Special Current Affair for IBPS
Topic: Awards and Prizes Part -
- Indian Healthcare Visionary of the Decade Award
- Highest Cultural Award of France- the Commander of the Order
- Mac Robert Award
- Simons Investigators Awards 2013
- OISD Safety Awards 2011-12
- Major Port of the Year Award
Indian Healthcare Visionary of the Decade Award
Harvard trained and internationally acclaimed Indian American
Cardiac Surgeon and Healthcare Economist Dr Mukesh Hariawala on 28 June 2013 was
recently conferred the prestigious Indian Healthcare Visionary of the Decade
award at a glittering ceremony of the 4th Annual Business Leadership Conclave at
Hotel Leela in Mumbai. Also felicitated with other prestigious awards were
industrialists Ratan Tata , Transformational Leader of the Decade and Mukesh
Ambani who is the Millennium Business Leader of the Decade. After the award
ceremony, Mukesh convincingly laid out a 100 Billion Dollar Medical Tourism
opportunity for India as a byproduct of US President Barack Obama’s new Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act which unofficially is also termed Obamacare.
Highest Cultural Award of France- the Commander of the Order
Paul Hewson, popularly known as Bono, the frontman of the
rock band U2 as well as the anti-poverty activist was awarded with the Commander
of the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest cultural award of France on 17
July 2013 for the contribution to music. He was also praised for utilizing his
popularity for the sake of humanitarian causes. The Commander of the Order of
Arts and Letters was awarded to Bono by the French Culture Minister Aurelie
Filippetti in Paris. The Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters was earlier
also awarded to Shakira, David Bowie, Roger Moore, Bruce Willis, Bob Dylan and
Sean Connery. The Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters Award started for
the first time in the year 1957.
About Paul Hewson (Bono)
It is important to note that Bono, 53, had also received
the award earlier for the music as well as campaigning since the band U2 was
formed around 37 years ago.
Bono has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
The Times Magazine had awarded him with Time Magazine’s
Person of the Year award in the year 2005.
In the year 2007, he was conferred with the honorary
knighthood from Queen Elizabeth.
About the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters award
The Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters is also
known as Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
It is the Order of France, the highest cultural award of
The award was established on 2 May 1957 by Minister of
In the year 1963, it was made a part of the Ordre
national du Mérite by President Charles de Gaulle.
The award recognises people who make significant
contributions to the fields of literature, arts or help in spreading the
motives of these fields.
The origin of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters
award is found in Order of Saint-Michel.
Mac Robert Award
The British firm Real VNC was presented Mac Robert Award by
the Princess Royal for engineering innovation on 17 July 2013. The technology
will enable IT workers to solve problems on other computers without leaving
their desks and it will allow MRI scanners to be repaired remotely. The award
carries a cash prize of 50000 ponds. Real VNC is a software company based in
Cambridge. It was set up by some of the inventors of remote computer access
software. It has collaborated with global technology giants such as Google,
Apple, Intel and Sony and its technology is now said to be used in more than a
billion devices across the globe. The Mac Robert gold medal was presented at the
Royal Academy of Engineering’s awards dinner.
Krishna Menon honoured by Britain
The British Government on 17 July 2013 honoured V.K. Krishna
Menon, India’s first high commissioner in London and former Defence Minister by
placing a Blue Plaque at the house, where he lived when he moved to the city for
the first time. The blue plaque will be placed plaque at 30 Langdon Park Road in
Highgate, North London, where Menon stayed from 1929 to 1931. Menon, during his
stay in London, after Indian independence as independent India’s first High
Commissioner to the U.K played an active role in the socio-political life of the
city. The plaque was unveiled by Tony Benn, veteran leader of the Left-Wing
Tony Benn is the son of William Wedgwood Benn, was secretary of state for India
from 1929 to 1931, when Menon was campaigning for Indian independence in
Britain. UK commemorates sites of historical and cultural importance in the
country with blue plaques with a purpose of drawing attention of people.
V.K. Krishna Menon in London
He served as the Labour Councillor for the Borough of St.
Pancras for 14 years after being elected in 1934. He introduced travelling
libraries and Children corners here.
He served as an air warden around the Camden Square,
during Second World War.
In 1955, he became the second freeman of St. Pancras. The
only person before Menon to be honoured with freeman status was George
He was described as the embodiment of the movement within
Britain for India’s freedom, by former Labour Prime Minister, James
Other Indians to be honoured with the blue Plaque with their
Other Indian leaders namely Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar
Tilak, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel have been honoured by this English
London has two English Heritage Blue Plaques linked to
Mahatma Gandhi at 20 Baron’s Court Road in Hammersmith and Fulham and second
one at Kingsley Hall, Powis Road in Tower Hamlets
Jawahar Lal Nehru is honoured with a plaque at 60 Elgin
Crescent in London’s Notting Hill Bal
Gangadhar Tilak with a plaque at 10 Howley Place in
Sardar Patel has a plaque at 23 Aldridge Road Villas,
Ladbroke Grove, in West London
About the Blue Plaque Scheme of London
The Blue Plaque Scheme of London was founded in 1866 is run
by the William Ewart MP and the Royal Society of Arts to commemorates the link
between the notable figures of past and Britain’s famous residents. More than
760 plaques have been placed across London by now. It is a uniquely successful
means of connecting people and place. The Royal Society launched the scheme in
1867 with the unveiling of a commemorative tablet for Lord Byron.
Simons Investigators Awards 2013
Four Indian-American Professors Kannan Soundararajan, Rajeev
Alur, Salil P Vadhan and Senthil Todadri in fourth week of July 2013 won Simons
Investigators Awards 2013.
Apart from these, 9 other mathematicians, theoretical
physicists and theoretical computer scientists were also selected for the Simons
Investigators Awards for their cutting edge research.
The 2013 awards were announced by the New York-based Simons
Foundation, which is a non-profit organisation. Its mission is to advance the
lines of research in mathematics and basic sciences.
The Simons Investigators program provides a stable base of
support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term study
of fundamental questions. The foundation was incorporated in 1994 by Jim and
Name of People Awarded with their field of Study
Field of Study Name of People awarded in Selected Fields
Victor Galitski from The University of Maryland
Randall Kamien from University of Pennsylvania
Joel Moore from University of California, Berkeley
Dam Thanh Son from the University of Chicago
Senthil Todadri from Massachusetts Institute of
Xi Yin from Harvard University
Rajeev Alur from University of Pennsylvania
Piotr Indyk from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Salil P. Vadhan from Harvard University
Ngô Bao Châu from the University of Chicago
Maryam Mirzakhani from Stanford University
Kannan Soundararajan from Stanford University
Daniel Tataru from University of California, Berkeley
About Simons Investigators
Simons Investigators are outstanding theoretical scientists,
who receive long-term research support from the Simons Foundation.
Level and Duration of Funding: A Simons Investigator is
appointed for an initial period of five years with possible renewal for a
further five years. An Investigator will receive research support of $100,000
per year, with an additional $10,000 per year provided to the Investigator’s
department. The Investigator’s institution will receive 20 percent for indirect
OISD Safety Awards 2011-12
Oil Industry Safety Awards for the year 2011-12 were
presented by Union Minister of Petroleum Minister Petroleum & Natural Gas,
Veerappa Moily and , Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Panabaaka
Lakshmi on 19 July 2013. The award was given to the Chief Executives of Winning
Oil & Gas organizations in a ceremony organised by Oil Industry Safety
Directorate (OISD) at New Delhi.
Major Port of the Year Award
Paradip Port was conferred with the Major Port of the Year
award for its excellent performance in the year 2012-13. The award was received
by SS Mishra, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust, at the SCOPE International
Conference & Exhibition 2013 held in Chennai. Paradip Port Trust (PPT) handled
56.55 million tonnes of traffic in the year 2012-13. There is an increase from
54.25 million tonnes of traffic in 2011-12. During 2012-13, the port also added
22 million tonnes of capacity, thus bringing the total to 102 million tonnes. It
is important to note that the Paradip Port was also adjudged as the Major Port
of the Year during 2009-10 at the Annual Indian Maritime Gateway Awards 2010
ceremony organised by Gateway Media Private Ltd.
About the Paradip Port
Paradip Port is one of the major Indian ports that serve
the Eastern and Central parts of the country.
Its vicinity extends to the states of Odisha, Jharkhand,
Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.
The port primarily deals with the bulk cargos as well as
From the past 10 years, there has been an exceptional
growth in the traffic handled by the Paradip Port.
The port carries out the operations 24x7x365.
Paradip Port is equipped with latest equipments as well