Daily Column – 11th October 2021

Nobel prize for Peace

Capping the selections for a week, the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2021 was awarded on the morning of 8th October to two journalists Dmitry Muratov from Russia & Maria Ressa from the Philippines, with the committee who had cited the efforts of the journalists who fought for the freedom of expression. In 2012, Ressa had found a website called Rappler for reporting the violence led by the government in the Philippines. Muratov had found Novaya Gazeta which is viewed as the most independent Russian newspaper.

Berit Reiss Anderson, the chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee had said, that the journalists are receiving the Nobel Prize “ for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” In the citation, the committee has said that Maria Ressa& Dmitry Muratov “ are representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions.”

Who are the other award winners in the Nobel Prize ceremony of 2021?

On 7th October 2021, Abdul Razak Gurnah the novelist from Tanzania won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Gurnah is famous for his work which illuminates the effects of African colonialism & the challenges that are faced by the refugees. This prize is the very 1st major award for Gurnah, though he was shortlisted for a couple of awards in recent years.

This week, earlier, the work recognized by the Academy deciphering how the cells sense temperature & touch ( Nobel Prize in the category of medicine), efforts that had helped in correctly modelling climate change ( in Physics) & a chemical process for building molecules efficiently for the development of drug( in Chemistry).

The Nobel Prize in the category of Economics is going to be announced on Monday.

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