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National Award Winning Agri Official on a Mission to Popularise Science

G S Unnikrishnan Nair - National Science Communication Award 2017 by Department of Science and Technology

While we find many who only stick to their daily work routine throughout their career not going beyond their call of duty, here is a government official who stands out. Meet G S Unnikrishnan Nair, Deputy Director in the Department of Agriculture, Kerala, who is on a mission to popularise science among the masses. A popular science writer, science fiction writer, children’s writer, farm journalist, Science film maker and novelist in Malayalam, he has won 7 National awards and 8 State Awards for his work on science popularisation through print and electronic media.

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Delhi Engineering student among Top 5 Global Finalists for Red Hat Women in Open Source Award

Jigyasa Grover Red Hat Women in Open Source Award Finalist

Tremendous progress has been made in area of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). However, as per a study, only 11% of open source participants are women. Another study of GitHub developers from 2015 found that only around 6% were women. While we do not have data specific to India, we do know that Indians are making a great impact in the world of FOSS. Jigyasa Grover, an engineering student of Delhi Technological University, has made it to the top 5 finalists across the globe for the Red Hat 2017 Women in Open Source award in the Academic category for her contribution to the world of FOSS.

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Her award winning green technology innovation makes harmful pesticides redundant

Microbiz Network India honoured with Skoch Award

Microbiz Network India Ltd, an Agro Tech company based in Mumbai has developed and mastered a technology that makes the use of harmful chemical pesticides redundant. They have been recently honoured with the Skoch Order of Merit Award in recognition to their efforts in developing technology for inclusive growth of farmers, environmental damage control and sustainable farming.

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They promote inclusive research and have won laurels for innovative solutions

Jigyasa Research Centre Nagpur

They say knowledge knows no bounds. Many famous scientists, inventors and creators were school drop outs but experts in their field. In many countries, such experts find multiple platforms to showcase their talent but in our case getting access to such platforms is not so easy. Jigyasa Research Centre (JRC), a society established in Nagpur in 2015, aspires to change this scenario and bring all useful research to mainstream irrespective of educational qualification of the inventor or creator. A brainchild of Manish Karandikar, JRC already boasts of completion of several research assignments and the honour of winning Best Smart Technology Award at a recently held tech expo in Nagpur.

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Chef Nagraj Bhat awarded as Pune’s Chef of the Year at Times Food Awards 2017

Nagraj Bhat Chef Of The Year Times Food Awards 2017

The Times Food Awards 2017 recently recognized the best in the food business of casual and fine dining in Pune. Nagraj Bhat, Head Chef at Pune's renowned fine dining restaurant Syrakko and rooftop cockail lounge Sin Envy Pride, has won the prestigious Chef of the Year (Pune) Award. From being an accidental chef to cooking for celebrities like King of Pop Michael Jackson to being recognized as Pune's best, we celebrate his successful journey in the world of gastronomic delights.

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Pune Dentist institutes first of its kind Indian Health Professional Awards

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There are many healthcare professionals in India from different specialties who are contributing selflessly for the betterment of the society. Dentist Dr. Swapnil Bumb from Pune, under the banner of International Research Organization for Life and Health Sciences (IROLHS), has conceptualized and created a platform to recognize the illustrious work of such professionals and organizations at national level. The first edition of Indian Health Professional Awards (IHPA) was a grand success wherein 200 doctors and dentists from 24 states were felicitated with top honours on 14 Jan 2017. Overcoming the odds and buoyed by the tremendous response received, Swapnil feels the exciting journey of IHPA has only begun.

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Pune Super Chef 2016 winner Shrunkhala Sharma Treats Us With Vegetarian Premium Food Service

Chef Shrunkhala Sharma, Winner of Pune Super Chef 2016, founder of Treat Away

Her passion is to create mouth-watering, nutritious, palate-tingling unforgettable memory by dishing out art on your plate. Meet Chef Shrunkhala Sharma - a single mother, a MBA in Marketing, Winner of Pune Super Chef 2016 and who has participated in the famous cookery show Mejwani Paripoorna Kitchen on Colors TV Marathi. Partnering with her sister Aanchal Sharma, she started her venture Treat Away that aspires to become the best Vegetarian Premium Food Service in Pune.

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Thee, label by Manisha Nihalani and Saloni Sardesai, fuses Indian heritage with playful, contemporary vibes

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Saloni Sardesai and Manisha nihalani, both alumnae of School of Fashion Technology in Pune, launched their own fashion label Thee in 2012. Over the years, brand Thee has evolved and the creations are available in leading multi designer stores across many cities of India. Thee has specialized in prêt diffusion, blending ethnic values with western thought to innovate & design clothes for women with special focus on style and comfort.

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Richa Kapre and Rahee Walambe of Rock Paper and Scissor – United by passion of Jewellery making, Known by their handmade creations

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Rock Paper and Scissor (RPS), started by Richa Kapre and Rahee Walambe in Dec'12, offers a small world of eclectic collections of ready to wear jewellery in so many varieties that you will be spoilt for choice. The duo can create something magical for any requirement, whether it be home decor or costume jewellery. Gifting has never been so easy ... and of course, you also end up shopping for yourself in the bargain!

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Siddhi Sakla Jain’s The Learning Pod – An Architect transforming Learning Services

The Learning Pod

Siddhi Sakla Jain launched The Learning Pod in April 2016 at Gangadham Chowk, Pune. It is a rent an hour studio space which caters to various fields of learning and is well equipped with all modern facilities and state of the art infrastructure making the environment conducive to all age groups. Within just 4 months, The Learning Pod has already conducted over 50 workshops, has 25 classes running currently and has catered to over 5000 participants. Buoyed by the success of her venture, Siddhi is planning to expand in Pune and beyond.

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