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Awards: 1-15 August 2001
Renowned biologist UBAID SIDDIQI has
been awarded GM Modi Award for innovative science and technology. It was stated
in a statement issued by the GM Modi Science Foundation in New Delhi.
Siddiqi who is the director of National Centre for Biological Sciences is known
for his outstanding contribution in the field of plant embryology and genetic
engineering and its application in wheat production. The award carries an amount
of Rs 1.01 lakh, a shield and felicitation. The press release also said that the
award is most prestigious in the field of science and technology and carries
largest sum than any other award in the field. People who have received this
award include Prof. Satish Dhawan, Prof. CNR Rao, Prof. C S Seshadiri and Prof.
APJ Abdul Kalam.
ANWAR SULTAN held his nerves in a testing shoot off to bag the trap
bronze in the Asian clay pigeon shooting championship in Bangkok on 9 July.
Anwar the only trap shooter who represented the country in the Sydney Olympics,
having bagged the quota place with a silver in Asian championship in Langkawai
in January last year, revealed his class to claim third place. After being tied
with Mansher Singh and Yong Jie Zhang of China at 134, Anwar shot eight birds in
the shoot off to leave the other two behind.
Anwar made the six member final with 112 and shot 22 out of 25 in the final.
Zhang, the Asian champion followed at 113 with 21 and missed the eight bird in
the shoot off despite the raucous support from the Chinese team.
The Chinese were actually trying to unnerve Anwar, after Mansher, another Indian
participant had resigned himself to the fifth spot, on missing the third bird.
But the Kuwaitis were cheering for the Indian in a friendly balancing act.
It was indeed a redeeming effort by Anwar, who had finished 108th with a total
of 96 out of 125 in the World Cup in Italy. q