Awards & Honours Current Affairs - 2019

Awards and Honours in Current Affairs 2019 with latest winners of various awards in India and world. Current Affairs list of awards and prize won in India and world for 2019.

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2019 Booker Prize: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo jointly win

The 2019 Booker Prize was jointly won by Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo after judges defied the rules by declaring a tie. Even though the organisers told 2019’s judges that they were not allowed to pick two winners, but Peter Florence, the chair of the five-member judging panel, decided to flout the rules anyways. The rules were changed after the last tie in 1992.

2019 Booker Prize

Although as per the Booker rules the prize must not be divided, however the judges insisted they could not separate the 79-year-old Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s – ‘The Testament’ and ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernardine Evaristo. Evaristo is the first black woman to win prestigious award since its creation in 1969.

Others Shortlisted Entries:  The other 4 authors (out of 6) shortlisted for the prize included Lucy Ellmann for ‘Ducks, Newburyport’, Chigozie Obioma for ‘An Orchestra of Minorities‘, Elif Shafak for ’10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World’ and British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie’s tragicomic ‘Quichotte’. This was the 5th time that Mumbai-born novelist was shortlisted, including the 1981 win where he bagged award for “Midnight’s Children”.

The 2019 shortlisted entries were selected from 151 submitted books published in UK/Ireland between October 2018 and September 2019. Each of the shortlisted authors received GBP 2,500 and a specially-bound edition of their book.

Booker Prize

It is a literary prize which is awarded each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in United Kingdom (UK). The prize is open to writers of any nationality.

For the first time in 2019, the Booker Prize for Fiction is supported by venture capitalist Michael Moritz and novelist wife Harriet Heyman’s charitable foundation Crankstart, rather than the Man Group.

The prize was first awarded in 1969. In 2018 Northern Irish writer Anna Burns won the Booker Prize for ‘Milkman’

2019 Nobel Prize in Economics: Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the prestigious 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics to Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee, his wife, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer of United States for their ‘experimental approach to alleviating global poverty’. Their research will help the world community to understand, address and fight the formidable challenge of poverty.

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology while Michael Kremer is at Harvard University.

Key Highlights

As per the Nobel committee, the research conducted by 2019’s Economics Nobel laureates has considerably improved the ability to fight global poverty. Moreover, in mere two decades, their new experiment-based approach has transformed development economics, which is now a flourishing field of research. The trio’s experimental research methods have benefited over 5 million Indian children, who are part of remedial tutoring programmes in schools.

Esther Duflo has become the second woman to win prize after Elinor Ostrom (2009) of US. She is also the youngest-ever to win prize.

The announcement of Nobel Prize for Economics wraps up the 2019 Nobel season as the last week, 6 Nobel prizes were given in fields of- medicine, physics and chemistry plus two literature awards, and Peace Prize.

About Nobel Prize for Economics

It is officially known as Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Unlike other prizes, the Nobel prize for Economics, was not created by the prize founder but was created by Riksbanken, the Swedish central bank, in 1968. The first winner of prize was selected in 1969. As of now, 81 Nobel laureates in economic sciences have been awarded.

It carries a gold medal, a diploma and a 9 million-kronor (or $918,000) cash award.

About Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee

Academic: The 58-year-old was educated at Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Calcutta and Harvard University, where he received his PhD in 1988. In 2003 he founded Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), along with his wife Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan, and he remains one of the lab’s directors. At present, he is the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Career: Banerjee is a past president of Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development, a Research Associate of National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), International Research Fellow of Kiel Institute, a CEPR (Center for Economic and Policy Research) research fellow, a fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Econometric Society (AAASES), and has been a Guggenheim Fellow and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a winner of the Infosys Prize. He also served as U.N. Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.