Awards & Honours Current Affairs - 2020

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.

Ramesh Pandey selected for UNEP’s Asia Environmental Enforcement Award

Senior Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Ramesh Pandey was selected by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for prestigious Asia Environmental Enforcement Award. This is the fourth time the Awards will be given and there will be also a separate category for Africa-Asia cooperation in the area of illegal trade in wildlife.

Key Highlights

The selection panel of Asia Environmental Enforcement Award recognised the excellent work done by Ramesh Pandey in combating trans-boundary environmental crime. He will receive the award on 13 November 2019 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

About Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards

Objective: To publicly recognise excellence in enforcement and outstanding achievements made by public organisations/individuals in Asia in combating transboundary environmental crime like illegal trade in wildlife, chemicals or waste, in Asia.

The 2019 Awards are presented by UNEP in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), USAID, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), INTERPOL, Freeland Foundation, and Government of Sweden.

Categories: The 5 categories in which award will be given are-

(1) Collaboration

(2) Impact

(3) Innovation

(4) Integrity

(5) Gender leadership.

About Ramesh Pandey

He is a 1996-batch IFS officer. He is posted as Chief Conservator Forests in Lucknow and Secretary, Uttar Pradesh State Bio-diversity Board. He is known for his investigation and intelligence gathering on poachers.

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Nobel Prize 2019: Chemistry

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries. These three scientists created the right conditions for a wireless and fossil fuel-free society.

Lithium ion batteries:

  • The foundation of the lithium-ion batteries were laid by Stanley Whittingham in the 1970s, during the oil crisis.
  • Stanley Whittingham started developing methods that could lead to fossil fuel-free energy technologies. The battery’s anode — the point where current flows in from outside — were made of metallic lithium, which is reactive. The batteries, therefore, were too explosive to be viable.
  • John B Goodenough worked on this and demonstrated that cobalt oxide with intercalated lithium ions can produce as much as four volts.
  • Japanese Chemist Akira Yoshino later created the first commercially viable batteries in 1985. He replaced pure lithium with lithium ions, which are safer and made the batter workable.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded annually by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to scientists in the various fields of chemistry. It was first awarded in 1901.

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