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February 2018 Awards

  • Umang App named winner of the Best M-Government Service Award 
    India’s Umang App was named winner of the Best M-Government Service Award in the Accessible Government category while Aadhar won the best emerging technology award at the recently concluded World Government Summit 2018 in Dubai, where India had the status of ‘Guest of Honour’ country. 

    The Summit acknowledged technology pioneers for providing global solutions to global challenges. The Aadhaar project was recognized as the world’s largest biometric enabled identification programme which provides access to service income tax, passport services, bank accounts, social services benefits aimed at providing 1.2 billion citizens unique identification card with fingerprint, eye-print and other vital data. 

    The initiative has been achieved through the role played by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The award recognized the efforts of the Government of India’s invention and innovation in the field of technology and making the country completely digitalized. Apart from Aadhaar, India also won another award for Umang App. 

    The mobile application provides users a unified platform that combines government departments and services, facilitating transactions for citizens. The award acknowledged Government of India’s efforts to provide convenient services to its citizens. 

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of UAE Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan presented the Best m-Government Service Awards at the Summit. 

    In the summit all global delegates and speakers gathered to attend the event including heads of governments and representatives of 16 international organizations. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the inaugural address at the 6th edition of the World Government Summit. More than 140 countries participated in the event. 

  • Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has won the US Documentary Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival 
    A film on the life of Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi has won the US Documentary Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival being held at Park City in Utah. The documentary, titled 'Kailash' has been directed by debutante Derek Doneen. It traces the journey of Satyarthi and his efforts to eliminate child trafficking and child labour. The film has been produced by Davis Guggenheim and Sarah Anthony, and co-produced by Purnima Raghunath. 

  • V. Shantaram lifetime achievement award to Shyam Benegal
    Mumbai International Film Festival committee has decided to bestow V. Shantaram lifetime achievement Award to veteran film producer and director Shyam Benegal. Benegal has been selected for his contribution to the promotion of the documentary movement. The credit of Introducing experimental parallel films in India goes to him. He has made 28 great films like Ankur, Mandi, Bhumika and Manthan. Besides that, he has made 41 documentary films on various social topics. 

    Shyam Benegal's work on television consists of several popular series including the 53 part series ‘Bharat Ek Khoj’ first broadcast on Doordarshan in 1988. 

    He also made the much acclaimed 'Samvidhaan - The Making of the Constitution of India". He is the recipient of the national award in 1982 for the film 'Satyajit Ray'.The Government of India has honored him with Padmashree, Padma-Bhushan and Dada Saheb Phalke award earlier.
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