AWARDS - 2019 May

May 28

Indian writer Annie Zaidi is the winner of Nine Dots Prize 2019. The 100,000 US dollars award is a prestigious book prize created to award innovative thinking that addresses contemporary issues around the world. Zaidi, a Mumbai-based freelance writer won for her entry 'Bread, Cement, Cactus' - combining memoir and report to explore concepts of home and belonging rooted in her experience of contemporary life in India.

May 27

Dr. Hema Divakar, a Bengaluru-based medical doctor, has been honoured with the 'Global Asian of the Year 2018-19' award in Dubai recently for her yeomen services and contributions to the women's healthcare ecosystem, in India. This award is conferred on those who stand out for vision, action and ingenuity and represent contemporary ideas to make global impact. Dr. Divakar received the award at the Asian Business & Social Forum 2019.
In Germany, the international competition ‘Elsevier Foundation-ISC3 Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge’ was recently held at the 4th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference. A project idea by Dr. Ankur Patwardhan from Pune has bagged the second prize which carries a purse of €25,000. His project named ‘Butterfly attractant pollination and ecosystem health’ is about the relation between chemistry and ecosystem.
Sri Lankan writer Guy Gunaratne was awarded f 2019’s Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize. He will receive the winning prize sum of £30,000. He won the award for his debut novel ‘In Our Mad and Furious City’.  In the prize winning book’ Our Mad and Furious City’ which is his debut novel and is a fictional account of 48 hours (2 days) in a North London housing estate after murder of a British Soldier. 
At the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, Professor Balram Bhargava, Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) jointly won the 2019 Dr Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. He won the award for his achievements as an innovator, clinician, researcher and trainer.

May 24

India is ranked 117th out of 181 countries in the 2019 KidsRight Index. It ranks countries on the basis of how much they are involved and well equipped to improve child rights. This ranks will be given based on five indicators - right to life, right to education, right to health, right to protection and enabling environment for child rights. This year Iceland made the top position. KidsRights Index is an initiative of Kids Right Foundation in cooperation with Erasmus University, Rotterdam. They release annual reports every year by pooling data from UNICEF, UNDP and UN Committee on the Rights of the Child by considering individual country reports.

May 21

The Dag Hammarskjold Medal
On International Day of UN Peacekeepers, 119 police and civilian personnel will be honoured with a prestigious UN medal for courage and sacrifice in the line of duty. An Indian Police Officer Jitender Kumar made the supreme sacrifice while serving in the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Central African country of Congo. He will be honoured posthumously with the Dag Hammarskjold Medal. India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin would collect the medal on behalf of the fallen Indian peacekeeper.
The Government of Japan recently announced in its 2019 Spring Imperial Decorations, that it will confer the 72-year-old Former Indian foreign secretary Shyam Saran Japan’s Second Highest National Award called ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and silver star,for his contributions in strengthening strategic ties and enhancing mutual understanding between India and Japan. 
Man Booker International Prize
Jokha Alharthi, an author from Oman has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize 2019 for "Celestial Bodies". It is the story of three sisters of a desert country confronting its slave-owning past and a complex modern world. Jokha Alharthi is the first Arabic-language writer to take the prize, will split the 50,000 pounds purse with her UK-based translator, Marilyn Booth.  "Celestial Bodies" beat five other finalists, including last year's winner, Poland's Olga Tokarczuk.

May 19

Achyutanand Dwivedi Indian filmmaker's film, "Seed Mother", won the third prize in the international section of Nespresso Talents 2019 in Cannes. It is held annually as part of the Cannes Critics' Week to encourage new perspectives in filmmaking. Nespresso Talents is now in its fourth year. The three-minute film celebrates the exceptional spirit of Rahibai Soma Popere, a woman who champions the use of local seeds and traditional methods of farming in villages of Maharashtra. This year's theme was 'We Are What We Eat', aimed at exploring the world, experiencing diversity, and sharing experiences and knowledge through food. It received 371 videos from 47 countries in three broad categories: Farming and Biodiversity, Food Heritage and the Value Chain and Food in Popular cultures. 

May 12

In Microsoft’s Imagine Cup World Championship final held in Seattle, US the ‘Team Caeli’ from India emerged as the comprising of three Indian students namely Bharat Sundal, Aakash Bhadana and Vasu Kaushik emerged as First Runner-up. For this innovation team has earlier won first position in Asia Regional Final contest held in Sydney in February 2019. The trio won this championship for developing “Caeli”, which is world’s first smart automated anti-pollution and drug.

May 5

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, along with top UN officials and Peacekeeping personnel paid tribute to 115 peacekeepers from 43 different nations, who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty at the solemn ceremony on May 5, 2019. Two Indians Jitender Kumar, Shikha Garg among 115 UN peacekeepers and staff honoured by the global organisation for their sacrifice. Jitender Kumar was an Indian police officer deployed to the UN mission in Congo, and Shikha Garg a consultant with the UN development program killed in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash. They lost their lives in the service of peace between January 2018 and March 2019.

May 4

The World Press Freedom Prize 2019 would be shared by two jailed Myanmar journalists ‘Wa Lone’ and ‘Kyaw Soe Oo’ who reported on alleged human rights violations in state of Rakhine, Myanmar. It is also known as UNESCO/ Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. It honours a person, organization or institution which has made an outstanding contribution for defending and promoting freedom of press anywhere in w world, especially when achieved in face of danger by fighting all odds. World Press Freedom Day observed on 3 May.