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President Pranab Mukherjee on 8 March 2017 presented the Nari Shakti Puraskar 2016 at a ceremony in New Delhi on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2017.This year, the Selection Committee, chaired by the Minister of Women & Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, unanimously agreed to increase the number of Awards to 31 as more nominees were found to be deserving and the age criteria was also relaxed. Some of the awardees of this year are scientists Anatta Sonney, B Codanayaguy and Subhu Varier, entrepreneurs Reema Sathe and Zuboni Humtsoe, trailblazer Mumtaz Kazi and many more. The Nari Shakti Puraskar carries a cash award of Rs 1 Lakh and a certificate for individuals and institutions. Nari Shakti Puraskar : Union Government confers Nari Shakti Puraskar every year on eminent women and institutions in recognition of their service towards the cause of women empowerment. The Nari Shakti Awards were initiated in the year 1999 and the guidelines were reframed in the year 2015. The Ministry of Women and Child Development announces these national level awards. The award is open to all Indian Institutions, organisations and individuals.  The WCD Ministry invites nominations from the State Governments, concerned Central Ministries, NGOs, universities, private and public sector undertakings (PSUs) working for empowerment of women.  In exceptional cases, the Selection Committee may also, suo moto, recommend a person or institution for the award with justification. The final selection of the awardees is made by the National Selection Committee which takes into account the recommendations of the Screening Committee.

The 2017 International Women's Day ((IWD)) was observed across the world on 8 March 2017. The year's theme for the Day is Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. The idea of the theme is to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and number 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. The theme focuses on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative. A few of the key targets of the 2030 Agenda:  By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes. By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education. End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation. Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation. Google Doodle Honours 13 remarkable women Google’s latest doodle also presented its tribute to all the women on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2017. In its doodle, Google presents creative photo slideshow of sorts, invoking those women who have broken new ground in their field of expertise. The 13 women who have been showcased in the doodle through art are Lotfia ElNadi, Ida B Wells, Ada Lovelace, Sally Ride, Lina Bo Bardi, Cecilia Grierson, Frida Kahlo, Miriam Makeba, Olga Skorokhodova, Halet Cambel, Lee Tai-young, Rukmini Devi Arundale and Suzanne Lenglen. Arundale is the only Indian in the list of these 13 women. She was a Bharatanatyam dancer and a choreographer and was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1956.

The Leaders' Summit in Commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) concluded on 7 March 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. In the summit, India was represented by the Vice President Hamid Ansari. Leaders’ Summit : It was held with the theme - Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean. In a historic first, the summit brought together the leaders of the 21 IORA Member States, including India, and its 7 Dialogue Partners as well as other special invitees including Myanmar. Member States issued the Jakarta Concord, which sets out a vision for a revitalized and sustainable regional architecture. The summit is considered as a game-changer for regional cooperation and a demonstration of Member States and Dialogue Partners commitment to the Indian Ocean region. The convening of the summit is a strategic and progressive step by IORA leaders to realise an IORA that is able to move faster and able to deal with future challenges. The current summit is also a milestone in the renewal of commitment by IORA countries to intensify IORA cooperation. The Leaders' Summit was preceded by the Council of Ministers' meeting on 6 March 2017. The meeting released the first IORA Action Plan, which sets out IORA's short-, medium- and long-term flagship initiatives for 2017-2021.

Viola Davis, the actress who took home some of this year’s biggest awards, was honoured with the Harvard foundation 'Artist of the Year' 2017 award at Harvard's 32nd Cultural Rhythms Festival in Cambridge on 4 March 2017. Speaking on the occasion, S Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation said that the foundation’s students and faculty were delighted to present the award to Davis, the much-acclaimed television and film artist, who has made outstanding contributions to American and International film and theatre.The actress not only won an Oscar recently but also won the Golden Globe, BAFTA and the Screen Actors Guild Award for best supporting actress female for her performance as Rose Maxson in the film adaptation of August Wilson’s play ‘Fences’. Davis also acted in the play's 2010 Broadway revival with Denzel Washington, for which she won her second Tony award. Harvard foundation award : The award aims to honour the America’s most acclaimed artists and scientists each year. Previous winners of the prestigious award include Shakira, Andy Garcia, Salma Hayek, Quincy Jones, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Matt Damon, Jackie Chan, Eva Longoria, Sharon Stone and Denzel Washington. Viola Davis : She was born on 11 August 1965 in  St. Matthews, South Carolina, A graduate of Julliard School, Davis began her acting career through theatre and won an Off-Broadway Theater Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in a play 'Everybody's Ruby'. Davis is the only African- American actress to win the Triple Crown of Acting, the Academy Award, Emmy Award and the Tony Award. She was also listed by the Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012. Her actual breakthrough in films came through her supporting role in the drama film 'Doubt', which earned her several nominations including the Golden globe, SAG and Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress. She became the first African American to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2015 for her role as Annalise Keating in the ABC’s drama series 'How to Get Away with Murder’. She along with her husband Julius Tennon are founders of a production company called JuVee productions.

Bharuch was in the news on 7 March 2017 as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated India’s longest extradosed bridge at this place. Previously, the record for being India’s longest extradosed bridge was held by the Nivedita Setu over the Hooghly in West Bengal. Features of Bharuch Bridge : The 1.4 kilo metre edtradosed bridge is located across River Narmada at Bharuch in Gujarat. An extradosed bridge employs a structure which combines the main elements of both a prestressed box girder bridge and a cable-stayed bridge. The project has been completed in 34 months at a cost of Rs 380 crore. The bridge is 20.8 metre wide, with 14.5 metre carriageway and 3 metre footpath. It is supported on 9 pylons of 36 meter height on pile foundation of 1.5 metre  diameter. The bridge will be lit by more than 400 light emitting diode (LED) lights. The bridge is a part of National Highways Authority of India’s  project for six laning of Ahmedabad-Mumbai section of NH-8.  This section of NH-8 will have state-of-the-art Highway Traffic Management System (HTMS), variable message sign boards, median plantation, traffic aid post, medical aid post and radio-frequency identification (RFID).  Smart card swapping enabled infrastructure was put in place at the toll plaza of the bridge.  

The Pension Fund and Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) on 7 March 2017 unveiled certain rules for transfer of funds from recognised provident and superannuation funds to the National Pension System (NPS). The regulator mentioned that as per the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961, the amount transferred from recognised provident or superannuation fund to NPS was not treated as income for the current year and hence it is not taxable. Highlights : As per the rules, funds transferred from Provident Fund to the National Pension System will not be taxable. The transferred recognised provident fund or the superannuation fund will not be treated as contribution of the current year by employee or employer and accordingly the subscriber cannot make income tax claim of contribution for this transferred amount.  Any subscriber interested in such a transfer should have an active NPS Tier I account. The NPS Tier I account can be opened either through the employer (where NPS is implemented) or through the points-of-presence (POPs) or online through eNPS on the NPS Trust website. The subscriber should approach the recognised provident or superannuation fund trust through the current employer requesting transfer to the NPS account. The recognised provident fund or the superannuation fund trust may then initiate transfer of the fund as per the provisions of the trust deed read with the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961. In case of a government or private sector employee, the employee should request the recognised provident or superannuation fund to issue a letter to his present employer mentioning that the amount was being transferred from the recognised fund to the NPS Tier I account of the employee.  The return on NPS for central government employees for one year comes out to be 15.9 per cent while for five years it stands at 11 per cent.

The European Union (EU) on 7 March 2017 launched the fifth satellite of the Copernicus observation program from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana. The Sentinel-2B satellite is a part of Sentinel Earth observation satellites, a system of satellites that monitors Earth. This fifth Sentinel satellite will cut the time of imaging the earth by half and will ensure speedy provision of images of land, oceans and waterways. This will improve services for farmers, fishermen and other users of land and sea maps. Now, the globe’s image will take only five days. The acceleration of the building up of the globe’s image will positively affect the activities of fishermen by allowing them to monitor the emergence of toxic algal blooms in sea. Sentinel-2B satellite :  It will join its twin Sentinel-2A, which has been in orbit since 2015, to take high-resolution, color and infrared images for a wide array of environmental initiatives. These two satellites will orbit 488 miles (786 km) above Earth on opposite sides of the planet. Together, they will cover all of Earth's land surfaces, large islands, inland and coastal waterways every five days.They will provide more up-to-date images and at higher resolution than the available ones.  It will help track pollution of lakes and coastal waters, monitor land changes or produce disaster maps by providing information on floods, volcanic eruptions and landslide. Copernicus earth observation program   : The Copernicus project is described by the European Space Agency (ESA) as the most ambitious Earth observation program till date. The European Union and the ESA have committed funding of more than USD 9 billion to it until 2020. The program is aimed at improving the life of EU communities by providing near-real-time global environment data.

Famed Bengali singer Kalika Prasad Bhattacharjee passed away in a car accident on 7 March 2017 in Hooghly district's Gurap town. He was 56. He is survived by his wife and a daughter.He was on his way to a show in Birbhum, when his car was hit by a truck. Following the smash, his car fell into a ditch on Durgapur expressway at Gurap, Hooghly. Four other singers of Kalika Prasad's band Dohar were also in the car. However, driver and other three people were injured. Kalika Prasad Bhattacharjee : He was best known for popularising folk songs of rural Bengal among the present generation in the albums of his band 'Dohar'.  In 1999, he co-founded the band Dohar and was the lead singer of this Bangla band.• He had also lent his voice in films like Jaatishwar (2014), Moner Manush (2010) and Bhuban Majhi (2017).  He studied Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University.  He was born and raised in Silchar, Assam.  

The two-day International Yoga festival is scheduled to begin in New Delhi on 8 March 2017. The festival is expected to witness participation from more than 3500 participants including well-known yoga gurus, masters, scholars, policy makers and representatives from over 15-18 countries from across the world.  Highlights : The event is reportedly going to be inaugurated by Venkaiah Naidu, the Information and Broadcasting Minister at the Talkatora stadium. It is being organised by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga in association with the Indian Yoga associations. The mega event will include parallel yoga workshops, lectures, satsang, yoga demos and various other cultural programmes. It would also include an exhibition comprising more than 50 stalls with yoga appliances, other yoga related products, dvds and books on display. Apart from this, the event would comprise a half-day seminar on the life sketch and contributions of two eminent yoga gurus- Swami Ved Bharati and T KV Desikachar for the promotion and further development of yoga.  

Bollywood Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has won the best actress award at the International Film Festival and Awards of Australia (IFFAA) for her movie Sarabjit. Directed by Omung Kumar, Sarabjit was the biopic on Sarabjit Singh who was an Indian farmer who was convicted of terrorism and spying in Pakistan and was sentenced to death. He was attacked by inmates at a prison in Lahore in April 2013 and died a few days later. The film starring Aishwarya and Randeep Hooda showcased his journey inside the jail and his sister’s unending fight to free him. Aishwarya played the role of Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur.

GMR led Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) has secured first position in the world in the prestigious Airports Council International (ACI)-Airport Service Quality (ASQ) survey in the 5-15 million passengers per annum (MPPA) category for the year 2016. Hyderabad Airport has steadily improved its score from 4.4 in 2009 to 4.9 in 2016 measured on scale of 1 to 5. Besides, the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in Delhi has been ranked world’s second best airport in the category of passenger handling capacity of more than 40 million passengers annually. Delhi International Airport Limited’s score increased from 4.96 in 2015 to 4.99 in 2016.

According to the Financial Times shows latest analysis, China’s banking system has overtaken the b to become the world’s biggest by assets. China’s GDP surpassed the EU’s in 2011 at market exchange rates, but its banking system did not take over the top spot until 2016. The value of China’s banking system is more than 3.1 times the size of the country’s annual economic output, compared with 2.8 times for the eurozone and its banks

Jammu and Kashmir’s first smart tribal village Habbi has inaugurated by Ch ZulfkarAli, J & K  Minister for food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Ch ZulfkarAli on March 6 2017 in J & K. Habbi village is located in Kotranka in Rajouri District of Jammu and Kashmir. The smart village is developed by the rural development department. The village has been introduced with smart classes in the schools, better roads, electricity and water facility.  

The two-week long India-Nepal joint military exercise ‘Surya Kiran-Xi‘ begins  in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand on March 7, 2017 To train both the troops in the area of various counter insurgency operations over a prolonged period. It will also focus on other important aspects such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and environmental conservation. The Surya Kiran series of exercises are being conducted biannually, alternatively in India and Nepal. Surya Kiran-X was held in Nepal in December 2016.

The High Court of Manipur on March 3, 2017 declared the economic blockade in Manipur called by United Naga Council (UNC) as illegal. The order was passed by a bench of three judges Chief Justice R R Prasad, Justice N Kotiswar Singh and Justice Kh Nobin Singh on public interest litigation. Besides, the court has also directed the authorities to deal with those supporting the blockade according to the law. The high court ruled out that the persons and organisation imposing the economic blockade is violating the fundamental rights of the citizens. The UNC is charged with imposing indefinite economic blockade in the state since November 1, 2016 causing hardships to the people. The Centre has been trying to bring about a negotiated settlement between the UNC and the Manipur government by holding tripartite talks. The UNC called the blockade to protest against the creation of seven new districts. According to the UNC, the creation of new districts out of Naga territory without their consent suppressed the rights of Nagas in the state.

Bhagoria Festival, also known as Bhagoria Haat Festival, celebrated by the tribal people of the Indian state Madhya Pradesh began on March 6, 2017 in Jhabua district. The festival which has been organized at 34 places in the state is celebrated in the month of March before the Holi Festival by the local tribes called Bhils and Bhilalas.  The week-long festival is organized at different Bhagoria haats (local markets) in the form of Svayamvara or Marriage Ceremony located in Jhabua, Alirajpur, Dhar, Khargone and Barwani districts in western Madhya Pradesh.

Mumbai headquartered HDFC Bank has launched India’s first AI (artificial intelligence) based banking chatbot Electronic Virtual Assistant (EVA) for customer services . Eva is India's first AI-based banking chatbot and can answer millions of customer queries across multiple channels instantly,  HDFC Bank stated that Eva can assimilate knowledge from thousands of sources and provide answers in simple language in less than 0.4 seconds.

In an effort to build bilateral military-to-military relations and skills, a 14-day joint defense exercise 'Al-Nagah-II' between the armies of India and Oman begun in Himachal Pradesh. 'Indo-Oman Joint Army Exercise- AL NAGAH-II 2017' was started on 6th march and will end on 19th March in the Dhauladhar Ranges at Bakloh in Himachal Pradesh. This is the second joint military exercise between the two countries which have a history of extensive cooperation in the defense arena, the first one was held in Oman in January 2015. The participating troops for this exercise have been drawn from one infantry battalion each from the Indian Army and the Royal Army of Oman. Approximately 60 troops from both countries will participate in the exercise.

Kerala’s playback singer Vaikom Vijayalakshmi created a new world record by playing the maximum number of songs in the shortest time on Gayathri veena during a program in Kochi. She played a total of 69 songs including various classical and filmy songs on the Gayathri veena continuously for over five hours and became the first person to achieve the feat in the world.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that mobile manufacturing company Oppo Mobiles India Private Limited will be the new team sponsor of the Indian cricket team from April 1, 2017 for a period of five years. The team sponsorship rights include the the title of official team sponsor and the right to display a commercial logo in the kits of the India men's, women's, A and Under-19 teams. The existing rights holders Star India had last month ended its four-year association with the BCCI when it announced that it was not going to bid for the apparel sponsorship again.

The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) to provide various services in the field of energy management and conservation.  The MoU was signed between the National Productivity Council (NPC), an autonomous body under the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Al Etihad Energy Services UAE. Under the MoU, the NPC will provide the following services: (i) Energy Assessment Services (ii) Training & Certification of Energy Auditors (iii) Demand Side Management. Meanwhile, Al Etihad ES will provide (i) Customer Support with UAE Government and Private owned organizations in the UAE (ii) Local support for Field Auditing Professionals (iii) local support for Training & Certification of Energy Auditors (iv) Support related to Demand Side Management of industries. The MoU will enable NPC avail high value opportunities such as energy building and develop institutional mechanism in area of energy efficiency in Dubai and other GCC member countries. It will provide recognition and exposure to further build NPC’s capacities and competencies in rapidly changing international business scenario. T he MoU will be precedent for NPC’s engagements with other International collaboration partners and will enhance its visibility in arena.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved proposal for revival of 50 under-served/un-served airports or airstrips of the State Governments, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Civil enclaves.  The announcement for making adequate provisions for revival of under-served/un-served airports was made by the Union Finance Minister in Union Budget 2016-17.  The total cost of the revival project is estimated to be Rs. 4500 crore and will be undertaken in three financial years starting from 2017-18. 15 airports/airstrips each would be revived during 2017-18 and 2018-19 each. During 2019-20, 20 airports/airstrips will be revived. The airports will be developed without insisting on financial viability.  The Revival of airports will be ‘demand driven’, depending upon firm commitment from airline operators as well as from the State Governments for providing various concessions as Airports. It will help in connecting small cities/towns on commencement of operation of flights to under-served and un-served airports.  It will further boost the economic development in these areas as well as surrounding areas in terms of job creation and related infrastructure development.

The Union Cabinet has approved signing of the Definitive Agreement on Oil Storage and Management between Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve Ltd (ISPRL) and UAE’s Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). Government’s this move aims at boosting India’s energy security by ensuring a strategic storage flow in for crude oil, from a government firm in Abu Dhabi for meeting unexpected future exigencies.  ADNOC will fill up 0.81 MMT or 5,860,000 million barrels of crude oil at ISPRL storage facility at Mangalore, Karnataka. Out of the crude stored, some part will be used for commercial purpose of ADNOC, while a major part will be purely for strategic purposes. The investment by ADNOC is a major investment from UAE under the High Level Task Force on Investment (HLTFI). It is also first investment by UAE in India in the energy sector. India being fastest growing economies and world’s third-biggest oil consumer, is building emergency storage in underground caverns to hold 36.87 million barrels of crude. It is equivalent to about 10 days of its average daily oil demand. This move aims to hedge against energy security risks as it imports most of its oil needs.

The Rise of Sivagami: Book 1 of Baahubali - Before the Beginning: Anand Neelakanthan The book titled The Rise of Sivagami: Book 1 of Baahubali - Before the Beginning was released on 7 March 2017. The book will be available to readers beginning on 15 March 2017. The book was written by the noted author Anand Neelakanthan. About the book : It is the first book in the series Baahubali: Before the Beginning. The plot of the book is considered as the prequel to the acclaimed movie Baahubali: The Beginning, which was released in July 2015. As per the author, it is a tale of intrigue, power, revenge and betrayal. The revelations in The Rise of Sivagami will grip the reader and not let go. Anand Neelakanthan : Anand Neelakantan is an Indian author. Before the present book, he wrote three fiction books based on the Indian epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. He is the bestselling author of Asura: Tale of the Vanquished and the Ajaya series. He has written the screenplays for various popular TV series, including Star TV’s mega series Siya Ke Ram, Sony TV’s Mahabali Hanuman and Colours TV’s Chakravarthi Samrat Ashoka. His books have been translated to different languages such as Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Assamese and Indonesian Bahasa.

The International Women’s Day will be celebrated across the world, including India, with pomp and fervour on 8 March 2017. On this occasion, we are providing you with some of the schemes launched by the Narendra Modi Government to empower Indian women. Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme : The scheme was launched in January 2015 to prevent gender biased sex selective elimination, ensure survival and protection of the girl child. This is being implemented through a national campaign and focussed multi sectoral action in 100 selected districts low in CSR, covering all States and UTs. The scheme was launched by the government in the backdrop of declining the Child Sex Ratio (CSR). As per the 2011 census, the CSR reduced from 927 in 2001 to 918 in 2011, which is an alarming trend. One Stop Centre Scheme : One Stop Centres (OSC) support women affected by violence, in private and public spaces, within the family, community and in the workplace. Women facing physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and economic abuse, irrespective of age, class, caste, education status, marital status, race and culture will be supported by these centres. Women Helpline Scheme : The Women Helpline Scheme seeks to provide 24 hours immediate and emergency response to women affected by violence. This scheme was launched by the by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development on 1 April 2015. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala YojanaThe scheme seeks to provide free LPG connections to women from below poverty line (BPL) households and builds on the objective of achieving universal coverage of cooking gas in the country. Under the scheme, a financial support of 1600 rupees will be provided for each LPG connection to the BPL households. Incidentally, this is for the first time the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has involved in implementing a welfare scheme benefitting crores of women belonging to the poorest households. SWADHAR Greh Initiative ; The scheme aims at creating a supportive institutional framework catering to their primary needs in difficult situations. The scheme will work upon providing basic amenities, such as shelter, food, clothing and health along with economic and social security to women in distress. Also, the scheme will make sure that the special needs of these women are taken care of. Mahila E-Haat : The Ministry of Women and Child Development launched Mahila E-Haat, a bilingual portal on 7 March, 2016. It is an initiative for meeting aspirations and needs of women. This is a unique direct online marketing platform. It leverages technology for supporting women entrepreneurs, SHGs and NGOs. This helps women in  showcasing the products  and services which are made, manufactured and undertaken by them.  

Major events of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), like the successful launch of Mangalyaan (Mars Orbiter Mission) as well as the historic launch of 104-satellites in a single mission, all saw a major participation of women. They came in the limelight for bringing applauses for India as well as for its space science institute, that is, ISRO, from across the world. These female scientists came into news for the first time in 2014 when a photograph showed few women dressed in saris celebrating the successful placement of satellite into the orbit around Mars at the ISRO office. Later, it was reported that these women were scientists at ISRO and were a part of the mission to Mars. ISRO also informed that several women scientists who had worked on the mission were in the control room at the time of the launch of the mission. Similarly, these female scientists were also a part of the historic launch of 104 satellites in a single mission. In short, let’s know something more about these Rocket Women of India. TK Anuradha: She is one of the senior-most women officers at ISRO. As project director, she completed the realisation of GSAT-12, a communication satellite built on I-1K bus. She also a helped in the realisation of GSAT-10, the heaviest Communication satellite from India on I-3K bus & presently realising GSAT-9, GSAT-17 and GSAT-18 communication satellites. Being an author of several papers in space sickness, Anuradha is a recipient of several awards including Space Gold Medal award (2003), Suman Sharma Award (2011), ASI- ISRO Merit Award (2012) and ISRO Team Award (2012). She has played the lead role in Indian Space programs as Project Manager, Deputy Project Director and Associate Project Director for Indian Remote Sensing and Indian Navigation programs. Kriti Faujdar: She works at the Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan and is a part of the team that monitors the satellites and the several other missions like the GSATs, INSATs, METSAT series of satellites and Indian Regional Navigation Satellites System (IRNSS), now known as Navigation with Indian Constellation (NAVIC). She was involved in the launch and in-orbit testing operations of IRNSS 1C. The Master Control Facility (MSF) is functional at Hassan, Karnataka and Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. N Valarmathi: she was the project director of RISAT-1, which was India’s first indigenously developed Radar Imaging Satellite. She is the first person to receive Abdul Kalam Award, which was instituted by Tamil Nadu Government in honour of the former president Abdul Kalam in 2015. She was also associated with other projects like INSAT 2A, TES, IRS IC and IRS ID. Besides, as a scientist, after TK Anuradha, she is also the second woman at ISRO to head a prestigious project. In 2011, Anuradha was the project director of the GSAT-12 mission. Minal Sampath: She, a systems engineer of the Mangalyaan, India’s mission to Mars, has worked in the windowless room. She led a team of 500 scientists as the systems engineer. Ritu Karidhal: An aerospace engineer at ISRO, Karidhal was the Deputy Operations Director of the Mars Orbiter Mission that was launched by ISRO in November 2013 and entered into the orbit of Mars on 24 September 2014. Moumita Dutta: She is one of the top scientists at ISRO and was a part of the team of Mars Orbiter Mission. Nandini Harinath: A rocket scientist at ISRO’s Satellite Centre in Bengaluru,  Harinath is the Project Manager, Mission Design and served as deputy operations director on the Mars Orbiter Mission (Maangalyaan). Besides, while celebrating the success stories of women at ISRO, how can we forget the name of Tessy Thomas, who works at Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) instead of ISRO. Tessy Thomas is the first ever woman director of an Indian missile project. Thomas was the project director of Agni-IV missile. She is known as the 'Missile Woman' of India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 7 March 2017 released a special commemorative postage stamp on 100 years of Yogoda Satsang Math. The Yogoda Satsang Math are the headquarters of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS). Its major aim is to reveal the complete harmony, basic oneness and common foundations of all true religions. Yogoda Satsang Math :  Yogoda Satsanga Society of India is a non-profit religious organization.It was founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1917. The society is known as the Self-Realization Fellowship in countries outside the Indian subcontinent.Mrinalini Mata is the current President of the YSS. The word ‘Yogoda’ was coined by Paramahansa Yogananda. The world is derived from Yoga, union, harmony, equilibrium, and da, "that which imparts". Paramahansa Yogananda is renowned for his book titled Autobiography of a Yogi. The book is an international bestseller. The HarperCollins featured the book in the 100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the 20th Century. YSS's headquarters, Yogoda Satsanga Math, is situated in Dakshineswar, Kolkata, West Bengal. The YSS oversees more than 180 Kendras, Mandalis, Retreats and Ashrams all over the globe.