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October 2019 - Awards



  • The 28th Vyas Samman for the year 2018 was conferred on well known Hindi writer Leeladhar Jagoori at a function in New Delhi. Mr Jagoori has been chosen for the prestigious award for his poetry collection- Jitne Log Utne Prem. Renowned Author and Scholar Govind Mishra gave away the award to him. The Vyas Samman, started in 1991, is given by K K Birla Foundation for an outstanding literary work in Hindi authored by an Indian citizen published during the last 10 years. It carries an award money of four lakh rupees along with a citation and plaque.


  • Rajinikanth to receive Special Icon award at IFFI. Actor Rajinikanth will receive the Special Icon award at the Golden Jubilee of International Film Festival of India, IFFI in Goa(November, 2019). The award will be presented in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema, during the past several decades.

    The Minister also announced that Life Time Achievement Award for a Foreign Artiste will be conferred on French Actress Isabelle Hupert. He said, during the 50th International Film Festival in Goa, 50 films of women directors will be showcased. Mr Javadekar said, among the 200 foreign films for IFFI, 24 Films are in the race for Oscar nominations.


  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on 20 October, 2019 presented Most Eminent Senior Citizen Award to legal luminary and former Attorney General K. Parasaran at a function in New Delhi. Mr Parasaran was honoured with the award on the occasion of the Elder’s Day celebration of Age Care India, an organization working for the welfare of the elderly.

    The Award is a fitting recognition of Mr Parasaran’s exceptional contribution to the field of law and justice as well as his extraordinary personality. Throughout his distinguished career, Mr Parasaran had handled a wide array of cases.


  • Minister of Panchayati Raj Narendra Singh Tomar will confer the National Panchayat Awards 2019 at a function in New Delhi. The Awards will be given to awardee Panchayats and States in various categories. These categories are Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar, Nanaji Deshmukh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar, Gram Panchayat Development Plan Award, Child-Friendly Gram Panchayats Award and e-Panchayat Puraskar.

    As many as 246 awards will be given out of which 195 awards will be given in Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar category and six states will be awarded in e- Panchayat Puraskar category. The awards are given to the best performing Panchayats in recognition of their good work at different levels including the delivery of services and sanitation.


  • Eminent writer Homen Borgohain was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th edition of the Sadin-Pratidin Achievers Award 2019 on 23 October. The Sadin-Pratidin Achievers Award is presented by the Guwahati-based media group Sadin- Pratidin group. It recognizes the eminent person and luminaries who have excelled in their chosen area of activities.


  • President Ram Nath Kovind will present the National Corporate Social Responsibility Awards to the companies for their outstanding contribution in area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) on 29th of October in New Delhi. The National CSR Awards have been instituted by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to recognize corporate initiatives in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to achieve inclusive growth and sustainable development.


  • Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee, Wife Esther Duflo Win Nobel For Economics. The 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics has been jointly won by Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee, his wife, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer of the United States for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. 58-year-old Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee was educated at the University of Calcutta, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Harvard University, where he received his PhD in 1988. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    In 2003 he founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), along with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan, and he remains one of the lab’s directors. Banerjee is a past president of the Bureau for the Research in the Economic Analysis of Development, a Research Associate of the NBER, a CEPR research fellow, International Research Fellow of the Kiel Institute, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society, and has been a Guggenheim Fellow and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a winner of the Infosys Prize.


  • Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have jointly won the 2019 Booker Prize after judges flout the rules by declaring a tie. British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie's tragicomic 'Quichotte' was among the six books shortlisted for the prize. The Booker rules say the prize must not be divided, but the judges insisted they could not separate Atwood's - 'The Testament' and 'Girl, Woman, Other' by Evaristo, who is the first black woman to win the prestigious award since its creation in 1969. The rules were changed after the last tie in 1992, and organisers told this year's judges that they were not allowed to pick two winners. It was our decision to flout the rules. Seventy-nine-year-old Canadian author Atwood expressed her joy at sharing the award with a younger writer.

    On Rushdie's 'Quichotte' the judging panel commented, a picaresque tour-de-force of contemporary America, with all its alarms and craziness. Rushdie conjures a celebration of storytelling and language that will delight lovers of Cervantes, lovers of daytime television and lovers of life. This was the fifth time that the Mumbai-born novelist was shortlisted, including the 1981 win where he bagged the award for "Midnight's Children".


  • The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation were announced on 14 Oct 2019. The four winners from India, include one from Ahmedabad -- Award of Distinction for Vikram Sarabhai Library, Indian Institute of Management (IIM); and three from Mumbai -- Award of Merit for Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue and Our Lady of Glory Church; while Honourable Mention for Flora Fountain.


  • Director Priyadarshan got Kishore Kumar award. Noted director and producer Priyadarshan, who has made several blockbuster Malayalam and Hindi films, was conferred the Madhya Pradesh government’s National Kishore Kumar Samman for 2018-19 at a function in Khandwa, MP. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh and a citation. Khandwa is the birthplace of the legendary singer- actor Kishore Kumar.


  • GoAir has received the ‘Best Airline’ award by Andaman Tourism Award - 2019 in its first edition for its leadership in attaining on-time performance for 12 consecutive months. Andaman Tourism Award was organised at Port Blair. According to the data released by the DGCA, GoAir has emerged as the most punctual airline in August 2019, thereby creating history in the Indian aviation sector.


  • Kiran Uniyal, wife of a serving Colonel of Indian Army has created Individual Guinness World Records for The most full contact knee strikes in three minutes (one leg) (female), 263 strikes & The most full contact knee strikes alternate legs in one minute (female),120 strikes. The earlier records were of 177 strikes and 102 in female category respectively.


  • Nobel Prize 2019 for Physics has been announced. Three scientists, James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz have won the Prize for their contribution to the understanding of the evolution of the universe and earth's place in the cosmos. One half of the award was given to James Peebles for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology and the other half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star. They will share a 9-million kronor cash award, a gold medal and a diploma. The laureates will receive them at a ceremony in Stockholm on December 10.


  • Senior Indian Forest Service officer Ramesh Pandey has been selected for the Asia Environmental Enforcement Award by the United Nations Environment Programme. He is known for his investigation and intelligence gathering on poachers. Pandey will receive the award on November 13, 2019 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok.


  • Nobel Prize 2019 for Physics were announced. Three scientists, James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz have won the Prize for their contribution to the understanding of the evolution of the universe and earth's place in the cosmos. They will share a 9-million kronor cash award, a gold medal and a diploma. The laureates will receive them at a ceremony in Stockholm on December 10, 2019.


  • The 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature has been announced along with the 2018 Prize. The Swedish Academy said, Austrian author Peter Handke has won the 2019 Prize while Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk has received the 2018 Prize.

    Handke was honoured for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience. His notable works include "Short Letter, Long Farewell" and "A Sorrow Beyond Dreams". Tokarczuk was awarded for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life. Her first novel, "The Journey of the People of the Book," was released in 1993. She has also won the Booker International Prize for her 2007 novel "Flights". Her 900-page "The Books of Jacob" was hailed as her magnum opus by the Swedish Academy.

    Tokarczuk becomes just the 15th woman to have won the prestigious distinction, out of 116 literature laureates honoured since 1901. Tokarczuk and Handke each take home a cheque worth nine million kronor , or 912,000 US dollars. The 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature was announced along with the 2018 Prize as the latter was delayed by a year following a scandal that included allegations of sexual misconduct.


  • Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize for his peacemaking efforts with Eritrea. Ethiopia and Eritrea, longtime foes who fought a border war from 1998 to 2000, restored relations in July 2018 after years of hostility. The prize will be presented in Oslo on December 10.


  • Kayakalp Awards given to hospitals. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan gave away Kayakalp Awards to different Central Government institutions, district hospitals, community health centres and private hospitals. The awards were given for their work in maintaining high standards of sanitation and hygiene in public health facilities. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi bagged a cash prize of three crore rupees.


  • Noted physicist Thanu Padmanabhan received the M P Birla Memorial Award 2019 for his contributions to the world of cosmology. Padmanabhan, a professor of Inter-university Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune received the award at a programme held at the M P Birla Planetarium.

    The Gravity and the Cosmos the Padma Shri recipient scientist spoke about the role gravity played in shaping the Universe. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar awardee dwelt on open questions about the Universe Padmanabhan, a visiting faculty to several institutes in the US and the UK, has contributed to the fields of general relativity, gravitation, and cosmology.


  • President Ram Nath Kovind will confer the Vayoshreshtha Samman-2019 on the eminent senior citizens and institutions in recognition of their services towards the cause of the elderly persons. The award will be given a function in New Delhi.

    The Vayoshreshtha Samman is a Scheme of awards instituted by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry and gradually upgraded to the status of National Awards for institutions involved in rendering distinguished service for the cause of elderly persons. These awards are presented as part of the celebration of the International Day of Older Persons on 1st October.

    The awards are intended to show-case the government's concern for senior citizens and its commitment towards them with the aim of strengthening their legitimate place in the society. It is also intended to provide an opportunity to the younger generation to understand the contribution of the elderly in building of the society and the nation. The recipients are drawn from diverse fields.


  • President Ram Nath Kovind presented the most effective Swachhata Ambassador award to Sachin Tendulkar on 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. In the past 5 years, the sanitation drive launched in the country had truly become a mass movement. The UN has set sustainable development goals to be achieved by 2030, but India would be achieving them 11 years ahead of the schedule.



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