Five, by Anthony Davis Special Citations: Special Awards and Citations: Ida B. Wells Note: The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism were first awarded in 1917 and are considered the field’s most prestigious honor in the US.

    Adam Higginbotham won William E. Colby Award

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    The award is named for the late CIA director William E. Colby. In 1999, the Colby Award was established. Previous winners of the award include Karl Marlantes’ novel Matterhorn and Dexter Filkins’ The Forever War. The award is given for an excellent book. The book about the history of military or intelligence.

    Indigram awarded the winners of the Adhunik Gram program

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    A leading agri-tech focused incubator Indigram Labs Foundation has announced the winners of its smart village program 'Adhunik Gram', Winners: ♦ The winner of the program was Indus Till FarmeTech Pvt. Ltd. The firm was awarded a cash prize of Rs.1 Lakh.  ♦ The first runner up was Urdhvam Environmental Technologies Pvt. Ltd. It was awarded a cash prize of Rs.50,000 and the second runner up was Impagro farming solutions Pvt. Ltd. which won a cash prize of Rs.30,000.  ♦ It received over 120 applications of which 14 start-ups were shortlisted and 11 start-ups presented on demo day.  Adhunik Gram: ♦ Adhunik Gram is an initiative to empower agribusiness in rural India. The program was launched in September 2019. The program was launched with support from NABARD.  ♦ The program aimed not only to help the people in the rural area to earn a very basic livelihood but for the upliftment of the rural economy as a whole. The program aims to adopt a balanced approach to maintain a balance between rural and urban quality of life. ♦ It is also expected that policies, tools, and instruments should deliver valuable building blocks for 'Smart Villages'. The mission of the program is "A Better Life in Rural Areas". ♦ So far, the program has achieved significant outcomes for the selected start-ups to address agricultural and rural development issues in rural India in collaboration with farmers, Cooperatives, Government and private Institutions.

    Prachi Salve, Pradeep Dwivedi won 2019 Road Safety Media Fellowship award

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    Prachi Salve of IndiaSpend and Pradeep Dwivedi of DainikJagran jointly won the top prize in the Road Safety Media Fellowship 2019. The award recognized their contribution towards reporting on road safety by the Centre for Media Studies (CMS). The awardees were selected by a three-member jury.  Other awardees: ♦ Journalist B. Raveendra Shetty of Vijay Karnataka and Purnima Singh of Times Now Hindi shared the second prize. ♦ The third prize was jointly won by Kishor Dwivedi, Press Trust of India (PTI), and Sangamesh Menasinakai, The Times of India. CMS: CMS is a not-for-profit research think tank. It is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) India. CMS conducted a three-month fellowship program for journalists. The participating member was directed to work on road safety and related issues in the year 2019.

    Paramananda Majumder was conferred the Moghai Ojah award

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    Eminent researcher and writer Dr.Paramananda Majumder was presented the 10th Moghai Ojah Award at a function held at the auditorium of Jorhat Science Centre and Planetarium on 15 March. He was awarded for his significant role in raising issues of public interest and society's betterment.  Majumder compiled the first book on the life and works of folk musician Moghai Ojah. The award recognized his invaluable contribution in bringing dhol maestro Moghai Ojah and his magnificent skill of playing the dhol back to the public domain by compiling a book on him. Moghai Ojah award: The Moghai Ojah award was instituted in 2011 by the Jorhat district unit of the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP). The award is annually presented on 15 March, on the death anniversary of Ojah. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.21,000, a citation, a gamosa, a seleng chadar, and a memento.

    Rajesh Chaplot honoured with Ugandas Highest Civilian Award

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    Rajesh Chaplot, a distinguished Non-Resident Indian (NRI) businessman, was honoured with the Highest Civilian Award "Golden Jubilee Medal-Civilians" of Uganda. The award was conferred by the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, in a ceremony in Kampala. Chaplot was awarded for his excellence in the field of Business and Commerce, Social Service and for fostering better India-Uganda ties.  Rajesh Chaplot: Chaplot is from Udaipur in Rajasthan. He has also received Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, which is the highest award for overseas Indians. It was conferred by President Ramnath Kovind in Varanasi 2019. He received his degree from The Institute of Charted Accountants of India, New Delhi. Chaplot migrated to Africa in 1996. He is presently spearheading several companies and business associations in Uganda and Congo in different roles like Managing Director, CEO, Director, and Board Member. He also served as the Chairman of the Indian Association of Uganda, Secretary-General of Indian Business Forum Uganda, and the Board Member, Uganda Manufacturers Association.

    CRPF instituted Shakti Award

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    The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has instituted a special 'Shakti Award.' It will be annually presented to chosen personnel who works for the empowerment of women.  Shakti Award: ♦ The award was announced on International Women's Day on 8 March. The award will be conferred every year on 19 March, the CRPF Raising Day. ♦ Women who work for creating women-friendly infrastructure, better work environment, ease of living with safety, addressing women-specific issues, and related innovation and initiatives will be awarded.  ♦ The award will carry a reward of Rs.1 lakh, a citation, and a trophy.  ♦ The award aims to recognize the best practices and efforts made towards women empowerment and gender equality in the force.  ♦ It aims to motivate CRPF personnel to do better and innovate in the field. ♦ CRPF has raised the world's first all-women battalion with a strength of over 1,000 personnel in 1986. Currently, there are six such battalions.

    Minister Rajnath Singh conferred WTI Awards on 8 March

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    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh conferred the Fourth Edition of the Women Transforming India Awards (WTI) on 8 March 2020, the International Women's Day. The award ceremony was organized by NITI Aayog's Women Entrepreneurship Platform. The awards recognized women from diverse fields, including healthcare, education, and food tech, amongst other fields. Winner list: WTI recognized 30 finalists, and 15 winners were awarded. The winners of the award are: ♦ Dr. Priyanka Mokshmar, Co-founder of Vaayu Home Appliance ♦ Ramya Venkataraman, Founder of Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) ♦ Shilpi Kapoor, Founder of BarrierBreak ♦ Rinka Banerjee, Founder of Thinking Forks ♦ Nidhi Pant, who combats the issue around waste and farmer living standard through her Science for Society team ♦ Anupriya Balikai, Founder of Spookfish Innovations ♦ Kalpana Sankar, Founder of Hand in Hand ♦ Khushboo Jain, Founder of ImpactGuru  ♦ Sneha Sundaram, Founder of Kutuki ♦ Jayanti Pradhan, an agro-processor and farmer from Odisha  ♦ Jugnu Jain, Founder of CSO ♦ Pratyusha Pareddy, Founder of NemoCare ♦ Poonam Bir Kasturi, Founder of Daily Dump  ♦ Ruchi Jain, Founder of Taru Naturals  ♦ Sujata Sahu, Founder of 17000 ft Foundation  ♦ Dr. Praveen Nair, Founder Trustee of Salaam Baalak Trust, was awarded a Special Jury Award. About WTI Awards: WTI Awards was initiated in the year 2018. It is awarded under the support of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform. The theme for the year is "Women and Entrepreneurship." The Platform identifies inspiring stories of successful women entrepreneurs. It processes a review of applications, jury, and super jury rounds with assistance from mentors and partners of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform. Women Entrepreneurship Platform: The Women Entrepreneurship Platform was initiated in 2017 and formally launched on 8 March 2018. It brings together stakeholders to transform the entrepreneurial ecosystem for women. The Women Entrepreneurship Platform was formulated on three pillars, namely Karma Shakti, Gyan Shakti, and Iccha Shakti. The Platform provides incubator support, mentorship, funding avenues, compliance and taxation support, and peer learning. The program was initiated with 30 partners. Presently, there are over 14,000 registered users in the Women Entrepreneurship Platform. 

    President Ram Nath Kovind conferred 2019 Nari Shakti Puraskar

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    President Ram Nath Kovind presented Nari Shakti Puraskar or Woman Power Award for the year 2019 on International Women's Day, which is March 8, at a special ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. 15 eminent women were awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar 2019. The award recognized the significant efforts of the women who rendered distinguished services towards the emancipation of women, especially vulnerable and marginalized women. Awardees: The winners of the Nari Shakti Puraskar for the year 2019 are from various areas, including agriculture, sports, handicrafts, afforestation and wildlife conservation, Armed Forces, and education. The awardees are Padala Bhudevi, Bina Devi, Arifa Jan, Chami Murmu, Nilza Wangmo, Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Sardarni Mann Kaur, Kalavati Devi, Tashi, and Nungshi Malik, Kaushiki Chakroborty, Bhageerathi Amma, Karthyayini Amma, Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawna Kanth, Mohana Singh.  Nari Shakti Puraskar: Nari Shakti Puraskar was initiated by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The award acknowledges the exceptional contribution made by individuals and institutions. The award was first conferred in 1999. The Nari Shakti Puraskar award carries a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh and a citation. It celebrates women as game changers and catalyst of positive change in the society. These outstanding women have contributed towards safeguarding women's rights along with pushing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It recognizes women as equal partners in the advancement of society.

    Minister Rajnath Singh to confer WTI Awards on 8 March

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

    KPIT Sparkle 2020 winners awarded

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

    Scientists from IIT Delhi, DRDO received National Award

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

    President to confer National Lalit Kala Akademi Awards

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

    Assam CM awarded 2020 Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee award

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

    President presented awards to 21 winners on National Science day

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

    Jadav Payeng to be conferred the 2020 Swami Vivekananda Karmayogi Award

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

    Khanderao, Vasudev Kamath was conferred the Raja Ravi Varma Award

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

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

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

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

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

    Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank conferred the 2019 Vishwakarma Awards

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

    Dr. Niti Kumar received 2020 SERB Women Excellence Award

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

    Sreeramakrishnan was conferred the Ideal Legislative Assembly Speaker Award

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

    SK Barua was conferred the PSU Leadership Award

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

    RailMadad was received National e-Governance Award

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

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

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

    Oscar 2020 Winners List

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

    Manoj Das received the Mystic Kalinga Literary Award

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

    President awarded the International Gandhi Awards for Leprosy

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

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

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

    RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das awarded as National Banker of the Year 2020Asia Pacific

    162 days ago
    The governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Shaktikanta Das awarded as 'National Banker of the Year 2020 – Asia-Pacific' by The Banker magazine.  The Banker The Banker a London-based global monetary issue production possessed by The Financial Times. It is known for its yearly rankings of the world's top banks. The 2020 list" celebrates the authorities that have best figured out how to invigorate development and settle their economy." The publication named Das as the 2020 Central Banker in the Asia-Pacific locale, and expressed that the RBI boss had acquired measures to fix runs around shadow banking and brought Indian banking up to norms through a "limited way to deal with the administration."  Central Bank Rates In an announcement on January 3, according to a report, the magazine called attention to that Indian banks have confronted arrangement of issues in non-performing advances and cheats, other than rehashed monetary droop wherein the Central Bank cut rates multiple times in 2019. It was available to cut them once more, if necessary. Das moved to help the nation's urban co-employable banks introduce a responsive IT framework that will permit them to offer financial administrations at a lower cost and with shields to secure the client… The economic structure itself has not abandoned investigation," it said.  It included that Das had been mentioned about the absence of administration in banking and called for more tightly governs for open division banks (PSBs) – which contain 60.  

    AMU Faculty becomes First Indian to receive a Fellowship from IADR

    163 days ago
    Dr. Saima Yunus Khan, Chairperson, Department of Pediatrics and Preventive Dentistry, Dr. Z A Dental College (ZADC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) achieved a model accomplishment as she turned into the main Indian to consult with the esteemed IADR Fellowship in the field of dental research, an announcement from the university. The International Association of Dental Research (IADR) John Clarkson Fellowship granted to get preparing and involvement with general dental wellbeing at the Children's Hospital Research Institute of the University of Manitoba, Canada, for a time of five months.  Dr. Saima Yunus Khan Dr. Saima will get a measure of 15, 000 US Dollars, and the Fellowship will be declared authoritatively during the opening functions of the IADR/AADR/CADR General Session and Exhibition in Washington DC, USA on March 18, 2020. The Fellowship granted to just one post-doctoral agent like clockwork. Dr. Saima had decided to work at the University of Manitoba from a decision of different focuses of greatness in the USA and Canada. She will present the report of her work to the IADR Division and the IADR Global Headquarters in the USA.  IADR John Clarkson Fellowship Prior, Dr. Saima was deliberated with the International College of Dentists Fellowship (South East Asia locale), Pierre Fauchard Academy Fellowship, and Outstanding Scientist Award, and she is a publication individual from E Cronicon Dental Science Journal, Acta Scientifica and Journal of Dentistry, Oral issue, and Therapy. The IADR is a US-based charitable association with more than 10,000 individual individuals around the world, devoted to driving dental, oral and craniofacial research to propel wellbeing and prosperity worldwide through disclosure and dispersal. The reason for the IADR John Clarkson Fellowship is to permit specialists to acquire preparing and involvement with general dental wellbeing at a focal point of greatness.

    Sanjana Kapoor receives the French honour for theatre artiste

    167 days ago
    Sanjana Kapoor will receive the prestigious French honor of ‘Chevalier dans Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) for her outstanding contribution to the field of theatre. Franck Riester will confer the symbol of the distinction on Kapoor in a special investiture ceremony on January 28 at the French embassy in New Delhi. An organization dedicated to increasing the reach of theatre and arts to a broader audience through innovative initiatives. L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres is a French government distinction instituted in 1957 by the Ministry of Culture. It is conferred, regardless of nationality, on persons who have distinguished themselves by their creativity in the fields of art or literature, or for their contribution to promoting art and literature in France and throughout the world. Some noted Indian recipients of this honor in the past include Bharti Kher, Shah Rukh Khan, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Aishwarya Rai, Raghu Rai, Ebrahim Alkazi, Habib Tanveer, Upamanyu Chatterjee, Wendell Rodricks, and Aruna Vasudev.

    Today Current Affairs: Calcutta University Awards Doctor of Letters Degree to Abhijit Banerjee

    168 days ago
    Nobel laureate Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee conferred the honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) by his alma mater Calcutta University at its annual conference in Kolkata. The acclaimed economist, who was bestowed the D Litt (honoris causa) by CU Vice-chancellor Sonali Chakraborty Banerjee. The main objective of RCT impacts the economies and lives of the people adding the theory were put on trial in field projects in Rajasthan and Bihar in the past. Eminent astrophysicist JV Narlikar was conferred by Sir Asutosh Mookerjee Memorial Medal. Scientists Samir K Brahmachari, Arup Kumar Raychaudhuri, and Partha Pratim Majumder were bestowed the Sir Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray Medal.  

    Today Current Affairs: Indian environmental economist Pavan Sukhdev won 2020 Tyler Prize

    169 days ago
    Renowned Indian environmental economist and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador Pavan Sukhdev won the 2020 Tyler Prize. He won the Nobel Prize for the environment for his groundbreaking green economy work. He acknowledged for his work on bringing the economic consequences of environmental degradation and loss to the attention of corporate and political decision-makers. The duo will receive the award at a private ceremony on May 1 in the presence of the Tyler Prize Executive Committee and distinguished members of the international environmental community. They will each receive a gold medallion and share a USD 200,000 cash prize. They will deliver a public presentation of their work at the New York Academy of Sciences. Sukhdev was the Special Adviser and Head of UNEP Green Economy Initiative, a major project launched by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to demonstrate that greening of economies on growth but rather a new engine for growing wealth increasing decent employment and reducing persistent poverty.Sukhdev appointed as Study Leader (2008-2010) of the landmark initiative on the Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity (TEEB).The TEEB report became a foundation for the Green Economy movement - an achievement for which Sukhdev awarded the 2020 Tyler Prize. Tyler Prize The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is one of the oldest international environmental awards, recognizing individuals who have contributed outstandingly to the scientific knowledge and public leadership to preserve and enhance the global environment. The generated groundbreaking insights into the economic value of our natural environment prompting decision-makers to implement new measures to protect our planet's ecosystems and biodiversity. Steiner is currently the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. The work on the TEEB to be genuinely transformative it has generated a new narrative on the economic and social importance of nature's services, and a new community of practice. Sukhdev currently serves the World Wildlife Fund as President and Chairman of the Board as well as Board Member for TEEB Advisory Board, Stockholm Resilience Centre, and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.

    Today Current Affairs: Assam tableau won first prize at 71st Republic Day parade

    170 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh gave away Best Tableaux awards for Republic Day Parade 2020. The event took place in New Delhi.  Assam's Tableau Assam's tableau, which portrayed the unique craftsmanship and culture of the state chosen as the best tableau, followed by Odisha and Uttar Pradesh tied for the second position. The Assam tableau showcased various dance forms of the country, especially the Bhortal dance of Assam. Odisha Tableau Odisha's tableau depicted Lord Lingaraja's Rukuna Rath Yatra, whereas the tableau of Uttar Pradesh showcased the state's cultural and religious heritage. The tableaux of National Disaster Relief Force and Jal Shakti Mission were chosen as the best among the Ministries and Departments. The Central Public Works Department got the Special Prize for their tableau, which based on the theme - Kashmir se Kanyakumari. The bamboo and cane are integral parts of the Assamese lifestyle; the Assam tableau had prominently displayed the craftsmanship. A variety of products like mats, baskets, sieves, and jaapi were on display on the tableau at the Republic Day parade. The bamboo and cane craftsmanship, the Assam tableau, displayed the unique tradition of handloom in the State.

    Current Affairs: Grammy winners 2020 list

    171 days ago
    The 62nd annual Grammy Awards were presented in Los Angeles on 26 January 2020. The ceremony was billed as music's biggest night. The winners were awarded in more than 80 categories. The top award winners are listed below: ♦ Record of the Year: Bad Guy, Billie Eilish ♦ Album of the year: When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go, Billie Eilish ♦ Song of the year: Bad Guy, Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas O'Connell ♦ Best new artist: Billie Eilish ♦ Best Country Solo Performance: "Ride Me Back Home," Willie Nelson ♦ Best Country Duo/Group Performance: "Speechless," Dan + Shay ♦ Best Country Song: "Bring My Flowers Now," Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth, Tim Hanseroth & Tanya Tucker, songwriters (Tanya Tucker) ♦ Best country album: While I'm Livin', Tanya Tucker ♦ Best rap album: "Igor," Tyler, The Creator  ♦ Best Rap Performance: "Racks in the Middle," Nipsey Hussle Featuring Roddy Ricch & Hit-Boy ♦ Best Rap/Sung Performance: "Higher," DJ Khaled Featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend ♦ Best Rap Song: A Lot, Jermaine Cole, Dacoury Natche, 21 Savage & Anthony White, songwriters (21 Savage Featuring J. Cole)  ♦ Best R&B Performance: Come Home, Anderson.Paak & André 300 ♦ Best Traditional R&B Performance: Jerome, Lizzo ♦ Best R&B Song: Say So by Pj Morton, Songwriter  ♦ Best Urban Contemporary Album: Cuz I Love You, Lizzo ♦ Best R&B Album: Ventura, Anderson.Paak ♦ Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Old Town Road, Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus ♦ Best Pop Vocal Album: "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?," Billie Eilish ♦ Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: "Look Now," Elvis Costello & The Imposters ♦ Best Comedy Album: Sticks & Stones, Dave Chappelle ♦ Best Latin Pop Album: #ELDISCO, Alejandro Sanz ♦ Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: El Mal Querer, Rosalía ♦ Best Rock Performance: This Land, Gary Clark Jr. ♦ Best Metal Performance: 7empest, Tool ♦ Best Rock Song: This Land, Gary Clark Jr., songwriter ♦ Best Rock Album: Social Cues, Cage The Elephant ♦ Best Alternative Music Album: Father of the Bride, Vampire Weekend

    Today Current Affairs: Padma Awards 2020-Full list

    171 days ago
    President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Padma Shri awards on the occasion of 71st Republic day on 26 January 2020. The three categories of one of the highest civilian Awards of the country are: 1) Padma Vibhushan for exceptional and distinguished service 2) Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of high order  3) Padma Shri for distinguished service in any field In 2020, the President has approved the conferment of 141 Padma Awards. In the duo case, the award is counted as one. The detail list of Awardees are listed below: Padma Vibhushan: A total of 7 Padma Vibhushan awards were presented. Name Field State/Country George Fernandes (Posthumous) Public Affairs Bihar Arun Jaitley (Posthumous) Public Affairs Delhi Sri Vishveshateertha Swamiji Sri Pejavara  Adhokhaja Matha Udupi (Posthumous) Others-Spiritualism Karnataka Sir Anerood Jugnauth Public Affairs Mauritius M. C. Mary Kom Sports Manipur Chhannulal Mishra Art Uttar Pradesh Sushma Swaraj (Posthumous) Public Affairs Delhi Sir Anerood Jugnauth Public Affairs Mauritius   Padma Bhushan: A total of 16 Padma Vibhushan awards were presented. Name Field State/Country Neelakanta Ramakrishna Madhava Menon (Posthumous) Public Affairs Kerala Syed Muazzem Ali (Posthumous) Public Affairs Bangladesh Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar (Posthumous) Public Affairs Goa Krishnammal Jagannathan Social Work Tamil Nadu Muzaffar Hussain Baig Public Affairs Jammu and Kashmir Ajoy Chakravorty Art West Bengal Manoj Das Literature and Education Puducherry Balkrishna Doshi Others-Architecture Gujarat S. C. Jamir Public Affairs Nagaland Anil Prakash Joshi Social Work Uttarakhand Dr. Tsering Landol Medicine Ladakh Anand Mahindra Trade and Industry Maharashtra Prof. Jagdish Sheth Literature and Education USA P. V. Sindhu Sports Telangana Venu Srinivasan Trade and Industry Tamil Nadu Padma Shri: A total of 118 Padma Vibhushan awards were presented. Name Field State/Country Guru Shashadhar Acharya Art Jharkhand Dr. Yogi Aeron Medicine Uttarakhand Jai Prakash Agarwal Trade and Industry Delhi Jagdish Lal Ahuja Social Work Punjab Kazi Masum Akhtar Literature and Education West Bengal Ms. Gloria Arieira Literature and Education Brazil Khan Zaheerkhan Bakhtiyarkhan Sports Maharashtra Dr. Padmavathy Bandopadhyay Medicine Uttar Pradesh Dr. Sushovan Banerjee Medicine West Bengal Dr. Digambar Behera Medicine Chandigarh Dr. Damayanti Beshra Literature and Education Odisha Pawar Popatrao Bhaguji Social Work Maharashtra Himmata Ram Bhambhu Social Work Rajasthan Sanjeev Bikhchandani Trade and Industry Uttar Pradesh Gafurbhai M. Bilakhia Trade and Industry Gujarat Bob Blackman Public Affairs United Kingdom Indira P. P. Bora Art Assam Madan Singh Chauhan Art Chhattisgarh Usha Chaumar Social Work Rajasthan Lil Bahadur Chettri Literature and Education Assam Lalitha & Ms. Saroja Chidambaram (Duo)* Art Tamil Nadu Dr. Vajira Chitrasena Art Sri Lanka Dr. Purushottam Dadheech Art Madhya Pradesh Utsav Charan Das Art Odisha Prof. Indra Dassanayake (Posthumous) Literature and Education Sri Lanka H. M. Desai Literature and Education Gujarat Manohar Devadoss Art Tamil Nadu Oinam Bembem Devi Sports Manipur Lia Diskin Social Work Brazil M. P. Ganesh Sports Karnataka Dr. Bangalore Gangadhar Medicine Karnataka Dr. Raman Gangakhedkar Science and Engineering Maharashtra Barry Gardiner Public Affairs United Kingdom Chewang Motup Goba Trade and Industry Ladakh Bharat Goenka Trade and Industry Karnataka Yadla Gopalarao Art Andhra Pradesh Mitrabhanu Gountia Art Odisha Tulasi Gowda Social Work Karnataka Sujoy K. Guha Science and Engineering Bihar Harekala Hajabba Social Work Karnataka Enamul Haque Others-Archaeology Bangladesh Madhu Mansuri Hasmukh Art Jharkhand Abdul Jabbar (Posthumous) Social Work Madhya Pradesh Bimal Kumar Jain Social Work Bihar Meenakshi Jain Literature and Education Delhi Nemnath Jain Trade and Industry Madhya Pradesh Shanti Jain Art Bihar Sudhir Jain Science and Engineering Gujarat Benichandra Jamatia Literature and Education Tripura K. V. Sampath Kumar & Ms. Vidushi Jayalakshmi K.S. (Duo)* Literature and Education-Journalism Karnataka Karan Johar Art Maharashtra Dr. Leela Joshi Medicine Madhya Pradesh Sarita Joshi Art Maharashtra C. Kamlova Literature and Education Mizoram Dr. Ravi Kannan R. Medicine Assam Ekta Kapoor Art Maharashtra Yazdi Naoshirwan Karanjia Art Gujarat Narayan J. Joshi Karayal Literature and Education Gujarat Dr. Narindar Nath Khanna Medicine Uttar Pradesh Naveen Khanna Science and Engineering Delhi S. P. Kothari Literature and Education USA V. K. 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    Current Affairs: Chinthala Venkat Reddy from Telangana won Padma Shri in Agriculture field

    171 days ago
    Farmer Chinthala Venkat Reddy won the Padma Shri award from Telangana. The awards were announced by the government on 71st Republic Day. He was awarded for attaining an international patent for his technique in soil swapping and soil fertility. He is the first independent farmers in India to win the international patent for the technique.  Chinthala Venkat Reddy: Chinthala Venkat Reddy entered into farming during the period 1979-80. He is from Alwal in Secunderabad. He has established a research farm in Alwal. Mr.Reddy is the first organic farmer to grow seedless grapes. He used the old method of rejuvenating the topsoil to obtain double crop production, instead of using fertilizers. He has a grape farm at Kundanpally in Keesara. He grows black grapes, rice, wheat, and vegetables. Padma Shri award: Padma Shri award is the fourth highest civilian award in India. The award was instituted in 1954. The award recognizes the significant contribution of individuals in various fields including literature, science, arts, education, industry, sports, medicine, social service, and public affairs. Note: Padma Shri is the 4th highest award after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan

    President Kovind awarded Police Medal for Gallantry for RPF, RPSF

    172 days ago
    President Ram Nath Kovind awarded Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG), President’s Police Medal (PPM) for Distinguished Services and Police Medal (PM) for Meritorious Services to the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) personnel on the occasion of Republic Day 2020. The awardees are: Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG): Late Shri Jagbir Singh Rana President’s Police Medal (PPM) for Distinguished Service: Shri Ambika Nath Mishra, Shri Bharat Singh Meena Police Medal (PM) for Meritorious Service:  Yugal Kishore Joshi, Anil Kumar Sharma, P. P. Joy, Deep Chandra Arya, T. Chandrasekhar Reddy, K. Chakravarthi, Satish Ingle, Deo Kumar Gond, G. S. Vijaykumar, D. Balasubrahmanyam, Mahfajul Haque, Darshan Lal, Nemee Chand Saini, Alok Kumar Chatterjee, Ashok Kumar Yadav.

    DMMC, Munnan Singh won the 2020 Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar award

    174 days ago
    Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar 2020 was announced on the occasion of Subhash Chandra Bose birth anniversary which was celebrated on 23 January 2020.  Awardees: Disaster Mitigation & Management Centre (DMMC), Uttarakhand under the institution category won the award. DMMC received a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.51 lakhs. The cash prize will be used by the winning institution for Disaster Management related activities only.  Under the Individual category, the former IPS Shri Kumar Munnan Singh received the award. The award recognized their commendable work in Disaster Management. Munnan Singh received a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.5 lakhs. History: On 23 January 2019, the government instituted an annual award titled Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar. The award recognizes the efforts of disaster, many organizations and individuals work effectively to help the people. The 8th Battalion of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) located at Ghaziabad won the award for the year 2019.

    President Ram Nath Kovind presented the ICCW National Bravery Award

    175 days ago
    President Ram Nath Kovind presented the ICCW National Bravery Award 2019 to 10 girls and 12 boys. He also awarded 16-year-old Muhammed Muhsin, who drowned while saving three of his friends in the rough sea in April 2019, from Kozhikode in Kerala posthumously. He was chosen for the ICCW Abhimanyu Award. Awardees: Sartaj Mohidin Mugal, Mudasir Ashraf, Venkatesh, Kamal Krishna Das, Gita Siddhartha, Situmoni Das, Adithya K, Alaika, Everbloom K Nongrum, Lourembam Yaikhomba Mangang, Muhhamed Muhsin EC, Purnima Giri, Sabita Giri, Kanti Paikra, Bharneshwari Nirmalkar, Aarti Kiran Shet, Zen Sadavarte, Akash Machindra Khillare, Lalliansanga, Carolyn Malsawmtluangi, Vanlalhriatrenga. Indian Council for Child Welfare Award: The National Bravery Award, ICCW award, was instituted in 1957 by Indian Council for Child Welfare. The award recognizes children who perform outstanding deeds of bravery and meritorious service. So far, the award has been awarded to 1,004 children, of which 703 are boys and 301 are girls.

    Priya Prakash won the 2019 Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award

    175 days ago
    Priya Prakash won the Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award for 2019. She is the founder and CEO of India-based HealthSetGo. The award recognizes her school health program that aimed to provided 360-degree healthcare support to children. Priya Prakash: In her childhood, Priya suffered weight-related bullying that eventually affected her mental health. After shifting her own eating habits and discovering weightlifting in college, Priya was inspired to help others lead healthier lifestyles. Priya works to end childhood obesity in schools. She also works to prevent children from experiencing mental and physical health issues through her organization HealthSetGo. Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award: The award honours individuals aged between 18 to 30 who are bringing about a positive change in the world by solving some of its biggest global challenges. The award includes a cash prize of $250,000 to the individual's organization to which the individual contributes. The cash prize aims to further promote the mission of the organization to accelerate global problem-solving.

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