Awards Current Affairs 2017

Awards and Honours in Current Affairs 2017 and 2016 with latest winners of various awards in India and world. Current Affairs list of awards and prize won in India and world for 2017

ICAN receives 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

The Geneva-based International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize at ceremony held in Oslo, Norway. The award was received by Beatrice Fihn, leader of ICAN and Hiroshima nuclear bombing survivor Setsuko Thurlow.

ICAN, a coalition of 468 grassroots non-governmental groups has been in forefront of pushing for end to use of nuclear weapons through United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons adopted by 122 nations in July 2017.

UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

It is the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years. The treaty was open for signature during the annual UN General Assembly in November 2017. As of September 20, 50 states had signed treaty, which bans use, development, testing or storing of nuclear weapons under any circumstances. The treaty is not signed by and will not apply to any of the states that already have nuclear arms.

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

ICAN is a global civil society coalition of 468 partner organizations from 101 countries working to promote adherence to and full implementation of Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It is a leading civil society actor which has taken efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons. Originally it was founded in Australia in 2007. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.

ICAN’s mission is to shift disarmament debate to focus on humanitarian threat posed by nuclear weapons, draw attention to their unique destructive capacity, their catastrophic health and environmental consequences, debilitating impact of detonation on medical infrastructure and relief measures and long-lasting effects of radiation on surrounding area.

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Hindi writer Mamta Kalia chosen for Vyas Samman 2017

Renowned Hindi scholar and writer Mamta Kalia (77) was chosen for Vyas Samman 2017 for her novel “Dukkham Sukkham”. She was selected by selection committee headed by author Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari.

Dukkham Sukkham published in 2009 is saga of a lower middle-class familys three generations. The literary work focuses on the transition in relations and situations of our society.

Mamta Kalia

She was born in 1940 in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh. She had received MA in English from Delhi University before taking up lecturership at SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai. Since 1973, she headed degree college in Allahabad before retiring in 2001.

She is known for her works in Hindi and English including “Beghar”, “Janch Abhi Jaari Hai”, “Nirmohi”, and “Bolne Wali Aurat”. Earlier she has received “Yashpal Katha Samman” from Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan, “Ram Manohar Lohia Samman” and “Sahitya Bhushan Samman”.

Vyas Samman award

The Vyas Samman award was instituted by KK Birla Foundation in 1991. It is awarded annually to outstanding literary work in Hindi authored and published in past 10 years by an Indian citizen. The award carries monetary award of Rs.3.5 lakh, a citation and a plaque.

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