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Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva honoured with Indira Gandhi Peace Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development

image President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development on former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

This was for his outstanding contribution to the developing world. During Lula’s presidency, relations between India and Brazil steadily progressed. It was during Lula’s presidency that the seeds were also sown for several international fora such as IBSA, BRICS, G-20 and BASIC.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (known popularly as Lula) was President of Brazil from January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2010.

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Indian Origin Autar Kaw among recipients of U.S. Professor of the Year award

Autar Kaw, an Indian born professor of mechanical engineering at the University of South Florida, is among the four recipients of the 2012 US Professor of the Year award.

Kaw is known to tens of thousands of engineering students around the world as the "Numerical Methods Guy" via his Holistic Numerical Methods Institute website, his blog and YouTube video lectures.

The US Professor of the Year award is the highest honor in the nation for undergraduate teaching.

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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Chosen for Indira Gandhi Peace Prize

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf chosen for this year’s Indira Gandhi Prize for imagePeace, Disarmament and Development for being an "inspiration" to women and ensuring return of peace and democracy in Liberia. An international jury, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, selected Sirleaf for the award.

Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development was set up by the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.

  • Ms Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state in Africa.
  • Ms Sirleaf was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, jointly with Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakel Karman of Yemen.

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