CURRENT AFFAIRS(JANUARY-MAY) 2017-IMPORTANT AWARDS & HONOURS PDF FOR VIZAG MT & OTHERS EXAM

JANUARY

  1. 25 children (including 12 girls
    and 13 boys) selected for National Bravery Awards 2016, (Four have been
    honored posthumously).
  2. 62nd
    Jio Filmfare Awards 2016 –
    1. Best Actor: Aamir Khan
      (Dangal).
    2. Best Actress: Alia Bhatt (Udta
      Punjab).
    3. Best Film: Dangal. 
    4. Best Director: Nitesh Tiwari
      (Dangal).
    5. Lifetime Achievement:
      Shatrughan Sinha.
    6. Best Debut Director: Ashwini
      Iyer Tiwari (Nil Battey Sannata).
    7. Best Supporting Actor: Rishi
      Kapoor (Kapoor & Sons).
    8. Best Supporting Actress:
      Shabana Azmi (Neerja).
    9. Best Male Debut: Diljit
      Dosanjh (Udta Punjab).
    10. Best Female Debut: Ritika
      Singh (Saala Khadoos).
    11. Best Singer (male): Arijit
      Singh (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil).
    12. Best Singer (female): Neha
      Bhasin (Sultan).
    13. Best Music Director: Pritam
      (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil).
    14. Best Lyricist: Amitabh
      Bhattacharya (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil).
    15. New Category – Film Fare Short
      Film Awards – Film Chutney won 2 awards – Best Actress (Tisca Chopra) and
      Best Film (Fiction).
  3. 74th
    Golden Globe Awards, ceremony organized at Beverly Hills in California
    (USA)
    1. La La Land won in 7 categories.
    2. Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime
      Achievement Award – Meryl Streep
    3. Best Motion Picture Drama –
      Moonlight.
    4. Best Motion Picture
      Musical/Comedy – La La Land.
    5. Best Director in Motion
      Picture -Drama – Damien Chazelle for La La Land.
    6. Best Actor in Motion Picture –
      Drama – Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea.
    7. Best Actress in Motion Picture
      -Drama – Isabelle Huppert for Elle.
    8. Best Actor in Motion Picture
      or Musical or Comedy – Ryan Gosling for La La Land.
    9. Best Actress in Motion Picture
      Musical or Comedy – Emma Stone for La La Land.
    10. Best Actor in a Supporting
      role in Motion Picture – Aaron Taylor-Johnson for Nocturnal Animals.
    11. Best Actress in a Supporting
      role in Motion Picture – Viola Davis for Fences.
    12. Best Original Song: “City of
      Stars” (Justin Hurwitz, Pasek & Paul) for the La La Land.
  4. 9th Jaipur International Film
    Festival (JIFF) held in Jaipur (Rajastha. This year’s Life Time
    Achievement Award was presented to internationally acclaimed
    cine-visionary Ramesh Prasad.  
  5. Amitabh Bachchan honored by US
    Embassy (New Delhi) for his invaluable contributions to US-India
    partnership on tuberculosis (TB).
  6. Best
    FIFA Football Awards (held in Zurich, Switzerland)
    1. Best FIFA Male Player player –
      Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
    2. Best FIFA Female Player –
      Carli Lloydll (USA).
    3. Best FIFA Men’s Coach –
      Claudio Ranieri (Italy).
    4. Best FIFA Women’s Coach: Silvia
      Neid (Germany).
  7. Central Board of Irrigation and
    Power named Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) as country’s
    best power corporation for minimizing transmission and distribution
    (T&D) losses.
  8. Delhi International Airport
    Ltd. (DIAL) won 2016 Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social
    Responsibility (CSR) in aviation transport sector, presented during 11th
    International Conference on CSR.
  9. District collector of Ajmer,
    Gaurav Goyal has been awarded Scroll of Honor by PM Narendra Modi
    for encouraging cashless transactions in district.
  10. Dr. Gullapalli N. Rao has been
    selected to 2017 Ophthalmology Hall of Fame, by American Society of
    Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). He is founder of LV Prasad Eye
    Institute (Hyderabad).
  11. English poet Jacob Polley won
    2016 TS Eliot Prize for poetry for his collection “Jackself”.
  12. France’s Iris Mittenaere won
    Miss Universe 2016 at pageant held in Philippines. Haiti’s Raquel
    Pelissier was named as first runner-up while Columbia’s Andrea Tovar named
    second runner-up.
  13. Government announced Shram
    Awards 2015, to be awarded to 56 workers –
    1. Shram Bhushan – 4
    2. Shram Vir/Shram Veerangana –
      12
    3. Shree/Shram Devi – 16
  14. ISKCON’s Govardhan eco village
    located in Wada taluka in Thane district (Maharashtra) has been conferred
    UNWTO Award for Innovation in the category of Non-Governmental
    Organisations (NGO), during UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in
    Tourism held at Madrid in Spain. 
  15. India’s Darpan Basak won Young
    Travel Photographer award 2016. India’s Ankit Kumar also won Young Travel
    Photographer award in Places and Experiences category.
  16. Indian actress Priyanka Chopra
    won her second People’s Choice Award for Favourite Dramatic TV Actress for
    TV series Quantico.
  17. Kiran Doshi won The Hindu
    Prize 2016
    for his political novel Jinnah Often Came to Our House.
  18. Ministry of Mines selected A
    Keshav Krishna for 2016 National Geoscience Award in field of
    Geo-environmental studies in applied geosciences. While, N Purnachandra
    Rao is selected for National Geoscience Award in the field of Geophysics.
  19. Padma
    Awards 2017 –
    1. 89 persons Honored in Padma
      Awards 2017 – 7 Padma Vibhushan, 7 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri
      Awardees.  19 of awardees are women.
    2. Important
      Person of Padma Awards 2017
        1. Kailash Kher
        2. Virat Kohli – Cricket
        3. Shekar Naik -Cricket
        4. Vikasa Gowda – Discus Throw
        5. Smt. Deepa Malik – Athletics
        6. Mariyappan Thangavelu– Athletics
        7. Smt. Dipa Karmakar– Athletics
        8. P R Shreejesh– Athletics
        9. Smt. Sakshi Malik– Athletics
  20. Pakistan conferred It’s highest
    civilian honour ‘Nishan-e-Imtiaz’ on Qamar Bajwa (Army chief) and Zubair
    Hayat.
  21. Portugal Government conferred
    Knighthood (Grande Oficial da Ordem do Infante da Henrique ) honour
    on former Indian Minister Eduardo Faleiro.
  22. Russian President Vladimir
    Putin has been given Venezuela’s first-ever Hugo Chavez Prize for Peace
    and Sovereignty.
  23. Tennis player Andy Murray
    (Britain) became Youngest ever to have conferred Knighthood by Queen
    Elizabeth II.
  24. Three Indian origin persons
    honored by Order of Australia – Australia’s highest civilian honour.
    Honored Persons are – Purushottam Sawrikar, Makhan Singh Khangure and
    Vijay Kumar.
FEBRUARY 2017
      1.Indian
films won awards at 67th annual Berlin International Film Festival
.
  1. Newton – CICAE Art Cinema
    Award. It is co-written by Mayank Tiwari and directed by Amit V Masurkar.
  2. Short film Aaba
    Special Prize of Generation KPlus International Jury for Best Short Film.
    It has been directed by Amar Kaushik.
   2.59th Annual Grammy Awards (Held at Staples
Center in Los Angeles, California) –
  1. British singer Adele won the
    most awards in 5 different categories.
  2. Album of the year – 25 (Adele)
  3. Record of the year and Song of
    the year – Hello (Adele)
  4. Best urban contemporary album –
    Beyonce – Lemonade
  5. Best country solo performance –
    My Church – Maren Morris
  6. Best new artist – Chance the
    Rapper
  7. Indian – American tabla player
    Sandeep Das won Grammy Awards won Best World Music Album with Yo-Yo Ma.
   3.70th British Academy of Film and Television
Arts (BAFTA) Awards –
  1. La La Land won most awards,
    winning five and  was also most nominated in 11 categories.
  2. Best Film – La La Land
  3. Best Director – Damien Chazelle
    (La La Land)
  4. Best Actor – Casey Affleck
    (Manchester by the Sea)
  5. Best Actress – Emma Stone (La
    La Land)
  6. Best Supporting Actor – Dev
    Patel (Lion)
  7. Best Supporting Actress – Viola
    Davis (Fences)
  8. Best Original Music – La La
    Land
  9. Best Original Screenplay –
    Manchester by the Sea
  10. Best British Short Film: Home
  11. Best British Film: I, Daniel
    Blake
  12. Best Film Not in the English
    Language: Son of Saul
  13. Best Documentary: 13th
  14. Best Animated Film: Kubo and
    the Two Strings
  15. BAFTA Fellowship: Mel Brooks
4.Ahmedabad-based Entrepreneurship Development
Institute of India (EDII) received International Mercury Awards (IMA) for
2016-17 for best overall presentation of its 2015-2016 annual report. 
5.Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani honored with
lifetime achievement award for spearheading India’s Aadhaar project.
6.Corporation Bank won 2017 National MSME Excellence
Award in New Delhi.
7.Dr P Raghu Ram, President of Association of Breast
Surgeons of India has been honored by Dr B C Roy national award for outstanding
service in field of socio-medical relief for 2016. It will be conferred on him
by Prez Pranab Mukherjee on Doctors day observed annually on 1st July.
8.GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (Rajiv Gandhi
International Airport) won center of Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA)’s order of
Merit for its focus on environmental sustainability and becoming first airport
in Asia Pacific to become carbon neutral.
9.Indian – Scottish person Shand Panesar and Craig
Nicholson awarded 2017 UK’s Outstanding Bravery of Year Award in special award
ceremony of Total Excellence in Policing Awards.
10.Indian Airline SpiceJet won 3 awards at Asia One
Awards in Singapore – Asia’s Greatest Brands 2016, Global Asian of the
year 2016
and Asia’s Greatest CFO 2016.
11.Indian Hockey Player Sandeep Singh honoured with
Honorary Doctorate Degree by Desh Bhagat University, Fatehgarh Sahib (Punjab).
He is second Indian hockey player to receive this award after Dileep Tirkey.
12.Indo – British sculptor Anish Kapoor won 2017 USD 1
Million Genesis Prize by Israel for his contribution for Jewish community
across world.
13.Jawaharlal Nehru University won Visitor’s Award 2017
for best Central University in India. These awards were instituted in 2015.
14.Noted cultural event – Khajuraho Festival will
be Organized by Madhya Pradesh Government in February 2017, aiming to promote
cultural heritage of India.
15.Oscars 2017
(89th Academy Awards) –
  1. La La Land won 6 Awards
    (nominated into 14 categories).
  2. Noted Awards (Total categories
    are 24) –
    1. Best Picture – Moonlight
    2. Best Actres – Emma Stone (La
      La Land)
    3. Best Actor – Casey Affleck
      (Manchester By The Sea)
    4. Best Director – Damien
      Chazelle (La La Land). At 32, he became youngest director to win oscar.
    5. Best Supporting Actress –
      Viola Davis (Fences).
    6. Best Supporting Actor –
      Mahershala Ali (Moonlight). He is first Muslim to win acting Oscar.
    7. Best Foreign Language Film:
      The Salesman (Iran).
    8. Best Animated Feature Film:
      Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer (Zootopia).
    9. Best Animated Short Film: Alan
      Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer (Piper).
    10. Best Original Screenplay –
      Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By The Sea)
16.Rajasthan and Telangana named Winners of Excellence
under State category in eGov Awards 2017, Instituted by the Computer Society of
India. Award of Recognition went to Odisha and Nagaland.
17.Renowned Hindi litterateur Surendra Verma selected for Vyas Samman 2016 for his novel Kaatna
Shami Ka Vriksha : Padma Pankhuri Ki Dhar Se
. .
18.Singer Lata Mangeshkar honoured with Legendary
Award
2017 by BrandLaureate (Malaysia).
MARCH
2017
1. Indian Americans selected for Ellis Island Medal of
Honour, highest civilian award in USA for immigrants Indra Nooyi, Fareed
Zakaria, Dinesh Paliwal, Dr. Annapoorna, Yashvant Patel, Mohan H Patel.
2.8th Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2016
(Northern and Eastern Region) Given to Anima Pookkunnyil and Shreya Ila
Anasuya.
3.Barbadian singer Rihanna won 2017 Harvard
University’s Humanitarian of the year Awar, for her work in supporting
education and health care in Caribbean and developing countries.
4.Bollywood Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan won best
actress award at International Film Festival and Awards of Australia (IFFAA) fo
her movie Sarbjit, Directed by Omung Kumar.
5.Britain’s Indian Origin Cabinet Minister Priti Patel
received Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) in London from Indian High
Commission in United Kingdom.
6.French mathematician Yves Meyer won 2017 Abel
Prize
for his role in development of mathematical theory of wavelets (small
waves or ripples).
7.I & B Minister Minister Venkaiah Naidu conferred
6th National Photography Awards (total 13 awardees), noted awardees are –
  1.  Raghu Rai – Life-Time
    Achievement Award
  2. K.K. Mustafah – Professional
    Photographer of the Year
8.Indian Film Lipstick Under My Burkha, directed
by Alankrita Shrivastava won audience award at Glasgow Film Festival
(Scotland).
9.Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras won 2017
IEEE Spectrum Technology in Service of Society Award for its solar-direct
current (DC) inverter system.  
10.Indian-origin British director Gurinder Chadha
honoured with 2017 Sikh Jewel Award for her contribution to British cinema.
11.Karur Vysya Bank (KVB) awarded as Best Small Bank
for 2016 (Balance Sheet Size under 1 lakh crore) by Business Today and KMPG.
12.Lalji Singh (Former Director of center for cellular
and Molecular Biology) has been selected for award of SERB Fellowship (science
and Engineering Research Board ).
13.NDTV India’s Ravish Kumar has been awarded by First
Kuldip Nayar journalism award.
14.Noted American actress Viola Davis has been awarded
the 2017 Artist of Year Award by Harvard Foundation, during foundation’s 32nd
annual Cultural Rhythms Festival.  
15.Noted Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail selected for
Saraswati Samman 2016 for his novel Hawthan.
16.Noted Malayalam author M P Veerendra Kumar has been
awarded 30th Moortidevi award 2016 by Bharatiya Jnanpith organization for his
travelogue Hymavathabhoovil.
17.Noted actor Anupam Kher honoured with Kala Ratan
Award by vice president Hamid Ansari at Punjab University (Chandigarh).
18.Odisha-based installation artist Sitaram Swain
chosen as Glenfiddich’s Emerging Artist of 2017.
19.President Pranab Mukherjee presented KCK
International Award for excellence in Print Journalism. Award for 2014 was
conferred upon Wanjohi Kabukuru’s team for story How East Africa Lost Its
Innocence
and award for 2015 was awarded to Rakesh Sharma.
20.Ramakrishna Ashram (West Bengal) conferred with
Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Rashtriya Krishi Vigyan Protsahan Puraskar for 2016,
during Krishi Unnati Mela 2017 held in New Delhi.
21.Singapore’s Changi Airport voted as World’s
Best Airport by air travellers at 2017 World
22.Sri Lanka won Most Popular Tourism Destination
Award
at Guangzhou International Travel Fair (China), for second
consecutive year. China has been Sri Lanka’s second largest source market for
tourism since 2014.
23.Two Indian-American authors Siddhartha Mukherjee and
Paul Kalanithi have been shortlisted for the £30,000 Wellcome Book Prize.
24.Zee Cine Awards
2017 –
  1. Best Actor – Amitabh Bachchan
    (Pink)
  2. Best Actress – Alia Bhatt (Udta
    Punjab)
  3. Best Director – Ram Madhvani
    (Neerja)
  4. Best Film Jury – Pink
  5. Viewer’s Choice Best Film:
    Dangal
  6. Best Supporting Actress –
    Shabana Azmi ( Neerja)
  7. Best supporting actor (Male):
    Rishi Kapoor (Kapoor & Sons)
  8. Best Music: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
  9. Best Playback Singer (Female):
    Neha Bhasin (Jag Ghoomeya, Sultan)
  10. Best Playback Singer (Male):
    Arijit Singh (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil title track)
APRIL 2017
  1. 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners
    (Given for achievement in newspaper, magazine, online journalism,
    literature, and musical composition in USA) –
    1. Letters, Drama & Music
      1. Fiction – The Underground
        Railroad by Colson Whitehead
      2. Drama – Sweat by Lynn Nottage
    2. Journalism
      1. Public Service – New York
        Daily News and ProPublican
  2. 52nd
    Jnanpith Awardhas been conferred upon Bengali poet Sankha Ghosh.
  3. 64th
    National Film Awards 2016 –
    1. Winners in feature films
      category were chosen by jury headed by Priyadarshan and winners in
      non-feature category were chosen by jury headed by Raju Misra.
    2. Best Feature Film – Kasaav
      (Marathi).
    3. Non-Feature Film – Fireflies
      in the Abyss.
    4. Best Popular Film Providing
      Wholesome Entertainment – Sathamanam Bhavathi
    5. Best Environmental film
      including agriculture: The Tiger who crossed the line
    6. Best Direction – Rajesh
      (Ventilator)
    7. Best Actor – Akshay Kumar
      (Rustom)
    8. Best Actress – Surabhi Lakshmi
      (Minnaminungu)
    9. Best Supporting Actress –
      Zaira Wasim (Dangal)
    10. Best Child Artist – Adhish
      Praveen (Kunju Daivam), Saj (Noor Islam), Manohara (Railway Children)
    11. Best Children’s Film: Dhanak
      (Hindi)
    12. Best Film on social issue:
      Pink
    13. Best Male Playback Singer:
      Sundara Iyer (Joker)
    14. Best Female Playback Singer:
      Thume jaake
    15. Best Music Direction: Babu
      Padmanabha (Kannada Lama)
    16. Special Jury award – Mohanlal(
      Pulimurugan), Janatha Garage and Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol.
    17. Best feature films in regional
      languages –
      1. Madipur (Tulu)
      2. Joker (Tamil)
      3. Wrongside Raju (Gujarati)
      4. Pelli Chupulu (Telugu)
      5. Dashakriya (Marathi)
      6. Bisarjan’ (Bengali)
      7. Maheshinte Prathikaram
        (Malayalam)
      8. Ke Sara Sara (Konkini)
      9. Reservation (Kannada)
      10. Neerja (Hindi).
  4. 6th
    M.S. Swaminathan Award

    for agriculture has been given to Rayappa Ramappa Hanchinal (Chairperson
    of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority). 
  5. One Part Woman, a translation work of Perumal
    Murugan’s controversial Tamil novel Maadhorubaagan, by Aniruddhan
    Vasudevan chosen for 2016 Sahitya Akademi’s award for translation in
    English.
  6. Actress Moushumi Chatterjee
    received lifetime achievement award at 80th Bengal Film Journalists’
    Association (BFJA) awards.
  7. Actress Saira Banu and Actor
    Jackie Shroff named for Raj Kapoor awards by Maharashtra Government.
    1. Saira Banu awarded with Raj
      Kapoor Lifetime achievement award.
    2. Jackie Shroff selected for Raj
      Kapoor Special contribution award.
  8. Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu
    Naidu selected for US India Business Council Award of ‘Transformative
    Chief Minister’. 
  9. Bhubaneswar (Odisha) became
    first Indian city to win Pierre L’enfant International Planning excellence
    award-2017 instituted by the American Planning Association (APA). 5 APA
    Awards recipients will be honoured in New York in May 2017.  
  10. Central Hindi Institute
    announced 26 writers for Hindi Sevi
    Samman Awards 2015 –
    1. Ganga Sharan Singh Award
      (promotion and training of Hindi) –
      1. S. Shesharatnam, M. Govind
        Rajan, Harmahendra Singh Bedi, H. Subadani Devi
    2. Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award
      (Journalism and creative literature)
      1. Baldev Bhai Sharma
      2. Rahul Dev
    3. Atmaram Award (Science and
      Technology literature and Machinery growth)
      1. Girish Chandra Saxena
      2. Phani Bhushan Das
    4. Subramanyam Bharti Award
      (Promotion of Hindi in constructive or criticism way)
      1. Surya Prasad Dixit
      2. Chandrakanta
    5. Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan
      Award (field exploration and research as well as for description on its
      journey)
      1. Chitra Mudgal
      2. Jai Prakash Kardam
    6. Dr. George Grierson Award
      (Awarded to people of foreign origin for promotion and training of Hindi
      outside India)
      1. Fujii Takeshi (Japan)
      2. Gabriela Nik Ilieva (New
        York)
    7. Padmabhushan Dr. Moturi
      Satyanarayan Award (Awarded to people of Indian origin for promotion and
      training of Hindi outside India)
      1. Pushpita Avasthi
        (Netherlands)
      2. Padmesh Gupt (London)
  11. Dadasaheb
    Phalke Excellence Awards 2017 –
    1. Best Actress – Aishwarya Rai (Sarabjit).
    2. Kala Shree Award – Hema
      Malini.
    3. Zeenat Aman received Lifetime
      Achievement Award.
    4. Creative Director – Shoojit
      Sircar (Pink).
    5. Negative Role – Rohit Roy (Kaabil).
    6. Best Debutant – Saiyami Kher (Mirzya).
    7. Imortant Note – Candidates please note that Dadasaheb
      Phalke Excellence Awards
      are not to be confused with Dadasaheb
      Phalke Award
      . These are 2 different entities.
  12. Dr. Paduru Gururaja Bhat Award
    2017 has been conferred upon A.V. Narasimha Murthy of University of
    Mysore. .
  13. Eritrean-Swedish journalist
    Dawit Isaak awarded with 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom
    Prize.
  14. Film Director & Actor Kasinadhuni Viswanath will be honored
    with 48th Dadasaheb Phalke
    Award
    for year 2016
    . The Award consists of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a
    cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs and a shawl.
  15. Former Union
    minister Ashwani Kumar has been selected by Japan for This
    Year’s Spring Imperial Decorations, for his contribution to
    strengthening of Indo – Japan bilateral ties.
  16. Gujarat Narmada Valley
    Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd (GNFC) won Golden Globe Tigers Award for
    Excellence and Leadership in CSR for 2017 in category of ‘E-Payment
    Leadership’, for implementation of digital transactions in its township at
    Bharuch (Gujarat). Awards ceremony was held at Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).
  17. Hindi film ‘Newton’ won Jury
    Prize for Best Film at Hong Kong International Film Festival (Asia’s
    oldest international film festival).
    1. Newton is a political comedy
      film directed by Amit Masurkar. The story revolves around a clerk on
      election duty in a conflict-ridden region of Chhattisgarh.
  18. Hyderabad Police’s HYD COP’ app
    has been awarded Golden Peacock Innovative Product Service Award for 2017,
    during IOD India’s Golden Peacock awards ceremony in Dubai.
  19. India’s Srishti Kaur won Miss
    Teen Universe 2017 Title at Managua (Nicaragua).
  20. Indian – origin British
    educationist Asha Khemka has been named Asian Business woman of the
    year
    at 5 th annual Asian Business Awards Midlands, That honours
    outstanding achievements of local Asian business.
  21. Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat
    conferred with honorary rank of general of Nepal Army. 
  22. Indian
    Cricketer Kapil Dev and Bollywood Actor Aamir khan will receive 75th
    Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards.
  23. Indian environmental engineer
    Trupti Jain won 2016’s Cartier Women’s Initiative Award in
    Singapore for providing women working on farms with water management
    solutions and protecting them against droughts and flash floods.
  24. Indian sand artist Sudarsan
    Pattnaik (Odisha) won jury prize gold medal at 10th Moscow Sand art
    Championship. Theme of championship was The world around us.
  25. India’s youngest ever
    chancellor (of North East Frontier Technical University), Dileep K.
    Nair received Dr. B.R. Ambedkar International Foundation Kerala State
    Award for 2016-17 for his performance in field of education.
  26. Ministry of Agriculture and
    Farmers Welfare selected Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Tripura for
    Krishi Karman awards 2015-16 (Cash Award 5 Crores).
    1. Apart from these, Meghalaya
      would get commendation prize for total food grain production and would be
      given a cash award of Rs 1 crore.
    2. Tamil Nadu has been chosen in
      large category (production over 10 million tonnes), Himachal Pradesh in
      medium category (1 to 10 million tonnes) and Tripura in small category
      (less than 1 million tonnes).
  27. Nobel Laureate and social
    activist Kailash Satyarthi has been honored by PC Chandra Puraskar for his
    work against child slavery and child labour.
  28. Noted playback singer Vani
    Jayaram presented with Ghantasala National Award by Ghantasala National
    Art Academy in Andhra Pradesh.
  29. S.P. Bala Subramanyam awarded
    with NTR National Film Award for 2012 and actress Hema Malini awarded with
    same award for year 2013. 
  30. Sanjay Pratihar (Tezpur
    University(Assam)) has been selected for Indian National Science Academy
    (INSA) medal for Young Scientist Award 2017, for his contribution to
    multi-metal complexes, theoretical understanding, selective sensing of
    Hq2+ions and applications in agriculture.
  31. Social activist Prafulla
    Samantra is among 6 winners of Goldman Environmental Prize 2017.
  32. UN Secretary-General Antonio
    Guterres selected Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai as Messenger
    of Peace, making her UN’s youngest-ever Messenger of Peace. She also
    became youngest ever to address Canadian Parliament and 6th person to get
    honorary Canadian Citizenship.
  33. UNESCO named Giuseppina
    Nicolini (Mayor of Lampedusa (Italy)) and non-governmental organisation SOS
    Méditerranée (France)
    as winners of Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize
    2017, for their work to save lives of refugees and migrants and welcome
    them with dignity.
MAY
2017
1. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) presented
with Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for year 2014.
Award was presented by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
2.Kolkata-based NBFC – MFI Village Financial
Services
won MSME Banking Excellence Awards 2016 in Best NBFC-MFI for
Promotional Schemes category, instituted by Chamber for Indian Micro, Small
& Medium Enterprises (CIMSME).
3.3 Indian Scientists – Krishna Chatterjee (Cambridge
University), Subhash Khot (New York University) and Yadvinder Malhi (Oxford
University) have been elected as Fellows of The Royal Society of UK, premier
scientific academy of United Kingdom and Commonwealth.
4.Actress Konkona Sensharma won best director for her
debut film A Death in the Gunj and best actress for Lipstick Under My
Burka
at 2017 New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF).
  1. Mukti Bhawan, a movie about a man who
    accompanies his father on a journey to Varanasi, has won Best Film at
    NYIFF 2017.
5.Actress
Priyanka Chopra will be receiving Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award under newly
introduced category- ‘Internationally Acclaimed Actress’ for her work on
International platform
.
6.Bengaluru FC’s Sunil Chhetri won Hero of the League
2016-17 Award, that was recently won by Aizawl FC.
7.Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez won
International Humanitarian Award in Editor’s Choice category of Asian Voice
Charity Awards.
8.Britains Indian-origin steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta
(Chairman of the Liberty House Group) won CEO of the Year title at
Platts Global Metals Awards in London.
.Canadian Rapper Drake won record 13 awards at 2017
Billboard Music Awards in USA.
9.Cannes Film Festival
2017 Winners –
  1. Best Film (Palme d’Or) –
    Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s The Square.
  2. Best Director – Sofia Coppola
    (USA) for The Beguiled. She is only 2nd female director in Cannes
    festival’s 70-year history to win the award.
  3. 70th Anniversary Prize – Nicole
    Kidman
  4. Grand Prix – 120 Beats per
    Minute by Robin Campillo
  5. Best Actress – Diane Kruger for
    In the Fade
  6. Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix
    for You Were Never Really Here
  7. Jury Prize – Loveless by Andrey
    Zvyagintsev
10.Cochin Port Trust received 2 Best Performance Awards
from Ministry of Shipping – Highest growth in operating surplus and Achieving
3rd highest growth in cargo traffic among major ports in 2016-17. 
11.David Letterman has been honored with Mark Twain
Prize 2017 for American humour.
12.Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India
(EDII), and ITC Ltd has won Porter Prize 2017, presented by Harvard Business
School Professor and leading management thinker, Michael E. Porter.
13.French Footballer N’Golo
Kante has been voted 2017 Footballer of the Year by Football Writers’
Association.
14.Hollywood actor Emma Watson received first-ever
Genderless Acting Award for Best Actor category at MTV Movie and TV Awards, Los
Angles (USA). This is first ever genderless award that doesn’t separate
nominees based on their sex.
15.Hollywood film The Black Prince starring
Indian Actress Shabana Azmi and Singer Satinder Sartaaj has been awarded
special Jury Remi Award at 50th Annual Worldfest Houston International Film
Festival.
  1. It a historic film of the last
    king of Punjab – Maharajah Duleep Singh and his relationship with Queen
    Victoria.
16.ICICI Bank chief Chanda Kochhar has
become first Indian woman to be conferred with Woodrow Wilson
Award for Global Corporate Citizenship.
17.Indian Author Jhumpa Lahiri won PEN/Malamud Award
2017, given by PEN/Faulkner Foundation for Excellence in the Short Story
writing.
1.Indian scientist Shrinivas Kulkarni won Dan David
prize for his contributions in field of astronomy.
18.Indians at 7th
Annual Asian Awards (UK) –
  1. Child actor Sunny Pawar has
    been chosen for the Rising Star Award. He is best known for his
    Performance in Oscar nominated film Lion.
  2. Cricketer
    Sachin Tendulkar received Fellowship Award.
  3. Playback singer Adnan Sami won
    award for Outstanding achievement in Music.
  4. Award for Outstanding
    achievement in cinema conferred on Om Puri.
19.Kashmiri photographer Saqib Majeed won 2016 Wisden –
MCC (Melbourne Cricket Council) Cricket’s Photograph of the Year for
capturing an image of boys playing cricket at Nishat garden near Srinagar.
He is first Kashmiri and second Asian after Atul Kamble to receive This award.
20.Maharashtra’s Govardhan Eco Village won Smart
Village
Award by India Trade Promotion Organisation for being a sustainable
project in rural Maharashtra.
21.Minister of Defence, Finance & Corporate Affairs
Arun Jaitley presented Raksha Mantri’s Awards for Excellence for 2014-15 and
2015-16 –
  1. Excellence in Performance –
    2014 – 15 (Bharat Dynamics Limited, Hyderabad), 2015 – 16 (Hindustan
    Aeronautics Limited, Bengaluru)
  2. Best Performance in Exports –
    2014 – 15 (Goa Shipyard Limited), 2015 – 16 (Bharat Electronics Limited,
    Bengaluru)
  3. Best performing Ordnance
    Factory – 2014 – 15 (Ordnance Factory Medak, Telangana), 2015 – 16
    (Ordnance Factory Medak, Telangana)
  4. Best performing Shipyard – 2014
    – 15 (Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Mumbai), 2015 – 16 (Goa Shipyard Limited)
22.National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
(NATAS) announced 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in California (USA) –
  1. DRAMA SERIES – General Hospital
  2. MORNING PROGRAM- Good Morning
    America
  3. SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
    SERIES – Steve Burton (The Young and the Restless)
  4. SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
    SERIES – Kate Mansi (Days of Our Lives)
  5. GAME SHOW- Jeopardy
  6. INFORMATIVE TALK SHOW – The Dr.
    Oz Show
  7. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS PROGRAM-
    Entertainment Tonight
  8. CULINARY PROGRAM- Eat the World
    with Emeril Lagasse (Amazon).
23President Pranab Mukherjee presented Dr. Ambedkar National Awards for
outstanding contribution to promotion of social understanding and for
upliftment of weaker sections of society for years 2011, 2012 and
2014. Award consists of citation and INR 10 lakh cash prize. Winners are –
  1. 2011 – Professor S K Thorat
    (2011)
  2. 2012 – Samta Sainik Dal
    (non-political organization founded by Dr. Ambedkar) (2012)
  3. 2014 – Amar Sewa Sangam AND Babu
    Lal Nirmal (Social activist from Rajasthan) 
24.President Pranab Mukherjee presented Presidential
Awards for Classical Tamil for year 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 –
  1. Tholkappiyar Award –
    1. 2013 – 14 – S N Kandaswamy
    2. 2014 – 15 – A Dakshinamurthy
    3. 2015 – 16 – R Kalaikkovan
  2. Young Scholar Award – 15
    Awardees (5 in each year)
25.Pune city police received Federation of Indian
Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) Smart Police Award for 2017.
26.Rajive Kaul has been conferred with Order of
Diplomatic Service Merit Sungnye Medal of South Korea, for his services
rendered as honorary consul general of South Korea in Kolkata. .
27.Rohan Chakravarty, a wildlife and environment
cartoonist from India, has won WWF International President’s Award 2017.
28Sanjay Gubbi (Karnataka) and Purnima Barman (Assam)
are among 6 Recipients of This year’s Whitley Award for their contributions in
wildlife conservation, also known as Green Oscars. Whitley Awards are given by
UK registered charity Whitley Fund for Nature.
29.Satyabrata Rout (From University of Hyderabad)
has been awarded Sangeet Natak Akademi
Puraskar for 2016.
30.Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling has been
conferred with first Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Lifetime Achievement Honour in
Public Service.
31.Tamil Nadu Government conferred 2017 Avvaiyar Award
to Padma Venkataraman.
32Tata Motors has been awarded HR Innovation of the
Year
title for its significant contribution to skill development in
automotive sector, at Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards in Hong Kong.
33.Thespian Soumitra Chatterjee and Y.C. Deveshwar are
conferred with Banga Samman, West Bengal’s highest civilian award (started in
2011).

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