(April + May) 2014
Sachin Tendulkar and CNR Rao conferred
with Bharat Ratna
Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour
was conferred on cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar (40) and eminent scientist
Prof CNR Rao (79) by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. The awards were
given at the Durban Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on 4 February
The recipient of the award will receive a
Sanad (certificate) signed by the President and a medallion. This award does not
carry any monetary grants. With this felicitation, Sachin became the first
sportsperson to be conferred with the honour of Bharat Ratna. He is also the
youngest person alive to be conferred with the award. Master blaster Sachin
retired from international cricket on 16 November 2013. Sachin after receiving
the award dedicated it to his mother.
Prof CNR Rao is the third scientist who
has been conferred with the award. He received the honour after CV Raman and A P
J Abdul Kalam, the former President of India. Rao is recognized international
authority on solid state and materials chemistry. Till now, he has published
1400 research papers and 45 books.
With this honour felicitation, Tendulkar
and Rao have joined the selected list of 41 eminent personalities, who have been
conferred with this award. Both of them are also recipients of Padma Vibhushan,
which is the country‘s second highest civilian honour. The award was instituted
in 1954 and is given in recognition of exceptional service of the highest order.
At present, Prof CNR Rao is the head of
the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India. To accommodate
the sportspersons with the top honour, the government of India revised the
eligibility criteria of the sportsperson in December 2011. Apart from this,
Sachin is the first active sportsperson, who became the Rajya Sabha member of
the country. He became a member of the Rajya Sabha in 2013.
About Bharat Ratna Awards
Rajendra Prasad, the former President of
India on 2 January 1955 gave his order to establish an award. As per the order
of the then President (till 1966), the award did not allowed any one to grant
the posthumous awards. Further in January 1966, a provision was inserted for
Till date, 12 posthumous awards have been
given of which one includes Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Bose was given the award
in 1992, which was withdrawn due to legal technicalities. The case of Bose is
the only and last case recorded till date of withdrawal of the award. The Order
of precedence of India is the protocol list (hierarchy of important positions)
has placed Bharat Ratna awardees at the seventh position.
Non-Indians, who have been conferred with
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1987)
Nelson Mandela (1990)
Naturalised Indian citizen to be
Mother Teresa (1980)
Vishwanath Tripathi selected for the
Vyas Samman 2013
Vishwanath Tripathi, the eminent Hindi
writer has been selected for the prestigious Vyas Samman for the year 2013. He
has been chosen for his memoir ‘Vyomkesh Darvesh’ that is a biography of the
noted Hindi scholar Acharya Hazari Prasad Dwivedi.
Tripathi, who is 82-year-old has around 20
publications by his name that includes memoirs, novel and poetry collection.
Surya Prasad Dikshit, the Hindi litterateur headed the selection committee for
The Vyas Samman 2012 was given to Hindi
litterateur Narendra Kohli for his historical novel Na Bhooto Na Bhavishyati
published in 2004 that is based on Swami Vivekananda and the era he belonged.
About Vyas Samman
Vyas Samman was instituted by the K.K.
Birla Foundation in 1991 and is awarded annually in recognition of the hindi
literary work published in past 10 years in genres like plays, novels, poetry,
short stories, critiques and others. The award carries 2.5 lakh rupees and a
citation and a plaque.
Malala, John Wood and Indira Ranamagar
nominated for World Children’s Prize in Sweden
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl
who survived after being shot in her head by Taliban was nominated for the World
Children’s Prize in Sweden for championing education rights for girls on 6
February 2014. As per the 15 member of international prize jury of WCP name of
Malala was selected as she is a child, who stood up for girls’ rights to
education in Pakistan, but also in the world as a whole.
The World Children’s Prize (WCP) is also
known as the Children’s Nobel Prize and was founded in 2000 with an aim to raise
awareness of children’s rights in 60000 schools in 110 countries through
Other candidates nominated for the year
are John Wood from USA and Indira Ranamagar from Nepal. The WCP Program 2014 is
open from 5 February to 15 October 2014.
World’s Children’s Prize (WCP)
The WCP is a unique and world’s largest
annual global education program. So far it has involved nearly 35 million
children who have learnt about their rights and democracy. It operates with a
goal or more humane world, where rights of children are respected by all.
It teaches young people about the rights of the child, democracy and global
friendship. Three child rights heroes are selected by WCP child jury every year
to be candidates for the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child.
About John Wood
He has fought for the children’s right to
education for past 15-years. To fulfill his dream, he quit from his job at
Microsoft as a manager. His dream is to fight poverty by giving children all
over the world the chance to go to school
His belief is that educated children are
better equipped to demand their rights and can defend themselves against
slavery, trafficking and abuse
He runs an organisation named Room to Read, which till date has built almost
1700 schools and 15000 school libraries in some of the poorest countries of the
In local languages, he had published 874
books and has given over 10 million books to poor children, who have been
deprived from access to books
About Malala Yousafzai
Malala in 2013 was nominated for the
Nobel Peace Prize for her crusade for the right of all children to an
She has been nominated for the 2014
award for her courageous and dangerous fight for girls’ right to education
At the age of 11, she started speaking
out for the education of the girls after Taliban banned girls from going to
school in the swat valley of Pakistan but Malala kept going to school even
after the ban imposed by Taliban. She was shot at the age of 15 and was
almost killed by the Taliban on her way home from school, but she survived.
Arunima Sinha awarded Amazing Indian
Arunima Sinha received Amazing Indian
Award on 6 February 2014.The award was given by the Vice President of India, M
Hamid Ansari. She was awarded for scaling Mount Everest despite being physically
The Amazing Indian Award was instituted by
Times Now channel in September 2012.
About Arunima Sinha
she is the first Indian amputee to
conquer Mount Everest on 21 may 2013
She scaled the 8848 metre-high summit
of the world’s highest peak on 21 May 2013
She is a former national volleyball
and football player from Uttar Pradesh
Krishi Karman Awards for 2012-13
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee,
presented Krishi Karman Awards for the year 2012-13 on 10 February 2014. The
awards were presented during inaugural function of World Congress on
Agro-Forestry (WCA-2014) held in New Delhi.
The awards were presented in two
categories. In the Total food grain production category, the awards were
presented to Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Manipur states. In the excellence in the
Individual food grains crops category, the awards were presented to Chhattisgarh,
Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar States.
Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Arunachal
Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura got commendation prizes for total food
grain production. Maharashtra got commendation prize for rice, Assam for pulses
and Punjab and Haryana for rice and wheat.
About KRISHI KARMAN AWARDS
Krishi Karman awards were instituted in
2010-11 by the Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture.
Krishi Karman awards are given to States
for their effort and contribution towards raising the country’s food grain
Krishi Karman Awards comprises of three
awards for total food grain production and four awards for production of rice,
wheat, coarse cereals and pulses - the crops that constitute the food grain
Each award winning State gets a trophy, a
citation and cash award. The cash award is 2 crore rupees for total food grain
production and 1 crore rupees for each of the four crops included in food
President Pranab Mukherjee conferred Award
of Honour of Rotary International
The President, Mukherjee was awarded for
the leadership he has provided and the India’s victory over Polio. Recently
India completed three years without reporting any case of polio on 13 January
Officially the World Health Organisation
(WHO) certified India as polio-free on 11 February 2014. The WHO on 24 February
2012 removed India from the list of countries with active endemic wild polio
About Award of Honour
The Rotary’s highest award, Award of
Honour is recognition for Heads of countries or governments who have rendered
unique service to the humanity and served the country and its people upholding
values reflected in Rotary’s motto Service Above Self.
The Rotary Club is one of the World’s
first service organizations established on 23 February 1905 in Chicago with the
vision of Paul P Harris.
The Rotary Club is a place where
professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful,
Killa, a Marathi film bagged Crystal Bear
award at 64th Berlin International Film Festival Killa, a Marathi film on 17
February 2014 won the Crystal Bear for the best film award by the Children’s
jury in Generation K-plus section at the 64th Berlin International Film
Festival. The film has been directed by Avinash Arun.
The jury in its citation for the award to
the film said that the film deals with the universal conflict of migration and
how it impacts the lives of people, especially children made them want to
discover India. The film Killa convinced the jury in all respects with good
camera work and the great actors.
In the entire history of the award, Killa
is the third Marathi film to be selected and is the first Indian film to win
Film Killa has been produced by
Madhukar R Musle, Ajay G Rai and Alan McAlex
It has been made under the banner, Jar
Pictures and has been presented by M R Filmworks. Another film of Jar Films
that was selected in the Sundance Film Festival 2014 in World Dramatics
Competition Section was Liar’s Dice starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui
This film is a part of NFDC Film
Bazaar’s Work-in-Progress (WIP) Lab in 2013
Amruta Subash of Vihir fame, Archit
Deodhar, Parth Bhalerao of Vhootnath Returns and Shrikant Yadav are some
actors of the film.
Killa is a film that deals with the
universal conflict of migration and the process, how this migration impacts the
lives of people, mainly children. The story of the film revolves around a young
boy named Chinu who finds it difficult to adjust to the new surroundings after
he migrated following death of his father.
The 67th BAFTA Awards
The 67th British Academy of Film and
Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards were given in London on 16 February 2014. The
Awards were conferred for the outstanding performances in films and
documentaries screened at British Cinemas in 2013.
Best Film 12 Years a Slave
Best Director Alfonso Cuar’on
Best Actor Chiwetel Ejofor (12 years a
Best Actress Cate Blanchett (Blue
Best Supporting Actor Barkhad Abdi
Best Supporting Actress Jennifer
Lawrence (American Hustle)
Best British Film Gravity
Best Debut By a British
Writer, Director or
Producer Kieran Evans
Best Original Screenplay American
Best Adapted Screenplay Philomena
Best Film Not In
The English Language The Great Beauty
Best Documentary The Act of Killing
Best Original Film Score Gravity
Best Cinematography Gravity
Best Editing Rush
Best Sound Gravity
Best Animated Film Frozen
Best Visual Effects Gravity
Best Makeup and Hair American Hustle
Best Production Design The Great
Best Costumes The Great Gatsby
Best Short Film Room 8
Best Animated Short Sleeping With The
BAFTA Rising Star Award Will Poulter
The British Academy of Film and Television
Arts (BAFTA) supports, promotes and develops the art forms of moving image like
film, Television and Video games.
BAFTA Identifies, rewards and celebrates
excellence at it’s internationally- renowned, annual awards inspiring the
practitioner and benefiting the public.
Madan Babu won Protein Science Young
Investigator Award for 2014
Madan Babu, an Indian-born scientist, won
the Protein Science Young Investigator Award for 2014 at Cambridge, UK on 20
February 2014. The Protein Science Young Investigator Award is given by the
Protein Society for important contribution made in the study of proteins.
Madan received the award for his
contributions to the understanding of the principles of regulation in biological
systems, especially in the fields of intrinsically disordered proteins and gene
regulation. With this award, he became the first scientist of Laboratory of
Molecular Biology (LMB) to win the award.
At present Madan Babu heads the Regulatory
Genomics and Systems Biology group at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology,
About the Award
The Award recognises important
contributions to the study of proteins, by a scientist in the early stages of an
independent career. The award is named after The Protein Society’s academic
journal, Protein Science.