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Persons in News: Brahma Chellaney

Bernard Schwartz award to Brahma Chellaney

imageBrahma Chellaney has been awarded with 2012 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award for his book Water: Asia’s New Battleground.

Who is Brahma Chellaney?

  • Brahma Chellaney is a Professor of Strategic Studies at the New Delhi-based Centre for Policy Research, an independent think-tank.
  • Formerly a Member of the Policy Advisory Group headed by the External Affairs Minister of India.
  • He has been a Fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute, which through the Nobel Committee awards the Nobel Peace Prize annually.

Why this award is given?

  • Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award is the only award that is given to authors of non-fiction books for their outstanding contributions to the understanding of contemporary Asia or US-Asia relations as well as possible policy impacts relating to the region.


2012 Hoover Medal to Narayana Murthy

NR Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys, was  imagehonored with prestigious 2012 Hoover Medal at the Global Humanitarian Technology Conference in Seattle, Washington. The medal was given to recognize Murthy for establishing a foundation that forges outstanding improvements in healthcare, social rehabilitation, rural uplift and education. The Infosys Science Foundation was established in 2009 to encourage science research in India.

Why Hoover Medal is awarded?

  • The Hoover Medal recognizes great, unselfish, non-technical services by engineers to humanity.


Persons in News: Malala Yousafzai

imageMalala Yousafzai: A school student and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province. She is famous for her education and women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban has at times opposed girls from attending school. Yousafzai gained prominence by giving interviews in print and on television. She was appointed as chairperson of the District Child Assembly Swat.

  • She was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu, and has won Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.

Yousafzai was recently shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. She is currently in critical condition and is under intensive care at a hospital in the United Kingdom for intensive rehabilitation.