Dr. G C Anupama has been elected president of the Astronomical Society of India (ASI), becoming the first woman to head the prime association of professional astronomers in the country. She was elected to the post in the ASI Executive Council elections for triennium 2019-22 held last week, according to the Society website.
Presently the Dean and Senior Professor at the Bengaluru based Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Anupama is in the Indian core team which is part of the international team engaged in establishing the thirty-meter telescope (TMT) at cost of over USD 1 billion in the USA (Hawaii). It is an international project, including India, which has been tasked with providing some of the critical components.
Novak Djokovic's stupendous comeback from injury last year which saw him win two Grand Slam titles earned him the Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award on Monday at a lavish ceremony.
The 31-year-old Serbian -- who added the Australian Open in January to the Wimbledon and US Open crowns he won in 2018 after coming back from elbow surgery -- won the award for a fourth time beating the likes of France's World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe and NBA superstar LeBron James.
Iconic American gymnast Simone Biles won Sportswoman of the Year for a second time on the back of the 21-year-old's historic achievement last year in adding a fourth all-around world championship to her full to bursting medals cabinet.