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  • Arshdeep Singh won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award

    Arshdeep Singh, a 10-year-old boy from Punjab, won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award in 10 Years and Under category given by UK's Natural History Museum. He won the award for the picture titled 'Pipe Owls'. The picture was shot outside Kapurthala city with two owlets closely sitting inside a pipe. His work was published in Lonely Planet UK, Germany and India, and BBC Wildlife UK.

    Khayyam named for 2018 Hridaynath Award for lifetime achievement

    The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 100,000 and a memento. It will be presented by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at a ceremony on October 26, 2018, in Mumbai. Khayyam is a music composer, lyricist, and writer. He is 91 years old. He started his music career in Ludhiana in 1943. He has received Padma Bhushan, National Award, Filmfare Award. 

    Suheil F. Tandon won International Olympic committee IOC award

    He is the Founder of Pro Sports Development (PSD) and Executive Director of Martha Farrell Foundation. International Olympic Committee (IOC) redistributes more than 90 % of its income to the wider sporting movement, to help athletes and sports organizations throughout the world. They are awarded to grassroots organizations conducting effective sport for all programmes in various parts of the world.

    Anna Burns won Man Booker Prize for fiction for Milkman

    Anna Burns won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction for Milkman, a vibrant, violent story about men, women, conflict and power set during Northern Ireland’s years of Catholic-Protestant violence.  She is the first writer from Northern Ireland to win the £50,000 (Rs.48 lakh) prize, which is open to English-language authors from around the world. She said her books took a long time to complete, and she has often struggled financially since her first novel, No Bones, was released in 2001.

    H M Pernal gets Vishwa Konkani book award

    World Konkani Centre announced that writer, journalist and critic, He bagged the prestigious ‘Vimala V Pai Vishwa’ Konkani best book award for the year 2018. He has conferred this award for ‘Beeg Ani Beegath’, a collection of short stories in Konkani.

    Sikkim Won FAO's Future Policy Award 2018

    Sikkim won the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) Future Policy Award 2018 for being the world's first 100% organic state. Sikkim defeated 51 nominated policies from 25 countries, winning the Gold Prize of the Future Policy Award 2018, also known as “Oscar for Best Policies”. All the winners received the awards in a ceremony at FAO headquarters during the celebrations of the World Food Week in Rome.

    Bedi was honoured with the Dr.M.A.Chidambaram Birth Centenary Award

    Bishan Singh Bedi, the former Indian captain and spin legend, was honoured with the Dr.M.A.Chidambaram Birth Centenary Award, at a grand function here on Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The program was instituted by MAC Charities in memory of the former BCCI president. Other former Test cricketers like C.D. Gopinath, V.V. Kumar, G.R. Viswanath, K. Srikkanth and T.A. Sekhar were also honoured at the function that was held on the day of the birth centenary.

    Ruhan Rajput bags Midday Young Achiever Icons Award 2018

    He was awarded in the film and television category for his work in the industry in a short period of time. He was presented the award by Ms. Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He is the director of “Einfolge”, a company that deals with patents, trademarks, etc.  He is also the owner of “Gloss Skin and Hair Clinic”.  

    Complete List Of Nobel Prize Winners 2018

    The 2018 Nobel Prize were announced recently in five different fields namely Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Peace, and Economic Sciences.  This is for the first time that no Literature Prize was given in 70 years because of a #MeToo scandal.

    ESIC Wins ISSA GOOD Practice Award, Asia & The Pacific 2018

    The award is presented for Administrative Solution for Coverage Extension at the “Regional Social Security Forum for Asia and the Pacific” held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The award recognizes the measures taken by Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) for extension of coverage-SPREE (Scheme for Promoting Registration of Employers and Employees), reduced rate of contribution rates for 24 months in newly implemented areas and raising the wage limit for coverage under the ESI Act.

    Winners of 2018 Nobel Peace Prize: Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

    Dr Mukwege, a 63-year-old gynaecologist has been associated with the treatment of various sexual assault victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2008, he also won the UN Human Rights Prize.

    Arnold, Smith, Winter won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

    Frances Arnold from the U.S., George Smith from the U.S., Gregory Winter of Britain won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for harnessing the power of evolution to produce novel proteins used in everything from environmentally friendly detergents and biofuels to cancer drugs. They were awarded for pioneering science in enzymes and antibodies.  Ms.Arnold was awarded half of the $1 million prizes while Mr.Smith and Mr.Winter shared the other half. Mr.Smith developed a method using a virus that infects bacteria to produce new proteins while Ms.Winter used the same technique for the directed evolution of antibodies.

    Mahatma Gandhi awarded the US Congressional Gold Medal

    It is the highest civilian honour given by the US Congress very few foreigners have received this award. The resolution is co-sponsored by four Indian American lawmakers Ami Bera, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ro Khanna and Pramila Jayapal. Tulsi Gabbard is the current co-chair of the House Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans and also one of the co-sponsors of the resolution. Out of the 6 US lawmakers, four were Indian Americans.

    Pankaj Kapoor gets 'Icons of Indian Cinema' Award at Jagran Film Festival

    Actor-director Pankaj Kapur is honoured with 'Icons of Indian Cinema' Award at the closing ceremony of the ninth edition of Jagran Film Festival in Mumbai. He is a three-time National Award winner. Pankaj Kapoor’s most acclaimed films were Raakh (1989), Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1991) Vishal Bhardwaj's adaptation of Macbeth, Maqbool (2003), all three films for which he received National Film Awards.

    Three jailed Saudi human rights activists awarded 'Alternative Nobel'

    The Right Livelihood Award - known as the 'Alternative Nobel' - has been given to three jailed Saudi human rights defenders and two Latin American anti-corruption crusaders. The laureates are: ♦ Abdullah al-Hamid, Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani and Waleed Abu al-Khair from Saudi Arabia; ♦ Thelma Aldana of Guatemala, and ♦ Ivan Velasquez from Colombia.

    Modi was awarded Champions of the Earth award

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been awarded the United Nation’s highest environmental honour ‘Champions of the Earth’ for his leadership of the band pledge to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022. Six of the world's most outstanding environmental changemakers were awarded the honour. The award recognises the combination of bold, innovative and tireless efforts to tackle some of the most urgent environmental issues of the times. Cochin International Airport was honoured with the award for Entrepreneurial Vision, for its leadership in the use of sustainable energy. Six Laureates Champions of the Earth:  1.Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India - Policy leadership 2.Cochin International Airport, World’s first solar power airport - Entrepreneurial vision 3.Emmanuel Macron, President of France - Policy Leadership 4.Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat (together) - Science and Innovation 5.Joan Carling, Environment and indigenous rights defender - Lifetime achievement 6.Zhejiang, Zhejiang’s Green Rural Revival Programme - Inspiration and action

    Irrfan starrer Doob named Bangladesh's official Oscars entry

    Actor Irrfan Khan starrer 'Doob', titled 'No Bed Of Roses' in English, has been chosen as Bangladesh's official entry for the Oscars 2019. The India-Bangladesh co-production, written and directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, 'Doob' will contest in the Best Foreign Language category at the 91st Academy (Oscar) Awards. The 91st Academy Awards will be held on February 24, 2019.

    Croatia's Luka Modric wins FIFA's best player of the year award

    Luka Modrić, who led Croatia to their first-ever FIFA World Cup final, won this year's The Best FIFA Men's Player award, finishing ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah. On the other hand, Brazilian captain Marta won the award for FIFA Best Women's Player of the Year. The rest of the FIFA 2018 award winners are: ♦ Best Goal of the Year: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt) ♦ Best Men's Coach: Didier Deschamps (France) ♦ Best Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium, Chelsea) ♦ Best Women's Coach: Reynald Pedros (Lyon) ♦ Best Fan Award: Peru fans, who travelled to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia ♦ FIFA Fair Play Award: Lennart Thy (VVV-Vento)

    Anushka Sharma Receives Smita Patil Award

    She received the Smita Patil award for best actor. The actor, who is gearing up for the release of her film Sui Dhaga, made her debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi in 2008.   

    National Sports Awards 2018 Full List Announced for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Dronacharya, Arjuna, Dhyan Chand Awards

    Cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu will jointly be conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award 2018, India's highest sporting honour. ► Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four year. ► Arjuna Award is given for consistency outstanding performance for four years. ►​​​​​​​ Dronacharya Award for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious International sports events. ​​​​​​​►​​​​​​​ Dhyan Chand Award for life time contribution to sports development and ​​​​​​​►​​​​​​​ Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development. ​​​​​​​►​​​​​​​ Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments is given Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy.  

    Indian film won the Toronto International Film Festival's prestigious Award

    Director Vasan Bala's action thriller 'Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota' (The Man Who Feels No Pain) has won the top award ie., Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). This is the first ever Indian film to be screened in the Toronto festival's Midnight Madness programme.

    Dr. Raghupati Singhania Conferred With Civilian Honour Of Mexico

    Melba Pria, ambassador of Mexico to India presented the award to Dr. Singhania on behalf of the President of Mexico on the eve of 128th National Day of Mexico.  The honor is given because of the efforts to strengthen bilateral ties between India and Mexico.

    'Game of Thrones' wins 9 Emmy Awards

    HBO series 'Game of Thrones' won nine awards including 'Outstanding Drama Series award' at this year's Emmy Awards. The 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards have taken place in Los Angeles. The winners of 2018 Emmy Awards are:- ♦ Best lead actress in a drama series - Claire Foy for The Crown ♦ Best lead actor in a drama series - Matthew Rhys for The Americans ♦ Best comedy series - The Marvelous Mrs Maisel About Emmy Award:- An Emmy Award, or simply Emmy, is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry, and is the equivalent of an Oscar Award (for film), the Tony Award (for theater), and the Grammy Award (for music).

    Virat Kohli, Mirabai Chanu recommended for 2018 Khel Ratna Award

    India cricket captain Virat Kohli and World champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu were jointly recommended for this year's Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award - the country’s highest sporting honour. If approved by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Kohli will become the third cricketer to get the Khel Ratna after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar (1997) and the double world cup-winning captain skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2007). Chanu was recommended for the prestigious award following her gold medal in 48kg category at the World Championships last year.

    Six aerodromes of the Airports Authority of India bagged 7 International Awards

    The winning airports are Lucknow, Indore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Pune airports. The Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards 2017 were presented by the Airports Council International (ACI) at the Customer Excellence Global Summit at Halifax, Canada, on September 12. According to a separate release, Delhi and Mumbai aerodromes shared the top slot in the best airport category in Asia-Pacific region with regard to handling of over two million passengers per year.

    Sawai Singh Shekhawat to be honoured with Meera Puruskar

    Jaipur-based poet and writer Sawai Singh Shekhawat will be honoured with Meera Puruskar by Rajasthan Sahitya Academy for his contribution to Hindi literature. The Award function will be held in October, this year. He has published seven books of poetry and his first Rajasthani story, Koonpal, was translated in Hindi, Telgu & Dogari. He served as Editor for Bakhat and Rajasthan Vikas magazines.

    Justice Mukul Mudgal to head selection committee for Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand 2018 awards

    Justice Mukul Mudgal, who headed the Supreme Court-appointed probe into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, has been named chairman of the 11-member selection committee to pick this year’s Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awardees. Dronacharya award is presented to coaches for their work on a consistent basis over a period of four years. The Dhyan Chand award is bestowed on sportspersons for their life-time achievement and contribution to sport during both their active career and after retirement. The National Sports Awards ceremony will be organised on September 25 this year.

    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Received Meryl Streep Award For Excellence

    The ceremony was established to honour the best female talent in Bollywood and Hollywood.  About Women in Film and Television (WIFT) India Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI) is a global network of nonprofit membership chapters.  Established in 1997, WIFTI is dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video, and other screen-based media.

    Nehal Chudasama to represent India in Miss Universe 2018

    Mumbai-based Nehal Chudasama had won the Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva Universe India 2018 title to become the representative of India at Miss Universe 2018 that will be held at Bangkok in December. While Indore's Aditi Hundia was crowned Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva Supranational 2018, Lucknow's Roshni Sheoran was crowned Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva 2018 Runner-Up.

    Puducherry bagged top position in National Clean School Award given by HRD Ministry

    Seven schools from Puducherry were awarded for cleanliness. As many as 52 schools from across the country were bestowed with National Clean School Award in recognition of their efforts in carrying forward Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Tamil Nadu bagged second position in National Clean School Award. The third position was shared by Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Fourth position was shared by Jharkhand, Haryana, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

    Centre selected 3 govt schools in Haryana for 'Swachh VidyalaPuraskar'

    The Haryana schools which have been selected for Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar according to Haryana's Education Minister are: ♦ Aarohi Model Senior Secondary School (AMSSS), Bhiwani Rohilla, Hisar, ​​​​​​​♦ AMSSS, Ramgarh Pandwa, Kaithal, ​​​​​​​♦ Government Primary School, Kirmara, Hisar. The 'Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar' (SVP) was instituted in 2016-17 by the Union government to recognise, inspire and celebrate excellence in water, sanitation and hygiene practices in government elementary and secondary schools. Hisar is among the nine top performing districts in the country with highest number of schools qualified for the SVP 2017-18.

    Two Indians, Bharat Vatwani and Sonam Wangchuk, received Magsaysay Award

    Bharat Vatwani and Sonam Wangchuk are among six individuals who received this year's Ramon Magsaysay Award, popularly known as Asia's Nobel Prize. The other recipients of the award are ♦ Youk Chhang, ♦ Filipino Howard Dee, ♦ Vietnam's Vo Thi Hoang Yen and ♦ East Timore's Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz.

    Rikako Ikee who bagged 6 golds named 2018 Asiad's Most Valuable Player

    Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee (18-year-old), who bagged six gold and two silver medals at the Asian Games 2018, has been named as the quadrennial event's Most Valuable Player. She became the first female athlete to bag the award in the history of Asian Games. Ikee also received a cheque of $50,000 (₹35.5 lakh).

    Ulka Maha conferred with Praful Bidwai memorial Award 2018

    The award was presented to Mahajan by social activist Medha Patkar. About Praful Bidwai memorial Award  The Praful Bidwai Memorial Award, instituted in the memory of journalist and social activist who died in Amsterdam in 2015.  

    Indra Nooyi to get Asia Game Changer of the Year award

    PepsiCo's India-born Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi will be honoured with the 2018 Asia Game Changer of the Year award by global cultural organisation Asia Society, in recognition of her business achievements, humanitarian record and advocacy for women and girls around the world. Nooyi recently announced her retirement from PepsiCo's CEO position.

    Forbes list: Akshay Kumar World's 7th highest-paid actor, Salman Khan in 9th place

    According to Forbes magazine, Akshay Kumar has emerged as the seventh highest-paid actor in the world by earning USD 40.5 million in 2018. Salman Khan ranked ninth place with USD 38.5 million. Hollywood star George Clooney tops the list of 'World's Highest-Paid Actors 2018' with $239 Million. Forbes list of the World's best-paid male actors 2018: George Clooney - $239m; Dwayne Johnson - $119m; Robert Downey Jr - $79m; Chris Hemsworth - $64.5m; Jackie Chan -$45.5m; Will Smith - $42m; Akshay Kumar -$40.5m; Adam Sandler - $39.5m; Chris Evans - $34m; Salman Khan - $33.5m.

    David Beckham To Receive 2018 UEFA President's Award

    He is the third Englishman to receive the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) President's Award. It is an annual continental club football competition organized by the UEFA.

    Asian Games 2018: Rahi Sarnobat Indian Female Shooter to win Asiad Gold

    She is the first ever Indian female shooter to win gold in the history of Asian Games.  India won two gold medals in shooting at the Asian Games 2018.  Bhin Bhin, Kaka, and Atung are the mascots of the 2018 Asian Games.

    General Dalbir Singh Suhag awarded US Legion of Merit 2018

    The award was given to Singh Suhag for exceptionally meritorious service as Chief of Army Staff from August 2014 to December 2016. The Legion of Merit is awarded in four degrees; Degree of Chief Commander, Degree of commander, Degree of the officer, Degree of Legionnarie.  

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan to have 3 awards after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

    The first award will be given for poets (as former PM was also a poet). The second award will be for the outstanding contribution in the field of journalism. And the third award would be for good work in administration.  

    President Ram Nath Kovind approved 131 Gallantry Awards including one Kirti Chakra

    On the occasion of 72nd Independence Day, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved 131 Gallantry Awards to members of Armed Forces personnel and Paramilitary Forces, which include one Kirti Chakra, three Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), three Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry), 11 Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry), 20 Shaurya Chakras and 93 Sena Medals (Gallantry). Braveheart hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh has been shortlisted for the Kirti Chakra award posthumously. Rifleman Aurangzeb will also be conferred with the third highest gallantry award.

    Oscar Academy is adding a New Category for Popular Films

    The new Oscar will be awarded for "Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film" and will be introduced this coming year, at the 91st Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, has added a new category after 17 years to recognise popular films. The last category to be added was 'Best Animated Feature Film'.  ♦ President of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - John Bailey

    Kolkata man tops IQ world list with the score of 148

    Amit Sahai, a 43-year-old senior professional from Kolkata has topped the prestigious Intelligence Quotient (IQ) World list along with two other Americans with a score of 148. He has a background in international sales of software, IT, ITes services and high end audio and engineering products. He is also a member of the International High IQ Society.

    Indian origin prison guard Sashi Cheliah wins MasterChef Australia 2018

    The 39-year-old Sashi Cheliah from Adelaide earned 93 out of 100 points to beat fellow contestant Ben Borsht, who scored 77 out of 100. He earned a prize money of $250,000 (almost Rs 1.7 crore). Cheliah has served in the Singapore police force for over a decade and then relocated to Australia, where he started working as a prison guard in a women’s prison. MasterChef Australia 2018 is the popular culinary reality show.

    Five MPs conferred Outstanding Parliamentarian award

    President Ram Nath Kovind granted “Outstanding Parliamentarian” award ♦ for the year 2013 to Dr Najma A. Heptulla (Manipur's Governor and five time Rajya Sabha member ). ♦ for the year 2014 to Hukumdev Narayan Yadav (Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Lok Sabha member) ♦ for the year 2015 to Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, ♦ for the year 2016 to Dinesh Trivedi (Trinamool Congress) ♦ for the year 2017 to Bhartruhari Mahatab (Biju Janata Dal [BJD] Member of Parliament [MP] from Odisha's Cuttack). The Outstanding Parliamentarian Award was established in 1995.

    ONGC won top honours at Swachhta Pakwada Awards

    Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) received top honours at the Swachhta Pakwada Awards, an oil ministry initiative to honour companies and individuals doing exemplary work in cleanliness. The award was given away by Oil Secretary M M Kutty to ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Shashi Shanker. Indian Oil Corp (IOC) bagged the runner-up's award. The Oil Ministry celebrated Swachhta Pakhwada fortnight from July 1 to 15 with the theme 'Innovation and Sustainability'.

    HDFC awarded best performing bank in CLSS schemes

    HDFC has been awarded the best performing primary lending institution in Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) for the EWS (Economically Weaker Section) and LIG (Low Income Group) category. The award was given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. CLSS was introduced in June 2015 under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana ( PMAY) for home loans to customers from the EWS as well as LIG.

    Gopalkrishna Gandhi to be awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award 2018

    The advisory committee of the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award has decided to award the Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, this year, with the Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award 2018. He was chosen by the committee for his outstanding contribution for promoting communal harmony, peace and goodwill. The award carries a citation and a cash award of Rs.10 lakh. The award will be presented on 20th August 2018 on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.  Former recipients of the Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award:  Mother Teresa, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Mohammed Yunus, Lata Mangeshkar, Sunil Dutt, Dilip Kumar, Kapila Vatsyayan, Teesta Setalvad, Swami Agnivesh, K.R. Narayanan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Muzaffar Ali and Shubha Mudgal.

    Sourabh Verma won Russian Open Badminton Trophy

    Ace Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma won the Russian Open Badminton trophy at Vladivostok.  Sourabh won the Chinese Taipei Masters in 2016 and finished runners-up at Bitburger Open the same year. In Mixed Doubles, the pair of Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg lost in the Final against the Russian-Korean team of Vladimir Ivanov and Min Kyung Kim, 19-21, 17-21.  

    Bajrang Punia won second consecutive international gold at Yasar Dogu International

    Bajrang Punia won his second consecutive international gold and Sandeep Tomar won a silver medal at the Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul, Turkey. Indian wrestlers returned with 10 medals, including seven by women, from the ranking event. In the women's competition, Pinki gold medallist in the 55kg category with her 6-3 win over Ukraine's Olga Shnaider in the final.  The Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik failed to reach the medal round in the 62-kilogram category.

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