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  • India captain Virat Kohli bagged the International Cricketer and Batsman of the Year award during the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2019.
  • The ceremony held in Mumbai on 13th May in presence of a galaxy of past and present cricketers. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who made a mark for India and IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, was adjudged as International Bowler of the Year.
  • Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan was awarded for outstanding bowling and Australian batsman Aaron Finch for his exceptional performance in T20.
  • Young prodigy Yashasvi Jaiswal, who performed exceptionally over the year was awarded Junior Cricketer of the Year, while chinaman Kuldeep Yadav took the home outstanding performance of the year award.
  • Ashutosh Aman was awarded Domestic Cricketer of the Year. Legendary Mohinder Amarnath, who played a key role in India's 1983 World Cup triumph, was bestowed with the 'CCR International Lifetime Achievement Award'.
  • Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar, former Australian batsman Dean Jones, former India stumper Saba Karim were present on the occasion among others.
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  • US President Donald Trump on 6th May bestowed Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honour, describing the golfer as "one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports."
  • Woods, 43, is only the fourth and the youngest golfer ever to have received the highest American civilian award. Calling Woods, "a global symbol of American excellence, devotion and drive," the president said, "Tiger's determination and work ethic drove golf to new heights of athletic competition and popularity."
  • In his remarks, Trump praised Woods as "one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports." Trump said, "we were in the presence of a true legend" who is "also a great person, a great guy". "We can't wait to see what's next, Tiger," said Trump, an avid golfer and owner of several golf courses around the world.
  • Woods choked up as he thanked his mother, his two children, his girlfriend and his caddy during the ceremony on Monday in the White House Rose Garden.
  • Woods's Masters victory was his 15th major championship, during which he weathered a marital infidelity scandal that ended in divorce, a debilitating spine injury, an addiction to prescription painkillers and grave doubts about his athletic longevity.
  • Trump has long been a fan and recently, a business partner of Woods. He announced his decision to give the award to Woods in a tweet, after Woods won the Masters tournament last month, his first major title since the 2008 US Open, capping a remarkable comeback from personal turmoil and physical injuries.
  • Trump praised Woods' "relentless will to win, win, win". "These qualities embody the American spirit of pushing boundaries and defying limits," Trump said.
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  • An Indian origin journalist G D ‘Robert’ Govender has been honored with 2019 V Krishna Menon award in the United Kingdom for his outstanding contribution as a pioneer of decolonized journalism.
  • Marking the 123rd birth anniversary of an Indian diplomat and politician V K Krishna Menon, the South Africa-born journalist was awarded posthumously during an event on 3rd May.
  • Govender developed a reputation as a campaigning journalist and author during a career spanning nearly 60 years. He was also the first journalist to call for an international boycott of South Africa’s whites-only sports teams.
  • Speaking after the event, V K Krishna Menon Institute (VKKMI) Board Member Tony Slater said the board decision was unanimous to name Govender as the first posthumous recipient of the award.
  • Menon stood for something other than himself and spent his entire life trying to achieve that. Govender’s work over 60 years displayed similar qualities of selflessness and a determination to do the right thing, Slater said.
  • He ensured that the authentic voice of the Indian diaspora was heard regardless of where he worked.
  • While he may have been reluctant to accept such an award during his lifetime, it is fitting that his memory and his outstanding contribution as a pioneer of decolonized journalism gets honored by the Krishna Menon Institute, Slater said.
  • Govender’s books include ‘The Martyrdom of Patrice Lumumba’ which exposed the role of Western intelligence agencies in the homicide of the Congolese independence leader
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  • The article titled Coalgate 2.0' authored by Nileena M S and published in The Caravan magazine in March last year has won the ACJ Award for Investigative Journalism, 2018.
  • The final jury comprising Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Nilita Vachani and Dr A R Venkatachalapathy Friday unanimously decided on Nileena's work as the winner, says an ACJ release
  • "The Jury arrived effortlessly at the unanimous decision that in the most impressive set of short-listed entries, one entry stood out.
  • "For its detailed, exhaustive and persuasive investigation and its clear exposition the 2018 Asian College of Journalism's Award for Investigative Journalism goes to Nileena M S for her article Coalgate 2.0' published in The Caravan.
  • "The piece meets the criteria of what comprises a solid work of investigative journalism, combining extensive research uncovering new evidence to reveal a truth, hitherto unknown to most, and of essential public interest," said the jury citation.
  • The award, which comprises a trophy, a citation and Rs lakh 200,000/- cash prize , was presented to the winner by John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg News, who was the chief guest at the journalism school's annual convocation ceremony.
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  • The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal were awarded Pulitzer Prizes on 16th April for their separate investigations of President Donald Trump and his family.
  • The Times won the prestigious journalism award for a probe of the Trump family's finances that "debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges," the Pulitzer Prize Board announced during a ceremony at New York's Columbia University.
  • The Journal won for its coverage of Trump's secret hush money payments to two women during his 2016 presidential campaign who claimed to have had affairs with him.
  • The South Florida Sun-Sentinel won a Pulitzer for its coverage of failings by school and law enforcement officials before and after the February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
  • The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was honoured for its coverage of the October 2018 shooting at a synagogue in the city that left 11 people dead.
  • The Associated Press won a Pulitzer for international reporting for its coverage of the war in Yemen.
  • Reuters was honoured for international reporting for its coverage of atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
  • In other categories, "The Overstory" by Richard Powers won the Pulitzer for fiction and "Fairview" by Jackie Sibblies Drury won the prize for drama.
  • Special citations were awarded to soul legend Aretha Franklin for her contributions to music and to the staff of the Capital Gazette newspaper of Annapolis, Maryland, which lost five employees in a June 2018 shooting.
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  • A Russian official said the ‘Order of St Andrew the Apostle’ is awarded to prominent statesmen, public figures and those working in the fields of science, culture and arts in recognition of their exceptional services in promoting prosperity and glory of Russia.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been honoured with Russia’s highest state decoration, the Order of St Andrew the Apostle, for his role in promoting close ties between the two countries.
  • The award comes days after the United Arab Emirates announced to confer Modi with ‘The Order of Zayed’.
  • The Russian government said Modi is being given the highest state decoration for “exceptional services” in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India and friendly relations between the Russian and Indian people.
  • A Russian official said the ‘Order of St Andrew the Apostle’ is awarded to prominent statesmen, public figures and those working in the fields of science, culture and arts in recognition of their exceptional services in promoting prosperity and glory of Russia.
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  • The photograph of a little girl crying as she and her mother are taken into custody by US border officials has won the prestigious World Press Photo Award.
  • Judges said veteran Getty photographer John Moore's picture taken after Honduran mother Sandra Sanchez and her daughter Yanela illegally crossed the US-Mexican border last year showed "a different kind of violence that is psychological".
  • The picture of the wailing toddler was published world-wide and caused a public outcry about Washington's controversial policy to separate thousands of migrants from their children.
  • US Customs and Border Protection officials later said Yanela and her mom were not among those separated, but the public furore "resulted in President Donald Trump reversing the policy in June last year," the judges said.
  • Moore was taking pictures of US Border Patrol agents on a moonless night in the Rio Grande Valley on June 12 last year when they came across a group of people who tried to cross the border.
  • As officials took their names, Moore said he spotted Sandra Sanchez and her toddler who started wailing when her mom put her down to be searched.
  • Judges chose Dutch-Swedish photographer Pieter Ten Hoopen's images of the 2018 mass-migrant caravan to the US border as its winner in the "World Press Photo Story of the Year Award".
  • Ten Hoopen's pictures, which show families and children as they made their way from Honduras in mid-October to the US border "showed a high sense of dignity," one of the judges said.
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  • Rio Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik was 11th April named as the recipient of the New Zealand Prime Minister's Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019 in recognition of her "inspiring achievements".
  • The 48-year-old Deepa, who won the silver medal in shot put F53 event in Rio in 2016, will work to promote sporting, cultural as well people-to-people relationship between India and New Zealand.
  • Athletes in F53 category can do only seated throws and they have full muscle power on their shoulder, elbow and wrist in the throwing arm.
  • "We are very pleased to announce that the New Zealand Prime Minister's Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019 has been awarded to Indian Paralympic athlete Deepa Malik
  • The fellowship, awarded by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, aims to strengthen the ties between India and New Zealand," a New Zealand High Commission release said.
  • "It gives us great pleasure to award this fellowship to someone who exemplifies two values that make a great sportsperson: courage and a can-do attitude.
  • In Deepa, we see an inspiring achiever who can confidently and proudly carry forward our message of inclusivity and the pursuit of excellence," it added.
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  • India’s education technology startup ‘Dost Education’ has bagged a $25,000 tech prize along with two other winners from Tanzania and Egypt.
  • The Next Billion Edtech Prize 2019, run by UK-based Varkey Foundation, recognises the most innovative technology destined to have a radical impact on education in low income and emerging world countries.
  • Dost was awarded for its ability to empower parents to take charge of their child’s early education by creating short, friendly audio content that is sent to them via their mobile phones.
  • “Dost software, audio content, and toolkits make it easy, fun and addictive for parents to boost their child’s early development, so low-income families need no longer send their children to primary school behind and without a chance to catch up,” noted the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF), where the award was announced in Dubai last month.
  • “It’s really exciting to bring Dost to the global stage at GESF and be one of the three winners of the prize, it motivates us even more to keep working on our mission to help parents to unlock their child’s full potential,” said Dost CEO Sneha Sheth.
  • Six finalists were chosen to pitch on the main GESF plenary stage in front of over 1,500 delegates. Besides India’s Dost, the other winners to also receive USD 25,000 each included Ubongo from Tanzania and PraxiLabs from Egypt.
  • Sunny Varkey, Founder of the Varkey Foundation and the Next Billion Prize said: “We use the ‘Next Billion Prize’ to highlight technology’s potential to tackle the problems that have proven too difficult for successive generations of politicians to solve.
  • “Our fervent hope is that the prize inspires practical and persistent entrepreneurs the world over to come forward with fresh tech ideas.”
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  • UAE has conferred the prestigious Zayed Medal to Prime Minister Modi, the highest decoration awarded to kings, presidents and heads of states.
  • The award comes in appreciation of PM Modi’s role in consolidating the long-standing friendship and joint strategic cooperation between the two countries.
  • In a tweet Thursday morning, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE's Armed Forces, announced this decision of conferring the award and said the Indian Prime Minister had played a pivotal role in enhancing bilateral ties between the two countries to the level of comprehensive strategic relations.
  • Referring to PM Modi as his "dear friend", Sheikh Mohamed in his tweet said that the ties between India and UAE are “comprehensive and strategic”. He praised the values that characterize Indian society in its diversity, especially tolerance, coexistence and respect, according to state news agency Wam.
  • The tweet said “We have historical and comprehensive strategic ties with India, reinforced by the pivotal role of my dear friend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who gave these relations a big boost. In appreciation of his efforts, the UAE President grants him the Zayed Medal.”
  • "By granting our dear friend the Indian Prime Minister the Zayed Medal, we express our appreciation for his role and efforts in developing friendly relations and extending bridges of cooperation between the UAE and the Republic of India in various fields", the Crown Prince added.
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  • The belief that space can impact emotional well-being led Tanay Bothara, a student of city-based Padmabhushan Vasantdada Patil College of Architecture, to design play spaces for children of war-torn Syria and win the Nippon’s Asia Young Designer Award 2019 in Singapore on 26th March.
  • The 23-year-old beat 8,500 students from 14 countries to win the award.
  • “As students we had to come up with ideas to try and solve problems through design creating sustainable projects with emotional value. For a student this opens up a whole new world as you are exposed to many concepts and themes.
  • We had to design something for the children of war-torn regions like Syria. The main activities of a child are learning and play. So, even in a war ravaged country like Syria, children would make play spaces out of damaged buildings or basements,” said Tanay from Singapore.
  • The theme for this competition was ‘Forward: Challenging Design Boundaries’.
  • Tanay was awarded Rs 50,000 as the winner from India and $10,000 for the Asia Young Designer Award.
  • “I donated Rs 50,000 to non-governmental organisations in Syria that work in the field of children’s education,” said Tanay.
  • The award also entitles Tanay to a fully-funded design discovery programme at Harvard University.
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  • For travelers looking for a pleasant airport experience, Asia remains the best bet.
  • Singapore’s Changi is the planet’s best airport for the seventh straight year, according to the latest rankings by Skytrax. It’s followed by Tokyo’s Haneda, Seoul’s Incheon and Doha’s Hamad, with Hong Kong rounding out the top five.
  • But Singapore was beaten by its old rival when it came to filling up before a flight, as Hong Kong grabbed the top spot for the best airport dining experience.
  • Munich Airport, in seventh place on the best airport list, was the highest ranked among airfields in Europe, sitting just one place ahead of London Heathrow.
  • Airports in the U.S. were absent from the top 10 list on an airport customer survey that’s been conducted annually since 1999. Vancouver was the highest ranked airport in North America, at 17, while Denver was the best placed among U.S. airports at 32. New York’s JFK fell five places to 74.
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  • President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Padma awards upon ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan, mountaineer Bachendri Pal and folk singer Teejan Bai, among others on Saturday at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • Trade and industry tycoon Mahashay Dharam Pal Gulati of the MDH fame was awarded the Padma Bhushan while cricketer Gautam Gambhir, footballer Sunil Chhetri were awarded the Padma Shri.
  • This year, 112 personalities were selected for the Padma awards, which was announced on the eve of Republic Day.
  • The first set of padma award was given on March in which President Kovind had presented one Padma Vibhushan, eight Padma Bhushan and forty-six Padma Shri Awards.
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  • Journalist and writer Raghu Karnad became the second Indian to win the Windham-Campbell Prize; after Jerry Pinto who won the prize in 2016 for his novel 'Em And the Big Hoom'.
  • Karnad won the prestigious award for his debut book 'The Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War' in the non-fiction category on early Thursday (IST) in a ceremony which was held in London.
  • The Indian author is one of the eight winners who have been chosen across four categories this year. Each of the eight winners won $165,000 as prize money to support their writing. In terms of the award money, Windham-Campbell Prize is one of the richest literary awards worldwide.
  • Two winners were announced this year in each of the four categories for the prize, namely- fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry.
  • 'This year’s Windham-Campbell Prize recipients in fiction are Danielle McLaughlin (Ireland) and David Chariandy (Canada) in nonfiction the winners include Raghu Karnad (India) and Rebecca Solnit (United States); in poetry Ishion Hutchinson (Jamaica) and Kwame Dawes (Ghana/Jamaica/United States) are the winners and in drama the winners include, Young Jean Lee (United States) and Patricia Cornelius (Australia),' reads a statement on the prize's official website.
  • The Windham-Campbell Prize was established in 2013 by writer Donald Windham to honour his late partner Sandy Campbell. It is now co-presented by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.
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  • It is that time of the year again, to celebrate people who, with their ideas, have made our society a better place.
  • The second edition of the BusinessLine Changemaker Awards will be held in New Delhi on March 15. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be the guest of honour.
  • Singh is a changemaker in his own right, having rescued the economy from a major crisis in 1991 and set it up for a rapid phase of growth that catapulted it to become the fastest growing in the world.
  • He will give away the awards across six categories: Changemaker — Social Transformatiom, Changemaker — Digital Transformation, Changemaker — Financial Transformation, Young Changemaker, Iconic Changemaker, and Changemaker of the Year.
  • The awards, instituted last year by BusinessLine to commemorate its 25th year of publication, saw an overwhelming response from individuals, corporates, and government and social organisations.
  • The nomination window for the 2019 edition opened on September 15, 2018, and over 560 nominations were received. These were subjected to layers of scrutiny with the help of knowledge partners Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and Deloitte India.
  • The short-list that emerged was evaluated against various criteria and narrowed to five nominees in each category.
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  • President Ram Nath Kovind Presents Gallantry Awards and Distinguished Service Decorations at Rashtrapati Bhavan; Veterans honoured for their distinguished contributions.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind conferred three Kirti Chakras and fifteen 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 on 14 march.
  • Two Kirti Chakras and one Shaurya Chakra were given posthumously.
  • President also conferred fifteen Param Vishisht Seva Medals, one Uttam Yudh Seva Medals and twenty-five Ati Vishisht Seva Medals to senior officers of the Armed Forces for distinguished service of an exceptional order.
  • One of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal was conferred on Army Chief General Bipin Rawat. While, Major Tushar Gauba of 20 Jat regiment was conferred with the Kirti Chakra.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence MInsiter Nirmala Sitharaman were also present on the occasion.
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  • The Embassy of India, Kathmandu awarded 200 Golden Jubilee Scholarships to meritorious Nepali students for continuing their studies in various undergraduate courses at different Universities and Colleges in Nepal.
  • Awarding the certificates to meritorious students in Kathmandu today, Nepal's Secretary of Education Khaga Raj Baral said India has been providing valuable support for the development of education in Nepal.
  • He said with the Government of India scholarships Nepali students have excelled in various fields and it has helped in human resource development of Nepal.
  • In his address Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri advised students to achieve personal and professional fulfillment.
  • He said it will contribute towards Nepal’s socio-economic development and will further deepen and strengthen India-Nepal relations.
  • This year the scholarships recipients covered for 36 undergraduate courses including MBBS, BDS, BE, BSc, BBA and BCom etc. The students have been shortlisted from 50 districts of Nepal. They include around 45% girls and 8% differently able students.
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  • Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on 7th march was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by the University for Peace founded by the United Nations Organisations (UNO) for his contribution "to the Rule of Law, democracy and sustainable development in India".
  • He received the degree of "Doctor Honoris Causa" from the Dean of the University for Peace here.
  • In his acceptance speech, Naidu said, "This (Honorary Doctorate) is an honour for my country than to me as an individual.
  • It is an honour bestowed on a country, a civilization and a culture that has been an ardent and consistent champion of peace since time immemorial.
  • Urging the people to see others as their own kin, he asserted, "The ability to appreciate and celebrate the fascinating diversity in thoughts, languages, cultures and religious beliefs is the foundation for our ability to live together. Peace begins with our search for common bonds that unite us rather than when we look for and accentuate the differences."
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  • Industrialist Swraj Paul, one of the richest Indians in the UK who set up his first companies in Birmingham in the 1960s, has been awarded for his lifetime contribution in the Midlands region, which is home to a large Indian diaspora.
  • Paul, 88, who is also a member of the House of Lords, received the ‘Lifetime Contribution-Midlands Business Awards 2019’ from Harj Sandher, founder of the awards, at an event in Leicester on 8th march evening.
  • One of the previous recipients of the awards is Kumar Bhattacharyya, the celebrated engineer who founded the Warwick Manufacturing Group and advised the Tata group, among others, during his long career. He passed away earlier this month.
  • Paul recalled the entrepreneurial spirit of the Indian community in the region, and said: “I first began business in the Midlands nearly 50 years ago. It was then a very different place but there was a feature that I found particularly encouraging - it was a region of opportunity”.
  • “In the decades since then, we have had good times and difficult times. But that attribute remains an essential part of our commercial and social DNA and it is what sustains our economic environment; and we must nourish it”.
  • A large number of Indian-origin people moved to Leicester and the Midlands after being expelled from Idi Amin’s Uganda in the early 1970s.
  • They have since rejuvenated the region’s economy and culture to the point that Leicester is now seen as the ‘poster town’ of UK’s multicultural policies.
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  • A 116-year-old Japanese woman who loves playing the board game Othello was honored Saturday as the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records.
  • The global authority on records officially recognized Kane Tanaka in a ceremony at the nursing home where she lives in Fukuoka, in Japan’s southwest. Her family and the mayor were present to celebrate
  • Tanaka was born January 2, 1903, the seventh among eight children. She married Hideo Tanaka in 1922, and they had four children and adopted another child.She is usually up by 6 a.m. and enjoys studying mathematics.
  • The previous oldest living person was another Japanese woman, Chiyo Miyako, who died in July at age 117. The oldest person prior to Miyako was also Japanese.
  • Japanese tend to exhibit longevity and dominate the oldest-person list. Although changing dietary habits mean obesity has been rising, it’s still relatively rare in a nation whose culinary tradition focuses on fish, rice, vegetables and other food low in fat.
  • Age is also traditionally respected here, meaning people stay active and feel useful into their 80s and beyond.But Tanaka has a ways to go before she is the oldest person ever, an achievement of a French woman, Jeanne Louise Calment, who lived to 122 years, according to Guinness World Records.
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  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development confers the Nari Shakti Puraskar on women and institutions to recognise their relentless service towards the cause of women empowerment and social welfare.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind will present the Nari Shakti Puraskar, the highest civilian honour for women in India, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 8th march.
  • The awards for 2018 will be presented by the president at a special ceremony on the occasion of International Women's Day.
  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development confers the Nari Shakti Puraskar on women and institutions to recognise their relentless service towards the cause of women empowerment and social welfare.
  • This year, around 1,000 nominations were received by the ministry and 44 were selected for the award, according to an official statement.
  • Scientists, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, social workers, farmers, artists, masons, a woman marine pilot, a woman commando trainer, journalists and film-makers are among the recipients of the award, it said.
  • "No field has been left untouched, where women have not left their indelible mark, making women the leading force of our development trajectory.
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  • Priyanka Dubey, a bilingual correspondent with the BBC at its Delhi bureau, has been named for the Chameli Devi Jain Award for an Outstanding Woman Journalist for the year 2018.
  • Dubey was chosen for her multi-faceted, investigative and interrogative reportage, according to a statement.
  • "Her news reports take up the burning and complex social and political issues of our times, helping uncover the reality underlying them showing them to be layered, complex, and variegated," it added.
  • This year's jury comprised Bharat Bhushan, former editor, Sheela Bhatt, National Editor (News) NewsX, and Vandita Mishra, National Opinion Editor, The Indian Express, the statement said.
  • The Chameli Devi Jain Award has been awarded to women journalists for the past 37 years for upholding standards of excellence through a sustained body of work. The award will be presented on March 9 at a function in Delhi.
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  • Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has been chosen for the ‘Yashwantrao Chavan National Award 2018’ for his contribution to economic development.
  • Rajan will be presented the award at a function here on March 12 on the occasion of the 106th birth anniversary of Yashwantrao Chavan, who was the first chief minister of Maharashtra, a release issued here said.
  • NCP chief Sharad Pawar, the president of Yashwantrao Chavan Prathisthan, will preside over the function, it added.
  • The award is given every year by the Yashwantrao Chavan Prathisthan to individuals and institutions in recognition of their outstanding contribution to national integration, and social and economic development, among others
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  • Indore was adjudged India’s cleanest city for the third straight year in the central government’s cleanliness survey announced on Wednesday. The second and third positions in the category were grabbed by Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh and Mysore in Karnataka.
  • The Swachh Survekshan awards 2019 were conferred by President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony here.
  • While the New Delhi Municipal Council area was given the ‘Cleanest Small City’ award, Uttarakhand’s Gauchar was adjudged the ‘Best Ganga Town’ in the central government survey.
  • The ‘Cleanest Big City’ award has been bagged by Ahmedabad, while Raipur is the ‘Fastest Moving Big City’. Ujjain has been the adjudged the ‘Cleanest Medium City’ and Mathura-Vrindavan bagged the tag of the ‘Fastest Moving Medium Cities’
  • Top-ranked cities received a statue of Mahatma Gandhi as a memento for their work towards cleanliness. Swachh Survekshan 2019 covered all urban local bodies in the country, making it the largest such cleanliness survey in the world.
  • “Mahatma Gandhi had played a pivotal role in spearheading the movement of cleanliness. I hope people will take inspiration from the just concluded Kumbh Mela and the level of cleanliness in it,” Kovind said.
  • “There is a need to change the mindset of the people towards cleanliness as many people pay a lot of attention to personal hygiene and cleanliness at home but not to public cleanliness
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  • Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, credited with bringing together the East and West in his innovative designs, has been awarded this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize, known internationally as the highest honor in the field.
  • The 2019 prize was announced 5th march by the jury of the Hyatt Foundation. Founded in 1979, the prize honors each year a living architect or architects whose work demonstrates talent and vision, as well as a contribution to humanity.
  • Isozaki is the ninth Japanese to win the honor, including Kenzo Tange, under whose apprenticeship Isozaki began his career after graduating from the prestigious University of Tokyo. Tange won the prize in 1987.
  • Isozaki, 87, was one of the first Japanese architects to build abroad, and has been praised over his five-decade career for making a statement that transcends national boundaries through his buildings that are simple in design, but also appear to redefine the feelings of space in people's surroundings.
  • Tom Pritzker, chairman of the Hyatt Foundation, called Isozaki's architecture "truly international." "In a global world, architecture needs that communication," he said.

Bharat Ratna

  • C. Rajagopalachari(1954): An Indian independence activist, statesman, and lawyer, Rajagopalachari was the only Indian and last Governor-General of independent India. He was Chief Minister of Madras Presidency (1937–39) and Madras State (1952–54); and founder of Indian political party Swatantra Party.
  • Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan(1954): Philosopher Radhakrishnan served as India's first Vice-President (1952–62) and second President (1962–67).Since 1962, his birthday on 5 September is observed as "Teachers' Day" in India.
  • C. V. Raman(1954): Widely known for his work on the scattering of light and the discovery of the effect, better known as "Raman scattering", Raman mainly worked in the field of atomic physics and electromagnetism and was presented Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.
  • Bhagwan Das(1955): Independence activist, philosopher, and educationist, Das is a co-founder of Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith and worked with Madan Mohan Malaviya for the foundation of Banaras Hindu University.
  • M. Visvesvaraya(1955): Civil engineer, statesman, and Diwan of Mysore (1912–18), Visvesvaraya was a Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire. His birthday, 15 September, is observed as "Engineer's Day" in India.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru(1955): Independence activist and author, Nehru is the first and the longest-serving Prime Minister of India (1947–64)
  • Govind Ballabh Pant(1957): Independence activist Pant was premier of United Provinces (1937–39, 1946–50) and first Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (1950–54). He served as Union Home Minister from 1955–61.
  • Dhondo Keshav Karve(1958): Social reformer and educator, Karve is widely known for his works related to woman education and remarriage of Hindu widows. He established the Widow Marriage Association (1983), Hindu Widows Home (1896), and started Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University in 1916.
  • Bidhan Chandra Roy(1961): A physician, political leader, philanthropist, educationist, and social worker, Roy is often considered as "Maker of Modern West Bengal".He was second Chief Minister of West Bengal (1948–62) and his birthday on 1 July is observed as National Doctors' Day in India.
  • Purushottam Das Tandon(1961): Often titled as "Rajarshi", Tandon was an independence activist and served as speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly (1937–50). He was actively involved in a campaign to get official language status to Hindi.
  • Rajendra Prasad(1962): Independence activist, lawyer, statesman, and scholar,Prasad was closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi in the non-cooperation movement for Indian independence.He was later elected as the first President of India (1950–62).
  • Zakir Husain(1963): Independence activist and education philosopher, Husain served as a Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (1948–56) and the Governor of Bihar (1957–62).Later, he was elected as second Vice-President of India (1962–67) and went on to become the third President of India (1967–69).
  • Pandurang Vaman Kane(1963): Indologist and Sanskrit scholar,Kane is best known for his five volume literary work, History of Dharmaśāstra: Ancient and Medieval Religious and Civil Law in India; the "monumental" work that extends over nearly 6,500 pages and being published from 1930 to 1962.
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri(1966): Known for his slogan "Jai Jawan Jai Kisan" ("Hail the Soldier, Hail the Farmer"),Independence activist Shastri served as second Prime Minister of India (1964–66) and led the country during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
  • Indira Gandhi(1971): Known as the "Iron Lady of India",Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India during 1966–77 and 1980–84.During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, her government supported Bangladesh Liberation War which led to the formation of a new country, Bangladesh.
  • V. V. Giri(1975): While studying at the University College Dublin, Giri was involvement in the Irish Sinn Féin movement. Returning to India, he organized labour unions and brought them to take active participation in Indian freedom struggle. He was elected as the first President of All India Trade Union Congress in 1926. Post-independence, Giri held positions of Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Mysore and various other cabinet ministries. He became the first acting President and was eventually elected as the fourth President of India (1969–74).
  • K. Kamaraj(1976): Independence activist and statesman Kamaraj was a former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for three terms; 1954–57, 1957–62, and 1962–63.
  • Mother Teresa(1980): "Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta" was a catholic nun and the founder of the Missionaries of Charity. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work in 1979 and was beatified on 19 October 2003 by Pope John Paul II.
  • Vinoba Bhave(1983): Independence activist, social reformer, and a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi, Bhave is best known for his Bhoodan movement, "Land-Gift Movement".[88] He was given the honorific title "Acharya" ("teacher") and was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1958) for his humanitarian work.
  • Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan(1987): Widely known as "Frontier Gandhi", independence activist and Pashtun leader Khan was a follower of Mahatma Gandhi. He joined Khilafat Movement in 1920 and founded Khudai Khidmatgar ("Red Shirt movement") in 1929.
  • M. G. Ramachandran(1988): Actor turned politician Ramachandran served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for three terms; 1977–80, 1980–84, 1985–87.
  • B. R. Ambedkar(1990): Social reformer and leader of the Dalits ("Untouchables"),Ambedkar was the Chief architect of the Indian Constitution and also served as the first Law Minister of India.Ambedkar predominantly campaigned against the social discrimination with Dalits, the Hindu varna system.He was associated with the Dalit Buddhist movement and accepted Buddhism as a religion along with his close to half a million followers on 14 October 1956.
  • Nelson Mandela(1990): Leader of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa, Mandela was the President of South Africa (1994–99).Often called as the "Gandhi of South Africa",[97] Mandela's African National Congress movement was influenced by Gandhian philosophy.In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Rajiv Gandhi(1991): Gandhi was the ninth Prime Minister of India serving from 1984 to 1989.
  • Vallabhbhai Patel(1991): Widely known as the "Iron Man of India",[100] Patel was an independence activist and first Deputy Prime Minister of India (1947–50). Post independence, "Sardar" ("Leader") Patel worked with V. P. Menon towards dissolving 555 princely states into the Indian union
  • Morarji Desai(1991): Often titled as "Rajarshi", Tandon was an independence activist and served as speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly (1937–50). He was actively involved in a campaign to get official language status to Hindi.
  • Abul Kalam Azad(1992): Independence activist Azad was India's first Minister of Education and worked towards free primary education. He was widely known as "Maulana Azad" and his birthday on 11 November is observed as National Education Day in India.
  • J. R. D. Tata(1992): Industrialist, philanthropist, and aviation pioneer, Tata founded India's first airline Air India. He is the founder of various institutes including Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Tata Memorial Hospital, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tata Motors, TCS, National Institute of Advanced Studies, and National Centre for the Performing Arts.
  • Satyajit Ray(1992): Having debuted as a director with Pather Panchali (1955),film-maker Ray is credited with bringing world recognition to Indian cinema.In 1984, Ray was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award in cinema.
  • Gulzarilal Nanda(1997): Independence activist Nanda was two times interim Prime Minister of India (1964, 1966) and two times deputy chairman of the Planning Commission.
  • Aruna Asaf Ali(1997): Independence activist Ali is better known for hoisting the Indian flag in Bombay during the Quit India Movement in 1942. Post Independence, Ali was elected as Delhi's first mayor in 1958.
  • A. P. J. Abdul Kalam(1997): Aerospace and defence scientist, Kalam was involved in the development of India's first satellite launch vehicle SLV III and was the architect of Integrated Guided Missile Development Program. He worked for Indian National Committee for Space Research, Indian Space Research Organisation, Defence Research and Development Laboratory and was appointed as the Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, Secretary to Department of Defence Research and Development and Director General of Defence Research and Development Organisation.Later, he served as the eleventh President of India from 2002 till 2007.
  • M. S. Subbulakshmi(1998): Carnatic classical vocalist Subbulakshmi, often hailed as "Queen of songs", is the first Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay award.
  • Chidambaram Subramaniam(1998): Independence activist and former Minister of Agriculture of India (1964–66), Subramaniam is known for his contribution towards Green Revolution in India. During the late 1970s, he worked for International Rice Research Institute, Manila, and the International Maize and Wheat Research Institute, Mexico.
  • Jayaprakash Narayan(1999): Independence activist, social reformer, and commonly referred as "Lok Nayak" ("People's Hero"), Narayan is better known for "Total Revolution Movement" or "JP Movement" initiated during the mid-1970s to "overthrow the corrupt and exploitative Congress government"
  • Amartya Sen(1999): Winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1998),Sen has done research over several topics including social choice theory, ethics and political philosophy, welfare economics, decision theory, development economics, public health, and gender studies.
  • Gopinath Bordoloi(1999): Independence activist Bordoloi is the first Chief Minister of Assam (1946–50).His efforts and association with the then Minister of Home Affairs Vallabhbhai Patel were widely acknowledged while keeping a Assam united with India when parts of it were to merge with East Pakistan
  • Ravi Shankar(1999): Winner of four Grammy Awards and often considered "the world's best-known exponent of Hindustani classical music", sitar player Shankar is known for his collaborative work with Western musicians including Yehudi Menuhin and George Harrison.
  • Lata Mangeshkar(2000): Widely credited as the "nightingale of India",playback singer Mangeshkar started her career in the 1940s and has sung songs in over 36 languages.In 1989, Mangeshkar was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award in cinema
  • Bismillah Khan(2000): Hindustani classical shehnai player, Khan played the instrument for more than eight decades and is credited to have bought the instrument to the centre stage of Indian music.
  • Bhimsen Joshi(2009): Hindustani classical vocalist, Joshi was a disciple of Kirana gharana, an Indian musical school. He is widely known for the Khyal genre of singing with a "mastery over rhythm and accurate notes"
  • C. N. R. Rao(2014): The recipient of Honorary Doctorates from 63 Universities including Purdue, IIT Bombay, Oxford, chemist and professor Rao has worked prominently in the fields of Solid State and Materials Chemistry, Spectroscopy and Molecular Structure. He has authored around 1600 research papers and 48 books
  • Sachin Tendulkar(2014): Having debuted in 1989, Tendulkar played 664 international cricket matches in a career spanned over two decades. He holds various cricket records including the only player to have scored one hundred international centuries, the first batsman to score a double century in a One Day International and the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in both ODI and Test cricket.
  • Madan Mohan Malaviya(2015): Scholar and educational reformer Malaviya is a founder of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha (1906) and Banaras Hindu University and served as the university's vice-chancellor from 1919 till 1938. He was the President of Indian National Congress for four terms and was the Chairman of Hindustan Times from 1924 to 1946.
  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee(2015): Parliamentarian for over four decades, Vajpayee was elected nine times to the Lok Sabha, twice to the Rajya Sabha and served as the Prime Minister of India for three terms; 1996, 1998, 1999–2004.He was Minister of External Affairs during 1977–79 and was awarded as the "Best Parliamentarian" in 1994.


  • डॉ. सर्वपल्ली राधाकृष्णन(१९५४): भारताचे माजी राष्ट्रपती व नामांकीत शिक्षणतज्ञ
  • चक्रवर्ती राजगोपालचारी (१९५४): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेते व शेवटचे गव्हर्नर जनरल
  • डॉ. चंद्रशेखर वेंकट रमण(१९५४): प्रसिद्ध भारतीय भौतिकशास्त्रज्ञ
  • डॉ. भगवान दास(१९५५): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेते
  • डॉ. मोक्षगुंडम विश्वेश्वरय्या (१९५५): पहिले अभियंता 'बँक ऑफ म्हैसूर' ची स्थापना
  • जवाहरलाल नेहरू(१९५५): भारताचे पहिले पंतप्रधान व भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीत अग्रणी असलेले काँग्रेसचे लोकप्रिय नेते
  • गोविंद वल्लभ पंत(१९५७): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेते व उत्तर प्रदेशाचे प्रथम मुख्यमंत्री व भारताचे दुसरे गृहमंत्री
  • धोंडो केशव कर्वे(१९५८): समाजसुधारक, शिक्षणप्रसारक
  • डॉ. बिधान चंद्र रॉय(१९६१):पश्चिम बंगालचे पहिले मुख्यमंत्री व वैद्यक
  • पुरूषोत्तम दास टंडन(१९६१): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेते व शिक्षणप्रसारक
  • डॉ. राजेंद्र प्रसाद(१९६२): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेते व भारताचे पहिले राष्ट्रपती
  • डॉ. झाकिर हुसेन(१९६३): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेते व भारताचे राष्ट्रपती
  • महामहोपाध्याय पांडुरंग वामन काणे(१९६३): शिक्षणप्रसारक
  • लाल बहादूर शास्त्री (मरणोत्तर)(१९६६): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेते व भारताचे दुसरे पंतप्रधान
  • इंदिरा गांधी(१९७१): भारताच्या पहिल्या महिला पंतप्रधान
  • वराहगिरी वेंकट गिरी(१९७५): कामगार युनियन पुढारी व भारताचे चौथे राष्ट्रपती
  • के. कामराज (मरणोत्तर)(१९७६): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेते, मद्रास राज्याचे मुख्यमंत्री.
  • मदर तेरेसा(१९८०): "ख्रिश्चन मिशनरी समाजसुधारक, मिशनरीज ऑफ चॅरिटीच्या संस्थापक
  • आचार्य विनोबा भावे (मरणोत्तर)(१९८३): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेते व समाजसुधारक
  • खान अब्दुल गफार खान(१९८७): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील पहिले बिगर भारतीय नेते
  • एम. जी. रामचंद्रन (मरणोत्तर)(१९८८): चित्रपट अभिनेते व तमिळनाडू राज्याचे मुख्यमंत्री
  • भीमराव रामजी आंबेडकर (मरणोत्तर)(१९९०):भारतीय राज्यघटनेचे शिल्पकार, अर्थतज्‍ज्ञ, राजकीय नेते
  • नेल्सन मंडेला(१९९०): वर्णभेद विरोधी चळवळीचे प्रणेते
  • राजीव गांधी (मरणोत्तर)(१९९१): भारताचे सातवे पंतप्रधान
  • सरदार वल्लभभाई पटेल ( मरणोत्तर)((१९९१): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेते व भारताचे पहिले गृहमंत्री
  • मोरारजी देसाई(१९९१): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेते व भारताचे पाचवे पंतप्रधान
  • मौलाना अबुल कलाम आझाद (मरणोत्तर)(१९९२): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेते व भारताचे पहिले शिक्षणमंत्री
  • जे.आर.डी. टाटा(१९९२): उद्योजक
  • सत्यजित रे(१९९२): बंगाली चित्रपट निर्माते
  • ए.पी.जे. अब्दुल कलाम(१९९७): भारताचे ११वे राष्ट्रपती
  • गुलझारीलाल नंदा(१९९७): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेते व भारताचे पंतप्रधान
  • अरुणा असफ अली‎ (मरणोत्तर)(१९९७): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेत्या
  • एम.एस. सुब्बलक्ष्मी(१९९८): कर्नाटक शैलीतील गायिका
  • चिदंबरम्‌ सुब्रमण्यम्(१९९८): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेते व भारताचे माजी कृषीमंत्री
  • जयप्रकाश नारायण (मरणोत्तर)(१९९९): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेते
  • रवी शंकर(१९९९): प्रसिद्ध सितारवादक
  • अमर्त्य सेन (१९९९): प्रसिद्ध अर्थतज्ज्ञ
  • गोपीनाथ बोरदोलोई‎ (मरणोत्तर)(१९९९): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेते व आसामचे मुख्यमंत्री
  • लता मंगेशकर(२००१): पार्श्वगायिका
  • बिसमिल्ला खान(२००१): शहनाईवादक
  • भीमसेन जोशी(२००८): हिंदुस्थानी शास्त्रीय गायक
  • सी.एन.आर.राव(२०१४): शास्त्रज्ञ
  • सचिन तेंडुलकर(२०१४): क्रिकेटपटू
  • मदनमोहन मालवीय (मरणोत्तर)(२०१५): भारतीय स्वातंत्र्यसैनिक, बनारस हिंदू विद्यापीठाचे संस्थापक
  • अटलबिहारी वाजपेयी(२०१५): भारताचे पंतप्रधान, भारतीय स्वातंत्र्य चळवळीतील नेते
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