AWARDS - 2018 SEPTEMBER

September 4

NALCO mine bags five awards at MEMC week
The Panchpatmali bauxite mine of National Aluminium Company Ltd has won five awards at the Mines Environment and Mineral Conservation (MEMC) week held under the aegis of the Indian Bureau of Mines.
In appreciation of "outstanding" mines, environment and mineral conservation, NALCO was awarded the 'Par Excellence Award'.
Besides, the Navaratna CPSE also bagged the first prize in afforestation, reclamation and rehabilitation, sustainable development and overall performance (in more than 5.5 million tonne per year mining capacity category.
The awards were presented at the concluding ceremony of the 20th MEMC.

September 5

Puducherry bagged top position in National Clean School Award given by HRD Ministry
Seven schools from Puducherry were awarded for cleanliness. As many as 52 schools from across the country were bestowed with National Clean School Award in recognition of their efforts in carrying forward Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Tamil Nadu bagged second position in National Clean School Award. The third position was shared by Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Fourth position was shared by Jharkhand, Haryana, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

September 7

Bibek Debroy conferred Honoris Causa by UEM.
Bibek Debroy, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, was conferred ‘Honoris Causa’ by the University of Engineering & Management (UEM) in Kolkata.
He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM).
Mr. Debroy has been a member of NITI Aayog, the think tank of Indian Government. As the head of the panel on restructuring railways Mr. Debroy brought out a final report seeking to appoint an independent regulator while doing away with Rail Budget altogether.

September 8

'Sarala Puraskar' for poet Satrughna Pandav
Noted Odia poet Satrughna Pandav will be honoured with the prestigious 'Sarala Puraskar' for his poetry collection 'Misra Dhrupad'.
The 'Sarala Puraskar' - instituted by eminent Odia industrialist late Dr. Bansidhar Panda and late Ila Panda in 1979 and awarded by the Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT) - will be presented to Pandav. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 5,00,000 and a citation.
The 39th edition of the award was announced by the Sarala Puraskar Committee.
Two other eminent personalities of Odisha will also be honoured for their contribution in the field of music and art.
Pandeet Umesh Chandrakar will be awarded the 'Ila Panda Sangeet Samman' and Binod Moharana will receive the 'Ila Panda Chitrakala Samman'. They will receive a cash award of Rs 1,50,000 each along with citations.

September 10

WiFi Leadership Awards 2018 announced in My India WiFi India Summit & Awards 2018 in New Delhi.
This event was organized by Digi Analysys in New Delhi. Theme is ''Achieving 10 million WiFi Hotspots by 2018''. It aimed at planning progressive strategy and technology roadmap for growth of WiFi eco-system in India.
Analysis as per DigiAnalysys:
100,000 WiFi hotspots has been set up in India.
6.5 – 7 million WiFi hotspots needs to be deployed.
About the 2nd  WiFi Leadership Awards 2018:
Best WiFi Project led by Woman – Ms. Sushma Mishra, BSNL.
Best IoT Solution – Kamakshi Clouds
Most Promising WiFi Brand – UTStarcom India Telecom
Best Home WiFi Product – D-Link (India)
Best WiFi Service Provider (East) – BSNL
Best WiFi Service Provider (West) – ONEOTT iNTERTAINMENT INDIA
Best WiFi Service Provider (South) – BSNL
Best WiFi Service Provider (North) – BSNL
Best WiFi Service Provider – BSNL.
Best WiFi Startup – Kirat Communications.

September 11

Indian-American researcher awarded $6.5 million to identify cancer biomarkers
The US National Cancer Institute has give the "Outstanding Investigator Award" to Professor Arul Chinnaiyan, from the University of Michigan, and $6.5 million in funding over seven years, to identify cancer biomarkers to improve diagnosis and develop new targeted therapies.
The field of precision oncology continues to evolve with the overarching goal of providing cancer patients with enhanced diagnostic and prognostic capabilities and better treatments.
A pioneer in precision oncology, Chinnaiyan in 2010, launched the Michigan Oncology Sequencing (Mi-ONCOSEQ) programme.
Mi-ONCOSEQ is a research protocol for sequencing the DNA and RNA of metastatic cancers and normal tissue to identify alterations that could help drive treatment.
The programme includes a precision medicine tumour board in which experts discuss each case.
Chinnaiyan's lab has also analysed the global landscape of a portion of the genome that has not been previously well-explored -- long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs).

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to get the first ever Meryl Streep Award for Excellence
The former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be bestowed with the inaugural Meryl Streep Award for Excellence at the first Women in Film and Television (WIFT) India Award.
The award ceremony, established to honour the best female talent in Bollywood and Hollywood, will take place in Washington DC.

September 12

Indian economist wins prestigious Balzan Prize, US scientists among awardees
Two US scientists, whose work has contributed to creating immunological treatments for cancer and an Indian economist, are among the winners of this year’s Balzan Prize that recognise scholarly and scientific achievements.
James Allison of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Robert Schreiber of the Washington University School of Medicine were cited for their work on antibody treatments that has increased the survival of patients with metastatic melanoma.
Indian economist Bina Agarwal, a professor at the University of Manchester, was recognised in the gender studies category for her “heroic” work studying women’s contributions to agriculture in India.
Belgian astrophysicist Michael Gillon was awarded for his work that has helped map new solar systems from the comfort of planet Earth, using robotic telescopes instead of much more costly satellites.

September 13

Secondary Steel Sector Awarded for contribution to National Economy
Steel Minister releasing a compendium on India’s Mini Steel Sector at the award function
Ministry of Steel gave away Secondary Steel Sector Awards, for the first time to 26 mini steel companies in recognition of their contribution to the national economy. The awards were given by Union Minister of Steel, Chaudhary Birender Singh, at a function in New Delhi. Twelve companies were awarded Gold Certificates and 14 Silver Certificates for their performance during 2016-17.

Hyderabad Airport ranked World No. 1 for 2nd consecutive year: ACI ASQ award
GMR Hyderabad international Airport Limited has received the Airports Council International Airport Service Quality World No.1 airport award trophy in the 5-15 Million Passengers Per Annum (MPPA) category for the second consecutive year.
The airport was adjudged World no 1 Airport in its category in 2016 as well.

Poet & writer Sawai Singh Shekhawat to be honoured with Meera Puruskar: RSA
Jaipur-based poet and writer Sawai Singh Shekhawat will be honoured with Meera Puruskar by Rajasthan Sahitya Academy for his contribution to Hindi literature.
President of the academy Indushekhar Tatpurush informed that Shekhawat was selected for the Meera award, which is the highest award of the academy.

September 14

Union Minister Smriti Irani presents ‘Shilp Guru’ & National Award to Master craft persons
Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani ‘Shilp Guru’ and National Award to Master craft persons at a function held at Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh.
Eight ‘Shilp guru’ and 25 National awards were presented for the year 2016. Shilp Guru’ is the highest award in the Handicraft sector in India.

September 15

PNB bagged Hindi implementation award “Rajbhasha Kirti”.
State-run Punjab National Bank (PNB) bagged the "Rajbhasha Kirti" award for outstanding performance in implementing the Official Language Policy during 2017-18.
The award, under the category of 'Nationalised Banks and Financial Institutions in Region A', was presented by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu to PNB Chief Executive and MD Sunil Mehta.

September 16

Kerala Tourism wins two Pacific Asia Travel Association gold awards
Kerala Tourism's vigorous efforts to get back on track in the wake of recent devastating floods got a shot in the arm as it walked away with two prestigious gold awards of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) for its innovative marketing campaigns.
The awards were presented at a glittering function in Langkawi, Malaysia during PATA Travel Mart 2018.

September 17

Dr. Raghupati Singhania conferred with civilian honour of Mexico
Chairman and MD, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd., Dr. Raghupati Singhania has been conferred with 'Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle', the highest honour accorded to non-nationals by the Government of Mexico.
Melba Pría, Ambassador of Mexico to India presented the award to Dr. Singhania on behalf of the President of Mexico on the eve of 128th National Day of Mexico.

September 19

Para shuttler Raj Kumar conferred with Arjuna Award
India's Para-badminton champion Raj Kumar was finally awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award by Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, 2 years after the selection committee denied him for the same award.

September 22

Assamese movie ‘Village Rockstars’ is India’s official entry for Oscars 2019
Rima Das' directorial 'Village Rockstars', an Assamese movie, has been selected as India's official entry to the Oscars 2019.
An all-India jury constituted by Film Federation of India (FFI) under the chairmanship of Kannada producer Rajendra Singh Babu made the announcement.

September 24

Olympian P.V. Sindhu only sportsperson in Forbes India’s first ‘tycoons of tomorrow’ list
Badminton player and Olympian P.V. Sindhu is the only sportsperson to feature in the Forbes India’s first ‘tycoons of tomorrow’ list of 22 young achievers in the fields of business, acting and sports.
'Tycoons of tomorrow' is not a ranking. It is a qualitative selection prepared by Forbes India team and a six-member jury.

September 25

Tenzing Norgay National Adventure awards 2017 conferred
President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Tenzing Norgay National Adventure awards 2017 to 10 recipients at an event in Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.
Tenzing Norgay National Adventure award is the highest national recognition for remarkable achievements in adventure on land, sea and air.
Tenzing Norgay National Adventure award 2017 has been conferred to the all women crew of INSV Tarini for circumnavigating the world in 8 months. The INSV Tarini crew who received the award:
Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi
Lieutenant P. Swathi
Lieutenant Pratibha Jamwal
Lieutenant Vijaya Devi
Sub Lieutenant Payal Gupta
Lieutenant B Aishwarya
Other Recipients of Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Awards 2017:
Dr. AnshuJamsenpa- Mountaineer
Late Shri Ravi Kumar – Mountaineer
Capt Udit Thapar – Skydiver
SonamWangyal – Mountaineer (Life time)

September 26

Mukesh Ambani retains top spot; 214 new additions: Barclays Hurun India rich list 2018
According to Barclays Hurun India Rich List 2018, the country added 214 individuals, whose net worth is Rs 1,000 crore or more.
Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries who has been topping the rich list since it was launched in 2012, has retained the position as the richest Indian with net worth of Rs 371,000 crore.

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology announced by CSIR
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on its foundation day released the list of awardees for Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize 2018.
Dr. Thomas Pucadyil from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Pune has been awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology by CSIR.
He was conferred with the honor for his research in the discipline of Biological Sciences on membrane biochemistry and vesicular transport.
Other awardees of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology 2018 were:
In the Biological Sciences category, Ganesh Nagaraju from IISC, Bengaluru.
In the Chemical science category, Rahul Banerjee and Swadhin Kumar Mandal of IISER, Kolkata.
In the Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences category Dr. Madineni Venkat Ratnam of the National Atmospheric Research Laboratory, Tirupati
Parthasarathi Chakraborty of CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Goa.
In the Engineering Sciences, Amit Agarwaland Ashwin Anil Gumaste of IIT Bombay.
In the Mathematical Sciences category, Amit Kumar and Nitin Saxena, from IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur respectively.
In the Medical Sciences category, Dr. Ganesan Venkata subramanian of NIMHANS, Bengaluru,
In the Physical Sciences category, Dr. Aditi Sen De the Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad and Dr. Ambarish Ghosh from IISc, Bengaluru.

September 28

National Tourism Awards 2016-17: Ahmedabad and Mandu best heritage city, Qutub Minar best monument for differently-abled
Some important awards are listed below:
Name of the award
Winners
Best Heritage City UNESCO World Heritage City Ahmedabad in Gujarat and Mandu in Madhya Pradesh
Differently-abled friendly monument Qutub Minar
Best Heritage Walk INTACH Heritage Walks Delhi chapter and Indore Heritage Walk
Most Innovative & Unique Tourism Product 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Really and Concourse Show and ‘Coral Safari’ of Chennai



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