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April 1st week 2015 current affairs
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April 1st week 2015 current affairs

1) Sangeeta Bhatia:

  • An Indian-origin scientist at MIT, who has developed artificial human microlivers for drug testing, has won a prestigious $2,50,000 Heinz award for her work in tissue engineering and disease detection. Sangeeta Bhatia at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been named the recipient of the 2015 Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy, and Employment. The award includes an unrestricted prize of $ 2,50,000.
  • The Heinz Awards annually recognise individuals for their extraordinary contributions to arts and humanities; environment; human condition; public policy; and technology, the economy, and employment.
  • Ms. Bhatia’s team has pioneered the fabrication of artificial human microlivers, which are being used by many biopharmaceutical companies to test the toxicity of drug candidates. She is also using microlivers in the lab to model malaria infection and test drugs that can eradicate malaria parasites completely. She hopes to eventually develop implantable liver tissue as a complement or substitute for whole-organ transplant.


2) Sachidanandan:

  • K. Sachidanandan has been selected for this year’s Muttathu Varkey Literary Award. This is for the first time that a poet has been selected for the award.
  • According to the organisers, 2015 was the 75th anniversary of Muttathu Varkey’s debut into Malayalam literature with a poem titled Aathmaanjali. So it was decided to have the 24th edition of the award be given to poetry
  • Mr. Sachidanandan has been selected for his poem titled Malayalam, which appeared in his collected work of the same title. A three-member jury comprising M. Leelavathy, K.P. Sankaran, and C. Benjamin selected the work.
  • The award carrying a purse of Rs.33,333, a citation, and a memento will be presented at Kodungalloor on May 28, the death anniversary of Muttathu Varkey.


3) C N R Rao:

  • Scientist C N R Rao was conferred with Japan`s highest civilian award for his contributions to science and Indo-Japanese science cooperation. The Emperor of Japan conferred the country`s highest award, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, on the Bharat Ratna, a release by Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) said.
  • Rao is a National Research Professor, Linus Pauling Research Professor and Honorary President of the JNCASR.
  • The renowned scientist, who has published more than 1600 research papers and authored about 50 books, has been bestowed with about 70 honorary doctorates, received the highest civilian award from several nations and is an elected member of almost all scientific academies across the globe. He had also worked as the Chief Science Advisor to Prime Ministers of India.

4) Babasaheb Purandare:

  • The Maharashtra government has decided to confer the Maharashtra Bhushan on the right-wing historian, Babasaheb Purandare, whose major works have contributed much to the cult of King Shivaji. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh, a citation and a memento.
  • Mr. Purandare is known as Shiv Sahir (Shivaji’s poet) because of his bestselling narrative Raja Shiva Chatrapati and Janata Raja, a much-performed play, replete with medieval Indian pageantry that recreates the 17th century atmosphere in Maharashtra through incidents in Shivaji’s life.



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