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1) Noble Prize winner Peter Higgs received Royal Society’s Copley Medal, the world`s oldest scientific prize.


  • Nobel Prize winner Professor Peter Higgs won the world’s oldest scientific prize, the Royal Society’s Copley Medal.
  • With this, 86-year old Higgs joined the ranks of Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
  • He was awarded the medal for his fundamental contribution to particle physics and his pioneering work on the theory of the Higgs boson that explains the origin of mass in elementary particles.
  • The presence of Higgs boson was confirmed by the experiments at `Large Hadron Collider` (LHC) in 2012.

About Peter Higgs:


  1. Peter Ware Higgs is a British theoretical physicist, emeritus professor at the University of Edinburghand Nobel Prize laureate "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles".
  2. In 1964, Peter Higgs proposed a theory about the existence of a particle that explains why these other particles have a mass. At the same time, yet separately, François Englert and Robert Brout proposed the same theory.
  3. The existence of the Higgs boson was confirmed by two experiments carried out at the Large Hadron Collider in 2012 with the resultant effect that the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded jointly to Peter Higgs and François Englert.

2) Shubham Jaglan won IJGA World Stars of Junior Golf event 2015.


  • Young Indian golfer Shubham Jaglan etched his name into history book by clinching his second successive title at the International Journal on Grey Literature World Stars of Junior Golf event in Las Vegas.
  • He brought home a score of 106 in three rounds to win by five strokes, ahead of two Americans Justin Dang and Sihan Sandhu and Thailand’s Pongsapak Laopakdee for the Boys 9-10 years category title at the Angel Park.

About Shubham Jaglan:


  1. The 10-year-old prodigy, son of a milkman from rural Haryana, He has already won over 100 tournaments.
  2. Former golfer Nonita Lall Qureshi has been training Shubham since he was seven-years old. He was five years old when he started golf, practicing in an agricultural field.


3) Historian Ramachandra Guha chosen for Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize 2015.


  • Historian Ramachandra Guha was chosen for the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize 2015 in the Academic Category.
  • The prize will be conferred upon him on 17 September 2015 in Fukuoka International Congress Center in Japan, following which the awardees will be deliberating lectures at high-schools and universities across the city.
  • Guha, who is best known for his book India After Gandhi, will speak on Gandhi, India and the World at the event. The aim of his lecture would be to increase awareness of the value of Asian cultures as well as to establish a framework within which Asians can learn from and share with each other.

About Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize:


  1. The Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize, established in 1990 by the Japanese city of Fukuoaka, recognises outstanding achievements by individuals or groups in preserving and creating the unique and diverse cultures of Asia.
  2. The Fukuoka Prize is offered in three categories viz. Grand prize, Academic prize and Arts and Culture prize.

4) Helena Ndume, Jorge Sampaio awarded with first-ever Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize.

  • The United Nations General Assembly marked Nelson Mandela International Day – which is observed on 18th July – by awarding the first-ever UN Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize, recognizing the South African leader’s contributions to democracy, justice and reconciliation and his dedication to the service of humanity.
  • The first two laureates of the Prize are Dr. Helena Ndume of Namibia and Jorge Fernando Branco Sampaio of Portugal.

About Winners:


  1. Dr. Ndume of Namibia is an ophthalmologist whose life’s work has been the treatment of blindness and eye-related illnesses, both in Namibia and throughout the developing world.
  2. Mr. Sampaio of Portugal became a leader in the struggle for the restoration of democracy in Portugal, and served as Deputy Minister for External Co-operation; as Mayor of Lisbon from 1989 to 1995; and, from 1996 to 2006, as President of the country.

5) PM confers ICAR award on The Hindu journalist.


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented The Hindu’s senior journalist Gargi Parsai with the prestigious Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) award.
  • Ms. Parsai, an Associate Editor, was conferred the Chaudhury Charan Singh Award for excellence in Journalism in Agricultural Research and Development-2014.
  • Expressing happiness, Ms. Parsai said she felt honoured to get the special award from the Prime Minister in recognition of her work in the field of agriculture and research.
  • The award-winning journalist has been writing on crucial subjects of agriculture, food security, water resources and rural development for over two decades. She has also been reporting on politics and Parliamentary affairs.


6) BEL bags Dun & Bradstreet award.


  • The Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) became the front runner in the Dun & Bradstreet’s ‘India’s Top PSUs Awards 2015 in the category of electrical and electronic equipment sector.
  • S.K. Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director, BEL, received the award.
  • BEL was declared winner in electrical and electronic equipment category for providing electrical equipment and electronic services to the Indian Defense Services.
  • It has provided night vision, critical communication systems, and electronic warfare and radar systems to the Indian Defense services for last 60 years.

7) Rick Kej’s mentor wins award for debut single.


  • Bengaluru-based concert pianist Neecia Majolly has won the Global Music Award for her debut single Dark Room. He has won the award in the ``Emerging Global Artist`` category.
  • Ms. Majolly’s debut single, which runs for about four minutes, is entwined in classical-electronic-progressive rock, a new-fangled combo that she experimented upon from The Majolly Project.
  • Ashwin Shekhar on percussion and Anish Thomas Panikkar on keyboards assisted her on the project.

8) Sanjiv Chaturvedi, Anshu Gupta win Ramon Magsaysay Award.


  • Two Indians Sanjiv Chaturvedi and Anshu Gupta have been awarded prestigious `Ramon Magsaysay Award` for 2015.
  • They are among the total five awardees have been conferred with this year’s award which is often regarded as Asia’s Nobel Prize.

About Sanjiv Chaturvedi:


  1. Sanjiv Chaturvedi has been bestowed with this award in recognition of his exemplary integrity, tenacity and courage in uncompromisingly exposing and investigating corruption in public office.
  2. Chaturvedi is an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer and presently working as deputy secretary of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
  3. From 2012-14, he had served as a Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) at AIIMS.

About Anshu Gupta:


  1. Anshu Gupta has been awarded for his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India and for his enterprising leadership in treating in cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor.
  2. He is founder of NGO Goonj based in Delhi which was established in 1999. The NGO is operational in 21 Indian states and primarily works in disaster relief, community development and humanitarian aid.

9) BDL Bags Golden Peacock Award.


  • Bharat Dynamics Limited, Hyderabad, a Defence Public Sector Undertaking, Govt. of India, has bagged Golden Peacock Environment Management Award – 2015 in the Defence Equipment Sector.
  • Shri. Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change presented the award to Shri. V. Udaya Bhaskar, CMD, BDL at the 17th World Congress on Environment Management held at New Delhi.
  • BDL has bagged this prestigious award for first time.
  • BDL implemented green initiatives like zero liquid discharge system, hazardous waste disposal and energy conservation by installing solar panel etc.
  • The awards, instituted by Institute of Directors, are presented to various sectors recognizing achievements in the field of Environment Management.

10) Anuradha Roy, Sahota on Booker longlist.

  • Indian writer Anuradha Roy and British-Indian Sunjeev Sahota are among the 13 international authors on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize of 2015
  • Ms. Roy has been selected for Sleeping on Jupiter, her third novel.
  • Mr. Sahota for the Year of the Runaways.