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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.

Javed Akhtar: First Indian to receive Richard Dawkins Award

Javed Akhtar has become the first Indian to receive the Richard Dawkins award.

About Javed Akhtar

Javed Akhtar is a renowned lyricist in the Indian film industry. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1999. He has also won the Sahitya Akademi award and Padma Bhushan.

It is to be noted that Javed Akhtar raised voice on social media like twitter, literary events and in interviews about the issues with Citizenship Amendment Act, public policy, reopening of liquor shops after lock down, communism in the society, etc.

Richard Dawkins Award

The award is presented by the Atheist Alliance of America (an NGO). The awards are presented to those distinguished individuals that come from the world of scholarship, science, education or environment and proclaim values of rationalism, secularism upholding scientific truth.

Richard Dawkins is an ethologist, author and an evolutionary biologist. The Atheist Alliance International is a non-profit organization that creates awareness and educates public about atheism.

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw: EY World Entrepreneur of the year

On June 5, 2020, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw was named the EY World Entrepreneur of the year 2020.


She was selected among 46 other entrepreneurs from 41 countries.

Kiran is the second woman to win the award after Olivia Lum of Hyflux, Singapore. She is also the third Indian to win the award after Uday Kotak of Kotak Mahindra in 2014 and Narayana Murthy of Infosys in 2005.

About Kiran

Kiran founded Biocon in 1978. It is a bio-enzymes company. The company began its journey with just two employees and an investment of 500 USD. Today, the company has grown with more than 11,000 people and also has become one of the strongest innovation driven biotech companies in Asia.

Why is she being honoured with the award?

She is being presented with the award for her contribution in improving universal access to affordable life saving medicines.

It is to be noted that in September 2019, Biocon announced that the company will supply rh-insulin at less than 10 USD per day to patients taking 40 units per day. The company has in the last 15 years supplied more than 2 billion affordable doses of insulins (biosimilar insulins).

Biosimilar medicines

The Biosimilar medicine is an identical copy of an original product that was manufactured by another company. They are allowed to be manufactured when the patent of the original product expires. Biosimilars help to bring down the prices of medicines greatly.