Monday, February 18, 2013


·           Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development:  Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been chosen for 2012 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for being an “inspiration” to women and ensuring return of peace and democracy in her country, it was announced.

·           Moortidevi Award: The Vice President of India M.Hamid Ansari presented the “Moortidevi Award for 2012” to eminent Urdu scholar Prof. Gopi Chand Narang for his outstanding work “Urdu Ghazal aur Hindustani Zehan wa Tehzeeb” at a function organized by Bhartiya.

·           ‘Tanweer Sanman’Award: Noted playwright and actor Girish Karnad has been conferred the ‘Tanweer Sanman’ award for his contribution in the field of art and literature. Instituted by Roopvedh Pratishthan , the award, given annually in the memory of the son of eminent actor Shriram Lagoo, was presented to Karnad at a function.

·           Nobel Prize for Literature: Chinese writer Mo Yan was awarded 2012 Nobel Prize for literature at Stockholm Concert Hall.

·           Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award:  Legendary sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar would receive the Lifetime Achievement Grammy award.

·           Highest Argentinean Civil award to Peter Hassan: Honorary Consul for Russian Federation (Hyderabad) ,Peter Toghrille Hassan, who is also adviser ,Strategy and Planning ,FICCI, has been chosen for the ‘Order de Mayo-Officer of the Order’ , the highest Civilian Award of the Republic of Argentina.

·           WISE Awards: Madhac Chavan, co-founder and CEO of Pratham ,an NGO, was awarded the 2012 WISE Prize for Education.

·           Miss USA Olivia Culpo Crowned Miss universe 2012: Miss USA Olivia Culpo has been crowned Miss universe 2012 at a gala event held at the Planet Hollywood Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada in December 2012. An American had not won the right to be called Miss Universe since Brook Lee won the title in 1997. Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon, came in second, while Miss Venezuela Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, placed third in the cmpetion.

·           ‘Life of Pi’ Receives Two National Tourism Awards: Ang Lee’s latest film ‘Life of Pi’ has received two national tourism awards for promoting Pondicherry and Munnar in Kerala as tourist destinations.

·           Hima Malini Selected for Bharat Muni Samman 2012: Famous Bollywood actress and Bharatnatyam exponent Hema Malini had been selected for the prestigious Bharat Muni Samman of year 2012 for her outstanding contribution to the field of art and culture.The earlier recipients are Thankamani Kutty, Pandit Birju Maharajm Pandit Jasraj and Ratan Thiyam. Hema Malini was also awarded with Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civiiian award in year 2000

·           Gurvinder Singh bags Golden Peacock at IFFI 2012,Centenary Award goes to Mira Nair: Gurvinder Singh’s Punjabi film ‘ Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan’ bagged Golden Peacock for the best film and a cash prize of 4 million(USD 73600) at the 43rd International Film Festival of India(IFFI) 2012.

·           Shahrukh Khan honoured with Brand Laureate Legendary Award in Malaysia:  47 year old Bollywood Actor Shahrukh Khan awarded with the prestigious Brand Laureate Legendary Award in Malaysia. The award was given the Malaysia-based Asia Pacific Brands Foundation for his contributions to the Bollywood film industry and as India’s foremost brand ambassador.


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