OSLO: Pakistani school girl and educational activist Malala Yousafzai is again nominated for Nobel Peace Prize as the as the Nobel Institute announced Tuesday.
The other strange and important nominees are US whistleblower Edward Snowden and Russian President Vladimir Putin among a record 278 candidates.
“The number of nominations increases almost every year, which shows a growing interest in the prize,” the head of the institute, Geir Lundestad, told a foreign news agency.
The Nobel committee convened Tuesday for the first time this year to examine the candidate list and will announce the laureate in Oslo on October 10.
As usual, the committee refused to reveal the identity of any of the nominees, but Lundestad said that 47 of the 278 candidates were organisations.
Even though the list is kept secret for at least 50 years, the sponsors can choose to reveal the name of their nominee.
Pakistan’s 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was seriously wounded when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman at point blank range for promoting girls’ education in Pakistan, is again known to be nominated, after being considered one of the favourites last year.