FEB 2021  
Hungary's ‘Teddy Bear Mama' Sets New Record

Growing up, we all loved our teddy bears. They acted no less than our companions and friends. But imagine having over 20,000 teddy bears around you to hug? Hungary’s Valeria Schmidt is doing just that with her collection after the ongoing pandemic prevented her from distributing them to children. Nicknamed ‘Teddy Bear Mama’, 62-year-old Schmidt has been collecting these stuffed toys for over 40 years now and broke the Hungarian record for the largest collection of teddy bears with her 13,000 stuffed friends. In 2019, Schmidt entered the Guinness Book of Records for the largest collection of 20,367 teddy bears. She gives away her collection to nurseries, pre-schools and children of poor families along with conducting exhibitions at children’s institutions, where the young ones can come and play with the toys.


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Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013

The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in Indias CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers.

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at or by e-mail to

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