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Edinburgh Napier University honoured Sharmila Tagore with Honorary Doctorate of Arts

Published on: 26-OCT-2012

Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore on 25 October 2012 was Awarded with an Honorary Doctorate of Arts for her outstanding contribution to Indian cinema by the Edinburgh Napier University. The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University Dame Joan Stringer called her as an excellent ambassador for the Indian Culture. Sharmila Tagore whose films are appreciated and enjoyed all over the world is also a strong advocate of educational rights of Indian children. At present, she is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF that is working for literacy, maternal health and AIDS-related issues and is also an active spokesperson for Indian Children Child Rights and YOU (CRY). The University stressed its strong links with India and Indian Culture and pointed out that to promote and establish a relationship with Indian culture, philosophy, education, art and literature it has created a Scottish Center for Tagore Studies (ScoTs), which highlights the legacy of Rabindranath Tagore the first Asian, who won a Nobel Prize for Literature in the Year 1913. This study center is first of its kind in United Kingdom. The 67 year old Indian actress announced that her recognition and honour from the University proves the role of Indian Cinema and its cultural influence across the world. Career of Sharmila Tagore in the Indian Film Industry Sharmila Tagore started her career as an actress in 1959 with Satyajit Ray's Bengali film Apur Sansar (The World of Apu). Some more films of Sharmila Tagore includes Kashmir Ki Kali in 1964, Evening in Paris in 1967, Aradhana in 1969 and Amar Prem in 1972, Safar in 1970, Daag in 1973, Maalik in 1972and many more. For Mausam,a film directed By Gulzar based on the novel named The Judas Tree by A.J. Conin, she won the National Film Award for Best Actress in 1976 and received the Silver Lotus Award at the 23rd National Film Festival for this film. Awards and Honours Filmfare Best Actress Award for Aradhana in 1969 Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award for Safar in the year 1970 National Film Award for Best Actress in 1976 for her role in the movie Mausam Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award in the year 2002 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for Abar Aranye in the year 2004 Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters of France in 2004 In the year 2006 was nominated for Filmfare Best Actress Award in Viruddh- Family Comes First Lifetime Achievement National Award (Actress) in the year 2007 honoured by Journalist Association of India In 2011was awarded with Outstanding Achievement in Indian cinema at Floriana IIFA Awards, Toronto

Sharmila Tagore has also served the Central Board of Film Certification in India as its Chairperson.

Gov. of Bangladesh Awarded Babu Jagjivan Ram with Friends of Liberation War Honour
Published on: 25-OCT-2012

Former Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of India, Babu Jagjivan Ram was awarded with the Friends of

Liberation War Honour by the Government of Bangladesh for his contribution in the 1971 War.

He was given the honour by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina and President of Bangladesh, Mohammad. Zillur Rahman. The award was received by Babuji's grandson, Anshul Avijit at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka. Anshul Avijit, is a journalist and academician and also the son of Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Meira Kumar. Babu Jagjivan Ram as the Defence Minister and chief strategist of India in 1971, helped in liberation of Bangladesh. He assured that the war for liberation of Bangladesh ended in the remarkably short time of 13 days. He was among the remarkable figure that had helped in creation of the Joint Command of Bangladesh and the Indian forces for the final outrage which led to the victory. An Insight into Political Career of Babu Jagjivan Ram Babu Jagjivan Ram was born near Arrah in Bhojpur district of Bihar in 1908 and had joined the freedom struggle while student in BHU in Benares and at Calcutta University. He as a freedom fighter founded the All India Depressed Classes League. He was the youngest serving member of Jawaharlal Nehrus Interim Government of 1946 as the Minister of Labour and had also hold a number of critical portfolios including Agriculture, Railways, Communications and Defence. He holds the record for having an uninterrupted Parliamentary career that spanned almost half a century from 1936 as a member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly to 1986 as a member of the Eighth Lok Sabha.

V Narayan Murthy honoured with 2012 Hoover Medal in Washington

Published on: 25-OCT-2012

V. Narayan Murthy was honoured with 2012 Hoover Medal at the Global Humanitarian Technology Conference in Seattle in Washington on 22 October 2012. Murthy, who is the 70th recipient since the medal's inception, was recognized for establishing a foundation that forges outstanding improvements in healthcare, social rehabilitation, rural uplift and education. Previous awardees include former US presidents Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower and James Earl Carter. Narayan Murthy co-founded Infosys limited in 1981. He contributed significantly in India's success in information technology outsourcing. The Hoover Medal was established in 1930 to recognize great, unselfish, non-technical services by engineers to humanity. The Infosys Science Foundation was established in 2009 to promote science research in India. The Hoover Medal is administered by a board representing five engineering organizations: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Vijay K. Nambiar and five Indo-American Malyalees to be honoured at New York

Published on: 25-OCT-2012

The Veteran Indian Diplomat Vijay K. Nambiar along with five Indo-American Malayalees would be honoured at New York by Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center. The honour would be conferred for their service to the society and outstanding contributions in the respective field of specialization. These awardees would be honoured on 3 November 2012 during the annual banquet in the Long Island and they are Vijay K. Nambiar, Geeta Menon, Joy Kuttiyani, Viju Menon, Narayanan Neithalath and Roy Thomas. Key details of the people to be honoured: Vijay K. Nambiar is the Under Secretary General and Special Adviser of the UN Secretary General of Myanmar and would be honoured for his services to United Nations. He would be the Chief Guest to the occasion. The second person to be honoured is Geeta Menon who will be the keynote speaker of the occasion and is a dean for Undergraduate College and Abraham Krasnoff professor of Global Business, Stern School of Business, New York University. She would be honoured for her contributions in the field of education Viju Menon, the Vice president of Supply Chain Management at Verizon, would be conferred with this honour for his contributions in the field of supply chain management. Verizon is the largest wireless carrier in the US Joy Kuttiyani, president of Kerala Samajam of South Florida Narayanan Neithalath, the associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona Roy Thomas, deputy director at New York State Mental Health Department

Singham Bravery Award Posthumously given to IAS and Security Personnel

Published on: 22-OCT-2012

Narendra Kumar the IPS officer who was brutally killed by illegal mining mafia in Madhya Pradesh and many other Security Personnel who had laid down their life for fighting against Maoists and anti Social element on 20 October 2012 were awarded with Singham Bravery Awards. The awards were handed over to the family members of the police officers by reel life 'Singham' Ajay Devgan,who is also the brand ambassador of Maharashtra police ,actor Sunil Shetty and former CRPF Director General K Vijay Kumar. Besides Narendra Kumar, the award was posthumously presented to Surinder Singh, Narinder Singh Ranjeet Singh, Prakash S Meena, K C Meena, Tanveer Singh and Sanjeev Kumar. Marking the occasion, Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty, were also bestowed with 'Pride of Nation' awards. The Singham Bravery Award was organised by the All India Anti Terrorist Front (AIATF) and were held on the occasion of National Police Day 2012 to felicitate those who had risked - some had even sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

First Ever India Biodiversity Award Presented in Hyderabad

Published on: 19-OCT-2012

The Government of India in collaboration with United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) announced Biodiversity award 2012 in Hyderabad on 17 October 2012. The winners of the awards were: Pir Jahania Jungle Suraksha Samiti from Odisha in the community stewardship category, Shankarpur Village Gram Panchayat from Maharashtra in the category of decentralised management, Van

Utthan Sansthan from Rajasthan in the category of co-management and Periyar Tiger Reserve in the protected areas category. The programme was hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests.The award recognizes the outstanding models of biodiversity governance across the country. The award was actually presented at ministerial reception of Eleventh Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

With the presentation of Award, the Minister of Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan announced that the India Biodiversity Awards will now be given annualy, to mark International Biodiversity Day on 22 May each year. The winners of the India Biodiversity Awards represent innovative approaches that combine the basic needs of livelihoods, wellbeing and dignity while respecting biodiversity conservation and the earths limits.

The India Biodiversity Awards was declared after short listing people from 150 received nominations from across the country. A six-member jury for the awards was made which was headed by eminent agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan.

The Folded Earth declared among Winners of 11th Economist Crossword Book Award
Published on: 19-OCT-2012

The 11th Economist Crossword Book Award was declared on 18 October 2012 at Mumbai. The Folded Earth and A Free Man-a nonfiction book, written by Anuradha Roy and Aman Sethi respectively were declared among winners of the 11th Economist Crossword Book Award.

The Folded Earth was declared winner in English Indian Fiction Category, whereas, A Free Man won the award in the English Non-Fiction Category for 2011.
Few more books that won awards in different categories were English Translation by Arunava Sinha of a book on short stories, 17 written by Anita Agnihotri and The Araya Woman written by Narayan and Translated by Catherine Thankamma were declared joint winners of the award for Indian Language Translation. The Incredible Banker written by Ravi Subramanian fetched the Popular Award Overall, there were 330 entries of the books published in 2011 for the awards. Renowned writer Sudha Murthy distributed the Prizes on 18 October 2012. About the Crossword Book Award The Award is among the prestigious literary awards in India, which recognizes the best Indian Writings and rewards them to make sure that the merit works reach easily reaches to wider audience group. The Awards are given in different categories and it includes Crossword Fiction Award, Crossword Non-Fiction Award, Crossword Translation Award, Crossword Childrens Award and Crossword Popular Award. The Prize for Non-Fiction, Fiction, Translation and Childrens writing carries an amount of 3 lakh rupees and a citation and a trophy. The Popular Award winner author gets a cash prize of 1 lakh rupees and a certificate.

British Writer Hilary Mantel won Booker Prize for Second Time

Published on: 17-OCT-2012

British Writer Hilary Mantel on 16 October 2012 won the prestigious literary prize, the Booker Prize for her novel Bring up the Bodies, the second in a historical trilogy set during the reign of King Henry VIII. Hilary Mantel had earlier won the Booker prize in 2009 for "Wolf Hall," the first novel in the trilogy. Hilary Mantel is the third author to win the prize twice, alongside South-African-born J.M. Coetzee and Australian Peter Carey. With this she also became the first British author, and the first woman, to achieve a double Booker Prize. Bring Up the Bodies is also the first sequel to win the prize. Bring up the Bodies and Wolf Hall are parts of a planned trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, the powerful and ambiguous chief minister to King Henry VIII. Hilary Mantel beat five other shortlisted books to take the prize. She was the Bookies favourite, although Britain's Will Self was also considered a strong contender for the century-spanning stream of consciousness "Umbrella." Indian poet Jeet Thayil was also nominated for his first novel, "Narcopolis," set among heroin addicts in 1970s and 80s Mumbai, and Britain's Alison Moore for "The Lighthouse," about a middle-aged man's life-changing ferry trip to Germany. About Man Booker Prize The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original full-length novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe. The winner of the Man Booker Prize is generally assured of international renown and success. The selection process for the winner of the prize commences with the formation of an advisory committee which includes an author, two publishers, a literary agent, a bookseller, a librarian, and a chairperson appointed by the Booker Prize Foundation. The winner of Booker Prize is usually announced at a ceremony in London's Guildhall, usually

Reliance Industry Limited's Jamnagar refinery bagged British Safety Council Award
Published on: 16-OCT-2012

Reliance Industries Ltds (RIL) Jamnagar Refinery on 15 October 2012 won the British Safety Council's Globe of

Honor Award for excellence in Environmental management. The award would be presented on 23 November 2012 at
Mansion House in London. RIL's Jamnagar SEZ Refinery is the only Indian organisation which had made it to the list and it is for the first time that a Reliance Industries' manufacturing site has grabbed this very well known award. In all, there were 13 applicants and 9 received the Globe of Honour. The eligibility of a organization for the award which is a five-star environment audit is that the applicant organisations should demonstrate a culture of best practice for health and safety throughout the business - from the boardroom to the shop floor. All applications for the Globe of honour were marked by an independent adjudicator and SEZ Refinery received 68

marks out of 72. About British Safety Council The British Safety Council is a global health, safety and environmental charity which was founded in 1957. For over 50 years, the British Safety Council has been a champion of workplace health and safety. The British Safety Council over years has progressed to become one of the largest independent occupational health, safety and environmental organizations in the world.

Lloyd Shapley and Alvin Roth of America won Nobel Prize in Economics
Published on: 16-OCT-2012

Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley of America were awarded the Nobel economics prize on 15 October 2012 for their work in market design and matching theory. The research work helps in explaining the market processes at work, say, when doctors are assigned to hospitals, students to schools and human organs for transplant to recipients. The award was cited to the economist by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which awards the 8 million crown ($1.2 million) prize, called their work an outstanding example of economic engineering. The two economists were working independently on the same research project. Lloyd Shapley used game theory to study matching models, and Alvin Roth built on them to make real-world changes to existing markets, including school choice and organ transplants, Alvin Roth is a professor at Harvard and Lloyd Shapley teaches at the University of California in Los Angeles The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences was the last of the 2012 Nobel awards to be announced. The economics award is not among the original prizes created in 1895 by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel to honor work in physics, medicine, chemistry, literature and peace. It was added as a category in 1969 by the Swedish central bank in memory of the industrialist.

Nobel Peace Prize 2012 awarded to European Union

Published on: 15-OCT-2012

The European Union (EU) won Nobel Peace Prize 2012 on 12 October 2012 for its effort to promote peace and democracy in Europe. The award was announced by Norwegian Nobel Committee. The award was given to European Union even though the Union is struggling with its biggest crisis since it was created in the 1950s. Practically, the EU was being honored for six decades of contributions to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.

Different Social media exploded with strong reactions both for and against, awarding the prize to European Union worth 8 million Swedish kronor ($1.2 million)

The EU grew out of the tremendous devastation created by World War II, fuelled by the conviction that ever-closer economic ties would make sure that century-old enemies never turned on each other again. The European Union is now made up of 500 million people in 27 nations, with other nations lined up, waiting to join. About Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded annually by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses. It is one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the 1895 will of Alfred Nobel (who died in 1896), awarded for outstanding contributions in chemistry, physics, literature, peace, and physiology or medicine. The recipient of Nobel Peace Prize receives a medal, a diploma, and a monetary award prize that has varied throughout the years. The first Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in 1901 to Frdric Passy and Henry Dunant.

The 2011 Nobel peace Prize was awarded to Leymah Gbowee of Liberia for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work. And, The 2010 Nobel peace Prize was awarded to Liu Xiaobo of China for his his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.

Serge Haroche and David Wineland won Nobel Prize 2012 for Physics John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka won Nobel Prize-2012 for Medicine Mo Yan a Chinese writer won the 2012 Nobel Prize for literature
Published on: 12-OCT-2012

Mo Yan, the Chinese writer won 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature on 11 October 2012. The Swedish Academy of Stockholm praised the Chinese writer for the writer called his hallucinatory realism. The writer combines the folk stories, modern events and the history in his works. He is the first Chinese writer in the 111 years of Nobel history to become a Nobel Prize winner. Before him, Gao Xingjiana a French citizen born in China won a Nobel in literature in 2000. The Swedish Academy compared him with two writers of twentieth century namely William Faulkner from America and Gabriel Garcia Marquez from Colombia. Mo Yan will receive the prize medal and the prize amount of more than 1 million $ on 10 December 2012, the death anniversary of the prize founder, Alfred Nobel.

Mo Yan means Dont Speak. The original name of Mo is Guan Moye. The writer changed his name to be Mo Yan, to remind himself of talking less to avoid the trouble that follows. Nobel Prize for Peace 2012 would be declared on 12 October 2012.

Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka Won Nobel Prize 2012 for Chemistry
Published on: 11-OCT-2012

Robert Lefkowitz (69) and Brian Kobilka (57), the two Americans won the Nobel Prize 2012 for Chemistry on 10 October 2012. They won the award for their study and research on Protein Receptors, which allows the body to respond the signals from outside world. The study is a key and would pave the path for developing better drugs to different ailments.

Lefkowitz and Kobilka from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina and Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California respectively will be sharing the prize amount of 8 million-krona ($1.2 million). The Nobel Prize 2012 for Literature and Peace would be announced on Thursday and Friday respectively.

Serge Haroche and David Wineland won Nobel Prize 2012 for Physics
Published on: 10-OCT-2012

Serge Haroche and David Wineland of France and US respectively, won the Nobel Physics Prize on 9 October 2012. They received Nobel for their work on quantum physics, which would open a gate for supercomputers in future. The two physics have developed the technology for examining the intimate relationship between matter and light. This research by the duo would help in development of precise clocks, which will be hundred-times precise than the caesium clocks of present-time. The eight million Swedish Krona ($1.2 millions) would be divided in between the two and the award will be received by them on 10 December 2012 on the death ceremony of the Prize Founder, Alfred Nobel. The remaining prizes in Chemistry, Literature and Peace would be announced on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday respectively.

Sufi Singer Abida Parveen Got Lifetime Achievement Award

Published on: 08-OCT-2012

Pakistani Sufi legend Abida Parveen was honoured with a lifetime achievement award on 7 October 2012 by Kaladharmi Begum Akhtar Academy of Ghazal in New Delhi. 58 years old Abida Parveen is the famous Pakistani singer of Sindhi descent and one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music. She was born in a musical family and had received initial training from her father Ustaad Ghulam Haider She sings mainly ghazals, Urdu love tracks and her forte, Kafis, a classical form of Sufi poetry. Some of her hits are 'Duma Dum Mast Qalandar', 'Teray Ishaq Nachaya', 'Latthe Di Chadar', 'Kuch Is Ada Se Aaj' and 'Kafian Bulleh Shah'. She began her career with Radio Pakistan in 1973 and gained new fans following her appearance in Coke Studio, a TV music programme that showcases collaborations between classical and rock artists. She was also awarded with the 'Pride of Performance' and the 'Sitara-e-Imtiaz' by the Government of Pakistan.

Niryat Shree and Niryat Bandhu Awards Presented By President of India

Published on: 06-OCT-2012

President of India Pranab Mukherjee with Union Minister for Commerce, Industry and Textiles Anand Sharma on 5 October 2012 presented awards to exporters on the occasion of the presentation of Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) Niryat Shree and Niryat Bandhu awards at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. The President gave away 52 awards 46 Niryat Shree Awards was given to exporters for their performance in 12 different categories, which includes agriculture, plantation products; chemicals, drugs, pharmacy and allied products; engineering; gems and jewellery, handicrafts, carpets; textiles, leather, service providers; and 6 Niryat Bandhu Awards were given to Export Promotion Councils and Banks for their support to the exporting community.

Among the Niryat Shree awardees that were presented a gold trophy was MIOT Hospitals Limited for being the highest foreign exchange earner in the country among all service providers. The award was received by company chairperson Mallika Mohandas. Reliance Industries was also awarded a gold trophy for earning the highest foreign exchange. PC Jewellers was awarded a silver trophy in the Gems and Jewellery category. In the Niryat Bandhu category for banks, the winners were Canara Bank which got gold trophy followed by Bank of India and Punjab National Bank getting silver and Bronze trophy respectively.

ISRO Scientist Tessy Thomas Conferred with Lal Bahadur Shastri Award
Published on: 06-OCT-2012

President Pranab Mukherjee on 1 October 2012 conferred the prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award 2012 to ISRO scientist Tessy Thomas at an award function in Rashtrapati Bhawan. The award was given on the eve of Birth anniversary of Former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shashtri. Tessy Thomas 48 years old is the Key Scientist for Agni-V in Defence Research and Development Organisation Hyderabad. She is the first woman scientist to head a missile project in India.

Tessy Thomas was an associate Project director (mission) for Agni-I, II and III systems. She was associated with the Agni Programme since their developmental stages. She has designed the guidance scheme for long-range missile systems, which is used in all Agni missiles. Presently, she is the Project Director of Agni -IV, which is a major project with state of the art technologies. The Agni-IV was successfully flight tested on 15th November, 2011. What is Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award? The Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award, instituted by the Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management (LBSIM) is given each year each year to an Indian, residing either in India or abroad, who is an exceptionally outstanding and distinguished business leader, management practitioner, public administrator, educator or institution builder for his/her sustained individual contributions and achievements of high professional order and excellence. The honour carries a cash award of Rupees Five Lakh plus a Citation and a Plaque. The Awardee's name is inscribed on the Roll of Honour of LBSIM and he/she is designated as Lal Bahadur Shastri Fellow. The Award is presented by the President of India on October 1 each year which is the eve of the birth anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri. The Award process begins in January each year with the nomination of a twelve member Jury by the Chairman of LBSIM, who is the ex-officio convenor of the Jury.

CSIR announced Fellowship program for Scientists aged above 70

Published on: 27-SEP-2012

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on its 70th Foundation Day celebration on 26 September 2012 greeted the scientists aged above 70 years with research fellowships.

The fellowship will offer a sum of Rs 20 lakh per year for continuous 5 years to scientists who will guide students and publish research papers. A scientist who has won the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award is eligible for the fellowship program. Samir Brahmachari the Director-General of CSIR said that advantage of the services of scientists, who remain active even after the age of 70 years, should be taken. At present there are about 10 scientists who are eligible for the fellowship program. On the 70th Anniversary of CSIR Dr. Brahmachari also announced the names of scientists who have won Swarup Bhatnagar Award 2012. The name includes: 1. Suman Kumar Dhar of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (Biological Sciences) 2. Shantanu Chowdhury of the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology 3. Ravi Shankar Narayanan of the Indian Institute of Science 4. Govindasamy Mugesh of the Indian Institute of Science 5. Gangadhar J. Sanjayan of the CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (Chemical Sciences) 6. Sandip Basu of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (Medical Sciences) 7. Shanti Pavan of the IIT, Madras (Engineering Sciences) 8. Siva Ramachandran Athreya of the Indian Statistical Institute (Mathematical Sciences) 9. Arindam Ghosh of the Indian Institute of Science 10. Debashish Goswami of the Indian Statistical Institute (Mathematical Sciences) 11. Krishendu Sengupta of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (Physical Sciences)

Waheeda Rehman to receive Lifetime Achievement Award during 14th Mumbai Film Festival
Published on: 26-SEP-2012

Waheeda Rehman, the veteran actress of Bollywood has been nominated to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented to the actress during the forthcoming 14th Mumbai Film Festival going to start from 18 October 2012 and end on 25 October 2012. C.I.D. (1956), Pyasa (1957), Solva Saal (1958), Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962), and Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam (1962), Kohra (1964), Guide (1965), Teesri Kasam (1966), Mujhe Jeene Do (1966), Neel Kamal (1968) and Khamoshi (1969) are some important films by her name. The committee chaired by Filmmaker, Shyam Benegal in presence of Ramesh Sippy, Sudhir Mishra, MAMI trustee and Amit Khanna, chairman, Reliance Entertainment stated that they have made their decision to award Waheeda Rehman with life time achievement award for her contributions to Indian Cinema. About 14th Mumbai Film Festival Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) under the Chairmanship of famous Indian Filmmaker, Shyam Benegal is organizing the mega event that will last for eight days. The festival is an initiative of Reliance Entertainment and will be organized at INOX theatre in south Mumbai and National Centre of Performing Arts (NCPA). During the festival 200 movies including 9 silent ones will be showcased.

Aung San Suu Kyi received US Congress Highest Honour

Published on: 21-SEP-2012

The Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi received, the US Congress highest Civilian Honour at a ceremony organized in the Capitol Rotunda on 19 September 2012, before her meet with the US president Barack Obama. Before her, the

recipient of this award includes George Washington, Pope John Paul II and Dalai Lama-the Tibetan Buddhist Leader. During her 15 year long house arrest against the military rule in Myanmar, she received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2008. Other awards received by Suu Kyi before the US Congress highest Civilian medal are: 1. Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in the year 1990 2. Rafto Prize in the year 1990 3. Nobel Peace Prize in the year 1991 4. The government of India awarded her with Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in the year 1992 5. The government of Venezuela awarded her with International Simn Bolvar Prize 6. The Government of Canada in 2007 awarded her with Honorary citizenship, she was among the only four people by then to receive the award 7. She won Wallenberg Medal in 2011

A A Manavalan won Saraswati Samman for his comparative study on Ramayana

Published on: 21-SEP-2012

AA Manavalan on 19 September 2012 was awarded with the prestigious Saraswati Samman for his work, Irama Kathaiyum Iramayakalyum. This is a comparative study of epic Ramayana in 48 different languages. M Veerappa Moily, the Corporate Affairs and Power Minister presented him with a cheque of Rs 7.5 lakh, a memento and a citation plaque at a function organized by K K Birla Foundation. The characters, plot and individual insertions of the book deals with the changes that happened in the due course of migration. This book has tried to come up with the effect of Ramayana over the South East Asia, its language and culture. This book is a comparative study of Ramayana written in different languages over a certain period of time and some of the languages include Pali, Tibetan, Prakirt, Tamil, Japanese, Old Javanese, Assamese, Thai, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, Marathi, Kannada, Sanskrit, Odisi, Hindi, Malay, Persian, Maranao, Burmese, Laotian and Kashmiri. Saraswati Samman The samman/award was instituted in the year 1991 by KK Birla Foundation and is a prestigious award in the field of literature.

Fortis Escorts won FICCI Healthcare Excellence Award 2012

Published on: 14-SEP-2012

FICCI Healthcare Excellence Award-2012 went to the Jaipur based Fortis Escorts hospital for its operational excellence in the category of private hospital with multi-specialty hundred beds. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry has instituted this award for felicitation of the individuals and institutions for their contribution in increasing the efficiency of health care by imparting innovative steps. The laid norms were specified by the Quality Council of India. Parameter on which the judgment was made includes efficiency in staff excellence, functioning and patient track record management. As per the director of Fortis Escorts Hospital, Prateem Tamboli, the hospital is the first hospital in the state of Rajasthan to receive this award. The chief guest to this award function was the President of India Pranab Mukherjee.

Pieta the South Korean Film won Golden Lion Venice Top Prize
Published on: 10-SEP-2012

The Golden Lion Prize for best movie was given to the South Korean Movie, Pieta directed by Kim Ki-duk at the 69th Venice Film Festival on 8 September 2012. The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson walked off with two major awards namely, Special Jury Award and Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix. Pieta is the brutal story about a debt collector with a habit of crippling those, who were unable to pay his debt. The brutality stops at a certain point of time, when he meets a woman who claims to be his mother.

Padamshree Dr. AN Purohit awarded with Shiksha Ratna Award by Petroleum University
Published on: 07-SEP-2012

The University of Petroleum and Energy Studies on 5 September 2012, on the occasion of teachers day felicitated Dr. AN Purohit with siksha ratna award. Dr. Purohit is a former vice-chancellor of HNB Garhwal University. He was born in 1940 in Kimni village of chamoli district, Uttrakhand and did his schooling from Nanital and had his doctorate from Punjab University. Dr Purohit has widely worked in the Himalayan belt, particularly in Uttarakhand, on specific subject of plant physiology, ecophysiology of trees and the environment. He was awarded Padmashree in 1997 by the President.

Dr. KC Abraham awarded with Business Excellence Award

Published on: 07-SEP-2012

Managing Director of Kunnath Pharmaceuticals and the producer of world famous Musli Power X-tra won Switzerland Business Excellence Award 2012 on 8 September 2012 at Zurich, Switzerland. He got shortlisted for the award because of his visionary leadership skill, hard working nature and dedication. The award has helped Kunnath Pharmaceutical to become a name of rapport across the nation.

Aditi Mukherjee won the prestigious Norman Borlaug Award

Published on: 29-AUG-2012

Aditi Mukherjee, a Delhi based scientist, won the prestigious Norman Borlaug Award in Field Research and Application. Mukherjee was picked for the award for her work in transforming access to water for thousands of farmers in West Bengal. The award will be formally presented to Mukherji on 17 October 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa, US. Mukherji, 37, is a senior researcher at the Delhi office of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). As alumnus of Presidency College (Kolkata), JNU (Delhi), she completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge. The international award is conferred by the World Food Prize Foundation, which was started by Norman Borlogue, the father of Green Revolution in India. The award carries 10000 dollar cash prize. The Borlaug Award is restricted to scientists under 40.

Delhi Government presented Lifetime Achievement Awards

Published on: 27-AUG-2012

Celebrated Sarod exponent Amjad Ali Khan, vocalist Girija Devi and famous writer Ruskin Bond were conferred the Delhi government's Lifetime Achievement Awards on 24 August 2012. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit presented the award acknowledging the outstanding contribution of the awardees to their respective fields at the national and international level. The award was consisted of a cash prize of 11 lakh rupees and a citation. The award was instituted by the Delhi government's Sahitya Kala Parishad in 2004 to felicitate on eminent personalities for their outstanding contributions to the fields of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, sports and literature. Bhimsen Joshi, MS Subbulakshmi, Zohra Sehgal, Kapila Vatsayan, Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar, Ebrahim Alkazi, , Habib Tanvir, Vishwanathan Anand and Ram Kumar are some of the noted recipients of the award.

Six Top Sporting Coaches to receive Dronacharya Award for 2012

Published on: 22-AUG-2012

The names of six sporting coaches were recommended for the Dronacharya Awards for the year 2012. Wrestling coach Yashvir Singh, Boxing Coach BI Fernandez, Athletics Coach Virender Poonia, Kabaddi Coach Sunil Davas, Parathletics Coach Dr. Satyapaul and Hockey Coach Harinder Singh are the six coaches who have been selected for the coveted award, given to the coach of different sports, for their excellent contribution to the sports. Boxing Coach BI Fernandez, who is a Cuban national, became the first foreign coach to be recommended for the Dronacharya Award. Fernandez has been instrumental in Indias impressive performances in Boxing in the international tournaments. The Dronacharya Awards committee was headed by former Indian hockey captain Aslam Sher Khan. The other members include Rajkumar Sangwan (boxing), Dhanraj Pillai (hockey), Shiny Wilson (athletics), Morad Ali Khan (shooting), Karnam Malleswari (weightlifting), Bahadur Singh (athletics), Bhupender Dhawan (powerlifting,G S Sandhu (boxing), Ramphan Mann(wrestling,Prem Chand Degra (body building). Dronacharya Award The Dronacharya Award was instituted by the government of India in 1985. The award has been given to 72 people until 2011. The award carries five lakh rupees and a citation and is conferred to coaches of different sports for their noteworthy contribution. The awards will be presented by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan on 29 August 2012, the National Sports Day.

Charles L Bennett received the Gruber Cosmology Prize 2012

Published on: 22-AUG-2012

Charles L Bennett, a professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, US, was awarded with the Gruber Cosmology Prize 2012 in Beijing at the opening ceremony of the 28th Conference of the International Astronomical Union on 22 August 2012. The 500000 dollar award was given to him acknowledging his immense contribution to the world of physics. Bennett, a prominent physicist, led a 26-member team that worked on NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe. The findings of the study helped astronomers refine their understanding of the age, shape and makeup of the universe. The Gruber Prize is the second for Bennett, who also was a member of a NASA team that won the prize in 2006. As the member of the COBE Team he conducted a ground-breaking studies confirming that our universe was born in a hot Big Bang.

China's Yu Wenxia won the Miss World 2012 Beauty Pageant

Published on: 20-AUG-2012

China's Yu Wenxia won the Miss World 2012 beauty pageant at the Ordos Stadium Arena in inner Mongolia, China on 18 August 2012. Wales' Sophie Moulds was adjudged the first runner-up, while Australia's Jessica Kahawaty was the second runner-up. India's Vanya Mishra made it to the top seven spot but failed to win the competition. However, She, bagged the titles of Miss Social Media and Miss Beauty with a Purpose. Venezuela's Ivian Sarcos had won the Miss World pageant in 2011.

Prime Minister Shram Awards for year 2011 announced

Published on: 16-AUG-2012

Union Ministry of Labour and Employment announced the Prime Minister Shram Awards for year 2011 on 15 August 2012. This year, no nomination was found suitable for the presitigious Shram Ratna Award. Six nominations for the Shram Bhushan Award, Thirty Three nominations for Shram Vir/Shram Veerangana and twenty nine nominations for Shram Shree/Shram Devi Awards have been selected. Even though, the total number of Shram Awards is 33, the number of workers receiving the Awards is 68 (Including six women), as some of the Awards have been shared by workers and/or teams of workers consisting of more than one worker. These include 52 workers from the public sector and 16 workers from the private sector. Shram Bhushan awards carry a cash prize of 1 lakh rupees and a Sanad. Shram Veer/Veerangana awards carry a cash prize of 60000 rupees and a Sanad. Shram Shree/Devi Awards comprise of a cash prize of 40000 rupees and a Sanad. Shram Awards were set up by the Government of India in 1985 to recognize the outstanding contributions of workers in different fields.

Pakistan Government honoured Gopi Chand Narang with Sitara-i-Imtiaz

Published on: 16-AUG-2012

Pakistan government on 14 August 2012 honoured Urdu author, Gopi Chand Narang with sitara-i-Imtiaz, the third highest civilian honour given by the nation. In the past, former Prime Minister Morarji Desai and matinee idol Dilip Kumar were bestowed Pakistan's highest civilian honour, Nishan-i-Imtiaz. The award will be given to Gopi Chand Narang in Pakistan on 23 March, 2013, Pakistan's Republic Day. Gopi Chand Narang was born on 11 February, 1931, in Dukki, Pakistan. He is an Indian scholar of Urdu language and literature, an eminent Urdu writer, scholar, critic and linguist. He is author of many books in Urdu, Hindi and English.

Pak Government Honoured Saadat Hasan Manto with the Nisan-i-Imtiaz

Published on: 14-AUG-2012

Acclaimed Pakistani writer Saadat Hasan Manto on 14 August 2012 was honoured with the Nisan-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan's highest civilian award. Manto is best known for his Urdu short stories, especially those that explored the impact of the partition of the subcontinent into India and Pakistan in 1947. Toba Tek Singh, Bu (Odour), Khol Do (Open It) and Thanda Gosht (Cold Meat) were written by him.

Saadat Hasan Manto worked for the Urdu Service of All India Radio in 1941 for several months. Manto ended a career as a scriptwriter in Mumbai to move to Pakistan in 1948. He died at the age of 42 in 1955. His frank style angered conservatives in Pakistan and he faced trial three times on charges of obscenity.

Besides Manto, renowned singer Mehdi Hassan, Lt.Gen (retired) Khalid Kidwai and Munir Ahmed Khan were honoured with civilian awards for their contributions in fields like arts and literature, nuclear science, education and sports, healthcare and public service. The awards will be given away at a ceremony to be held on Pakistan Day on 23 March 2013.

9 physicists worldwide received the Fundamental Physics Prize

Published on: 01-AUG-2012

9 physicists worldwide were given the Fundamental Physics Prize on 31 July 2012. The prizes were given to the physicists for their remarkable contribution to the field of fundamental physics. Fundamental Physics Prize has been established by Russian Businessman Yuri Milner and the most money-spinning academic prize in the world. Winners of the award include , Ashoke Sen, N J Nima, Arkani-Hamed, Juan Maldacena, Nathan Seiberg, Edward Witten, Andrei Linde, Alexei Kitaev, Maxim Kontsevich, Ashoke Sen The winners will receive 3 million dollar as the prize amount. The Nobel Prize currently comes with an award of 1.2 million dollar, which is generally divided between two or three people.

The government of Japan decided to honour Vandana Shiva with Fukuoka Prize 2012
Published on: 25-JUL-2012

The Government of Japan on 23 July 2012 decided to honour Indian Environmental philosopher Vandana Shiva with Fukuoka Prize 2012. The award ceremony will be held by the Government of Japan in Fukuoka city in September 2012. Vandana Shiva is the seventh Indian who received this prestigious award. She enlightens people about the ideas for the love of nature. She is the director of The Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology. She had completed the Doctorate from Canada. Dr. Vandana Shiva was born in Dehradun in the year 1952. She had successfully completed her Masters in Philosophy of Science from the University of Guelph, Canada. Dr. Shiva is the founder of Navdanya. It is an NGO which was established in the year 1991. She commenced her work in the field of conservation of traditionally used seeds, organic farming and fair trade. In 1993, she had received Right Livelihood Award which is known as the Alternative Nobel Prize.

In the year 2001, she set up an international college for sustainable living. Dr. Shiva had written numerous books based on the issues of environment. Some of the books wrote by her are:-Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace, The Violence of the Green Revolution, Monocultures of the Mind: Perspectives on Biodiversity and Biotechnology, and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Survival in India. Many of her books were translated into the Japanese language. Her basic philosophy behind her work is Earth democracy.

Fukuoka Prize is the prestigious award and given to those people who contribute to the academy, arts and culture in Asia. Earlier, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Padma Subrahmanyam, Romila Thapar and Ashis Nandy were the famous personalities who were honoured by this award.

Sudarshan Pattnaik won Gold Medal in World Sand Sculpture Championship 2012
Published on: 21-JUL-2012

Indian Sand Artist Sudarshan Pattnaik won People's Choice Gold Medal Award in Moscow on 18 July 2012. It was the Second World Sand Sculpture Championship. The theme of World Sand Sculpture Championship 2012 was World Cinema. Artist from eleven countries took part in this championship. It includes following Countries: India, Spain, Ireland, Germany, the United States, Russia, United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, Holland and Czech Republic. He sculpted the copy of the face of The Showman of the Millennium Raj Kapoor. His interpretation of Raj Kapoor was highly praised by the visitors. His sculpture symbolizes Indo-Russian Friendship. Sudarshan Pattnaik had also won Berlin World Championship 2008. His sand sculpture was based on the awareness about global warming. Pattnaik had participated in 50(approx) international Sand Sculpture Championships across the World. He had won his first Prize in Copenhagen Sand Sculpture Championship in Denmark.

World Sand Sculpture Championship: In this Championship artists have to make sculptures with the help of sand and
Water. Judges provide them the required amount of area and artist has to make their sculpture within those parameters only. There is no flexible time to work and artists have to assign the title sign before making any sculpture. He also won two gold medals and a trophy in Solo International Sand Sculpture contest 2012. Sudarshan Pattnaik belongs to the Odisha State.

Manipal University won the Golden Peacock Environment Management Award 2012
Published on: 11-JUL-2012

Manipal University won the Golden Peacock Environment Management Award 2012 on 8 July 2012. The main theme of this meet was driving sustainable business through green economy.The award was given by Karan Singh on the Fourteenth World Congress Meet on Environment Management. The Ceremony was held in the Le Meridian Hotel, New Delhi. The meet was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dixit. The meet provides a way for the sustainable business in the areas like community-led advocacy and action programmes for environment protection, carbon neutrality, solar technologies and watershed management programmes. The Golden Peacock Award was introduced by the Institute of Directors in the year 1992. This award is considered as the Holy Grail of Corporate Excellence Worldwide. In 2012, The Golden Peacock Awards Secretariat received 1000 entries (approx) for various National and Global awards. In addition, Golden Peacock Environment Management Award (GPEMA) was introduced by the World Environment Foundation (WEF) in the year 1998. It aims to promote the best strategy and management of environmental issues. This award was presented to those organizations that attain the significant achievements in the field of Environment Management.

Israeli Scientist Daniel Hillel won World Food Prize 2012

Published on: 14-JUN-2012

Daniel Hillel won World Food Prize 2012 on 13 June 2012. He is a scientist from Israel. The work and motivation of Daniel Hillel built the bridge between the divisions and to promote peace and understanding in the Middle East by advancing a breakthrough achievement. His work is relevant for agriculture-dominated economies. He applied the method of micro-irrigation, which maximizes the efficiency of water usage in agriculture. World Food Prize is an international award. This award recognizes the importance of water for agricultural purposes. Dr. Hillel will be formally presented with the cash prize of 250000 dollar award in October 2012 at United States. This award was recognized by Norman Borlaug in 1987. This award indicates to that person who is pioneer in radical innovative way of bringing water to crops in arid and dry-land regions. Norman Borlaug is a Nobal Prize winner and champion in Green Revolution. The World Food Prize award is chaired by M.S. Swaminathan. He is Indian agricultural scientist Professor and the first World Food Prize laureate. Norman Ernest Borlaug was an American agronomist, humanitarian and also known as the the father of the Green Revolution. He won Padma Vibhushan which is the India's second highest civilian honour.

Sachin Tendulkar was presented the Wisden India Outstanding Achievement Award
Published on: 11-JUN-2012

Indias Batting great Sachin Tendulkar was conferred upon the Wisden India Outstanding Achievement award for completing a century of 100 international hundreds, in Dubai on 11 June 2012. The legendary batsman was presented a trophy at an event organised by FidelisWorld. The trophy was made from crystal, it resembles a cricket ball resting on the open pages of a book. Tendulakar achieved the incredible feat while playing against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup in March 2012. The batting genius has total 49 One-Day International centuries and 51 Test centuries to his credit. Tendulkar, while receiving the award spoke on range of aspects of his career, like his favourite innings, the matchwinning fourth innings hundred against England at Chennai in December 2008, balancing play and personal life, and the influence that his late father had in shaping his career.

Rahul Bhattacharya won the Prestigious Ondaatje Prize 2012

Published on: 30-MAY-2012

Rahul Bhattacharya, the Delhi-based author, on 29 May 2012 won the prestigious Ondaatje Prize 2012 for his book The Sly Company of People Who Care. He is the first Indian author to have received the award. Bhattacharya
was also conferred with the Hindu Literary Prize for Best Fiction, 2011 for the same book. The 10000 pounds award is conferred by the Royal Society of Literature every year to recognize a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry which evokes the spirit of a place. The award is presented to the author who is a citizen of or who has been resident in the Commonwealth or Ireland. The other authors whose work were shortlisted for the prize include Julia Blackburn's 'Thin Paths', Teju Cole's 'Open City', Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts' 'Edgelands', Olivia Laing's 'To the River' and Tim Robinson's 'Connemara'.

Shyam Benegal to be presented with South Asian Cinema Foundation's Excellence in Cinema Award
Published on: 23-MAY-2012

The South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF) in association with British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank and The Nehru Centre decided to honour the work of veteran Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal with the South Asian Cinema Foundation's 'Excellence in Cinema Award' on 9 June 2012. He is to be presented the award in recognition of his contribution to new wave Indian cinema. Benegal who is also a recipient of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, will be sixth filmmaker to be honoured by SACF.

Previous recipients of the award include M S Sathyu (2004), Adoor Gopalakrishnan (2006), Saeed Akhtar Mirza (2008), Girish Kasaravalli (2009) and poet and Oscar winning lyricist of Slumdog Millionaire fame, Gulzar (2010).

Director and screenwriter Shyam Benegal is considered the father of the New Wave in Indian cinema. Benegal made 26 fiction features, several and TV series, notably a 53-hour TV series on the History of India. In his career spanning 50 years he made documentaries as well as features which established him as highly accomplished and deeply humanitarian filmmaker. His critique of sexual and social inequality was represented in all his work.

Benegal's movies like Nishant (Night's End, 1976), Bhumika (The Role, 1977), Trikal(Past Present Future, 1985), Junoon (Obsession, 1978) and Zubeidaa (2000) documented social change in India after the end of the British Raj. His movies had a deep impact in Bollywood in terms of creation of new content.

Benegal had taught mass-communication techniques between 1966 and 1973 and had also taken an active role in shaping film education as Chairman of the Film Television Institute of India during 1980-83 and 1989-92. Benegal was part of the National Integration Council (1986-89) and the National Council of Art.

Benegal was a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) between 2006 and 2012.

The Government of India conferred on him two of its most prestigious awards Padma Shri (1976) and Padma Bhushan (1991). He also won the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2005 and bagged several National film awards in his illustrious career.

Miss India World Vinya Mishra awarded with Kalpana Chawla Excellence Award
Published on: 07-MAY-2012

Yesteryear actress Sushma Seth and Miss India World Vinya Mishra were awarded with Kalpana Chawla excellence award on 6 May 2012 at Mavlankar Auditorium, New Delhi. The other awardees included Padmabhushan kuchipudi and bharatnatyam dancer Swapnasundari, IPS Officer Shalini Singh, who had won the police medal for meritorious service in 2012 and jewellery designer Puneeta Trikha.

The award instituted by PECOBA (Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh Old Boys Association was conferred by late astronaut's father Banarsi Lal Chawla Chawla. The awards are being given every year in the memory of Kalpana, who died in Space Shuttle Columbia disaster on 1 February 2003.

The Function was organized by PECOBA (Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh Old Boys Association). Kalpana Chawla was an alumnus of this College and got her degree in aeronautical engineering in 1982 from this college.

Vice President Hamid Ansari conferred the 59th National Film Awards
Published on: 04-MAY-2012

Vice President of India Hamid Ansari conferred the 59th National Film Awards across various categories upon the winners at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on 3 May 2012. Ansari also presented the Dadasaheb Phalke award, highest honour in Indian cinema to Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee. The best feature film award was shared by Marathi film Deool and Byari language movie Byari.While the best direction award went to Gurvinder Singh for his Punjabi film Anhe Ghorey Da Daan, which also won the best cinematography title. Hindi film I Am was named the best Hindi film of the year. Chillar Party was adjudged the best children's film, and it also received the honour for best original screenplay writer. Marathi actor Girish Kulkarni claimed the best actor trophy for his role as a good-hearted simpleton in Deool. Bollywood actress Vidya Balan got the best female actor award for her role in Dirty Picture.The best supporting actor and actress awards were given to Appu Kutty for Tamil film Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai and Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi for Manipuri film Phijigee Mani, respectively. Anand Bhate, won the best playback singer (male) title for Balgandharva, and Roopa Ganguly, won the same award in the female category for the Bengali film Abosheyshey. Bollywood lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya received the best lyricist trophy. For the song Agar Zindgi from the movie I Am. Composer Neel Dutt won the best songs award for Bengali rock musical Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbo Na. Mayookh Bhaumik bagged the background score honor for Bengali film Laptop. RA.One bagged the award for best special effects and the best choreography was given to Bosco-Caeser for Senorita from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. The best costume designer award was shared by Niharika Khan for The Dirty Picture and Neeta Lulla for Marathi film Balgandharva. The best child artist was received jointly by Partho Gupte for Stanley Ka Dabba and by the gang of 10 kids for Chillar Party. Vikram Gaekwad won the best make-up artist for his work in The Dirty Picture as well as in Bal Gandharva.All three awards in the best audiography category were picked by Hindi films. The best location sound recordist title went to Beylon Fonseca for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Game was given the honours in the sound designer and re-recordist of the final mixed track categories. Kumararaja Thiagarajan won the Indira Gandhi Award for best debut film of a director for Aaranyakandam while the award for the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment went to Tamil film Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai.Acclaimed filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli picked his 12th National Film Award at the event for Kurmavatara, adjudged the best Kannada film. Traditionally, the national awards are given out by the President. But in the absence of president the vice president presented the awards. What is Byari Language? Byari is the first movie made in the ethnic Byari language. The Byari language is spoken by a small number of people in Dakshin Kannada and Udupi dstrict of Karnatakand Kasargod district of Kerala which are collectively called Beyaris. The language is the mixture of Malayalam, Tulu and Persian Arabic languages. Centenary of Indian Cinema The award was presented on 3 May 2012, and will be presented on the same day every year as the date marked the centenary of the release of first Indian film Raja Harishchandra made by Dada Saheb Falke in 2013.

Raja Harishchandra, which was the first Indian film, was made by Dhundiraj Govind Falke. DD Dabake, PG Sane and Balachandra d Phalke were the leading actors of the movie. The movie was made in 1913, and the year 2013 marks the centenary of the Indian Cinema.


Name of the Movies

Cash Prize

(Marathi SwarnaKamal: Best Feature Deool 250000 Film Language) and Byari rupees (Byari Language) Best Popular Film SwarnaKamal: AzhagarsamiyinKuthirai Providing 200000 (Tamil) Wholesome rupees Entertainment Best Actor Best Actress Girish Kulkarni Deool (Marathi) for Rajat Kamal: 50000 rupees

Vidya Balan for The Rajat Kamal: Dirty Picture (Hindi) 50000 rupees

GurvinderSingh for SwarnaKamal: Best Direction Anhe Ghorey Da Daan 250000 (Punjabi) rupees Best Supporting Actor Best Childrens Film Best Supporting Actress Appu Kutty Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai (Tamil) Chillar Party(Hindi) for Rajat Kamal: 50000 rupees SwarnaKamal: 150000 rupees

Leishangthem Rajat Kamal: Tonthoingambi Devi for 50000 rupees Phijigee Mani(Manipuri)

Best Male Anand Bhate for Rajat Kamal: Playback Balgandharva(Marathi) 50000 rupees Singer Best Female RoopaGanguly for Rajat Kamal: Playback Abosheyshey (Bengali) 50000 rupees Singer

Tamil writer Ashokamitran declared Recipient of the 6 NTR National Literary Award
Published on: 05-MAY-2012

Noted Tamil writer Ashokamitran, known for his novel Thanneer and other works was declared the recipient of the 6 NTR National Literary Award on 4 May 2012. The award is scheduled to be presented on 28 May 2012. The writer was born in Secunderabad and was closest to Telugu culture, language and people.

The announcement was made by chairperson of NTR Vignan Trust Nandamuri Lakshmi Parvati who recalled how the award was established and began with Kannada writer S.L. Bhyrappa, A. Somasundaram (Telugu), Sachidanandan (Malayalam), Mahasweta Devi and Gnanpith awardee C. Narayana Reddy.

The jury comprised writer Volga, Professor N. Krupanandam of the University of Hyderabad and litterateur Ketu Vishwanatha Reddy. Ashokamitran's name was finalised unanimously, considering the number of his works that were translated in other languages and their relevance to Telugu.

Mithun Chakravarti received the PC Chandra Lifetime Achievement Award

Published on: 03-MAY-2012

Bollywood actor Mithun Chakravarti received the PC Chandra lifetime achievement award in Kolkata on 29 April 2102. West Bengal Governor MK Narayan conferred the award upon the iconic Bengali actor. The award was comprised a memento, citation and five lakh rupees cash. Mithun has bagged the national award thrice - for Mrigaya (1976), Tahader Katha (1996) and Swami Vivekananda (1998). PC Chandra group has also felicitated stalwarts like the late Ustad Bismillah Khan, Sunil Gavaskar and P T Usha in the past.

New York Times won Two 2012 Pulitzer Prizes for Explanatory and International Reporting
Published on: 17-APR-2012

The 2012 Pulitzer Prize was announced on 16 April 2012. The Associated Press won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for documenting the New York Police Department's spying on Muslims. The Philadelphia Inquirer was on the other hand honoured in the public service category for its examination of violence in the city's schools. A second Pulitzer for investigative reporting was given to The Seattle Times for a series about accidental methadone overdoses among patients with chronic pain.

The New York Times won two Pulitzers, for explanatory and international reporting. The Huffington Post received its first Pulitzer, in national reporting, for its exploration of the challenges facing American veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., won for local reporting for breaking the Penn State sexual abuse scandal that eventually brought down legendary football coach Joe Paterno. The staff of The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News won the Pulitzer for Breaking news Reporting for its coverage of a deadly tornado.

The judges declined to award a prize for editorial writing. The Pulitzer Prize board has failed to select a winner of the award for fiction for the first time in 35 years.

The Pulitzers are given out annually by Columbia University on the recommendation of a board of journalists and others. Each award carries a $10,000 prize except for the public service award, which is a gold medal.

The Dalai Lama declared Winner of One of World's Leading Religion Prizes, Templeton Prize for 2012
Published on: 30-MAR-2012

The John Templeton Foundation on 29 March 2012 decided to honour Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama with one of the world's leading religion prizes, Templeton Prize for 2012. The Buddhist leader who lives in exile in India had won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for advocating nonviolent liberation for Tibet.

The Dalai Lama was named the winner of the 2012 Templeton Prize in recognition of his work on science and religion. The Templeton Prize to be presented to him on 14 May 2012 at St. Pauls Cathedral in London is a $1.7 million award.

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama is the highest-profile winner of the award which was earlier presented to likes of Billy Graham and the late Mother Teresa

The Dalai Lama is founder of the Mind & Life institute for research on science and Buddhism. His talks at Stanford University led to the creation of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, which works to unite scientists and religious scholars.

He also helped to initiate a Science for Monks program, based at Buddhist monasteries in India. The program hosts Indian and Western scientists who wish to explore possible connections and overlaps between science and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. The program also provides education in scientific inquiry to monks interested in biology, chemistry, cosmology, mathematics, physics and quantum mechanics.

He also co-founded the Colorado-based Mind & Life Institute in 1987, dedicated to collaborative research between science and Buddhism.

The Dalai Lama attended several academic conferences on science and religion which resulted in best-selling books like The Art of Happiness, The Universe in a Single Atom, and The Dalai Lama at MIT.

The Dalai Lama becomes the second Templeton Prize laureate who has also won the Nobel Peace Prize. Mother Teresa won the first Templeton, in 1973. She went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Tamil Writer A A Manavalan to be Awarded Saraswati Samman 2011 for his Book on Ramayana
Published on: 23-MAR-2012

The K K Birla Foundation announced on 22 March 2012 its decision to honour Tamil writer A A Manavalan with the Saraswati Samman 2011 for his book on Ramayana. Retired professor and head of the department of Tamil in Madras University, Manavalan is be bestowed with the 21st Saraswati Samman for his work Irama Kathaiyum

Iramayakalum (Ramakatha and Ramayanas) published in 2005.

Special areas of interest of Manavalan who is a scholar in Tamil, English, Hindi and Telugu are translation and comparative literature. He was trained in these areas by professors Henry H.H. Remak and Ulrich Weisston in the University of Indiana in Bloomington, United States.

The award-winning book, Irama Kathaiyum Iramayakalum is a comparative study of 48 Ramayanas in the languages of Pali, Sanskrit, Prakrit, Tibetan, Tamil, Old Javenese, Japanese, Telugu, Assamese, Thai and Kashmiri.

According to Manavalan, a reception study of such eminently creative influences such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata would reveal the contemporary socio-cultural compulsions of the receiving languages.

This comparative study is geographical, linguistic and cultural in approach and deals with the plot, characters and individual insertions and deletions. The study brings out the Ramakathas influence over the South-East Asian cultural splendor.

Saraswati Samman

The Saraswati Samman carries award money of Rs 7.5 lakh, a citation and a plaque.

The prestigious award was instituted by the K K Birla Foundation in 1991. The award is conferred upon every year for an outstanding literary work written in any Indian language mentioned in Schedule VIII to the Constitution of India by an Indian citizen and published in the last ten years. The award carries a prize money of Rs 750000, a citation and a plaque.

The selection for the Saraswati Samman is made by a high-level Chayan Parishad which is presided over by former Chief Justice of India R.C. Lahoti, includes renowned scholars and writers.

Legendary Bengali Actor Soumitra Chatterjee selected for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2012
Published on: 22-MAR-2012

Legendary versatile Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee was on 21 March 2012 selected for India's highest film honour - the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2012.

The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India`s highest award in film industry which is given for lifetime achievement in Indian cinema by the Central government.

Soumitra Chatterjee

Born in Krishnanagar in West Bengal, 100 Kms from Calcutta, in 1935 completed his graduation and Masters in Bengali literature from the University of Calcutta. Prior to joining films he had worked in All India Radio.

Chatterjee who portrayed a versatile range of lead characters in films by Satyajit Ray made his debut in 1959 with Ray's super-hit movie Apur Sansar. Chatterjee was one of Ray's favourite, and became the lead actor of most of his classics including Sonar Kella, Charulata, and Ghare Baire. Chatterjee's association with Ray is compared with the chemistry between famous actor-director duos of the world like Akira Kurosowa-Toshiro Mifune and Marcello Mastroianni-Federico Fellini.

Soumitra featured as Feluda/Pradosh Chandra Mitter, the famous private investigator from Calcutta in Ray's Feluda

series of books. He acted in two films of this series in the 1970s- Sonar Kella and Joy Baba Felunath. in Ghare Baire, an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's novel he was cast in a leading role in the character of a radical revolutionary in a love triangle with his friend's wife. These roles helped to showcase his versatility in playing diverse characters, especially in an urban setting.

Padama Bhushan awardee also worked with other internationally acclaimed directors of his time, including Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha and Tarun Majumdar in his career spanning over half a century. He is also reputed to have worked with Aparna Sen, Goutam Ghose and Rituparno Ghosh.

Some of the other notable movies featuring Chatterjee include Jhinder Bandi, Koni, Kaapurush, Akash Kusum, Aranyer Din Ratri, Joy Baba Felunath, Teen Bhubaner Pare, Ganashatru and Sakah Prashakha.

Besides films, Chatterjee was also passionate about stage performance. He both acted and directed plays.


Soumitra Chaterjee had turned down the 2001 special jury award for best actor in protest against the National Film Awards committee`s bias in awarding popular and mainstream cinema. He had also turned down the honorary Padma Shri award from the Indian government in the 1970s.

He was honoured with the National Award in 2008 for his film Podokkhep.

He received the prestigious Padma Bhushan award from the President of India in 2004.

Soumitra received the Officier des Arts et Metiers, the highest award for arts given by the French government as well as a lifetime achievement award from Italy. He has also been the subject of a full-length documentary named Gaach by French director Catherine Berge.

National Award for Sanitation & Water in name of Maharashtrian Saint, Sant Gadge Baba initiated
Published on: 13-MAR-2012

Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh during his tour of Maharashtra's Satara district announced on 11 March 2012 a national award for sanitation and water in the name of Maharashtrian saint Sant Gadge Baba. The Minister toured several villages in Satara district to inspect the work of the Nirmal Gram Yojana for sanitation. During his visit Ramesh stated that there would be a 40 per cent increase in the outlay for sanitation and drinking water supply in the 2012-13 annual budget.

The award was constituted in the name of the Saint who strove to serve the society through cleanliness. The award is to honour villages, individuals or organisations working in the field of sanitation and drinking water. Maharashtra's Sant Gadge Baba Swachta Abhiyan (cleanliness scheme) encourages villages to be open defecation-free. Well performing villages are awarded through the Nirmal Gram Yojana.

Out of the 25 lakh villages in India, 25000 are open defecation-free, and out of these, 9000 villages are in Maharashtra alone. Maharashtra has 27900 villages.

Bollywood Actress Vidya Balan named Best Actress at the 59th National Film Awards
Published on: 09-MAR-2012

India Current Affairs 2012. The Prestigious 59th National Film Awards were announced in New Delhi on 7 March 2012. The awards were announced by the Chairpersons of the three juries- Rohini Hattangady for feature films, Ramesh Sharma for non- feature films and Vijaya Mulay for Best Writing on Cinema category.

The Best Actor was given to Girish Kulkarni for film Deool (Marathi) and Best Actress to Vidya Balan for the film The Dirty Picture (Hindi). Chillar Party (Hindi) won Best Children Film.

The top honour in the Feature Film category, the Best Film was shared by films Deool (Marathi) produced by Abhijeet Gholap & directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni and Byari ( Byari language) produced by T.H. Althaf Hussain & directed by Suveeram. The award carries Swarna Kamal and cash prize of Rs. 250000/-.

In Non-feature film category the top honour , Best Film was presented to And We Play On (Hindi & English)directed and produced by Pramod Purswane . The awards carries Swarna Kamal and Cash prize of Rs. 150000/-.

The book titled R.D. Burman The Man, The Music won the Swarna Kamal for the Best Writing on Cinema category. The bookm was written by Anirudha Bhattacharjee & Balaji Vittal and published by Harper Collins India.

Manoj Barpujari from Assam has been awarded Best Film Critic.

The Film Tiger Dynasty won the Best Environmental Film & Best Cinematography awards.

The National Tourism Award 2010-11 presented in New Delhi

Published on: 01-MAR-2012

The National Tourism Awards 2010-11 were conferred by the President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil on 29
February 2012 in New Delhi. A total of 78 awardees from 50 various categories received the award. Three new award categories named; The Best State: Campaign Clean India, Best Heritage City and Best Heritage Walk were also introduced this year. Madhya Pradesh received the National Tourism Award for its effort in developing tourism related infrastructure and programmes in the state. It also received awards for Best Tourism Film and Best Tourism Promotion Publicity Material category. North-Eastern state Sikkim bagged the award for the best among Northeast states and J&K category. It also got the new award under Campaign Clean India. Hyderabad airport received the award in the Best Airport award category. New Delhi railway station named the most tourist friendly railway station.

The Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation also received the National Tourism Awards. The Oberoi Rajvilas emerged the Best Five Star Deluxe hotel while Neemrana Hotel in Alwar bagged the Best Heritage hotel award. National Tourism Award The National Tourism Award is an annual award programme organised by the Tourism Ministry of India to recognise the best in Indian tourism.

The Artist & Hugo emerged Winners at 84th Academy Awards ceremony winning 5 Oscars Each
Published on: 28-FEB-2012

The 84th Academy Awards ceremony/Oscars was hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The ceremony which took place at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, California on 26 February 2012 honoured the best films and performances of 2011. The ceremony was hosted by Billy Crystal who marked his ninth time as host, and produced by Brian Grazer. Academy Awards of Merit were presented in 24 standard competitive categories. Nominations for these awards were announced by AMPAS on 24 January 2012. In addition, three Honorary Academy Awards were presented at the 3rd Annual Governors Awards ceremony held on on 12 November 2011.

The Artist' directed by Michel Hazanavicius swept the Academy Awards by winning five Oscars including those for Best Picture, Director and Actor. The Artist is a silent French romantic comedy drama directed by Michel Hazanavicius, starring Jean Dujardin and Brnice Bejo. The story takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932 and revolves around the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress, as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the talkies.

Hugo which also won five Oscars dominated the technical awards. Christopher Plummer at 82 became the oldest actor ever to win an Academy Award, picking up the Best Supporting Actor trophy for his role as a senior citizen coming out of the closet in The Beginners.

Pakistan got its first Oscar as Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy received the Oscar for Saving face (Best documentary -short subject) along with Daniel Junge.















The Best Documentary Oscar went to Undefeated, about a underdog high school football team, while Iranian-made A Separation took the Best Foreign Language Film.

List of Awardees in the different categories

Best Picture - The Artist Best Actor - Jean Dujardin for The Artist Best Actress - Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady Best Director - Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist Best Supporting Actor - Christopher Plummer for Beginners

Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer for The Help Best Adapted Screenplay - The Descendants ( Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash) Best Original Screenplay - Midnight in Paris ( Woody Allen) Best Animated feature film - Rango Best foreign language film - A Separation ( Iran) Best documentary (feature) - Undefeated Best documentary (short subject) - Saving Face (Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy) Best short film (animated) - The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore Best short film (live action) - The Shore Best art direction - Hugo Best cinematography - Robert Richardson for Hugo Best costume design - Mark Bridges for The Artist Best film editing - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Best makeup - The Iron Lady ( Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland) Best music (original score) - The Artist Best music (original song) - Man or Muppet from The Muppets Best sound editing - Hugo (Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty) Best sound mixing - Hugo (Tom Fleischman and John Midgley) Best visual effects - Hugo (Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning)

British Singer Adele won Six Awards including Album of the Year at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards
Published on: 15-FEB-2012

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards were held on 12 February 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The death of pop diva Whitney Houston the night before the Grammy awards however cast a sombre mood at the awards. The producers quickly planned a tribute to her in the form of a performance by Jennifer Hudson.

LL Cool J hosted the show. It was the first time in seven years that the event had an official host. The Grammy nominations were announced on 30 November 2011. A total of 78 awards were presented following the Academy's decision to restructure the Grammy Award categories.

Paul McCartney received the MusiCares Person of the Year award on 10 February 2012, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. British singer Adele, with six nominations, won all six awards, tying Beyonc's record for most wins by a female artist in one night. Foo Fighters and Kanye West followed with five and four awards, respectively.

The British songstress, Adele swept the awards winning a staggering six golden gramophones for her Album, 21. Adele, who was named best new artist in 2009, is only the second artist in history to take all four major Grammy categories. Christopher Cross attained the feat in 1981 with a four-award sweep.

The night's other big winners, perennial Recording Academy favorites Foo Fighters, dominated the rock categories with five victories: best rock album (for Wasting Light) best hard rock/metal performance (for White Limo), best rock performance and best rock song (for Walk) and best longform video (for Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, directed and co-produced by James Moll).

Kanye West was the top nominee with seven nods. However West once again had to satisfy himself with rap wins. West captured four awards to add to his 14 previous wins, for best rap/sung collaboration and best rap song (for All of the Lights), best rap performance (for Otis, shared with Jay-Z) and best rap album (My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy).

List of Important Winners

Album of the Year: 21 - Adele Record of the Year: Rolling in the Deep, Adele Song of the Year:Rolling in the Deep, Adele Best New Artist: Bon Iver

The Artist swept the Sixty-fifth Annual British Academy Film Awards winning a Total of 6 Awards
Published on: 15-FEB-2012

The sixty-fifth annual British Academy Film awards, the BAFTAs was held at the Royal Opera House in London 12 February 2012. Black and white silent movie,The Artist topped won six awards, including best film and best director. The Silent movie blockbuster also won the best actor award for its star Jean Dujardin, who beat British favourite Gary Oldman. The Artist directed by Michel Hazanavicius is a French-made romance set in Hollywood in the 1920s and 30s. The film tells the story of a star of silent movies whose career is destroyed by the advent of talkies. It had been nominated for 12 awards and walked away with the prizes for best film, leading actor, director, original screenplay, costumes, cinematography and music.

Best Actress was awarded to Meryl Streep for her mesmerizing portrayal of former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher in the Iron Lady. The best actress award for the Iron Lady marked her second award for leading lady from the academy, her first being for her role in The French Lieutenants Woman.

John Hurt received a special tribute being awarded the Outstanding Contribution to British cinema award.

However surprisingly, no awards were won by Scottish director Lynne Ramsay, who was nominated for best Director for We Need to Talk About Kevin, but beaten in the category by runaway winners of the night, The Artist.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 received only won for Special Visual Effects.

Martin Scorseses first family film, Hugo, a 3-D adventure exploring the magic of movie-making in its early days, had been nominated for nine awards but went home with just two, for sound and production design.

List of Winners in different categories at the BAFTA

Best Picture: The Artist Best Actor: Jean Dujardin The Artist Best Actress: Meryl Streep The Iron Lady Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius The Artist Best Supporting actress: Octavia Spencer The Help Best Supporting actor: Christopher Plummer Beginners Best Animated film: Rango directed by Gore Verbinski Best Documentary: Senna Outstanding British film: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Best Film not in the English language: The Skin I Live In (Spanish thriller film written and directed by Pedro Almodvar) Outstanding debut: Tyrannosaur Adapted screenplay: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Bridget OConnor and Peter Straughan Best Original screenplay: The Artist Michel Hazanavicius Best Original score: The Artist Ludovic Bource Rising star award: Adam Deacon Academy fellowship: Martin Scorsese Short animation: A Morning Stroll Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe Short film: Pitch Black Heist John Maclean and Geraldine

Noted Writer Ramdarash Mishra selected for the 21st Vyas Samman for Aam Ke Patte
Published on: 14-FEB-2012

Noted Hindi writer Professor Ramdarash Mishra was selected for the 21st Vyas Samman for his poetry collection Aam Ke Patte published in 2004. A selection committee headed by Suryaprasad Dixit, a well-known writer and former chairperson of Lucknow Universitys Hindi department, selected the collection for the award. The prize money for Vyas Samman is Rs 2.5 lakh.

Professor Ramdarash Mishra

Professor Mishra, a veteran writer, was born on 15 August 1924, in Uttar Pradeshs Gorakhpur district. He served in Delhi Universitys Hindi department and retired as professor there. His published works include 16 collections of poetry, 13 novels and 18 short story collections.

His biography has been brought out in four volumes and his woks have been collected and published in 14 volumes. His notable poetry collections include Pak gai hai dhoop, Path ke Geet, Kandhe par Suraj and Barish mein bheegte

bache. His novels- Jal Tootata Hua and Paani ke Prachir received with critical acclaim.
Vyas Samman

The award, instituted by the K.K. Birla Foundation, is given annually for an outstanding literary work in Hindi published during the past 10 years. The award carries a cash purse of Rs. 2.5 lakh.

After the Saraswati Samman, which is given for a work chosen from among works in all leading Indian languages, the Vyas Samman is the most prestigious award given by the Foundation. Its speciality is that it keeps the work rather than the author as the Previous winners of the Vyas Samman include Shrilal Shukla, Kedarnath Singh and Ram Vilas Sharma. locus.

Veteran Music Composer Rajesh Roshan honoured with Lata Manageshkar Award
Published on: 13-FEB-2012

Veteran Hindi film music composer Rajesh Roshan was honoured with the Lata Manageshkar award by the Madhya Pradesh government on 8 February 2012. The Lata Manageshkar award for 2010-11 contained Rs two lakh in cash and a scroll of honour. The award was presented to Roshan by the State Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma. During his career spanning 36 years, he had never before accepted an award from any state government.

The award was instituted by the state government in 1984 and since its inception it has been given away to 27 personalities including legends like late Jagjit Singh, Asha Bhonsle and Naushad.

About Rajesh Roshan

Rajesh Roshan shot to fame with the score for Julie for which he won the Filmfare Best Music Director Award. The first break for him was given by Mehmood. He is the first music director who made Amitabh Bachchan to sing.

He also composed the song Jaane Tamanna for the internationally acclaimed film Valley of Flowers (2006) by Pan Nalin.

Rajesh Roshan was given a big break by Mehmood for Kunwara Baap (1974) and then by Dev Anand in three back to back hit films: Des Pardes, Man Pasand, and Lootmaar. He also composed melodious tunes and made Kishore Kumar sing them in films like Doosra Aadmi, Muqaddar, Swami, Khatta Meetha.

V. Shantaram Life Time Achievement Award for Veteran Environmental Filmmaker Mike Pandey
Published on: 04-FEB-2012

Veteran environmental filmmaker Mike Pandey was honoured with the prestigious V. Shantaram Life Time Achievement Award at the Mumbai International Film Festival 2012 on 3 February 2012. The award was presented by Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan. He received the award for his documentaries on wildlife conservation and environment.

Mike Pandey is one of Indias foremost wildlife and environmental filmmakers. He hasd won over 300 national and international awards. His list of films include Shores of Silence, The Last Migration, Broken Wings and The Timeless Traveller.

V. Shantaram Life Time Achievement Award

The award carries a citation, a trophy and a cash prize of Rs.5 lakh. It was instituted in 1996 in memory of the legendary filmmaker V. Shantaram. The award is given with an objective to recognise the multi-faceted contributions of an Indian for the documentary film movement.

Union Minister for Labour & Empployment Mallikarjun Kharge presented Pride of India Award
Published on: 03-FEB-2012

Visiting union minister for labour and employment Mallikarjun Kharge was presented with Pride of India award by the Indian-American community in Washington on 1 February 2012. He was honoured with the award for his over four decades of public service.

The award was presented jointly by the Indian American Friendship Council (IAFC) and India Association of North Texas (IANT) at a reception hosted in honour of the visiting union minister, Kharge in Dallas.

In his address, Kharge provided an update on various bilateral memoranda on items of mutual interest, such as mining safety, employment, social security and said that India's GDP is poised to grow at a faster pace than most of the nations.

Bollywood Actor Abhishek Bachchan received a Green Globe Award from Arnold Schwarzenegger
Published on: 02-FEB-2012

Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan received a Green Globe for Outstanding Efforts by a Celebrity for his efforts toward a greener future at the fourth edition of the Panasonic Green Globe Foundation Awards on 2 february 2012. He received the award from Hollywood actor and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The award is conferred to honour the efforts of organisations and individuals fighting climate change through their work in environment preservation and regeneration.

The Terminator star, Schwarzenegger was the guest of honour at the event. This was the first time that Arnie, as fans fondly call him, visited India.

During his visit Schwarzenegger also attended the day-long Delhi Sustainable Development Summit presided over by the Indian Prime Minister.

President Pratibha Patil conferred the Ashoka Chakra on Lt. Navdeep Singh on 63rd Republic Day
Published on: 27-JAN-2012

President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil conferred the Ashoka Chakra on Lt. Navdeep Singh (posthumous) on the occasion of the 63rd Republic Day Parade 2012 in New Delhi. Lt. Navdeep Singh was awarded the Ashoka Chakra for single-handedly eliminating four infiltrating terrorists on 20 August 20 2011.

Lieutenant Navdeep Singh was Ghatak Platoon Commander of 15 Maratha Light Infantry deployed in the High Altitude Area near the Line of Control.

On receiving information about the infiltration of a group of terrorists he laid an ambush at the appropriate spot. When the terrorists were spotted, the ambush was sprung by the officer himself. An exchange of intense fire ensued. the officer eliminated three terrorists at close range. On seeing another terrorist approaching their position, he swiftly changed his firing position. While doing so, he got hit by a bullet on his head. Further, displaying utmost bravery and comradeship, he pulled an injured fellow-soldier to safety and kept firing till he became unconscious due to excessive blood loss.

Other Gallantry Awards

Besides the President also approved the award of three Kirti Chakra. Lt. Col. Kamaldeep Singh (Rajputana Rifles / 18TH Battalion the Rashtriya Rifles), Capt. Ashutosh Kumar (5th Battalion the Rajputana Rifles) and Lt. Sushil Khajuria (Army Service Corps / 18th battalion The Grenadiers) were the three Kirti Chakra awardees. Of the three, Lt. Khajuria was conferred the award posthumously for his gallantry during an encounter with terrorists in the Kupwara region of Jammu and Kashmir.

Sixteen persons were awarded the Shaurya Chakra, the nations third-highest gallantry award in peacetime. While most of the Shaurya Chakra awardees are Armymen, the awardees also include a Jammu and Kashmir Special Police Officer (SPO) Barket Ali, who was conferred the award posthumously.

President Pratibha Patil approved conferring of 368 gallantry awards, including 28 Param Vishisht Seva Medals and 45 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals. The Armys additional director -general (public information) Maj. Gen. S.L. Narasimhan was awarded an Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for his leadership in relief and rescue efforts in the wake of the Sikkim earthquake in 2010.

Padma Awards for the Year 2012 announced on the Eve of Indias 63rd Republic Day
Published on: 27-JAN-2012

The Padma awards for the year 2012 were announced on the eve of Indias 63rd Republic Day. The President approved 109 awards including one duo case (counted as one) and 14 in the category of Foreigners/ NRIs/ PIOs/ Posthumous. The Padma Awards 2012 comprise 5 Padma Vibhushan, 27 Padma Bhushan and 77 Padma Shri Awards. There are 19 ladies among the awardees.

The late cartoonist Mario Miranda and the late musician Bhupen Hazarika were amongst the five people awarded the Padma Vibhushan. Dharmendra and Shabana Azmi were confirmed for Padma Bhushan along with 25 more awardees.

Indias highest civilian awards, Padma Awards are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in all disciplines/ fields of activities, art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.

Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service, Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of high order and Padma Shri for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year. The awards are conferred by the President of India at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan around March/ April.

The list of winners for Padma Awards 2012 in the three different categories is as follows: Awardees of Padma Vibhushan
Name Shri K G Subramanyan Late Shri Mario De Miranda Late (Dr.)Bhupen Hazarika Discipline State/ Domicile

Art-Painting & Sculpture West Bengal Art-Cartoonist Art- Vocal Music Goa Assam Maharashtra Delhi

Dr. Kantilal Hastimal Sancheti Medicine Orthopedic Shri T V Rajeswar Civil Service

Awardees of Padma Bhushan

Name Smt. Shabana Azmi Shri Khaled Choudhury Shri Jatin Das Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta Discipline Art - Cinema Art - Theatre Art - Painting Art - Instrumental Music - Sarod State/ Domicile Maharashtra West Bengal Delhi West Bengal Maharashtra Tamil Nadu Delhi Tamil Nadu UK Maharashtra Germany Singapore Maharashtra Maharashtra Tamil Nadu Maharashtra Maharashtra Maharashtra Karnataka

Shri Dharmendra Singh Deol alias Dharmendra Art - Cinema Dr. Trippunithwra Viswanathan Gopalkrishnan Ms. Mira Nair Shri M.S. Gopalakrishnan Shri Anish Kapoor Shri Satya Narayan Goenka Dr. (Judge) Patibandla Chandrasekhar Rao Shri George Yong-Boon Yeo Prof. Shashikumar Chitre Dr. M S Raghunathan Shri Subbiah Murugappa Vellayan Shri Balasubramanian Muthuraman Dr. Suresh H. Advani Dr. Noshir H Wadia Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty Art - Classical vocal and instrumental music Art - Cinema Art - Instrumental Music-Violin Art - Sculpture Social Work Public Affairs Public Affairs Science and Engineering Science and Engineering Trade and Industry Trade and Industry Medicine - Oncology Medicine-Neurology Medicine-Cardiology

Prof. (Dr.) Shantaram Balwant Mujumdar Prof. Vidya Dehejia Prof. Arvind Panagariya Dr. Jose Pereira Dr. Homi K. Bhabha Shri N Vittal Shri Mata Prasad Shri Ronen Sen

Literature and Education Literature and Education Literature and Education Literature and Education Literature and Education Civil Service Civil Service Civil Service

Maharashtra USA USA USA UK Kerala Uttar Pradesh West Bengal

Awardees of Padma Shri

Name Shri Vanraj Bhatia Shri Zia Fariduddin Dagar Smt. Nameirakpam Ibemni Devi

Discipline Art - Music Art - Music - vocal Art - Music- Khongjom Parba

State/ Domicile Maharashtra Maharashtra Manipur Karnataka Jammu and Kashmir Maharashtra Rajasthan Rajasthan Delhi Orissa Tamil Nadu Karnataka Kerala Maharashtra Maharashtra Jharkhand

Shri Ramachandra Subraya Hegde Chittani Art - Yakshagana dance drama Shri Moti Lal Kemmu Shri Shahid Parvez Khan Shri Mohan Lal Kumhar Shri Sakar Khan Manganiar Smt. Joy Michael Dr. Minati Mishra Shri Natesan Muthuswamy Smt. R. Nagarathnamma Shri Kalamandalm Sivan Nambootiri Smt. Yamunabai Waikar Shri Satish Alekar Pandit Gopal Prasad Dubey Art - Playwright Art - Instrumental Music-Sitar Art - Terracotta Art - Rajasthani Folk Music Art - Theatre Art - Indian Classical Dance- Odissi. Art - Theatre. Art - Theatre Art - Indian Classical Dance- Kutiyattam Art - Indian Folk Music-Lavani. Art - Playwright Art - Chhau dance and choreography

Shri Ramakant Gundecha # Shri Umakant Gundecha # Shri Anup Jalota Shri Soman Nair Priyadarsan Shri Sunil Janah Ms. Laila Tyebji Shri Vijay Sharma Smt. Shamshad Begum Smt. Reeta Devi

Art - Indian Classical Music- Vocal Art - Indian Classical Music- Vocal Art-Indian Classical Music- Vocal Art - Cinema- Direction Art-Photography Art-Handicrafts Art-Painting Social Work Social Work

Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra Kerala Assam Delhi Himachal Pradesh Chattisgarh Delhi

Dr. P.K. Gopal Smt. Phoolbasan Bai Yadav Dr. G. Muniratnam Shri Niranjan Pranshankar Pandya Dr. Uma Tuli Shri Sat Paul Varma Smt. Binny Yanga Shri Yezdi Hirji Malegam Shri Pravin H. Parekh Dr. V. Adimurthy Dr. Krishna Lal Chadha Prof. Virander Singh Chauhan Prof. Rameshwar Nath Koul Bamezai Dr. Vijaypal Singh Dr. Lokesh Kumar Singhal Dr. Yagnaswami Sundara Rajan Prof. Jagadish Shukla Ms. Priya Paul Shri Shoji Shiba Shri Gopinath Pillai Shri Arun Hastimal Firodia Dr. Swati A. Piramal Prof. Mahdi Hasan Dr. Viswanathan Mohan Dr. J. Hareendran Nair Dr. Vallalarpuram Sennimalai Natarajan Dr. Jitendra Kumar Singh Dr. Shrinivas S. Vaishya Dr. Nitya Anand Late Dr. Jugal Kishore Dr. Mukesh Batra Dr. Eberhard Fischer Shri Kedar Gurung Shri Surjit Singh Patar Shri Vijay Dutt Shridhar Shri Irwin Allan Sealy Ms. Geeta Dharmarajan Prof. Sachchidanand Sahai

Social Work Social Work Social Work Social Work Social Work Social Work Social Work Public Affairs Pubic Affairs Science and Engineering Science and Engineering - Agriculture Science and Engineering Science and Engineering Science and Engineering - Agricultural Research Science and Engineering Science and Engineering Science and Engineering Trade and Industry Trade and Industry Trade and Industry Trade and Industry Trade and Industry Medicine-Anatomy Medicine - Diabetology Medicine - Ayurveda Medicine - Geriatrics Medicine - Oncology Medicine-Healthcare Medicine - Drugs Research Medicine - Homoeopathy Medicine-Homeopathy Literature and Education Literature and Education Literature and Education - Poetry Literature and Education - Journalism Literature and Education Literature and Education Literature and Education

Tamil Nadu Chattisgarh Andhra Pradesh Maharashtra Delhi Jammu and Kashmir Arunachal Pradesh Maharashtra Delhi Kerala Delhi Delhi Jammu and Kashmir Uttar Pradesh Punjab Karnataka USA Delhi Japan Singapore Maharashtra Maharashtra Uttar Pradesh Tamil Nadu Kerala Tamil Nadu Bihar Daman and Diu Uttar Pradesh Delhi Maharashtra Switzerland Sikkim Punjab Madhya Pradesh Uttarakhand Delhi Haryana

Smt. Pepita Seth Dr. Ralte L. Thanmawia Shri Ajeet Bajaj Smt. Jhulan Goswami Shri Zafar Iqbal Shri Devendra Jhajrija Shri Limba Ram Shri Syed Mohammed Arif Prof. Ravi Chaturvedi Shri Prabhakar Vaidya Shri T. Venkatapathi Reddiar Dr. K. (Kota) Ullas Karanth Shri K Paddayya Shri Swapan Guha Dr. Kartikeya V. Sarabhai

Literature and Education Literature and Education Sports - Skiing Sports - Women's Cricket Sports-Hockey Sports - Athletics- Paralympics Sports - Archery Sports - Badminton Sports- Commentary Sports-Physical Education Others-Horticulture Others-Wildlife Conservation and Environment Protection Others-Archaeology Others-Ceramics Others - Environmental Education

Kerala Mizoram Delhi West Bengal Uttar Pradesh Rajasthan Rajasthan Andhra Pradesh Delhi Maharashtra Puducherry Karnataka Maharashtra Rajasthan Gujarat

Sports Field to be included in Bharat Ratna

Master balster Sachin Tendulkars name was not recommended for 2012 Bharat Ratna. the BCCI did not send across any names, including that of Sachin's. The Sports Ministry recommended the names of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand and mountaineer Tenzing Norgay for the India's highest civilian honour.

The Bharat Ratna earlier did not include sportsmen and it was only in 2012 that this category was introduced. The various fields for which the Bharat Ratna was bestowed was restricted to literature, art and science.

The last recipient of the coveted title was noted vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi in 2008.

Shehan Karunatilaka awarded DSC Prize for South Asia Literature 2012 for his Novel, Chinaman
Published on: 24-JAN-2012

Singapore-based Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka was awarded the DSC Prize for South Asia Literature 2012, at the Jaipur Literature Festival in Rajasthan on 21 January 2012. Karunatilka won $50,000 for his book Chinaman. The novel explores cricket as a metaphor to uncover a lost life and a lost history.

The title of the novel, published by Random House, refers to a left-arm unorthodox spinner in cricket, often described as the chinaman. The legend of a Sri Lankan bowler Pradeep Sivanathan Mathew and the sport of cricket form the crux of this book. The jury for the 2012 $ 50,000 prize included renowned literary figures Dr Alastair Niven, Dr Fakrul Alam, Faiza S Khan and Marie Brenner.

DSC Prize for South Asia Literature

The prize was instituted in January 2010 to celebrate writing that highlights the South Asian region, its people, culture and diaspora. Envisioned as a unique and prestigious award, the award recognizes theliterary works of authors across the globe writing on South Asia.

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature is one-of-its-kind in the region and aims at recognizing literary work that is redefining the understanding of South Asia across the globe.

DSC Prize for South Asia Literature 2011 was to HM Naqvi for his debut novel Home Boy (HarperCollins India).

5th Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2012 presented

Published on: 18-JAN-2012

Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2012 was held at Taj Palace, New Delhi on 16 January 2012. Vice President of India, Hamid ansari was the graced the occasion as Chief Guest. 30 awards in total were given away for outstanding work done in print and broadcast media in various categories.

The Pioneers J Gopikrishnan and CNBC-TV18s Udayan Mukherjee were adjudged Journalist of the Year at the 5th Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism

At the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards 2012, CNN-IBN bagged three prestigious awards in various categories. Journalists Anubha Bhonsle, Preeti Singh and Arijit Sen of CNN-IBN were honoured with the prominent award.

Anubha Bhonsle won the Best Political Reporter award for her show Paisa Power Politics exposing the relationship between those who fight elections and those who fund it. Preeti Singh won Best on the spot Reporter of the year for her coverage of the flood affected areas inside the Karnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Arijit Sen was awarded the Best reporter from North East for his reports on fake encounters in Manipur and the plight of people caught between militants and the state.

The Prakash Kardaley Memorial Award for Civic Journalism went to Tripti Lahiri of Tehelka. The Indian Express Raghav Ohri bagged the Priya Chandrasekhar Memorial Award for Excellence in Editing, while Daksh Panwar of The Indian Express won the Sanjiv Sinha Memorial Award for Excellence in Editing.

Ramnath Goenka Awards for Excellence in Journalism

The award celebrates the values that stand for good journalism: excellence & enterprise, courage & fairness. The awards will cover the entire gamut of Indian media, Print & Broadcast, in English & Indian languages. The Ramnath Goenka foundation was set up in 1992 in the memory of late Ramnath Goenka, founder of The Indian Express, freedom fighter and doyen of Indian journalism, to encourage and propagate high-quality, objective journalism. The Awards aim to celebrate excellence in journalism, recognize courage and commitment and showcase outstanding contributions and individuals every year.

The Descendants bagged the Best Picture Award at the 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards
Published on: 18-JAN-2012

69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on 15 January 15 2012. The award ceremony was hosted by British comedian, Ricky Gervais, who hosted the show for te second consecutive year. The Golden Globe Awards are sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to recognise excellence in film, television both domestic and foreign.

The Artist, the French-made black-and-white silent movie about Hollywood in the '20s, directed by Michel Hazanavicius won three awards at the 69th annual Golden Globes Awards including statues for best comedy or musical and best actor comedy or musical for Jean Dujardin.

The Descendants directed by Alexander Payne won for best drama. George Clooney won the Golden Globe in the category of Best actor-drama for his performance in the film- The Descendants. Meryl Streep's turn as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady earned her the best actress drama award and her eighth Golden Globe.

Other acting winners were Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer, and Martin Scorsese earned the directing honor for Hugo. Michelle Williams won for actress in a musical or comedy as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, 52 years after Monroe's win for the same prize at the Globes for Some Like It Hot.

Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin won for best animated film, and the Iranian tale A Separation was named the foreign-language winner.

List of Winners of the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards is as follows:

Best Picture: Drama- The Descendants Best Actor: Drama- George Clooney (The Descendants) Best Actress: Drama- Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) Best supporting Actor- Christopher Plummer (Beginners) Best Supporting Actress- Octavia Spencer (The Help) Best Screenplay- Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen) Best Picture: Comedy or Musical- The Artist Best Actor: Comedy or Musical- Jean Dujardin (The Artist) Best Actress: Comedy or Musical- Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn) Best Director- Martin Scorsese (Hugo) Best Foreign Language Film- A Separation (Iran) Best Animated Film- The Adventures of Tintin Best Original Score- Ludovic Bource, The Artist

List of Winners in Television:

Best Comedy Series- Modern Family

Best Drama Series- Homeland Best Actor, Comedy- Matt LeBlanc (Episodes) Best Actress, Comedy- Laura Dern (Enlightened) Best Actor, Drama- Kelsey Grammer (Boss) Best Actress, Drama- Claire Danes (Homeland)

Former President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presented the Infosys Prize-2011 to 6 Researchers
Published on: 10-JAN-2012

Six researchers from five science streams were honoured with the Infosys Prize-2011 by the former President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in Bangalore on 9 January 2012.

The prize winners include Kalyanmoy Deb, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of TechnologyKanpur (engineering and computer science); Imran Siddiqi, scientist, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad (life sciences); Kannan Soundarajan, director, Mathematics Research Centre, Stanford University, U.S. (mathematical sciences); Sriram Ramaswamy, Professor, Centre for Condensed Matter Theory, Indian Institute of SciencesBangalore (physical sciences); Raghuram G. Rajan, Charles M. Harper Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business (social sciences-economics); and Pratap Bhanu Mehta, president and chief executive of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi (social sciences-political science and international relations).

President of the Board of Trustees of Infosys Science Foundation, T.V. Mohandas Pai, announced on the occasion that a new award category in humanities would be introduced from 2012. It would cover philosophy, history, archaeology, linguistics and literary sciences.

Infosys Prize

The Infosys Prize, into its third year, carries a cash component of Rs. 50 lakh, a gold medallion and a citation. The Infosys Prize is amongst the highest in terms of money given for any award in India.

The noted scientists were selected by the Foundation trustees and the eminent jury panels comprising Nobel laureate Amartya Sen for Social Sciences, Shrinivas Kulkarni (physical sciences), Pradeep K. Khosla (engineering and computer science), S.R. Varadhan (mathematical sciences) and Inder Verma (life sciences).

The Foundation is funded by a corpus of Rs.100 crore (Rs.10 billion), contributed by the trustees and an annual grant from the global software major.

D Bala Venkatesh Verma received the First S K Singh Award for excellence in Indian Foreign Service
Published on: 09-JAN-2012

D Bala Venkatesh Verma, Joint Secretary Disarmament in the Ministry of External Affairs was conferred with the first S K Singh Award for excellence in the Indian Foreign Service on 6 January 2012. The award was presented to him by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in recognition of his extradordinary efforts to strengthen India's position during the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Senior Indian diplomat D. Bala Venkatesh Varma, a key member of the negotiating team that saw the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal through from the first agreement of July 2005 to the Additional Protocol in 2010.

Varma, a 1988 batch officer of the foreign service, is an expert in nuclear matters and is currently posted as Joint Secretary (Disarmament and International Security Affairs) at the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi.

He had earlier worked in India's Permanent Mission in Geneva and in the Prime Minister's Office. It was as a Director in the PMO that he was first associated with the 2005 nuclear agreement with the U.S. during the tense and often bitter negotiations with the American side over the separation plan for India's nuclear facilities as well as the bilateral cooperation agreement, his appropriate advice at key junctures helped secure a deal that was within the parameters Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised parliament.

Following the adoption of the NSG's decision in September 2008, Verma played a crucial role in ensuring that the text of an Additional Protocol was finalised to India's satisfaction. Also, Varma's negotiating skills were applied in concluding the India-specific Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA.

The award for excellence in the Indian Foreign Service is named after the former foreign secretary and Governor, Shailendra Kumar Singh, a diplomat widely respected within the IFS community for his acumen, professionalism and leadership. Varma was selected as the first recipient of the prestigious award by a top-drawer jury consisting of Vice President Hamid Ansari, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, Ms Gandhi and Congress M.P. Rahul Gandhi.

Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan presented with the Mallikarjun Mansur Award
Published on: 05-JAN-2012

Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was presented the Mallikarjun Mansur award in recognition of his achievements on 3 January 2012. He has enthralled audience worldwide with his unique style of playing the instrument with his finger nails.

Khan is the first north Indian artiste to have performed in honour of saint composer Thyagaraja at his birth place at Thiruvaiyur in Tamil Nadu.

He is also a recipient of many awards like Sangeet Natak academy award, Tansen Award, UNESCO Award, UNICEF National Ambassadorship and International Music Forum Award.

The award, instituted by the Karnataka government, carries a cash prize of Rs one lakh and a citation. Vocalist Kishori Amonkar, Pandit Jasraj and Dr Balamuralikrishna were the earlier recipients of the award.

Tibetan Spiritual Leader, the Dalai Lama presented the Mahatma Gandhi International Award
Published on: 05-JAN-2012

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama was presented the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and Reconciliation on 4 January 2011, the fourth day of the ten-day Kalachakra initiations. The grand daughter of Mahatma Gandhi, Ila Gandhi, presented the award, instituted in 2003, to the Dalai Lama at the Kalachakra ground.

Ila Gandhi, who is based in South Africa, is chairman of the Gandhi Development Trust that gives the award.

Tibetan Nobel Peace Laureate on the occasion encouraged everyone to use human intelligence in challenging and overcoming negative emotions with positive emotions. He mentioned in his speech that disarmament is needed to attain complete non-violence.

He also mentioned that mental peace results in non-violent actions and mental unrest causest he opposite. He concluded by stating that the real path to a happy life is not through money n power but through honesty and compassion.

The Dalai Lama was supposed to have received the award in October 2011 as part of a much anticipated visit to South Africa. The visit however had to be called off following a five-week wait for a visa to be issued.

Former recipients of the Mahatma Gandhi International Award include Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, South African leader Nelson Mandela and Tanzanias Julius Nyerere.