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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.

100 Most Influential Women’ in UK Power List

Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs was named in 100 Most Influential in UK-India Relations: Celebrating Women list. Besides Sitharaman, list included Penny Mordaunt, Britain’s Secretary of State for Defence and Ruchi Ghanashyam, Indian High Commissioner to the UK.

About The List

The ‘100 Most Influential in UK-India Relations: Celebrating Women’ list was launched by Sajid Javid, UK Home Secretary to mark India Day in Houses of Parliament in London. This is the 3rd year of list.

The launch of list also marked commencing of UK-India Week in Britain. The course of week will include a series of sessions on trade and investment and closer cooperation between two nations.

The women mentioned in list holds influencing positions in India and UK across 11 broad sectors such as politics, technology and sustainability.

Nirmala Sitharaman: The list called her as one of India’s most powerful women and credited her for playing a pivotal role in bilateral relationship. Having studied at London School of Economics (LSE) and worked in UK she is familiar with UK more so than probably all her other colleagues.

Oher Prominent Names in List: Priti Patel and Baroness Sandy Verma (Indian-origin parliamentarians in the UK), Gurinder Chadha (filmmaker), Zia Mody and Pallavi S Shroff (Indian law firm chiefs), Suneeta Reddy (Apollo Hospitals’ managing director) and Debjani Ghosh (Nasscom President).

Significance:

The list is recognition of front and centre role played by women in bilateral relationship. It acknowledges that from business to politics, and art and literacy, women are continuing to make their way in bringing together this bold startegic partnership via collaboration and relationships.

It highlights huge potential for bilateral future (of UK and India) as they continue to forge on together as two great countries.

The Tribune’s Journalist wins RedInk Award

Rachna Khaira of The Tribune News Service has bagged prestigious RedInk Award for for Excellence in Indian Journalism ‘Journalist of the Year’ 2019 for her expose during 2018 on functioning of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and its Aadhaar data cache.

The Aadhar Expose

Investigation: conducted by Rachna Khaira confirmed that personal data of millions of citizens was at risk of being hacked/traded for a price. The series of sting operations run by journalist helped to raise serious doubts over government claims that Aadhaar data stored on UIDAI servers was safe and secure.

Then later many of the leads provided by her became part of a public interest litigation (PIL), which finally led to troublesome and mandatory aspects of Aadhaar being watered down. She is currently working for The Huffington Post.

About RedInk Awards for Excellence in Indian Journalism

The Red Ink awards are a set of annual awards which were instituted by The Mumbai Press Club in 2010.

They are bestowed upon an individual in recognition of his/her excellence in journalistic achievements as assessed by a special jury. These award grants national recognition to journalists by a professional body

Other Awardees of 2019

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award– was jointly awarded to two retired senior journalists-

Dinu Ranadive (94) who retired from Maharashtra Times: He covered Goa freedom struggle (1961), Bangladesh war (1970-71) and broke stories on cement scandal (1982).

Sebastian D’Souza, Photojournalist who served as Photo Editor for Mumbai Mirror: He achieved acclaim for his photographs that captured Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror attack on Mumbai on 26 November 2008.