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10. Gruber cosmology Prize 2012 to Charles L Bennett : Johns Hopkins University

professor Charles L. Bennett and members of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe

(WMAP) space mission that he led will receive the Gruber Foundation’s 2012 Cosmology

Prize in Beijing, China.Bennett and the 26-member WMAP team will share the $500,000

prize and are being recognized by the foundation for their transformative study of an

ancient light dating back to the infant universe.

11. “The Best Story” Award for Indo-American : Indian American Rajan Gangahar has

won the “Best Story” award for the movie “Kushiyaan” at the Punjabi International film

Academy Award (PIFAA) held in Toronto. New york based Rajan was presented with the

award at a function held in

Toronto. His first film as a story writer, Rajan wrote dialogue and scree play for

“Khushiyaan”, made by another Indo-American Trilok Malik.

12. Pakistan’s Highest Civilian Award to Saadat Hasan Manto : The Writer Saadat Hasan

Manto Posthumously received the Pakistan’s Highest award”Nisan-i- Imtiaz”. He died at 42

in 1955, Manto is best known for his short stories, especially he explored the impact of

the partition of the subcontinent into India & Pakistan in 1947. along with Manto,

renowned singer Mehdi Hassan was also Posthumously honoured with “Nishan-i-Imtiaz”

Hassan Popularly known as the “Shahenshah-e-Ghazil” who died in June 2012 at the age

of 84.

13. Delhi Scientist Aditi Mukherji won Morman Baorlaug award : A Delhi based scientist,

Aditi Mukherji has won the world’s most prestigious award for young researchers in food

and water management, named after the father of India’s Green revolution Norman

Borlaug on 29 Aug 2012. The World food prize Foundation started by Borlaug has picked

Mukherji for the first ever Norman Borlaug award for his application of work in

transforming access to water for thousands of farmers in west Bengla. The award comes

with $10,000 prize. It will present to Mukherji on October 17 in Dea Moines , lawa US.

14. Indian American selected as Presidential Innovation Fellow : Indian American

entrepreneur Karl Mehta has been selected among the 18 ‘Presidential Innovation Fellows’

who will work on five ‘high-impact’ projects in the US capital.Selected from an applicant

pool of nearly 700 innovators from across the

country, the “Fellows” would spend six months in Washington DC to work on five highimpact

projects aimed at upporting entrepreneurs, small businesses and the economy,

while significantly improving how the Federal Government serves the American people.

15. Utsa Patnaik gets V.V. Giri award : The V.V. Giri Memorial Award 2011 for outstanding

contribution to labour studies was conferred on Utsa Patnaik, Professor in Jawaharlal Nehru

University, New Delhi on 29 August 2012. The award, instituted by the V.V Giri National

Labour Institute, was conferred by Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge, who stressed on

the importance of

systematic and sound research to understand the nature and characteristics of the

emerging labour landscape.

16. University of Calicut to honour Montek, M.S. Swaminathan, Fathima Beevi :

University of Calicut will confer honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) degrees on noted

agriculture scientist M.S. Swaminathan, economist and Planning Commission Deputy

Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and jurist and former Supreme Court judge Fathima


17. “Young woman In Science Award” for Indian Origin Sorojini Nadar : Indian Origin

has been selected for a prestigious science award in south Africa for her contribution to the

avancement of science and building the knowledge base.Sarojini Nadar has been named

the winner of the Distinguished Young Women in Science Award, which was announced

by Naledi Pandor, South African Minister of Science and Technology.

18. Eight Sporting Coaches received Dronacharya Award for 2012 : Dronacharya Award

is an award presented by the government of India for excellence in sports coaching. Eight

Sporting Coaches selected for the Dronacharya Award for 2012 are Wrestling coach

Yashvir Singh, Boxing Coach BI Fernandez, Athletics Coaches Virender Poonia, J.N.Bhatia,

Kabaddi Coach Sunil Davas, Parathletics Coach Dr. Satyapaul , Hockey Coach Harinder

Singh, Table Tennis Coach BhavaniMukherjee,.Fernandez will become the first foreign

coach to be awarded the the Dronacharya Award

19. Arjuna Awards : Deepika Kumari , Laishram Bombayla Devi (archery),

Sudha Singh , Kavita Ramdas Raut (athletics),

Ashwani Ponnappa , Parupalli Kashyap (badminton),

Aditya S Mehta (billiards and Snooker),

Vikas Krishan (boxing),

Yuvraj Singh (cricket),

Sardar Singh (hockey),

Yashpal Solanki (judo),

Anup Kumar (kabaddi),

Samir Suhag (polo),

Annu Raj Singh, Omkar Singh, Joydeep Karmakar (shooting),

Deepika Pallikal (squash),

Sandeep Sejwal (swimming),

Ng. Sonia Chanu (weightlifting),

Narsingh Yadav , Rajinder Kumar , Geeta Phogat (wrestling),

M. Bimoljit Singh (wushu),

Deepa Mallick, Ramkaran Singh (athletics, Paralympics).

20. Four Sports persons receive Dhyan Chand Award-2012 : Dhyan Chand Award is

India’s highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games, given by the

Government of India. Four persons selected for the Dhyan Chand Award-2012 are

Jagrajsinghman (Athletics), Gundeep Kumar(Hockey), Vinod Kumar (wrestling), Sukhbeer

Singh Tokan (para sports).

21. 9 Indian- Americans Awarded for Enhancing Indo-US Ties : 9 Indian- Americans

were awarded by Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH) for

their contribution towards enhancing relationships between India & US. The 2012

Excellence Award, was presented to Suresh

Khator. RK Chopra was awarded International Business Advocate of the Year. Woman

entrepreneur of the year award was presented to Vijay Dhingra and Pushpa Shenoy.

22. Dr. M.V. Reddy get the Bharat Jyoti Award : The Director, Department of Animal

Husbandry,Dr. M.V.Reddy got the Bharat Jyoti Award .This award was presented by the

India International Friendship Society.

23. Three National awards for State Literacy Mission : the Andhra Pradesh State Literacy

Mission Authority (SLMA) has received awards for its work in Vizianagaram district and one

gram panchayat P Yeleru of Anantapur district. Andhra Pradesh is the only State which

received the Saakshar Bharat Award in the entire Country. The Awards comprising a

trophy and a certificate which will be given by the Vice-President of India Hamid Ansari on

the occasion of International Literacy Day to be celebrated on September 8 at Lucknow in

Uttar Pradesh.

24. Apollo Hospitals bags 4 awards : The Apollo Hospitals Group has bagged the Asian

Hospital Management Awards ( AHMA) 2012 in four categories.It received awards for

customer service, corporate social responsibility, cost reduction and patient safety. AHMA

2012 garnered 363 entries representing 89 hospitals from 12 countries.

25. Aung San Suu Kyi Receives US Congressional Gold Medal : Burmese democracy

leader Aung San Suu Kyi has received the Congressional Gold Medal – the highest honor

Congress can bestow, at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on 19th September 2012.

Members of the U.S. Congress from both chambers and both major political parties

gathered to pay tribute to Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was first

awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2008, while she was under 15 years of house

arrest in Burma.

26. Barfi! makes it to the Oscars : Ranbir Kapoor starrer Barfi! has been nominated as

India’s entry to the Oscars next year in the foreign film category.

27. Iran to boycott 2013 Oscars in wake of anti-Islam film : The Iran government will

boycott the 2013 Oscars in the wake of the anti-Islam video made in the United States

that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.

28. T.S. Subramanian among winners of nuclear society’s awards : T.S. Subramanian,

Associate Editor, Frontline, Chennai, and R.K. Singh, Head, Media Relations and Public

Awareness Section, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, have been selected for the

Indian Nuclear Society’s “INS Outstanding Service Award” for 2011 for Science

Communication.The awards will be presented on November 7 during the inaugural function

of the 23 annual conference of the INS to be held in Mumbai.

29. Waheeda Rehman to get lifetime achievement award : Veteran actress Waheeda

Rehman will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the forthcoming 14th Mumbai Film

Festival, which starts on October 18. Mumbai Academy of Moving Image(MAMI) is

organising the film festival.

30. Ebrahim Alkazi awarded top French honour : Ebrahim Alkazi, the grand old man of

Indian theatre has been conferred France’s highest cultural award for his contribution in

nurturing and presenting modern theatre in India and preserving the treasures of

photography and other art forms for posterity.Alkazi, was awarded Knight of the Order of

Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) on 29th September 2012.

31. DRDO scientist G. Satheesh Reddy received IETE Award : G. Satheesh Reddy,

outstanding scientist and associate director, Research Centre Imarat, a premier laboratory

of the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Missile complex, was

given IETE B.V. Baliga Memorial Award on 30th September 2012 at Bangalore.

32. President Confers Shastri awards to ISRO scientist Tessy Thomas : On 1st October

2012 President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri National

Award 2012 to ISRO scientist Tessy Thomas at an award function in Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award is conferred every year for doing excellent work in the

field of Public Administration, Academics and Management.

33. Banaras Hindu University VC wins MV Pylee award for best academician : Banaras

Hindu University (BHU) vice chancellor and renowned molecular biology scientist Dr Lalji

Singh has won the 7th MV Pylee award for the best academician. The MV Pylee award was

constituted in year 1996 in honour of Cochin University’s former vice chancellor MV Pylee.

The award includes Rs 2 lakh, a memento and citation for excellence in teaching and

research and contribution to academic community. It is awarded once every three years.

S.No Department Name of the Person/


Country Field of Research

1. PHYSICS Serge Haroche and France For ground-breaking

experimental methods that

enable measuring and

manipulation of individual

quantum systems

David J. Wineland America

2. CHEMISTRY Robert J. Lefkowitz and America For studies of G-Proteincoupled


Brain K. Kobilka America



Sir John B. Gurdon and Britan For the discovery that mature

cells can be reprogrammed to

become pluripotent

Shinya Yamanaka Japan



Alvin E. Roth and America For the theory of stable

allocations and the practice of

market design

Lioyd S. Shapley America

5. LITERATURE Mo Yan China Who with hallucinatory

realism merges folk tales,

history and the contemporary

6. PEACE PRIZE European Union (EU) Europe For over six decades

contributed to the

advancement of peace and

reconciliation. Democracy

and human rights in Europe.

34. sachin Tendulkar to be made member of Order of Australia : Australian Prime

Minister Julia Gillard made the announcement on 16th October 2012 that the first Indian

sportsperson Tendulkar to be conferred with the Membership of the Order of Australia, an

honour “rarely” bestowed on non-Australians.

35. First-ever India Biodiversity Awards presented : The women who led the ecological

restoration of Gundlaba village in Odisha’s Puri district after the 1999 super cyclone are

among the four winners of the first India Biodiversity Awards. The awards, instituted by

the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the United Nation Development Programme


36. Vijay Kumar honoured with ‘Services Best Sportsman’ : London Olympics silver

medallist shooter Vijay Kumar was named as the ‘Services Best Sportsman’ award for

2012 at the Army Headquarters in New Delhi.The award is given to best sportsman from

out of all the three services-Army, Air Force Navy.

37. Bangladesh honours fifty-two Indians : Bangladesh has honoured foreign friends who

contributed to achieve the nation’s independence from Pakistan in 1971.Of the 61

recipients of the award in the third phase, 52 are from India and the rest are from Nepal,

the United States, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, Australia, Sweden, and Italy.The former

Indian Prime Minister, I.K. Gujral, and the former Nepalese Prime Minister, the late Girija

Prasad Koirala, received the Bangladesh Muktijuddho Sammanana.

38. Singham Bravery Award Posthumously given to IAS and Security Personnel :

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 21 October 2012 were awarded with Singham

Bravery Awards.

39. Bangladesh honours Babu Jagjivan Ram : Former Deputy Prime Minister and Defence

Minister of India, late Babu Jagjivan Ram has been awarded with the “Friends of Liberation

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

40. Narayan Murthy honoured with Hoover Medal : IT giant Infosys founder, N.R.

Narayan Murthy honoured with Hoover Medal for promoting science at Global Humanitarian

Technology Conference in Washington.

41. Gavaskar to receive BCCI’s lifetime achievement award : Former India captain Sunil

Gavaskar will be conferred the Col C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award at the annual

BCCI awards function on 25th October 2012.

42. Amitabh Bachchan gets best TV host award for Kaun Banega Crorepati : Amitabh

Bachchan has won the best television host award for the popular game show Kaun Banega


43. Lord Indarjit Singh conferred Punjab Ratan Award : Lord Indarjit Singh, the first

member of the House of Lords to wear a turban, has been presented with the ‘Punjab

Ratan’ (Jewel of Punjab) award by the World Punjabi Organisation, in recognition of his

contribution to promoting Punjabi culture, heritage and inter-faith services.

44. Delhi Metro bags JICA President Award : The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)

was awarded the prestigious Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) President’s

Award 2012 on 29th October 2012.

45. Noted film lyricist and poet Gulzar presented with Indira Gandhi award for

National Integration : The Indira Gandhi award for National Integration for 2011 has

been given to noted film lyricist and poet Gulzar in recognition of his contribution to

national integration.

46. Katy Perry Honored With Billboard’s “Woman of the Year” : Pop Singer Katy Perry

was honored with Billboard’s “Woman of the Year 2012” (The Star of the Women) award in

New York.

47. Shah Rukh Khan Conferred With Morocco’s Medal of Honour : Bollywood superstar

Shah Rukh Khan had given the prestigious Medal of Honour by the Prince of Morocco

(Moulay Rachid) on 3 December 2012 in 12th Marrakech International Film Festival.

48. DRDO Scientist Gets Top Award : Brajnish Sitara scientist from Research Centre

Imarat(RCI), a premier laboratory of DRDO’s missile complex was conferred with

INAE(Indian National Academy of Engineering)Young Engineer Award for 2012 at the

academy’s annual conventionheld at Roorkee on 6 December 2012.

49. Rajan and Sajan Mishra Conferred ‘National Tansen Samman’ : On 14 December

2012 noted vocalist duo of Rajan and Sajan Mishra will be awarded prestigious ‘National

Tansen Samman’ for year 2011-12 for their contribution to Hindustani classical music

50. Stephen Hawking Won Yuri Milner Award : A Russian billionaire’s foundation was

awarded two special prizes of $3 million each to British cosmologist Stephen Hawking for

his work on black holes and to seven scientists at the world’s biggest atom-smasher for

their roles in the discovery of a new subatomic particle believed to be the long-sought

Higgs boson. Yuri Milner’s Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation announced the awards on

11 December 2012.Hawking is honored for his discovery of Hawking radiation from black

holes “and his deep contributions to quantum gravity and quantum aspects of the early


51. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for Ravi Shankar : Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi

Shankar will be honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously.He

becomes the first Indian to get the prestigious award. The decision to honour Ravi

Shankar, a three-time Grammy winner, was made before his death.

52. Indian Journalist’s Association Honoured Sir Charles Wheeler : On 16 December

Indian Journalists Association has conferred its Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012

posthumously to former BBC correspondent Sir Charles Wheeler.

53. Scientist Venkatesh Mannar honoured with Order of Canada Award : A Chennai

born scientist of Indian origin, M.G Venkatesh Mannar and President, Micronutrient

Initiative, Canada was awarded with Canada’s Highest Civilian Award – the “ Order of

Canada “ on December .US, was honoured with the award for his forty years long

contribution working towards reduction of debilitating micronutrient deficiencies among the

worlds most vulnerable.

54. Arunachal CM Selected for “IAEWP” Award : On 18 December Arunachal Pradesh

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has been selected by the International Association of Educators

for World Peace (IAEWP) for a Lifetime Achievement Award. IAEWP is a non-governmental

organization affiliated to the United Nations and engaged in the promotion of world peace.

Besides the individual award he would also receive the ‘Green State of the Year ‘ Award on

behalf of the Arunachal Pradesh Government for maintaining greenery in the state.

55. Top Honour For 7-year-old South African Indian Rhino Campaigner : A seven-yearold

Indian-origin girl Afeefah Patel won a prestigious a wildlife conservation award in

South : Africa for writing a letter to President Jacob Zuma asking for his assistance in

saving endangered rhinos. Afeefah Patel, who has just finished Grade One, became the

youngest winner ever of SANParks’s Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award in

individual category at the 8th annual Kudu Awards.

56. P.Chidambaram received “Best Administrator” Award : On 20 December Union

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram received “”Best Administrator in India”” award instituted

by K. Karunakaran Foundation.The award was presented to him by Vice President of India,

M. Hamid Ansari.The award is being offered in the memory of renowned Congress leader

as well as the former Kerala Chief minister K.Karunakaran. First Karunakaran Foundation

Award was given to Pranab Mukherjee.

57. Archaeologist C.Govindarajanar Received Presidential Award : President Pranab

Mukherjee on 21 December 2012 conferred the Presidential Awards for Classical Tamil at

a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan. Prof. C. Govindarajanar was conferred Tolkappiyar

Award for outstanding contribution in the field of Tamil studies.

58. Top U.S. Innovation Award For Indian-American : A renowned Indian-American

inventor at IBM, Rangaswamy Srinivasan, was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama

for the prestigious National Medal of Technology and Innovation. He named the

phenomenon Ablative Photo Decomposition (APD). He got this award for the discovery of


59. Shihab Ghanem the First Arab to receive India’s Tagore Peace Prize : On 26

December The Asiatic society will award the Tagore Peace Prize to Emirati poet and

translator Shihab Ghanem .Shihab Ghanem the first Arab to receive India’s Tagore Peace

Prize.The peace prize is named after Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali creative talent and

India’s first Nobel laureate.

60. Pratibha Ray Won 2011 Jnanpith Award : Leading Oriya novelist and academician

Pratibha Ray, who has over 40 novels, travelogues and short stories to her credit, was

named for the prestigious Jnanpith Award for the year 2011 on 27 December 2012.

61. Astronautical Society’s Aryabhatta award for Muthunayagam & Saraswat : The

former secretary of the Department of Ocean Development, A.E. Muthunayagam, will

received the prestigious Aryabhatta award, instituted by the Astronautical Society of India

(ASI), for 2010 and V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister, will receive

the award for 2011.They have been selected for their achievements in rocketry.

62. Malala won ” 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award “ : On 3 January Malala

Yousafzai, the teenaged Pakistani school girl shot by a Taliban gunman last year , has

been awarded the ” 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award ” from Ireland for her

courage and determination to speak out in support of equal access to education for

children.Malala is the second Pakistani to get the award. In 2007, it was given to late

Benazir Bhutto.

63. Malala honored with the French ” Simone de Beauvoir ” Prize : On 9 January Malala

Yousafzai (15), the schoolgirl from Pakistan shot by Taliban for campaigning girls’

education, received France’s Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom in Paris.

Malala’s father Ziaudin Yousafzai received the honour on her behalf. he award is

accompanied with 2.5 million RupeTes honorarium.

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