May 2019 - Awards




  • Police Officer Jitender Kumar posthumously was honoured with the Dag Hammarskjold Medal by the United Nations on 24 May 2019. He made the supreme sacrifice while serving in the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). India is the fourth largest contributor of uniformed personnel to the UN peacekeeping.



  • Indian artist Nalini Malani has won the biennial Joan Miro Prize for 2019. The award is named after Spanish painter and sculptor Joan MirĂ³, one of the most influential artists the 20th century. The award is given by Fundacio Joan Miro, the Spanish art museum along with the bank La Caixa. La Caixa will provide Malani a €70,000 (Rs 54.5 lakh) award.



  • Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Professor Balram Bhargava jointly won the 2019 Dr. Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. He bagged the award for his achievements as a clinician, innovator, researcher, and trainer.

    The Prize aims at rewarding work that has extended far beyond the call of normal duties, and it is not intended as a reward for an excellent performance of duties normally expected of an official position of a governmental or intergovernmental institution. The prize is awarded once a year and consists of a plaque from the Founder and a sum of money which will not exceed US$ 100 000. It will be presented at a special ceremony during the World Health Assembly.



  • United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) conferred Sasakawa Award 2019 for Disaster Risk Reduction to Dr. Pramod Kumar Mishra. He is the Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister of India. The award was announced during the ongoing 6th Session of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) 2019 at Geneva.



  • Bengaluru-based medical doctor Hema Divakar was honoured with the 'Global Asian of the Year 2018-19' award in Dubai recently. She was awarded for her yeomen services and contributions to the women's healthcare ecosystem, in India. She received the award at the Asian Business & Social Forum 2019 under the 'In Service of the Society and the Nation' category.



  • Former foreign secretary Shyam Saran will be conferred with Japan's second highest national award. He will be awarded for his contributions to strengthen the strategic ties and enhancing mutual understanding between India and Japan. The Government of Japan announced that in its 2019 Spring Imperial Decorations, it will confer Saran, 'the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star'.



  • Former PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi was presented with the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Yale University. She was presented the doctorate for her achievements in business. Nooyi received a degree in Master of Public and Private Management from the university's Yale School of Management in 1980.



  • FIFA announced two new award categories to promote women's football across the globe. The two new award categories are of Women's goalkeeper of the year and a women's team of the year. This announcement means and both men and women will be up for receiving accolades in the same categories at the FIFA Best ceremony in Milan on September 23.



  • Indian-origin journalist G D ‘Robert’ Govender was conferred with V K Krishna Menon Award 2019 in the UK for his contribution as a pioneer of decolonised journalism. The award is given to mark the 123rd birth anniversary of V K Krishna Menon, Indian diplomat and politician. He is the first person who has been awarded the V K Krishna Menon posthumously.



  • Jacques Kallis was honoured with the Order of Ikhamanga in the Silver Division. The national honour is bestowed by the President of South Africa on citizens who have made significant contributions to arts, literature, music, journalism, culture, and sports. He was rewarded for his successful cricket career. He played 166 Tests, 328 ODIs and 25 T20Is, returning 62 hundreds and 577 wickets.



  • Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, scriptwriter Salim Khan, and Helen were honored with the prestigious Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award on 25 April 2019. The award has been instituted by Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Smruti Pratishthan, a charitable trust. The award is given to legends from the fields of music, drama, art and social work.



  • Alfred Brownell, an environmental lawyer, and activist was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize. He was awarded for exposing alleged abuse by the palm oil company Golden Veroleum Liberia and helping to prevent it from converting about 50 km of the forest. He won the Goldman prize along with five others for grassroots environmental activism.



  • Niramai, the Bengaluru-based health tech startup nailed gold prize at the Hack Osaka event, Japan, imprinting India’s technology at the global level. The startup is developing an AI-based solution for early detection of breast cancer. The concern is the brainchild of Geetha Manjunath and Nidhi Mathur, marking their inception in 2016.



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