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'Manthan Award encourages the innovators for development'

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New Delhi: "I’m impressed, I need to say. Really rarely we encounter such positive and encouraging initiatives, as we see here today amidst all nonstop negativity," said Union Foreign Minister Salman Khursheed during the Manthan Awards - South Asia and Asia Pacific on 1st December 2012 at India Habitat Centre.

Salman Khursheed speaking at Manthan Awards Gala
Mr. Khurheed also expressed his delight at the level of passion and dedication put by the finalist from rural areas for the development of their respective countries.

Apart from Mr. Khursheed, National Minority Commission Chairman, Wajahat Habibullah, Delhi Minority Commission Chairman Safdar H Khan, Maharastra Minority Commission Chairman Munaf Hakim, and various dignitaries from corporate sector marked their presence in an annual celebration.

In a session on Digital Minority Summit, Wajahat Habibullah emphasised on the obstacles and problem faced by Indian minority community.

Wajahat Habibullah addressing the participants
Manthan Award - South Asia & Asia Pacific Grand Gala is an annual global celebration being held since 2004 to recognize the best practices in ICT4D under 16 categories. It is an initiative of Digital Empowerment Foundation, which recognizes meritorious and innovative efforts to improve content and services for communities in developing countries. The day-long celebration involved activities like film screening of popular innovations, Interactive Summit, Conferences, Exhibitions and above all Manthan Awards for Excellence to 33 winners. However, there were 30 finalist and 11 special mentions for the splendid innovations and initiatives to empower their respective community.

Every year Manthan award has been successful in assembling and recognizing various talents from professional and start-up level working towards digitally empowered society. Similarly, this year too in the 9th edition of the annual Manthan Award also enjoyed representation by 74 finalists from various countries of South Asia and Asia Pacific.
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