February 2015

ABBREVIATIONS
DIHAR: Defence Institute of High-Altitude Research.
MUDRA: Micro Units Development Refinance Agency (Mudra Bank).
SAGY:  Saansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana.

AWARDS
Jnanpith Award, 50th
Eminent Marathi litterateur Bhalchandra Nemade, whose 1963 novel Kosala (Cocoon) changed the dimensions of Marathi novel, has been selected for 2014 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour in India.

Nemade is the fourth Marathi writer to win the literary honour after V.S. Khandekar in 1974, V.V. Shirwadkar alias Kusumagraj in 1988, and Govind Karandikar alias Vinda Karandikar in 2003.

Novelist poet, critic, academic, and a relentless advocate of the literary movements and the leader of the post-1960s Little Magazine movement, Nemade has inscribed his name prominently in the annals of Indian literature.

Not only was “Kosala” instrumental in changing the dimensions of the Marathi novel, but the world of Marathi fiction was transformed with its advent. His mega-novel “Hindu”, published in 2010, matched this feat that “Kosala” achieved over five decades ago.

“Hindu” prominently showcases Nemade’s linguistic scholarship, his creative dexterity with words and an enclyclopaedic civilisational consciousness.

His other novels are “Hool”, “Bidar” (1967), “Zarila” (1977) and “Zhool” (1979), and poetry volumes “Dekhni” and “Melody”.

As a critic, Nemade propagated Deshivad or a theory of nativism that negated globalisation, asserting the value of a writer’s native heritage, and language

Dr Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award, 2014
The prestigious award has been jointly conferred on Dr Tessy Thomas, Director, Advanced Systems Laboratory, DRDO and Geeta Varadan, Director, Advanced Data Processing Research Institute, ISRO,  for their significant contributions in the fields of missile technology and remote sensing.

The Dr Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award was instituted in 1986 by Dr Yelavarthy Nayudamma Memorial Trust to commemorate the distinguished scientist and internationally renowned leather technologist, Nayudamma.

Oscar Awards 2015
Best Picture: Birdman
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Best Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida
Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Best Writing – Original Screenplay: Alejandro G Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr & Armando Bo, Birdman
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Best Music – Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Makeup and Hairstyling: Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Costume Design: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Music – Original Song: John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn for ‘Glory’ from Selma
Visual Effects: Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher, Interstellar
Best Documentary Short Subject: Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Best Documentary Feature: Citizen Four
Film Editing: Tom Cross, Whiplash
Sound Editing: Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, American Sniper
Sound Mixing: Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley, Whiplash
Production Design: Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration), The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Short Film – Live Action: The Phone Call
Best Short Film – Animated: Feast
Best Animated Feature Film: Big Hero 6

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