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June 2019 - Awards



  • Nitesh Kumar Jangir won the 2019 Commonwealth Secretary-General's Innovation for Sustainable Development Award in London. He won the award for breathing support device (Saans) to tackle avoidable deaths of premature babies from respiratory distress syndrome. Saans is the world's first neonatal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device that can be powered in multiple ways.


  • Dr Gaurav Nigam conferred with 'Innovative Research Excellence Award 2019'. The award was given by Lyonpo Ugyen Dorji, Minister for Labour and Human Resources of Bhutan at the Asian Leadership Summit. He won this award for his excellence in school education of outstanding contribution towards the innovative development research activities in the field of school education in South Asian Region. He is the founder of iCare, He is the author of the book titled 'Devil Inside My Mind'.


  • Veyil Marangal (Trees Under the Sun), directed by Bijukumar Damodaran, won the award for ‘Outstanding Artistic Achievement’ at the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival. It became the first Indian film to win a major award at the festival. The film was one among the 3,964 entries submitted from 112 countries in the prestigious Golden Goblet Award competition.


  • Bollywood actor Anupam Kher is coming out with his autobiography, Lessons Life Taught Me Unknowingly that is set to hit stands on August 5, 2019. He has won 2 National awards, 2 Filmfare awards and the Padma Shree and Padma Bhushan awards.


  • Suman Rao from Rajasthan won Femina Miss India World 2019 Title.
    Shivani Jadhav, Chhattisgarh won Femina Miss Grand India 2019 title.
    Shreya Shanker, Bihar won Miss India United Continents 2019 title.


  • PM Narendra Modi announced the awards for the promotion and development of Yoga. Swami Rajarshi Muni, Ms. Antonietta Rozz, Bihar School of Yoga, and Japan Yoga Niketan are the recipients of the Prime Minister's Award for outstanding contribution for promotion and development of Yoga for the year 2019.


  • Women members of Deccan Development Society (DDS) sanghams have bagged one of the most coveted UN awards — Equator Prize for 2019. DDS sanghams have made a significant contribution towards environment combating climate change, food and nutritional security. The US$10,000-prize was officially declared on World Environment Day on June 5.


  • The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) has instituted its first Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS). It was announced by the Minister Prakash Javadekar. The aim of the award is to acknowledge the positive role & responsibility of media in disseminating the outreach of Yoga in India and abroad. The award comprises of a special medal/plaque/trophy and a citation.


  • Amitav Ghosh to be honoured with Jnanpith Award 2018. The Jnanpith award for the year 2018 will be given to the noted English writer Amitav Ghosh. Former Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi will present the award to him at a function in New Delhi. The award is given for outstanding contribution in literature.


  • Priyanka Chopra to be awarded by UNICEF. UNICEF will honour Priyanka Chopra with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award at the Unicef Snowflake Ball in December 2019. Priyanka is a global Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights.


  • Former Indian President Pratibha Patil has been conferred the "Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca" (Order of the Aztec Eagle), the highest civilian award of Mexico given to foreigners, on 1 June 2019. The Ambassador of Mexico to India, Melba Pria, conferred the award on Patil, who created history as this country's first woman President (2007-2012), at a special ceremony held in the MCCIA Bhavan, Pune.


  • Sunder Pichai, Nasdaq's Friedman to receive 2019 Global Leadership Award. In United States, Google's India-born CEO Sundar Pichai and Nasdaq president Adena Friedman have been chosen for the prestigious Global Leadership Awards 2019 by business advocacy group USIBC in recognition of the two companies' contribution as the leading technology-driven platforms.

    The award by Washington-based US-India Business Council (USIBC) would be conferred upon Indian-American Pichai, 46, and Friedman, 50, during the next week's 'India Ideas Summit'. Given annually since 2007, the USIBC Global Leadership Awards recognise top corporate executives from the United States and India whose companies play a major role in catalysing growth in the US-India commercial corridor.


  • Tayari Jones wins literary award for her novel. Tayari Jones won the Women's Prize for fiction on 5 June with An American Marriage, her story of a family torn apart by the US judicial system. Jones, a professor of English at Emory University in Atlanta, beat five other finalists including Anna Burns, winner of 2018's Booker Prize. An American Marriage is Jones' fourth novel, but the first to be published in Britain.



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