No Nobel Prize in Literature this year

The Swedish Academy has postponed the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature following sex-abuse allegations and other issues within its ranks that have tarnished the body’s reputation. The 2018 winner will be presented alongside the 2019 winner next year. It is the first time since wartime 1943 that the prestigious award will not be given.

Book signed by Tagore auctioned for US$ 700

A signed hardcover copy of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore‘s ‘The King of the Dark Chamber’ – the English translation of his famous Bengali play ‘Raja’ – has been sold for USD 700 at an auction in the US. The play revolves around a mysterious, unseen, omniscient king, who is both benevolent and efficient. Tagore became the first Indian to win a Nobel Prize (Literature) in 1913.

John Sulston human genome pioneer passed away

British genome pioneer Sir John Sulston has died aged 75. Sir John won a Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work on the development of cells within a humble worm, which paved the way for innovations in cancer research. He was known as a passionate believer in pushing the boundaries of science and in making data on the human genome available to all.

Goa to Host Nobel Prize Event in 2018

5 : The Goa government executed a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to hold the ‘Nobel Prize Series — India 2018 (Science Impacts Life)’. It will be held from February 1-28 next year along with a month-long exhibition brought from Nobel Museum, Sweden. The Nobel series has earlier been organised in Gujarat.

Kazuo won the Nobel prize in literature

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to British writer Kazuo Ishiguro. His best-known novels include “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go.” Ishiguro, whose family moved to Britain from Japan when he was 5 years old, has written eight books, the most recent of which, “The Buried Giant,” was published in 2015.

2017 Chemistry Nobel Prize

Swiss researcher Jacques Dubochet and Americans Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. They got the nobel for developing cryo-electron microscopy which simplifies and improves the imaging of biomolecules. Researchers can now freeze biomolecules mid-movement and visualise processes which will help in development of pharmaceuticals.

2017 Nobel Physics Prize

Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne & Barry Barish were awarded Nobel Prize in Physics for decisive contributions to LIGO detector & observation of gravitational waves. Waves which were predicted by Einstein 100 yrs ago, came from a collision b/w 2 black holes & took 1.3 bn yrs for the waves to arrive at LIGO detector. LIGO is a collaborative project with over 1000 researchers from more than 20 countries

Chinese Nobel Peace laureate passes away

Chinese activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has died at the age of 61. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison in December 2009 for “subversion”. He was recently moved from prison to a hospital in Shenyang to be treated for late-stage liver cancer. Chinese govt had refused to let him seek treatment overseas despite Liu’s wishes and international pressure.

David Grossman wins Man Booker Prize

Israeli author David Grossman has won the Man Booker International Prize for his novel A Horse Walks Into a Bar. He has become the first Israeli writer to receive this prestigious award. The novel is focused entirely on the act of comedian Dovaleh Greenstein. The award has a prize of 50,000 pounds ($64,000) that is split evenly between Mr. Grossman and translator Jessica Cohen.

Toni Morrison honoured by Authors Guild.

The Authors Guild has honored Nobel literature laureate Toni Morrison at its 25th annual gala. Morrison received Distinguished Service Award and praised the power of literature and the “community” of writers. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved.

Goldman Environmental Prize

25 : Prafulla Samantara, the face of people’s resistance against Vedanta’s plan to mine bauxite from Niyamgiri hills in Odisha, has been honoured with this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize. The prize, also known as Green Nobel prize, was announced in San Francisco on April 24. Samantara is only the sixth Indian to win the prize.

Bob Dylan to receive Nobel prize

Music icon Bob Dylan will finally receive his Nobel Literature Prize this weekend at a meeting with the Swedish Academy in Stockholm. The 75-year-old kept silent for weeks after he was announced as the Nobel literature laureate in October, and snubbed a ceremony in December to receive the prize.

Abel Prize 2017

French mathematician Yves Meyer was today awarded the 2017 Abel Prize for his work on wavelets, a mathematical theory with applications in data compression, medical imaging and the detection of gravitational waves. Last year Able Prize won by Briton Andrew Wiles for his work on solving Fermat’s Last Theorem. It is considered by many to be a maths equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

Nobel Prize winning Derek Walcott dies

Derek Walcott, a Nobel Prize-winning poet known for capturing the essence of his native Caribbean and who became the region’s most internationally famous writer, has died on the island of St. Lucia. He was 87. The prolific and versatile poet received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1992 after being shortlisted for the honour for many years.

Chemistry Nobel winner George Olah dies

George A. Olah, whose work won a Nobel Prize in chemistry and paved the way for more effective oil refining and ways of producing less polluting forms of gasoline, has died at age 89. Olah’s research brought him the 1994 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his groundbreaking study of the unstable carbon molecules known as carbocations.

World’s Smallest Magnet

IBM announced it has created the world’s smallest magnet using a single atom -and stored one bit of data on it. This breakthrough builds on 35 years of nanotechnology history at IBM, including the invention of the Nobel prize-winning scanning tunneling microscope. Earlier IBM announced it will be building the world’s first commercial quantum computers for business and science.

Nobel Prize Winner Oliver Smithies Dies

Dr. Oliver Smithies, faculty member of the University of North Carolina was passed away. He joined the UNC faculty in 1988 and continued working in his lab until his death. He won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 2007 for his work targeting genetic modification of cells. He also developed the gel electrophoresis technique which allows scientists to better study blood cells.

Current Events September 2016 – Awards

• T.M.Krishna, Bezwada Wilson Awarded
Two Indians — Carnatic singer T.M. Krishna and campaigner for eradication of manual scavenging Bezwada Wilson were among six persons who received the Ramon Magsaysay prize 2016. Four others include: Conchita Carpio-Morales of the Philippines, Dompet Dhuafa of Indonesia, Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers & ‘Vientiane Rescue’ of Laos. This award is considered as Asia’s Nobel Prize.
• Mazumdar Shaw Given the Chevalier award
CMD of biopharma Biocon, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw was given the ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur’ award.She was awarded for her contribution to biosciences & research field globally. Chevalier l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur was created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the highest civilian award of the French Republic for outstanding contribution in various fields.
• Jackie Chan Awarded Honorary Oscar
Action movie star Jackie Chan is to be given an honorary Academy Award for his extraordinary achievements in film.Chan has starred in dozens of martial arts films.The Academy also voted to give honorary Oscars to British editor Anne V Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster & documentary maker Frederick Wiseman.They will be honoured at the Academy’s Governors Awards on 12 November.
• JSS Malappuram Win Unesco Literacy Award
The Jan Sikshan Sansthan (JSS), Malappuram has won the Unesco Confucius Prize for Literacy. The award has been conferred on the JSS in recognition of its literacy-linked skill development activities among the underprivileged. JSS are established to provide vocational training to non-literate. JSS chairman P.V. Abdul Wahab will receive the award from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
• Hrushikesh Mallick to Get Sarala Award
Noted Odia poet Dr Hrushikesh Mallick will be honoured with the 37th edition of prestigious Sarala Award for his outstanding poetry. The annual award would be conferred on Mallick for his poetry work “Jeje Dekhi Nathiba Bharat”. The annual Sarala Award was instituted in 1979 by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust(IMPaCT). Sarala Award is recognised as the foremost literary award of Odisha.
• Rishi Kapoor Honoured at BRICS Festival
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor was felicitated at the 1st BRICS Film Festival. He was honoured by Union Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathod & Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh. The festival is part of the special events planned in the run-up to the 8th BRICS Summit. The Indian film industry has been existing for over 100 years in which the Kapoors have contributed 88 years.
• Indian Ecologist Awarded by IUCN
Assam-based ecologist Bibhuti Lahkar has become the first Asian to be awarded the prestigious ‘Heritage Heroes Award’. The award is facilitated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The award aims to recognize the outstanding efforts of a few brave people who relentlessly invest efforts to make a difference in the way natural World Heritage sites are conserved.
• Thithi Named Best Film at BRICS Festival
Indian film Thithi won the best film award at the BRICS Film Festival concluded in New Delhi.Best Director Award went to Huo Jianqi of China.South Africa’s Thabo Rametsi took home the best Actor award while Russian actor Yulia Peresild was given best actress award.The film festival opened in New Delhi with the screening of a Malayalam movie, Veeram.
• J.C Daniel Award for Director K.G George
Renowned Malayalam filmmaker K G George has been chosen for the prestigious J C Daniel Award for 2015.He was awarded in recognition of his contributions to the Malayalam film industry.He is the 23rd recipient of the award, the state’s highest honour for film personalities.George’s movies including Yavanika, Aadaminte Variyellu, Panchavadippalam, Irakal and Swapnadanam.
• Guinness World Record for Bearded Woman
Harnaam Kaur with six-inch long facial hair has become the youngest woman in the world to have a full beard, according to the Guinness World Records. She is an Indian-origin woman in the UK. She has polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal condition that can result in the growth of excess facial hair. In March 2016 she became the first female with a beard to walk the runway at London Fashion Week.
• Pankaj Recommended for Padma Bhushan
Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) has once again recommended Pankaj Advani for the Padma Bhushan award. Advani is a 15-time world champion in billiards and snooker. He was also recommended for the honour last year before being overlooked for the award. The Padma Bhushan is the third-highest civilian award in India, after the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan
• Pawan Singh Awarded ISSF Medal
Pawan Singh, a former shooting coach of the national shooting team, was awarded by International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) in Delhi. He was awarded for his exceptional contribution to the field of shooting. The award comprises a bronze medal and a certificate. He is the youngest Indian to have been honoured by ISSF after almost 70 years.
• Indian origin wins award for radio waves
A 28 year old Indian origin MIT scientist has won a award for his research on radio waves. Dinesh Bharadia, a graduate of IIT Kanpur was honoured with the 2016 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award. His research disproved a long-held assumption that it is generally not possible for a radio to receive & transmit on the same frequency band because of the interference that results.
• Indian-American bags innovation award
An Indian-origin scientist has bagged the prestigious Lemelson–MIT Prize worth $500,000 for his groundbreaking work to improve lives globally. Ramesh Raskar, 46, is founder of the Camera Culture research group at the MIT Media Lab and an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences. Lemelson–MIT Prize honours outstanding mid-career inventors improving the world through technological invention.
• Indian-American to receive Medal
Indian-American physician-author, Abraham Verghese has been selected for the prestigious 2015 National Humanities Medal. President Barack Obama will bestow the honour upon Verghese along with 11 others recipient’s at a ceremony to be held in Washington on 21 September 2016. He has been selected for the prestigious award for reminding us that the patient is the centre of the medical enterprise.
• Priyanka among highest paid actresses
Priyanka Chopra has become the first Indian star to enter the Forbes list of highest paid television actresses in the world, after starring on American series Quantico. Priyanka ranks eighth in the list, which has retained American actress Sofia Vergara at the first position fifth year in a row. Priyanka has earned USD 11 million. She made her international acting debut last year with Quantico.
• Leh gears up for ‘Kumbh of Himalayas’
Once in 12 years carnival of Buddhist spirituality, culture & tradition & a grand congregation of Drukpa masters is set to begin. This will be held at the 17th century Hemis monastery of Drukpa lineage. The 4th edition of the Naropa festival is a celebration of 1,000th birth anniversary of the saint Naropa. Hollywood stars Michelle Yeoh and Robert Kennedy Junior will attend the function.
• Rahane,Rohit Conferred with Arjuna Award
Ajinkya Rahane & Rohit Sharma were conferred with the Arjuna Award for this year and the previous year respectively. They couldn’t be awarded earlier by President as they were out of the country on professional commitments. The Arjuna Award is given for consistent performances over four years. Rahane has amassed over 4,000 international runs & Rohit has scored over 7,000 for India.
• Ujjivan Bags Award for Insurance
Ujjivan Financial Services Ltd has won the Platinum Award for Inclusive Insurance at the SKOCH Insurance Awards 2016. The platinum award is the highest independent honour given for inclusive insurance. It was presented for exemplary work on financial inclusion initiatives. The award was given for implementing project to create awareness & achieve an 100 per cent insurance penetration.
• M Leelavathi Bags Mohanan Suvarna Award
Eminent Malayalam critic and academician Dr M Leelavathi has been chosen for the prestigious N Mohanan Suvarna Mudra Award 2016. The award was instituted in memory of well-known short story writer N Mohanan. An expert panel, comprising journalists M G Radhakrishnan and M Saritha Varma and Athmaraman. She was awarded for her contributions to Malayalam language and literature.
• Oscar-Winning Writer Curtis Hanson Dies
Oscar-winning Director Curtis Hanson dies. Oscar-winning writer and film director Curtis Hanson has died. He began screenwriting and directing in the early 1970s. Starting as a writer for the magazine Cinema, he later won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for LA Confidential. Most recently he directed the HBO film Too Big To Fail, about the financial crisis.
• WB to confer Bangabibhushan Award
West Bengal government will confer this year’s ‘Bangabibhushan’ to legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar. She will be awarded to honour her contributions to Bengali songs. The Trinamool Congress govt had started conferring Bangabi bhushan to eminent personalities for their contribution to various fields since 2011. Danseuse Amala Shankar was the first person to receive of the award.
• French Honour for Sajid Nadiadwala
Bollywood filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala was conferred France’s prestigious Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) award. He was awarded for his contribution towards boosting Indo-French partnership in cinema. The honour is conferred on persons who have distinguished themselves by their creativity in the field of art, culture and literature.
• Pak Awarded ICC Test Championship Mace
Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq has received Test mace by International Cricket Council (ICC) at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. ICC Chief Executive David Richardson presented the mace to Misbah. He was awarded for inspiring Pakistan to the top of the ICC Test Rankings for the first time. The ICC Test Championship mace is a symbol of excellence & recognition of outstanding performance.
• TCS Awarded Gold Rating in CSR
Tata Consultancy Services has been awarded the Gold rating certificate by EcoVadis. EcoVadis is a world leading independent CST Advisory firm. This is the third year in a row that TCS has received the top accolades. It is a reflection of the firm’s holistic approach to CSR across environmental sustainability, labour practice & business operations.
• Visaranai is India Official Oscar Entry
National Award-winning Tamil film Visaranai is India’s official entry in the Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars next year. Visaranai was selected out of the 29 films that were in the race. The crime-thriller, produced by actor-filmmaker Dhanush, is written & directed by Vetrimaaran. It is based on the novel Lock Up by M. Chandrakumar.
• White Helmets Win Right Livelihood Award
The Syria Civil Defence, a volunteer rescue service also known as the White Helmets, has won this year’s Right Livelihood Award. The three other recipients sharing the prize are Mozn Hassan, an Egyptian feminist; Svetlana Gannushkina, a Russian human rights activist & Cumhuriyet, a Turkish newspaper. The prize was established in 1980 by German-Swedish philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull.
• OPGC Bags Gold in Asian Power Awards
The Odisha Power Generation Corporation Ltd. (OPGC) has clinched the much coveted “Gold Award” in the Category “Power Plant Upgrade of the Year” in Asian Power Awards 2016. The award ceremony was held in Seoul, South Korea. It is the most prestigious awards in Asia & is dubbed as the Oscars of the power industry. OPGC earned this award for Pressure Reducing & De-Superheating System.
• Jesse Owens Award Goes to Muhammad Ali
The first-ever Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award-2016 will be posthumously bestowed to Olympic champion Muhammad Ali, who passed away on June 3, 2016. The Owens Award was started this year on the occasion of 80th anniversary of Owens’ four-gold-medal performance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The award is to be presented annually to recognize people who have served as an inspiration in society.
• Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan Begins
One of India’s biggest classical music extravaganzas, Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan has begun in 24 different cities across the country. The annual music festival has been carried on since 1954. The event will be an amalgamation of various genres of music including Hindustani classical, folk & light music. Folk and light music was introduced last year & this year Akashvani has added western music.
• Kolakaluri Conferred Moortidevi Award
Telugu author & eminent scholar Prof Kolakaluri Enoch was honoured with the 29th Moortidevi Award 2015 for his novel Ananta Jeevanam. The award was given to the author by noted historian Dr Kapila Vatsyayan. His novel depicts the struggle of the downtrodden, weak & the common man in Rayalaseema to preserve the historical & cultural inheritance of the region during a devastating cyclone.
• Uttam Singh to get Lata Mangeshkar Award
Maharashtra government has announced the Lata Mangeshkar Award for 2016 to veteran music composer & violin player Uttam Singh. His selection was unanimously done by a committee headed by state Culture Minister Vinod Tawade. Singh has worked with music legends like Naushad, Madan Mohan, S D Burman & R D Burman. He was the music arranger for films like Maine Pyar Kiya & Hum Apke Hai Kaun.
• First BRICS Film Festival Begins
The first BRICS film festival began in New Delhi. Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore & MoS for External Affairs V.K. Singh inaugurated the festival. The film festival is the run up to the BRICS summit which is to be held in Goa next month. It will act as a platform for people of the film industry of member countries to explore areas of cooperation in the domain of cinema & culture.
• ISRO, Katrina to Get Priyadarshini Awards
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO),Katrina Kaif & Juhi Chawla are among recipients of the Priyadarshini Global Awards 2016. Other recipients of the awards are from Israel, Switzerland & UK. The awards were instituted by a socio-cultural and educational organisation Priyadarshini Academy. The awards are given to personalities & organisations for contribution in their respective fields.
• Aung San Suu Kyi Gets Humanitarian Award
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been honored as the 2016 humanitarian of the year by students and faculty at the Harvard Foundation. She gained international prominence as the General Secretary of the newly formed National League for Democracy in Myanmar in 1990. The Humanitarian award was created to recognize outstanding individuals who dedicate their time to fighting indifference…

Current Events December 2015 – Awards

•Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia.
•Time magazine named German Chancellor Angela Merkel its “Person of the Year 2015”.
•Wipro won 2015 Aegis Graham Bell Award for innovation in IoT
• Sahitya Akademi Awards for 2015
Poetry : Brajendra Kumar Brahma (Bodo) Dhian Singh (Dogri) Ramdarash Mishra (Hindi) K.V. Tirumalesh (Kannada) Kshetri Rajan (Manipuri) Ram Shankar Awasthi (Sanskrit)
Short stories : Kula Saikia (Assamese) Man Mohan Jha (Maithili) Gupta Pradhan (Nepali) Bibhuti Pattanaik (Odia) Maya Rahi (Sindhi) Volga (Telugu)
Novels : Cyrus Mistry (English) Jaswinder Singh (Punjabi) Madhu Acharya ‘Ashawadi’ (Rajasthani).
Essays : Rasik Shah (Gujrati) A. Madhavan (Tamil)
Plays : Uday Bhembre (Konkani) Rabilal Tudu (Santali)
Books on criticism : Bashir Bhadarwahi (Kashmir), Shamim Tariq (Urdu).
Memoirs : Arun Khopkar (Marathi).

28 February observed as National Science Day

Every year February 28 is celebrated as the National Science Day i.e. Rashtriya Vigyan Diwas. In 2015, the theme of the day is “Science for Nation Building”. This year’s theme has been chosen for the purpose of raising public appreciation on scientific issues for the development of nation. This day marks the epoch-making discovery of Raman Effect by Indian physicist Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman (CV Raman) on February 28, 1928.In 1930, for this discovery he was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physics.

World’s Children’s Prize

Nobel Prize-winner Pakistani teenage activist, Ms. Malala Yousafzai wins the World’s Children’s Prize, after a global vote involving millions of children.


PEACE – The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”.
Kailash – is an Indian child right activist and a global frontrunner against child labour. He founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan in 1980 and has acted to protect the rights of more than 83,000 children from 144 countries.
Malala Yousufsai – is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient. She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai’s advocacy has since grown into an international movement.
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 was divided, one half awarded to John O’Keefe, the other half jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser “for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain”.
John O’Keefe – University College, London, United Kingdom.
May-Britt Moser – Centre for Neural Computation, Trondheim, Norway.
Edvard I. Moser – Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Trondheim, Norway.
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 was awarded jointly to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”.
Isamu Akalski – Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan.
Shuji Nakamura – is a Japanese-American professor at the Materials Department of the College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Hiroshi Amano – Japanese physicist
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 was awarded jointly to Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner “for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy”.
William Esco Moerner – is an American physical chemist and chemical physicist with current work in the biophysics and imaging of single molecules.
Robert Eric Betzig – is an American physicist based at the Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia.
Stefan Walter Hell – is a Romanian-born German physicist and one of the directors of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany.
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2014 was awarded to Patrick Modiano “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”.
Patrick Modiano (France) – “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”.
The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2014 was awarded to Jean Tirole “for his analysis of market power and regulation”.
Jean Tirole – Toulouse 1 Capitole University, Toulouse, France.