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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I&B Ministry institutes Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) has instituted a new award called Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS) from year 2019 to recognise contribution made by media in spreading awareness about Yoga and for promotion and commemoration of International Yoga Day, held every year on 21 June.

Key Highlights

  • About: Union Ministry of I&B instituted 1st Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS) from 2019 onwards to acknowledge positive role and responsibility of media in disseminating outreach of Yoga in India and abroad.
  • Eligible: AYDMS will be conferred to Media Houses engaged in Print Media and Electronic Media (including Television & Radio).
  • Coverage Duration: Media campaigns on yoga from 10 June to 25 June coverage will be considered for International Yoga Day Awards.
  • Jury: Six-member jury will assess contribution of Media in popularising of Yoga.
  • Prize: AYDMS will comprise a special medal, plaque and trophy and a citation.
  • Categories: A total of 33 awards will be given to media houses including 11 each for print media, TV and radio channels for excellent coverage given to Yoga. Sammans will conferred in all 22 Indian languages (mentioned in Schedule 8 of constitution) and English under categories such as-
  1. Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Newspapers.
  2. Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Television.
  3. Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Radio.
  • Award Ceremony: Tentatively the award ceremony for AYDMS will be held in July, 2019 at which all honours will be announced.
  • Importance: Practice and propagation of Yoga has led to ‘Healthy life, Healthy living, Wellness and Prevention of Disease’ globally. Yoga not only acts as India’s soft power throughout the world but is also India’s gifts to world. With Yoga being universally acknowledged by United Nations (UN) and being practiced globally in over 200 countries on 21st June every year, it has now become mantra of New India.

Equator Prize 2019 won by Deccan Development Society

The Women Sangams (groups) of Deccan Development Society (DDS) were honoured with Equator Prize 2019 by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for their contribution to ecology and innovations in rainfed millet cultivation.

Key Highlights

  • The Equator Prize 2019 was awarded to six women farmer belonging to Deccan Development Society (DDS) sanghams. They became only Indian group to have won 2019 award.
  • Although women working with DDS sanghams are mostly non-literate, dalit, and under-privileged yet more than three decades of their work in farming sector following age-old practices is now being recognized globally.
  • Achievement: They were awarded in recognition of efforts of building their own seed banks and growing millets in predominantly rain-fed villages of Sangareddy district, Telangana. Their effort showcased an outstanding example of a local, nature-based solution to climate change and sustainable development.
  • To mark their achievement DDS felicitated women for their contribution to ecology and innovations in rainfed millet cultivation.

About Deccan Development Society

  • It is Indian agriculture based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Medak district in Telangana. It was founded in 1983 and since then works towards various crop improvement programs and activities helping local farmers.
  • Since decades DDS has been offering a global solution to climate change, a crisis being faced worldwide.
  • Significance: Women belonging to DDS have been working relentlessly for past three decades to protect environment by following their traditional methods and systems. This has helped in ensuring food security and achieving food sovereignty.
  • Their efforts have proved that gender and caste discrimination will not come in way of achieving self-reliance and autonomy. The women have ensured food security and have achieved food sovereignty

About Equator Prize

  • The award was established in 2002. Since its inception, out of a total 223 awards, only 9 awards have been bagged by India so far.
  • It is awarded biennially by Equator Initiative of UNDP in recognition of community efforts to reduce poverty via conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The winners are selected by independent Technical Advisory Committee of UN and are awarded US$10,000.
  • In 2019, United Nations (UN) received a total of 847 nominations from over 127 countries. Out of them, only 20 were given this prestigious award, including DDS Sangams women too.