Awards Current Affairs 2018

Awards and Honours in Current Affairs 2018 with latest winners of various awards in India and world. Current Affairs list of awards and prize won in India and world for 2018.

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India Smart Cities Award 2018: Surat Smart City selected for City Award for implementation of projects

Surat smart city from Gujarat was selected for ‘City Award’ for showing great momentum in implementation of projects under India Smart Cities Awards 2018 especially in categories of urban environment, transport and mobility and sustainable integrated development. Total nine awards in three categories including Innovative Idea Award, Project Award, and City Award were announced by Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs under India Smart Cities Awards 2018.

Other category winners

Innovative Idea award: Bhopal and Ahmedabad were jointly honoured for Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) and Safe and Secure Ahmedabad (SASA) Project, respectively. The award was given to project and idea particularly remarkable for its innovative, bottom-up and transformative approach towards achievement of sustainable integrated development.

Project awards: They were given to most innovative and successful projects in seven categories that have been completed by April 1, 2018. Projects selected under it are

  • Governance category: PMC Care from Pune.
  • Built Environment category: Smart Place Making from Pune.
  • Social Aspects category: Smart Class rooms from NDMC and Jabalpur, Smart Campus from Visakhapatnam, Lighthouse from Pune.
  • Culture and Economy category: B Nest Incubation Centre from Bhopal and Conservation of Rajasthan School of Arts from Jaipur.
  • Urban environment category: Public Bike Sharing from Pune, Bhopal, Coimbatore and Waste to Energy Plant in Jabalpur.
  • Transport and Mobility category: Integrated Transit Management System (TMS) from Ahmedabad and Surat.
  • Water and Sanitation category: Smart Water Management through SCADA from Ahmedabad.

India Smart Cities Award

The award was launched in June 2017 with an objective to reward cities, projects and innovative ideas, promoting sustainable development in cities. The award is given in 3 categories of viz. Innovative Idea Award, City Award and Project Award. Only selected Smart Cities are eligible participants for the award. Respective ULBs or Smart City SPVs need to submit proposals for this award.

Evaluation

The proposals submitted by ULBs/ Smart City SPVs are evaluated by technical committee of international, multilateral experts from UN Habitat, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) based on Innovation, Impact, and Replicability or Scalability. The City Award was decided based on cities’ performance on their awards score and on weekly Ranking score. Equal weighting is given to both.

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Dr Bindeshwar Pathak: Sulabh International founder honoured with Nikkei Asia Prize

Renowned social activist and founder of Sulabh International, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak (75) was honoured with the Japan’s prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize for his contribution to Asia’s development. He was presented with this award at 23rd Nikkei Asia Prize ceremony held in Tokyo, Japan under ‘Culture and Community’ category for his significant work in tackling poor hygiene and discrimination.

He was among three who were conferred with this award. Other two awardees are Chinese environmentalist Ma Jun who was awarded business innovation prize  for using power of internet to promote cleaner industry and Vietnamese doctor Nguyen Thanh Liem who won science and technology prize in recognition of his work advancing health care for children.

Nikkei Asia Prize

Nikkei Inc. is one of largest media corporations in Japan. It has been presenting Nikkei Asia Prize since 1996 to honour people in Asia who have made significant contributions in one of three areas: Economic and Business Innovation, Science, Technology and Environment and Culture and Community. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Infosys Chairman Narayan Murti are among few Indians who have won this prize in the past.

Dr Bindeshwar Pathak

He had founded Sulabh International in 1970. It is an NGO that works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation among other social services. It has built two-pit pour-flush ecological compost toilets (Sulabh toilets) which are low-cost environment-friendly toilet throughout India, contributing to better sanitation, safety for rural women and freedom from manual labour of removing human waste. He also had invented technology for producing biogas from human waste to be used for cooking or lamp fuel in 1977.

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