Awards Current Affairs
february 1st week 2015 current affairs
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1) Masih Alinejad:

  • He is an Iranian journalist. He has received a human rights award in Geneva for creating a Facebook page inviting women in Iran to post pictures of themselves without their headscarves in defiance of rules requiring them to wear a hijab. He launched Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women last year, attracting more than half a million likes on Facebook in a matter of weeks. Thousands of women took off their veils in public and sent in their photos to be published.
  • The Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, a group of 20 non-governmental organisations, gave Ms. Alinejad its women’s rights award for “giving a voice to the voiceless and stirring the conscience of humanity to support the struggle of Iranian women for basic human rights, freedom and equality.”
  • Ms. Alinejad’s campaign, reported in the Guardian last May, irritated Iranian authorities, and state-affiliated media launched a smear campaign accusing her of using recreational drugs or being perverse. A year after it was created, the Facebook page has more than 760,000 followers and still receives photos from Iran.


2) Ratan Tata:

  •  Ratan Tata has been honoured with an honorary Doctorate of Automotive Engineering by Clemson University at the South Carolina Automotive Summit this week. 77-year-old Tata has led a worldwide enterprise with interests in transportation, steel, consulting, communications, chemicals and hospitality, just to name a few.
  • In 1981, he was named chairman of Tata Industries where he was responsible for transforming it into a group strategy think tank and a promoter of new ventures in high technology businesses. Tata serves on the board of directors of Alcoa and Mondelez. He is also on the international advisory boards of Mitsubishi Corp., JP Morgan Chase, Rolls-Royce, Temasek Holdings and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. A graduate of Cornell University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in architecture, Tata went on to complete the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.


3) Energy awards for Chhatisgarh and Telangana


  • Chattisgarh was felicitated for emerging as one of the best performing states in the renewable energy segment. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15th February presented the award to Principal Secretary of Chhattisgarh`s Energy department
  • The state was adjudged for the award on the basis of criteria fixed by 13th Finance Commission. In addition, various villages are using 3,000 solar power pumps for drinking water and 1,500 for irrigation purpose, he said.
  • For Telangana: The Telangana Government has received the award for `Outstanding Performance in Promotion of Renewable Energy`. The award was received by Telangana Energy Minister Jagadish Reddy and Energy Secretary Aravind Kumar from Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • The award has been given in view of addition of 809 MW of renewable energy capacity in the State of Telangana during the last four years and recognition of efforts that were made to promote energy security, equity, accessibility and sustainability in the country.