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AWARDS AND HONOURS - March 2020

Mar 2020

Mar 24, 2020

Zoya Akhtar Honoured With IIFTC Tourism Impact Award 2020

  • Asia's largest film tourism event - 8th India International Film Tourism Conclave (IIFTC) honored the cult filmmaker - Zoya Akhtar with IIFTC Tourism Impact Award 2020 for her outstanding contribution to the world tourism through her cinema.
  • The award was presented by Naheed Nenshi - Mayor of Calgary, Alberta (Canada) at a glittering award ceremony held recently in Mumbai.
  • While addressing the media about Zoya Akhtar winning the award Harshad Bhagwat - Promoter of IIFTC Awards said, "Zoya Akhtar set the trend in the film tourism space with her 2011 classic 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' shot in Spain, following it up with 2015 comedy-drama 'Dil Dhadakne Do' shot in Turkey. She has single-handedly promoted tourism of these counties through her films making her a well-deserving winner."

Indian-Origin US Author Wins 2020 PEN/Hemingway Award

  • Indian-origin American author Ruchika Tomar has been named the winner of the prestigious 2020 PEN/Hemingway Award for her debut novel 'A Prayer for Travelers' which the judges described as a "remarkable piece of writing, astute in style and structure".
  • Tomar, hailing from California, is currently a lecturer at Stanford University.
  • The award, honouring a "distinguished" first novel, includes a USD 25,000 prize and a month-long Residency Fellowship at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, a retreat for artists and writers, valued at USD 10,000.

Mar 23, 2020

Probability Experts Awarded Abel Maths Prize

  • The Abel Prize for mathematics was awarded to Israeli-American Hillel Furstenberg and Russian-born Gregory Margulis, both probability experts, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters said. 
  • The pair were honoured "for pioneering the use of methods from probability and dynamics in group theory, number theory and combinatorics," the Academy said in a statement. Furstenberg, 84, is affiliated with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, while Margulis, a decade younger, is at Yale University. Furstenberg and Margulis invented so-called random walk techniques, or a path consisting of a succession of random steps. The study of random walks is a central branch of probability theory. The pair used the technique "to investigate mathematical objects such as groups and graphs, and in so doing introduced probabilistic methods to solve many open problems," the statement said. Their work "has opened up a wealth of new results" in diverse areas of mathematics and "brought down the traditional wall between pure and applied mathematics". 
  • Born in Berlin, Furstenberg and his Jewish family fled Nazi Germany for the US just before the start of World War II. After starting his career at top universities like Princeton and MIT, he left the United States for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1965 and stayed there until his retirement in 2003.

Mar 17, 2020

Paramananda Majumder Conferred the Moghai Ojah Aaward

  • Eminent researcher and writer Dr. Paramananda Majumder was presented the 10th Moghai Ojah Award at a function held at the auditorium of Jorhat Science Centre and Planetarium. He was awarded for his significant role in raising issues of public interest and society's betterment. Majumder compiled the first book on the life and works of folk musician Moghai Ojah. The award recognized his invaluable contribution in bringing dhol maestro Moghai Ojah and his magnificent skill of playing the dhol back to the public domain by compiling a book on him. Moghai Ojah award: The Moghai Ojah award was instituted in 2011 by the Jorhat district unit of the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP). The award is annually presented on 15 March, on the death anniversary of Ojah. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.21,000, a citation, a gamosa, a seleng chadar, and a memento.

Mar 16, 2020

Awards for Reporting on Road Safety

  • Prachi Salve of IndiaSpend and Pradeep Dwivedi of Dainik Jagran were jointly awarded the top prize for their contribution towards reporting on road safety by the Centre for Media Studies (CMS).
  • CMS, a not-for-profit research think tank, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) India, conducted a three-month fellowship programme for journalists to work on road safety and related issues in 2019.
  • The second prize awardees are B. Raveendra Shetty of Vijay Karnataka and Purnima Singh of Times Now Hindi.
  • Kishor Dwivedi of the Press Trust of India (PTI) and Sangamesh Menasinakai of The Times of India bagged the third prize.
  • A total of 12 journalists were selected for the fellowship programme and they have produced in-depth stories on road safety for the print, TV and online medium, the CMS said.
  • The winners will be presented with certificates and cash prize at a ceremony that was scheduled for March but has been postponed due to coronavirus outbreak.

Mar 15, 2020

Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Woman Journalist

  • Arfa Khanum Sherwani of The Wire and Bengaluru-based freelancer Rohini Mohan were jointly given this year's Chameli Devi Jain Award for outstanding woman journalist.
  • Rukmini S, an independent data-journalist from Chennai, received honourable mention.
  • The annual award which recognises social concern, dedication, courage and compassion received over 40 entries from all over India representing the print, broadcast and online media.
  • The jury comprised political scientist Zoya Hasan and journalists Sreenivasan Jain and Manoj Mitta.
  • While Sherwani was chosen for her reporting from conflict situations in Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh, the jury felt that Mohan's reportage on the NRC exercise in Assam set a new benchmark for investigative journalism.
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