(Current Affairs) Awards and Prizes | July + August: 2015

Awards and Prizes

Japan Government’s Highest Civilian Award to Professor C.N.R. Rao

  • Highest Civilian Award of Japan, that is conferred on academicians, politicians and military officers- the “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star”, will be conferred on Professor C.N.R. Rao for his ‘contribution to promoting academic interchange and mutual understanding in science and technology between Japan and India’. He had been bestowed with about 70 honorary doctorates and had received the highest civilian award of India, Bharat Ratna.

  • Professor C.N.R. Rao is a National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research Professor and Honorary President of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru , an autonomous institution supported by the Ministry of Science & technology, Government of India. Professor Rao had made substantial contributions to the development of Science in India and the Third World.

Ramkumar Ramanathan and Vijay Sundar Prashanth wins T. K. Ramanathan award

  • Ramkumar Ramanathan and Vijay Sundar Prashanth won the prestigious T.K. Ramanathan award at the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association annual day function held at SDAT-Nungambakkam Stadium here on Friday. Both received Rs. 15,000 each.

  • While Ramkumar — with good performances on the ATP and ITF circuits — reached a world ranking of 226, Vijay’s good display in the 2015 Aircel Chennai Open — he qualified for the main draw — and two back-to-back ITF titles in Tiruchi and Chennai, improved his rankings to 397.

Neel Mukherjee wins £10,000 Encore award for the year 2014

  • Neel Mukherjee’s story of a young man who is drawn into into extreme political activism in 1960s Calcutta, The Lives of Others, has won him the £10,000 Encore award for the year’s best second novel.

  • Already shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, where it missed out to Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North, and the Costa, Mukherjee’s novel “immensely impressed” judges with its “ambition and depth”, said chair of the panel Alex Clark. It beat second novels by authors including Will Wiles, Deborah Kay Davies and Amanda Coe to win the Encore, an award which was founded by Lucy Astor 25 years ago, and which has been won in the past by major names including Ali Smith, Anne Enright and Colm Tóibín.

  • Mukherjee, who lives in London, called the Encore “a burst of light in what is usually considered to be dark, damp, bleak territory – the dreaded second novel”, and said he was “thrilled by my good fortune and, looking at the list of past winners, both humbled and deeply honoured” to win.

Vice President Confers Pt. Haridutt Sharma Award to Smt. Anurradha Prasad

  • The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari conferred the “Pt. Haridutt Sharma Award” in the field of Journalism, Writing and Social Services to Smt. Anurradha Prasad, Editor-in-Chief, News-24 Channel.

  • Addressing on the occasion, the Vice President opined that the Media persons should always do news reporting in an impartial and responsible manner with objectivity. He congratulated Smt. Anurradha Prasad for her outstanding contribution in the field of Media and said that she has maintained the dignity of Journalistic profession in her professional career.

  • Pt. Haridutt Sharma was a renowned journalist and eminent writer. In his memory, this Annual award is given in the field of Journalism, Writing and Social Services for the outstanding contribution in their respective field. The Award consists of Cash prize of Rs. 51000/-, Citation, Trophy, Shawl and Souvenir.

Heniz Award 2015

  • An Indian-origin scientist at MIT Sangeeta Bharti, who has developed artificial human microlivers for drug testing, has won a prestigious $2,50,000 Heinz award for her work in tissue engineering and disease detection.

  • The award includes an unrestricted prize of $ 2,50,000. The Heinz Awards annually recognise individuals for their extraordinary contributions to arts and humanities; environment; human condition; public policy; and technology, the economy, and employment.

  • She is also using microlivers in the lab to model malaria infection and test drugs that can eradicate malaria parasites completely. She hopes to eventually develop implantable liver tissue as a complement or substitute for whole-organ transplant.

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