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ISRO bags the Indira Gandhi Prize

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The Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2014 will be awarded to ISRO in recognition of its contribution in strengthening international cooperation in peaceful use of outer space.

The award was conferred for ISRO’s role in promoting broad-based and sustainable social and economic development and addressing basic needs of the people particularly in remote and rural areas of the country.

ISRO has shown how Indian scientists and talents can be harnessed to international level, catching up with more advanced nations in a highly technical and sophisticated field, it said.

Indira Gandhi Prize

The Indira Gandhi Prize or the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize or the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development is the prestigious award accorded annually since 1986 to individuals or organizations in recognition of creative efforts toward promoting international peace, development and a new international economic order; ensuring that scientific discoveries are used for the larger good of humanity, and enlarging the scope of freedom.

The prize carries a cash award of 2.5 million Indian rupees and a citation.

In 2013, the award was won by Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Gemany.