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Lokesh Chandra and Mansura Haider honoured with Mongolia’s highest award

The two noted Indian scholars Lokesh Chandra and Mansura Haider have been honoured with the “North Star”, Mongolia’s highest award.

They were awarded for their contribution to the development of friendly relations between India and Mongolia and promotion of Mongolian studies. The occasion also marked 60th anniversary of Indo-Mongolian diplomatic relations.

Lokesh Chandra: He is President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). He is a prominent scholar of the Vedic period, Buddhism and the Indian arts.

Mansura Haider: She is former academic adviser at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). She also had worked as a professor and former dean of the faculty of arts in history department of Aligarh Muslim University.


Swat activist Tabassum Adnan wins 2016 Nelson Mandela Award

Pakistani women’s rights activist from Swat valley Tabassum Adnan has won prestigious 2016 Nelson Mandela Graça Machel Innovation Award.

She won the award for the individual activist category on the concluding day of the International Civil Society Week (ICSW) held from April 25-28, 2016 in Bogota, Colombia.

With this Tabassum Adnan becomes the second woman from Pakistan’s Swat valley to win this international recognition after Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.

About Tabassum Adnan

  • Tabassum Adnan was a victim of child marriage and was married at the age of 13.
  • The marriage was marked by frequent domestic abuse and ended after 20 years when she gathered the courage to divorce her abusive husband.
  • Later she launched NGO Khwendo Jirga (Sister’s Council), a women-only Jirga where women meet weekly to discuss issues such as honour killings, swara and acid attacks the practice of giving women as compensation for crimes.
  • In 2015, she was awarded 2015 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award in recognition of her untiring efforts and services for women’s rights.

About Nelson Mandela Graça Machel Innovation Award

  • Established in 2004 at the CIVICUS World Assembly in Gaborone, Botswana.
  • Propose: These Awards provide seed funding for innovative ideas emerging from organisations or groups of organisations participating in the CIVICUS World Assembly.
  • Each winner gets funding value of US 5,000 dollars each and also discuss their ideas with the World Assembly participants.


IIT scholar K Ashok Kumar wins International Plant Nutrition Scholar Award

K Ashok Kumar, a research food engineer scholar from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur has won the prestigious 2016 International Plant Nutrition Scholar Award (IPNSA).

He was bestowed with this award for his research on nutrition management of rice-chickpea production system in laterite soil.

He belongs to the food engineering department of the IIT Kharagpur and currently is pursuing his PhD on nutrition management of rice-chickpea production system in laterite

His research will help the application of organic fertiliser in right amount and timing to the rice crop which will in turn help to increase the yield by 10 per cent as compared to use of conventional synthetic fertilisers.

His research also highlights the organic fertilser application to improve the nutritional and cooking quality of rice grain and chemical and biological properties of the acid lateritic soil.

About International Plant Nutrition Scholar Award

The award is given by the US-based International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI). The award carries a cash prize of US 2,000 dollars and a recognition certificate.