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  • Spain conferred with 'Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit' to Sushma Swaraj

    23 hours ago
    Spanish Government presented this award to India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in recognition of India's support in evacuating 71 Spanish nationals during April 2015 Nepal earthquakes. The Operation Maitri (Hindi word for Amity and Friendship) was a rescue and relief operation in Nepal launched by the Modi government and Indian armed forces in the aftermath of the April 2015 Nepal earthquake. About Spain: Capital: Madrid Currency: Euro Prime Minister: Pedro Sánchez

    Union Minister Rathore presented Seventh National Photography Awards

    23 hours ago
    The 7th National Photography Awards were presented by Union Minister of State (IC) for Information & Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore. The seventh edition of National Photography Awards was organized at National Media Centre in New Delhi. The theme for the Professional category was "Women-led Development" and Amateur category was "Fairs and Festivals of India". Lifetime Achievement Award - Shri Ashok Dilwali Professional Photographer of the Year - Shri SL Shanth Kumar Amateur Photographer of the Year - Shri Gurdeep Dhiman National Photography Awards: ♦ National Photography Awards are presented by the Photo Division under Ministry of I&B ♦ National Photography Awards aims to promote art and technique of photography and to encourage professional and amateur photographers from all corners of the country

    Jharkhand-Based NGO Yuwa Wins Laureus World Sports Awards

    2 days ago
    Yuwa, a Jharkhand-based NGO working for girl empowerment, won the Laureus Sport for Good award and became the third Indian entry to bag the honour. Most recently, Magic Bus from India won the Laureus Sport for Good award in 2014. Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco. Fifteen-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and Olympic champion Simone Biles won the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards respectively. FIFA World Cup 2018 champions France were named Team of the Year.

    Sunil Chhetri given first ever Football Ratna Award

    18 February 2019
    Football Delhi conferred Sunil Chhetri with first ever "Football Ratna" Award. Delhi Dynamos player Shubham Sarangi was also honoured. About Sunil Chhetri: Sunil Chhetri is popularly known as Captain Fantastic. He has scored 2nd highest number of goals in international football matches among active players after Cristiano Ronaldo. Chhetri has also been named AIFF (All India Football Federation) Player of the Year five times in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017.

    Raigarh Municipal Corporation of Chhattisgarh won the Swachhata Excellence awards

    18 February 2019
    The Raigarh Municipal Corporation of Chhattisgarh has won the Swachhata Excellence awards 2019.  The Municipal Corporations of Ambikapur of Chhattisgarh won second and the Municipal Corporations of Kumbakonam of Tamil Nadu bagged the third prizes respectively. The Awards were given by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) as part of the Shehri Samriddhi Utsav.  All of these are Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) cities. The Shehri Samriddhi Utsav: ♦ It was organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs from 1st to 15th February 2019. ♦ A number of activities and events were organised at the City, State and National level as part of the initiative which aimed at extending the outreach of National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) to the poorest of the poor and the most vulnerable by showcasing its initiatives and facilitating access of SHG members to the other government schemes.
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    President to present Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony

    17 February 2019
    Indian President Ram Nath Kovind would be presenting the Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony to Rajkumar Singhajit Singh (for the year 2014), Bangladesh cultural organisation Chhayanaut (for 2015) and Ram Sutar Vanji (for 2016), on February 18, 2019. The award was instituted by the Union Government in 2012 to recognise the contributions made by Rabindranath Tagore to humanity. The award is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, language, caste, creed or gender.

    Bradley Cooper wins PETAs Oscat award for A Star is Born

    15 February 2019
    Bradley Cooper awarded the ‘Oscat’ by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).  The animal rights organisation awarded Cooper “for his enlightened decision to cast his own canine companion in ‘A Star Is Born’ rather than using one supplied by a notorious animal exhibitor”.  

    Deepa Mehta To Be Feted With Lifetime Achievement Award

    12 February 2019
    Acclaimed Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. The Canadian Screen Awards are awards given annually by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television recognising excellence in Canadian film, English-language television, and digital media productions.

    Karnataka Sahitya Academy awards announced

    10 February 2019
    The Karnataka Sahitya Academy announced special awards for 2018 to five writers, B.A. Vivek Rai, H.S. Venkateshmurthy, Deshamsha Hudagi, Saisuthe, and A.K. Hamppanna, for their contribution to Kannada literature. It has also chosen 10 writers for Sahityasri Award 2018. The winners are K.C. Shivappa, Purushotham Bilimale, C.P. Siddashrama, Parvathi G. Ithal, G. Krishnappa, Satish Kulkarni, Rangaraja Vanadurga, Abdul G. Basheer, Gangaram Chandala, and H.L. Pushpa. The writers will be presented a cash prize of Rs.50,000 each, a citation and a certificate, the Sahityasri award winners would be given Rs.5,000 each, a citation and a certificate.

    Francois Laborde conferred Frances highest civilian award

    10 February 2019
    Father Francois Laborde, a 92-year-old priest, was conferred the Légion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour) of France. This is the highest civilian award. The award is to recognize his work for specially-abled children.  He is the third person from the state to have been awarded the Legion of Honor after film maestro Satyajit Ray and actor Soumitra Chatterjee. He was entitled by the French Ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler.  Father Laborde had set up Howrah South Point. It is an organization working for the development of specially-abled children, the destitute and the most deprived sections of the society.

    P.S.Krishnan is to receive K.Veeramani Award

    4 February 2019
    K.Veeramani Award for Social Justice 2018 will be conferred on P.S. Krishnan, former Secretary, Government of India. Dravidar Kazhagam leader Veeramani will felicitate the awardee at a function in New Delhi. About the award: Periyar International Inc., (USA) gives an annual award for outstanding contributions to Social Justice, which is named his honor.  Mr.V.P.Singh, former Prime Minister of India, was the first recipient of the award. K.Veeramani is an Honorary Associate of Rationalist International.

    Tamil Nadu won Best State Award in the Swasth Bharat Yatra

    30 January 2019
    Tamil Nadu has bagged the Best State Award for its active participation in the Swasth Bharat Yatra, a pan-India cyclothon. It aimed at promoting the concept of ‘eating right for a healthy life’. The movement is to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi from October 2018 to January 2019. It is organized by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). FSSAI promotes the message of ‘Eat Healthy’ to prevent non-communicable diseases, ‘Eat Safe’ to prevent food-borne diseases and ‘Eat Fortified’ to prevent micronutrient deficiencies. The Tamil Nadu Food Safety Department made the arrangements to organize the events to create awareness. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI): ♦ Formed on: August 2011 ♦ Headquarters: New Delhi ♦ Chairperson: Preeti Sudan ♦ CEO: Pawan Kumar Agarwal ♦ Parent Organization: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare ♦ It is established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 ♦ It is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety

    D.N. Chakraborthy gets Assam Republic Journalism Award

    28 January 2019
    Assam government entitled the Republic Day Journalism Award 2019 to veteran journalist and former editor Dhirendra Nath Chakraborty. The award comprises Rupees one lakh in cash, a citation, the Assamese ‘xoraai’ (the bell metal memento presented as an honor), ‘jaapi‘ (headgear) and an angavastra.  

    Ahmad Wani to be awarded Ashok Chakra

    27 January 2019
    Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani has been posthumously awarded ‘Ashok Chakra’, India’s highest peacetime gallantry award for his role in a counter-insurgency operation in Kashmir last year. He is Kashmir’s first Ashok Chakra awardee and was also awarded Sena Medal for gallantry twice in 2007 and 2018 for his acts of valour.  The award will be presented by President Ram Nath Kovind to Lance Naik Wani’s wife Mahajabeen at the Republic Day parade on 26th January 2019.  On November 25, 2018 Lance Naik Wani was taking part in a counter terrorist operation against six terrorists in Hirapur village near Batgund in Kashmir. Under intense hail of bullets from the terrorists he eliminated the district commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and one foreign terrorist in an act of raw courage.

    Tamil Nadu State government bagged awards for BBBP scheme

    26 January 2019
    The Tamil Nadu State government bagged two awards for its performance pertaining to the Union government’s Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme at the National Girl Child Day celebrations in New Delhi. Maneka Gandhi, Minister for Women and Child Development, presented the awards. While one award was for the State’s performance, the other was for Tiruvannamalai district.

    Collector B.Lakshmikantham has been selected for the Best Electoral Practices Award

    26 January 2019
    Vijayawada’s Krishna District Collector B. Lakshmikantham has been selected for the ‘Best Electoral Practices Award’ to be presented by Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan during national voters’day celebrations in the city.  The district registered 2,54, 576, a record number of new voters in September and October last year following various voter awareness campaigns under the Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation initiative.  As on September 1, the number of voters was 30.51 lakh. Krishna was the only district in the country to achieve this in short span and has now over 33.03 lakh voters enrolled with the Election Commission of India against 46 lakh population. The district also crossed the ideal electoral population ratio.

    Kerala Sahitya Akademi Awards for 2017 has been announced

    24 January 2019
    The Kerala Sahitya Akademi Awards for 2017 have been announced. Nireeswaran by V.J. James has been selected the best novel. Mindaprani, written by Veerankutty, is the best poetry. Aymanam John’s Ethara Characharangalude Charitra Pusthakam has secured the award for the best short story.  Pazhavila Rameshan, M.P. Parameswaran, Kunjappa Pattannur, K.G. Paulose, K. Ajitha, and C.L. Jose have been selected for awards for their overall contributions. The awards carry a purse of Rs.30,000. K.N. Panikker and Attur Ravivarma will be presented with akademi’s fellowships worth Rs.50,000.

    M.R.Ravi to be awarded the State level EC award

    24 January 2019
    The Karnataka Election Commission has selected M.R.Ravi, former Chief Executive Officer of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat for the for a State-level Election Commission award.  The award will be presented to him for functioning effectively as the Nodal Officer in the Assembly election process. The award will be presented to him at a function to be attended by Governor Vajubhai R. Vala in the Town Hall in Bengaluru on January 25. Mr. Ravi is now Commissioner for Textile Development and Director of Handlooms and Textiles in Bengaluru.

    Ranjani Murali won Womans Voice Award at AKLF 2019

    22 January 2019
    US Based Indian poet Ranjani Murali was awarded the “Woman’s Voice Award” on the last day of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF). The main Objective of the award is to recognize and encourage creative writing by women in India. The Award carried a cash prize of Rs 1 Lakh along with a citation. Ranjani Murali’s second book “Clearly you are ESL” won the Great Indian Poetry Collectives (GIPCs) Editor’s Choice award.

    Bharat Ratna CNR Rao chosen for Sheikh Saud International Prize for Materials Research

    22 January 2019
    Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research announced that the Centre for Advanced Materials of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) chose Eminent Scientist and Bharat Ratna recipient CNR Rao for the first Sheikh Saud International Prize for Materials Research. Professor CNR Rao will be awarded the first Sheikh Saud International Prize on 25th February 2019 during the International Workshop on Advanced Materials at Ras Al Khairmain, UAE. The Award containing a plaque, a medal and a Cash Prize of USD 100000 will be presented by Sheikh Saud to Professor CNR Rao.

    MP Anurag Thakur Honoured With Sansad Ratna Award

    22 January 2019
    Bhartiya Janta Party’s Lok Sabha Member from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, Anurag Thakur was presented the Sansad Ratna Award for his performance as a parliamentarian. The award was presented to Thakur by the Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit in Chennai. With the win he became the first MP from the BJP, besides being the only Member of Parliament from north India, to have been awarded the Jury Committee Special Award. The Sansad Ratna Awards was set up with the purpose of celebrating the performers of Indian Parliamentarians in 2010 upon the suggestion of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

    Adi Godrej Conferred ICSI Lifetime Award

    15 January 2019
    Industrialist and Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej has conferred the ICSIs Lifetime Achievement Award for ‘Translating Excellence in Corporate Governance into Reality’.  The awards were instituted by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), which is celebrating its golden jubilee.

    Lifetime Achievement Award given to Filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta by WBFJA in the third Cinemar Samabartan ceremony held in Kolkata

    14 January 2019
    National award-winning filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award, in the name of late Satyajit Ray, by the West Bengal Film Journalists Association (WBFJA) in Kolkata. It was given in the third edition of the ‘Cinemar Samabartan’ ceremony. As a director, he has won the National Film Award for Best Direction twice, for Uttara (2000) and Swapner Din (2005).

    Namita Gokhale wins Sushila Devi Literature Award

    14 January 2019
    Namita Gokhale was awarded in the ‘Best Book of Fiction Written by a Woman Author’ category at the inaugural edition of Bhopal Literature and Art Festival (BLF) . She has won the Sushila Devi Literature Award for her novel “Things to Leave Behind”. The shortlist books: Brothers (Manju Kapur) The Glass Bead Curtain (Lakshmi Kannan) The Untitled (Gayathri Prabhu,) Son of the Thundercloud (Easterine Kire) Things to Leave Behind (Namita Gokhale) 

    DRDO receives Exhibitor of the Year Award

    9 January 2019
    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) pavilion received ‘Exhibitor of the Year Award’ at 106th Indian Science Congress held at Lovely Professional University (LPU), Phagwara, Punjab. DRDO’s outdoor exhibits included surface-to-air missile system - Akash, model of BrahMos missile, remotely operated vehicle - Daksh, heavy weight torpedo - Varunastra, Laser Ordnance Disposal System (LORDS) and Vehicle Mounted Dazzler etc. ♦ DRDO Headquarters: New Delhi ♦ Founded: 1958 ♦ Motto: "Strength's Origin is in Science" ♦ Minister responsible: Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Defence ♦ Chairman - Satheesh Reddy ♦ Role - DRDO is responsible for the ongoing Light Combat Aircraft.

    Andhra's Polavaram irrigation project creates 2 Guinness world records

    8 January 2019
    The Polavaram irrigation project in Andhra Pradesh created two Guinness world records for ‘pouring the highest amount of concrete’ and ‘largest continuous concrete pour in 24 hours’. The Polavaram irrigation project is located in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The project has entered the Guinness World Records for pouring 32,100 cubic meters of concrete non-stop in 24 hours. The total storage capacity of the water reservoir is 120,000 million cubic feet (TMC). The current record is held by a Dubai-based contracting group which poured 21,580 cu m of concrete in about 35 hours.

    Rami Malek, Glenn Close win Best Acting awards at Golden Globes 2019

    7 January 2019
    Rami Malek won the Best Actor Award in the drama category for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' at the 76th Golden Globe Awards while Glenn Close got the Best Actress Award in the drama category for 'The Wife'. Olivia Colman won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for 'The Favourite'. ♦ Best Animated Film Winner - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ♦ Best Motion Picture  (Drama) Winner - Bohemian Rhapsody ♦ Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) Winner  - Green Book ♦ Best Director Winner - Alfonso Cuaron ("Roma")

    Journalist Dinu Randive conferred with lifetime achievement award

    7 January 2019
    Veteran journalist Dinu Randive conferred with the lifetime achievement award by the Mantralaya and Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh, an association of journalists covering Maharashtra legislature and secretariat. He also participated in the freedom struggle, the Sanyukta Maharashtra movement and the Goa liberation movement. Award winners in other categories included Vishwas Waghmode, Mahesh Tiwari and Prajakta Pol.

    IIT Professor awarded with the National Geospatial Award for Excellence

    4 January 2019
    Jayanta Kumar Ghosh, a professor at the civil engineering department of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Roorkee, was conferred the National Geospatial Award for Excellence-2017 (Lifetime Achievement Award) at the Space Application Centre in Ahmedabad. The Indian Society for Remote Sensing is an organisation known in the area of space science, remote sensing and geo-spatial technology.

    Manoj Das was awarded the Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National Award

    3 January 2019
    Manoj Das, an eminent English and Odia writer, received the Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. This ceremony was instituted by the Berhampur University, Odisha. During the 53rd foundation day ceremony, the university also honoured noted folk dance guru Nabaghana Parida with Dakshin Odisha Loksanakruti Samman.

    Smriti Mandhana wins ICC women's cricketer of the year award

    2 January 2019
    India’s opening batter Smriti Mandhana won the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for best cricketer of the year and the ICC ODI player of the year award. Mandhana has helped India win an ODI series against England and T20 and ODI series against Sri Lanka and South Africa this year. She finished as the highest scorer in ODIs in 2018 with 669 runs in 12 matches at an average of 66.90. New Zealand’s Sophie Devine was the runner-up for the ODI Player of the Year, while Pakistan bowler Sana Mir was third in the race. India's T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur was named the captain of the ICC women's T20I team of the year. Meanwhile, New Zealand's Suzie Bates was named the captain of the ICC women's ODI team of the year.

    ISRO chairman K.Sivan was awarded gold medal by SSI

    30 December 2018
    ISRO chairman K.Sivan was presented the National Systems Gold Medal by the Systems Society of India (SSI) during the 42nd National Systems Conference held in Thiruvananthapuram. The medal acknowledges his outstanding contributions to system science and engineering. B.N. Suresh, the Chancellor, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), presented the medal at a function held at the VSSC.

    Finding Beauty in Garbage won the best short documentary award

    30 December 2018
    The short film Finding Beauty in Garbage won the best short documentary award at Asia South East Short Film Festival recently held at Phnom Penh in Cambodia. The short documentary is based on issues surrounding mountains of garbage in Dibrugarh town of Assam. The film has also been selected for a screening at the Short and Sweet Film Festival to be held in Utah, U.S.

    Mamata Banerjee awarded the Skoch Chief Minister of the Year 2018 Award

    24 December 2018
    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been chosen as the best chief minister of the country by the Skoch Group. The chief minister of Bangla was given the award on the basis of the State’s performance as measured on five parameters – governance, culture, finance, urban development and rural development. The state's Kanyashree scheme for the girl child has earned Banerjee much acclaim and the highest public service honour from the United Nations. In the field of agriculture, West Bengal has won five consecutive Krishi Karman awards and bagged the IPPAI Award for rural electrification in the state. Besides Banerjee the Skoch Group, has also awarded Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu with the 'SKOCH Sprinter of the Year' and Commerce and Industry and civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu as the 'Steady Reformer'.

    Study says flowers originated 50 million years earlier than thought

    20 December 2018
    Researchers have identified a fossil plant species that shows flowers bloomed in the Early Jurassic, more than 174 million years ago. Before now, angiosperms (flowering plants) were thought to have a history of no more than 130 million years. Researchers named the fossil plant species Nanjinganthus dendrostyla.  The discovery of the novel flower species throws widely accepted theories of plant evolution into question, by suggesting that they existed around 50 million years earlier. 

    Pakistani activist Asma Jahangir wins UN Human Rights Prize for 2018

    20 December 2018
    Late Pakistan lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir was announced as one of the four winners of the UN Human Rights Prize for 2018. Her daughter Munizae Jahangir received the prestigious award on behalf of her mother. Other winners included: ♦ Women’s rights activist in Tanzania - Rebeca Gyumi; ♦ Activist for the rights of indigenous Brazilian communities - Joenia Wapichana and ♦ Ireland’s human rights organisation Front Line Defenders. United Nations Human Rights Prize, an award given every five  years since 1968. President of the UN General Assembly - María Fernanda Espinosa.

    Sonam Kapoor named India's Person of the Year by PETA

    19 December 2018
    Actress Sonam Kapoor has been named India’s Person of the Year for 2018, by animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for her animal advocacy efforts. Kapoor was named PETA India's Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity in 2016. Past recipients of PETA India's Person of the Year Award include Anushka Sharma, Sunny Leone, Shashi Tharoor, Kapil Sharma, Hema Malini, R. Madhavan and Jacqueline Fernandez.

    Deepika Padukone named top Indian star of 2018 by IMDb

    19 December 2018
    The '2018 Top 10 Stars of Indian Cinema' list, based on global film and TV website Internet Movie Database’s (IMDb) 'StarMeter' stats and page views, was released. Shah Rukh Khan was second on the list, followed by Aamir Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

    Philippines' Catriona Gray crowned Miss Universe 2018

    17 December 2018
    Catriona Elisa Gray became the fourth woman from the country to win the title. Tamaryn Green from South Africa was named the first runner-up while Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez stood third at the pageant which was held in Bangkok, Thailand. India was represented by 22-year-old Nehal Chudasama, who couldn't qualify for top 20.

    Eight parliamentarians were honoured by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu

    16 December 2018
    NCP chief and Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Pawar and veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi were presented the Lifetime Achievement award. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and BJP MP Nishikant Dubey were selected for the Best Parliamentarians award. Four women MPs from both Houses were also be awarded for their contribution. While actor-turned-politician Hema Malini was awarded for her outstanding work inside and outside Parliament as a first-time MP, Lok Sabha MP Rama Devi was selected as the Best Woman Parliamentarian. DMK leader Kanimozhi was presented the award for the Best Woman Parliamentarian in the Rajya Sabha. The Best Debut Woman Parliamentarian award was be presented to Chhaya Verma. The Lokmat Parliamentary Awards is the brainchild of Lokmat Media group chairman Vijay Darda.

    Iranian Film Dark Room bags 'Suvarna Chakoram' award at Kerala film festival

    16 December 2018
    Iranian director Ruhollah Hejazi’s “The Dark Room” was selected as best film at the 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in Thiruvananthapuram, India. The award for best director went to Lijo Jose Pellissery for his film “Ee.Ma.Yau” from India. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s latest movie “Everybody Knows” was the opening film of the festival.

    Ashok Amritraj was honoured with the French Knight of the National Order of Merit

    16 December 2018
    Producer Ashok Amritraj was honoured with the French Knight of the National Order of Merit. French Minister of Europe and Foreign Minister, Mr. Jean-Yes Le Drian presided over the occasion. Mr. Amritraj has been the producer of Hollywood films such as Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance with Nicholas Cage and 99 Homes starring Andrew Garfield. The former CEO of National Geographic Films and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador was lauded for his contribution to the world of cinema and Indo-French film industry.

    Djokovic and Halep wins 2018 ITF world champions

    15 December 2018
    Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep have been named as the 2018 International Tennis Federation (ITF) world champions by the governing body of global tennis. World number one Djokovic receives the honour from the ITF for the sixth time, while it is the first year that Romania's top-ranked Halep has been recognized. Djokovic had a maximum speed of 36.02kph, better than anyone else but was second to Andy Murray in terms of average speed, the Brit scoring 15.89 kph as compared to Djokovic’s 14.89 kph. Halep, the former French Open finalist, had a maximum speed with 23.04 kph while World No. 1 Angelique Kerber’s average speed at 14.27 was the highest.

    Amitav Ghosh won the Jnanpith Award

    15 December 2018
    The Bharatiya Jnanpith announced that Amitav Ghosh, an eminent novelist, has been chosen for this year’s Jnanpith Award. The announcement was made on 15th December 2018. The award is given to an author for outstanding contribution towards literature. The decision to honour Mr.Ghosh was taken at a meeting of the Jnanpith Selection Board chaired by novelist and Jnanpith laureate Pratibha Ray. Mr.Ghosh’s novels include Shadow Lines, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, and the Ibis trilogy- Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke, and Flood of Fire- discussing the opium trade between India and China run by the East India Company.

    UN honoured Indian startup 'HelpUsGreen'

    14 December 2018
    Uttar Pradesh based startup HelpUsGreen has been honored by UN for its works to clean River Ganga by recycling tonnes of floral waste. UN presented the award to the 14 other countries along with India at the Nations Climate Action award ceremony during the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice. According to UN, the startup flower recycled 11060 metric tonnes of temple waste by the women working with the startup.

    Manika Batra was awarded ITTF Breakthrough Star Award 2018

    13 December 2018
    Manika Batra, India’s star paddler, was awarded the International Table Tennis Federation’s (ITTF) Breakthrough Star Award 2018 during a ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.  In the Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast, Manika won four medals including a historic women’s singles gold, team gold, women’s doubles silver (with Mouma Das) and mixed doubles bronze (with G.Sathiyan). She had also bagged the bronze in mixed doubles (with A. Sharath Kamal) at the 2018 Asian Games.

    Mary Kom honoured with Meethoileima title

    13 December 2018
    She was honored by Chief minister N.Biren Singh who also handed over a cheque of Ten lakh rupees. The Chief Minister declared that the Imphal West DC Road towards Game Village will be named as MC Mary Kom Road.

    Anushka, Kartik named India's Hottest Vegetarians by PETA

    12 December 2018
    Actors Anushka Sharma and Kartik Aaryan have been named India’s Hottest Vegetarians, according to votes on the official website of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. Anushka Sharma is the only woman to bag this title twice. She previously won in 2015. Rajkummar Rao, Alia Bhatt were named India's Hottest Vegetarians by PETA last year.

    Imran Siddiqui honoured with Sanctuary Wildlife Service Award 2018

    11 December 2018
    Hyderabad-based conservationist Imran Siddiqui has been honoured with this year's Sanctuary Wildlife Service Award, which is India's most prestigious award. Siddiqui, who is an Assistant Director for Conservation Science at WCS-India monitors tiger in 10,000 sq km, including Nagarjunasagar Srisailam, Amrabad and Kawal Tiger Reserves, and corridors connecting to Tadoba and Tirupati Forests.

    Shyam Sundar Besra conferred with Sahitya Akademi Award 2018

    11 December 2018
    Shyam Sundar Besra, Chief Inspector of Ticket, working in Asansol Division of Eastern Railway of Indian Railways has been conferred with the Sahitya Akademi Award 2018 for his novel 'Marom'. Written in Santali language, "Marom" is primarily based upon natural, social, economic and political conditions of Santhal Pargana, one of the divisions of Jharkhand headquartered at Dumka. Sahitya Akademi announced its annual Awards in 24 languages on December 5, 2018. Seven books of poetry, six novels, six short stories, three literary criticism and two essays have won the Sahitya Akademi Awards 2018. Sahitya Akademi Awards 2018 Winners List: Poetry Section: Samanta Tanti (Assamese) Paresh Narendra Kamat (Konkani) S Ramesan Nair (Malayalam) Dr Mohanjit (Punjabi) Dr Rakesh Kumar Vyas (Rajasthani) Dr Rama Kant Shukla (Sanskrit) Khiman U Mulani (Sindhi) Novels Section: Inderjeet Kesar (Dogri) Anees Salim (English) Chitra Mudgal (Hindi) Shyam Besra (Santali) S Ramakrishnan (Tamil) Rahman Abbas (Urdu) Short stories Section: Sanjib Chattopadhyay (Bengali) Rituraj Basumatary (Bodo) Mushtaq Ahmad Mushtaq (Kashmiri) Prof. Bina Thakur (Maithili) Bidhichandra Heisnamba (Manipuri) Lok Nath Upadhyay Chapagain (Nepali) Literary Criticism Section: K. G. Nagarajappa (Kannada) Ma. Su. Patil (Marathi) Dasarathi Das (Odia) Essays Section: Sharifa Vijliwala (Gujarati) Dr. Kolakaluri Enoch (Telugu)

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