AWARDS - 2019 MARCH

March 1

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, confers the award ceremony for the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
The SSB prize is awarded each year on the basis of conspicuously important and outstanding contributions to human knowledge and progress, made through work done primarily in India during the five years, proceeding the year of the prize.
The SSB prize, comprising a citation, a cash award of Five Lakh rupees and a plaque is given to each person selected for the award in the following disciplines viz. Biological sciences, Chemical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Engineering Sciences and Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Science.
The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prize for Science and Technology was instituted in the year 1957, in the memory of late Dr (Sir) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, the founder director of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Any citizen of India engaged in research in any field of science and technology up to the age of 45 years is eligible to be nominated.

March 2

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu presented Kalam Innovation in Governance Award 2019 at the third edition of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Summit on Innovation and Governance, in New Delhi.
On this occasion, he also started 75 new Kalam Digital Libraries spread across the country, which will be serving as centers for no-cost digital based learning in schools.
Vice President urged the young generation to research and come up with new ideas and innovations and contributes to the Indian growth story.
Paying tribute to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Vice president said that Kalam stood for vision that for India to become a superpower "Governance should be transparent, responsive and corruption free''. Besides, Vice President also called for global action against terrorism.

March 3

Bharti AXA General Insurance has been conferred with the ‘Non-Life Insurer of The Year Award 2019 by the Assocham.
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) honored Bharti AXA General Insurance with this recognition for its excellence and contribution to the non-life insurance sector during the recently-held Insurance Leaders Meet 2019 (Regulation, Disruption and Product Dynamics) and Excellence Awards in Kolkata.
It is a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and French insurance giant AXA.
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) is one of the apex trade associations of India. The organization represents the interests of trade and commerce in India, and acts as an interface between issues and initiatives. The goal of this organization is to promote both domestic and international trade, and reduce trade barriers while fostering conducive environment for the growth of trade and industry of India.

March 4

The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) has bagged the SKOCH Award, 2018 for its achievements in the field of disaster management
The award, conferred by Skoch Group, covers the best efforts in the areas of finance, governance, banking, disaster management, technology, economics and inclusive growth.
The OSDMA received an Order-of-merit in the Gold category for constructing 879 multipurpose cyclone and flood shelters that played a key role in saving human lives during Cyclone Phailin in 2013.
It also bagged an 'Order-of-merit' in the silver category for constructing disaster resilient houses for about 17,000 Phailin affected families by relocating them to safer places.
The 'Order-of-merit Bronze was given to the OSDMA for its Early Warning Dissemination System for different hydro-meteorological disasters across the coastline of Odisha which will benefit 1,205 villages in 22 blocks of six coastal districts.
The award was received by Arabinda Ray, System Expert and MIS Specialist, OSDMA.The award is being given since 2003.

G. Satheesh Reddy selected as the co-winner of the 2019 Missile Systems Award
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has selected G. Satheesh Reddy, the Secretary of India’s Department of Defence R&D and Chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as the co-winner of the 2019 Missile Systems Award.
For his over three decades of significant national contributions toward indigenous design, development, and deployment of diversified strategic and tactical missile systems, guided weapons, advanced avionics, and navigation technologies in India.
He is the first person outside the USA to be awarded with this prestigious award in nearly four decades. Dr. Reddy will share the prize with Rondell J. Wilson, a former Principal Engineering Fellow of Raytheon Missile Systems.

Tata Steel Recognized as One Of World’s Most Ethical Companies
The award has been given by Ethisphere Institute, USA.
With this, Tata Steel has got the recognition eight times in the 'Metals, Minerals and Mining' category.
In 2019, 128 honorees across 21 countries and 50 industries have been recognized.

The ''Non-Life Insurer of the Year Award 2019'' is awarded to Bharti AXA General.
ASSOCHAM (The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India), which is one of the apex trade associations of India has conferred ''Non-Life Insurer of the Year Award 2019'' to Bharti AXA General Insurance.
It is a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and French insurance giant AXA.
This award recognizes efficacy, excellence and contribution in the insurance industry annually.

March 5

Indian Bank received best bank award from Tamil Nadu
Indian Bank has been conferred with the Best Bank award by Tamil Nadu Government for successfully meeting the needs of Women’s self-help groups (SHGs).
The award was presented to MK Bhattacharya, the executive director of Indian Bank by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu K. Palaniswami at Salem.

Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been chosen for the first Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar constituted by the Akhil Bharatiya Digambar Jain Mahasamiti
The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 2.51 lakh, a memento, and a citation. It will be presented to Abhinandan Varthaman on April 17 the Mahavir Jayanti.
Abhinandan Varthaman, a wing-commander in the Indian Air Force shot into limelight in the ongoing bilateral tensions between Indian and Pakistan aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.
In the dogfight that followed, he crossed into Pakistan territory wherein he was struck by missiles. He was captured by the Pakistan Military and was later handed over to India as a peace gesture.

March 6

Nobel Prize in Literature to be awarded twice this year
The Nobel Prize for Literature will be awarded twice this year after it was withheld in 2018 due to a sexual misconduct scandal involving the photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, husband of poet and former Swedish Academy member Katarina Frostenson.
The Nobel Prize in Literature will once again be awarded, and this autumn Laureates for both 2018 and 2019 will be announced.

Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II was presented to Sir Alastair Cook
Sir Alastair Cook is a former skipper of the England cricket team.
He was honoured by Elizabeth II, the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace, London, for his service to cricket.
He is the 11th English cricketer to be awarded Knighthood for services to cricket. Previous English Cricketer was Sir Ian Botham received Knighthood award in 2007.

Phani Bhushan Biswas wins Sulabh Sculpture Award
Nonagenarian artist Phani Bhushan Biswas was awarded the Rs. 10 lakh "Sulabh Sculpture Award" on the 49th Foundation Day of Sulabh International.
Biswas, who hails from the Sitamari district in Bihar, received the award from Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak.
Sulabh International Launched in 1970 as a small campaign in Bihar, the 'Sulabh movement' gained momentum owing to its contribution and engagement in the field of sanitation and social upliftment.
Japanese architect ArataIsozaki has received this year's Pritzker Prize, widely considered to be the profession's highest honour.
ArataIsozakiis the 46th Pritzker laureate and the eighth Japanese architect to receive the honour.
Isozaki will be awarded the prize of $100,000 (£76,000) in May at a ceremony at the Chateau de Versailles in France.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Palau Saint Jordi indoor sporting arena in Barcelona are among more than 100 of his major projects
Swachh Survekhshan Awards 2019 were released
Indore has been adjudged India’s cleanest city for the third straight year in the central government’s cleanliness survey.
Bhopal is India’s cleanest capital/ UT city and Ujjain is India’s cleanest medium city (population 3-10 lakh).
The Swachh Survekshan awards 2019 were conferred by President Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi.
Among states, Chhattisgarh emerged India’s top performer followed by Jharkhand and Maharashtra.
New Delhi Municipal Council area was given the ‘Cleanest Small City’ award.
Ahmedabad is India’s cleanest big city (population >10 lakh). Uttarakhand’s Gauchar was adjudged the ‘Best Ganga Town’.

March 7

Mumbai airport tops in ‘over 40 m’ passenger category
The GVK-led Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) has been awarded for being the best airport by size and region in the ‘Over 40 Million’ passenger category by the Airport Council International (ACI) World.
The award was in recognition of excellence in customer experience in the Asia-Pacific region.
The award ceremony will be held at the second ASQ Forum & ACI Customer Experience Global Summit that will take place from September 2 to 5 in Bali, Indonesia.
This is the highest possible reward for any airport operator covering more than half of the world's 8.3 billion passengers.
The airport, which sees a footfall of over 40 million passengers a year, has been conferred with the best airport award by ACI for the fourth time in a row since 2015.

March 8

44 women were chosen for Nari Shakti Puraskar-2018
President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Nari Shakti Puraskar 2018, the highest civilian honour for women, on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
44 awardees (41 Individuals and 3 Institutions) selected out of around 1,000 nominations received by the Women and Child Development Ministry.
Scientists A Seema and Ipsita Biswas, Doordarshan News anchor Neelum Sharma, acid attack survivor Pragya Prasun, radio music composer Madhuri Barthwal, the only woman marine pilot in India, Reshma Nilofar Naha and activist Manju Manikuttan are among the awardees.
Bhubaneswar's Biju Patnaik International Airport wins the prestigious ASQ award
The Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Bhubaneswar has won the 2018 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) award as the leading airport in size and region. The Airports Council International selected BPIA for the prestigious award.
Chandigarh Airport, Devi AhilyabaiHolkar Airport in Indore, SM Badaruddin II Airport in Indonesia, SS Kasim II Airport in Indonesia andYichangSanxia Airport in China were also chosen for the award.
The BPIA won the ASQ award for being the best airport in terms of size and region (2-5 million passengers in Asia-Pacific).
The award is accorded on the basis of independent survey amongst passengers on various parameters of security, safety, experience, ambience, ease of availability and cleanliness.

March 9

Acko Awarded the Coveted Golden Peacock Award for Innovative Product
ACKO General Insurance a new-age digital insurance company was awarded the coveted Golden Peacock Innovative Product Award - 2019, for their contextual micro insurance product “Ola Ride Insurance”.
The award was presented to Mr.Biresh Giri, Appointed Actuary & CRO, Acko in the presence of global business leaders at the recently held event in Dubai.

March 10

India claims the 1st Prize at The International ‘Golden City Gate Tourism Awards 2019’ in the category of ‘TV Cinema Spot’ at ITB, Berlin
The awards were received by Shri Yogendra Tripathi, Secretary, Tourism on 08th March 2019 at ITB, Berlin being held from the 6th to 10th March 2019.
Following promotional films / television commercials produced by the Ministry as part of its Incredible India 2.0 Campaign received the awards:
Yogi of the Racetrack
The Reincarnation of Mr. and Mrs. Jones
Sanctuary in Paris
Maharani of Manhattan and
The Masala Master Chef
Chameli Devi Jain Award won by BBC Journalist Priyanka Dubey
A bilingual correspondent with the BBC at its Delhi bureau, Priyanka Dubey won the Chameli Devi Jain Award 2018 as outstanding women journalist.
She was chosen for her multi-faceted, interrogative and investigative reports. She helped to uncover the reality underlying in the social and political issues.
Maneka Gandhi, felicitated the 30 winners of the ‘Web Wonder Women’ contest organized by the Ministry of Women and Child Development
Maneka Gandhi, along with a panel of 10 judges, finalised the names of 30 women from over 240 nominations received under the categories media, awareness, legal, health, governmental, food, environment, development, business and art.

March 11

President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Padma awards on prominent personalities at a civil investiture ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan.
President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Padma awards on 47 of this year’s 112 recipients at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The remaining winners are expected to be conferred the honour on March 16.
List of some Prominent Persons of Awardees
Pamabushan:

Person
Field
Mohanlal Actor
Pravin Gordhan Politician (South Africa)
Jhon Chambers Former Cisco head
Hukumdev Narayan Yadav Politician
Kariya Munda Politician
Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa Politician
Kuldip Nayar (Posthumously) Journalist

Padma Shri:

Person
Field
Harika Dronavalli Chess
Sharat Kamal Table Tennis
Muktaben Dagli Social Worker
Bhagirathi Devi Social Worker
Prabhudeva Dance
Shankar Mahadevan Music
S. Jaishankar Former Civil Servant
Rajkumari Devi Agriculturist
Babaulal Dahiya Agriculturist
Dilip Chakravarty Archaeologist
Mammen Chandy Hematologist

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March 13

Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan gets Yashwantrao Chavan national award
He was awarded for his contribution towards economic development.
Rajan received the award at a function on the occasion of 106th birth anniversary of late Yashwantrao Chavan, who was the first chief minister of Maharashtra.
About Yashwantrao Chavan national award:
The award is given every year by the Yashwantrao Chavan Prathisthan to individuals/institutions in recognition of their outstanding contribution towards national integration, democratic values, and social and economic development.

Infrastructure major Megha Engineering Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) enters Limca Records & Asia Book of Records for completing a power sub-station in just seven months.
The construction of 400/220 KV power sub-station at Nambula Poola Kunta in Anantapur district was taken up on September 25, 2015 and completed on April 25, 2016.
Normally, it takes 15 to 18 months for executing such projects, but MEIL could complete it within seven months as per the PGCIL requirements.
Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), for which the project was built, has chosen MEIL for ‘Best Debutant Award’ with a memento and citation.
Earlier, MEIL made its way into Limca Book for completing Pattiseema Lift Irrigation project in Andhra Pradesh in record time.

March 14

President confers gallantry and distinguished service awards
The President and Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces Ram Nath Kovind conferred 3 Kirti Chakras and 15 Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty at a solemn ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. 2 Kirti Chakras and 1 Shaurya Chakra were given posthumously.
The President also conferred 15 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, 1 Uttam Yudh Seva Medals and 25 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals to senior officers of the Armed Forces for distinguished service of an exceptional order.
Kirti Chakra Winners:
Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh, The Rajput regiment (Posthumous): Army
Shri rajendra Kumar Nain, Constable, 130 bn, CRPF (posthumous): MHA.
Major Tushargauba, The Jat regiment: Army.

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Sona Yukti gets global award for equipping youth with skills
Skill development and training institute Sona Yukti has been given the social enterprise network (SEN) sustainability award for education.
The award was presented by Young Presidents Organisation to CEO of Sona Yukti Chockalingam Valliappa at its annual event held in Cape Town, South Africa.
The award is given in recognition of helping over 55,000 economically disadvantaged individuals, majority of them women, by training them to land highly skilled jobs in marginalised communities.
The organisation has presence in rural areas of Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
Film director, novelist Ved Rahi to get Kusumagraj literature award
Instituted by the city-based Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), the "Kusumagraj Rashtriya Sahitya Puraskar" carries cash prize of Rs one lakh, a memento and a citation.
Rahi will be handed over the award at a function to be held at the YCMOU soon.
Rahi has penned seven novels in Dogri language. He was given Sahitya Akademi award for his Dogri novel, "Aale" in 1983.
He was director of 1991 Doordarshan television serial, "Gul Gulshan Gulfaam".
Padmanaban Gopalan bagged the Commonwealth Youth Award for the Asian region
Padmanaban Gopalan, founder of the organisation No Food Waste, received the Commonwealth Youth Award 2019 for Asia Region worth 3,000 pounds at a ceremony held in Commonwealth’s Headquarters in London.
The food waste management organisation focuses on collecting surplus food from weddings, parties and other places to distribute among the people in need.
According to the organisation, nearly 900 people are supplied food by No Food Waste every day across 14 cities.
The organisation runs a mobile application that facilitates mapping of “hunger communities” and encourages users to offer food at specific “hunger spots”.

March 15

Kent RO receives the Best Domestic Water Purifier Award 2019
One of the leading brands in the water purifier industry, Kent RO Systems Pvt. Ltd. has been bestowed with the Best Domestic Water Purifier Award 2018-19 for its RO+UV+UF technology at the Water Digest Water Awards organized at The Lalit, New Delhi.
Water Digest Water Awards backed by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and UNESCO, is a prestigious domestic water award with the vision to awaken the 'Eco-Consciousness', it is an eminent platform to appreciate the outstanding and exceptional accomplishment in the environment sector.
Kent RO Systems has been awarded various prestigious recognition and accolades over the past years, including Organization of the Year Awards 2017, Best Domestic Water Purifier Award 2016-17, Asia's Most Promising Brand 2016 and many more.

Hindi writer Leeladhar Jagudi will be honoured with the Vyas Samman 2018 by the KK Birla Foundation for his collection of poems “Jitne Log Utne Prem”.
Leeladhar Jagudi was born in Dhangal village of Uttarakhand. He received Padma Shri in 2004 and Sahitya Akademi Award, Akashvani National Award and Uttarakhand Gaurav Samman as well.
He also authored several poetry anthologies. Shankhmukhi Shikharo Par, Natak Jaari Hai, Raat Ab Bhi Maujood Hai and Bhay Bhi Shakti Deta Hai are some of his famous books.
The Vyas Samman, started in 1991 is given to an “outstanding literary work” in Hindi authored by an Indian citizen which has been published in the last decade. The award carries an amount of ₹4 lakh.

Professor Ashis Nandy Chosen for Hans-Kilian-Prize 2019
Former director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) and internationally renowned Indian psychologist professor Ashis Nandy has been chosen as the recipient of the Hans-Kilian Award for 2019.
Ashis Nandy’s work focused on two diametrically opposed and oscillating domains of existence – human potential and human destructiveness.
He received the prestigious Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2007.
Hans-Kilian-Prize was named after the late social psychologist and psychoanalyst Hans Kilian and given by the Kohler Foundation. It carries an amount of 80,000 Euros.

March 16

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has presented Business Line Changemaker Awards 2019 in New Delhi
Manmohan Singh presented the BusinessLine Changemaker of the Year award to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, for successfully introducing the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
The Young Changemaker award was shared by Anju Verma (promoting the education of underprivileged children), and Kush and Arjun Pandey (developers of ScoutMe app for tapping football talent).
The Social Transformation award went to the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, which provides quality education in Maoist and Naxal-affected hinterlands.
The Digital Transformation award was given to eNAM for enabling farmers to directly sell their produce in the market.
The Iconic Changemaker award to Bezwada Wilson. He is an Indian human rights activist.

Swati Shingade of Pune, Maharashtra has bagged the first prize of DD Mahila Kisan Award for 2018-19.
Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash gave away the award to Ms Shingade at a grand finale event organised by DD Kisan Channel in New Delhi.
As many as 110 women farmers participated in the award competition, out which five were selected for the grand finale.
The Kisan Channel has provided a platform to the women farmers and the aim of the channel is to make aware the people about the various schemes of the government.

March 18

Chennai teen pianist Lydian Nadhaswaram wins American reality show ''The World's Best''
The pianist, who recently wowed the viewers on The Ellen DeGeneres Show with his blindfold act pipped South Korea's Kukkiwon a.k.a The Flying Taekwondo Masters and won the USD 1 million prize.
For the finals, Lydian Nadhaswaram performed two piano medleys and impressed the judges and audience alike.
Lydian Nadhaswaram is also a student of the Chennai-based KM Music Conservatory which is run by A.R. Rahman.

Gollapudi Srinivas Award was conferred for ''96'' Film director C. Prem Kumar
C. Prem Kumar, who is a Cinematographer-turned-director, will be awarded with 22nd Gollapudi Srinivas National Award for his debut film Tamil ''96'' on 12th August 2019 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
The honour, instituted by the Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Foundation, is given to a debutant filmmaker in Indian Cinema annually in the memory of Gollapudi Srinivas, who passed away in an accident while making his first project.
The award consists of a cash prize of Rs. 1.5 lakh and a memento. ''96'' is the 2nd Tamil film after Kutty (2011) directed by Janaki Viswanathan to receive this award.
Film 96, starring Trisha and Vijay Sethupathi in the lead, was set against the backdrop of a school alumni reunion.

March 19

Raghu Karnad awarded Windham-Campbell prize in the UK for his debut book
Writer Raghu Karnad has won the Windham-Campbell prize under non-fiction category for his work Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War (2015).
He is Wire.in’s Chief of Bureau and editor-at-large, he is among eight writers who have been chosen for this award this year and he will get a cash prize of $1,65,000.
The award was given by Yale University in the United Kingdom to 8 recipients of English language writers from around the world.
The book was also awarded the Sahitya Akedemi Yuva Puraskar for a writer in English in the year in 2016, the book was shortlisted for the Hessell-Tiltman Prize.

He is the second Indian to receive the windham-campbell prize, since Jerry Pinto won it for ghis novel, Em and Big Hoom (2006).

Marcelo Gleiser, Physicist, Wins 2019 Templeton Prize
Brazilian physicist and astronomer Marcelo Gleiser has been awarded the 2019 Templeton Prize, worth $1.4 million, for his work blending science and spirituality.
Gleiser, 60, is the first Latin American to win the award. Previous winners of the award, started in 1972 by late global investor Sir John Templeton, include the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa.

March 20

American Mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck Becomes First Woman To Win Prestigious Abel Prize
Karen Uhlenbeck receives the Abel Prize 2019 for her fundamental work in geometric analysis and gauge theory, which has dramatically changed the mathematical landscape.
Her theories have revolutionised our understanding of minimal surfaces, such as those formed by soap bubbles, and more general minimization problems in higher dimensions.
She is the first woman to win the prize, which comes with a cheque for six million kroner (620,000 euros, $703,000). She is also a role model and a strong advocate for gender equality in science and mathematics.
Abel Prize Named after the 19th century Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel, the prize was established by the Oslo government in 2002 and first awarded in 2003, to honour outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics, a discipline not included among the Nobel awards.

March 22

The Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA) announced 15 winners of the 60th Annual Academy Awards
All the awardees will be honoured with a plaque, a shawl and prize money of Rs 1 lakh at the 60th National Exhibition of Art, scheduled from March 25 to April 8 at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and Sir JJ School of Art.
This year, the Akademi received over 6,100 entries by 2,836 artists. The figures almost doubled from last year's 1,433 applicant artists.
Person
State
Chandan Kumar Samal
Odisha
Gouri Vemula
Telangana
Hemant Rao
Madhya Pradesh
Hiren Kumar Chotu Bhai Patel
Gujarat
Jaya Jena
Odisha
Jayesh K.K Kerala
Jitendra Suresh Sutar
Maharashtra
Douglas Maryan John
Maharashtra
Pratap Chandra Chakraborty
West Bengal
Rashmi Singh

Uttar Pradesh
Sachin Kashinath Chaudhari
Maharashtra
Sunil Kumar Viswakarma
Uttar Pradesh
Tabassum Khan
Bihar
Vasudeo Taranath Kamath
Maharashtra
Veenita Sadguru Chendvankar Goa

March 23

India’s first forest certification scheme Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) gets global recognition
The council of Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), a Geneva-based non-profit has decided to endorse the Certification Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) developed by Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF), an Indian non-profit.
Forest certification is a market based conservation tool which is designed to promote sustainable management of trees outside forest by an independent third party.

March 24

64th Vimal Elaichi Filmfare Awards 2019: Complete winners' list
64th Filmfare Awards function was held at Jio Garden, BKC, Mumbai.
The starry night was hosted by actors Shah Rukh Khan, Rajkummar Rao and Vicky Kaushal.
Alia Bhatt won Best Actress for Raazi and Ranbir Kapoor won Best Actor for Sanju.
Category
Winner
Best Film
Raazi
Critics Best Film
Andhadhun
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male)
Ranbir Kapoor (Sanju)
Critics Best Actor in Leading Role (Male) Ayushmann Khurrana (Andhadhun), Ranveer Singh (Padmaavat)
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Female)
Alia Bhatt (Raazi)
Critics Best Actor in Leading Role (Female)
Neena Gupta (Badhaai Ho)
Best Director Meghna Gulzar (Raazi)
Best Actor in Supporting Role (Male)
Gajarj Rao (Badhaai Ho), Vicky Kaushal (Sanju)
Best Actor in Supporting Role (Female)
Surekha Sikhri (Badhaai Ho)
Best Music Album
Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Patmaavat)
Best Lyrics Gulzar (Raazi)
Best Playback Singer (Male)
Arijit Singh (Raazi)
Best Playback Singer (Female)
Shreya Ghoshal (Padmaavat)
Life Time Achievement Award
Sridevi
Best Debut Female Sara Ali Khan (Kedar Nath)
Best Debut Male
Ishaan Khattar (Beyond the Clouds)
50 Years of Outstanding Contribution to Cinema
Hema Malini
People’s Choice Award for Best Short Film
Plus Minus
Best VFX
Red Chillies VFX (Zero)
Kenyan science teacher Peter Tabichi wins global prize
Peter Tabichi, a maths and physics teacher at Keriko secondary school in Pwani Village, in a remote part of Kenya’s Rift Valley, has won the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019.
He gives away 80% of his pay to support pupils, at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village, Nakuru, who otherwise could not afford uniforms or books.
Tabichi is a member of the Franciscan religious order. He received his prize at a ceremony in Dubai hosted by actor Hugh Jackman.

March 26

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) awards onshore block to Indian consortium
A consortium of two Indian oil companies, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and Indian Oil Corporation Limited has been awarded the exploration rights for Abu Dhabi Onshore Block 1.
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, signed agreements awarding the exploration rights.
The award has been endorsed by Abu Dhabi’s Supreme Petroleum Council. 

March 27

President Kovind Honoured With Croatia’s Highest Award
President Ram Nath Kovind has been awarded the Grand Order of King Tomislav with Sash and Grand Star by the President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.
It was awarded for his exceptional contribution to the advancement of overall relations and development of mutual cooperation between India and Croatia and for promoting friendship and partnership between the people of both the countries. This is the highest award of the Republic of Croatia.

‘Godfathers of AI’ honoured with Turing Award, the Nobel Prize of computing
The 2018 Turing Award, known as the “Nobel Prize of computing,” has been given to a trio of researchers who laid the foundations for the current boom in artificial intelligence.
Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun - sometimes called the ‘Godfathers of AI’ - has been recognized with the $1 million annual prize for their work developing the AI subfield of deep learning.
The techniques the trio developed in the 1990s and 2000s enabled huge breakthroughs in tasks like computer vision and speech recognition.
Their work underpins the current proliferation of AI technologies, from self-driving cars to automated medical diagnoses.

March 28

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen honoured with Oxford University's Bodley Medal
Amartya Sen has been honoured with the prestigious Bodley Medal, the highest honour bestowed by the University of Oxford’s world-famous Bodleian Libraries for his contribution in literature, culture, science, and communication.
This year's other winner of the Bodley Medal is Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, who will hold an in-conversation event with Ovenden next week to celebrate the honour.
In 1998, Amartya Sen was awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in welfare economics and social choice theory.

Delhi govt school teacher Manu Gulati gets Martha Farrell Award 2019 for women empowerment
Manu Gulati, a teacher from a Delhi government school, was honoured with the Martha Farrell Award in the Most Promising Individual category for her decades of efforts in enabling a gender-neutral society by coaching boys and girls in Delhi schools.
The award includes Rs. 1,50,000 prize money.
She collaborates with America India Foundation’s “Market Aligned Skills Training Program”, through which she assists the training programs for beauticians, weavers, salesgirls, etc in Jalandhar in Punjab, Betul in Madhya Pradesh and Baramullah in Kashmir.

March 30

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award conferred to Dr. Rajendra Kumar Joshi
Dr. Rajendra Kumar Joshi, the founder and chairman of the RUJ Group has been conferred with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award on 29th March, 2019.
He was awarded by the Embassy of India in Switzerland, on behalf of the President of India with a commendation letter and a medal.
The award is presented for his magnificent achievements in the field of science, education and medicine.
The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) is the highest honour which is conferred on Non-resident Indians by the President of India for their significant contributions towards bringing honour and glory to India.

Rita Moreno to Receive Peabody Career Achievement Award
Rita Moreno will be honoured with the Career Achievement Award at the 2019 Peabody Awards, which will be bestowed on 18th May at a gala event at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
The honour is annually given to individuals whose work and commitment to electronic media has left a positive mark on the field.
The actress will add the honour to her long list of awards, including an Oscar, a Tony, two Emmys and a Grammy. She is one of the 15 people to win the coveted EGOT quartet of elite awards.
She also honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.

March 31

Nagaland forest guard Yimchunger honoured with an international Earth award
The services of Alemba Yimchunger, a forest guard at the Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary in Nagaland’s Kiphire district, have been recognised with Earth Day Network Star.
It is an award by a U.S based international environment organisation that engages with green groups in 195 countries.
The Earth Day Network Star award is a prestigious recognition of those who do excellent work in the environmental field.
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on 22nd April. It celebrates the earth’s environment and raises public awareness about pollution. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970.


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