AWARDS - 2018 SEPTEMBER

August 1

President confers Outstanding Parliamentarian Award for 2013-2017
Aimed to motivate elected representatives to work better, President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award for 2013-2017.
While the 2017 Outstanding Parliamentary award went to Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader in the Lok Sabha Bhartruhari Mahtab, Trinamool Congress member of lower House Dinesh Trivedi took away the award for 2016.
The Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress), received the award for 2015.
For the year 2013 and 2014, Kovind conferred the award upon former Rajya Sabha member Najma Heptulla (BJP) and Lok Sabha Member Hukumdev Narayan Yadav, also of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), respectively.

Anvar Sadath becomes first Indian to receive International Contributions Award
It's a proud moment for K. Anvar Sadath, vice chairman and executive director of Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) as he has become the first Indian to receive The International Contributions Award.
Sadath heads the implementation of Kerala Hi-tech School project and under his guidance over 45,000 class rooms of Classes 8 to 12 have gone hi-tech. KITE has also imparted specific ICT training to over 70000 teachers so far to help them handle the pedagogy-based class room transactions that connect 15,000 schools.
According to Sadath, heads the implementation of Kerala Hi-tech School project, of the total 4,752 government and aided high schools, higher secondary and vocational higher secondary schools, all classrooms in 3,676 schools have been made hi-tech.
The award is constituted by The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), which is a premier professional association for instructional design and educational technology, headquartered at Bloomington, US.

Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award for Gopalkrishna Gandhi
Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi has been chosen for this year’s Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award for promoting communal harmony and peace. The award carries a citation and a cash award of Rs. 10 lakh.
“The advisory committee of the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award in its decided that the 24th Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award be given to Gopalkrishna Gandhi for his outstanding contribution towards the promotion of communal harmony, peace and goodwill.
The award will be presented on August 20, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. It was instituted to ''commemorate the lasting contribution made by him to promote peace, communal harmony and fight against violence''.

August 2

Indian-origin mathematician Akshay Venkatesh gets prestigious Fields medal
Akshay Venkatesh, a renowned Indian-Australian mathematician, is one of four winners of mathematics' prestigious Fields medal, known as the Nobel prize for math.
The Fields medals are awarded every four years to the most promising mathematicians under the age of 40.
New Delhi-born Venkatesh, 36, who is currently teaching at Stanford University, has won the Fields Medal for his profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics.
The citation for his medal awarded at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro highlights his profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics and his strikingly far-reaching conjectures.
The other three winners are: - Caucher Birkar, a Cambridge University professor of Iranian Kurdish origin; Germany's Peter Scholze, who teaches at the University of Bonn and Alessio Figalli, an Italian mathematician at ETH Zurich.

August 3

Indian-origin prison guard Sashi Cheliah wins Masterchef Australia season 10
Sashi Cheliah, who originally hails from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, has won the Masterchef Australia title, along with a prize money of AUD 250,000 which converts to Rs 1.26 crore.
Cheliah, who works as a prison guard in Adelaide in Australia, defeated fellow contestant Ben Borsht and finished with a score of 93 out of 100, according to NDTV.com.
The title winner of the 10th season took to social media to thank his family and fans for the support.

August 9

Santhali becomes India’s first tribal language to get own Wikipedia edition
Santhali has become the first Indian tribal language to get a Wikipedia edition in its own script after the Santhali Wikipedia went live earlier soon.
The Santhali Wikipedia got approval from the language committee of the Wikimedia Foundation on June 28 and went live on August 2,” informed Jayanta Nath of the Indian chapter of Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia.
Wikipedia contributors from India, Bangladesh and Nepal generated the content to make this page possible.

August 10

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie tops ‘women who changed the world’ list
Marie Sklodowska Curie's long list of achievements is extended by adding another feather to her hat. In a major poll, she has been voted number one as the woman who made a significant impact on world history.
Two-time Nobel Prize-winner in Physics (1903) and Chemistry (1911), Curie pioneered in research on radioactivity, chemical element radium, and polonium which literally shook the scientific world.
BBC History Magazine conducted a reader's poll of 100 women who changed the world. In this poll, Marie Curie has been voted the woman who made the most significant impact on world history.
Santhali is written in Ol Chiki script and spoken by 6.4 million people, according to the 2001 census, in India alone and its speakers live mostly in Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Assam. It is also spoken in Bangladesh and Nepal.

August 11

Annie Zaidi wins The Hindu Playwright Award 2018
The Hindu Playwright Award 2018 went to Annie Zaidi for her play Untitled-1. The ₹2 lakh award for the best new unpublished and unperformed playscript in English was presented at the launch of the 14th edition of The Hindu Theatre Fest at the Taj Coromandel.
The other shortlisted works included Sneh Sapru’s Hello Farmaaish and Swetanshu Bora’s Guilt, chosen by a panel of three judges from among the 60 entries received. The judges for this year’s award were Ramu Ramanthan, playwright and director; Shernaz Patel, film and theatre actor; and visual artist and creative writer, Parvathi Nayar.

August 12

Indian-American among 3 women honoured at 19th IACCGH gala in Houston
Indian-American Aruna Vishwanathan was among the three women honoured with 'Women in Business: Making a Difference Award' at the 19th annual Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH) gala.
Vishwanathan and two American women - Carlecia Wright and Jewel Smith - were among the people honoured for their outstanding contributions in entrepreneurship, economic development, innovation and passion for community service.
Viswanathan is the Chief Operating Manager at Alphax Decision Sciences, a company that develops enterprise scale predictive, prescriptive artificial intelligence software and cloud infrastructure solutions.
Wright is the Director, City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity, while Smith is Supplier Diversity Manager at CenterPoint Energy - a major player in the gas and electricity transmission and delivery.

August 15

Two CRPF personnel posthumously awarded President’s Police Medal
Two CRPF men from Kashmir who laid down their lives in the line of duty have been bestowed the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMG) – the country’s top police gallantry medal. Constable Sharief-ud-din Ganaie and Head Constable Mohd Tafail of the CRPF were bestowed the PPMG posthumously even as 89 other personnel from the force have been awarded Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG) for undertaking daredevil action in militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir and anti-Maoist operations in various states.
This is the highest ever gallantry medals tally for the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) till date.
The CRPF was followed by the Jammu and Kashmir Police that has been accorded 37 PMsG along with the Odisha Police (11), Border Security Force (10), Maharashtra Police (8), Chhattisgarh Police (6), among others. A total of 177 PMsG have been awarded.

August 17

Ang Lee to be honoured by Directors Guild of America
Oscar-winning director Ang Lee will be one of the recipients of the annual Directors Guild of America (DGA) honours at its ceremony.
The event will be held at the DGA Theatre in New York City.
Apart from the 63-year-old director, Fox Searchlight chairman Nancy Utley, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, SAG-AFTRA senior adviser John McGuire and costume designer Ann Roth will also be honoured at the ceremony.

August 18

Albany Medical Center Prize 2018 awarded to 3 US Scientists
Three US scientists James Allison, Carl June and Steven Rosenberg were declared winners 2018 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research.
It is the second-highest value prize in medicine and biomedical research, awarded by the Albany Medical Center.

Delhi government’s additional director of health S.K. Arora bags WHO World No Tobacco Day 2018 Award
Delhi government’s additional director of health S.K. Arora has been awarded the prestigious WHO World No Tobacco Day 2018 Award for his extraordinary contribution towards tobacco control.
Tobacco prevalence in Delhi has come down by 6.5% in the past six years, which is more than the rest of India average figures.
The National Health Policy 2017 has set targets of relative reduction in tobacco prevalence by 15% by 2020 and 30% by 2025.
Delhi has already achieved these targets before 2017.

MP to name 3 awards after Vajpayee: Shivraj Chouhan
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that the state government will name three awards after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away on August 16.
Madhya Pradesh will name three awards after Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji. One will be for poets; the second will be for the outstanding contribution in the field of journalism, and third for good work in administration''.

August 19

General Dalbir Singh Suhag awarded US Legion of Merit 2018
The award was given to Singh Suhag for exceptionally meritorious service as Chief of Army Staff from August 2014 to December 2016.
The Legion of Merit is awarded in four degrees; Degree of Chief Commander, Degree of commander, Degree of the officer, Degree of Legionnarie.

August 20

Gopalkrishna Gandhi conferred with Rajiv Sadbhavna Award
Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi was honoured with this year's Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavna Award for promoting communal harmony and peace. The award was presented on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

August 21

Assamese film ''Xhoixobote Dhemalite'' bags another award at US fest
"Xhoixobote Dhemalite" (Rainbow fields), an Assamese film dealing with the sensitive issue of children growing up in violent times, has won another award - this time for screenplay at a US festival.
The Bidyut Kotoky-directed film bagged the best screenplay award at Treasure Coast International Film Festival in Florida. It received nominations in five categories.
The film's story is based in Assam but people from halfway across the globe are relating to it. This goes to show that emotions across the globe are same.
Last month, "Xhoixobote Dhemalite" became the first Assamese film to be commercially released in the US. Besides, it won three awards, including that of best film, in the Love international Film Festival, Los Angeles. Based on true events, the film also features seasoned actors like Victor Banerjee, Nakul Vaid, Naved Aslam, Nipon Goswami and Nikumoni Barua.
The film is produced by 'India Stories', a Mumbai-based production house and co-produced by Kotoky's Dhruv Creative Productions and US-based Kurmasana Kreates.

August 22

David Beckham to receive UEFA President's Award
Former England captain David Beckham will be presented the 2018 UEFA President's Award, in recognition of his remarkable career and humanitarian efforts.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin hailed Beckham as the "a true football icon of his generation" after selecting the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder to receive the award in Monaco later this year.
Beckham made 762 appearances for club and country, scoring 130 goals in a career spanning over 20 years. He won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a Champions League with his boyhood club United, before claiming the Spanish La Liga title with Real.

Prof Appa Rao Podile selected for J.C. Bose Fellowship
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad, Prof Appa Rao Podile, has been selected for the prestigious J.C. Bose Fellowship-2018.
The fellowship is given in recognition of his performance in the area of plant-microbe interactions in general and induced resistance in plants in particular.
He has made 'significant' contributions in three closely related areas of research that revolve around the recognition of pathogen-derived molecules by plants that activate defence response and contribute to improved health/yield.
The J.C. Bose Fellow will receive a fellowship amount of Rs 25,000 per month and a research grant of Rs 15 lakh per annum and is provided initially for a period of 5 years.

August 25

Forbes Marshall Lanka Wins the Golden Flame Award for Energy Efficiency Improvement
Recently won the Gold Flame Award in the Energy Efficiency Improvement category of the Best Energy Services Company, in recognition of contribution to reduce energy use through energy management efforts. The Sri Lanka National Efficiency Awards 2018 are instituted by Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority. The ceremony was held under the patronage of the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo.
This award ceremony is organised annually by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy and Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, with the objective of developing the efficiency of all the sectors related to power and energy, and advancing the usage of renewable energy sources.
Organisations that present successful energy efficiency projects and conduct organisational missions managing energy sources with excellence are recognised at this award ceremony. This time the Gold Awards were presented in the four categories of progress in energy efficiency, technical assistance in energy efficiency, larger scale hotels and smaller scale productions.

Indra Nooyi to get Asia Game Changer award by global cultural organization
PepsiCo's India-born CEO Indra Nooyi will be honoured with the Game Changer of the Year award by a global cultural organization in recognition of her business achievements, humanitarian record and advocacy for women and girls around the world.
The 2018 Asia Game Changer Awards will be given to individuals and institutions who have broken barriers, defined courage, worked miracles, and in turn inspired their fellow citizens of the world.
Nooyi leads a group of other revolutionary women as Asia Society's Game Changers at a time when their issues and voices are at the forefront of public discourse.

August 28

Ulka Mahajan conferred Praful Bidwai memorial award
The Praful Bidwai Memorial Award for 2018 was conferred upon Ulka Mahajan, one of the three founders of Sarvahara Jan Andolan.
The Praful Bidwai Memorial Award, instituted in the memory of journalist and social activist who died in Amsterdam in 2015 and was committed to radical social transformation, justice for all and gender equality, seeks to recognise the efforts of individuals and institutions that strive for similar ends.
The award was presented to Mahajan by social activist Medha Patkar.

August 29

Tiny medical robot sets a record
Scientists have set a Guinness World Record by creating the smallest medical robot - a device measuring just 120 nanometres that could assist in future cancer and Alzheimer’s treatments.
The nanorobots, created by Soutik Betal during his doctoral research at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), could one day lead to huge medical advancements.
The experimental demonstration was performed in 2016.

August 30

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric named UEFA Player of the Year
Croatia captain Luka Modric has been voted the best player in Europe last season, edging former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah for the UEFA award.
Modric helped Madrid win a third straight Champions League title, and fourth in five seasons, before leading his country to the World Cup final. Croatia lost 4-2 against France. Voting was by Champions League coaches and invited journalists across Europe.
Madrid swept the overall election for best player in last season’s Champions League after goalkeeper Keylor Navas, defender Sergio Ramos, midfielder Modric and forward Ronaldo won the individual positional prizes. Ronaldo has since joined Juventus.
The best women’s player award was won by Pernille Harder of Denmark and Wolfsburg.

Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das receive Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Puraskar
Actors Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das were among 13 others who were awarded the Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Puraskar for their contribution to the society and championing the cause of equity, social justice and human welfare.
Organised by private media company Daily Indian Media, the ceremony witnessed eminent personalities from politics, business, academics and entertainment.
He added that people who work for the society need to be recognised for their efforts.

Abhay K first Indian poet to record poems at Library of Congress
Indian poet-diplomat Abhay K. has become the first Indian poet invited to record his poems at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. in 'The Poet and the Poem' series conducted by poet Grace Cavalieri.
The prestigious reading series recorded at the Library of Congress since 1997 has featured major American poets such as Robert Hass, Richard Blanco, Eavan Boland, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Louise Glück, Donal Hall, Terance Hayes, Juan Felipe Herrera, Ted Kooser, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Robert Pinsky, Charles Simic, Natasha Trethewey, Monica Youn, Tracey K. Smith among others.

Abhay K. is the author of a memoir and seven collections of poems including The Seduction of Delhi (2014), The Eight-eyed Lord of Kathmandu (2017) and The Prophecy of Brasilia (2018). His poem-song 'Earth Anthem' is translated into over thirty languages and has been performed by Symphony Orchestra of National Theatre of Brasilia and has been composed by renowned violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam and sung by Kavita Krishnamurti. His poems have appeared in over sixty international literary journals including Poetry Salzburg Review and Asia Literary Review. He received the SAARC Literary Award 2013 and was nominated for Pushcart Prize in 2013. He is also the editor of poetry anthologies CAPITALS and 100 Great Indian Poems.
Born in 1980 in a small village in Nalanda district of Bihar, India, Abhay started writing poetry in 2005 after arriving in Russia's capital Moscow and publishing them initially on his blog. His first collection of poems Enigmatic Love was published in 2009.

August 31

Mumbai neurosurgeon named for Dr. B.C. Roy award
Eminent neurosurgeon Dr. B.K. Misra has been named for this year's prestigious Dr B.C. Roy National Award as an Eminent Medical Person of the Year.
The highest medical honour of India, instituted by the Medical Council of India in 1962, it will be given away by President Ram Nath Kovind next year, the National Doctors Day.
Misra is the Head of Department of Surgery as well as Neurosurgery and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at Mumbai's P.D. Hinduja Hospital.


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