Current Affairs - October 1-15, 2008 Awards

• Alternative Nobels': An activist-couple from Tamil Nadu, an American journalist, a Swissborn

doctor and an activist from Somalia were named as this year’s winners of the Right

Livelihood Award, also known as the “alternative Nobel.” They will share a 2 million kronor

(about Rs. 1.34 crore) cash award that will be split in four parts. A Swedish-German

philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull founded the awards in 1980 to recognise work he felt

was being ignored by the Nobel Prizes. American reporter Amy Goodman, founder and host

of the syndicated radio and television programme Democracy Now, was honoured for “truly

independent political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices

that are often excluded by mainstream media,” The jury also honoured the founder of

medica mondiale, gynaecologist Monika Hauser, for her work to help sexually abused

women in world crisis zones. Somali lawmaker Asha Hagi was honoured for her efforts to

promote peace in her homeland. The last part of the prize was shared by Krishnammal

and Sankaralingam Jagannathan for their efforts to promote social justice through their

non-profit organization.
• International award for NDPL: Power distribution company North Delhi Power Limited

has been awarded the International Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame Award -

2008. The award and also it is the fourth Indian company after Tata Motors, Trent and

Infosys to win it. The award was presented to NDPL at Seoul in South Korea. This is the

second international recognition for NDPL after the recent Edison Award.

• Award for fighting tobacco menance: Social activist Hemant Goswami has been selected

for the prestigious international "Global Smoke Free Partnership Award" in recognition of

his work in controlling the menace of tobacco. The honour is awarded every year by the

Global Smoke free Partnership, a joint worldwide initiative of over 20 international

organisations formed to promote effective smoke-free air policies worldwide.

• Nobel for particle physics: Two Japanese scientists and a Tokyo-born American shared

the 2008 Nobel Prize for physics for discoveries in sub-atomic particles. The Nobel

committee lauded Yoichiro Nambu, a Tokyo-born America citiezen, and Makato Kobayashi

and Toshihide Maskawa of Japan for separate work that helped explain why the universe

is made up mostly of matter and not anti-matter via processes known as broken

symmetries. They helped figure out the existence and behavior of the very tiniest particles

known as quarks.

• Tata Steel wins Deming award: Tata Steel won the Deming Application Prize for

excellence in Total Quality Management (TQM) for 2008. The award was announced by the

Deming Prize Committee instituted by the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers (JUSE).


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