ISRO Receives 2014 Indira Gandhi Peace Prize

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New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday presented the 2014 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

The award, announced by a jury headed by Vice President Hamid Ansari in 2014, consists of a trophy, a cash prize of Rs 1 crore and a citation.

ISRO chairman Kiran Kumar received the award here on behalf of the space body.

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“The International Jury of the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development awarded the prize for 2014 to ISRO in recognition of its path-breaking achievements, culminating in the Mars orbiter mission, its significant contributions in strengthening international cooperation in peaceful use of outer space,” the citation read.

The trophy, with a portrait of Indira Gandhi presented in the tradition of a Jaipur miniature painting, is made of banded Haematite Jasper, a low grade iron ore.

Singh presented the award for 2015 to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at a function here in 2016.

Earlier recipients of the award include former American President Jimmy Carter, Namibian leader Sam Nujoma, Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai and German chancellor Angela Merkel.