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Malala nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

London, Mar 5 (): The 15-year-old Pakistani girls’ rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai is one among the 259 nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Nobel Institute on Monday announced a record 259 nominations, in which the list of candidates is made up of 209 individuals and 50 organizations. The previous record dates back to 2011 when 241 candidates were nominated.

The institute did not disclose any of the names in line with its rules. The list of nominees is kept secret for 50 years.

The committee—who will announce their decision on October 12—never reveals its list of candidates but a wide range of organisations and officials from all over the world have the right to submit nominations and many reveal their choices publicly. A record number of nominations were received this year.

The director of the committee, Geir Lundestad said that the prize keeps gaining importance and attention. Presidents, prime ministers, former laureates had submitted many of the nominations … and they had plenty of new names as well as ‘old’ ones on the list.

The list includes Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl-turned-activist who was shot by the Taliban and is presently recovering in London, President of Myanmar, reformist Thein Sein and ex-president of US Bill Clinton.

The deadline to submit nominations closed on February 1. The five-member Norwegian Nobel Committee will announce the prize winner on October 12, and the prize will be awarded on December 10, the anniversary of the death in 1896 of the Nobel Prizes’ founder, philanthropist Alfred Nobel.

The peace prize is one among the five awards awarded by the committee and is given to those who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.

First awarded in 1901, the prize includes 8 million Swedish crown in cash. Last year, the prize went to the EU for promoting peace and human rights in Europe following the Second World War.

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