awards Current Affairs - 2020

Abel Prize, 2020 to Hillel Frustenberg and Gregory Margulis

The Norwegian Academy of Science is to award the Abel Prize for the year 2020 to the two great mathematicians Hillel Frustenberg and Gregory Margulis. They are being honoured for their work towards probability and dynamics in number theory, combinatorics and Group Theory.

Hillel Frustenberg

He is an American-Israeli mathematician at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was born in Germany. His family escaped to the US before the outbreak of Second World War. An additive number theory has been named after him as Frustenberg-Sarkozy theorem. He has also won the Wolf Prize in Mathematics

Gregory Margulis

He is a Russian-American mathematician. He is known for his works on lattices. He has received the Fields medal, wolf prize and the Able prize becoming the fifth person to receive all the three prizes.

Abel Prize

The Abel Prize is a Norwegian prize that is being presented annually by the King of Norway. Every Abel Prize recipient is awarded with 7.5 million Norwegian Kroner.

PMMVY awards: Madhya Pradesh wins; Manipur won among NE states

On February 3, 2020, the Ministry of Women and Child Development awarded Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandhana Yojana (PMMVY) awards to states and Union Territories and Districts. The award function was organized to promote competitive federalism among the states.

The Awards were presented under three categories namely best performance since inception,

Highlights: Best Performance since inception

Under this, in the category of more than 1 crore population, Madhya Pradesh bagged the award followed by Andhra Pradesh and Haryana at second and third position respectively.

In the Category of States and Union Territories with population less than 1 crore Dadra and Nagar Haveli bagged the award following Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh at second and third positions respectively.

Highlights: Best Performance in Matru Vandana Saptah

In the category of states and UTs with population more than 1 crore, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh stood at first, second and third places respectively.

In the category of states and UTs with population less than 1 crore, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Sikkim and Manipur bagged the first, second and third places respectively.


The PMMVY has so far benefitted 1.28 crore beneficiaries. It has transferred Rs 5280 crores through Direct Benefit Transfer scheme.

The PMMVY is a maternity benefit programme launched in 2017. Under the programme, cash of Rs 5000 is provided to pregnant women and lactating mothers.