Bharat Ratna for Pranab, Deshmukh & Hazarika
President Ramnath Govind on Friday conferred the Bharat Ratna, the nations highest civilian honor, on former President Pranab Mukherjee, along with social activist Nanaji Deshmukh (posthumous) and Assamese musician Bhupen Hazarika (posthumous).
ISRO successfully launched Microsat R into space
Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) first mission of 2019, Microsat-R, was successfully launched into space. PSLV-C44 was launched from the older First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The 130-kg Microsat-R is a military imaging satellite.
Five from Karnataka get Padma Shri
Sarod maestro Pandit Rajeev Taranath, environmental activist Saalumarada Thimmakka, IISC scientist Rohini Godbole, archaeologist Sharada Srinivasan & actor-dancer Prabhu Deva.
BJP MP Anurag Thakur honored with Sansad Ratna Award
Anurag Thakur, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, and party’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha was bestowed with Sansad Ratna Award for distinguished performance as a parliamentarian.
25 January celebrated as National Voters Day
25 January is celebrated every year as National Voters Day to spread awareness about the necessity of voting and to encourage young generation towards the voting rights. National Voters Day Theme 2019 is ‘No Voter to be left behind’. This is the ninth year of celebrating National Voters Day.
Jnanpith Winning Hindi Writer Krishna Sobti Passes Away
Eminent Hindi author and essayist Krishna Sobti passed away in Delhi. She was 93. She was a recipient of many coveted awards like Sahitya Akademi, Jnanpith awards and was also offered Padma Bhushan, which she had declined. Some of her celebrated works include Daar Se Bichhudi, Mitro Marjani, Zindaginama, Dil-o-Danish, Badalom ke Ghere, Ai Ladki and Gujarat Pakistan Se Gujarat Hindustan.
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist Russell Baker died at 93
Pulitzer winning author yet well known for his columns in The New York Times passed away at the age of 93 due to severe health complications. Baker won Pulitzers in 1979 for the “Observer,” the Times column and in 1983 for his autobiography ‘Growing Up’.
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