Awards & Honours Current Affairs - 2019

Awards and Honours in Current Affairs 2019 with latest winners of various awards in India and world. Current Affairs list of awards and prize won in India and world for 2019.

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Ex-President Pratibha Patil awarded Mexico’s Highest Civilian Honour

Former President of India, Pratibha Patil was conferred Mexico’s highest civilian honour for foreigners titled ‘Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca‘ (order of the Aztec Eagle).

Melba Pria, Mexico’s Ambassador to India, presented the award to Pratibha Patil at a special ceremony held in The Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) Bhavan in Pune.

About Order of the Aztec Eagle Award

  • The award was created in 1993 by the then President of Mexico, Abelardo L. Rodriguez. The Royal Eagle is Mexico’s national animal and is sacred to ancient Aztecs. It is present on the National Emblem of Mexican flag.
  • The award is given in five degrees Sash of Special Category, Plaque, Collar, Sash, Venera and Insignia.
  • Purpose: It is the highest distinction which is conferred by Mexican government to foreigners for their prominent services to Mexico and to humanity and also for significant contributions to strengthening bilateral relations between Mexico and other countries.
  • Awardees: It is conferred to prominent heads of state (or government) or ambassadors after they have served in Mexico and also to important personalities who have made major contribution in various fields, service to country or its people. Other recipients in various categories from India include Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, industrialist Raghupati Singhania, renowned artist Satish Gujral, Consul-General of Mexico in Mumbai Rajju Shroff among others.
  • Recipients: The former President of South Africa Nelson Mandel, along with 13 Indian nationals, including the first Vice president of India, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan has been given award.
  • The 85 year old Pratibha Patil have become only the second Indian head of state (after ate President S. Radhakrishna) to get this award and this is the first time that Mexican government has awarded the ‘Aztec Eagle’ to a woman.

Rajasthan Health Department wins WHO’s Award for Tobacco Control

The World Health Organisation (WHO) awarded Rajasthan government’s Medical & Health Department its Tobacco Control Award for year 2019 in recognition of Rajasthan’s achievements in the field of tobacco control.

Key Highlights

  • The Award was conferred by WHO on occasion of World No Tobacco Day (celebrated on 31 May 2019) at a function in New Delhi.
  • Background: Every year WHO recognizes various individuals and institutions worldwide and in each of six WHO regions for their accomplishments in area of tobacco control. For this year’s prestigious award WHO selected total 33 institutions and individuals across world including five organisations from the South-East Asian (SEA) region viz. India, Thailand and Indonesia. The two institutes selected from India (in SEA region) includes Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute (in New Delhi) and Rajasthan’s Health Department.
  • Rajathan’s Medical and Health Department was the only government body in country which was awarded for its tobacco-free initiatives.

Rajasthan’s Tobacco Campaigns

  • During year 2018-19, Rajasthan’s Medical & Health Department launched several campaigns against tobacco consumption at places like schools, colleges, police stations and government offices.
  • Pledge Initiative: On 30 January 2019 which marks the Martyrs’ Day (or Sarvodaya Day), state government undertook tobacco-free initiatives in which 1.13 crore people took pledge against tobacco consumption at events held in 1.56 lakh government institutions and people were also made aware about ill-effects of tobacco consumption.
  • Tobacco Free Premises Initiative: Health Department in coordination with other departments has developed tobacco-free premises near anganwadi centres, educational institutions and health facilities to ensure that no tobacco product is sold within 100 yards of these places.
  • Way Ahead: As Department’s efforts for tobacco control is now acknowledged internationally thus State government must affirm that it would keep striving to accomplish the goal of a “healthy Rajasthan”.