Noted Indian agriculture scientist Dr. Modadugu Vijay Gupta, who has done pioneering work in aquaculture in India, Bangladesh, and several Southeast Asian countries, was on Friday awarded the first Sunhak Peace Prize which he shared with the President of Kiribati Islands. Gupta, 76, shared the USD 1 million prize with the President of Kiribati Islands Anote Tong at a glittering function in Seoul, which was attended by invitees from all over the world. 



Tong, 63, the head of the Pacific Ocean island nation which is facing dire prospects of being engulfed by rising sea waters by 2050, was chosen for the award for his dogged fight to end carbon emissions which are spelling doom for small islands nations. Billed as an alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize, the awards were presented by South Korean religious leader Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, the wife of late Rev Sun Myung Moon, who instituted the awards to recognize and highlight the work of individuals making big efforts for the betterment of the people.

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