Awards Current Affairs 2018

India’s Aadhaar and Umang App win awards at world Government Summit 2018

India’s Aadhaar and Umang App have won awards at recently concluded 6th World Government Summit 2018 in Dubai. Umang App won in Best m-Government Service Award for Accessible Government Category and Aadhaar won in the Best Government Emerging Technologies Award. The awards were presented by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of UAE Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Key Facts

Aadhaar: The award for it recognized India’s efforts of invention and innovation in field of technology and making the country completely digitalized. It was recognised as the world’s largest biometric enabled identification programme, which provides access to service, bank accounts, social services benefits, income tax, passport services by providing 1.2 billion citizens unique identification card with fingerprint, eye-print and other vital data. The initiative is managed by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Umang App: The award acknowledged India’s efforts to provide convenient services to its citizens. Umang stands for Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance. It provides users unified platform that combines government departments and services, facilitating transactions for citizens

Background

World Government Summit acknowledged technology pioneers for providing global solutions to global challenges. India was ‘Guest of Honour’ country 2018 summit in which more than 140 countries participated. It was attended by several global delegates and speakers including heads of governments and representatives of 16 international organizations.

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Shesh Anand Madhukar honoured with Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman award

Magahi writer Shesh Anand Madhukar was honoured with Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman award. He is second writer of Magahi language to be given this award.

Magahi language

Magahi language also known as Magadhi is language spoken in Bihar-Jharkhand region of eastern India. It has been derived from ancient language Magadhi Prakrit, spoken in ancient kingdom of Magadha. It is believed to be the language spoken by Gautama Buddha. It was official language of the Mauryan court, in which edicts of Ashoka were composed. Magadhi has approximately 18 million speakers and has a very rich and old tradition of folk songs and stories. It has not been constitutionally recognised in India and was legally absorbed under Hindi in the 1961 Population Census.

Shesh Anand Madhukar

Madhukar has been working extensively for the development of the Magahi language. He had started his career as lecturer in Hindi. He entered in the field of literature in 1960 and since then he has immensely contributed in enrichment of language.

His poems have been published in leading literary magazines. In his long and illustrious career, he has large body of work to his credit in both Magahi and Hindi. Some of his well-acclaimed works in Hindi are Eklavya, Magahi Kavita Ke Bimb and Bhagwan Birsa. In Magahi, his well-acclaimed works are Eklavya and Magahi Bhulachal Hey.

Bhasha Samman

It identifies and honours literary works in those languages which are equally spoken in different parts of country by are not among 24 regional language recognised for Sahitya Akademi Awards. The award is attempt to make writers of other languages feel equally important. The award comprises Rs 1 lakh cheque and memento,

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