Persons in News 2017

Mr. Govind Mishra selected for Saraswati Samman 2013

The renowned Hindi author, Mr. Govind Mishra will receive Sarawasti Samman 2013 for his book “Dhool Paudho Par” published in 2008. The award would make Mr. Mishra the second Hindi author to receive the honour after noted Indian poet Mr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

 About Saraswati Samman

  • Establish: 1991 by the K. K. Birla Foundation.
  • Cash Price: Rs 10 lakh, a citation and a plaque.
  • Annual award for outstanding prose or poetry literary works in any Indian language listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India.

Note: In 1991, Mr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan became the first Hindi author to receive the  Saraswati Samman for his autobiography in four volumes.


Stuart Oliver won first edition of Tata T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship

The British racer, Mr. Stuart Oliver won the Tata T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship (India’s first truck racing championship) at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida. Mr. Oliver represented Castrol Vecton team in the race and took 30:26.848 minutes to complete 15 laps of the 2.5 km loop on the 5.1 km-long track.

About T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship

  • Two races: a 5-lap Sprint Race and a 15-lap Main Race.
  • Champion Award granted to the winning driver on the basis on combined points from both the races.
  • The Team Championship was awarded on the basis of the combined scores of the two drivers of the respective teams from both the races.
  • The series used 12 heavily-modified Tata Prima trucks having 370 horsepower and reaching a top speed of 110 km/hr.
  • Top three winners: Stuart Oliver (Castrol) , Mathew Summerfield (Cummins) and  Dave Jenkins (Tata Technologies).