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  • Singer T M Krishna wins Indira Gandhi National Integration

    Singer T M Krishna won 30th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for the year 2015 and 2016. He is a pre-eminent vocalist in the Carnatic tradition of Indian classical music and has been an activist who has worked to break down caste-barriers in the society. The award is conferred for promoting national integration and strengthening nation’s sense of solidarity. It carries a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh.

    Roger Federer Cruises to Shanghai Masters Title

    Roger Federer won world number one Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters and register his fourth victory of the year over his Spanish rival. He is the only man who can still stop Nadal ending the year as number one, took an hour and 12 minutes to claim his sixth title of the year and his second Shanghai crown with a clinical performance. He  has also won a record eighth Wimbledon title & became the tournament’s oldest champion with a straight-sets victory over Marin Cilic. Federer claimed his 19th Grand Slam title in Wimbledon title 2017.

    Indian football team qualifies for 2019 AFC Asian Cup

    Indian football team registered a commanding win over Macau by 4-1 in AFC Asian Cup qualifying match at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru. India after winning this match has also qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup which is going to be held in the UAE. India played and lost the match in the tournament was in 2011 while their only appearance before that was way back in 1984. In the 2011 edition that was held in Doha, India.  

    National Award for Boxing Coach Sandhu & Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak

    President Ram Nath Kovind gave away the National award for senior citizens to Indian boxing coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu and Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academics and Management for 2017 to Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak. He is  India’s longest-serving men’s national coach, for two decades. Dr.Bindeshwar Pathak is the founder of Sulabh International.

    Iceland becomes smallest nation ever to enter FIFA World Cup

    Iceland becomes the smallest country ever to qualify for the final stage of the FIFA World Cup, after topping its qualifying group. The island nation has a population of over 3,34,000 with over 20,000 registered football players. Last year, Iceland played its first major tournament, the UEFA European Championship, where the team defeated England and reached the quarter-final stage.

    Nobel Prize 2017 in Economic Sciences Announced

    The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2017 was awarded to Richard H. Thaler for his contributions to behavioral economics. In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank (Sweden's central bank) established the Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize.

    Rafael Nadal Wins China Open Title

    World number one Rafael Nadal (Spain) won his China Open Title that is sixth title of this year. He defeated Nick Kyrgios (Australia) at the China Open 2017.  He won a 16-time Grand Slam winner and came to the Chinese capital Beijing on the back of winning his third US Open.

    Anupama Clinches World Open Under-16 Snooker Championship Title

    India’s Anupama Ramachandran clinched the World Open Under-16 Snooker Championship title at St. Petersburg in Russia. In the girl's category, second seed Anupama knocked out her compatriot and top seed Keerthana Pandian 3-1 to become World Open Under-16 champion. This is the Federation of Billiards Sports of Russia hosted this first-ever World Open championships for Under-16 boys and girls. 

    Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan name figures in the list of possible winners of Nobel Prize in Economics

    Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan’s name figures in this year’s list of possible winners of Nobel Prize in economics brought out by Clarivate Analytics. In its list of probable Nobel Prize in Economics winners 2017, Clarivate Analytics has named six contenders - Colin F Camerer, George F. Loewenstein, Robert E. Hall, Michael C. Jensen, Stewart C. Myers, and, of course, Raghuram G. Rajan Rajan is currently the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago.

    Gauri Lankesh is the First Indian Journalist to win Anna Politkovskaya Award

    Journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead by unknown assailants won the prestigious Anna Politkovskaya Award, instituted by Reach All Women (RAW) in War. It was honored to award the annual Anna Politkovskaya Award for women human rights defenders from war and conflict zones jointly to Gauri Lankesh posthumously and to a brave Pakistani activist Gulalai Ismail, who similarly is fighting against Islamic extremism. 

    Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Announced

    The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons".  The Prize calls upon nuclear-armed states to initiate negotiations to the gradual elimination of the world’s 15,000 nuclear weapons adding that ICAN has in the past year given the efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons a new direction and new vigor.

    Kazuo Ishiguro selected for 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature

    The Swedish Academy selected Japanese-born English novelist Kazuo Ishiguro (62) for the 2017 Nobel Prize in literature. The award was given for his works that are of great emotional force which uncovers the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world. Kazuo Ishiguro was born in 1954 in Nagasaki, Japan and moved to the UK when he was five years old.

    Commonwealth Games 2018 Baton Arrived in New Delhi

    The Queen's Baton for the 2018 Commonwealth Games arrived in New Delhi, India. The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held in Australia. The Baton was received by Indian Olympic Association (IOA) joint secretary Rakesh Gupta and it will travel to Agra.

    Indian Entrepreneur wins UK Business Award for Innovative IT Solutions

    Birendra Sasmal, CEO of Subah won the International Business Person of the Year at the Asian Achievers Awards in London for turning the company into a thriving IT, telecoms and manufacturing success story with operations across West Africa.

    Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young win 2017 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine

    The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet decided to award the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to the American trio of Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm. The winners will share a prize of 9m Swedish kronor (£825,000), and each receives a medal engraved with their name.  It is the 108th time the prize has been awarded and was announced at the Nobel Forum at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

    Patanjali’s Acharya Balkrishna among Top 10 Richest Indians

    Acharya Balkrishna, the associate of Baba Ramdev-run FMCG company Patanjali and Radhakishan Damani of D-Mart are among the top 10 rich people in the country. He ranked eighth in the Hurun India rich list 2017. His position rose to 8th position from 25th last year after seeing his wealth grow by 173% Patanjali, with a turnover of INR 10,561 crore in 2016-2017 has been a close competition to major international brands. Business Tycoon, Mukesh Ambani, with a net worth of INR 257,900 crore is ranked first in the list for the sixth consecutive year.

    Lakshmanan wins 5,000m gold at National Open Athletics

    Asian champion Govindan Lakshmanan of Services cruised to victory in the men's 5000-metre race on the opening day of the 57th National Open Athletics Championships at the Nehru Stadium. He has recently won gold in the 3,000m event at the Asian Indoor Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

    Sports Ministry Recommends P.V. Sindhu for Padma Bhushan Award

    Olympic silver medallist shuttler P.V. Sindhu recommended for the prestigious Padma Bhushan, country’s third highest civilian award, by the Sports Ministry. She is two-time bronze medallist at World Championship. She was awarded India’s fourth highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri. She becomes the first Indian to win the Korea Open Superseries.

    CNR Rao selected for 2017 Von Hippel Award

    Eminent Scientist and Bharat Ratna Prof C.N.R. Rao awarded as 2017 Von Hippel Award, the highest international prize in materials research. The award will be presented to Prof Rao for his interdisciplinary contributions to the development of novel functional materials, including nanomaterials graphene, superconductivity, 2D materials and colossal magnetoresistance at Boston. He is an eminent scientist and world’s foremost solid state and materials chemists. He has worked mainly in solid-state and structural chemistry. The award recognizes those qualities most prized by materials scientists and engineers brilliance and originality of intellect, combined with vision.

    India Become World No. 1 in Both ODIs and Tests

    India beat Australia by 5 wickets in the third ODI played between the two sides at Indore. Now India is the no. 1 spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-Day International (ODI) rankings. This is India’s ninth consecutive ODI win while it is Australia 11ts successive defeat. The three Top three teams in ODI are India, South Africa, and Australia.

    India bags 4 more Medals at 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan

    In the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, India bagged four medals. Sajan Prakash of India won second with the silver medal in the Men's 100-metre butterfly event. Divya Gurling Shilwant and Pratiksha Chandrakant Parhar bagged a bronze each in women's Alysh classic in 70 kg and 75 kg categories in the Belt Wrestling Discipline. Zumu from Nagaland won the bronze medal in the 90 kg category of Kazakh Kuresh style belt wrestling. India is at 11th spot in the medals tally with 5 gold, 7 silver, and 7 bronze.

    Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar nominated for 2017 FIFA Best Mens Player award

    Famous Football players Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Neymar Jr are the final three players in contention for FIFA Best Men's Player of the Year 2017 award. The final three nominees for the Best FIFA Men's Coach of the Year 2017 award are Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane, Juventus' Massimiliano Allegri, and Chelsea's Antonio Conte.

    Anushka, Ranveer Singh, Rajkummar Rao, Aamir won GQ Men of the Year 2017 Awards

    GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2017 kicked off in Mumbai. The Award Winners are: Irrfan Khan - Outstanding Achievement Anushka Sharma - Woman of the Year Karan Johar - Producer of the Year Rajkummar Rao - Actor of Year Ranveer Singh - Entertainer of the Year Sridevi - Excellence in Acting Aamir Khan - Creative Maverick  

    PV Sindhu becomes world number 2 in latest BWF womens singles ranking

    Indian professional badminton player, Rio Olympic silver medalist PUSARLA V. Sindhu has jumped two places to the second spot in the BWF (Badminton World Federation) women's singles ranking. This is the second time that Sindhu is world number two after being at the position for a week in April 2017. She has won three international titles this year, including the Korea Open. TAI Tzu Ying of Taiwan ranks first in BWF women's singles.

    China Real Estate Developer Hui Ka Yan Becomes the Richest Man in Asia

    According to the Forbes Real-Time Billionaires List, Hui Ka Yan, the chairman of Chinese real estate giant Evergrande Group, has become Asia’s richest man, with a net worth of $41.1 billion. Hui today ranks No. 15 globally. The Asia’s second and third richest persons are Tencent Holdings Chairman Ma Huateng ($39.1 billion), Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma ($38.9 billion) respectively.

    Bollywood film Newton chosen as Indias official entry to Oscars 2018

    The Rajkummar Rao starrer black comedy bollywood  film 'Newton' has been selected as India's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at Oscars 2018. Directed by Amit V Masurkar. The Film Federation Of India (FFI) confirmed this nomination.

    Nigerian Zannah Mustapha wins UN High Commission for Refugees 2017 Award

    For Educating Boko Haram Victims, a Nigerian, Mr Zannah Mustapha, the Director, Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School, has won the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) 2017 Nansen Refugees Award. Mr Mustapha will be presented with his award at ceremony in the Swiss city of Geneva on 2 October.

    Cyclist Mark Beaumont Breaks the World Record

    Mark Beaumont broke the world record for cycling around the world - by 44 days. The 34-year-old, from Perthshire, arrived in Paris one day ahead of schedule having cycled the 18,000-mile route in 79 days. He set a new world record of 194 days in 2008. He was on his bike for more than 16 hours a day and only slept for five hours each night.

    India win four medals in Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

    India won its first athletics gold through Purnima Hembram in women’s pentathlon in the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The one gold two silver and one bronze through track and field athletes on the third day of fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, in Ashgabat. India is now at a 11th spot in the medals tally, which is led by hosts Turkmenistan (26 gold, 21 silver, 12 bronze). It is being represented by 203 athletes in 15 sports disciplines in the Games and it is second biggest multi-sporting event of the continent after the Asiad.

    69th Primetime Emmy Awards 2017

    The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced at the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, U.S. The Handmaid's Tale became the first web television series to win the award for Outstanding Drama Series. Westworld and Saturday Night Live were the most nominated programs, each with 22 nominations.  Stephen Colbert was the Host of 69th Emmy Awards. The important awards are listed below Outstanding Comedy Series -Veep Outstanding Drama Series - The Handmaid's Tale Outstanding Variety Talk Series- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Outstanding Variety Sketch Series -Saturday Night Live Outstanding Limited Series -Big Little Lies Outstanding Television Movie -Black Mirror: "San Junipero" Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series -Donald Glover as Earnest "Earn" Marks on Atlanta Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series-Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer on Veep. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series -Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson on This Is Us Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series -Elisabeth Moss as June Osborne / Offered on The Handmaid's Tale Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series -Atlanta (Episode: "B.A.N."), Directed by Donald Glover Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series -The Handmaid's Tale (Episode: "Offred"), Directed by Reed Morano Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series -Master of None (Episode: "Thanksgiving"), Written by Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe.

    Lewis Hamilton won Singapore Grand Prix

    Mercedes' British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton registered his 60th career won at the Singapore Grand Prix. He defeated Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel score and reached the top of the table with 28 points. Daniel Ricciardo won the second place in the race.

    PV Sindhu wins Gold at Korea Open Superseries Competition

    PV Sindhu becomes the first Indian to win Gold Medal at the Korea Open Superseries Competition. She defeated Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in the women's singles final. She was second Indian female shuttler to win Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal who had won a bronze medal in 2012 London Olympics. It was overall her third super series title of her career. She won 2016 China Super Series Premier and India Super Series and Syed Modi Grand Prix.

    MPEDA Bags Rajbhasha Keerti Award

    The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) awarded National level Rajbhasha Keerti Award for the third consecutive year.  MPEDA Chairman A Jayathilak received the award from Honourable President Ram Nath Kovind. This award has been given to MPEDA for the best Implementation of Official language in the organization.

    Salman Khan honoured at Britain’s House of Commons

    Salman Khan received a Global Diversity Award at Britain’s House of Commons. The Global Diversity Award is given to people of immense stature in terms of diversity in the world, and he is certainly one of them. The Being Human NGO is run by the Salman Khan.  

    74th Venice Film Festival Awards 2017

    The 74th annual Venice International Film Festival was held from 30 August to 9 September 2017. The most important award is the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale and considered one of the most prestigious film awards, like the Golden Palm in Cannes and the Golden Bear of Berlin. The awards are listed below Best Film - Nico, 1988, directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli Best Director - Vahid Jalilvand, No Date, No Signature Special Jury Prize - Caniba, directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel Best Actress – Lyna Khoudri, Les Bienheureux Best Actor –  Navid Mohammadzadeh, No Date, No Signature Best Screenplay - Los Versos Del Olvido, directed by Alireza Khatami Best Short Film - Gros Chagrin, directed by Céline Devaux Lion of the Future  – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film Jusqu’à la Garde, directed by Xavier Legrand.

    Tahir Mahmood awarded N R Madhava Menon Best Law Teacher Award

    Tahir Mahmood awarded the prestigious N R Madhava Menon Best Law Teacher Award 2017 for his distinguished services to legal education and the legal profession on the occasion of Law Teachers' Day celebrations. The function was organized by the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) and Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy Training (MILAT). Every year to honor the most deserved law teachers and institutions in India and across the SAARC region, the award was presented.

    Prakash Padukone to get badminton's first lifetime award

    Badminton Prakash Padukone conferred with the first Lifetime Achievement Award instituted by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) for his rich contribution to the sport. He is the first recipient of the lifetime achievement award. He won the 1980 All England and won a bronze at the 1983 World Championship in Copenhagen. He also won a gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games. He was bestowed with the Arjuna award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982.

    Rafael Nadal won 2017 US Open title for his 16th Grand Slam Title

    Rafael Nadal (Spain) won the 2017 US Open title in men’s single category. He defeated Kevin Anderson from South Africa. The other category winners are Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands) and Horia Tecau won the Men's Double Championship. Chan Yung-jan (Chinese Taipei) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland) won Women's Double Championship. Martina Hingis (Switzerland) and Jamie Murray (United Kingdom) won the Mixed Doubles Championship.

    India Finishes 5th at Moscow Shotgun World Championships

    India finished fifth in the medals tally with one gold and two silver medals at the Moscow Shotgun World Championships. Only 16 of the 76 participating nations got amongst the medals. Olympic skeet champions Gabrielle Rossetti and Diana Bacosi crowned as world champions in the process. Italy topped the tally with nine gold medals for a total of 17 medals in all. USA topped second with five gold medals for a total of 12.

    US Open: Sloane Stephens wins Women's Singles Title

    American Sloane Stephens lifted the US Open women's singles title. She ranked 83rd completed a spectacular return from injury to beat 15th seed Keys 6-3, 6-0 in the finals. She started the tournament when she was ranked in the 900s and has now ended it as the US Open Champion.

    India won 2nd SABA U-16 Championship

    India won 2nd South Asian Basketball, SABA, Under - 16 Championship They defeated Bhutan by 131-50 in its last league match at Kathmandu in Nepal. India now qualified for 2017 International Basketball Federation, FIBA, Under-16 Asian Championship to be played in Malaysia later this year.

    University of Oxford ranks top in 2018 World University Rankings, In India IISc Bangalore ranks first

    2018 World University Rankings which was published by the Times Higher Education (THE) are: 1. University of Oxford 2.  University of Cambridge 3. Caltech, Stanford University. IISc, Bangalore has been named the top university in India. The other top Indian Universities are: 2. IIT-Bombay 3. IIT-Delhi 4. IIT-Kanpur 5. IIT-Kharagpur

    Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi in 1991 cannot be revoked

    Myanmar's Suu Kyi received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for "her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights'' while standing up against military rulers. An online petition signed by more than 386,000 people on is calling for her prize's removal over the persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims. The Norwegian Nobel Institute announced that prize awarded to Myanmar's Aung Sang Suu Kyi cannot be revoked.

    India’s Sonam wins Gold in Cadet World Wrestling Championship

    India’s Sonam 43 kilogram weight category wins Gold in Cadet World Wrestling Championship. Wrestler Neelam also bagged Bronze Medal in the 43-kilogram weight category. Meanwhile, Four other wrestlers Simran, Manisha, Minakshi, Karuna will also fight for Bronze Medal in different weight categories.

    GIFT City Wins ASSOCHAM Services Excellence Awards

    India’s first operational Smart City and IFSC, Gujarat International Finance-Tec City (GIFT City) won the prestigious Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) Services Excellence Award. It was honoured for its contribution to the growth of the International Financial Services and Technology Hub in India. GIFT City, India’s first International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), is operational with approximately 10 leading banks, 2 international exchanges (India INX and NSE IFSC), around 100 capital market players and 8 insurance companies having established their operations.

    Konsam Ormila Devi won Gold at Commonwealth Youth Weightlifting Championship

    India’s Konsam Ormila Devi won a gold medal in 44kg weight category on the opening day of the Commonwealth Youth (boys & girls) weightlifting championships held at Gold Coast, Australia.  She lifted 57kg in snatch and 76kg in clean and jerk for an overall effort of 133kg.

    Hyderabad Airport Bags Energy Efficiency Award

    Hyderabad International Airport Limited bagged the National Award for ‘Excellence’ in Energy Management at a conference hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) is a company promoted as a joint venture comprising the GMR Group (63%) in partnership with Government of India (13%), Government of Telangana (13%) and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (11%). The event focused on recognizing companies that are engaged in energy efficiency initiatives and displaying commitment towards energy conservation.

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the First Wicketkeeper to Effect 100 Stumpings

    Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first wicketkeeper in world cricket to attain 100 stumpings in One Day Internationals (ODIs).  Dhoni achieved the feat in his 301st ODI in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Former Sri Lankan Skipper Kumar Sangakkara is on the second position with 99 Stumpings on his name.

    Ahmedabad gets India's first World Heritage City certificate

    Ahmedabad in Gujarat formally accorded the status of India's first World Heritage City with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director General Irina Bokova handing over the certificate in this regard to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. Ahmedabad was selected out of 250 cities in the race for the coveted status. India is second after China in terms of a number of world heritage properties in ASPAC (Asia and Pacific) region, and overall seventh in the world.

    Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail receives 2016 Saraswati Samman

    Eminent Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail (74) was bestowed with prestigious Saraswati Samman 2016. He was awarded for his novel “Hawthan" portraits about cultural lives of traditional pottery community in Goa. The award comprises of plaque and a cash purse of Rs.15 lakh by Union minister for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman an event held in New Delhi.

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