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2013 Current Affairs Special - Awards
January Lalji Singh selected for Dr. Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award
Lalji Singh, scientist and Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University, has been selected for the prestigious Dr. Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award for 2012 for his outstanding The award was instituted in 1986 to honour persons who made significant contributions to the development of science and technology, in commemoration of the distinguished scientist and renowned leather technologist Dr. Nayudamma.
contribution to life sciences, particularly in establishing DNA fingerprinting as a tool of both fundamental research and crime detection, and for trying to unravel the puzzle of human evolution in relation to the Andaman-Nicobar tribes. He was a former Director of
Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB).
Krishna Arora elected for Order of Australia Medal
An Indian-origin woman, Krishna Arora is all set to figure in the prestigious list of people with the Order of Australia Medal (OAM). 85-year old Krishna Arora, who has been running a community service was selected for this year's awards for her contribution to the Indian community. Arora, also popularly known as 'Auntieji', runs a hotline Tele service offering cooking tips. She has also been teaching Asian cooking to Australians for two years at one of the Community Centre in Western suburb of Victoria. Other Indians received the honour earlier... Joyce Westrip (2000) Mala Mehta (2006) Vettath Rajkumar (2009) Sachin Tendulkar (2012
Venkatesh Mannar honoured with Order of Canada Award
Venkatesh Mannar a Channai-born Scientist of Indian Origin and President of Micronutrient Initiative was awarded with Canada’s Highest Civilian Award – the Order of Canada in the last week of December 2012. Mannar, a graduate from Indian Institute of Technology Madras and a postgraduate in chemical engineering from Northwestern University, US, was honoured with the award for his forty years long contribution working towards reduction of debilitating micronutrient deficiencies among the world’s most vulnerable. www.sakshieducation.com
Muthunayagam and Saraswat got Aryabhatta Award
The Astronautical Society of India (ASI) in the last week of December 2012 announced names of former secretary of the Department of Ocean Development, Dr. A.E.
Muthunayagam and Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister for prestigious Aryabhatta Award for the year 2010 and 2011 respectively. The two have been selected for the achievement in rocketry. Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy an associate Director of Research Centre Imarat, Hyderabad and P. Kunhikrishnan of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO, Thiruvananthapuram would receive ASI Awards for rocket and rocket related technologies for the year 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Dr. P.R. Swarup conferred with EPC World Awards 2012
Dr. P.R. Swarup, Director General, Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC) has been conferred with the EPC World Awards 2012 under the category Special Achievement Awards in the field of Human Resource Development for the Indian Construction and Infrastructure Industry. The award ceremony was held on 15th December 2012 at hotel The Ashok, New Delhi. EPC World Media Group has been presenting the award for the past three years to recognize the qualitative & quantitative performance, innovation and strategic initiatives of the companies, individuals & projects in the field of Infrastructure & Construction sector in india.
Malala awarded “Tipperary International Peace Prize” for 2012
Ireland’s prestigious Tipperary International Peace Prize for 2012 was awarded on 3 January 2013 to Malala Yousafzai, the teenage schoolgirl from Pakistan who was shot by Taliban’s Gunman in October 2012. Malala would be conferred with the award for her bravery, courage and determination to speak and support the cause of access to equal education for every child. With this award, Malala became the second Pakistani National to win the award. Before this, Lt. Benazir Bhutto won this award in 2007.
Shyam Benegal chosen for 8th annual ANR national award
Well-known filmmaker Shyam Benegal has been chosen for the 8th annual Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) National Award by the ANR International foundation on 3 January at Hyderabad. The award carries a prize of Rs. 5 lakh. Hemamalini, K. Balachander, Lata Mangeshkar, Vyjayantimala Bali, Anjali Devi, Shabana Azmi and Dev Anand among others were recipients of this award earlier.
Bala Venkatesh Varma received S.K. Singh award
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 down to the Additional Protocol in 2010, was given the first S.K. Singh Award “for his extraordinary efforts to The award for excellence in the Indian Foreign Service is named after the former foreign secretary and Governor, Shailendra Kumar Singh.
strengthen India's position in the global nuclear order” by UPA chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi at a high-profile function held in New Delhi on 4th
January. Mr. Varma was selected as the first recipient of the prestigious award.
Noble Laureate Joseph Stiglitz received the Doctorate
Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Noble Laureate in Economics received the degree of Doctor of Science from Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at the University of Hyderabad on 4th January.
Malala received French bravery award
Malala Yousafzai, the 15 year old schoolgirl from Pakistan shot by Taliban for campaigning girls’ education, on 9 January 2013 received France's Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women's Freedom in Paris. Malala’s father Ziaudin Yousafzai received the honour on her behalf. The award is accompanied with honorarium of Rs. 2.5 million. Malala was shot by the Taliban in her head after her school bus drove through Mingora town of Swat Valley of Pakistan.
Renault Duster bagged “Car of the Year Award 2013”
Renault Duster was awarded the Car of the Year Award 2013 by the automotive magazine Autocar India at the annual awards night on 9 January 2013 in Mumbai. Autocar India gave away 22 awards in all, in the two-wheeler as well as four-wheeler segment. Renault Duster grabbed three awards in all and these were SUV of the year 2013 viewer’s choice car of the year 2013 and overall Autocar car of the year 2013. In the meanwhile, Mahindra and Mahindra were awarded with the Manufacturer of the Year Award 2013 and Bajaj KTM 200 Duke bagged the Autocar Bike of the Year 2013 and viewers’ choice Bike of the Year 2013.
Golden Globe Awards 2013
In the prestigious Golden Globe Awards 2013, the hostage-crisis movie Argo
thrashed Lincoln to bag best picture as well as best director awards on 13 January 2013. Les Miserables, on the other hand won the awards in best musical or comedy category with the actors Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman winning one trophy each. In the category of Best Drama, other nominees were Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty as well as Life of Pi. Lincoln which was leading the race with a total of seven nominations took away just the trophy of best actor which was awarded to Daniel Day-Lewis for his role as the 16 President of US. List of Golden Globe Awards 2013 Winners: Best Motion Picture-Drama: Argo Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy: Les Miserables Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – Drama: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) Best performance by an actor in a motion picture- Musical or Comedy: Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables) Best performance by an actress in a motion picture- Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) Best Director: Ben Affleck (Argo) Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway Best Television Series (Drama): Homeland Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Drama): Claire Danes (Homeland) Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Drama): Damian Lewis (Homeland) Best Screenplay: Adele - 'Skyfall' (Skyfall) Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical): Girls Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical): Lena Dunham (Girls)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical): Don Cheadle (House of Lies) Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Game Change Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Julianne Moore (Game Change) Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys) Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Ed Harris (Game Change) Best Original Score: Life of Pi Best Animated Feature Film: Brave
PM presented Lifetime Achievement Awards on 15 January
The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 15th January, presented the lifetime
achievement awards for the scientists in the field of Atomic energy to R.B. Grover, who played a key role in negotiating the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal, K. Balaramamoorthy, who developed non-destructive testing techniques, mathematician R. Balasubramanian, and S.K. Sikka, a key player in the nuclear tests of 1974 and 1998.
President presented Krishi Karman Awards
President Pranab Mukherjee, on 15th January, presented Krishi Karman Awards to eight States for their achievements in food grains production in 2011-12. Ten States were given commendation awards. Madhya Pradesh, Krishi Karman Awards were instituted in 2010-11 for recognizing the meritorious efforts of States in food grain production. The awards are given to best performing States in two broad sets, one for the total food grain production and the other for individual food grain crops of rice, wheat, pulses and coarse cereals.
Tamil Nadu, Manipur and Nagaland received the awards for special contribution to total food grains production. Bihar received the award for contribution to production and productivity of rice, Haryana for wheat, Jharkhand for pulses
and Uttar Pradesh for coarse cereals. Punjab, Uttarakhand, Assam, West Bengal, Tripura, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Himachal Pradesh received commendation awards.
Mahaveer Golechha ‘Young Investigator Scholarship Award’
London-based Indian researcher Mahaveer Golechha has been selected for a prestigious award for his work on a drug to cure Alzheimer’s. The 27-year-old will be travelling in the month of February to San Francisco to receive the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation’s ‘Young Investigator Scholarship Award’ at the 7th Annual Drug Discovery for Neuro Degeneration Conference. He has been recognised for his outstanding research on ‘naringin’, a bioflavonoid found in grape fruits and citrus fruits. In his study, he found that naringin possesses Alzheimer’s is a common form of dementia afflicting millions around the world and has no known cure at present. It is estimated that by 2025 at least 34 million people worldwide will be affected by the disease.
significant “anti-Alzheimer activity” and will form the basis of further research to develop as a cure for the degenerative disease related to old age, which worsens as its progresses and eventually leads to death.
58th Idea Film fare Awards
58th Idea Filmfare Awards were given away on 20th January 2013 at YRF Studio, Andheri. While Barfi, the much-acclaimed Hindi film grabbed seven awards, Kahaani bagged five awards. The award for the Best Actor went to Ranbir Kapoor for his deaf-mute performance in Barfi. Vidyabalan, on the other hand was adjudged as the Best Actress for her performance in Kahaani. Barfi was adjudged as the Best Film, while Kahaani’s director Sujoy Ghosh won the Black Lady for the Best Director. The lifetime achievement award was given away to Yash Chopra posthumously. The other awards areCritics’ Award for Best Actor: Irrfan Khan for Paan Singh Tomar Critics’ Award for Best Film: Gangs of Wasseypur (Director: Anurag Singh Kashyap ) Critics’ Award for Best Actor (Female): Richa Chadda for Gangs of Wasseypur Best Lyricist: Gulzar for Challa (Jab Tak Hai Jaan: Director Yash Chopra) Best Music Director: Pritam for Barfi
Best Background Score: Pritam for Barfi Best Production Design: Rajat Podar for Barfi Best Playback (Female): Shalmali Kholgade for the song ‘Pareshaan’ Best Playback (Male): Ayushmann Khurrana for the song ‘Pani da Rang’ Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Anushka Sharma (Jab Tak Hai Jaan) Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male): Annu Kapoor (Vicky Donor)
Charles Wright won the 2013 Bollingen Prize
Charles Wright, professor emeritus of the English department’s Creative writing programme in the University of Virginia’s college of Arts and Sciences, has won the 2013 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. The Bollingen Prize in American Poetry is among the most prestigious prizes given to American writers. Established by Paul Mellon in 1949, it is awarded biennially by the Yale University Library to an American poet for the best book published during the previous two years or for lifetime achievement in poetry. The prize includes a cash award of US $150,000.
Padma Awards 2013
President has approved the conferment of 108 Padma Awards. These comprise 4 Padma Vibhushan, 24 Padma Bhushan and 80 Padma Shri Awards. 24 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 11 persons in the category of Foreigners, NRIs, PIOs and Posthumous awardees. Padma Awards, the country’s highest civilian awards, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The awards are announced on Republic Day every year. The awards are conferred by the President of India at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan sometime around March/ April. Padma Vibhushan
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Major Abup J Manjali awarded the Kirti Chakra
Major Abup J Manjali of the Rashtriya Rifles has been awarded the Kirti Chakra on this Republic Day for the exhibition of exceptional valor in counter- terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir. Manjali is the only soldier to be awarded the second- highest peacetime gallantry award Kirti Chakra on this Republic Day.
CNR Rao conferred with China's top science award
Noted Indian scientist Dr. C.N.R. Rao has been conferred with
C.N.R. Rao is currently the head of the scientific advisory council to the Indian Prime Minister.
China's top science award for his important contributions in boosting China-India scientific
cooperation. Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on 24 January, gave its 2012 Award for International Scientific Cooperation to three scientists from India, Germany, and Russia. Rao, 79, is founder of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore, shared the 2012 award with Herbert Jaeckle of Germany's Max Planck Society and Russian space physicist G.A. Zherebtsov.
A Taiwanese tycoon found Asia's Nobel Prize
A Taiwanese tycoon with business interests in mainland China said on 29th January 2013, he is funding what local media call Asia's Nobel Prizes for outstanding achievements in natural and social sciences. Ruentex Group head Samuel Yin announced the establishment of the Tang Prize Foundation with an initial endowment of US $103 million. The Tang Dynasty of 618-907 AD, is revered by Chinese for its cultural and scientific achievements. The prizes will be awarded every other year to international leaders in biopharmaceutical science, sustainable development, Chinese Studies and the rule of law. The prizes will be awarded starting next year. Winners will receive US $1.7 million, higher than the US $1.2 million that comes with a Nobel Prize.
February Srinivasan received National Medal of Technology and Innovation
U.S President Barack Obama presented the prestigious National Medal of Technology and Innovation to eminent Indian American Rangaswamy Srinivasan on 2nd February for his groundbreaking work with laser rays. Rangaswamy received the award along with Samuel Blum and James Wynne, for the pioneering discovery of excimer laser ablative Dr. Rangaswamy has earned doctorate in physical chemistry at the University of Southern California in 1956. He currently holds 21 US patents.
photodecomposition of human and animal tissue, laying the foundation for PRK and LASIK laser refractive surgical techniques that have revolutionised vision enhancement. National Medal of Technology and Innovation is the highest honours bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. Established by statute in 1980, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation was first awarded in 1985 and is administered for the White House by the US Department of Commerce Patent and Trademark Office.
Visakhapatnam district is selected for MGNREGS award
Visakhapatnam district of A.P. has bagged the prestigious award in recognition of effective and successful implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment
Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh presented the award to District Collector V. Seshadri at a function held in Krishi Bhavan in New Delhi on 3rd February 2013. The MGNREGS is aimed at providing guaranteed work for 100 days per year to agricultural workers.
63rd Berlin film festival
The Romanian film Child's Pose has picked up the coveted Golden Bear prize for best film at the 63rd Berlin film festival. The film, directed by Calin Peter Netzer, tells the story of a wealthy mother who uses her connections to try and stop her son from going to jail. US filmmaker David Gordon Green won best director at the festival for his comic road movie Prince Avalanche, while best actress went to Chile's Paulina Garcia for her role as a Santiago divorcee in Gloria.
Michael Clarke won the Allan Border Medal fourth time
Michael Clarke, the Australian cricket captain won the fourth Allan Border Medal in Melbourne on 4th February 2013. 31-year old Clarke had won the medal earlier in 2005, 2009 and 2012. Apart from Clarke, the only other player to win this medal four times is Captain Ricky Ponting. Michael Clarke also won the Test cricketer of the year award Allan Border Medal is a prestigious award given away in the Australian cricket. It was first awarded in 2000. This Medal is named after the former captain of Australia, Allan Border.
for the second consecutive time after he scored 1080 runs in nine tests from 25 February 2012 to January 28 2013.
Pandit Ravi Shankar honoured with Grammy award
Pandit Ravi Shankar, the sitar legend was honoured with the posthumous Lifetime Achievement Grammy award. His daughter and sitarist Anoushka Shankar accepted the award on his behalf on 9th February 2013 ahead of the Grammy’s show that took place in Los Angeles on 10th February 2013. Ravi Shankar passed away on 11th December 2012 at 92 years of age. The Indian sitar legend also won best world music album Grammy for the Living Room Sessions Part 1.
Surender Mohan got CEO with HR Orientation Award
B. Surender Mohan, CMD, NLC (Neyveli Lignite Corporation) was conferred with the CEO with HR Orientation Award on 17th February 2013 at the World HRD Congress 2013 in Mumbai. Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited is a Navratna company and Government of India enterprise. The World HRD Congress is the largest meeting of the HR professionals from the world which brings together global personalities. The Congress is held annually and the purpose of the meeting is to honour best CEOs who innovate as well as implement the new techniques in HR arena.
85th Academy (Oscars) Awards
The 85th Academy Awards (Oscars) ceremony took place on 24th February 2013. The annual Academy Awards were presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The Oscars 2013 ceremony was held at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. The main winners of the Oscars 2013 were Life of Pi, with four awards; Argo with three awards; Les Miserables with three awards. List of the awardees of 85th Academy Awards: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Best Picture: Argo Best Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln Best Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables Best Animated Feature Film: Brave Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi Best Costume Design: Anna Karenina Best Directing: Ang Lee for Life of Pi Best Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man Best Documentary Short: Inocente Best Film Editing: William Goldenberg for Argo Best Foreign Language Film: Amour (Austria) Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell for Les Misérables Best Music-Original Score: Mychael Danna for Life of Pi Best Music-Original Song: Skyfall from Skyfall (Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth)
• • • • Best Production Design: Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration) for Lincoln Best Visual Effects: Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott for Life of Pi Best Writing-Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio for Argo Best Writing-Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained
Vishwaroop was conferred with “Exemplary Leader Award”
Vishwaroop, CEO, NTPC SAIL Power Company (NSPCL) has been conferred with “Exemplary Leader Award” by World HRD Congress “Global HR Excellence Awards” held in Mumbai on 25 February. He has been honored for his contribution to power sector. NTPC SAIL Power Company (NSPCL) is the joint venture between NTPC Limited and SAIL for generating power for the steel plants in India.
Sugata Mitra awarded million-dollar TED Prize
Indian scientist Sugata Mitra was awarded the million-dollar TED Prize on 26th February 2013 for pursuing his idea for building the schools in the Internet. TED Prize is actually awarded to the extraordinary people who have creative as well as bold ideas for global change. Sugata Mitra is a researcher who started inspiring the children across the world to arouse curiosity in them. In 1999, Sugata along with his colleagues installed the Internet-connected computer in New Delhi and left it with the hidden camera. Eventually, the slum kids started learning English as well as searched the Internet for various Science and other topics.
Anil Ananthaswamy won Physics Journalism Prize
The London based Indian origin writer, Anil Ananthaswamy won inaugural Physics Journalism Prize for the article Hip Hip Array on 28 February 2013 in central London. The Physics Journalism Prize is co-sponsored by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Institute of Physics (IOP). The article written by Anil Ananthaswamy, Hip Hip Array lays emphasis on Square Kilometre Array which is an international project for building and designing largest radio telescope. The purpose of the prize is to inspire physicists by encouraging the journalists for tackling the complex topics.
Vijaya Babu was conferred with Narla-Deveneni puraskaram
Information Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh, P. Vijaya Babu was conferred with Narla-Deveneni puraskaram at a function held at Guntur on 28 February. With an
experience of over 25 years in main stream journalism, Mr. Vijaya Babu has been chosen for the award for his contribution to the field of journalism. The award was instituted in memory of former Editors of Andhra Prabha and Andhra Jyothi Narla Venkateswara Rao and Deveneni Subba Rao.
March Pranab conferred with the Liberation War Honour Award
The President of India Pranab Mukherjee was conferred with the Liberation War Honour Award by the President of Bangladesh Zillur Rahman on 4 March, 2013. The award was conferred upon him for his contribution to 1971 war. Earlier, this top most honour of Bangladesh was conferred upon former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi posthumously in 2011 for contributing towards creation of Bangladesh.
Outstanding Parliamentarian Awards
The Parliamentary Award Committee selected BJP leader Arun Jaitley, Congress MP Karan Singh and Janata Dal (United) MP Sharad Yadav for Outstanding Parliamentarian Outstanding Parliamentarian Award was instituted by the Indian Parliamentary Group in 1994. Award for 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively. Arun
Jaitley and Karan Singh are the members of Rajya Sabha from Gujarat and Delhi respectively. The Award Committee which was headed by the Speaker of Lok Sabha, Meira
Kumar recommended these names, which were accepted by executive committee of the Indian Parliamentary Group on 6 March 2013.
SCOPE Meritorious Awards 2011-12
Public Sector Units (PSUs) like ONGC, SAIL and IOC will be among the seven state-owned units to be conferred the SCOPE Meritorious Awards for 2011-12. Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), which is an apex body of PSUs, on 6 March, announced the names of awardees of ‘SCOPE Meritorious Awards’ in specialized fields. CPSEs, which would be awarded, have been selected for performing well in various fields like corporate governance, corporate social responsibility (CSR), environment and sustainable development, and human resource development (HRD). Neyveli Lignite Corp Ltd would receive an award for environmental excellence and sustainable development, while Indian Oil Corporation would be awarded for corporate governance.
Nirbhaya honoured with a US "woman of courage award”
Nirbhaya, the Delhi gang-rape victim, has been honoured with the US "Woman of Courage" award posthumously for "inspiring people to work together to end violence against women in India and around the world. US first lady Michelle Obama joined secretary of state John Kerry as he praised the determination and courage of "a woman known simply as Nirbhaya - braveheart, fearless" at the State Department presentation ceremony on 8 March on International Women's Day. Besides Nirbhaya, eight other women were give the annual award recognizing women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women's rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk. They are Malalai Bahaduri, first sergeant, Afghan National Interdiction Unit ( Afghanistan); Julieta Castellanos, rector, National Autonomous University of Honduras (Honduras); Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin, president, Campaign for Democracy (Nigeria); Elena Milashina, journalist, human rights activist ( Russia); Fartuun Adan, executive director, Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre ( Somalia); Tsering Woeser (Wei Se), Tibetan author, poet, blogger (China); Razan Zeitunah, human rights lawyer and founder, Local Coordination Committees ( Syria) and Ta Phong Tan, blogger ( Vietnam).
ABP News Best City Awards Survey
The results of the ABP News Best City Awards Survey were announced at a glittering ceremony on 6 March on New Delhi. The ABP News-Ipsos Best City Research and Rewards running for the first time is the only consumer validated survey and celebrates the best of India’s cities and acts as a benchmark for excellence. List of winners of the ABP News-IPSOS Best City Survey and Awards 2013 • • • • • • • • • • • • Best City 2013 -Public Transport: Nagpur Best City 2013-Power Availability: Mumbai Best City 2013-Affordable Housing: Madurai Best City 2013-Roads: Delhi Best City 2013-Law & Order: Rajkot Best Tourist Friendly City 2013: Nasik Best Green City 2013: Nagpur Best City for Health Care Services 2013: Nagpur Best City for Primary Education 2013: Delhi Best City-Women Safety 2013: Rajkot Best City-Efficient Traffic Management 2013: Pune Best City-Cleanliness and Sanitation 2013: Rajkot
• Best City to Live in 2013: Nagpur
Tapas Kumar won the Achievement award for Public Officer
At the 5th CIDC Vishwakarma Award 2013, Tapas Kumar Lahiry- the chairman-cummanaging director (CMD) of Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL) and Bharat Cooking Coal Limited (BCCL) won the Achievement award for Public Officer on 7 March 2013 in New Delhi. At the function organized Council by Construction Lahiry CIDC Vishwakarma Awards are held annually for recognising the achievements as well as work of the organisations and individuals.
received this award. Lahiry is a mining engineer as well as administrator with leadership qualities. BCCL’s
turnover is 6952 crore Rupees with a profitability of
1093.69 crore Rupees in 2010-11. Lahiry has also remained associated with mining industry of America, China and Australia.
Rani Laxmi Bai - Stree Shakti award conferred to Nirbhaya'
As a tribute to the Delhi gang rape victim, the Government on 8 March in New Delhi, bestowed the Rani Laxmi Bai - Stree Shakti Award to spirit of ‘Nirbhaya', a pseudonym given to her. The award, presented on the International Women's Day by President Pranab Mukherjee, was received by the mother of the 23-year-old paramedical student at a function where her father and two younger brothers were also present. Mukherjee also lauded the work of five other winners of the Stree Shakti awards. The Rani Rudramma Devi award was given to Assamese social worker Pranita Talukdar, Mata Jijabai award to artist Sonika Agarwal, Kannagi award to Guramma H Sankina of Karnataka, Rani Gidinliu Zeliang award to Keralite social worker Omana T K and Devi Ahilyabai Holkar award to Olga D'Mello from Maharashtra.
11th Golden City Gate Tourism Media Awards
Indian Ministry of Tourism’s new film Find What You Seek received first prize at the 11th Golden City Gate Tourism Media Awards Ceremony held in Berlin on 8th March 2013. The Golden City Gate is an international film, print and media contest for the tourism industry. The Awards ceremony is held every year at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show. Union Minister for Tourism K Chiranjeevi had launched the new campaign Find What You Seek, the second phase of Incredible India Campaign at WTM 2012 in November 2012 along with the New Domestic Campaign “Go Beyond”.
Abhay K from India won SAARC Literature Award
SAARC Literature Award was presented to five writers at Agra during the two days SAARC Festival of Literature on 10 March 2013. A poet-diplomat from India Abhay K was among the five writers to be honoured with the prestigious Literature Award. Other writers to be honoured with this award were Farheen Chaudhary (Pakistan), Abdul Khaliq Rashid (Afghanistan), Suman Pokhrel (Nepal) and novelist Daya Dissanayake (Sri Lanka). The award is annually presented to the eminent writers of the South Asian region for their contribution in the promotion of literature through their writings as well as literary initiatives. The SAARC Literature Festival 2013 focused on environment, literature and cultural connectivity. The First-Ever SAARC Writers Conference was organized in April 2000.
Tan Twan Eng won “2012 Man Asian Literary Prize”
Tan Twan Eng on 14 March 2013 was announced as a winner of the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize. With this, he became the first Malaysian author to win the most prestigious The literary award is given annually to best novel by an Asian writer. The novel can be written in English or translated into English. literary prize of Asia. Tan Twan Eng won the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel The Garden of Evening Mists. This is only a second time that the prize has been given to the novel written originally in English. The previous winners had won the award as English
translations. The Man Asian Literary Prize laid its foundation in 2007.
DAV ACC School bagged Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Awards
The Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Prof. K.V. Thomas on 14 March 2013 announced Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Awards for the year 2011.The Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Awards are given every year by Bureau of Indian Standards for encouraging the service as well as manufacturing organizations so that they strive for excellence. These awards give recognition to those who are considered as the leaders of quality movement in the country. The Best of All Award was given to DAV ACC Senior Secondary Public School, Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh for excellence service standards. In a category called Large Scale Manufacturing Industry, Nokia Siemens Networks Private Limited, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu was given the award for excellence in quality standards. In the Large Scale Service Industry category, R Systems International Limited, Noida, and Uttar Pradesh won the award. In the Small Scale Manufacturing Industry category, the award was bagged by Technocrat Connectivity Systems (Private) Limited, Rudrapur, Uttarakhand.
Toyo Ito won the Pritzker Architecture Prize
Toyo Ito (71), the Japanese architect was declared as the winner of 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize on 18 March 2013. The Pritzker Architecture Prize is said to be the most prestigious and richest award of architecture. Often, this prize is also referred as the Nobel Prize of Architecture. Toyo Ito is the sixth Japanese architect to win this prize, which includes US $ 1,00,000 in cash as well as a bronze medal. The official Pritzker ceremony took place on 29 May 2013 at John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.
The 60th National Film Awards
The 60th National Film Awards were announced on 18th March 2013. The artists who gave benchmark performances in acting and film making in the year 2012 were rewarded in the National Film Awards 2013. The list of winners chosen by the jury in National Film Awards 2013 is as follows: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Best Feature Film - Paan Singh Tomar (Hindi) Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director - Chittagong (Hindi); and 101 Chodiyangal (Malayalam) Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment - Vicky Donor (Hindi); Ustad Hotel (Malayalam) Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration - Thanichallanjan (Malayalam) Best Film on Social Issues: Spirit (Malayalam) Best Children's Film - Dekh Indian Circus (Hindi) Best Film on Environment and Conservation/preservation: Black Forest (Malayalam) Best Animation Film - Delhi Safari (Hindi) Best Direction - Dhag (Marathi) Dir: Shivaji Lotan Patil Best Actor - Paan Singh Tomar (Hindi) Actors: Irrfaan, Vikram Gokhale Best Actress - Dhag (Marathi) Actress: Usha Jadhav Best Supporting Actor - Vicky Donor (Hindi) Actor: Anu Kapoor Best Supporting Actress - Vicky Donor (Hindi) Dolly Ahluwalia; Thanichallanjan (Malayalam) Kalpana Best Child Artist - Dekh Indian Circus (Hindi), Actor: Virendra Pratap; 101 Chodiyangal, Actor: Minon Best Male Playback Singer - Chittagong (Hindi) Singer: Shankar Mahadevan, Bolo Na (Rajat Kamal medal and Rs. 50,000)
• • • Best Female Playback Singer - Samhita (Marathi) Singer: Aarti Anklekar Tikekar, Palakein Naa Moondon Best Cinematography - Ko: YAD, Cameraman: Sudheer Palsane Best Screenplay - Screenplay Writer (Original) Kahani (Hindi) Sujoy Ghosh, Screenplay writer (Adapted) Oh My God (Hindi) Bhavesh Mandalia, Umesh Shukla and Dialogues Ustaad Hotel (Malayalam) Anjali Menon • Best Audiography - Location Sound Recordist Annayum Rasoolam (Malayalam) Radhakrishnan S; Sound Designer, Shabdo (Bengali) Anirban Sengupta, Dipankar Chaki; Re-recordist of final mixed track Gangs of Wasseypur (Hindi) Alok De, Sinoy Joseph, Shreejesh Nair • • • • • • • Best Editing - Kahaani (Hindi) Namrata Rao Best Production Design - Vishwaroopam (Tamil) Boontawee Thor Taweepasas, Lalgudi N Ilayaraja Best Costume Designer - Paradesi (Tamil) Poornima Ramaswamy Best Make-up Artist - Vazakkuenn 18/9 (Tamil) Raja Best Music Direction - Songs: Samhita (Marathi) Shailender Barve; Kaliyachan (Malayalam) Biji Bal Best Lyrics Chittagong (Hindi) The National Film awards were established in 1954. Annually, the national panel is appointed by Government of India which adjudges the winners in different categories. The awards are presented by the President of India in the official ceremony.
Prasoon Joshi, Bolo Na Special Jury Award Chitrangada
(Bengali) Rituparno Ghosh; Kahaani (Hindi) Gangs of Wasseypur (Hindi) Dekh • • Indian Circus (Hindi)
Nawazuddin Siddiqui Best Special Effects - Eega (Telugu) Makuta VFX Best Choreogrpahy - Vishwaroopam (Tamil) Pandit Birju Maharaj
23rd National Tourism Awards
Madhya Pradesh has bagged two national tourism awards one for the best civic management of a tourist destination and other for the most innovative and unique tourism project in the 23rd National Tourism Awards. The state which is known for tourism hotspots received the awards from President Pranab Mukherjee at a function held for National Tourism Awards 2011-12 in New Delhi, at Vigyan Bhawan. The state received the award in category-‘B’ city for Municipal Council of Mandu in Dhar district. It also got another award for most innovative and unique tourism project- Air Taxi. The state has pioneered in the
country to launch the first intra-state Air Taxi services through MPSTDC, in a joint venture with M/s Ventura Air Connect Pvt. Ltd.
Union Ministry instituted National Awards
The Union ministry of social justice and empowerment for the first time instituted National Awards in order to recognize the efforts and encourage excellence in the field of prevention of Alcoholism and Drug abuse and rehabilitation of its victims. The awards shall be conferred on the awardees in a function to be held in New Delhi on the 26 June every year, which has been declared as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The Awards are open to all Indian Institutions, Organizations including Gram Panchayats and Individuals without any distinction or discrimination on grounds of religion, race, sex, caste or creed.
Dr. Prakash Kumar won the National Geo-science Award-2011
Dr. Prakash Kumar, Principal Scientist, seismology group, CSIR- National Geophysical Research Institute was selected for the National Geo-science Award-2011 in the Applied Geophysics category for his contribution in seismology and geodynamics. He has published papers on seismological mapping of Lithospheric–Asthenospheric boundary using converted waves, a state-of-the-art seismological approach. He earlier received the CSIR Young Scientist award. Dr.V. Vijaya Rao, Chief Scientist of controlled seismic studies group of NGRI received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his significant research contributions in geophysics.
IICT Scientist won the National Bioscience Award for 2012
S. Venkata Mohan a scientist of the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), on 19 March 2013 won the National Bioscience Award for 2012 in Hyderabad. S. Venkata Mohan who is from the Bioengineering and environmental centre of the Institute won the prize for his contributions towards developing technologies for production of clean bio-fuels from waste. The National Bio-science Award which is also called as N-BIOS Prize is an honour of high importance conferred by the Government of India to the young Indian bioscientists of less than 45 years age. The award is given every year for distinctive contributions made towards the development of state of art in basic and applied areas of biological sciences through demonstrated activity in the form of publication in reputed journals and or patents.
Asian Business Awards 2013
NRI entrepreneur Kartar Lalvani has been conferred with the Healthcare Businessman of the Year Award 2013 at the Asian Business Awards ceremony held in London on 23 March. Amit Bhatia, chief of the Swordfish group of companies and son-in-law of steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, was declared the Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013. The Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 went to Indian-origin entrepreneur Sudhir Choudhrie. Asian Business Awards 2013 were the 16th edition of Asian Business Awards.
Navneet Kaur Dhillon Pond’s Femina Miss India 2013
Navneet Kaur Dhillon (20) was crowned Pond’s Femina Miss India 2013 on 24 March 2013 in the grand finale of 50th edition of the beauty pageant in Mumbai. Navneet Kaur belongs to Punjab and is a media student at present. Navneet Kaur was also given the title Miss Glowing Skin. Sobhita Dhulipala and Zoya Afroz were the first and second runners-up respectively. The trio of Navneet Kaur, Sobhita Dhulipala and Zoya Afroz were selected from a total of 23 finalists from India.
Prof. UR Rao inducted into "Satellite Hall of Fame"
Renowned space scientist Prof. U.R. Rao has been inducted into the highly coveted "Satellite Hall of Fame", Washington, by the Society of Satellite Professionals International. Dr. Rao, a former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organization and Secretary of Department of Space, is the first Indian Space Scientist to be inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame, joining the select group of about 50 Hall of Fame members.
NTPC awarded as the most Efficient Maharatna in Manufacturing
India’s largest power utility, NTPC Limited has been awarded as the most Efficient Maharatna in Manufacturing for the year 2012 by a leading Stock Magazine at the 4th DSIJ Awards session held in New Delhi on 26 March. The Award was received by I.J. Kapoor, Director (Commercial), NTPC from Ajit Singh, Union Minister of Civil Aviation.
2nd National Photo Awards
The 2nd National Photo Awards-2011-12 were conferred on 28TH March by the Speaker, Lok Sabha, Ms. Meira Kumar to eminent photojournalists at a function held in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to eminent
photographers Pranlal K. Patel, T.S. Nagarajan and T.N.A. Perumal. Pranlal Patel, 104
years of age, has been the primary school teacher, who was inclined to photography as an amateur photographer but gradually the passion turned into profession. He captured the memories of struggle for independence through his photographs. His pictures celebrate the glory of black and white. The second recipient T.S. Nagarajan, is an eminent photojournalist whose works have been exhibited and published widely in India and abroad. He has held exhibitions of his works all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, in 1982. He is a specialist in black and white photography, and has won several awards including the PATA Gold Award in 1987. The third recipient, T.N.A. Perumal is the doyen of wildlife photography in India. He embraced bird photography as passionate profession in 1960 and was awarded the artiste FIAP in Nature Photography in 1963 and Excellence FIAP in 1968. He won associate ship of Royal Photographic Society of United Kingdom in 1977 and Fellowship of Royal Photographic Society of United Kingdom in 1978 and Master photographer of the Federation del’Art photographique of France in 1983. He is recognized as the Father of Indian Photography.
CII was nominated for the Global Competition Review Awards
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) was nominated for the Global Competition Review (GCR) Awards 2013 in the category Agency of the Year-Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa in the last week of March 2013. This is the first time that CCI was nominated for internationally acclaimed The Competition Commission of India (CCI) was established by the Government of India with effect from 14 October 2003.The primary aim of CCI is to protect the consumers’ interests and make sure their freedom of trade in Indian markets.
award. Other agencies that were nominated in Agency of the Year Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa category include Pakistan’s Competition
Commission, Turkey’s Competition Authority and Japan’s Fair Trade Commission.
News Television Awards 2013
Vineet Jain, the Managing Director of Times Group was conferred with the Contribution to News Television Award 2013 by the Indiantelevision.com at the Sixth News Television Awards on 25 March 2013 at Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi. He was awarded for his initiative to bring Times of India group in the television industry. It is worth noticing that the Times of India group made its presence in the television broadcasting with channels such as Zoom, ET
and Times Now. Executive President of the Times Group, Rahul Kansal accepted this award on behalf of Vineet Jain. Other awardees were as follows • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Best Business News Programme (English): We Mean Business (NDTV Profit) Best Business News Programme (Hindi): Auto Expo (Aaj Tak) Best Crime Show (Hindi): Vardaat - Mhujhe Bhulana Mat (Aaj Tak) Best Current Affairs Feature (English): Ground Zero Gujarat (CNN-IBN) Best Current Affairs Feature (Hindi): Ayodhya Ko Kuchh Kehna Hai (Aaj Tak) Best Sports News Show (Marathi): Khel Majha - Fight Back Yuvi (ABP Majha) Best Auto Show (Hindi): Top Drive (IBN7) Best Show on Social/Environment Awareness / Social Development Campaign (Telugu): Bathuku Bandi (Vanitha TV) Best News Documentary - Limited episodes (English): Ground Zero Gujarat (CNNIBN) Best Entertainment Feature (Hindi): Jai Jawan (NDTV India) Best Public Debate Show (English): Question Time Didi (CNN-IBN) Best TV News Presenter: Rajdeep Sardesai (CNN-IBN) Best Young TV Journalist (Below 24 years of age): Sonal Mehrotra (NDTV 24x7) Special Award for News Cinematographer: Prakasam (CNN-IBN) Special Award for Contribution to News Television: Vineet Jain (Times Group) Best TV News Reporter (Marathi): Alka Dhupkar (IBN Lokmat) Best TV News Reporter (Telugu): Krishna Mohan (TV9) Best TV News Reporter (English): Anubha Bhonsle(CNN-IBN) & Barkha Dutt (NDTV) Best TV News Reporter (Hindi): Sharad Sharma (NDTV India) Special Awards for Innovation and Leadership in App Development: NDTV Special Awards for Most Extensive Social Media TV News Brand: NDTV Special Awards for Best News Channel Website: IBN Live Best News Talk Show (English): We the People (NDTV 24x7) Best News Talk Show (Hindi): Zindagi Live - Gujarat Riots (IBN7) Best TV News Anchor (Marathi): Dnyanada Arvind Chavan (ABP Majha) Best TV News Anchor (Telugu): Yashoda Mithra (V6 News) Best TV News Anchor (Hindi): Sweta Singh (Aaj Tak)
Amitabh Bachchan chosen for NTR National Film Award
Superstar Amitabh Bachchan has been chosen for NTR National Film Award for the year2011. The award carries a cash component of Rs. 5 lakh besides a memento and a citation. The Committee also chose film director Shyam Benegal for the B. N. Reddy National Award that carries a reward of Rs. 2 lakh, a citation and a memento. Telugu movie stalwart and former MP Kaikala Satyanarayana has been chosen for prestigious Raghupati Venkaiah Memorial Award that also carries Rs 2 lakh. Telugu film producer and studio owner G. Adiseshagiri Rao has been chosen for the Nagireddy-Chakrapani National Film Award. The awards will be presented on Ugadi, the Telugu New Year's Day, in Hyderabad on April 11.
Sugatha kumari was chosen for Saraswati Samman-2012
Sugatha Kumari (79), the Malayalam poetess in the third week of March 2013 was chosen for the Saraswati Samman 2012 for the poetry collection Manalezhuthu, which means The Writing on the Sand in English. Sugatha kumari has 15 volumes of poetry credited to her. Sugatha kumari is also the passionate environmentalist. She was also the head of Kerala’s State Women’s Commission. The Saraswati Samman is constituted by K. K. Birla Foundation. Saraswati Samman is awarded annually for outstanding literary work in any Indian language in past 10 years.
April ICSI National Awards for Excellence in Corporate Governance
Chairman of the Awards Jury of the ICSI (Institute of Company Secretaries of India) and former Chief Justice of India Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah in New Delhi on 5 April, presented the ‘ICSI National Awards for Excellence in Corporate Governance -2012’ to two ‘Best Governed Companies’:1) Indian Oil Corporation Limited; and 2) HCL Technologies Limited. The Awards were presented during the ongoing 2nd CSIA
International Corporate Governance Conference. The Company Secretaries of the awardee companies, Raju Ranganathan, Company Secretary, Indian Oil Corporation Limited; and Manish Anand, Company Secretary, HCL Technologies Limited were also honored for their contribution in adhering to good corporate governance practices. ICSI Life Time
Achievement Award for the year 2012 was presented to Deepak S. Parekh, Chairman, HDFC, for translating excellence in Corporate Governance into reality.
J & K Bank won the Best Banks Award for 2012-13
In recognition of its strong fundamentals and dynamic growth model, J & K Bank won the prestigious FE (Financial Express) India’s Best Banks Award for 2012-13. It ranked as No. 1 in ‘Best Old Private Sector Bank’ category. It got 3rd in the overall banking industry in terms of ‘Profitability’ and 1st in terms of ‘Profitability’ in the category of ‘Old private sector banks’.
NTPC bagged NDTV Business Leadership Awards
NTPC has been awarded as Business Leader in the Power Sector at the NDTV Business Leadership Awards held in New Delhi on 9 April. The award was presented by Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planing Commission of India in the presence of Dr Prannoy Roy to Arup Roy Choudhury, CMD, NTPC. India’s top business leaders were awarded on the occasion.
DADA Saheb Phalke award 2013
Legendary actor, Pran Krishan Sikand, 93, on 12 April 2013 was awarded with highest honour in Indian Cinema Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2012. He is the 44th Dada Saheb Phalke Award Winner. He gave a different and unique frame to the negative and character roles of Indian Cinema with his impressive performances. Pran served Bollywood for a career span of more than six decades in more than 350 films and is known for his brilliant performances in films like Ram Aur Shyam, Purab aur Paschim, Karz, Zanjeer and Amar Akbar Anthony and many more. In 2001 he was awarded with India’s third highest civilian Dada Saheb Phalke is known as the Father of Indian Cinema and was the first producer, director and screen-writer of India for the silver screen. His first film was Raja Harishchandra in 1913. The Dada Saheb Phalke Academy Awards are presented annually to celebrate the jayanti of Dada Saheb Phalke.
award Padma Bhushan. The award consists of a Swarn Kamal, a cash prize of Rs.10 lakhs and a shawl. Yash Chopra, Rajesh Khanna and Asha Bhosale are to be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards 2013 to be given on 30 April 2013 at Bhaidas Auditorium in Mumbai. Legendary singer Asha Bhosle will be honoured with the Phalke Ratna Award for the contributions made by her in the field of music for over a period of five decades. Late Yash Chopra for his contributions to Indian Film Industry will be posthumously awarded with the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award. Pamela the wife of the iconic filmmaker Yash Chopra will
receive the Saraswatibai Phalke Award. Rajesh Khanna will be honoured with the first superstar of Indian Cinema Award posthumously.
Jai Chandiram awarded lifetime achievement award by IAWRT
Jai Chandiram, the former Deputy Director-General of Doordarshan and renowned media person on 26 April 2013 was awarded with the lifetime achievement award by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT). She is known for the contributions that she made towards Women’s Rights. She was the first Asian President of the IAWRT. She was the Head of Department for television studies at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.
May Youssou Ndour, Kaija Saariaho received Polar Music Prize 2013
Senegalese singer Youssou Ndour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho were named as the recipients of Polar Music Prize 2013. Each winner will get one million kronor (98,600 Euros) from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. The awards will be presented at a Stockholm ceremony on 27 August 2013 by King Carl XVI Gustaf. Sweden's highest musical honor is awarded annually to both a pop performer and classical artist.
Dr. Aparajita Datta was honored with the Green Oscar
A young Indian biologist, Dr. Aparajita Datta was honored with the Whitley award, also known as Green Oscar, in London on 2 May 2013. Aparajita Datta, the Indian wildlife biologist was conferred with the award by Princess Anne, at the Royal Geographical Society in London for her efforts in order to save the endangered hornbills in Eastern Himalayas. Aparajita Datta is the head of the The Whitley awards are given every year in order to honor exceptional individuals for the efforts in conservation of nature in the developing countries. They shared the prize money worth 2,95,000 pounds.
program for conservation of the hornbills in dense tropical forests of Arunachal Pradesh, at Nature Conservation Foundation. The tropical forests of Arunachal Pradesh are an abode to five hornbill species. Aparajita Datta set up the community-based conservation program along with tribal hunters in order to protect hornbills.
Jenita Mary Nongkynrih won ISRO Young Scientist Award 2013
Jenita Mary Nongkynrih, A young woman scientist from Meghalaya was selected for ISRO Young Scientist Award 2013 for her urban information system project in the North East. The award for Jenita Mary Nongkynrih carries a citation and cash of Rs. 50,000. Jenita Mary Nongkynrih is currently working as a scientist at the North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC), Umiam, Nongkynrih.
Indira Goswami conferred with Asom Ratna Award
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee presented the Asom Ratna Award for the year 2012 to Indira Goswami (posthumously) on 13 May 2013 at a function at Guwahati, Assam. Indira Goswamy was a legendary story teller and prolific novelist who courageously advocated social change in a very volatile period in Assam’s history. She would be particularly remembered for her role as a mediator in talks between armed militants in Assam and the Government of India. In all her works, ‘Mamoni’ as she was known, had focused on women, the disadvantaged and the oppressed in society.
Indian ‘Graamin Haat’ bagged UN Public Service Award
Cottage and Village Industry Department of the Madhya Pradesh Government on 16 May 2013 bagged United Nations Public Service Award for year 2013 for their initiative named Graamin Haat. The United Nations honours outstanding public welfare works at international level under different categories every year. The initiative of Graamin Haat was started in the state with the aim of strengthening and empowering the women's self-help groups. The initiative has helped the self help group in becoming more self-reliant economically and ensured participation of women in social decisions.
Hariharan conferred with the Lata Mangeshkar Samman Alankaran
Singer Hariharan was conferred with the Lata Mangeshkar Samman Alankaran in Indore on 20 May 2013. The Madhya Pradesh government honoured the playback singer with the award. Madhya Pradesh government instituted the award in 1984. Hariharan, a Padma Shri recipient, sung many songs in different languages such as Hindi, Telugu, Bhojpuri, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Marathi.
Higgs & Francois conferred with 2013 Prince of Asturias Award
Physicists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert and the European Organization for Nuclear Research will share the 2013 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research in recognition of their work establishing the existence of the so-called God particle. Working independently, Higgs and Englert - along with the late Robert Brout formulated the existence of a subatomic particle that came to be known as the Higgs boson in 1964. But it was only in 2012 that the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, was able to confirm the existence of this particle through experiments conducted with the Large Hadron Collider.
66th Cannes Film Festival
Blue is the Warmest Color, directed by French-Tunisian filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche won the top honor - the Palme d'Or - at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. A three-hour lesbian love story based on a graphic novel by Julie Maroh starring Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux won the ovation of the Jury and was almost unchallenged. The film is basically a story about a teenage girl who falls in love with a slightly older woman. Mexico's Amat Escalante won the best director prize for his film Heli. Hollywood veteran actor Bruce Dern took the best actor prize for his performance in Nebraska. Argentine-born Frenchwoman Berenice Bejo was awarded the best actress prize for her role in The Past.
Manoj Das was presented the NTR National Literary Award
Manoj Das, the Noted Oriya writer on 28 May 2013 was presented the NTR National Literary Award. The NTR National Literary Award was chosen by the jury of NTR Vignana Trust, headed by its chairperson N. Lakshmi Parvati which carries a cash prize of 1 lakh Rupees and citation. The award recognises Das’s contribution to literature, both in Odiya and English.
Lydia Davis won the Man Booker International Prize for 2013
American writer Lydia Davis won 2013 Man Booker International Prize for her innovative and influential writing. The winner of the Prize was announced at the awards ceremony at Victoria and Albert Museum in London on 22 may 2013. This was the fifth Man Booker. International Prize. Well-known Kannada author U.R Ananthamurthy was the only Indian to be shortlisted for the prestigious award.
The Man Booker Inter-national Prize worth 60,000 pounds is awarded every 2 years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or translation in the English language.
First woman to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize
US singer-songwriter Carole King became the first woman to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The President of America, Barack Obama conferred upon her, the Gershwin Prize that is given as a lifetime achievement in popular music. Carole King is 71 years of age. Carole King has won the Grammy Award four times. The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, also known as, Gershwin Prize is conferred upon the performer or composer for lifetime contribution to popular music.
Oommen Chandy won the UN’s Public Service Award
The Chief Minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy won United Nation's Public Service Award for his Mass Contact Programme on 22 May 2013. In the Mass Contact Programme, he engaged with masses of Kerala to address the grievances. He was conferred with the first prize from the Asia Pacific region along with other awardees that are selected on yearly basis from five different zones of the world. Since the year 2003, United Nations has been awarding people as part of the programme for Public Service Day that is celebrated on 23rd June.
Anish Kapoor, was honoured with Knighthood award
Anish Kapoor, the Indian-origin sculptor was honoured with Knighthood, which is the highest honour of Britain. He was conferred the award by the Queen Elizabeth II in her birthday honours list 2013 for Visual Arts services. Anish Kapoor is said to be the pioneering sculptors of his generation and is known for enigmatic sculptural forms as well as monumental public sculptures.
Hugo Chavez awarded the country's National Journalism Prize
The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been awarded the country's National Journalism Prize (The Simón Bolívar National Award of Journalism 2013). Chavez died from cancer on March 5.
A.M. Homes has won the Women’s Prize
U.S. authoress A.M. Homes has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction for her book, May We Be Forgiven. The 30,000-pound award, formerly known as the Orange Prize, was presented at a ceremony in London on 10 June, by actress Miranda Richardson, chairwoman of the judging panel.
The US has honored three Indian-Americans
The US has honored three Indian-Americans with the prestigious Champions of Change awards for their achievements as immigrant innovators and entrepreneurs. The three -Shradha Agarwal from Chicago, Riddhiman Das from Kansas and Amar Sawhney from Massachusetts, were presented with the award at the White House on 29 May. They were among 11 people honored. The Indian-Americans and others were felicitated at the "Champions of Change" event at the White House that highlighted immigrant innovators and entrepreneurs - the best and brightest from around the world who helping create American jobs, grow the economy, and make the US more competitive.
June UIDAI chosen for 21st Century Achievement Award 2013
International Data Group’s Computerworld Honours Program, Computerworld Honours Laureate selected UIDAI for 21st Century Achievement Award 2013 under the category ‘Economic Development’. It was given acknowledging the pivotal role played by UIDAI in leveraging technology to change people lives, streamline delivery of welfare services and provide opportunity to people to participate more fully in society. The Computerworld Honours Program recognizes and honours visionary application of Information Technology promoting positive social, economic and social change. The initiative of Government of India was widely appreciated by the participants and media who were excited about the transformational impact of the project in socio economic life.
Kiran Bedi was honored with 'Nomura Award'
On 11 of June, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi was honored with US $ 10,000 'Nomura Award' in Singapore for her humanitarian works. The activist has decided to donate the reward money for the education of prisoners' children. Bedi was given the award constituted by Nomura Group of Japan for "improving the world for future generations". The group is one of the leading financial services group.
3 Indian projects receive UN Public Service Awards
Three Indian projects will receive UN Public Service Awards this year. The awards are given for projects that fight poverty and promote sustainable development. The projects are Mass Contact Programme of Kerala, Swavalamban of District Administration of Dhanbad in Jharkhand and Graamin Haat programme of Department of Cottage and Rural Industries in Madhya Pradesh. The Kerala government’s Mass Contact Programme was initiated by the Chief Minister’s Office in 2011, with the main aim of combating red tape in bureaucracy and administration. It enables interaction between the people and the government by encouraging them to approach the government directly to get their concerns addressed without delay or corrupt practices. The Swavalamban initiative of Dhanbad district administration has improved disbursement of pensions in the district. Before the implementation of the initiative, the largely manual process of disbursement in the payment of pensions, particularly registration of new pensioners, was very cumbersome, tedious, involved lot of paper work, inefficient, nontransparent, and provided unreliable information. The initiative has cut down the time from three months to a maximum of three days, by automating payment and creation of direct cash transfers into pensioners’ bank accounts. The Madhya Pradesh government’s Graamin Haat has helped in women’s empowerment. Although women comprise almost 50 per cent of the population of Madhya Pradesh, their participation in the decision-making process at all levels is very limited. Women also have no control over resources and their contribution to the family and society remained largely unrecognised. The Haat Development Committee that operates weekly markets (haats) decided to create Women Self Help Groups (WSHGs) that would operate its own haats. The first such initiative took place in Digwar village 10 years ago.
Hariawala won Indian Healthcare Visionary of the Decade award
Internationally acclaimed Indian American Cardiac Surgeon and Healthcare Economist Dr. Mukesh Hariawala, on 28 June 2013, conferred with the prestigious Indian Healthcare Visionary of the Decade award at a glittering ceremony of the 4th Annual Business Leadership Conclave at Hotel Leela in Mumbai. Also felicitated with other prestigious awards were industrialists Ratan Tata, Transformational Leader of the Decade and Mukesh Ambani who is the Millennium Business Leader of the Decade.