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 1. Gopalkrishna Gandhi To Get 24th Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award.

The 24th Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award to be given to Gopalkrishna Gandhi for his outstanding contribution towards the promotion of communal harmony, peace and goodwill

The Congress party announced that the the 24th Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award will go to former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi “for his outstanding contribution towards the promotion of communal harmony, peace and goodwill”.The Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award is awarded on the occasion of the birth anniversary of late former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. It was instituted to commemorate the lasting contribution made by him to promote peace, communal harmony and fight against violence. It carries a citation and cash award of ?10 lakh.Former recipients of the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award include Mother Teresa, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Mohd. Yunus, Hiteswar Saikia and Subhadra Joshi (jointly), Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Dutt, Jagan Nath Kaul, Dilip Kumar, Dr (Smt) Kapila Vatsyayan, Teesta Setalvad and Harsh Mander (jointly), SN Subbarao, Swami Agnivesh and Shri Madari Moideen (jointly), KR Narayanan, . Nirmala Deshpande, Hem Dutta, Dr N Radhakrishnan, Gautam Bhai, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, SPIC MACAY, DR Mehta, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Muzaffar Ali and Shubha Mudgal.This year’s award will be presented to Gopalkrishna Gandhi at a special ceremony on Monday, August 20 in Delhi.

 

2. Indian-Origin Mathematician Akshay Venkatesh Wins Prestigious Fields Medal.

Akshay Venkatesh, a renowned Indian-Australian mathematician, is one of four winners of mathematics’ prestigious Fields medal, known as the Nobel prize for math.

New Delhi-born Venkatesh, 36, who is currently teaching at Stanford University, has won the Fields Medal for his profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics.

The Fields medals are awarded every four years to the most promising mathematicians under the age of 40. The prize was inaugurated in 1932 at the request of Canadian mathematician John Charles Fields, who ran the 1924 Mathematics Congress in Toronto. Each winner receives a 15,000 Canadian-dollar cash prize. At least two, and preferably four people, are always honoured in the award ceremony.

The citation for Venkatesh’s medal — awarded on Thursday at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro — highlights his profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics and his strikingly far-reaching conjectures.

The other three winners are: Caucher Birkar, a Cambridge University professor of Iranian Kurdish origin; Germany’s Peter Scholze, who teaches at the University of Bonn and Alessio Figalli, an Italian mathematician at ETH Zurich.

 

3. President Gives Away Outstanding Parliamentarian Awards.

President Ram Nath Kovind gave away the Outstanding Parliamentarian awards on Wednesday. The Awardees were Najma Heptullah, Hukumdev Narayan Yadav, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Dinesh Trivedi and Bhartru hari Mahtab. At the program the Prime Miniter expressed concern over disruptions in Parliament saying that the Nation was the loser.

Central Hall of Parliament bearing witness to a grand ceremony to felicitate the Best Parliamentarians  from 2013 till 2017 conferred on Members of Parliament for their outstanding contributions.Dr Najma Heptullah won the award for 2013, Hukum Dev Narayan for 2014, Ghulam Nabi Azad for 2015, Dinesh Trivedi for 2016 and Bhartruhari Mahtab for 2017. President Ramnath Kovind congratulated the winners for not only upholding the dignity of Parliament but also enriching it with their knowledge and wisdom.Vice President and Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Venkaiah Naidu reminded members of Parliament of their duty towards maintaining decorum and the stature of Parliament.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Parliament is a forum to debate and even criticise the Government. He said it is important for Parliament to function since the words spoken are on record and will become a part of history books. Prime Minister said that Parliamentary disruptions are a huge cost to the nation.

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