Nobel Prizes to Be Announced October 2-13

The Peace Prize 2005 went to the International Atomic Energy Agency and its Egyptian director general Mohamed ElBaradei

 The 2006 Nobel prizes will be announced between October 2 and 13, the Nobel Foundation said on Friday.

The Peace Prize, the most celebrated of the Nobel honours, will be announced on October 13 in Oslo by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

The names of the nominees are kept a closely-guarded secret by the Nobel Committee, but those who submit nominations are allowed to disclose their choice. The list for the Peace Prize is however known to comprise the names of 191 individuals and organisations.

Former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, who has mediated in a number of peace processes, is known to be on the list.

He oversaw talks last year that led to a peace agreement between the Indonesian government and rebels in Aceh province and he is currently the UN special envoy to talks on the future status of Kosovo.

Among the other candidates known to be in the running are Irish rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof for their fight to eradicate poverty, and two Indians, Kailash Satyarthi, head of the Global March Against Child Labour, and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Last year, the Peace Prize went to the International Atomic Energy Agency and its Egyptian director general Mohamed ElBaradei.

The Nobel season will kick off with the announcement in Stockholm of the Prize for Medicine or Physiology on October 2, to be followed by the Physics Prize on October 3, the Chemistry Prize on October 4 and the prize for Economics on October 9.

In keeping with tradition, the Swedish Academy will set the date for its announcement of the Literature Prize later. It is traditionally awarded on a Thursday, and could therefore be announced on October 5 or October 12.

Each Nobel Prize this year will carry a prize sum of 10 million Swedish kronor (1.39 million dollars, 1.08 million euros), to be shared if the prize is awarded to more than one laureate.

 Source: AFP

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