Padma Awards announced: Full List of Padma Awards 2018
The President Ram Nath Kovind approved the awards for 85 individuals, which includes 3 Padma Vibhushan, 9 Padma Bhushan, and 73 Padma Shri. Music maestro Ilaiyaraja and cricketer M.S. Dhoni were among this year’s 89 Padma awardees, announced by the Centre on the eve of the 69th Republic Day.
List of Padma Awards 2018 Recipients:
Rajagopalan Vasudevan – Science & Engineering (Innvoation)
Subhasini Mistry – Social work
Vijayalakshmi Navaneethakrishnan – Literature & education (affordable education)
Sulagatti Narasamma – Medicine
Yeshi Dhoden – Medicine
Rani and Abhay Bang – Medicine (Affordable Healthcare)
Lentina Ao Thakkar – Social Work (Service)
Romulus Whitaker – Others (Wildlife Conservation)
Sampat Ramteke – Social Work
Sanduk Ruit – Medicine (Ophthalmology)
Arvind Gupta – Literature & education (affordable education)
Lakshmikutty – Medicine (snake bite)
Bhajju Shyam – Art (Painting – Gond Art)
Sudhanshu Biswas – Social service
MR Rajagopal – Medicine (Palliative Care)
Murlikant Petkar – Sports
Pankaj Advani – Sport (Billiards/Snooker)
Philipose Mar Chrysostom – Others (Spiritualism)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni – Sports (Cricket)
Alexander Kadakin (Foreigner/Posthumous) – Public Affairs
Ramachandran Nagaswamy – Others (Archaeology)
Ved Prakash Nanda – Literature and Education
Laxman Pai – Art (Painting)
Arvind Parikh – Art (Music)
Sharda Sinha – Art (Music)
Ilayaraja – Art (Music)
Ghulam Mustafa Khan – Art (Music)
Parameswaran Parameswaran – Literature & Education
India and Vietnam Release First-Ever Commemorative Stamps
India and Vietnam released first ever set of commemorative postage stamps to mark the long-term friendly bilateral relationships between the two countries.
The stamp was released by AN Nanda, Secretary, Department of Posts. The two set of stamps released carry picture of Sanchi Stupa and Thien Mu Pagoda.
The minister said India-Vietnam relationships have progressed across various domain including politics, defence, commerce, foreign affairs, defence, energy, education and science.
Source: Economic Times
WEF launches Global Centre for Cybersecurity
The World Economic Forum (WEF) launched new Global Centre for Cybersecurity in a bid to safeguard the world from hackers and growing data breaches, especially from nation-states. The center will be headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and will become operational from March 2018. The Global Centre for Cybersecurity will function as an autonomous organization under WEF. It will help to build a safe and secure global cyberspace.
About World Economic Forum (WEF):
Headquarters: Cologny, Switzerland
Founder: Klaus Schwab
Formerly called: European Management Forum
Leader: Klaus Schwab
Usha Ananthasubramanian becomes first woman chairman of IBA
Usha Ananthasubramanian, MD and CEO, Allahabad Bank, has been elected the first woman chairman of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA). Usha was elected IBA Chairman for the year 2017-18 by its Managing Committee on Thursday.
IBA Chairman’s position fell vacant following the superannuation of Jatinder Bir Singh, who was Chairman and Managing Director of Punjab & Sind Bank, on December 31, 2017.
Rotavac is First India-designed vaccine to pass WHO Test
The Rotavac vaccine, developed by the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech Limited last year, was included in India’s national immunisation programme. To be “pre-qualified” means that the vaccine can be sold internationally to several countries in Africa and South America.
While several vaccines from India have been pre-qualified, this is the first that was entirely developed locally and, according to experts, is a sign that there is a credible industrial, scientific and regulatory process in place to develop vaccines in India.
The Rotavac vaccine protects against childhood diarrhoea caused by the rotavirus and was built on strain of the virus isolated at the the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here over 30 years ago.
Small Finance Banks and Payment Banks to offer Atal Pension Yojana to Subscribers
Payments Banks and Small Finance Banks are a New Model of banks conceptualized by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
11 Payment Banks and 10 Small Finance Banks have received a license from Reserve Bank of India to start banking operations in India.
Small Finance Banks and Payment Banks are new age banks and given the strength of the bank, expertise and it reaches, Small Finance Bank and Payment Bank can play a pivotal role in the outreach of 83 lacs subscribers under Atal Pension Yojana (APY).
APY is a Government’s Old Age Pension Scheme being implemented through all Banks across the country as per the mandate received from the Ministry of Finance and monitored periodically at PMO. PM Narendra Modi had launched the Social Security Scheme on May 9th, 2015 and dedicated the First Ever Guaranteed Pension Product to the people of the country.