Orissa-based Woman Grand Master Monisha bags Ekalabya award
Monday, November 29, 2010
Bhubaneswar: Woman Grand Master (WGM) Kiran Manisha Mohanty has bagged the prestigious 18th Ekalabya Award for 2010.
The Ekalabya Award Committee comprising jury members drawn from different walks of life were unanimous in deciding Kiran Manisha among the 14 short-listed candidates for the award at a meeting here on Saturday.
The annual Ekalabya Award was instituted by the Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT), the charitable wing of the IMFA Group in 1993.
The award is given in recognition of outstanding performance in sports. The prize money has been enhanced from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh from this year.
Besides the Ekalabya award, two runners-up awards will also be given carrying an enhanced cash prize of Rs 25,000 each.
Kiran Monisha has a brilliant international and national track record for the past two years, winning gold in the Commonwealth Chess Championship in Nagpur in 2008.
She also won gold in the Parachute Advanced International Close Chess Championship in Bangladesh in 2010, which also gave her the third WGM Norm.
In the national arena, she won the first position in the 30th National Women Chess Championship in Delhi in 2010.
The two other sportspersons to receive runners-up prizes are chess player Debasish Das and woman rower Pratima Puhan.
IMPaCT trustee and MP Baijayant Panda said that IMPaCT has been in continuous pursuit to recognize and foster excellence in sports and literature besides contributing to the general welfare of the society at large.