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Renowned Hindi poet Kunwar Narayan was slected for the 2005 Jnanpith Award for his contribution to Hindi literature. Ravindra Kelkar of Konkani literature and Satyavrat Shastri of Sanskrit literature were jointly slected for the 2006 Jnanpith Award. The 41st Jnanpith winner, Kunwar Narayan was born in 1927 in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh. He received his Masters degree in English literature from Lucknow University and is a businessman by profession.

He has been closely associated with the new poetry movement in Hindi literature. Narayan also served as vice-chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy in 1976-79 and was a member of the editorial board of Naya Pratik, a monthly magazine, during 1975-78. Among his important works are Chakravyooh (poetry), Teesra Saptak (poetry), Parivesh Hum Tum (poetry), Koi Doosra Naheen (poetry), Atmajayee (epic), Akaron Ke Aas-Paas (short stories) and Aaj Aur Aaj Se Pehley (criticism). Among the honours he has received are Hindustani Academy Award, Prem Chand Award, Tulsi Award, Vyas Samman, Kumaran Asan Award and Sahitya Akademi Award. One of the 42nd Jnanpith winners, Ravindra Kelkar is renowned personality of Konkani literature and he played important role in eastablishment of Konkani Bhasha Mandal. Another of the 42nd Jnanpith winners, Satyavrat Shastri of Sanskrit literature wrote three epics in Sanskrit.
Non Resident Indian entrepreneur Ranjit Singh Baxi was awarded the 'Asian of the Year Award' 2008 in London. He is founder Chairman of a recycling firm J and H Sales (International) Ltd. NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul was winner of the first Asian of the Year Award in 1987-88.

Indian botanist and wildlife scientist, Aparajita Datta, was chosen for the 2009 Women of Discovery Awards along with four other eminent women from different parts of the world. Aparajita Datta is engaged in long-term monitoring of threatened wildlife with local communities in northeast India.

In recognition of his work in the field of cardiovascular disease,eminent Indo-Canadian scientist Salim Yusuf was awarded Clinical Research Prize for 2008 by the American Heart Association. He is a professor of medicine and director of the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is also known for establishing the world's first study examining the impact of societal changes on health behaviours, risk factors and disease in more than 400 communities in 18 countries.
SCOPE Meritorious Awards for the Year 2006-07
Good Corporate Governance: R.S. Sharma, CMD, ONGC
Best Practices in Human Resource Management: S.K. Garg CMD, NHPC Ltd
Environmental Excellence and Sustainable Development: Sarthak Behuria, Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation
R&D, Technology Development and Innovation : V.V.R. Sastry, CMD, Bharat Electronics Ltd
Best Managed Bank, Financial Institution or Insurance Company: Mr S.K. Garg, CMD, NHPC Ltd
Latin pop star Shakira was named Humanitarian of the Year in 2008 by the People en Espanol magazine for her work towards providing better health and education to needy children in South America.

29th Sanskriti Awards
The 29th Sanskriti Awards for achievements in literature, journalism, art, performing arts and socio-cultural activities were awarded on November 15,2008 in Delhi.
n Inderjit Nandan (Punjabi Literature)
n Chitrangada Choudhury (Journalism)
n Ranjani Shettar (Art)
n Ranjani Gayatri ( Music)

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto (posthumously), former UN high commissioner for human rights Louise Arbour of Canada, US lawyer Ramsey Clark, Carolyn Gomes of the Jamaicans for Justice group, Denis Mukwege of Congo, a French Catholic nun Dorothy Stang (posthumously) and the New York-based Human Rights Watch are chosen for 2008 human rights awards. Human Rights Awards are given every five years. The UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights for 2008 was announced by assembly President, Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann. The award has usually been given to a group of six winners, although in 1993 it was shared by nine individuals and organisations, and the 1978 one by eight. There have been 47 winners in all.


Green Star Awards was launched recently by Green Cross International (GCI), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Its objective is to honor individuals, organisations, governments, and corporations who have made special efforts to respond to environmental emergencies.

The first-ever MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) held in Abuja, Nigeria on November 24,2008. Following are winners :
Best Female : Wahu (Kenya)
Best Male : D'Banj (Nigeria)
Best Live Performer : Jozi (South Africa)
Best Group : P Square (Nigeria)
Best Video : Ikechukwu (Nigeria) - Wind Am Well
Mamas Legend : Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Prominent human rights activist and dissident in the People's Republic of China, 35-year-old Hu Jia was awarded The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Hu Jia was awarded despite intense lobbying by China, which gave warning that the honour would damage relations with Europe. He has embraced a wide range of causes, including environmental issues, HIV/AIDS advocacy and a call for an official enquiry into the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. He has also acted as a coordinator of the Barefoot Lawyers Movement.

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, named in honour of the Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov, has been awarded by the European Parliament every year since 1988 to individuals or organisations who have made an important contribution to the fight for human rights or democracy. To mark the 20th anniversary, a special event to which all previous winners of the prize were invited held in Strasbourg.

The legendary exponent of Hindustani classical music Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi was conferred India’s highest civilian honour ‘Bharat Ratna’. Bharat Ratna was given after a gap of seven years, the previous recipient was shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan in 2001.

86-year-old vocalist of Kirana Gharana, Panditjee was born in Gadag town of erstwhile Dharwad district in Karnataka on February 4, 1922. Dharwad was then part of the Bombay state. Kirana Gharana was founded by Ustad Abdul Karim Khan. Bhimsen Joshi’s performance of ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’ along with other doyens of music-Balamurali Krishna and Lata Mangeshkar became very famous.

Indian Historian Dr Romila Thapar along with Irish historian Peter Robert Lamont Brown was chosen for the 2008 John W. Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Humanity instituted by the United States Library of Congress. Thapar is Emeritus Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and Peter Robert Lamont Brown is Professor of History at Princeton University in USA.
Each awardee was given half of the 1 million US dollar as the prize money at the Library of Congress. According to the Library of Congress, both Dr. Brown and Dr. Thapar brought dramatically new perspectives to understanding vast sweeps of geographical territory and a millennium or more of time in, respectively, Europe and the Middle East, and in the Indian subcontinent. Dr. Thapar created a new and more pluralistic view of Indian civilisation, which had seemed more unitary and unchanging, by scrutinising its evolution over two millennia and searching out its historical consciousness.
Noted Assamese writer Indira Goswami was conferred with the Netherlands' prestigious Principal Prince Claus Award for her work in Indian culture and its development. The 2000 Jnanpith Award winning writer is the first Indian to win the Euro one lakh (Rs 64 lakh) award. Indira is known for her fresh and original style with novel themes.
Executive Chairman, Vedanta Resources, Anil Agarwal, was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008. Now he will represent India at the Ernst and Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in May 2009.

Awardees for other category are following:
The Lifetime Achievement Award: PRS Oberoi, Chairman and CEO, The Oberoi Group

The Health Care and Life Sciences Award: Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care Systems.

The Entrepreneur of the Year Infrastructure and Construction Award: Jaiprakash Gaur, Founder Chairman, Jaypee Group

For the Manufacturing Category: Gautam Thapar, Chairman & CEO, Avantha Group

For the Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year: Arvind Rao, CEO and co-founder, OnMobile Global

American Biographical Institute chosen Indian news photographer Virendra Prabhakar for the 2008-09 ‘Man Of The Year’ award. He was honoured in recognition of his contribution to journalism and his services to art, literature and dance-drama.
Prestigious Scopus Young Indian Scientists Awards for 2008 were given to nine young scientists from different research institutions . The awards are instituted by Elsevier, the world’s leading research publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Its headquarters is in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Category wise winners are following:
Agriculture : Dr. R Raman, International Centre for Genetic Engg and Biotechnology

Biological Sciences : Prof. S Ganesh, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Chemistry: Dr. B V S Reddy, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad

Earth Sciences: Dr. Govindasamy Bala, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Engineering: Prof. Suman Chakraborthy, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Mathematics: Dr. Siva Athreya, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore

Medicine: Dr. Bhanuprakash Reddy, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad

Physics: Dr. Moulik Parikh, Inter University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics and Dr. Satyabrata Patnaik, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan was conferred a Malaysian title, ‘Datuk,’ which is often equated with the British knighthood. He received the title of ‘Datuk’ (Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka) from Mohamad Khalil Yaacob, the Governor of Malaysia’s southern Malacca State, during a special ceremony in Malaysia. He has given Datuk because six of his movies were shot in the historical State Malacca, giving a boost to tourism. He shot a song for a 2001 movie, One 2 Ka 4, in Malacca, which was recently named a heritage city by UNESCO.

American television presenter and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey named ‘Person of the Year’2008 by animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). According to PETA, Media mogul Oprah Winfrey uses her fame and listening audience to help the less fortunate, including animals.

· Noted Pakistani journalist Najam Sethi was awarded the 2009 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual prize of the World Association of Newspapers. Editor-in-chief of Daily Times, Friday Times and Urdu daily Aaj Kal Najam Sethi was chosen for his outstanding defence and promotion of press freedom under difficult circumstances and constant personal danger.

Vice-President Hamid Ansari gave away national awards to several differently-abled persons for excellence in their respective fields.The awards were given in 16 categories.

Navratna defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) was conferred ‘Niryat Shree’ Certificate of Excellence for the year 2005-06 in the Residual Products by the Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO) in 2008..

Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd and MindTree Ltd were conferred with the ‘ICSI 2008’. The awards were presented by the Vice-President of India.

The Saraswati Samman for the year 2008 was conferred on the novel Kayakalpa by noted Assamese writer Dr Lakhmi Nandan Bora. Published in 2002, Kayakalpa covers a large canvas, ranging from modern technology and science to the ancient thoughts and philosophy by the great rishis of India. An educator, researcher and journalist, Sahitya Akademi winner Dr Lakhmi Nandan Bora was president of apex literary body Asam Sahitya Sabha.

The Saraswati Samman was instituted in 1991 by the KK Birla Foundation. The Award is given to an outstanding literary work written in any Indian language in schedule VIII of the Constitution and published within the last ten years. The Saraswati Samman carries a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh and a citation.

51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8. India’s tabla maestro Zakir Hussain was also included second time in the Grammy winners list. Album ‘Global DrumProject’, featuring Mickey Hart, Sikiru Adepoju, Giovanni Hidalgo (Shout! Factory) and Zakir Hussain won the Grammy award for best contemporary world music album. Zakir Hussain was also awarded Grammy for best world music album in 1992 for Planet Drum, an album co-created and produced by Zakir and Mickey Hart. Two other Indians- guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya and classical vocalist Lakshmi Shankar were also in run for Grammy, but they lost out in the 'Best Traditional World Music' category.

Winners of important category are following:
Record Of The Year: Please Read The Letter ( Robert Plant and Alison Krauss)

Album Of The Year: Raising Sand ( Robert Plant and Alison Krauss)


Song Of The Year: Viva La Vida ( Coldplay)


Best New Artist: Adele


Best Traditional World Music Album: Ilembe: Honoring Shaka ZuluLadysmith Black Mambazo


Best Contemporary World Music Album : Global Drum Project (Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju and Giovanni Hidalgo)


Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Chasing Pavements:Adele


Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Say (John Mayer)
Best Dance Recording: Harder Better Faster Stronger (Daft Punk)

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) annual awards for excellence in film, television, television craft, video games, and animation took place in February,2009 at London’s Royal Opera House. After winning five Critics' Choice Awards and four Golden Globes, Danny Boyle directed film Slumdog Millionaire swept the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards 2009. The film bagged seven awards from the 11 categories it was nominated in. Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto and Irrfan Khan featured film, Slumdog Millionaire is the story of an 18-year-old Indian quiz contestant suspected of cheating.

BAFTA is known as the British equivalent to the Oscars. It is a charity organisation which strives to support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public.

Winners are following:
Best Film: Slumdog Millionaire

Director: danny boyle - Slumdog Millionaire

Original screenplay: Martin Mcdonagh - In Bruges

Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy - Slumdog Millionaire

Non-English Language Film: I've Love You So Long

Animated Film: Wall-E
Leading Actor: Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler

Leading Actress: Kate Winslet - The Reader

Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight

Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Music: A.R. Rahman : Slumdog Millionaire

Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle - Slumdog Millionaire

Editing: Chris Dickens - Slumdog Millionaire
Outstanding British Film: Man On Wire

The Carl Foreman Award: Steve Mcqueen - Hunger

Production Design: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Sound: Slumdog Millionaire

Director of oscar nominated film Slumdog Millionaire, British Danny Boyle won the trophy feature film from the Directors Guild of America on February 1. List of the winners of important category of 2009 Directors Guild Awards for Directorial Achievement:
Feature Film : Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Movies for TV/Miniseries : Jay Roach (Recount)
Documentary : Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir)

Depicting the heart warming story of a Mumbai tea boy’s incredible journey towards fame and fortune, Slumdog Millionaire, won the NAACP award for outstanding independent motion picture in Los Angeles on February 13 . The awards are given by the oldest civil rights group- the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) and honours individuals as well as projects that promote diversity in the arts, literature, cinema, recording and television.

The Secret Life of Bees won the best film with director Gina Prince-Bythewood bagged the honours for outstanding director. Superstar Will Smith and Rosario Dawson won top actor and actress awards for their emotional drama Seven Pounds. Taraji P Henson won supporting actress award for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Columbus Short earned supporting actor honors for Cadillac Records.

In recognition to his important service to the nation, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission of India, Dr. Anil Kakodkar and chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) G. Madhvan Nair were presented the ‘Bharat Asmita National Awards 2009 in February ,2009. The Bharat Asmita Jana Jagaran Shrestha award was given jointly to Smt. Aruna Roy, Shri Nikhil Dey and Shri Shankar Singh. The Bharat Asmita Acharya Shreshta award and Bharat Asmita Jan Pratinidhi Shreshta award were given to Prof. Shekhar Chaudhary and Bhawna Gawali respectively.

Chairman, State Bank of India, O.P. Bhatt was conferred the Best Executive 2008 award by financial magazine Asiamoney. The award was under the category of Asia’s best companies and executives, said a press release issued by the bank.

Indian Institute of Cartoonists has decided to institute an international cartoon award in R K Laxman’s name as a mark of honour to his achievements. According to institute, Laxman was the father of not just Indian cartooning, but international cartooning as well. He portrayed the problems, anxieties, needs and basic aspirations of the common man.

A 19-year-old student of drama from Chicago (U.S.) Nikkitasha Marhawa beat 24 contestants from all over the world and won the 18th Miss India Worldwide crown at a glittering event in Durban (South Africa). The 2nd place was won by Kanchan Verma of Australia.

North Delhi Power Ltd (NDPL) was conferred with a bronze award in the prestigious National Award for Meritorious Performance in power distribution on February 17. The awards have been instituted by the Ministry of Power.

In his recently published autobiographical book Beyond the Blues, cricketer Aakash Chopra, has precisely expressed agony, ordeal, ecstasy and that of hopes of thousands of cricketers, who dream of donning India colors one day. The book also pointed out the different aspects of domestic cricket, the pitiable standards and partial nature of the umpires, the politics around selections, the unprofessional itinerary, the shabby accommodation for the players and dilemma over T20 cricket among other unflattering observations.

The General Council of Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama selected the following personalities for Akademi Awards for the year 2008 at its meeting held in January,2009, in New Delhi:

Sangeet Natak Akademi Ratna (Akademi Fellows): Sitara Devi, Khaled Choudhury, RC Mehta and Bhupen Hazarika.

Akademi Awards for Music : Ulhas Kashalkar and M.R. Gautam for Hindustani Vocal Music; Ramesh Mishra (Sarangi) and Krishna Ram Chaudhary (Shehnai) for Hindustani Instrumental Music; Puranam Purushottama Sastri for Carnatic Vocal; B. Sasi Kumar (Violin) and Manrgudi A. Easwaran (Mridangam) for Carnatic Instrumental Music and Ningombam Ibobi Singh (Nata Sankirtana, Manipur) for Other Major Traditions of Music.

Akademi Awards for Music Dance : Saroja Vaidyanathan, Bharatanatyam; Shashi Shankhla, Kathak; Kalamandalam Kuttan, Kathakali; Ramani Ranjan Jena, Odissi; Vasanta Lakshmi and Narasimhachari (Joint Award), Kuchipudi; Kalamandalam Leelamma, Mohiniattam; Yog Sunder Desai, Creative & Experimental Dance and Ramhari Das, Music for Dance (Odissi).

Akademi Awards for Theatre : Markand Bhatt and Arundhati Nag for Acting, S. Ramanujam and Probir Guha for Direction, Mudra Rakshas (Hindi) and Narsingh Dev Jamwal (Dogri) for Playwriting, Amba Sanyal for Allied Theatre Arts (Costume Designing) and Bansi Lal Khiladi (Khayal, Rajasthan) for Major Traditions of Theatre.

Other Traditional/Folk/ Tribal Music/ Dance/ Theatre : Shakuntala Nagarkar, Lavani (Maharastra); Birbar Sahoo, Gotipua (Orissa); Mangi Bai Arya, Mand (Rajasthan); L. Heramot Meitei, Thang-Ta (Martial Art, Manipur); Lakha Khan Manganiyar, Folk Music (Rajasthan); Hildamit Lepcha, Lepcha Music (Sikkim); Kartar Singh, Gurbani (Punjab) and Lakshman Das, Hari Katha (Karnataka).
The Akademi Ratna) and Akademi Award have been conferred since 1952. The Akademi Ratna carries purse money of Rupees One lakh and Akademi Puraskar Rupees fifty thousand besides Tamrapatra and Angavastram.

Eminent scientist Kuldip Singh Dhindsa was honoured with prestigious Bharat Gaurav Award 2008 in January,2009. Dr Dhindsa was recently honoured with 'Shiksha Ratna Puruskar 2008.

The President of India approved the conferment of Padma Awards 2009 on 133 distinguished persons on January 25,2009.
Padma Vibhushan (10)
Dr. Anil Kakodkar and Shri G. Madhavan Nair (Science and Engineering), Prof. Jasbir Singh Bajaj and Dr. Purshotam Lal (Medicine), , Sister Nirmala (Social Work), Sunderlal Bahuguna (Environment Conservation), Govind Narain (Public Affairs), Prof. D.P.Chattopadhyaya (Literature & Education), Dr. A.S. Ganguly (Trade & Industry) and Dr. Chandrika PrasadSrivastava (Civil Service).

Padma Bhushan (30)
Social Work : Dr. Naganath Nayakawadi and Dr. (Smt.) SarojiniVaradappan.
Art: G. Sivarama KrishnaMurthy alias Krishna, Prof. Ramanlal C. Mehta Art V.P. Dhananjayan and Smt. Shanta Dhananjayan (Duo), Dr. Vaidyanathan Ganapathi Sthapati, Smt. Shamshad Begum (Singer).
Literature and Education : Prof. Alappat SreedharaMenon, C.K. Prahlad, D. Jayakanthan, Dr. (Smt.) Isher JudgeAhluwalia, Kunwar Narain (Hindi Poet), Prof. Minoru Hara and Ramachandra Guha (Historian).

Civil Service: S.K. MisraJournalism: Shekhar Gupta Medicine: Dr. Brijendra Kumar Rao, Dr. Khalid Hameed and Vaidya Devendra Triguna.
Sports: Abhinav BindraScience and Engineering: Dr. Bhakta B. Rath, Conjeevaram Srirangachari Seshadri, Dr. Gurdip SinghRandhawa, Sam Pitroda, Prof. (Dr.) Sarvagya SinghKatiyar, Prof. Thomas Kailath.

National Security Affairs : Lt.Gen. (Retd.) SatishNambiar Trade and Industry: Anil Manibhai Naik

Public Affairs : Dr. (Smt.) Inderjit KaurBarthakur and Dr. Kirit Shantilal Parikh.

Padma Shri (93)

Social Work : Begum Bilkees, Bansilal Rathi, I. Latif, Prof. Shyam SunderMaheshwari, Sunil Kanti Roy, Cheril Krishna Menon, Rev. Fr. Joseph H. Pereira, Ms Keepu TsheringLepcha, K. Viswanathan.

Art: Smt. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Smt. Helan K, Akshay Kumar, Pandit HridaynathMangeshkar, Udit Narayan (all films), Dr. (Ms.) Ameena AhmedAhuja, Smt. Aruna Sairam, Smt. Devayani Chaymotty, Ms. Geeta Kapur, Govind RamNirmalkar, Gurumayum Gourakishor Sharma, Hashmat Ullah Khan, Smt. Hemi Bawa, Iravatham Mahadevan, K.P. Udayabhanu, Dr. KannegantiBrahmanandam, Prof. Kiran Seth, Kumar SanuBhattacharjee, Prof. Dr. (Smt.) LeelaOmchery, Mattannoor Sankarankutty Marar, Thilakan, A. Vivekh, Niranjan Goswami, Bhai Nirmal Singh Khalsa, Ms. Penaz Masani, Prakash N. Dubey, Dr. Pratapaditya Pal, Ram Kishore Chhipa, Smt. Saoli Mitra, Tafazzul Ali and SkendrowellSyiemlieh (Posthumous), Dr. SubrahmanyamKrishnaswamy, Suresh Dutta, Vadakka ManalathGovindan alias Kalamandalam Gopi.

Literature and Education: Dr. A. Sankara Reddy, Alok Mehta, Dr. BannanjeGovindacharya, Dr. Birendranath Datta, Prof. Geshe NgawangSamten, Prof. Jalees Ahmed KhanTareen, Jayanta Mahapatra, Dr. John Ralston Marr, Lalthangfala Sailo, Laxman Bapu Mane, Dr. Mathoor Krishnamurty, Norden Tshering, Dr. PanchapakesaJayaraman, Prof. Ram ShankarTripathi, Prof. (Dr.) Ranbir ChanderSobti, Dr. Ravindra NathSrivastava, Shamsur RahmanFaruqi, Smt. Shashi Deshpande, Sunny Varkey, Suresh GunduAmonkar, Dr. Utpal K. Banerjee.
Civil Service: S.B. Ghosh Dastidar.
Commentary and Broadcasting: Shri Ameen Sayani.

Journalism : Abhay ChhajlaniMedicine : Dr. Ashok Kumar Grover, Dr. A.K. Gupta, Dr. Alampur SaibabaGoud, Dr. Arvind Lal, Dr. Ashok K. Vaid, Dr. Balswarup Choubey, Dr. D. S. Rana, Dr. GovindanVijayaraghavan, Dr. Kalyan Banerjee, P.R. Krishna Kumar, Dr. R. Sivaraaman, Dr. Shaik KhaderNoordeen, Prof. (Dr.) ThanikachalamSadagopan, Dr. Yash Gulati.

Sports : Harbhajan Singh and Mahendra SinghDhoni (both cricketer), Pankaj Advani (Billiards), Balbir Singh Khullar (veteran hockey player).
Science & Engineering : Prof. Pramod Tandon and Goriparthi Narasimha Raju Yadav.
Trade and Industry : Dr. Bavaguthu RaghuramShetty , ArunmugamSakthivel and R.K. Krishna Kumar
Technology Solutions: Surinder Mehta
Public Affairs: K. Asungba Sangtam and Dr. (Ms.) ShyamlhaPappu.
Research on Himalayan Glaciers : Prof. Syed Iqbal Hasnain
For the Sake of Honour Award
Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia was awarded For the Sake of Honour Award by the Rotary Club of Anna Nagar in January,2009.
National Bravery Awards
12 girls and 8 boys were awarded National Bravery Awards for 2008. The National Bravery Award Scheme was initiated by the Indian Council for Child Welfare in 1957. Awardees will be granted financial assistance until they complete their schooling under the Sponsorship Programme of the ICCW. The Government of India has reserved some seats for the awardees in medical and engineering colleges and polytechnics.

The Geeta Chopra Award: 10 year old Km. Prachi Santosh Sen of Madhya PradeshThe
Sanjay Chopra Award: 13 year old Master Saumik Mishra of Uttar Pradesh
The Bapu Gaidhani Awards : Asu Kanwar (Rajasthan), Km. Seema Kanwar and Late Km. Kavita Kanwar (both from Chhattisgarh)

Bravery Awards : Km. Kritika Jhanwar, Km. Hina Quereshi (both from Rajasthan), Km. Silver Kharbani (Meghalaya), Km. Anita Kora, Km. Rina Kora (both from West Bengal), Km. Dinu K.G., Km. Manjusha A. (both from Kerala), Master Y. Addison Singh(Manipur), Master Shahanshah (U.P.), Master Vishal Suryaji Patil (Maharashtra), Master M. Marudu Pandi (Tamil Nadu), Km. Bhoomika J. Murthy, Master Gagan J. Murthy (Karnataka), Master Manish Bansal (Haryana) and Master Rahul (New Delhi).

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