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Awards Current Affairs October 4th Week 2017

1. Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan to Get Lata Mangeshkar Award.

Noted music composers Usha Khanna, Bappi Lahiri, Anu Malik and playback singers Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan have been selected for the Madhya Pradesh government`s prestigious National Lata Mangeshkar Award. 

The artistes will be honoured for their contribution in the field of music composition and singing, an official said today. 

"The award, instituted in the honour of Mangeshkar, will be presented on October 26 at a function in Indore, the birthplace of the 88-year-old legendary singer," he added 

The award is given every year alternatively to music directors and playback singers, said Manoj Shrivastava, principal secretary, culture department. 

Each award winner will get a cash prize of Rs two lakh, shawl, shreephal (coconut) and a citation, 

Noted playback singer Sudesh Bhonsle and his team will perform at the event.
 
2. Indian-Origin Couple Gets US Award For AIDS Research.
Indian-Origin Couple Gets US Award For AIDS Research
A globally-acclaimed South African Indian-origin researcher couple was honoured today with a prestigious award for their exceptional contributions in the field of HIV/AIDS.

Professors Salim Abdool Karim and Quarraisha Abdool Karim received the award from the Institute for Human Virology (IHV) in Baltimore in the US.

The award was presented to them by Robert Gallo, who discovered HIV as the cause of AIDS, at the 19th international meeting of the IHV.

"To me, both these renowned individuals have made some of the greatest contributions in the history of HIV/Aids in public health and epidemiology relevant to prevention and care of infected people," Gallo said in a statement.

"I don`t know any person or persons who have done more to advance the proper care of people with HIV infection or the prevention of HIV infection among a population," Mr Gallo said.

Salim Abdool Karim is the director of the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim is its associate scientific director.

The researchers, who are currently involved in the development of innovative ways of preventing HIV in women, are both professors of epidemiology at Columbia University in New York and are honorary academics at the University of KwaZulu- Natal in South Africa.


They were the first to demonstrate that Antiretrovirals could prevent sexual transmission of HIV in 2010 when they shared the results of the CAPRISA 004 Tenofovir Gel trial.

The landmark study was recognised as one of the top 10 scientific breakthroughs of the year.
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The couple discovered that the Tenofovir Gel prevents
Genital Herpes. It was the first drug proven to be effective against this disease.

"We accept the award not just on our own behalf, but in recognition of the resilience and contributions of the thousands of South Africans, who have been central, as participants in the research, to the ongoing effort to develop better and more effective HIV prevention and treatment strategies," Salim Abdool Karim said.

Quarraisha, one of the most highly-respected infectious disease epidemiologists in South Africa, said she "deeply appreciated" the award from a centre of excellence in HIV research like the IHV.

AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is a syndrome caused by a virus called HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). The disease alters the immune system, making people much more vulnerable to infections and diseases.
 
3. L&T Technology Services Conferred with CII Industrial Innovation Award.
L&T Technology Services Conferred with CII Industrial Innovation Award
L&T Technology Services Ltd (LTTS), a leading global pure play engineering services company, was conferred with the CII Industrial Innovation Award, 2017 that recognized it as one of the most innovative Indian companies in the services category at the CII Industrial Innovation Awards ceremony in New Delhi on Tuesday.
 
Speaking on the occasion Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General of CII said, “LTTS has a robust innovation engine with a strong innovation culture, effective management of systems and processes and prudent investments to nurture and empower employees, resulting in tangible and measurable outcomes. These best practices along with a multi-sectoral presence enabling cross-pollination of ideas has led to LTTS providing differentiated engineering solutions to 48 of the world’s top 100 R&D companies today.”
 
The Confederation of Indian Industry lauded LTTS’ efforts to create a collaborative ecosystem comprising of global technology firms and internationally reputed institutes such as the Indian Institute of Science, IITs, Germany’s Fraunhofer and US-based Purdue University to make advances in R&D, creating best in class engineering solutions that can benefit the nation. CII also praised LTTS’ breakthrough research being conducted across 30 laboratories that seek to address the future needs of its global customers. Its innovation culture has led to the creation of 223 customer owned patents and 65 filed exclusively by LTTS engineers.
 
“We are delighted to receive the 2017 Industrial Innovation Award by CII. The recognition is testimony to LTTS’ culture of innovation that encourages its employees to think like startups while providing them with the requisite infrastructure and support systems. Our formidable patent portfolio and industry leading solutions are proof that our innovation process yields substantial results,” stated Dr Keshab Panda, CEO & Managing Director, L&T Technology Services. 
 
The process for determining the top awards and the list of top innovative companies used a rigorous 5 stages involving an assessor visit to the place of operations of the applicants. The unbiased assessment process measured the innovation culture, innovation management, inputs to innovation and the results of innovation.
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CII Industrial Innovation Awards were instituted by CII in 2014 to recognize and celebrate innovative Indian enterprises across industry segments. These premier awards seek to recognize and honor the Indian Industry’s brightest stars and to identify the top Innovative Organizations & Start-ups in the country.
About L&T Technology Services Limited
 
L&T Technology Services Limited is a publicly listed subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro Limited focused on Engineering and R&D Services (ER&D) addressing global customers including 52 Fortune 500 companies and 48 of the world’s top ER&D spenders. A leading global pure-play engineering services company, L&T Technology Services offers consultancy, design, development and testing services across the product and process development life cycle for the industrial products, medical devices, transportation, telecom & hi-tech, and the process industries. Digital Engineering portfolio of offerings from L&T Technology Services help build Smart Products & Services and offer Smart Manufacturing services and solutions to customers. The company also offers services and solutions in software engineering, embedded systems, mechanical & manufacturing engineering, value engineering and plant & process engineering. Headquartered in India, L&T Technology Services Limited has around 11,000 employees, 12 global delivery centers in India and overseas, 27 sales offices in India, North America Europe, the Middle East and Asia and 34 labs in India as of March 31, 2017. For additional information about L&T Technology Services log on to www.LntTechservices.com.

4. EDII Bags AICTE Award for Supporting Start-Ups.

EDII Bags AICTE Award for Supporting Start-Ups
Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) has received an award from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for supporting start-ups. The premier Institute received the award for its contribution towards promoting and mentoring technology start-ups.

Given during the International Science Festival’s Start-up Summit – 2017 at Chennai, the AICTE awards recognise outstanding achievement by academic and research institutes of India in actively promoting and supporting innovation and start-ups in their campuses.

The summit also acknowledged various upcoming start-ups through its nationwide start-up contest.
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Sunil Shukla, Director, EDII, said: "EDII has been at the forefront of entrepreneurial development in India and such recognitions are a testament to the hard work that has been put over the years. The start-up ecosystem in India is at an interesting juncture and we will continue to help in launching new enterprises that would be job creators in next few years."

The institute has curriculum that revolves around creating new businesses and encourages students to start new ventures post their graduation. It has also started a business incubation centre, Centre for Advancing and Launching Enterprises (CrAdLE), to mentor new start-ups and facilitate speedy commercialisation of technologies for better and faster enterprise growth.

According to EDII, its Post Graduate Diploma in Management - Business Entrepreneurship (PGDM-BE) offers milestone-based learning to help students achieve stepping stones in their entrepreneurial journey. Around 80 per cent of the students have either created their own enterprise or have joined family business post passing out from EDII.

 

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