Awards & Honours Current Affairs - 2019

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.

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Abhinandan Varthaman To Be Awarded Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar

Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has been chosen for the first Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar constituted by the Akhil Bharatiya Digambar Jain Mahasamiti.

The award which carries a cash prize of Rs. 2.51 lakh, a memento and a citation will be presented to  Abhinandan Varthaman on April 17 the Mahavir Jayanti.

Abhinandan Varthaman

Abhinandan Varthaman, a wing-commander in the Indian Air Force shot into limelight in the ongoing bilateral tensions between Indian and Pakistan aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.

After India’s airstrike aimed at destroying the Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan, Pakistan retaliated with an intrusion into Jammu and Kashmir.

Abhinandan Varthaman was flying  MiG-21 as a part of a sortie that was scrambled to intercept an intrusion by Pakistan Air craft. In the dogfight that followed,  he crossed into Pakistan territory wherein he was struck by missiles. Later he ejected and descended safely at the village of Horran in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir around 7 km from Line of Control. He was captured by the Pakistan Military and was later handed over to India.

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OSDMA bags SKOCH Award

The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) has bagged the SKOCH Award, 2018 for its remarkable achievements in the field of disaster management. The award was presented at the 56th SKOTCH Summit held at New Delhi.

The SKOCH Award is being presented since 2003 to individuals and institutions having done meritorious works in the field of governance, finance, banking, disaster management, technology, corporate citizenship, economics and inclusive growth by Skoch Group.

OSDMA and Disaster Management

  • OSDMA had received Order-of-merit in the Gold category for constructing 879 multipurpose cyclone and flood shelters which played a key role in saving human lives during Cyclone Phailin in 2013.
  • OSDMA had received ‘Order-of-merit’ in the silver category for constructing disaster resilient houses for about 17,000 Phailin affected families by relocating them to safer places.
  • Order-of-merit Bronze was given to the OSDMA for its Early Warning Dissemination System for different hydro-meteorological disasters across the coastline of Odisha which will benefit 1,205 villages in 22 blocks of six coastal districts.
  • OSDMA had received ICHL award, 2013 for Excellence in Humanitarian Action in the field of Disaster Management and many certifications for effective management of disasters.

These awards are the recognition of Odisha becoming a model state in disaster management and risk mitigation since the 1999 Super Cyclone.

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