Friday, August 8, 2014

AWARDS & HONORS in 2013-2014

1. World Food Prize 2014: India‐born plant scientist Sanjaya Rajaram has been named the winner of
the World Food Prize for his breakthrough achievement in increasing global wheat production by
more than 200 million tonnes following the Green Revolution.
2. Moortidevi Award 2013: C Radhakrishnan selected for Moortidevi Award 2013. He has been
selected for his novel Theekkadal Katanhu Thirumadhuram.
Note: i. Radhakrishnan is the second Malayalam writer to be awarded with the Moortidevi
award. The first Malayalam author to win the award was Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri in
2009 for his selected poems.
ii. Haraprasad Das was conferred the Moortidevi Award for 2012 for 'Vamsha, a poetic recreation
of the Mahabharata
3. Jnanpith Award 2013: Noted Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh has been chosen for the prestigious
Jnanpith award for 2013. He will be the recipient of the 49th Jnanpith award.
4. Pen Pinter prize 2014: Salman Rushdie wins Pen Pinter prize for his outstanding literary output
and support for freedom of expression.
5. Sudarsan Pattnaik won prize at World Cup of Sand Sculpting 2014. He won prize for his work Save
Tree, Save the Future.
6. Malala Yousafzai wins Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia.
7. France honoured Shahrukh Khan with Knight of the Legion of Honour
Note: The award of Officier de la Legion d'Honneur (Officer of the Legion of Honour) is the highest
honour among Civilians and Military bestowed by France on French citizen as well as foreigners.
8. Gro Harlem Brundtland awarded with the first Tang Prize in sustainable development.
9. Former TATA Group Chairman Ratan Tata received an honorary doctor of laws degree from York
University in Toronto, Canada.
10. Indian origin physicist Tejinder Virdee was honoured knighthood Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II.
He was awarded for his work on the Higgs Boson theory.
11. GMR wins arbitration award against Maldivian govt: Indian infrastructure giant GMR has won the
arbitration award against Maldivian government for wrongful termination of Airport project
contract.
12. Lifetime Achievement Award’: Leading NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul has been honoured with
the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by a UK-based business association for his outstanding
contribution to the industry, education and philanthropy.
13. Irish author Eimear McBride won the 2014 Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction for her first novel A
Girl is a Half Formed Thing.
14. Project Mobile Seva under DeitY won the 2014 United Nations Public Service Award
Note: The project Mobile Seva under Department of Electronics and Information Technology
(DeitY) won second rank in the 2014 United Nations Public Service Award. Department of
Electronics and Information Technology comes under Ministry of Information and Technology.
15. Golden Peacock Awards 2014: Technopark Technology Business Incubator (T‐TBI) was chosen for
the Special Commendation at the Golden Peacock National Training Awards 2014.
16. Bharat Ratna Award: Sachin Tendulkar and CN Rao conferred Bharat Ratna Award 2013.
Note: Tendulkar is the first sportsman and the youngest recipient of the the Bharat Ratna
ii. Prof Rao is a well recognized international authority on solid state and materials chemistry is
the third scientist to received award after CV Raman and former President A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
iii. The Bharat Ratna was announced after a gap of four years with Hindustani music doyen
Bhimsen Joshi being the last recipient in 2009.
17. Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2013: Veteran poet and film lyricist Gulzar has been chosen for the
coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2013. He is the 45th winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke
Award.
18. Pulitzer Prize 2014: India-born poet Vijay Seshadri has won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in
the poetry category for his work '3 Sections'.
19. Goldman Prize for environmental activist Ramesh Agrawal. He received the prize for helping
villagers fight coal mining in Chhattisgarh.
20. Caparo Group founded by leading NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul has won the International
Business of the Year award 2014
21. Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer Prize 2014 for novel 'Goldfinch'
22. Miss India 2014: Koyal Rana new Miss India.
23. Gandhi Peace Prize for 2013: Eminent Gandhian and environmentalist Chandi Prasad Bhat
selected for the award.
Note: A pioneer of the Chipko Movement for which he was also awarded the Magsaysay Award in
1982, Mr. Bhatt was given the Padma Bhushan by UPA-I in 2005.
24. Saraswati Samman 2013: Govind Mishra selected for for his book Dhool Paudho Par.
25. Pritzker Prize 2014: Japanese architect Shigeru Ban won the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2014. He
won the award for his creative and inexpensive designs for disaster relief shelters.
26. Abel Prize 2014: Russian mathematician Yakov Grigorevich Sinai won the award.
27. Laxmi, an acid attack victim gets International Women of Courage Award (US honour).
28. Vyas Samman 2013: Vishwanath Tripathi been selected for the prestigious Vyas Samman for the
year 2013.
Note: Tripathi has been chosen for the coveted annual literary award instituted in 1991 by the K K Birla
Foundation for his memoir 'Vyomkesh Darvesh', a biolgraphy of noted Hindi scholar Acharya
Hazari Prasad Dwivedi.
29. G D Birla Award 2013: Rajesh Gopakumar was selected for the 23rd G D Birla Award for scientific
research for the year 2013.
30. M S Subbulakshmi Award 2014: Mathangi Sathyamurthy, Karnataka musician was selected for
the award.

31. Britain's highest awards: Ratan Tata, former chairman of the Tata Group honoured by Queen
Elizabeth with a GBE (Knight Grand Cross), which is one of the highest civilian honours in Britain.
32. Luis Suarez named as Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year.
33. MS Dhoni won United Kingdom’s 2014 Asian award for outstanding achievement in Sports.
34. Shikhar Dhawan named one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year award.
35. Sachin Tendulkar won Cricketer of generation award
36. Tomas Halik, the Czech priest won the Templeton Prize for 2014.
37. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) received the Most Efficient Navratna Award for the year 2013.
38. Anand Kumar, the founder of Super30 got 2014 Ramanujan Mathematics award
39. Indian Writer Pankaj Mishra won Windham Campbell Literature Prize 2014
40. Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson won the coveted Allan Border medal.
41. Cyrus Mistry wins DSC Prize 2014 for South Asian literature for his book “Chronicles of a Corpse
Bearer”.
42. Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer has been named the best women's football player in the
world for 2013.
43. Sunil Gangopadhyay Memorial Award of 2012 and 2013: two eminent Bengali poets, namely
Nirendranath Chakraborty and Sankha Ghosh, respectively.
44. C.K. Nayudu award: Former India captain Kapil Dev received the Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime
Achievement Award for 2013.


OSCAR AWARD 2014:

Best Film - 12 Years a Slave – Directed by Steve McQueen
Best Actor - Matthew McConaughey for: Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress -Cate Blanchett for: Blue Jasmine
Best Director -Alfonso CuarĂ³n for Gravity
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Jared Leto for: Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave
Best Foreign Language Film - The Great Beauty (Italy)
Note: "Gravity" pulled in 7 Oscars, including best director, at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2,
2014.

61st National Film Awards:

Best Film: 'Ship of Theseus' – Director – Anand Gandhi
Best Actor: Rajkumar Rao for 'Shahid' and Suraj Venjaramudu and Venajaramoodu for Malayalam movie
'Perariyathavar'
Best Actress: Geetanjali Thapa for Liars Dice
Best Director Award: Pranjal Dua for 'Chidiya Ud' (Hindi)
Best Popular Film providing Wholesome Entertainment: 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'
Best Film on Social Issues: 'Tojia Dharm Kauncha'
Best Non Feature Film: 'Rangbhoomi'
Best Supporting Actor: Saurabh Shukla, 'Jolly LLB'
Note: 'Cinema Ka Cinema' got the Best Book on Cinema, while the Best Film Critic award went to Alka
Sahania
Director of Film 'Shahid' – Hansal Mehta
Director of Film 'Jolly LLB'– Subhash Kapoor
Director of Film Liars Dice – Geetu Mohandas

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill