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Zee News announces Awadh Samman winners
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<img style="float:left; margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px;" src="http://www.tvnext.in/tpllib/img.php?im=cat_161/2524.gif&w=138&h=150"/>In these times of multiple honours and awards, Zee News Uttar Pradesh/ Uttarakhand has decided to honour people whose work is never in the limelight. In a glittering ceremony in Lucknow’s Taj Hotel, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishak and other prominent personalities from the state honoured people who excel in working off the beaten track in their respective fields.

The recipients of this honour, Awadh Samman, include Draupadi alias Duiji Amma (Social Service) for increasing awareness amongst women mine workers, Modern Agricultural Techniques Researcher Dr. T C Thakur (Agriculture), Dr Nalinaksh Vyas of IIT Kanpur (Science & Technology), eminent writer Nayantara Sehgal (Literature), former VC of Lucknow University Professor Rooprekha Varma who has made a notable contribution in the field of education (Education),Manjari Chaturvedi for new experiments in Kathak (Dance), Dr Ramlakhan Singh for specialized work on wild animals (Environment & Wild Life Conservation), and Mohammed Shahid for bringing laurels to India in Field Hockey (Sports).

In addition, four other eminent personalities who are known for their excellent work at the grassroots level were also honoured with Awadh Samman. These people have set an example with their work in the society. They are: Vijay Jaddhari (Seed Conservation & Rural Development), Tapsi Kushwaha (Social Service & Environment), Manoj Sengar (Social Awareness), and Upendra Srivastava (Education).

Legendary classical vocalist Girija Devi and Kathak maestro Birju Maharaj were bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their contribution to the world of Indian Classical Music and Kathak, respectively..

Under Awadh Samman 2009 a special award was presented to 13 year old Yugratna Srivastava for making a mark in the international arena in the field of Environment.

The function was attended by several eminent administrative and political dignitaries of Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand. These include Congress leader Pramod Tiwari, former Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kesri Nath Tripathi, Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma, Samajwadi Party leader Ahmad Hasan, Uttar Pradesh Information commissioner Gyanendra Sharma, Uttar Pradesh Additional Cabinet Secretary Vijay Shankar Pandey, Principal Secretary to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Shaliesh Krishna and CPI leader Atul Anjan.

Barun Das, CEO of Zee News Limited and the editor of Zee News Uttar Pradesh / Uttarakhand Editor Vasindhra Mishra welcomed the guests on this occasion, and reiterated the resolve to keep honouring such lesser known people who are rendering yeoman’s service in various fields with the spirit of service, dedication and determination.

In the course of its 8-month long journey, Zee News Uttar Pradesh-Uttarakhand’s credible news and excellent presentation has been instrumental in carving a niche amongst its viewers, making it the No.1 news channel. Awadh Samman is the initial step in Zee News Uttar Pradesh/Uttarakhand’s commitment towards social responsibility.

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