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.

UN honors Late Chancy Chitete with Highest Peacekeeping Award

The Malawian soldier Chancy Chitete will be honoured with the United Nation’s (UN) highest peacekeeping award, dubbed as “Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage”. He will be awarded posthumously in New York, US on May 24 2019.

About Chancy Chitete

  • The late UN peacekeeper from Mali is being honoured for his “brave and selfless” action demonstrated in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
  • In an operation undertaken November 2018, he sacrificed his life while saving his fellow comrade ‘blue helmet’ during operation against local armed group named Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The ADF is an armed force in DRC which had been terrorizing civilians and disrupting the UN’s ongoing efforts to halt and treat spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

About UN’s Highest Peacekeeping Award

  • It is officially known as ‘Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage’.
  • It was established in 2014 and is named after Captain Mbaye Diagne of Senegal, who served with former UN Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR) and saved thousands of Rwandans from death in 1994 genocide.
  • It is awarded to uniformed (police, military) and civilian personnel who have demonstrated exceptional courage, in face of extreme danger, and fulfilled mandate of their missions in service of humanity and United Nations.
  • The awarding of Medal to Chitite, will be the first time that the actions of a UN peacekeeper have been found to meet standard set by Captain Diagne.

Japan’s 2nd Highest National Award conferred to Shyam Saran

Former Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran is selected for Japan’s Second Highest National Award called ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star’.

Key Highlights

  • The Government of Japan recently announced in its 2019 Spring Imperial Decorations, that it will confer the 72-year-old Former foreign secretary Shyam Saran, ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star’.
  • He will be conferred for his contributions in strengthening strategic ties and enhancing mutual understanding between India and Japan.

About Shyam Saran

  • He served as India’s Foreign Secretary from year 2004 to 2006 during which he played an important role in elevating India-Japan relationship to a strategic partnership.
  • During his tenure Junichiro Koizumi, (then Japanese Prime Minister) visited India for first time in 5 years.
  • During his tenure as Deputy Chief of Mission of Embassy of India in Japan he contributed in strengthening mutual understanding between India and Japan. His contributions includes “India Festival“, that was held in Japan in 1988.
  • Since 2017 he has worked towards enhancing mutual understanding between two countries, by hosting events like an “India-Japan Colloquium“.

About The Order of the Rising Sun

  • It is the Japanese government’s Second Highest National Honour. It was established by Japanese Emperor Meiji in 1875.
  • It is awarded for an exceptional civil or military merit.