Jaipur, April 7 (IANS) Activist Anna Hazare, union minister Jairam Ramesh and 11 journalist, including Anil Sharma who writes for Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) from Jaipur, have been selected for awards by an international NGO working for animal rights, environment and public health, a representative said Saturday.
International Organization for Animal Protection (OIPA), affiliated to the UN department of public information, selected the 20 awardees for the year 2011-12 for their contribution in the fields of politics, social work and media, said a statement by the NGO whose head office is in Italy.
The award in the area of politics would go jointly to union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and activist Anna Hazare.
Anil Sharma, who writes for IANS, was honoured along with 10 other journalists.
Other mediapersons who would be honoured by the NGO are: Vijay Pinjarkar of The Times of India, Nagpur; P. Naveen of Daily News and Analysis, Bhopal; Navin Dhamija of Punjab Kesri, Faridabad; Narender Verma of Shukrawar magazine; Shashank Shekhar of Mid-Day, Delhi; Anupam Thapa of Mail Today, Delhi; Manish Sirhindi of The Tribune, Panipat; Rajesh Moudgil of The Hindustan Times, Chandigarh; Yadram Bansal of Danik Tribune, Gurgaon; and Hemant Atray of Danik Bhaskar, Haryana.
Those selected from the fields of social work and animal rights are: Karnataka Goshala Mahasangh president S.K. Mittal, OIPA media adviser in India Abhishek Kadyan, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals representative Anil Katariya, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, and Vikramaditya Singh Bushahr of Delhi University.
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