[PIN-2014] Part 6/6: Diaspora, Civilian awards & Dead in News, Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas, Padma 2014, Able Prize,

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  1. Prologue to six part Article series
  2. Bharat Ratna 42nd and 43rd
  3. Padma Awards 2014
  4. National awards / achievements
  5. International / Foreign awards
  6. 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2014 (PBD)
  7. Diaspora in news
  8. Dead in news (DIN)
    1. Indians Dead
    2. Foreigners Dead
    3. DEAD Not important for exams

Prologue to six part Article series

Total six parts covering December 2013 to 8th June 2014- nearly six months that is the usual time span for current affairs most competitive exams below UPSC Civil service exam.

  1. [PIN-2014] Part 1/6: National- Official Posts, Committees, Stamps-2014, Defense, Telangana & more
  2. [PIN-2014] Part 2/6: International- Presidents, Prime ministers, Summits, bodies & Ukraine Crisis
  3. [PIN-2014] Part 3/6: Sports, Mascots, Athletes, Awards, FIFA-2014, Sochi-2014, Grand Slams, Hockey, Kabbadi, Cricket & more
  4. [PIN-2014] Part 4/6: Economic Regulators, Banking Sector CMDs, RBI monetary policy, RBI Committees, Business GK CEOs
  5. [PIN-2014] Part 5/6: Books, Authors, Movies awards & Beauty Pageants
  6. [PIN-2014] Part 6/6: Diaspora, Civilian awards & Dead in News, Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas, Padma 2014, Able Prize & more YOU ARE HERE

Any updates, corrections please do post in the comments but with reference except wikipedia

Bharat Ratna 42nd and 43rd

SachinRamesh Tendulkar
  • 42nd Awardee of Bharat Ratna
  • Rajya Sabha Members (Nominated)
  • Ambassador of UNICEF for promoting total sanitation campaign in India, Pakistan, Srilanka, B’desh and Nepal.
  • Won Arjun award- 1994, Rajeev Gandhi khel ratna 1998, Padma Shri 1999, Padma vibhusan 2008 and finally Baharat ratna 2014
  • Youngest recipient of Bharat Ratna
C. N. Rao
  • 43rd Baharat ratna
  • Chairman of scientific advisory council to the PM (headed this council 4 times {Rajeev Gandhi+ Dev gowda+ IK gujral + Manmohan singh}),
  • Also member of scientific advisory council to PM at time of Indra Gandhi; Padma vibhusan ,
  • 3rd scientist after C.V raman and Dr kalam to get Baharat ratna.
  • Worked on Solidstate chemistry. (Q was asked in CDS exam.)

You’ll get list of previous winners from Lucent GK / India Yearbook appendix.

Padma Awards 2014

Padma Vibhushan only 2

  1. Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, Science
  2. BKS Iyengar, Yoga guru

Now in the following categories, only listing the important ones:

Bhushan, total 24Padma Shree 100+
  1. Justice Dalveer Bhandari
  2. Kamala Hassan, actor
  3. Parveen Sultana, Singer
  4. Pulela Gopichand, Bandminton Coach
  5. Justice JS Verma, dead
  6. Llyod and Suzan Rudolf, Literature
  1. Paresh Rawal, Vidhya Balan
  2. Anjum Chopra- lady cricketer
  3. Sunil Dabas, Kabbadi
  4. Yuvraj Singh, cricket
  5. Dipika Pillaikal, Squash Tamilnadu
  6. Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, murdered. Anti-superstition campaigns in Maharahstra

Arjun Awards/ other sports awards are included in Sports category and not here.

National awards / achievements

Amazing Indian AwardArunima Sinha first Indian amputee to climb mount Everest
Best heritage city by tourism ministryTirupati, Andhra
Bharat RatnaSachin tendulkar and CNR Rao
GD BirlaScientific Research- Rajesh Gopakumar- Quantum field and string theory
Malavath Poorna13 yo. Youngest girl to clime Mt.Everest. Hails from Nizamabad district of Telangana.
MS Subbulakshmi award 2014given for many cateogies. cost:benefit not good. Subbulakshmi herself was a Indian classical singer
National Tourism awardSikkim
Saraswati Sanman 2013Govind Mishra, Book – Dhul Podho par. Given by KK Birla Foundation
Shatin Swarup Bhatnagargiven to scienists, by CSIR. cost:benefit bad hence not listing names.
SK Singh award for IFSSibi George
Tagore award for Culture harmony 2013Zubin Mehta, Musician
Yash Bhartiya AwardHighest award by uttar pradesh government

International / Foreign awards

  • Nobel 2014 yet to be given.
  • Nobel 2013: same as PIN 2013 click me. Besides, Nobel-2013 topic is well past its expiry date for non-UPSC exam current affairs.
  • Right now this list is small because most international awards will be given in the end part of 2014.
Abel Prize
  • Russian Mathematician Ya G. Sinai
  • The Abel Prize considered Nobel Prize for mahts, since 2003.
  • $1 million
Allard prize for international integrityAnna Hazare
Gandhi peace prize 2013Environmentalist Chandi prasad bhatt. Chipko Movement, Magsaysay award – 82. Award decided by panel headed by prime minister. Started in 1995.
Google digital activism 2014Indian journalist Subhranshu Chaudhary. Communication platform CG Net Swara- Voice of Chhatisgarh
Indira Gandhi Peace prize 2013German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
International Gandhi award 2013VV Dongre, Goucheng Zhang. Leprosy work.
Marconi Society prize 2014India born Prof.Arogyaswami Paulraj for a new antenna system
PopeFirst rank in Fortune world’s 50 greatest leaders.
Pritzker PrizeFor Architecture. This time to Japanese Shigeru Ban for earthquake relief structures in Bhuj, madeup of paperlogs and bamboo.
Ridenhour Prize for truthtellingEdward Snowden (NSA agent), Laura Poitras (journalist)
Siddiqa Praveenfrom West Bengal Gunsiess book tallest woman of the world
Templton prize 2014 for philosophy and religion.Tomas halik, czech priest
UK knighthoodRatan Tata got Britain’s highest civilian award for his company’s heavy investment in Britain. He is the only Indian citizen to get this award after 1950.
USA  national spelling bee championshipTwo Indians tie: Ansun Sujoe, Sriram Hathwar.

Goldman Environmental Foundation awards 2014

India’s Ramesh Agrawalhelping villagers fight coal mining in Chhattisgarh
Peru’s Ruth Buendiato prevent two dams in the Peruvian Amazon
Russian zoologist Suren GazaryanDefending protected areas from Olympic development in Sochi.

12th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2014 (PBD)

  • by Ministry of Overseas affairs
  • since 2003 celebrated on 9th January every year because Gandhi returned from S.Africa on 9th Jan 1915

12th PBD 2014

  • @Delhi
  • Theme “engaging Diaspora: Connecting across generations ”
  • Chief guest – Datuk Seri G Palanivel, Minister of Natural resource and environment, Malaysia

PBD 2014 awardees (only important ones)

  1. Lisa Maria singh -1st south Asian descent to be member of Parliament in Australia
  2. Sushindra Muthuvel – 1st Indian origin member of Parliament in Papua New Guinea
  3. Shailesh Lakhman Vara – 1st Indian origin govt. minister in conservative party UK
  4. Dr. Renu Khator – President and chancellor of University of Houston
  5. Dr. Parthsarathi Pillai – Scientist in USA

for PBD 2013, click me

Diaspora in news

  • NOT all of the following have Indian origin or India birth or residing abroad. (इतनी सीआईडी करते फ़िरेंगे तो आर्टिकल कबी लिखेंगे!)
  • I’m including names that came in international news, and have some connection with India.
  • Not all of them are important for MCQs either. But if you keep a track someday something important comes by for UPSC Mains GS paper II, Diaspora topic.
Abraham panni kottuZero pressure tyre for US military
Alexi PremkumarIndian aid worker, Tamilnadu. Worked for education of Afghani girls. Taliban abducted him.
Anil Zen3D Model of Human Fingerprint
D.R.MehtaFounder and chief of world famous Jaipur foot organisation. got recognition in Harvard University.
Dinesh D’SouzaMumbai born author. Pleads guilty for illegally funding senator election in USA.
Dr Maha Al MuneefInternational woman of courage award. Honored by US for bravery
Dr.Ramanathan RajuNew york mayor appointed him as boss of Newyork health corporation
Gargi GhoshObama’s global Development council
Gyan correaGujarati movie director- The Good Road, Nominated at Oscar
HindujaSrichand & Gopichad Hinduja  (India born Hinduja group owner) became UK richest person. 2nd richest- Russian Alisher Usmanov ; 3rd Lakshmi Mittal.
Indira Talwani federal judge in Massachusetts,
Jawahar KalianiIndian-American has been appointed to a key post in the U.S. Department of Treasury.
LakshmiUS International women of Courage award
acid attack victim  from India
Manish S ShahJudge Illinois
Manu PrakashLow cost microscope from paper, Stanford univ.
Nisha Desai BiswalAsst. Secretary for South and Central Asia, under Obama administration
Pritzker price for architectureShigeru ban, Japan. Work in Bhuj Earthquake
Prof. Rakesh KhuranaDean of Harward college
Ratan Tatafirst India to be knighted in UK after 1950.
Ravinder DahiyaEngineering fellowship worth nearly 2 million by a British agency.
Salman Khan(not the Bollywood  actor.) this is the owner Khansacademy.org
Obama made him US presidential Ambassador for global entrepreneurship. ~5000 vidoes.
Indian mom, Bangla fathers.
Sanjam GargIIT Delhi graduate + developed tools to counter cyber-attacks. Awarded by doctoral dissertation award (sponsored by Google)
Sant Singh ChatwalIndian Hotelier, Padma Bhushan, pleads guilty of violating US election funding law.
Sunil SabharwalObama nominated him for alt.exec.director post in IMF
Suvir MirchandaniIndian teen- Garamond font can save $136 million per year in printing costs.
Vijay Seshadri98th Pulitzer prize 2014, for his poetry collection ‘3 sections’. another book “Long Meadow”. Writes in Washington post and Guardian.
Vince Girdhari ChhabariaJudge california
Yale Fellows.Nandia Das (actress); Parmesh Shahni (Godrej)

Dead in news (DIN)

Except CDS exam, dead people usually not asked anywhere.

Indians Dead

Amarkantdead.hindi writer. fought in Quit India movement. won jnanpith award.
Ashish BoseDemographer. Coined the term BIMRAU states. (dead)
Begum Hazrat Mahal135th Anniversay. Took part in 1857’s mutiny, to oppose Britial annexation of Awadh. Later took refuse in Nepal.
Dasrath Manji“Mountain man of Bihar”. took 22 years to cut a road through mountain to help his village. After his death featured in Satyamev Jayate (Amir Khan show).
Dorris Lessing.Nobel literature winner, dead. From Britain.  Books: golden notebook, memoirs of survior, summer before dark.
Dr. Narendra Dabholkarmurdered. Anti-superstition campaigns in Maharahstra. Later Maha. Vidhan sabha passed Anti superstition bill in Dec 2013. Penalty upto 7 years jail and 50k fine.
Fredrick SangerBritish Called “Father of Genomics”. 2 times Nobel prize winner in chemistry {1958- structure of proteins <insulin >; 1980 – DNA sequencing }. Only 4 people won 2 times nobel prize.
GK ChadaNoted Economist, chaired UGC pay commission
Gopinath MundeBJP cabinet minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj. Died in car accident. MP from Beed Constituency, Maharashtra.
Jagjit SinghOn his memory govt released a postal stamp.
Juthika RoyBhajan singer + Padma Shri in 1972+ Gandhi ji was fond of his bhajan.
K.P. Saxena Padma shree awardee hindi writer.
Khushwant SinghNovelist. booklist already given under [Books] topic
Makar Dhawaj DaroghaFamous folk dancer “chau” of Jharkhand. Padma shri awardee.
Maya Angeloucivil rights activists, singer USA. Book: I know why the Caged bird sings. Died in June 2014
MP Anil KumarFlying officer (retired). Blogger, inspired handicapped persons. Died of cancer. Nickname “Chairborne warrior”.
Mukul SinhaLawyer, fought Post-Godhra riot victim cases in Gujarat (and appeared in english newsTV debates against Modi)
Noor Inayat KhanDied long time ago but recently Britain issued stamp in her honor. WWII heroine. Worked as radio operator. His father was an Indian.
Omprakash ValmikiDalit Hindi writer, Uttrakhand. Dead
Pran Chopraformer editor of “The statesman”
Rajendra YadavHindi writer. Sara Akash. Dead. Part of Nayi Kahani movement
Ranjit BhatiaOlympic distance runner. represented in Rome Olympics 1960. contempory of Milkha Singh.
Ravi Shankardied in 2012 but got Grammy nomination posthumously in 2013.
Silverine SwerMeghalay’s first Padma shree awardee. She served in Government  job during WW2. affectionately called “Kong Sil”
Silverine SwerMeghalaya First “Padma shri awardee ” + Oldest voter of Meghalaya.
Sydena Mohd. BurhanuddinSpiritual leader of Dawoodi Bohra community (Shia Muslims).
T.C. NarendranInsect taxonomist . Died. Got E.K. Janaki Ammal National award by MOEF
Tarla Dalalfamous Indian COOK and author .
Tom ClancyDied. US thrillers. Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games.
Ustad Alla Rakha KhanTabla player. Died in 2000 but google showed his doodle on 95th anniversary. He had won Padma shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
Vijay Dan DethaRajasthani short story writer and novelist . Nominated for Nobel prize in 2011. Padma shri, Rajasthan ratna award and Sahitya akadmi award.
VK MurthyCinematographer of Guru Dutt’s Pyasa. Had won Dadasaheb.

Foreigners Dead

Aitzaz HassanPakistani schoolboy who sacrificed himself to stop a suicide bomber.
Anja NiedringhausPultizer prize winner reporter, shot dead in Afghanistan
Ariel SharonFormer PM of Israel.
Gabriel MarquezColumbian short story writer nobel winner. Died. “One hundred Years of Solitude”
Hamid MirPaki Journalist, attacked by Taliban. alive so far.
Hiroo OnodaJapan’s last surviving WW2 soldier died.
Karpal SinghIndian Malayasian politician.
Mikhail KalashnikovRussian designer of Automative Kalashnikov47 (AK 47)
Nelson Rolihlahla MandelaAutobiography long walk to freedom. South Africa.
Bharat ratna- 1990 & nobel peace prize 1993
Rubin Hurricane CarterAmerican black boxer, wrongfully convicted. Dead. Biography “the sixteenth round” movie, “Hurricane”.
Shakespeare450th birth anniversary on April 23
Win TinMyanmar’s longest serving political prisoner.

DEAD Not important for exams

May be some utility in state PSC GK type interviews, but not beyond that. I’m putting here only for the sake of public record.

Akkineni Nageshwara RaoTelgu film actor+ padma vibhushan+ Dada sahib phalke
AmarkantWell known Hindi writer .Died. (Various awards- Janpeeth award; Vyas samman etc.)
Balu MahendranDied National award winner film maker.
Banda Vasudev RaoFather of Indian Poultry industry+ Founder of National egg Coordination committee. 78th death anniversary.
D. Rajenda Babufamous Kannda film maker (died)
Doris LessingDied – Born in Iran . Nobel laureate 2007 Literature. Book- The golden notebook. 1st Novel- “Grass is singing”
Farooq SheikhActor (chasme badoor)   died,
Janmadhi Hanuman chaliTelugu writer
Luiz BelliniFirst Brazilian to lift the football world cup as a captain . (dead)
Mohammad Qasim FahimAfganistan Vice Pz & also served as Defence minister . He lead the the team against Taliban in 1992-96. Our Mannu was very sad on his death.
Nanda (Actress)Daughter of popular Marathi actor –director Master Vinayak.  Her 1st film – Toofan Aur DIYA.
Paul Walkerdied in car accident- Hollywood actor of famous movie  “Fast & Furious”
Philip Seymour HofmanOscar winning actor. Narcotic drug overdose.
Phungwang  WangyeDead. Tibetan communist leader . He was outspoken against the chinese rule in Tibet.
Radu BeliganWorld’s oldest active actor at age of 95, now Guinness world record
ReshmaPakistani folk singer (famous song Lambi judaai…..)
Ronnie BiggsBritain’s “Great train robber.
Shirley templeYoungest actress to win oscar
Sis Ram OlaCongi union labor minister. Dead December 2013.
Suchitra SenBengali Actress . (movies Devdas , aandhi)
Sunanda PushkarShashi Tharoor’s wife, died in mysterious circumstances.
Tony BennBritish socialist + youngest MP of British parliament. Recently died

For more current affairs, visit Mrunal.org/Current

Any updates, corrections please do post in the comments but with reference except wikipedia

Inputs from Mr. Chandradeo and Ms. Rajtanil

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  4. Art & Culture by Nitin Singhania (Hindi | English)
  5. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  6. Bipin Chandra: Post Independence
  7. Fast-track to Arithmetic Rajesh Verma
  8. MK Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
  9. Disha’s Topicwise Paperset (Hindi | English)
  10. School Atlas
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So far 27 Comments posted

  1. kunal

    thnx mrunal bhai

  2. vishal kumar

    thanx sir.

  3. Adnan

    Correction: The youngest girl to scale Mt.Everest, Malavath Poorna belongs to Telangana (Nizamabad District) and not Andhra.

    1. Rajvardhan

      she had started her journey before Telangana government formation.hence, she belongs to united Andhrapradesh in particular and to India in general………

      1. Adnan

        What do you mean by “belongs to united Andhrapradesh in particular and to India in general”? Who said, Telangana does not belong to India. This is not a political platform to engage in trifles over regions. She did start her journey before the new state officially came under existence; I have merely stated the fact so that for the future Telangana/Andhra Pradesh state public service examinations, it can be remembered.

      2. karteek

        but she has scaled everest after telangana formation so she belongs to TELANGANA not andhra

      3. Sajid

        She belonged to Telangana region of AP, like how we have Vidarbha and Marathwada in Maharashtra, Saurashtra in Gujrat…and now since Telangana emerged so she is from Telangana..

        1. Harry

          Happy fighting!!! Indians!!

          1. Core Split

            Aaptard spotted.

  4. रवि कुमार

    धन्यवाद महोदय।

  5. Leo

    Wasn’t the Pulitzer for “3 sections”?

  6. Harsha

    Love you Mrunal sir…….!♡

  7. Tolstoy

    Poetry section me Indian hai isiliye important hai, ignore others.

  8. Bheemanna

    Tanku sir.

  9. Harshad Dighe HD

    Thanks Mota Bhai aka Mrunal……..!!!!

  10. Naina Agarwal

    A minor error it should be shanti bhatnagar..bit of spelling mistake.
    Nice effort. Thankyou.

  11. Lakhan Jadeja

    Thank you sir Pin2014 all six articles are very helpfull i am preparing for gpsc and other competative exams along with job so its very hard to make notes so you save my time thank you sir

  12. dileep

    dear sir a great thanks you.. …

  13. Mrunal

    Corrections made so far (with TheHindu as reference):
    1. Vijay sheshtri won pulitzer for “3 sections”.
    2. Malavath Poorna belongs to Nizamabad district of Telangana State.
    Thanks for your inputs.

  14. ROHIT TRIPAHTI

    thank you sir for PIN 2014……i was enthusiastically waiting for it..thank you very much sir

  15. Megha

    Philip Seymour and Philip Hoffman are not two people. They are one person. Philip Seymour Hoffman. 🙂

  16. YOGESHWAR

    THANK U OUR EDU THINK TANK MRUNAL SIR…..for exclusive coverage of the near past for the close future…..

  17. Nipul Boruah

    Tendulkar
    Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna- 1997 (Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports)
    1998 (Brittannica)
    1999 (you)

  18. Kumar

    Mrunal ji it’s Abel Prize not Able prize

  19. SUSHANT BHARGAV

    * because Gandhi returned from S.Africa on 9th June 1915

    *** because Gandhi returned from S.Africa on 9th *Jan 1915

  20. jayashree

    Sir when will u post pin 2014 from( july onwards)..

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