Ratan Tata conferred with Coventry’s highest recognition
Coventry honoured Ratan Tata with the highest award – Honorary Freeman of the City of Coventry. Since 1914, only 13 people have been conferred with the award. An Indian origin professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, who founded the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), also won the title along with Tata at University of Warwick in Coventry. In 2000, Ratan Tata, the Chairman Emeritus of TATA Group was awarded the Padma Bhushan. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in the year 2008.
Forbes India Leadership awards 2015 conferred
Transformational leadership was recognised and honoured by the Forbes India Leadership Award. Outstanding startup of the year was Ola founded by Ankit Bhati and Bhavish Aggarwal. Next gen entrepreneur of the year was Siddhartha Lal (Eicher Motors Ltd) and Entrepreneur with Social Impact was Samit Ghosh from Ujjivan Financial Services Pvt Ltd. Conscious capitalist company for the year was Godrej Consumer Products Ltd and Amul. Best CEO for MNC company went to Uday Shankar of Star India Pvt Ltd. Arundhati Bhattacharya (SBI) was honoured with the best CEO award in the public sector. In the private sector, the best CEO award went to C. P. Gurnani of Tech Mahindra Ltd. Lifetime Achievement Award for the year went to R.C. Bhargava of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd while Uday Kotak was judged Entrepreneur for the year for Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. The Forbes leadership award was instituted in the year 2011 by American business periodical Forbes and awards are given in 9 categories each year.
Tiruchirapalli City Municipal
Corporation wins Skoch Smart Governance Award
Tiruchirapalli City Municipal Corporation was awarded the Skoch Smart Governance Award for Operational Excellence in Waste Transportation using ICT based solutions. Award was conferred by Skoch, a group based in Gurgaon that deals with social issues. City Corporation used RFID/Radio Frequency Identification System for solid waste management in the city. RFID is a wireless use of electromagnetic fields for transferring data to automatically identify and track tags associated with objects, while tags carry electronically stored information.
NASA confers awards in 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge Design Competition 2015
NASA conferred awards to participants who developed architectural concepts taking advantage of 3-D printing to imagine what Martian habitat may look like. Team Space Exploration Architecture and Clouds Architecture Office won first prize for their design, Mars Ice House. Second place went to Team Gamma while Team LavaHive was awarded third place.
Nobel Prize 2015 in Physiology or Medicine announced
The Nobel Prize 2015 in Physiology or Medicine went to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Omura, and Youyou Tu. While the first two scientists discovered a novel therapy for roundworm parasite infection for which they were awarded, Tu won the prize for discoveries in the field of novel therapy for malaria. While Campbell and Omura discovered a new drug, Avermectin, the derivatives of which have lowered the incidence of River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis, and showed efficacy against other parasitic diseases, Tu discovered Artemisinin, a drug that has considerably reduced the mortality rates for patients suffering from Malaria.
Nobel Prize in Physics 2015
Japanese researcher Takaaki Kajita and Canadian physicist Arthur B. McDonald have won the Nobel prize in Physics 2015 for discovering neutron oscillations showing that neutrinos have mass. These are one of the fundamental particles making up the universe and subatomic particles are produced by decay of radioactive elements lacking electric charge. Researchers studying changes of identity among most abundant inhabitants in the universe have claimed this year’s prize. This discovery has solved a longstanding puzzle involving neutrinos whereby two thirds of the neutrino released in nuclear reactions was missing on earth as against the sun. As regards the whereabouts of the neutrino, neutrinos change identities and this has been suggested as a solution for the puzzle.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Swedish scientist Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Murdoch and Turkish American scientist Aizi Sancar won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for mechanistic studies of DNA repair. Their work has provided “fundamental knowledge of how a living cell functions,” according to the Royal Swedish Academy. Their findings have been used for the development of new cancer treatments, among other things, the academy also added. Lindahl is presently an emeritus group leader at Francis Crick Institute and Emeritus director of Cancer Research at Clare Hall Laboratory in the UK. Modrich is an researcher at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC. Sandra is professor of University of North Carolina School of Medicine in NC. 8 million Swedish kronor award will be handed on December 10 which the anniversary of the founder of the prize Alfred Nobel’s death in 1896.
Nobel Prize 2015 in Literature
The Nobel Prize for literature went to 67 year old Belarus author Svetlana Alexievich for her polyphonic writings. She is the 14th woman literature laureate. She has chronicled the biggest tragedies of Soviet Union and its collapse, WW2, Soviet war in Afghanistan, Chernobyl disaster and communism initiated suicides. Alexievich, the daughter of two school teachers lives in Minsk and supports opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko.
Raif Badawi and James Fenton win PEN Pinter Prize 2015
Saudi blogger Raif Badawai has been selected for a free speech prize, the PEN Pinter Prize along with British poet James Fenton. Badawi served 10 years in prison after being convicted of insulting Islam and he was also flogged publicly. Groups such as Amnesty International have campaigned for his release. The award was accepted on the blogger’s behalf by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. PEN Pinter Prize was established in the year 2009 in memory of Noble prize winner and playwright Harold Pinter and run by writer’s group PEN. Fenton is a former professor of poetry at Oxford University as well as a war correspondent.
Indian company Nualgi wins Popular Choice Awards at Climate CoLab of MIT
Nualgi, an Indian firm in the field of nano biotechnology has won the Popular Choice Awards at the Climate CoLab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge. This marks the first time an Indian company has won this contest. Sampath Kumar from Bangalore formed Nualgi following R&D in nano biotechnology. MIT Climate CoLab initiative involves 50,000 people from across the globe working to solve the problem of climate change.
University of Jordan confers Honorary Doctorate on President Pranab Mukherjee
The University of Jordan conferred Honorary Doctorate in Political Science on President Pranab Mukherjee in Amman recently. Both India and Jordan have supported each other on multilateral fora including the US and converge on views regarding issues such as Palestine, the Middle East Peace Process, Syria, Iraq and the challenges confronting in the region plus the agreement on the need to expedite UNSC reforms reflect common approach to these important issues.
Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2015
The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2015 was awarded to Angus Deaton of Princeton University for analysis of poverty, consumption and welfare. His research linked individual choices with aggregate outcomes, helping to transform the fields of development economics, microeconomics and macroeconomics.
J. C. Daniel Award for 2014
Well known Malayalam filmmaker I. V. Sasi was honoured with the J. C. Daniel award for 2014 for contributions to the film industry. He has made over 150 Indian films and is mostly known for his S. Indian movies. He started his career with a film entitled Ulsavam. He has directed more than 170 movies over 3 decades. In the year 1982, Aaroodam (a film directed by him) won the Nargis Dutt Award for the best feature film on National Integration. J. C. Daniel award is given annually by the Government of Kerala.
Jamaican writer Marlon James wins Man Booker Prize 2015
Marlon James has won the Man Booker prize 2015 for his novel entitled “A Brief History of Seven Killings” marking the first time a Jamaican has won a Booker Prize. This is also the first time an independent publisher (Oneworld Publications) has claimed the Man Booker Prize. The book for which the award was won is a fictionalised historical account of attempted murder of reggae singer Bob Marley in the 1970s. James’s book was chosen from a shortlist of 7 writers. Along with 50,000 pound prize and trophy, James was also awarded a designer bound edition of the book and 2,500 pounds for being short listed.
Nobel Peace Prize 2015 conferred on
National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia
Prize was awarded to the Tunis group for decisive contribution towards founding pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of 2011 Jasmine Revolution. This quartet consists of 4 organisations namely the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT, Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA, Union Tunisienne de l’Industrie, du Commerce et de l’Artisanat), the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH, La Ligue Tunisienne pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme), and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers (Ordre National des Avocats de Tunisie). Following the Tunis Arab Spring. Quartet led the way for peaceful dialogue among citizens. This quartet was formed in 2013.
A.R. Rehman chosen for 2015 Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award
Academy award winning music composer and singer A. R. Rehman has been chosen for the 2015 Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award following a career spanning two decades in the Indian music industry. The award was constituted in 2011 by Hridayesh Art, a Mumbai- based socio-cultural organisation in honour of music composer and singer Hridaynath Mangeshkar, son of noted musician Deenanath Mangeshkar and younger brother of Indian music legends Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. Previous recipients of the award include Amitabh Bachchan, Sulochana Tai, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.
Aqeela Asifi awarded with 2015 Nansen Refugee Award by UNHCR
Afghan refugee teacher Aqeela Asifi was awarded with the 2015 Nansen Refugee Award by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Asifi dedicated her life to bring education to refugee girls in Pakistan. Aqeela Asifi was awarded for her brave and tireless dedication to education for Afghan refugee girls in the Kot Chandana refugee village in Mianwali, Pakistan. Asifi is a former teacher who fled from Kabul with her family in 1992, finding safety in the remote refugee settlement of Kot Chandana.
DRDO scientist conferred with Silver Medal by Royal Aeronautical Society.
Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, an eminent missile scientist of DRDO has been conferred with prestigious Silver Medal by London based Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). He was bestowed with this medal in recognition of his pioneering contributions as one of the leading navigation and avionics experts and for promoting Aerospace and Aeronautics in India. Under his leadership, India has developed stateof- the-art advanced avionics systems and sensors for key national strategic programmes and other defenceapplications.