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MANAMA: Indian social worker Dr Achyuta Samanta was yesterday honoured by His Majesty King Hamad as the recipient of the Isa Award for Service to Humanity.

His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, were present.

Dr Samanta, 50, picked up the $1 million cash prize and a gold medal from the King at a ceremony at the Isa Cultural Centre.

The international award initiated by Bahrain in 2009 is named after the late Amir Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, and is presented on June 3 to mark his birthday anniversary.

Dr Samanta was recognised for his efforts in social care and education which stand as a beacon of selfless achievement, the audience heard.

'Today, we witness with you the outcome of the second round of the Isa Award for Service to Humanity, as it continues to take promising steps in different arenas, and to excel as an Arab and global award in the field of human service,' said the King.

'The award transcends borders and has no regard to restrictions of sect, geography or nationality; its ultimate goal is encouraging humanitarian services.

'Dr Samanta has based his services to humanity on constant diligence, as he strived to find effective initiatives that would eradicate poverty, hunger, and illiteracy, while providing the less fortunate with job opportunities and a better standard of living.'

He is the founder of KIIT Group of Institutions in India.


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