Competitive Exams: Current Affairs 2011: Miscellaneous Awards

Miscellaneous Awards

National Panchayat Diwas Awards

Panchayat Empowerment & Accountability Incentive Scheme (PEAIS) -Assessment of the States for 2010 − 2011

  • Panchayat Empowerment Accountability Incentive Scheme (PEAIS) was implemented by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) in 2005 − 06 to motivate states to empower the Panchayats by devolving Funds, functions and functionaries (3Fs).

  • The scheme aims at encouraging the States for empowering the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and putting in place mechanism for transparency and accountability of the PRIs.

  • Performance of the States in these respects is measured through a Devolution Index (DI) formulated by an independent institution.

  • A token award is also given to the States, for which the annual provision is currently at Rs. 10 crore. This year in addition to the cumulative achievement of the state, the DI study also took int-account incremental achievement since 1st April 2009. For 2010 − 11, the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi was engaged for the task of preparation of DI and ranking the States.

e Panchayat Puraskar 2011

Started: 2011

Objective: To appreciate the excellent achievent of various States in the implementation of Model Accounting system for Panbchayats (MAS) and PRIA Soft. Prize money: 50 lakh, 30 lakh and 20 lakh (to be utilised for further strengthening/development of MAS/PRIA Soft initiative in the state)

  • STATE PRIZE PRIZE MONEY 1 ODISHA STATE FIRST PRIZE RS 50 LAKHS 2 MAHARASHTRA SECOND PRIZE RS 30 LAKHS 2 TRIPURA SECOND PRIZE RS. 30 LAKHS 3 PUNJAB THIRD PRIZE RS 20 LAKH 53 ASSAM THIRD PRIZE RS. 20 LAKHS

Mauritian honour for Maldives'Nasheed

  • Mauritius has conferred one of its highest honours, Grand Commander of the Order of the Star and the Key of the Indian Ocean (GCSK), on Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed.

  • Among the few foreign dignitaries who had been conferred the award are the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and the former President of Guyana, Cheddi Jagan (reported by Hindu but not confirmed).

  • The Most Distinguished Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean is the highest distinct order of merit in Mauritius. It was founded in 2000 to decorate people who have made a contribution to social progress in the nations of the Indian Ocean. It may be awarded to non-Mauritian citizens.

  • The Order comprises five classes with GCSK being highest class. FM Presents Awards to Winners of National Architectural Design Competition for Rajaswa Bhawan The first prize of Rs. 10 Lakhs was awarded to Architect Shri Siddharth Shirur of M/s Vistaar Architects & Planners of Mumbai. The second prize of Rs. 5 Lakhs has been awarded to Architect Shri S. R. Sikka of M/s Sikka Associates while the third prize of Rs. 3 Lakhs has been given to the entry submitted by Architect Shri Manit Rastogi of M/s Morphogenesis. Three consolation prizes of 1 lakh each were received by Architect Shri Nishant Lall of M/s Sen & Lall Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Architect Shri Sanjay Nayak of M/s Edifice Consultants Pvt. Ltd. And Architect Shri Virender Khanna of M/s Virender Khanna Associates respectively. The winning entries were chosen by a panel of jurors, from a total of 58 participants from all over the country.

  • DST (Department of Science and Technology) -Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Program 2011

Innovators Competition and Awards Function

The innovators were selected for their unique technology ideas that can be converted to commercial ventures in diverse fields such as environment, power, telecommunications, etc

Courtesy: The Hindu and Times of India