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Pushpa Girimaji, winner in 1991
Pushpa Girimaji, winner in 1991

The Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Women Mediaperson is an Indian journalistic award named after Chameli Devi Jain, an Indian freedom fighter who became the first Jain woman to go to prison during India's freedom struggle. The award was instituted in 1980 by The Media Foundation and is given to women in the journalism field. According to Business Standard, the award is "perhaps India's longest running media award for women". The Media Foundation was founded in 1979 by B. G. Verghese, Lakshmi Chand Jain, Prabhash Joshi, Ajit Bhattacharjea and N. S. Jagannathan. The award was instituted by Verghese and the family of Chameli Devi. The criteria for selection include social concern, dedication, courage and compassion in the individual's work. Since its inception in 1981, the award has been given to a total of 52 individuals. Neerja Chowdhury won the inaugural award. In 2015, Supriya Sharma of Scroll.in became the first online journalist to receive the award. The most recent award was given to Priyanka Dubey of the BBC in March 2019. (Full list...)

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Roman Baths

The Roman Baths complex is a site of historical interest in the English city of Bath, Somerset. It is a well-preserved site dating from Roman Britain once used for public bathing. The Roman baths themselves are below the modern street level. There are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House, and the museum which holds finds from the Roman town. The buildings above street level date from the 19th century. The Baths are a major tourist attraction and, together with the Grand Pump Room, received more than 1.3 million visitors in 2018. Visitors can tour the baths and museum but cannot enter the water.

This picture shows the Great Bath of the Roman Baths complex, with Bath Abbey visible in the background. The entire structure above the level of the pillar bases is of later construction.

Photograph credit: David Iliff

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