Awards and Prizes
WORLD FOOD PRIZE 2012
Daniel Hillel won World Food Prize 2012 on 13 June 2012. He
is a scientist from Israel. The work and motivation of Daniel Hillel built the
bridge between the divisions and to promote peace and understanding in the
Middle East by advancing a breakthrough achievement. His work is relevant for
agriculture-dominated economies. He applied the method of
micro-irrigation, which maximizes the efficiency of water usage in agriculture.
World Food Prize is an international award. This award recognizes the importance
of water for agricultural purposes. Dr. Hillel will be formally presented with
the cash prize of 250000 dollar award in October 2012 at United States. This
award was recognized by Norman Borlaug in 1987. This award indicates to that
person who is pioneer in radical innovative way of bringing water to crops in
arid and dry-land regions. Norman Borlaug is a Nobal Prize winner and champion
in Green Revolution. The World Food Prize award is chaired by M.S. Swaminathan.
He is Indian agricultural scientist Professor and the first World Food Prize
laureate. Norman Ernest Borlaug was an American agronomist, humanitarian and
also known as the the father of the Green Revolution. He won Padma Vibhushan
which is the India’s second highest civilian honour.
WISDEN INDIA OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
India’s Batting great Sachin Tendulkar was conferred upon the
Wisden India Outstanding Achievement award for completing a century of 100
international hundreds, in Dubai on 11 June 2012. The legendary batsman was
presented a trophy at an event organised by FidelisWorld. The trophy was made
from crystal, it resembles a cricket ball resting on the open pages of a book.
Tendulakar achieved the incredible feat while playing against Bangladesh in the
Asia Cup in March 2012. The batting genius has total 49 One-Day International
centuries and 51 Test centuries to his credit. Tendulkar, while receiving the
award spoke on range of aspects of his career, like his favourite innings, the
match - winning fourth innings hundred against England at Chennai in December
2008, balancing play and personal life, and the influence that his late father
had in shaping his career.
ONDAATJE PRIZE 2012
Rahul Bhattacharya, the Delhibased author, on 29 May 2012 won
the prestigious Ondaatje Prize 2012 for his book The Sly Company of People Who
Care. He is the first Indian author to have received the award. Bhattacharya was
also conferred with the Hindu Literary Prize for Best Fiction, 2011 for the same
book. The 10000 pounds award is conferred by the Royal Society of Literature
every year to recognize a work of fiction, nonfiction or poetry which
evokes the spirit of a place. The award is presented to the author who is
a citizen of or who has been resident in the Commonwealth or Ireland. The other
authors whose work were shortlisted for the prize include Julia Blackburn’s
‘Thin Paths’, Teju Cole’s ‘Open City’, Paul Farley and Michael Symmons
Roberts’ ‘Edgelands’, Olivia Laing’s ‘To the River’ and Tim Robinson’s ‘Connemara’.