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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. PHYSICS Serge Haroche and France For ground-breaking
experimental methods that
enable measuring and
manipulation of individual
David J. Wineland America
2. CHEMISTRY Robert J. Lefkowitz and America For studies of G-Proteincoupled
Brain K. Kobilka America
3. PHYSIOLOGY OR
cells can be reprogrammed to
Shinya Yamanaka Japan
allocations and the practice of
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
and human rights in Europe.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.