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Saraswati Samman 2020


  • Noted writer Dr. Sharankumar Limbale will receive the 30th Saraswati Samman 2020 for his Marathi novel ‘Sanatan’ that features the story of socio-cultural struggles of the untouchables.
  • The Saraswati Samman is an annual award instituted by KK Birla Foundation in 1991.
  • The winner of the award is selected from the outstanding works from 22 Indian languages.

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CIISCO To Measure Solar Eruption In The Lower Corona


  • Researchers from ARIES, Nainital - an autonomous institute under DST, Government of India, along with their collaborators from Royal Observatory of Belgium have led to the development of an algorithm, CMEs Identification in Inner Solar Corona (CIISCO) to detect and track the accelerating solar eruption in the lower corona.
  • Earlier, a Software, named Computer Aided CME Tracking Software (CACTus) based on a computer vision algorithm was used to detect and characterise such eruptions automatically in the outer corona where these eruptions cease to show accelerations and propagate with a nearly constant speed. However, this algorithm could not be applied to the inner corona observations due to the vast acceleration experienced by these eruptions.

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Atal Innovation Mission Launches 'AIM-PRIME'


  • On 31 March 2021, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog launched AIM-PRIME (Program for Researchers on Innovations, Market-Readiness & Entrepreneurship), an initiative to promote and support science-based deep-tech startups & ventures across India.
  • In this regard, AIM has joined hands with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to launch this nationwide program which will be implemented by Venture Center - a non-profit technology business incubator.

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Dadasaheb Phalke Award


  • Superstar Rajinikanth will be conferred with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2019.
  • Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, known professionally as Rajinikanth, is primarily works in Tamil cinema. In addition to acting, he has also worked as a producer and screenwriter.
  • K. Balachander's 1975 Tamil drama Apoorva Raagangal was his debut film.
  • Among other notable awards, he is honored with the Padma Bhushan (2000) and the Padma Vibhushan (2016) by the Government of India.
  • Prior to Rajinikanth, in 2018, Amitabh Bachchan was conferred this award.
  • The first recipient of this award was Devika Rani in 1969.
  • The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India's highest award in cinema presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for "outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema".
  • The award was introduced by the Government of India to commemorate the contribution of Dadasaheb Phalke - regarded as "the father of Indian cinema" - who directed India's first full-length feature film, Raja Harishchandra in 1913.