The Nobel Prizes 2019 Announced

The Nobel Foundation has announced the names of winners of 2019 Nobel Prizes.

The Nobel Prizes for 2019 in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, economic sciences, peace, and literature have been announced. The awards are recognition of work that advances each of the respective fields. A medal, certificate and a cash award of about $ 900,000 are given to the winners.

Some of the winners include the following:

2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology is bestowed upon William G. Kaelin Jr., Sir
Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza. The trio won the prize for identifying molecular machinery that regulates the activity of genes in response to varying levels of oxygen.

2019 Nobel Prize in Physics is awarded to James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz. James Peebles receive half of the award for his work on theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology. The remaining half is shared between Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for their discovery of an exo-planet orbiting a solar-type star.

2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is shared between John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino. They won the prize for developing and advancing lithium-ion batteries.

2019 Nobel Prize in Literature is shared by Austrian novelist and playwright Peter Handke for his influential work that, with linguistic ingenuity, has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience, and by Olga Tokarczuk for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.

2019 Nobel Peace Prize is bestowed upon Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his work to bring an end to a long running border dispute between his country and neighboring Eritrea

Saudi Arabia Started Offering Tourist Visa For First Time

In September 2019, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for the first time, started offering tourist visas. It is for the first time that the ultra-conservative country has opened its gates for holidaymakers. This diplomatic move is a part of a push to diversify its economy away from oil.

The initiative of starting tourism is one of the focal points of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 reform program to prepare the biggest Arab economy post-oil-era. The announcement came at a critical time when the country witnessed a devastating attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure.

Ahmed al-Khateeb, the tourism chief of the country stated that ‘Opening Saudi Arabia to international tourists is a historic moment for our country’.

Initially, the country will accept online tourist visa applications from 49 countries and will also ease its extremist and strict dress code for foreign women.

With this move, the government hopes to draw 100 million annual visits by domestic and foreign tourists that in turn will contribute to 10% of gross domestic product.

The Kingdom has splurged billions in its attempt to create tourism industry from scratch and will generate up to one million tourism jobs.

World Tourism Day Celebrated With A Focus On Innovation

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the prominent international organization in the field of tourism, is the UN agency accountable for the promotion of responsible and viable tourism, and considers tourism as a dynamic force to foster economic development, inclusive growth and environmental sustainability and offers headship and direction to the sector in promoting knowledge and tourism policies world over.

In the 38 previous editions of World Tourism Day, the focus had been made on Peace and Dialogue, Energy, Accessibility, World Heritage, Water and Tourism and Sustainable Tourism.

To take full advantage of the tourism in maximizing socioeconomic impact, UNWTO promotes tourism to attain the Sustainable Development Goals, aimed at alleviating poverty and promoting inclusive and sustainable development worldwide.

World Tourism Day, launched by the UNWTO, celebrated on 27th September around the world, is a distinctive occasion to raise wakefulness on tourism’s real and potential contribution to sustainable development.

World Tourism Day 2018 will highlight the prospects provided to tourism, by technological and digital advances and innovations including big data, artificial intelligence and digital platforms, for tourism development.

According to the UNWTO website, the programs will commence in the Hilton Budapest Castle, with a number of UNWTO members participating namely, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili and Zoltan Guller, the government commissioner and GEO, Hungarian Tourism Agency.

The events will take account of tourism-related meetings and discussions, keynote speeches and messages by eminent tourism personalities, tourism-related events and developments, and will come to an end by an invitation-only dinner on the Europa Boat. The event marks the important role played by technology in the hospitality and tourism industry.

New Chief Justice Of India

Justice Ranjan Gogoi has taken over as the new GJI on October 3, 2018, after succeeding former GJI Dipak Misra, who retired at the mandatory retirement age of 65. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra recommended Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s name for the post to the government, who took oath in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Ranjan Gogoi became 46th Chief Justice of India. His tenure is slated to complete on November 17, 2019, a day before turning 65 years of age. He belongs to Assam and is the son of former Assam CM Keshab Chandra Gogoi. He started practicing as an advocate in 1978 and was appointed as a permanent judge of Gauhati High Court in Feb 2001, where he practiced on constitutional, taxation and company matters. He had sworn at the Supreme Court as a judge on April 2012. He is credited with being the first person from the North-Eastern states to become the Chief Justice of India. He was also one of the four senior most Supreme Court judges who raised the issue of selective assignment of sensitive cases by recent G JIs to certain judges.

Various important cases were handled by the bench led by Justice Gogoi such as the appeals filed by the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts. He also played an important role in upgrading the Supreme Court creche within the court complex.

Nobel Prizes Awarded By Swedish & Norwegian Institutions

In 2018,12 new laureates have been awarded Nobel Prize for accomplishments that have done the greatest good to mankind. The award, Nobel Peace Prize, is administered by the Norwegian Nobel Committee and is given by a committee of five people, which is elected by the Parliament of Norway. The Nobel Peace Prize award includes a medal, a diploma, and finances/funds. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awards the Nobel Prize in Physics, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel; the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute bestows the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; and the Swedish Academy grants the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 was awarded for path-breaking inventions in the area of laser physics jointly to Arthur Ashkin for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems and to Gerard Mourou and Donna Strickland for their process of generating high- intensity, ultra-short optical pulses.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2018 has been bestowed to James P Allison and Tasuku Honjo for their outstanding efforts in discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation. Their works are considered an important milestone in the treatment of cancer.

Elephant Bird Weighing Almost A Tonne Named World’s Largest

The flightless elephant birds of Madagascar, Vorombe titan, have not been a lucky species. Relentless human interference resulted in the extinction of the species in the 17th century. Weighing 1,000 pounds and standing nearly 10 feet tall, the bird’s designation as the largest bird to roam the earth was challenged by the discovery of Dromornis stirtoni, an unrelated Australian giant that vanished over 20,000 years ago. After heavy debate and some recent revelations, however, the vegetarian elephant bird’s title as the largest has been restored. The bird had four species across three genera — Mullerornis, Vorombe, and Aepyornis. While their geographical proximity is closer to the ostrich, their closest known relative is actually the kiwi.

2019 61st Grammy Awards Held In Los Angeles

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles with all its glam and glitz on 10th Feb 2019. The largest and star-studded music awards show celebrates and honors the best in the music industry. Proclaimed as the most distinguished musical night, international singers, enthusiasts, and fans gathered to witness what is considered to be the Nobel Prize of Music.

The award ceremony is hosted by R&B singer Alicia keys, which is the first female host in the last 14 years, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Due to the fierce competition, the Recording Academy had expanded its General Field to accommodate eight nominees each. The General Field includes Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

Main winners of the Grammy Awards 2019 are as follows:

• Album of the Year: Kacey Musgraves, “Golden Hour”
• Record of the Year: Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
• Song of the Year: Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
• Best New Artist: Dua Lipa
• Best Pop Solo Performance: Lady Gaga, “Joanne” (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)
• Best Country Album: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
• Best Rock Performance: Chris Cornell, “When Bad Does Good”

Uae Launched Golden Card Pr Scheme

The United Arab Emirates recently launched the “Golden Card” Permanent Residency Scheme for expatriates. The scheme, launched by the UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, is meant to pursue and attract wealthy individuals and exceptional talents such as doctors, engineers, scientists, students and artists from all over the world.

Dubai’s ruler took to social media and stated, “We want them to be permanent partners in our journey. Residents are an indispensable part of our country. The first batch of 6,800 investors with Dh100 billion worth of investments will be granted the “Golden Card.”

According to General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA), the department has started issuing permanent residency to the first batch of qualified individuals from over 70 countries.

The scheme of “Golden Card” comes after the last year’s announcement that the country would grant five or ten year residency visas to investors, entrepreneurs, doctors, scientists, and outstanding students to facilitate business and investment environment. The scheme offers a permanent residency with a slew of unprecedented benefits.

World’S 1st Malaria Vaccine Launched In Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged the initiative of the Government of Malawi at the launch of the world’s first and only malaria vaccine through a part of a landmark pilot program. After the combined efforts of over 30 years Malawi has made the vaccine available to children in Africa. In the coming weeks, Ghana and Kenya will also introduce the vaccine. WHO coordinated the pilot program with a collective effort from health ministries of Malawi, Ghana, and Kenya and other partners including non-profit organizations, and GlaxoSmithKline, the vaccine developer.

The vaccine, known as RTS,S, is the only of its kind that has demonstrated positive results in significantly reducing malaria in children. Malaria, is one of the world’s leading killers, and has resulted in the death of 250000+ children in Africa. Children under the age of 5 are most affected due to its life threatening complications.

The Nobel Prizes 2019 announced

The Nobel Foundation has announced the names of winners of 2019 Nobel Prizes.

The Nobel Prizes for 2019 in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, economic sciences, peace, and literature have been announced. The awards are recognition of work that advances each of the respective fields. A medal, certificate and a cash award of about $ 900,000 are given to the winners.

Some of the winners include the following:

2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology is bestowed upon William G. Kaelin Jr., Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza. The trio won the prize for identifying molecular machinery that regulates the activity of genes in response to varying levels of oxygen.

2019 Nobel Prize in Physics is awarded to James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz. James Peebles receive half of the award for his work on theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology. The remaining half is shared between Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for their discovery of an exo-planet orbiting a solar-type star.

2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is shared between John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino. They won the prize for developing and advancing lithium-ion batteries.

2019 Nobel Prize in Literature is shared by Austrian novelist and playwright Peter Handke for his influential work that, with linguistic ingenuity, has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience, and by Olga Tokarczuk for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.

2019 Nobel Peace Prize is bestowed upon Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his work to bring an end to a long running border dispute between his country and neighboring Eritrea.