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Arjuna Awards 2015
These awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 29 August 2015.
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee will receive medal, certificate and award money of 7.5 lakh rupees and Arjuna Awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and award money of 5 lakh rupees each.
President Pranab Mukherjee approved 67 Gallantry Awards
The President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Pranab Mukherjee on 14 August 2015 approved 67 Gallantry Awards to armed forces personnel and members of paramilitary forces. The awards were approved on the eve of India’s 69th Independence Day celebrations.
The approved awards include two Kirti Chakras, 10 Shaurya Chakras, one Bar to Sena Medal (Gallantry), 49 Sena Medals (Gallantry), two Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry) and three Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry).
List of Awardees
The President also awarded 20 Mention-in-Despatches to Army & Para Military personnel for their significant contributions in different military operations which include three for ‘Operation Meghdoot’, 12 for ‘Operation Rakshak’, one for ‘Operation Orchid’, one for ‘Operation Hifazat’ and three for ‘Operation Rhino’.
Mustansir Barma won 2015 Gujar Mal Modi award for innovative science and technology
Prof. Mustansir Barma on 14 August 2015 won the prestigious Gujar Mal Modi Award for Innovative Science and Technology for the year 2015. He was awarded for his commendable contribution in the field of Science and Technology.
He received the award from Vice President of India Hamid Ansari at a ceremony in New Delhi.
Barma, a distinguished Professor and former Director of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, has made immense contribution in the field of Statistical Physics in India.
He has published numerous papers on the topic and is one of the best recognized names in the discipline internationally. His personal initiative helped in expanding the TIFR campus in Hyderabad.
About the Gujar Mal Modi Innovative Science and Technology Award
The award was instituted by the GM Modi Foundation in the memory of industrialist Gujar Mal Modi in 1988. The award is presented on 9 August every year to a scientist of eminence, who has made outstanding contribution to science & technology. The award carries a cash prize of 2.01 lakh rupees, a scroll of honour and a silver shield
Prof. Satish Dhawan was the first recipient of the award in the 1988 for his contribution in the field of space and Remote Sensing Technology.
President Pranab Mukherjee presented Saraswati Sammaan to Dr. M Veerappa Moily
President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on 10 August 2015 presented the 24th Saraswati Sammaan for the year 2014 to Dr. M Veerappa Moily, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) in New Delhi. He received the award for his epic Sri Ramayana Mahanveshanam written in Kannada.
Divided into five volumes, Ramayana Mahanveshanam was first published in 2007 in Kannada. Later the poem was translated into English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.
Moily’s work was selected for the award in March 2015 by a 13-member panel of scholars and writers headed by former Chief Justice of India RC Lahoti.
About Saraswati Samman
Saraswati Samman is an annual award that is given in recognition of outstanding prose or poetry literary works in Indian languages that are listed in Schedule VIII of the constitution of India.
This Samman is given for the literary works of last 10 years. The award was established in 1991 by KK Birla Foundation and carries a prize amount of 10 lakh rupees along with citation and a plaque.
The KK Birla Foundation has instituted three awards in the field of literature. These are Saraswati Samman, Vyas Samman (for Hindi) and Bihari Puraskar (for Hindi and Rajasthani writers of Rajasthan).
On 23 September 2014, the Saraswati Samman 2013 was given to Govind Mishra, the renowned Hindi author for his novel Dhool Paudhon Par that was published in 2008.
Indian sociobiologist Raghavendra Gadagkar was on 7 August 2015 awarded with the Germany's highest civilian honour Cross of Order of the Merit at the German Consulate in Bengaluru.
He was bestowed with the honour for his contribution in the field of behavioural ecology and sociobiology and for strengthening research corporation between India and Germany.
Currently, Gadagkar is a professor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (IISc). He is also the president of the Indian National Science Academy and has published more than 270 research papers and two books.
His first book, Survival Strategies, has been translated into Chinese and Korean. He was also the founding Chair person of the Centre for Contemporary Studies, established at IISc in 2004.
About Cross of Order of the Merit
• The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany was instituted in 1951 by Federal President Theodor Heuss.
• This accolade is awarded by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany for outstanding achievements in political, economical, cultural, intellectual, and volunteering fields.
• The Order of Merit may be awarded to Germans as well as to foreigners. No pecuniary reward is attached with the award.
Mathematician Doctor Amalendu Krishna on 3 August 2015 won the Ramanujan Prize for year 2015. He was bestowed with this award for his outstanding contributions in the area of algebraic cycles, algebraic K-theory and the theory of motives.
Presently, Krishna is a mathematician professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai.
He hails from Bihar and had completed his early college and schooling from there itself. From 2001 til 2004, he taught mathematics as the Hedrick Assistant Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Krishna is the second Indian to win this award, first was Sujatha Ramadorai who had won the award in 2006.
• Constituted in 2005, the award is named after the noted Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
• The award recognizes a researcher from a developing country who has conducted outstanding research in a developing country and is less than 45 years of age.
• It is awarded jointly by Italy based International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Department of Science and Technology (DoST) of India and the International Mathematical Union (IMU).
• The award carries a citation and a monetary prize of 15000 US dollars.
Hindi litterateur Kashinath Singh was on 3 August 2015 chosen for the Uttar Pradesh's highest literary award Bharat Bharti for the year 2014. The award is given by UP Hindi Sansthan every year. It carries a cash prize of 5 lakh rupees.
Singh has penned many novels and short stories. One of his most famous novel is Kashi ka Assi, which captures the vibrant hues of Banaras.
Besides Singh, several other writers were also selected in various categories by a committee set up by Hindi Sansthaan. Some of these prominent awardees were:
• Mridula Garg for Lohia Sahitya category
• Vinod Kumar Shukla for Hindi Gaurav category
• Krishna Bihari Mishra for Mahatama Gandhi Sahitya Samman
• Abhiraj Rajendra Mishra for Deendayal Upadhaya Sahitya Samman
• Ramkrishna Rajput for Avantibai Sahitya Samman
The Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) on 29 July 2015 announced the Ramon Magsaysay awardees for the year 2015.
Among the five awardees who will be conferred with the so-called Asia’s Nobel Prize, there are two Indians, namely Sanjiv Chaturvedi and Anshu Gupta.
The awards will be presented on 31 August 2015 at Manila, Philippines.
List of Awardees
Sanjiv Chaturvedi, India: He was awarded for Emergent Leadership for his exemplary integrity, courage and tenacity in uncompromisingly exposing and painstakingly investigating corruption in public office. He is an Indian Forest Service officer and currently the deputy secretary of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He also served as a Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) at AIIMS during 2012-14.
Anshu Gupta, India: He was recognized for his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India and his enterprising leadership in treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor. He founded Goonj in 1999, which is a non-governmental organisation based in Delhi and works in 21 states across India in disaster relief, humanitarian aid and community development.
Kommaly Chanthavong, Laos: She was recognized for her fearless, indomitable spirit to revive and develop the ancient Laotian art of silk weaving, creating livelihoods for thousands of poor, war-displaced Laotians, and thus preserving the dignity of women and her nation’s priceless silken cultural treasure.
Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa, the Philippines: She was recognized for her single-minded crusade in preserving the endangered artistic heritage of southern Philippines, and in creatively propagating a dance form that celebrates and deepens the sense of shared cultural identity among Asians.
Kyaw Thu, Myanmar: He was recognized for his generous compassion in addressing the fundamental needs of both the living and the dead in Myanmar -- regardless of their class or religion -- and his channeling personal fame and privilege to mobilize many others toward serving the greater social good.
About Ramon Magsaysay Award
The Award established in 1957 is Asia’s highest honour and is widely regarded as the region’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
The Award honours those individuals whose lives are characterized by selfless service which impacts the lives of the greater many – the same ideals and achievement for which the Philippines third President Ramon Magsaysay is remembered.
The awardees receive a certificate, a medallion bearing the likeness of the late President, and a cash prize.
Till date 307 persons have received the award which was first given in 1958.
Helena Ndume of Namibia and Jorge Sampaio of Portugal were on 24 July 2015 awarded with the first-ever Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize by the United Nations (UN) at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Ndume, a female ophthalmologist, was awarded for treating blindness and eye-related illnesses in Namibia and throughout the developing world.
While Sampaio, the former president of Portugal from 1996 to 2006 and also the former mayor of Lisbon from 1989 to 1995, was awarded for his contribution to his country for his struggle for the restoration of democracy in Portugal.
The award ceremony was a part of the annual commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day, which is observed on 18 July every year.
The prize was established in June 2014 by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to pay homage to Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary life and legacy of reconciliation, political transition and social transformation.
It also recognizes the achievements of those who dedicate their lives to the service of humanity particularly in the promotion of social cohesion and community development by promoting the UN purposes and principles.
Historian Ramachandra Guha was on 24 July 2015 chosen for the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize 2015 in the Academic Category.
The prize will be conferred upon him on 17 September 2015 in Fukuoka International Congress Center in Japan, following which the awardees will be deliberating lectures at high-schools and universities across the city.
Guha, who is best known for his book India After Gandhi, will speak on Gandhi, India and the World at the event. The aim of his lecture would be to increase awareness of the value of Asian cultures as well as to establish a framework within which Asians can learn from and share with each other.
About Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize
The Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize, established in 1990 by the Japanese city of Fukuoaka, recognises outstanding achievements by individuals or groups in preserving and creating the unique and diverse cultures of Asia.
The Fukuoka Prize is offered in three categories viz. Grand prize, Academic prize and Arts and Culture prize.
Nobel Prize winner Professor Peter Higgs on 20 July 2015 won the world’s oldest scientific prize, the Royal Society’s Copley Medal. With this, 86-year old Higgs joined the ranks of Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
He was awarded the medal for his fundamental contribution to particle physics and his pioneering work on the theory of the Higgs boson that explains the origin of mass in elementary particles. The presence of Higgs boson was confirmed by the experiments at Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2012.
Modern physics suggests that matter consists of a set of particles that act as building blocks and that between these particles lie forces that are controlled by another set of particles. A fundamental property of the majority of particles is that they have a mass.
In 1964, Peter Higgs proposed a theory about the existence of a particle that explains why these other particles have a mass. At the same time, yet separately, François Englert and Robert Brout proposed the same theory.
The existence of the Higgs boson was confirmed by two experiments carried out at the Large Hadron Collider in 2012 with the resultant effect that the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded jointly to Peter Higgs and François Englert.
The Copley medal was first awarded by the Royal Society in 1731, 170 years before the first Nobel Prize. It is awarded for outstanding achievements in scientific research.
In 2014 it was awarded to DNA fingerprinting pioneer Alec Jeffreys and Andre Geim was given the award in 2013 for his discovery of graphene.
Benoy Behl won the Best Documentary Producer award at Madrid International Film Festival
Film-maker Benoy Behl in fourth week of July 2015 won the Best Documentary Producer award at Madrid International Film Festival. He was awarded for producing and directing a documentary film titled Indian Roots of Tibetan Buddhism.
Bhel shot the documentary for XPD Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, which was released by Ministry of External Affairs in February 2014.
The film is shot extensively in Tibet, Kalmykia in European Russia, Ladakh, Spiti, Arunachal Pradesh, Nalanda, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath and Karnataka.
The film traces the foundation of Tibetan Buddhism to its roots in ancient India’s Nalanda University and the hundreds of year-old spiritual relationship that India share with Tibet.
The documentary features quotes and analogies from various Tibetan Buddhist teachers and scholars including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Prof Samdhong Rinpoche.
Indian American Sunita Viswanath honoured as Champions of Change by US White House
Indian American woman Sunita Viswanath was on 16 July 2015 honoured as Champions of Change by the White House of United States (US). She was among 12 other faith leaders who were awarded for their efforts in protecting environment and communities from the effects of climate change.
Sunita was selected for her work to encourage Hindus to take care of the environment. Sunita is co-founder and active board member of the 14-year-old front-line women's human rights organisation, Women for Afghan Women.
Born in Chennai, she has been working with women's and human rights organisations for almost three decades.
Sunita is also co-founder and board member of Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus, living and building a Hinduism that prioritises social justice, and upholding the Hindu principles of ekatva (oneness), ahimsa (non-violence) and sadhana (faith in action).
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.
Sayed Haider Raza honoured with highest French civilian honour Legion of Honour
Modern Indian artist Sayed Haider Raza was on 14 July 2015 conferred with the highest French civilian honour, the Commandeur de la Legion d’ Honneur (the Legion of Honour). The award was presented by French Ambassador Francois Richier on the occasion of the French National Day celebrations.
Raza was conferred with the award for his superior achievements transcending all boundaries, for the lasting ties he has forged between France and India and for his continuing artistic quest straddling nations, cultures, religions and philosophies.
About Sayed Haider Raza
• Syed Haider Raza alias SH Raza is an Indian artist who has lived and worked in France since 1950, but maintains strong ties with India.
• He became India’s priciest modern artist in June 2010 when his seminal work titled Saurashtra was sold for 16.42 crore rupees at a Christie’s auction.
• Raza’s work represents the origins of life and draws on symbols that tribal painters and highly sophisticated Indian philosophers have traced, pondered and mulled over for millennia.
About la Legion d’ Honneur
The la Legion d’ Honneur award was created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the highest civilian award given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France, regardless of the nationality of the recipients.
The President of the French Republic is the Grand Master of the Order of the Legion of Honour.
World Food Prize 2015 to be conferred on Sir Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh
The World Food Prize Foundation on 1 July 2015 announced to confer the 2015 World Food Prize on Sir Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh. He will be awarded the prize in October 2015 during the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium at Des Moines in Iowa, the USA.
He was selected for the coveted award by the Selection Committee for the World Food Prize headed by eminent Indian agricultural scientist Prof MS Swaminathan.
Sir Abed has been recognized for his decades of service to human development and through building Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) that operates in 10 countries around the world.
BRAC, set up by Sir Abed is the largest non-governmental organization in the world that employs over 150000 employees and covered a vast gamut of activities related to poverty alleviation and development.
• It is the foremost international award recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.
• It is a 250000 dollars award formally presented at the Laureate Award Ceremony in mid-October, on or around World Food Day (October 16), in conjunction with the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium.
• An individual or individuals having demonstrated exceptional achievement in any field involved in enhancing food production and distribution and increasing food availability and accessibility to those most in need are considered for this award.
• It was created in 1987 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr Norman Borlaug. It was sponsored by businessman and philanthropist John Ruan who stepped forward to endow the Prize in 1990. Today John Ruan's son, John Ruan III has succeeded his father as chairman of the World Food Prize.
• M S Swaminathan was the first recipient of the award in 1987, who, incidentally, heads the present selection committee.
• The World Food Prize 2014 was awarded to Indian-born Mexican scientist Sanjaya Rajaram for his scientific research that led to a prodigious increase in world wheat production by more than 200 million tons building upon the successes of the Green Revolution.
The district administration of Nadia, West Bengal was on 26 June 2015 conferred with the United Nations Public Service Award 2015 for eliminating open defecation in the district.
The award was presented by acting Secretary General of the UN Lenni Montiel along with Head UN Women Stefani Senese to District Magistrate of Nadia and Sabhapati of Nadia Zilla Parishad on conclusion of United Nations Day Celebrations 2015 held at Medellin, Columbia.
Nadia district could achieve this feat due to its collaborative effort with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Bank aimed at construction of toilets across the district.
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