(Current Affairs) Awards and Prizes | January: 2014

Awards and Prizes

Erach Bharucha gets ‘Earth Hero’ award

  • A pioneer of environment education in India, Erach Bharucha, has been named for the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) ‘Earth Hero’ award for this year.

  • “All of you need to work with conservation, whichever profession you are in. The significance of these awards are that it brings recognition for hotspots of biodiversity and the need for conservation... For conservation to be successful, we need the number of conservation conscious individuals to reach a tipping point and the press and schools are the two mediums which can make this happen,” he said.

  • Mr. Bharucha is currently the Director of Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University in Pune.

Dr. Manmohan Singh chosen for Japan national award

  • Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been chosen for one of Japan’s top national awards for his contribution to India-Japan ties, becoming the first Indian to receive the rare honour.

  • Dr. Singh will be awarded ‘The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers’ for his “significant contribution to the enhancement of relations and promotion of friendship” between Japan and India for about 35 years, a Japanese Embassy statement said.

  • It is a “high level National Order” and a rare honour awarded to those who are recognised for their distinguished contribution, it said, adding “Manmohan Singh is the first Indian recipient of this Order.”

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