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Foreign Banks Operating in India


Name of the Bank

Country of Incorporation

Number of Branches in India

Standard Chartered Bank

UK

81

HSBC

Hongkong

45

Citibank

USA

39

ABN-Amro Bank

Netherlands

24

BNP Paribas

France

8

Deutsche Bank

Germany

8

American Express Bank Ltd

USA

7

Bank of Nova Scotia

Canada

5

Bank of America

USA

5

Calyon Bank

France

5

State Bank of Mauritius

Mauritius

3

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd

Japan

3

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Ltd

UAE

2

Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait

Bahrain

2

DBS Bank Ltd

Singapore

2

Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd

Japan

2

Mashreq Bank

UAE

2

Oman International Bank

Oman

2

Sonali Bank

Bangladesh

2

Societe Generale

France

2

Arab Bangladesh Bank Ltd

Bangladesh

1

Antwerp Diamond Bank

Belgium

1

Bank international Indonesia

Indonesia

1

Bank of Ceylon

Sri Lanka

1

Barclays Bank Plc

UK

1

Shinhan Bank

South Korea

1

Chinatrust Commercial Bank

Taiwan

1

J.P. Morgan Chase Bank

USA

1

Krung Thai Bank Public Co.Ltd

Thailand

1


Worlds Greatest Man-Made Lakes


Name of Dam

Location

Million cubic metres

Year completed

Owen Falls

Uganda

204,800

1954

Kariba

Zimbabwe

181,592

1959

Bratsk

CIS

169,270

1964

High Aswan (Sadd-el-Aali)

Egypt

168,000

1970

Akosombo

Ghana

148,000

1965

Daniel Johnson

Canada

141,852

1968

Guri (Raul Leoni)

Venezuela

136,000

1986

Krasnoyarsk

CIS

73,300

1967

Bennet W.A.C

Canada

70,309

1967

Zeya

CIS

68,400

1978

Cabota

Mozambique

63,000

1974

La Grande 2

Canada

61,720

1982

La Grande 3

Canada

60,020

1982

Ust-IIimsk

CIS

59,300

1980

Volga-V.I. Lenin

CIS

58,000

1955

Caniapiscau

Canada

53,790

1981

Pati (Chapeton)

Argentina

53,700

-

Upper Wainganga

India

50,700

-

Sao Felix

Brazil

50,600

-

Bukhtarma

CIS

49,740

1960

Ataturk (Karababa)

Turkey

48,000

-

Cerros Colorados

Argentina

48,000

1973

Irkutsk

CIS

46,000

1956

Tucurui

Brazil

36,375

1967

Sanmenxia

CIS

35,900

1960

Hoover

China

35,400

1936

Sobridinho

Navada / Arizona

35,154

1981

Glen Canyon

Brazil

34,200

1964

Jenpeg

Canada

31,790

1975







Seven Ancient Wonders of the World

The Seven Wonders of the World were first designated by Antipater of Sidon in the second century AD. Not all classical writers list the same items as the Seven Wonders but most of them agree on the following:

1. The Pyramids of Egypt are a group of three pyramids, Khufu, Khafra and Menkaura at Giza (near Cairo) to a southern limit 96 km distant are often called the first wonder of the world. The oldest is that of Zoser, at Saggara, built about 2,700 BC. The Great Pyramid of Cheops covers more than 12 acres and was originally 146.61 metres (481 ft) in height and 230.43 x 230.43 metres (756 x 756 ft) at the base. Of all the Seven Wonders, the Pyramids alone survive.

2. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon: Adjoining Nebuchadnezzar's palace, 96 km south of Baghdad,'the Gardens were built in the 6th century B.C. Terraced gardens, ranging from 23 to 91 metres (75 to 300 ft) above ground level, watered from storage tank on the highest terrace.

3. The Tomb of Mausolus: At Halicarnassus in Asia Minor. Built by the widowed Queen Artemisia about 350 BC. The memorial originated the term 'mausoleum'.

4. The Temple of Diana at Ephesus: Ionic temple erected about 350 BC in honour of a non-Helleonic goddess who later became identified with the Greek goddess of the same name. The temple, with Ionic columns 18 metres high, was destroyed by invading Goth in 262 AD.

5. The Colossus of Rhodes: A bronze statue of Apollo, set up about 280 BC. According to legend it stood at the harbour entrance of sea-port of Rhodes. It was destroyed during an earthquake in 224 BC.

6. The Statue of Jupiter Olympus: At Olympia in the plain of Ellis was constructed of marble inlaid with ivory and gold by the sculptor Phidias, about 430 BC. All trace of it is lost, except for reproduction of coins.

7. The Pharos of Alexandria: A marble watch tower and lighthouse on the island of Pharos in the harbour of Alexandria, built by Sostratus of Cnidus during the 3rd century BC It was destroyed by an earthquake in the 13th century.

Worldwide Weather Extremes, Temperature Extremes

Temperature extremes for any place on Earth are determined by a number of factors, including altitude, latitude and physical characteristics. For an extreme to be recorded, an observation must be made at the precise time and place of occurrence; consequently, more extreme temperatures undoubtedly have occurred.

The Hottest

Area

Maxi (°F)

Place

Elevation

Date

Africa

136°

Al Aziziyah, Sahara Desert, Libya1

116

September 13, 1922

North America

134°

Death Valley, California

54

July 10, 1913

Asia

129°

Tirat Tsvi, Israel

220

June 21, 1942

Australia

128°

Cloncurry, Queensland

190

January 16, 1889

Europe

122°

Seville, Spain

8

August 4, 1881

South America

120°

Rivadavia, Argentina

206

December 11, 1905

Oceania

108°

Tuguegarao, Philippines

22

April 29, 1912

Antarctica

59°

Vandaijtation, Scott Coast

NA

January 5, 1974



The Coldest

Area

Min (F)

Place

Elevation

Date

Antarctica

129°

Vostok Station 2

3,420

July 21, 1983

Asia

90°

Oimekon, Russia

800

February 6, 1933

Greenland

87°

Northice Station

2,344

January 9, 1954

North America

81°

Snag, Yukon, Canada

587

February 3, 1947

Europe

67°

Ust Shchugor, Russia

85

Date not known

South America

27°

Sarmiento, Argentina

286

June 1, 1907

Africa

11°

Ifrane, Morocco

1,635

February 11, 1935

Australia



Charlotte Pass, New South Wales

NA

June 29,1994

Rainfall Extremes

The total annual precipitation recorded at a place may vary from year to year. The rainiest places show the greatest variations from year to year in actual amounts. The drier places show the greatest variations taken as a percentage of the mean value. At Cherrapunji (India), for example, the great amount of precipitation in a calendar year was 2,298.9;) cm. The least was 717.80 cm, a difference of 1,581.15 cm. At Arica (Chile), half of the total rainfall recorded from 1931 through 1960 fell in the single year 1949. No rain at all fell in 19 years out of the 30 years. Because of such fluctuations, the average ram precipitation may be greatly influenced by the available years of record; the longer the record, the more reliable is the average.

The Wettest

Area

Avg Annual Rainfall (cm)

Place

Elevation

Yrs of Record

Asia

1,187.3

Mawsynram, Meghalaya, India

-

-

Asia

1,143.0

Cherrapunji, India

1,313

75

Africa

1,027.7

Debundscha, Cameroon

9

33

South America

899.2

Quibdo, Colombia

73

11-1

North America

665.7

Henderson Lake, Br Col

4

15

Europe

464.3

Crkvice, Yugoslavia

1,017

23

Australia

454.7

Tully, Queensland

67

32



The Driest

Area

Avg Annual Rainfall (cm)

Place

Elevation

Yrs of Record

South America

0.05

Quillagua,

29

60

Africa

0.3

Wadi Haifa, Sudan

125

40

Antarctica

2.0

South Pole Station

2,800

11

North America

3.0

Bataques, Mexico

5

15

Asia

4.6

Aden, Yemen

7

51

Australia

10.3

Mulka, South Australia

NA

35

Europe

16.3

Astrakhan, Russia

14

26

Oceania

22.7

Puako, Hawaii

2

14





Civilian Awards 2007

The names for the prestigious Padma Awards 2007 were announced in New Delhi on January 25, 2007. These include Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. No one has been chosen for Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour of the nation, for the sixth consecutive year.

Padma Awards are amongst the highest civilian awards of the country. There are three categories of Padma Awards— 'Padma Vibhushan', 'Padma Bhushan' and 'Padma Shri'. These are given for distinguished service in any field including Art Literature & Education, Science & Technology, Sports, Medicine, etc. Padma Awards are announced on the eve of the Republic Day every year.

Padma Vibhushan: Proffessor (Dr.) Balu Sankaran (Medicine); Fali Sam Nariman (Public Affairs); Khushwant Singh (Literature and Education); N.N. Vohra (Civil Service); Naresh Chandra (Civil Service); Justice (Retd.) P.N. Bhagwati (Public Affairs); Raja Rao (posthumous) (Literature and Education); Dr. Raja Jesudoss Chelliah (Public Affairs); Sudarshan Erinackal Chandy George (Science and Engineering); Dr. V. Krishnamurthy (Civil Service).

Padma Bhushan: Prof. Bhikhu Parekh (Literature and Education, UK); Chandra Prasad Saikia (posthumous) (Literature and Education); Smt. Ela Gandhi (Public Affairs, South Africa); Rev. Father Gabriel (Literature and Education); Gopaldas Neeraj (Literature and Education); Dr. Gurcharan Singh Kalkat (Science and Engineering); Ms. Indra Nooyi (Trade and Industry, USA); Jamshed J. Irani (Trade and Industry); Javed Jan Nisaar Akhtar (Literature and Education); Jeffrey D. Sachs (Literature and Education, USA); Justice K.T. Thomas (Public Affairs); Kavalam Narayan Panikkar (Art); Captain L.Z. Sailo (Literature and Education); Dr. Manju Sharma (Science and Engineering); Dr. N. Mahalingam (Trade and Industry)

O. Suzuki (Trade and Industry, Japan); Dr. Prithipal Singh Maini (Medicine); Pandit Raj an Misra (Art); Ramankutty Nair (Art); Pandit Sajan Misra (Art); Dr. Saroj Ghose (Science and Engineering); Dr. Shiv Kumar Sarin (Medicine); Prof. (Vaidya) Shriram Sharma (Medicine); Somnath Hore (posthumous) (Art); Sunil Bharti Mittal (Trade and Industry); Syed Haider Raza (Art, France); Hakim Syed Mohammad Sharfuddin Quadri (Medicine); Prof. T.N. Srinivasan (Literature and Education, USA); Prof. Tapan Ray Chaudhuri (literature and Education, UK); Tyeb Mehta (Art); Dr. (Smt.) V. Mohini Giri (Social Work); Dr. Vilayanur Ramachandaran (Science and Engineering, USA).

Padma Shri: A. Sivasailam (Trade and Industry); Dr. Adya Prasad Mishra (Literature and Education); Amitav Ghosh (Literature and Education, USA); Ananda M. Chakrabarty (Science and Engineering, USA); Dr. (Smt.) Ananda Shankar Jayant (Art); Dr. Anoop Misra (Medicine); Dr. Ashok Kumar Hemal (Medicine); Astad Aderbad Deboo (Art); Dr. Atul Kumar (Medicine); Dr. B. Paul Thaliath (Medicine); Dr. Bakul Harshadrai Dholakia (Literature and Education); Balbir Singh (Medicine); Dr. Baldev Raj (Science and Engineering); Bharath Balachandrai Menon (Art); Prof. Devindra Rahinwal (posthumous) (Social Work); Prof. (Dr.) Dilip K. Biswas (Science and Engineering);

Gajendra Narayan Singh (Art); Geeta Chandran (Art); Giriraj Kishore (Literature and Education); Rajmata Goverdan Kumarri (Art); Dr. Harpinder Singh Chawla (Medicine); Jeev Milkha Singh (Sports); Dr. K.R. Palaniswamy (Medicine); Khalid Zaheer (Social Work); Dr. Kharak Singh Valdiya (Science and Engineering); Kiran Karnik (Science and Engineering); Ms. Koneru Humpy (Sports); Dr. Lalit Pande (Environment Protection); Louis Remo Fernandes (Art); Dr. M. Mohan Babu (Art); Dr. Mahadev Prasad Pandey (Literature and Education); Dr. Mahipal S. Sachdev (Medicine); Dr. Manjunath Cholenahally Nanjappa (Medicine); Dr. Mayilvahanan Natarajan (Medicine); Ms. Meenakshi Gopinath (Literature and Education); Ms. Miriam LVovna Salganik (Literature and Education); Dr. Mohsin, Wali (Medicine); Mujtaba Hussam (Literature and Education); Prof. Mushirul Hassan (Literature and Education); Ms. Naina Lai Kidwai (Trade and Industry)

Dr. Narmada Prasad Gupta (Medicine); Smt. Neelamani Devi (Art); P. Gopinathan (Art); PR. Thilagam (Art); Shri Pannuru Sripathy (Art); Dr. Perumalsamy Namperumalsamy (Medicine); Prof. (Smt.) Pratibha Ray (literature and Education); Smt. Pushpa Hans (Art); Rabinder Gokaldas Ahuja (Sea Cadet Corps Management); Rajinder Gupta (Trade and Industry); Dr. Ravi Narayan Bastia (Science and Engineering); Shri Ravindra Dayal (Posthumous) (Literature & Education); Prof. Rostislav Borisovich Rybakov (Literature and Education, Russia)

Ms. Runa Bancrjee (Social Work); S. Dhakshinamurthy Pillai (Art); Sister S.M. Cyril (Social Work, Ireland); Smt. Shanti Hiranand (Art); Smt. Shashikala Jawalkar (Art); Prof. (Dr.) Shekhar Pathak (Literature and Education); Dr. Sheo Bhagwan Tibrewal (Medicine, UK); Sonam Skalzang (Art);l Sonam Tshering Lepcha (Art); Prof. Sudhir Kumar Sopory (Science and Engineering); Dr. Sukumar Azhikodc (Literature and Education); Shri Sushil Gupta (Social Work); Dr.(Ms.) Syeda Saiyidain Hameed (Public Affairs); T.S. Rangarajan alias Kavingar Vaali (Literature and Education); Ms. Tarla Dalai (Cookery); Ms. Teesta Setalvad (Public Affairs); Dr. (Smt.) Temsula Ao (Literature and Education); Dr. Thanu Padmanabhan | (Science and Engineering); Dr. Thekkethil Kochandy Alex (Science and Engineering); Thingbaijam Babu Singh (Art); Lama Thupten Phuntsok (Social Work); Valayapatti A.R. Subramaniam (Art); Vijaydan Detha (Literature and Education); Vikram Seth (Literature and Education, UK); Waman Thakre (Art); Dr. Yusufkhan Mohamadkhan Pathan (Literature and Education).



Gallantry Awards 2007

The Gallantry awards were given to J defence personnel during the 57th Republic Day on January 26, 2006 in New Delhi.

The award list comprises of 13 Ashok Chakra, 6 Kirti Chakra, 20 Shaurya Chakra, 19 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, 52 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals, 1 Yudh Seva Medal, 123 Vishisht Seva Medals, 41 Seva Medals, 12 Nao Sena Medals and 15 Yavu Sena Medals.

International Awards 2007

Alternative Nobel Prize:

"Legal scholar Christopher Weeramantry from Sri Lanka, Dekha Ibrahim of Kenya, Percy and Louise Schmeises of Saskatchewan, Canada and Bangladesh's Grameen Shakti Organisation were chosen for the 2007 Right Livelihood Awards, often called the Alternative Nobel Prize in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 2, 2007. The awards were given in recognition to their practical solutions to global problems.



Annual Academy Awards 2007: At the 79th Annual Academy Awards (popularly known as the Oscars) ceremony held in Los Angeles (USA) on February 25, 2007, The Departed won the award for Best Motion Picture. Following is the list of major winners:

Best Motion Picture of the Year : The Departed


Best Director : Martin Scorsese (The Departed)
Best Actor in a Leading Role : Forest Whitaker {The Last King Of Scotland)
Best Actress in a Leading Role : Helen Mirren (The Queen)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role : Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role : Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls)
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year : Happy Feet
Best Foreign Language Film : The hives Of Others (Germany)

Annual Pulitzer Prizes: The 91st annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism were announced in New York on April 16, 2007. Following are the prominent winners:

Public Service : The Wall Street Journal


Investigative Reporting : The Wall Street Journal
Breaking News : Oregonian
Investigative Journalism : Brett Blackledge, Birmingham News
Explanatory Journalism : Kenneth R. Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling and Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times
Local Reporting: Debbie Cenziper, Miami Herald
National Reporting : Charlie Savage, Boston Globe
International Reporting : The Wall Street Journal

Chinua Achebe awarded 2007 Man Booker International Prize: Famous Nigerian novelist Mr. Chinua Achebe was awarded the '2007 Man Booker International Prize' for fiction in London on June 13, 2007.

Grammy Awards: The Dixie Chicks, Emily Robinson, Natalie Maines and Martie Maguire, bagged all five awards that they were nominated for at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles (USA) on February 11,2007. The Texas trio won Record and Song of the Year for the no-regrets anthem "Not Ready To Make Nice." They also won Best Country Album. It was a bold and challenging comeback for the Dixie Chicks, who were shunned by the American country music establishment for criticising US President Mr. George W. Bush on the eve of the Iraq war in 2003.

Mary J. Blige walked away with three trophies for her double-platinum album "The Breakthrough". Country singer and former American Idol' winner Carrie Underwood won the Best New Artist award.



International Gandhi Award: The Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation of Maharashtra has awarded its 10th International Gandhi Award to Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation and the World Health Organization's Goodwill Ambassador for the Elimination of Leprosy on April 12, 2007 in Mumbai. At the award ceremony, Vice-President Mr. Bhairon Singh Shekhawat handed a certificate to Mr. Sasakawa.

Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding 2006: Brazilian President Mr. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva received the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding 2006 in New Delhi on June 4, 2007.

Man Booker Prize 2007: Irish author Ms. Anne Enright won the 2007 Man Booker Prize for her novel, 'The Gathering' on October 16,2007. She won £50,000 as the prize money.

Miss Earth 2007: Ms. Jessica Nicole Trisko from Canada was crowned as Miss Earth 2007 during the Ms. Earth coronation held at the Philippines University Theatre in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines, on November 11, 2007. The runner-up tides were won by Ms. Silvana Santaella Arellano from Venezuela who was crowned as Miss Earth-Water; Ms. Pooja Chitgopekar from India crowned as Miss Earth-Air; and Ms. Angela Gomez from Spain crowned as Miss Earth-Fire.

Miss International 2007: The 47th Miss International pageant, Miss International 2007 took place in Tokyo (Japan) from October 2 to October 15, 2007. Sixty-one beauties from all over the world competed to win the title. Miss Mexico International, Ms. Priscila Perales won the title with Ms. Despoina ! Vlepaki (Greece) and Ms. Yulia Sindzeyeva (Belarus) being crowned first and second runners-up, respectively.

Nobel Prize 2007: The list of Nobel Prize winners for 2007 was announced by Royal Swedish Academy in October 2007. The distinguished awardees associated with different fields included:

Literature: British writer Ms. Doris Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Literature Prize for her remarkable works that have covered feminism, politics and her youth in Africa. Ms. Lessing was the 11th woman to have won the prize since 1901.

Peace: The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was shared by the former US Vice-President, Mr. Al Gore, and the United Nations' top climate panel, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The award was given for their efforts to build up and disseminate knowledge about global warming and its effects.

Economics: Three Americans, Mr. Leonid Hurwicz, Mr. Eric S. Maskin and Mr. Roger B. Myerson won the 2007 Nobel Economics Prize for developing a theory that helps explain situation in which markets work, situation in which they don't work and how incentives and private information aftect the functioning of markets.

Medicine: Prof. Mario Capecchi and Prof. Martin Evans of USA with UK's Prof. Oliver Smithies won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine for their creation of "designer mice" to track the roles of different genes in human development and disease.

Physics: France's Prof. Albert Pert and Germany's Prof. Peter Gruenberg won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics for a discovery that has shrunk the size of hard disks found in computers, iPods and other devices.

Chemistry: Prof. Gerhard Ertl of Germany won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies of chemical reactions on solid surfaces, which are the key to understanding questions related to the thinning of Ozone layer.

Ramon Magsaysay Award 2007: Noted media person, Mr. Palagummi Sainath of India has been honoured with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2007 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the fields of journalism, literature and the art of creative communication. The other prominent awardees are as follows :

Jovito R. Salonga (The Philippines): Government Service


Rev. Kim Sun-Tae (Korea) : Public Service
Mahabir Pun (Nepal) : Community Leadership
Tang Xiyang (China) : Peace & International Understanding
Chung To (China) : Emergent Leadership
Chen Guangcheng (China): Emergent Leadership

National Awards 2007

Dadasaheb Phalke Award: Veteran film maker Shyam Benegal was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 3Q05 in New Delhi on September 14, 2007 by the Hon'ble President Ms. Pratibha Paul. Mr. Benegal is one of the. pioneers of the new Indian cinema.

Filmfare Awards: Rang De Basanti won the Award for Best Film at the 52nd Filmfare Awards ceremony held in Mumbai, Maharashtra on February 24, 2007. The list of winners included:

Best Film: Rang De Basanti


Best Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Rang De Basanti)
Best Actor: Hrithik Roshan (Dhooml)
Best Actress: Kajol (Fanaa)
Critic’s Award for Best Film: Lage.Jlaho Munnabhai
Critic's Award for Best Actor: Aamir Khan (Rang De Basanti)
Critic's Award for Best Actress: Kareena Kapoor (Omkara)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Abhishek Bachchan (Kabhi Alvida Na hhnd)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Konkona Sen Sharma (Omkara)
Best Actor in a Comic Role: Arshad Warsi (Lage Raho Munnabhai)
Best Actor in a Villainous Role: Saif Ali Khan (Omkara)
Best Playback Singer (Male): Shaan, Kailash Kher—'Chand $ifarishy (Fanad)
Best Playback Singer (Female): Sunidhi Chauhan—lBeedi Jalai Le' [Omkara)
Best Music Award: A.R. Rahman {Rang De Basanti)
Best Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi—Chand Sifarish (Fanad)
Best Debut: Kangana Ranaut
R.D. Burman Award: Naresh Iyer (Rang De Basanti)

Gandhi International Peace Prize, 2006:

Noted Bollywood actress Us. Shabana Azmi has been awarded the Gandhi International Peace Prize for the year 2006. The prestigious award is given by the London-based Gandhi Foundation.



Indian Science Congress Awards:

On the occasion of the 94th Indian Science Congress held in Chidambaram (Tamil Nadu) from January 3-7, 2007, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh gave away various awards to some of the eminent scientists of the country. The awardees are as follows :



Jamnalal Bajaj Awards 2007:

Mr. Yashpal Mittal, Dr. Anand Karve, Ms. Ashoka Gupta and Prof. Michael Xangler were announced as the winners of the Jamnalal Bajaj Awards for 2007 in Mumbai (Maharashtra) on October 16, 2007.



Jnanpith Award, 2004:

Eminent Kashmiri poet Mr. Rehman Rahi was chosen for the Jnanpith Award for 2004. Mr. Rahi, 82, is one of the most eminent poets and critics of the Kashmiri anguage. His notable creations include Subbuk Soda, Kalami Rahi and Siyah Rode ]aren Manz.



Khel Ratna Award 2006 for Manavjit:

Ace trap shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu was conferred the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for 2006 by Hon'ble President Ms. Pratibha Patil on August 29, 2007 at the Ashoka Hall in the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.



Moortidevi Award:

Bharatiya Jnanpith has chosen eminent Gujarati writer Mr. Narayan Mahadev Desai's 'Maroon Jeewan Aj Mari Vaani' for the 18th Moortidevi Award for 2004 and eminent Hindi scholar Dr. Rammurti Sharma's 'Bharatiya Darshan Ki Chintandhara' for the 19th Moortidevi Award for 2005.



National Film Awards 2005:

The National Film Awards for 2005 were announced on August 7, 2007. The delay was due to court cases. The awardees in different categories are :

Best Feature Film : Buddhadeb Dasgupta's Kaalpurush
Best Non-Feature Film : Gaurav A. Jani's Riding Solo to the Top of The World
Indira Gandhi Award for the Best First Film of a Director : Parineeta
Best Popular Film : Rang De Basanti
Best Actor : Amitabh Bachchan (Black)
Best Actress : Sarika (Pareunia)
Best Direction : Rahul Dholakia (Parania)
Best Audiography : Nakul Kamte for Rang De Basanti
Best Editing : P. S. Bharathi for Rang De Basanti
Best Playback Singer (Male) : Naresh Iyer for Rang De Basanti
Best Playback Singer (Female) : Shreya Ghoshal for Paheli
Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration : Daivanamathil (Malayalam)
Best Film on Family Welfare : Thavamai Thavamiranthe (Tamil)
Best Film on Other Social Issues : Iqbal
Best Film on Environment Conservation / Preservation : Kannada film Thutturi
Best Children's Film : Blue Umbrella
Best Child Artist : Sai Kumar for Bornmalata - A Bellyful of Dreams
Best Supporting Actress : Urvashi for Achhuvinte Amma (Malayalam)
Best Supporting Actor : Nasseeruddin Shah for Iqbal
Best Cinematography : Madhu Ambat for Sringaram (Tamil)
Best Screenplay : Prakash Jha, Sridhar Raghavan and Manoj Tyagi for Apaharan
Best Art Direction : C.B. More for Taj Mahal—An Eternal Love Story
Best Costume Designer : Anna Singh (Taj Mahal—An Eternal Love Story) and Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Black)
Special Jury Award : Anupam Kher {Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara)
Best Music Direction : Lalgudi Jayaraman for Sringaram (Tamil)
Best Lyrics : Barguru Ramachandrappa (Thaayi) (Kannada)
Special Effects : Tata Elexi (Anniyan) (Tamil)
Best Choreography : Saroj Khan {Sringaram) (Tamil)

Outstanding Parliamentarian Awards:

Hon'ble President Ms. Pratibha Patil presented the Oustanding Parliamentarian Awards to Union Agriculture Minister Mr. Sharad Pawar (2003), BJP leader Ms. Sushma Swaraj (2004), Union Finance Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram (2005) and Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Minister of Panchayati Raj, Youth Affairs and Sports (2006) in New Delhi on September 13, 2007.



Phalke Ratna Award: Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar was conferred the Phalke Ratna Award on April 30, 2007 in Mumbai on the occasion of 138th birth anniversary of Dada Saheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema.

Pravasi Samman Awards: The 5th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas came to a close with the conferment of the Pravasi Samman Awards to 15 outstanding people of Indian origin associated with different fields by the then President Dr. A.PJ. Abdul Kalam at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on January 9, 2007.

The awardees included Mr. Gopal Raju (US), Lord Diljit Rana, MBE and member of Britain's House of Lords, Mr. Dave Sukhdip Singh Hayer (Canada), Dr. M. Anirudhan (US), Mr. Billy Nair (South Africa), Mr. Pheroze Nowrojee (Kenya), Mr. Nirmal K. Sinha (US), Dr. K. R. Somasundram (Malaysia), Mr. Kenneth Benjamin (Jamaica), Mr. Sibabrata Roy (Germany), Mr. Syed M. Salahuddin (UAE), Dr. B. R. Shetty (Abu Dhabi), Mr. Moti Tikaram (Fiji), Mr. Abdul Magid Abdool Karim Vakil (Portugal) and Dr. P. Jayaraman (US). Two of the awardees—Mr. Billy Nair and Mr. Sibabrata Roy—were unable to make it to the presentation. The annual three-day summit was started in 2002 to give the Indian. diaspora a platform to interact and to forge and revive ties with the land of their origin.



Shanti Swatup Bhatnagar Prize: The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) announced the winners of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize to 11 scientists for their oustanding contributions in various disciplines of science in New Delhi on September 26, 2007. The list of awardees included Narayanaswamy Srinivasan, Pundi Narasimham Rangarajan, Rama Govindarajan, B.V. Rajarama Bhat, Budaraju Srinivasa Murthy, A. Ajayaghosh, Anil Bhardwaj, Upinder Singh Bhalla, Amalendu Chandra, Yashwant Gupta and Pinaki Majumdar.

Prime Minister's Shram Vir Award 2005: Mr. M. Balachandran of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) has been awarded the prestigious Prime Minister's Shram Vir Award for the year 2005 in recognition of his contribution towards production, cost savings and for showing exemplary zeal and enthusiasm in discharging duties.

Yashwantrao Chavan Award, 2006: Infosys co-founder Mr. Narayana Murthy and his wife Sudha Murthy have been conferred the Yashwantrao Chavan Award for 2006.


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