Pune: Eminent scientist and educationist Arvind Gupta and renowned physician-activist Dr. Anil Awachat, founder of the de-addiction Muktangan Centre, are among those to be honoured with the prestigious Maharashtra Foundation (America) award.The awards will be given at an event on January 13 at the city’s Annabhau Sathe Hall.The award, now in its 24th year, is instituted by members of the Maharashtrian community residing in the U.S. and is given to prominent individuals who have brought significant change in the fields of social service and literature through their work.This year, a total of nine awards — four each in the Social Service and Literature categories and one in memory of slain rationalist and thinker Dr. Narendra Dabholkar — are to be given to notable public personalities. Mr. Gupta is to be awarded the Narendra Dabholkar memorial award for his seminal contribution to popularising science and permeating scientific temper among the young by developing strikingly innovative, low-cost science-based teaching aids. The award carries a cash prize of ₹1 lakh along with a citation. “I am honoured to be receiving this award especially as it is in the memory of rationalist Dr. Dabholkar, a thinker who remained true to his principles till the very end. Pune has been a hub of social and educational reform exemplified through such stalwarts as Mahatma Phule, Tarabai Shinde and Hamid DalwaiDr. Dabholkar firmly belongs to this great liberal tradition,” said Mr. Gupta, speaking to The Hindu.Mr. Gupta is famous as a ‘toy inventor’ and for his many books helping to popularise science like the landmark Matchstick Models and other Science Experiments (1987), which has been translated into 13 Indian languages and has sold nearly a million copies till date. He has also translated more than 50 books into English and Hindi.The multi-faceted Dr. Awachat, who has been doing yeoman service to help addicts across India through his Muktangan de-addiction centre, is to be awarded the ‘Sahitya Jeevangaurav’ award which carries a cash prize of ₹2 lakh and a citation.Dr. Awachat is also noted for his incisive writings and contribution to literary journalism. In the early 1970s, he edited a popular Marathi journal Sadhana which featured his trenchant writings on social issues, notably in his reportage of the 1972 drought that ravaged Maharashtra. His many books include ‘Kondmara’ (1985), on Dalit atrocities, and ‘Dharmik’ (1989), a penetrating expose on the cult of false godmen in Maharashtra.Nonagenarian freedom fighter from Marathwada, Gangaprasad Agrawal will also be awarded the ‘Sahitya Jeevangaurav’ prize. Other recipients of the Maharashtra Foundation awards include social activist Rubina Patel, noted filmmaker Sai Paranjpe (for her autobiographical writings), playwright Ajit Dalvi, author Kalpana Dudhal, and activists Chetana Gala-Sinha and Arun Jadhav.
Shortest hole at longest US Open course could bring trouble MOST READ “It’s the business of basketball obviously so nothing is for sure, but here I feel like we can work that out and we’ll have a chance to do this again next year,” Durant said. “It’s easier said than done obviously, but that’s the goal. We want to keep this thing together and see how we can continue to keep getting better.”The group that recruited Durant in the Hamptons that day last summer has the same philosophy about winning more championships. Along with Curry that day were Iguodala, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.“I do know me and KD had a conversation along with Draymond and Klay and Andre last year before he even showed up that that was kind of the identity of who we are as a team that we understand how important it is, the guys that are here,” Curry said. “You don’t want anybody to have to sacrifice in that sense, you don’t want to force anybody to take that approach but at the end of the day we know what’s best for us as a group going forward. We’re going to do everything we can to keep this team together. I’ll have that mindset, KD’s going to have that mindset, I know Dre, Shaun, all the guys that are up for negotiating a new contract. We’ll see what happens. The beauty of what I know of this team, we all want to provide for our families, we want to get all that we can out of this game while we still have the legs to do it, but there are no egos when it comes to that side of the equation when it comes to us as professional athletes.”Curry and Durant also heard from former President Barack Obama with congratulations, though Durant said he was most excited that among 200 messages was a text from a high school girlfriend he didn’t realize still had his number.While the Warriors haven’t formally met to discuss whether they will visit President Donald Trump’s White House as is customary for championship teams, Curry said his mind hasn’t changed from when he was asked earlier this year about the possibility. Coach Steve Kerr also has been outspoken about issues with Trump.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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And he looks forward to the nice payday.Yet the two-time reigning MVP and new NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant said Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) they would consider taking less money to keep the core of the champion Golden State Warriors intact.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “Somebody asked me about it a couple months ago like the hypothetical if a championship were to happen what would I do and I think I answered I wouldn’t go. Still feel like that today,” Curry said. “But obviously as a team we’re going to have a conversation. This is a moment that we all need to enjoy together. Nothing should distract from what we were able to accomplish together and the different kind of ceremonies that have happened around championship-winning teams. We don’t want that to taint what we’ve accomplished this year so we’ll handle that accordingly and responsibly and do the right thing for us individually and as a group.” “It would mean everything. What we’ve built here is truly special, it’s unique, it’s something that you don’t want to see end at all,” Curry said. “All the pieces that we have are important to the equation of winning a championship and competing for a championship every single year. It is a business. There are decisions that need to be made every single year and you’ve got to assess the situation as it is.“… As we go into the talks and this whole process, which is obviously new for me, I will approach it to get the most out of it I can as an individual, as a player, and something that I’ve been working for for a very long time. 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Cristiano Ronaldo is supporting Save the Children’s Rohingya humanitarian response by urging people to help refugee children who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State and are now living in camps and makeshift settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.“I count my blessings. I have four beautiful children. I would do anything for them. When you become a parent, you understand that all parents must feel the same way. We love our children,” said Cristiano Ronaldo, a Save the Children Ambassador. “It is difficult as a father to watch the Rohingya refugee crisis and not feel for these children. They need our care and support.”Ronaldo has posted to his social media channels a photo of Saif holding his son Shafiq, 1 ½ years old, taken at a Save the Children-supported health clinic in Cox’s Bazar. Alongside the photo appeared a photo of Ronaldo with his children. The posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have a combined reach of more than 300 million followers.Ronaldo also made a donation to support Save the Children’s child-friendly spaces in Cox’s Bazar, which offer children a safe place to play, socialize, recover and be children again. At these spaces, children can participate in a variety of games and activities, such as drawing, singing, jumping rope and playing football, as well as receive psychosocial support from skilled facilitators. The international humanitarian organization runs 86 child-friendly spaces in the camps and settlements.“The experience of playing as a child is universal. It is a chance to make friends, unwind and have fun,” said Ronaldo. “I have strong memories of playing football when I was young, and the joy it brought to my life. I wish for Rohingya children to feel that same joy.”Around 688,000 Rohingya – more than half of whom are children – have arrived in Bangladesh following a military crackdown that occurred after attacks were carried out on Myanmar police border posts in northern Rakhine state last August. Many families arrived in Bangladesh with only the clothes on their backs.“We are grateful to Cristiano Ronaldo for making sure Rohingya refugee children are not forgotten,” said Mark Pierce, Bangladesh Country Director for Save the Children. “As he knows and understands, no matter where children live in this world, they all love to play. The activities offered in a child-friendly space can strengthen children’s resilience and help them begin to process their past suffering and imagine a happier future.”“The situation for Rohingya children who fled to Bangladesh is alarming. Families live in basic shelters made of bamboo and plastic, and rely on food rations to survive. The monsoon rains are likely to cause major damage when they hit in a couple of months time and there is an ongoing risk of an outbreak of disease.“While the government of Bangladesh and host communities have shown extraordinary generosity towards Rohingya refugees, the international community needs to step up funding to make sure Rohingya families are provided with the support they need. We are extremely grateful to Cristiano Ronaldo for the support he is providing for Rohingya children.”A Save the Children Ambassador since 2013, Ronaldo continually uses his voice and visibility to draw attention to the world’s most vulnerable children. In December 2016, the soccer superstar sent a heartfelt video message of hope to Syrian children living under siege in Aleppo. Ronaldo’s post and donation comes as Save the Children today released a new report, “The War on Children”, which finds 1 in 6 children – at least 357 million globally – now live in areas affected by conflict.To support Save the Children’s Rohingya response, visit: www.savethechildren.org/Cristiano.