Prime Minister Narendra Modi was recently awarded with the Seoul Peace Prize 2018 for his contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth. He was credited for his contribution towards regional and global peace.
On the similar lines, PM Modi has been honoured with various awards and accolades since the time of taking the hold of premiership of the country in 2014. Have a look at these honours:
1. PM Narendra Modi awarded with prestigious Seoul Peace Prize 2018 for 'Modinomics'
The Seoul Peace Prize Committee on October 24, 2018 conferred the 2018 Seoul Peace Prize on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Committee recognised Modi's contributions to the growth of the Indian and global economies, crediting 'Modinomics' for reducing social and economic disparity between the rich and the poor.
With this, PM Modi became the 14th recipient of this coveted award.
About Seoul Peace Prize
• The Seoul Peace Prize was established in 1990 to commemorate the success of the 24th Olympic Games held in Seoul, Korea which saw participation of 160 nations, creating harmony and friendship.
• The award was established to crystallise the Korean people's yearning for peace on the Korean Peninsula and in the rest of the world.
• The award has been conferred biennially to individuals who have made their mark through contributions to the harmony of mankind, reconciliation between nations and to world peace.
• The awardee receives a diploma, a plaque and honorarium of USD 200,000.
2. PM Modi honoured with UN Champions of the Earth Award 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on September 26, 2018 awarded with the prestigious UN Champions of the Earth Award 2018, the highest environmental honour of the United Nations. Modi received the award on October 3, 2018 by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
Prime Minister Modi was selected in the leadership category for his pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance, a global partnership to scale up solar energy. PM Modi was also acknowledged for his unprecedented pledge to eliminate all single use plastic in India by 2022.
Champions of the Earth Award
• The Champions of the Earth award, the UN’s highest environmental recognition, was founded in 2005.
• The award celebrates exceptional figures from the public and private sectors and from civil society, whose actions have had a transformative positive impact on the environment.
• The award also recognises the efforts for promoting new areas of levels of cooperation on environmental action.
• The past laureates include - Afroz Shah, who led the world’s largest beach cleanup (2016), Rwandan President Paul Kagame (2016), former US Vice-President Al Gore (2007), Ocean Cleanup CEO Boyan Slat (2014), scientist-explorer Bertrand Piccard, and developer of Google Earth Brian McClendon (2013).
3. PM Modi conferred with 'Grand Collar of the State of Palestine
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on February 10, 2018 conferred with the 'Grand Collar of the State of Palestine' by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, recognising his contributions in promoting relations between India and Palestine.
The award was conferred after the bilateral meeting between the two leaders during the first ever visit of PM Modi to Palestine. Moreover, Modi is also the first Indian Prime Minister to make an official visit to Palestine.
Grand Collar of the State of Palestine
• The Grand Collar is highest order of Palestine given to foreign dignitaries such as Kings, Heads of State or Government and persons of similar rank.
• The past laureates include King Salman of Saudi Arabia, King Hamad of Bahrain, President Xi Jinping of China, amongst others.
4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi awarded with Amir Abdulla Khan Award of Afghanistan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his brief visit to Afghanistan, was on June 4, 2016 conferred with the Amir Amanullah Khan Award, the highest civilian honour of Afghanistan.
He was awarded the honour by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani following the inauguration of the landmark Afghan-India Friendship Dam.
Amir Amanullah Khan Award
• Amir Amanullah Khan Award is the Highest Civilian honour bestowed by Afghan government to Afghan national as well as foreigners in appreciation of their services.
• The award is named after the Afghan national hero, Amanullah Khan (Ghazi), who championed the cause of Afghanistan’s freedom.
• The citation on the reverse of the medal reads: “nishan-e dawlati Ghazi Amir Amanullah Khan”, or "State Order of Ghazi Amir Amanullah Khan.”
• Previous recipients include- US President George Bush, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, NATO General James Jones, former Afghan President spiritual leader Sibghatullah Mujaddedi, and Afghan Chief Justice (CJ) Abdul Salam Azimi.
5. PM Modi conferred with King Abdullaziz Sash Award of Saudi Arabia
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on April 3, 2016 conferred with the Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honour ‘King Abdulaziz Sash’ by King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia.
King Abdulaziz Sash Award
• The King Abdulaziz Sash Award is named after Abdulaziz Al Saud, the founder of the modern Saudi state.
• Among other notable recipients of this honour are US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
Other honours and achievements
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 4, 2016 won the online reader’s poll for the TIME ‘Person of the Year 2016’.
Amoung the total votes cast, 18 percent went to Modi, which is almost two times more than the percentage of yes votes received by U.S President Barack Obama, US President-elect Donald Trump and Founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange, who all got 7 percent votes each.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on May 8, 2018 ranked among the 10 most powerful people in the world in the 2018 World's Most Powerful People list that is topped by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
PM Modi (9th rank) and Mukesh Ambani (32nd rank) were the only two Indians on the Forbes World's Most Powerful People list. PM Modi emerged as a key figure on international front to tackle climate change through the launch of the International Solar Alliance.
Time Magazine on April 20, 2017 released the annual list of 100 most influential people of 2017. The only two Indians to feature on the list were Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the third most followed leader on Twitter in July 2018 after US President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, as per a study by a global communications agency Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW).
Modi took the third spot among the world’s most followed leaders with 42 million followers on his personal account. Modi's institutional account @PMOIndia ranked fourth with over 26 million followers.
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