Scopus Young Indian Scientists Awards
Nine young scientists from different research institutions have won the prestigious Scopus Young Indian
Scientists Awards for 2008. The awards are instituted by Elsevier, the Netherlands based research publisher of
scientific information. The winners are: Govindasamy Bala of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (for
Earth Sciences category), Siva Athreya of the Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore (Mathematics), B.V.S.
Reddy of the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad (Chemistry), Bhanuprakash Reddy of the
National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad (Medicine), R. Raman of the International Centre for Genetic
Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi (Agriculture), S. Ganesh of IIT, Kanpur (Agriculture Biological
Sciences), Suman Chakraborthy of IIT, Kharagpur, (Engineering) and Satyabrata Patnaik of JNU, Delhi, and Moulik Parikh of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune (Physics).
Rajiv Mathur was appointed as the new Chief of the Intelligence Bureau from January 1, 2009. He took
over from P.C. Halder, who retired on Dec 31, 2008 after serving as IB chief for two years.
The European Union will ban the sale of incandescent light bulbs from 2009 and replace the market by
fluorescent energy-saving bulbs.
The world-famous mangoes of Malihabadi in Uttar Pradesh have got Geographical Indicators (GI)
Historian Romila Thapar has been honoured with the $1 million Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in
the Study of Humanity, along with Peter Brown, a historian of the post-Roman world.
Honda has decided to pull out its team comprising drivers Jenson Button & Reubens Barrichello from F1.
The Union government has approved a hefty hike in the salaries of executives and non-unionised
supervisors of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs). Only profit-making CPSEs would be eligible for
implementing the revised pay scales.
Bharatanatyam danseuse and director of the Ahmedabad-based Darpana Academy Mallika Sarabhai has
been selected for the "Crystal award for 2009," given by the World Economic Forum, for her two decades
of work in the fields of women empowerment and social justice as well as arts and culture.
Nobel laureate and Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei has
been chosen to receive the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2008.
Editor-in-Chief of the IBN Network Rajdeep Sardesai has been unanimously elected president of the
Editors Guild of India. He succeeds the Chief Editor of Nai Duniya, Alok Mehta, who served for two terms.
Resident Editor of Malayala Manorama and The Week K.S. Sachidananada Murthy was re-elected
The Supreme Court collegium, headed by the Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan, has refused to
reconsider its decision on elevation of three High Court Chief Justices as apex court judges. Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh expressed his reservations about the elevation of these three judges on the ground that
seniority had been overlooked and certain States were not represented in the apex court.
Leather technologist T. Ramasami was selected for the prestigious Dr. Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award
for the year 2008.
Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo unveiled his lavish, $23 million ceiling painting at the United Nations
building in Geneva, a project that has evoked controversy over its hefty price tag.
Ashutosh Kaushik who hails from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh won the 'Bigg Boss 2' title and a whopping
Rs.1 crore in cash. Model-actor Zulfi Syed was declared the second runner-up, while Raja Chaudhry
became the first runner-up.