• Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee was awarded the Bharat Ratna

The Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India, at Rashtrapati Bhawan. He was awarded by the President Ram Nath Kovind. The award recognizes his selfless service to the nation for decades. He is the fifth President to receive the award. 

Pranab Mukherjee:

Pranab was born in a village in Birbhum district in West Bengal. He was fondly known as Pranab Da. He was the President of India between 2012 and 2017. Pranab has inspired the politicians with his knowledge, wisdom and experience. 

Other Awardees:

Along with him the late Assamese singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika and the late social activist Nanaji Deshmukh were also honoured with the award.

Bharat Ratna:

Bharat Ratna is the highest award among republic of India and  highest recognition in service and performance in the highest order without any distinction of sex, race, position. Bharat Ratna is being awarded after a gap of four years. 

  • NITI Aayog to launch the 4th Edition of WTI Awards
 NITI Aayog launched the 4th Edition of Women Transforming India (WTI) Awards. The WTI Awards is being organized in collaboration with the United Nations to recognize women entrepreneurs from across India.

This year’s theme is Women and Entrepreneurship’, in continuation of the theme for WTI Awards 2018. WhatsApp collaborated with NITI Aayog for WTI Awards 2019. The main aim is to provide support amounting to US$100,000 to the award winners.
The Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) is a Government of India initiative by NITI Aayog to promote and support aspiring as well as established women entrepreneurs in India, assist and handhold them in their journey from starting to scaling up and expanding their ventures.

NITI Aayog 

NITI Aayog is a policy of the Government of India. It is established with the aim to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and to enhance cooperative federalism by fostering the involvement of State Governments of India in the economic policy-making process using a bottom-up approach.

Headquarters: New Delhi