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AWARDS AND HONOURS - February 2024

Feb 2024

May 26, 2024

Cannes Film Festival: Black Dog Wins Un Certain Regard Prize, Anasuya Sengupta Gets Best Actress ...

  • Black Dog by Chinese director Hu Guan won the Cannes Un Certain Regard Prize. The Jury Prize went to Boris Lojkine's asylum-seeker tale, The Story of Souleymane. The Un Certain Regard Prize for Best Actress was given to Anasuya Sengupta for The Shameless. Un Certain Regard is a section of the Cannes Film Festival's official selection. (Also Read | Meet Anasuya Sengupta and Omara Shetty, stars of The Shameless who are adding desi dazzle to Cannes Film Festival).
  • The Shameless follows a sex worker who flees a Delhi brothel after stabbing a policeman. As per Variety, Anasuya dedicated her award "to the queer community and other marginalised communities all around the world for so bravely fighting a fight they really shouldn't have to fight."

May 24, 2024

Jenny Erpenbeck's 'Kairos' Wins International Booker Prize

  • German author Jenny Erpenbeck and translator Michael Hofmann have won the prestigious International Booker Prize for their novel "Kairos." The book, which tells the story of a tangled love affair during the final years of East Germany's existence, beat out five other finalists from a pool of 149 submitted novels.
  • Honoring Literary Excellence
  • The International Booker Prize recognises fiction from around the world that has been translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland. The £50,000 ($64,000) prize money is divided equally between the author and the translator, celebrating their collaborative efforts in bringing literary masterpieces to a wider audience.

Scientist Srinivas R. Kulkarni Honoured with Prestigious Shaw Prize in Astronomy

  • Srinivas R. Kulkarni, an Indian-origin U.S. scientist and brother of renowned author Sudha Murty, has been awarded the prestigious Shaw Prize in Astronomy for 2024. This prestigious recognition celebrates Kulkarni's groundbreaking discoveries in the field of astronomy, including his pioneering work on millisecond pulsars, gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, and other transient astronomical phenomena.
  • Kulkarni's illustrious career spans decades of pioneering research and leadership roles in the field of astronomy. After obtaining his M.S. from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1978, he went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of California in 1983. Among his notable achievements, Kulkarni served as the director of Caltech Optical Observatories from 2006 to 2018.

May 23, 2024

Indian-Origin US Scientist Shrinivas R. Kulkarni Wins Prestigious Shaw Prize in Astronomy

  • Shrinivas R. Kulkarni, George Ellery Hale Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Science at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA, bagged the Shaw Prize, 2024.
  • Kulkarni is the younger brother of well-known writer and Rajya Sabha member Sudha Murty, and hails from Karnataka.
  • Also known as the Nobel of the East, the prize from the Hong Kong-based Shaw Prize Foundation recognises contributions one has made to furthering societal progress, enhancing quality of life, and enriching humanity's spiritual civilization. The Foundation announces the annual awards in the areas of astronomy, medicine and life sciences, and mathematical sciences.
  • Kulkarni won along with Peter Sarnak, a Mathematics Professor at Princeton, and Swee Lay Thein and Stuart Orkin, both from the USA for their work in life sciences and medicine.
  • Kulkarni won the prize for his ground-breaking discoveries about millisecond pulsars, gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, and other variable or transient astronomical objects. His contributions to time-domain astronomy culminated in the conception, construction and leadership of the Palomar Transient Factory and its successor, the Zwicky Transient Facility, which have revolutionised our understanding of the time-variable optical sky.

May 16, 2024

Chandrakant Satija Honoured with Global Excellence Award 2024

  • In a prestigious ceremony held at the Sahara Star Hotel in Mumbai, Chandrakant Satija, the renowned educationist and Founder/CEO of Chandra Admission Consultants, was honoured with the Global Excellence Award 2024. The award, presented by the famous Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra, recognised Satija as the Most Trusted Admissions Consultant in the Vidarbha Region.
  • With over 21 years of experience in the education sector, Chandrakant Satija has dedicated himself to providing quality education, career counseling, and admission guidance to students. His unwavering commitment has earned him the trust of parents not only in Vidarbha but also in adjoining cities of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

May 14, 2024

Hindustan Shipyard Limited's CMD Honoured with 'PSU Samarpan Award' for Exemplary Leadership

  • In a distinguished accolade for Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), Hemant Khatri, the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), was conferred with the prestigious 'PSU Samarpan Award'. The honour was bestowed upon him by Gov Connect at a ceremony held in New Delhi.
  • The 'PSU Samarpan Award', an initiative by ilouge Media, stands as a testament to Khatri's exceptional leadership, driving the transformative journey of the shipyard and serving as an inspiration to numerous individuals within the industry.
  • This esteemed award recognises the commendable contributions of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) to the advancement of the nation. Commodore Khatri was bestowed with this honor in the 'Other PSU' category, sharing the spotlight with eminent CPSEs such as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and IRCON International Ltd in the Navratna category, and several others including Braithwaite & Co Ltd, Bridge & Roof Company (India) Ltd, HSCC (India) Ltd, KIOCL Ltd, Instruments Ltd, Consultants India Ltd, and WAPCOS in the Miniratna category.
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